News in the College

Latest news from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences welcomes new Birmingham Fellow

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Dr James Guggenheim has been appointed as a Birmingham Fellow with the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
04 January 2021

New research highlights the importance of the thymus in successful pregnancies

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Findings from an international group of researchers reveal important changes that occur in the thymus to prevent miscarriages and gestational diabetes.
Date:
23 December 2020

Large study in UK NHS labs shows gold standard accuracy of Oxford Nanopore's COVID-19 test LamPORE for both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients

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A study of more than 23,000 samples carried out by teams across the UK, including the University of Birmingham, shows Oxford Nanopore's COVID-19 test, LamPORE, is highly accurate for the detection of SARS-CoV-2.
Date:
21 December 2020

BAME babies at highest risk of Vitamin D deficiency, highlighting need for improvements to UK antenatal supplementation programme, new study suggests

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A third of all babies and half of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) babies are vitamin D deficient, a large study of 3000 newborns in the West Midlands has shown.
Date:
18 December 2020

Major award for a new national approach to improving clinical research in the NHS to benefit patient care

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Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Department of Health & Social Care, DaRe2THINK will develop an entirely new way to run large clinical trials for patient benefit in the NHS.
Date:
15 December 2020

High performance, low cost ventilator project awarded grant of £768k by UKRI

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An international team of scientists and engineers have been awarded a grant of £768K by UKRI as part of the Newton Fund's Agile Response Call to develop high performance, low cost ventilators.
Date:
15 December 2020

Landmark non-alcoholic fatty liver disease trial identifies new treatment

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An international trial providing one of the lead investigators has identified a potential drug therapy to reverse non-alcoholic fatty liver disease – a condition for which there is currently no approved treatment.
Date:
14 December 2020

New treatment could spare early-stage rectal cancer patients life-altering side effects

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Description:
A new and less invasive treatment developed by Cancer Research UK researchers is safer than standard major surgery for early-stage rectal cancer.
Date:
11 December 2020

Study finds paediatric cancer patients at no greater risk of severe COVID-19 infection

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Description:
The first national study of children with cancer who test positive from COVID-19 has found that they are not at any increased risk of severe COVID-19 infection.
Date:
11 December 2020

University awarded over £1.5 million for new MB-PhD programme

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The University has been awarded funding for a new MB-PhD programme to support three intercalating students a year for five years in areas of research relevant to musculoskeletal and other inflammatory diseases.
Date:
11 December 2020

Better education needed to give patients improved understanding of gene therapies, new review highlights

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Description:
A new review of research bringing together patient, carer and public views of cell and gene therapies has highlighted a need for appropriate education to better inform patients.
Date:
08 December 2020

Framework to improve training for children's palliative care professionals to launch in the UK and Ireland

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A new educational framework and toolkit will be launched in the UK and Ireland this week to improve training and guidance for those providing palliative and end of life care for children.
Date:
03 December 2020
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