It is often only through research that developments in medical care can be achieved, with a better understanding of diseases allowing doctors to develop more effective treatments and quicker diagnoses.
The QEHB Charity Liver Foundation UK supports research conducted by the hospital’s liver unit, which is the largest of its kind in Europe. From looking at new treatments for chronic liver disease and cancer to pioneering transplant work, research enables staff to improve the quality and length of life of patients.
The Liver Unit is closely supported by the laboratory-based research which takes place in the University of Birmingham, on the same campus as the QE. The close relationship between the laboratories and the clinical areas has been crucial in allowing the Liver Unit to reach and maintain its international status for high quality research.
By providing equipment and other resources for the liver laboratories and supporting the costs of researchers, vital developments in the diagnosis and management of liver disease can be reached and brought to patients more quickly.
What we have funded
We funded successful trials in late 2015 using the NRP machine. This piece of technology is ‘hooked up’ to the donors’ body; it then allows oxygenated blood to circulate the body for four hours before retrieval from the donor, thus allowing medical staff and patients more time to prepare for the upcoming surgery.
£100,000 has been raised toward the purchase of an NRP machine.
What we are funding
Clinical Research Nurse
We are currently raising funds to bring a Clinical Research Nurse to the Liver Department at the QE in order to assist with the multitude of research projects taking place.
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