• 20 Nov 2014

    Innovative research published in Genome Medicine

    Beryl Oppenheim, a microbiologist from the NIHR SRMRC, has been involved with the pioneering use of whole genome sequencing in real time to help control a hospital outbreak of Acinetobacter baumannii. A. baumannii is a…

  • 10 Nov 2014

    Find out more about our work in the latest edition of News@QEHB

    The November edition of News@QEHB is now out and we’re in it. Turn to page 8 of the newspaper, which is for patients, staff, visitors and volunteers at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, to read about how…

  • 05 Nov 2014

    BMJ Open publishes study using whole-genome sequencing

    ‘Seeking the source of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections in a recently opened hospital: an observational study using whole-genome sequencing’ has been published today in BMJ Open. With crucial input from Dr Nick Loman and Dr Beryl…

  • 05 Nov 2014

    Patients come first, even on wedding day

    Many people find it difficult to sleep in the early hours before their wedding but few are at work analysing blood samples at 1am. Jon Hazeldine is so dedicated to his job that even on…

  • 05 Nov 2014

    Medical Sciences Showcase Event

    Members of the NIHR SRMRC team presented their work at an event led by the UK government’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) on Thursday 23rd October 2014. The Medical Sciences Showcase Event, which took…

  • 04 Nov 2014

    Could antibiotics be the key to saving the lives of trauma patients?

    Common medicines such as antibiotics and statins could be the answer to saving lives lost through injury, a report in The Lancet published earlier this month has suggested. The article is written by an international…

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    29 Oct 2014

    Trauma research team up for prestigious award tonight

    A team from the NIHR SRMRC will find out tonight if they have won a prestigious Nursing Times Award. The team, based at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, is a finalist in the Clinical…

  • 28 Oct 2014

    West Midlands Clinical Academic Internship Programme

    Are you a midwife, nurse, allied health professional or health scientist considering a clinical academic career? Would you like to gain experience of the academic world whilst gaining exposure to world class clinical research? Would…

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    21 Oct 2014

    Royal opening of world class burns research centre

    HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO officially opened The Healing Foundation Centre for Burns Research based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham today, Tuesday 21 October. Her Royal Highness, who is actively involved with the…

  • 16 Oct 2014

    SRMRC Team Members Nominated for Best in Care Award

    Colin Bergin and Arlo Whitehouse have been nominated for a Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Best in Care Award in the Brighter Futures category. The pair were involved in organising and managing the International Surgical Outcomes…

  • 16 Oct 2014

    NIHR SRMRC Team Run for Parkinson’s

      On Saturday 4th October, four members of the NIHR SRMRC team completed a 5km race held on the University of Birmingham campus. Conor Bently (Senior Research Pracitioner), Arlo Whitehouse (Research Nurse), Ron Carrera (Research…

  • 08 Oct 2014

    NIHR SRMRC’s Tony Belli warns that Bianchi’s F1 career is over

    Neurological expert Tony Belli has warned that Jules Bianchi is unlikely to resume his Formula One career following the Marussia driver’s horrific smash during Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. The family of the 24-year-old, pictured right, revealed yesterday…

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    11 Aug 2014

    Trauma research initiative up for top award

    A team from University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Nursing Times Awards. The entry, titled “24/7 Research for 24/7 Trauma: recruitment of more patients to research trials to…

  • 27 Mar 2014

    Traumatic Brain Injury research grant win

    Researchers at SRMRC, the UK’s largest trauma research centre, have won a circa £200k grant from the SME Technology Council of Great Britain to pursue the development of an optical pupillometer that could significantly impact…

  • 07 Mar 2014

    SRMRC Patient, Carer and Public Involvement Day

    More than 25 patients and relatives attended the recent patient, carer and public involvement (PCPI) trauma research event, organised by the SRMRC, the UK’s largest trauma research centre. The event was held under the theme of…

  • 02 Dec 2013

    Head injury researchers win BMA grant

    SRMRC neurotrauma researchers Mr Tony Belli and Dr Michael Grey have received a grant from the British Medical Association for their RECOS trial looking at the cumulative effects of repetitive head injuries. Mr Belli and…

  • 05 Nov 2013

    SRMRC researchers on BBC discuss head injury research

    NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre  theme lead Mr Tony Belli and researcher Dr Michael Grey appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning to discuss research into head injuries. The appearance followed the  controversy around…

  • 25 Oct 2013

    Trauma patient and families event

    SRMRC has welcomed 32 trauma patients, families members and carers to a very rewarding and positive feedback event at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. One of the highlights of the event was seeing so many of…

  • 14 Oct 2013

    Trauma research quarterly newsletter – Q3, 2013

    Ocular team publishes on blunt trauma SRMRC’s ocular trauma researchers have produced their first published paper, looking at visual outcomes after blunt trauma. The paper was published in the August issue of Ophthalmology, the official…

  • 01 Aug 2013

    Visual outcomes after blunt ocular trauma

    This is the first report on the prognosis of acute traumatic maculopathy and extramacular commotio retinae.

  • 19 Jul 2013

    SRMRC displays poster at national event

    A poster setting out the strategies behind the SRMRC’s successful trials management team has been displayed at a national conference in Birmingham. The poster explained the demands of recruiting patients to trauma trials, particularly the…

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    05 Jul 2013

    Trauma newsround – 05/07/2013

    This week, Major Trauma Centres improve patient outcomes in England, a ground-breaking face transplant patient prospers and a new drug trial for treating brain injury recruits its first patient in Israel.

  • 03 Jul 2013

    Statins and trauma: systematic review

    Jansen JO, Lord JM, Thickett DR, Midwinter MJ, McAuley DF, Gao F. Clinical review: Statins and trauma – a systematic review. Critical care. 2013;17(3):227. Click here to read the article on PubMed Abstract Statins, in…

  • 03 Jul 2013

    Severe open tibial fractures in combat trauma: management and preliminary outcomes

    The aim of this study was to report the pattern of severe open diaphyseal tibial fractures sustained by military personnel, and their orthopaedic-plastic surgical management.

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    28 Jun 2013

    Trauma newsround – 28/6/2013

    This week: a new antibiotic for the US military to tackle wound infections, a breakthrough in treating eye injuries, the NFL holds a head injury conference and news of biomarkers to diagnose head injuries.

  • 21 Jun 2013

    Trauma newsround – 21/06/2013

    Each week, the SRMRC will look at some of the major trauma research stories from around the world. This week, the US government develops a new facilty to study traumatic brain injury, reseachers in Pittsburgh identify similarities between the symptoms of traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease, and a team in Singapore demonstrates a new approach to DNA sequencing which could improve the diagnosis of wound infections.

  • 17 Jun 2013

    SRMRC research fellow presents findings

    SRMRC researcher Dr Clara Yates travelled to the United States recently to attend an international conference, where she shared and discussed some of the data she has gathered. She attended the 2nd International Society for…

  • 30 May 2013

    SIRS event engages patients, families and staff

    Patients involved in two ground-breaking SRMRC trauma studies have reported that taking part in the research helped them deal with their injuries and gave them back a vital sense of control over their lives. Patients,…

  • Kevin and Louise French

    26 Mar 2013

    “I owe my husband’s life to trauma centre”

    A motorway accident victim says she owes her husband’s life to the existence of the Major Trauma Centre at QEHB after they both suffered multiple injuries in the same horrific incident.

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    26 Mar 2013

    Major Trauma Centre marks first year

    More than 1000 of the region’s most severely injured casualties have passed through the front doors of the QEHB since it went live as a Major Trauma Centre one year ago. The hospital’s specialist teams…

  • 11 Mar 2013

    SIReNS trial closes

    The SRMRC has successfully completed a trial looking at the systemic response of patients with head injuries. The Systemic Inflammatory Immune Response (Neurosurgical) Study (SIReNS) has reached its recruitment target of 31 civilian patients, all…

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    20 Feb 2013

    WOLLF trial underway

    The first two patients have been recruited at QEHB for a trial looking at the effectiveness of a vacuum dressing for patients with serious leg injuries. The Wound management of Open Lower Limb Fractures (WOLLF)…

  • 10 Jan 2013

    Global success for SyNAPSe study

    SRMRC has achieved a new success in a study looking at a potentially life saving treatment for patients with head injuries. The SyNAPSe trial, which is overseen globally by American pharmaceutical company BHR Pharma, looks at…

  • 04 Jan 2013

    SRMRC speaker in pioneering hand operation

    A key speaker from the SRMRC’s recent gathering of the UK’s top transplant surgeons has performed the country’s first hand replacement operation. Professor Simon Kay spoke at the Vascularised Composite Allotransplantation Symposium in October, an…

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    01 Dec 2012

    Defining bacterial species in the genomic era: insights from the genus Acinetobacter

    Microbial taxonomy remains a conservative discipline, relying on phenotypic information derived from growth in pure culture and techniques that are time-consuming and difficult to standardize, particularly when compared to the ease of modern high-throughput genome sequencing. Here, drawing on the genus Acinetobacter as a test case, we examine whether bacterial taxonomy could abandon phenotypic approaches and DNA-DNA hybridization and, instead, rely exclusively on analyses of genome sequence data.

  • 15 Nov 2012

    SRMRC director discusses military trauma care

    SRMRC Director Professor Sir Keith Porter has spoken with the BBC about how military and civilian trauma experts at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham have helped develop treatments for seriously injured military personnel. Sir Keith, who is…

  • 01 Nov 2012

    Association of Cryoprecipitate and Tranexamic Acid with improved survival following wartime injury

    Cryoprecipitate may independently add to the survival benefit of tranexamic acid in the seriously injured requiring transfusion. Additional study is necessary to define the role of fibrinogen in resuscitation from hemorrhagic shock.

  • 01 Nov 2012

    Microbial genome sequencing in the clinic

    High-throughput sequencing is being adopted to characterize microbial pathogens and track their evolution and spread

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    24 Oct 2012

    Programme announced for anniversary event

    The programme has been announced for an event  looking at the ongoing work and future plans of the NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC) to mark the centre’s first full year of operation.The event,…

  • 19 Oct 2012

    Transplant symposium draws top names

    The SRMRC hosted a leading American surgeon and some of the UK’s top transplant surgeons and researchers to discuss face, hand and abdominal wall transplants. Professor WP Andrew Lee, who led the team which carried…

  • 18 Oct 2012

    SRMRC event connects clinicians and industry

    The NIHR SRMRC’s first industry awareness event successfully brought representatives of commercial companies into contact with trauma researchers and clinicians at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The event, run in association with Medilink UK, saw…

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    08 Oct 2012

    Leading US surgeon headlines conference

    The lead surgeon in the team which carried out America’s first ever bilateral hand transplant will be speaking at a major symposium on hand and face transplantation in Birmingham next week. In 2009 Professor WP…

  • 05 Oct 2012

    Date announced for anniversary event

    The ongoing work and future plans of the NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC) will be set out in an event on November 23 to mark the centre’s first full year of operation.…

  • 21 Sep 2012

    Manga comic helps spread the word on TXA

    A recent speaker in the SRMRC seminar series has produced a new comic book designed to promote the use in Emergency Departments of a drug called tranexamic acid, which helps patients suffering from bleeding. Tranexamic…

  • 13 Sep 2012

    CTA symposium programme announced

    SRMRC is hosting a symposium in October for clinicians and researchers working on some of the most complex transplants carried out in modern medicine. Composite tissue allotransplants (CTAs) include such ground-breaking work as face and…

  • 10 Aug 2012

    Trial begins of rapid use of clotting drug

    Researchers at the SRMRC have begun a trial to test the practicality of the rapid administering of a drug called Cryoprecipitate, to help stop bleeding in patients who have suffered a serious injury. Cryoprecipitate is a drug…

  • 02 Aug 2012

    Feature: SRMRC nurses – fingers on the pulse

    “We do see a lot of very sick people and it can be quite heartbreaking, but we know that the research we’re doing will help a lot of people in the long run,” says Sister Aisling Clarkson of the work she and her colleagues do to recruit patients to SRMRC studies.

  • 26 Jul 2012

    First patients recruited for two key studies

    The SRMRC has achieved two notable landmarks on the same day, recruiting its first patients to two different studies on a busy day for the centre’s research nurses. As a result, patients have now been…

  • 20 Jul 2012

    Eye surgeon recognised for trauma work

    A Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham eye surgeon has received a unique honour from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Defence Medical Services.

  • 09 Jul 2012

    Trauma centre closes first study

    Researchers working at the country’s only trauma research centre are celebrating the successful closure of the centre’s first study.

  • 13 Apr 2012

    SRMRC appoints first research nurse

    The QEHB-based national centre for trauma research has taken a major step forward with the appointment of a senior research nurse.

  • MiSeq System

    28 Mar 2012

    SRMRC recieves DNA sequencer

    The country’s only dedicated trauma research centre now has one of the world’s most sophisticated tools for sequencing the DNA of bacteria which can cause serious, even fatal wound infections. The MiSeq System is a…

  • Tony Belli

    06 Feb 2012

    Neurosurgeon joins SRMRC team

    One of the country’s leading neurosurgeons has joined the Trust to boost both its clinical and research strength.

  • 20 Jan 2011

    Case Study: Danny Yardley

    On August 13 2008, Danny Yardley was cycling home from his job on the assembly line at LDV when a teenager stepped off the pavement into his path. As they collided, Mr Yardley’s head struck…

  • 20 Jan 2011

    Case Study: Dawn Pickett

    Dawn Pickett can remember very little about the night of April 11 2003 or the weeks that followed. As she was driving home from work as a catering manager, another driver crossed lanes and crashed…

  • 20 Jan 2011

    Case study: Pte Andrew Garthwaite

    On September 6, 2010, Private Andrew Garthwaite was serving with the Queen’s Royal Lancers in Helmand when a Taliban rocket-propelled grenade took off his right arm. In the crucial hours immediately after he was wounded,…

  • 20 Jan 2011

    Case study: Pte Neil McCallion

    On September 4 2006, Private Neil McCallion was involved in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul whilst serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in Afghanistan. His Land Rover was blasted on to its side,…

  • 20 Jan 2011

    £20 million to bring breakthroughs from battlefield to bedside

    Treatment of around 20,000 people who suffer major trauma each year is set to improve as the Government announces significant new investment into trauma and microbiology research. The Department of Health, the Ministry of Defence,…