Navigation Links
BGI partners with the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham and BGI have announced a major joint initiative in environmental and human health research.

The new venture will provide a world-class research and training centre on Birmingham's campus that integrates state-of-the-art approaches in molecular biology, including DNA sequencing, metabolomics and bioinformatics. Research will focus on organism responses to environmental change through to disease susceptibility and treatment.

This initiative expands the University of Birmingham's recently announced 2 million research investment into the fields of environmental genomics and metabolomics to link genes and metabolite functions to the fate of natural populations coping with environmental challenges. The longer term impacts will be from using this information as "early warning system" to better protect human and environmental health from chemical pollution and other stressors including climatic change.

This initiative also builds upon Birmingham's Stratified Medicine and Systems Science for Health programs. The West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory, the largest NHS genetics facility in the UK, is at the forefront of introducing new genomic technologies into clinical pathways to transform the delivery of healthcare in the UK. The initiative will provide tools and additional skill sets to integrate genomics into mainstream medicine such as in cancer treatment.

Genomics has also been at the heart of bacteriological research in Birmingham for over a decade, now within a new Institute of Microbiology and Infection and an NIHR-funded Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre. This new BGI-Birmingham initiative will improve our understanding of the microbial communities that colonise the human body, evaluating how these change in health and disease with potential to augment, or even replace, traditional diagnostic bacteriology.

As one of the world's largest genomics organisations, BGI has developed an integrative structure of research innovation, platform development and industrial application for promoting the advancement of innovative biology research, molecular breeding, healthcare and related fields. Although the headquarters of BGI is located in Shenzhen, China, it's UK partnership with the University of Birmingham catalyses unique collaborations across the three distinct research themes given above, made possible by technologies and BGI's expertise at processing and analysing unprecedented numbers of samples.

"This partnership's mission is to solve 21st century challenges in environmental and human health. We appreciate this great opportunity to collaborate with scientists at the University of Birmingham. Combining two organisations' world leading expertise and extensive research experience in these fields, I believe we could make more scientific breakthroughs for benefiting human life in the near future.", said Yingrui Li, Vice President of BGI.

Under this agreement, BGI will work with the University to place an initial installation of sequencers and personnel within an interim joint laboratory to jump-start projects that together will help transform environmental and human health. Plans are underway to establish a made-for-purpose site for scaling-up the research activities. The scientific collaborations are further enhanced by plans to provide PhD level training opportunities to BGI staff, and student exchanges between Birmingham and Shenzhen.

Professors Jon Frampton and Kevin Chipman, who are Directors of Research for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, and for the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, commented that this integrative initiative will have a transformational impact on many areas of biological and biomedical research at the University of Birmingham.

"BGI's significant presence at a UK institution of higher learning will reinforce how life-science education and basic research can improve human, environmental and economic wellbeing", said Professor Adam Tickell, the University's Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer. "We also expect innovations from the partnership's activities that will translate into more collaborations, including with industry, to create new environmental and healthcare start-up companies and employment for our graduates."

Contact: Jia Liu
BGI Shenzhen

Related biology news :

1. Linking and lightening: New partnership connects and reveals dark data
2. M2SYS Technology Partners with Hitachi to Offer Innovative Biometric Finger Vein Scanner to US Market
3. Science, Innovation, and Partnerships for Sustainability -- Symposium May 16-18
4. Ducks Unlimited Canada and Canadian Light Source partnership to shed light on wetlands
5. New museum-university partnership ushers in new era of environmental science education
6. Grants add to Northwestern-Qatar partnership
7. Royal Astronomical Society and Oxford University Press partnership announced
8. F1000 Research partners with figshare to provide smart ways of accessing data
9. Sandia seeks commercial partners for revolutionary SpinDx medical diagnostic tool
10. University of Houston study shows BP oil spill hurt marshes, but recovery possible
11. University of Alberta led research may have discovered how memories are encoded in our brains
Post Your Comments:
(Date:5/24/2016)... , May 24, 2016 Ampronix facilitates superior patient care by providing unparalleled ... medical LCD display is the latest premium product recently added to the range of ... ... ... Sony 3d Imaging- LCD Medical Display- Ampronix News ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... 3, 2016  Neurotechnology, a provider of high-precision ... Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) , a complete ... MegaMatcher ABIS can process multiple complex biometric transactions ... of fingerprint, face or iris biometrics. It leverages ... and MegaMatcher Accelerator , which have been ...
(Date:4/19/2016)... The new GEZE SecuLogic access ... "all-in-one" system solution for all door components. It can ... door interface with integration authorization management system, and thus ... minimal dimensions of the access control and the optimum ... offer considerable freedom of design with regard to the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... 23, 2016 , ... Charm Sciences, Inc. is pleased to ... AOAC Research Institute approval 061601. , “This is another AOAC-RI approval of the ... Vice President of Regulatory and Industrial Affairs. “The Peel Plate methods perform comparably ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016  The Biodesign Challenge (BDC), a university competition ... harness living systems and biotechnology, announced its winning teams ... New York City . The ... projects at MoMA,s Celeste Bartos Theater during the daylong ... senior curator of architecture and design, and Suzanne ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... ... Supplyframe, the Industry Network for electronics hardware design and ... in Pasadena, Calif., the Design Lab’s mission is to bring together inventors and ... brought to market. , The Design Lab is Supplyframe’s physical representation of one ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... ... In a new case report published today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, doctors ... being treated for breast cancer benefitted from an injection of stem cells derived from ... frequent side effect of cancer treatment. , Lymphedema refers to the swelling ...
Breaking Biology Technology: