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EBI Newsletter 22: 27 September 2019 27 September 2019
  • Elizabeth Blackwell Annual Public Lectures – a look back 16 October 2019 With our 6th Elizabeth Blackwell Annual Public Lecture fast approaching we thought we’d share the previous lectures to give a flavour of the breadth of topics we have covered over the years.
  • Improving young people’s mental health 10 October 2019 How much does social media help or hinder young people’s efforts to seek support for their emotional wellbeing? What challenges do students face when accessing services and how might they navigate them? Is there sufficient support available for students with autism?
  • EBI Newsletter 22: 27 September 2019 27 September 2019
  • Building a better research culture 26 September 2019 Wellcome Trust are leading on building a better research culture – one that is creative, inclusive and honest. Expectations around how research is conducted need to be reimagined. Excellence should not just be what we do, but how we do it.
  • Synthetic biology and cloud computing could revolutionise vaccines 26 September 2019 Vaccines are our best defence against the growing risk of global epidemics. But they must be kept cold in order to work, which can be a challenge in developing countries. Researchers from the University of Bristol and CNRS (The French National Centre for Scientific Research) partnered with Oracle to develop a new kind of vaccine that needs no refrigeration. They used synthetic biology, cryo-electron microscopy and Oracle’s high-performance cloud computing infrastructure to produce a candidate vaccine against the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus.
  • New research to improve mental health in young people 26 September 2019 We are delighted to announce four new research projects looking at different aspects of mental health in young people at the University of Bristol. The projects have been funded by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute as part of the Mental Health in Young People research initiative, which is looking at ways to improve mental health and wellbeing for young people, with a particular focus on University students.
  • What does it take to make research inclusive? 24 September 2019 Biomedical, medical and health research needs to represent the diversity of the population to be beneficial to everyone, and principles of equality, diversity and inclusion should be built into research from the start says Fiona McPhail, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute’s Diversity and Inclusion Champion. Here she shares some eye-opening insights from the recent EDIS Symposium on inclusive research; explains how Wellcome is improving the training culture of new scientists; and offers support to help you make your research inclusion from the off.
  • Day in the life of a researcher 19 September 2019 When people think about researchers, they often imagine someone in a laboratory doing experiments with test tubes and other equipment. While this is true for some researchers, many have a very different working life. We thought it would be interesting to take a peek into the life of one of our Early Career Fellows to see what a typical day for her is like.
  • Join us for Fun Palaces Bristol this October 19 September 2019 Unexpected venues and community spaces across the city will transform into Fun Palaces on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2019 for a weekend of celebrations and free activities for members of the public to try.
  • International recognition for mental health researcher 18 September 2019 A researcher from the University of Bristol Medical School has received a prestigious international award in recognition of her outstanding research into suicide prevention in low- and middle-income countries.


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