Case studies

  • Heart insight - glaucoma drug’s potential for cardiac treatment 21 January 2020 Every three minutes, someone in the UK suffers a heart attack. Although 100,000 people die from coronary heart disease, ten times more people suffer a non-fatal attack. Researchers at the University of Bristol have uncovered a new use for acetazolamide, a drug previously used to treat glaucoma, as a treatment for heart attack patients.
  • Strokes and the ageing brain 8 January 2020 With advancements in medicine, the world’s population is living longer, and age-related diseases are becoming more and more prevalent; the diagnostic technologies we have need to keep pace with our changing requirements. A University of Bristol researcher developed new approaches with MRI and disease modelling to further understand the ageing process, and how it can relate to disease states.
  • Can xenon help protect against neonatal brain damage? 8 January 2020 Hypoxic-ischæmic encephalopathy (HIE) is brain damage caused by limited blood flow - and thus oxygen deprivation - in newborn babies, at or around the time of birth. A team at the University of Bristol is working towards new treatments for babies with birth-caused brain damage.
  • Clinicians and researchers come together to develop new test for blood disorder 7 January 2020 Researchers at the University of Bristol are working on a new test to help treat a debilitating blood disorder, immune thrombocytopenia. Dr Charlotte Bradbury, consultant senior lecturer in the department of Haematology at the University of Bristol, submitted a challenge to researchers via the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Research for Health scheme, which aims to pair up scientists and clinicians with an unmet need.
  • Research leads to practical support for young people with continence problems 10 December 2019 Bladder and bowel problems are very common and can be affected by psychological issues and stressful life events in a child’s life. There is also strong evidence that bladder and bowel problems affect the mental health of children, young people and their parents.
  • What does kainate do in the brain and how does it do it? 14 November 2019 A researcher at the University of Bristol has started to unravel the mysteries of a secretive receptor that modulates how and when nerve cells fire, what this means for brain function and dysfunction, and to garner substantial further funding to continue her work.
  • Backache - how to identify a broken back 2 October 2019 Osteoporosis, or bone weakening, is a debilitating disease which becomes more common with age and affects roughly four times more women than men. A team from the University of Bristol led by Dr Emma Clark is developing a new screening tool for clinicians to determine when descriptions of back pain in older women should be referred for X-ray in case of vertebral fractures.
  • Treating ataxia with bone marrow stem cell therapies 24 July 2019 A team at the Bristol Medical School is using stem cell technology to help treat people with one of the most common inherited neurological disorders, Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA).
  • Supercharging Immunity - how to make the immune system better at recognising cancer 23 July 2019 A team at University of Bristol, led by Professor Linda Wooldridge, is engineering a type of immune cell that might be able to better target cancer cells. This could potentially lead to new therapies which could help the immune system combat cancer with fewer difficult interventions.
  • A cure for blindness: treating glaucoma with genes 23 July 2019 Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide; it affects roughly 2% of all people over 40. Researchers at the University of Bristol are pioneering a new way of treating glaucoma using gene therapy.
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