News in 2019

  • Researchers identify certain gut bacteria that may be involved in causing bowel cancer 7 November 2019 People who have a certain type of bacteria in their guts may be at greater risk of developing bowel cancer. The findings were presented by Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Early Career Fellow, Dr Kaitlin Wade, at the 2019 NCRI Cancer Conference in Glasgow on 4 November.
  • Working at Mental Health with Dame Carol Black 23 October 2019 We were delighted to welcome Professor Dame Carol Black to Bristol for our 6th annual Elizabeth Blackwell Public Lecture on 21 October 2019. Dame Carol is expert government advisor on health and work, and an inspirational leader. She talked about her influential campaigns on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, to a packed audience at the Wills Memorial Building.
  • 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.
  • Over 100 Bristol brains come together to talk Neuroscience 16 September 2019 On 13 September 2019 the Bristol Neuroscience Research Network hosted a showcase to share the latest in brain research at Bristol University and to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations. The event, which had over 130 registered delegates, welcomed 14 new members and provided a space to present their research, explaining its importance and the longer-term benefits it will bring to society.
  • Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s - open consultation 10 September 2019 The Cabinet Office and Department of Health and Social Care are seeking views on proposals to help people live healthier, happier lives for longer.
  • Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Newsletter No.21: 31 Jul 2019 31 July 2019 The latest news, events, funding opportunities and fellowships from Elizabeth Blackwell Institute.
  • Introducing Myles-Jay Linton 30 July 2019 With the Mental Health in Young People research initiative up and running at the University of Bristol we talk to Myles-Jay Linton, the new Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Vice-Chancellor's Fellow in Young People's Mental Health about his research and why a joint approach to research in this area is so important.
  • Latest funded projects - from basic science to real world 25 July 2019 Elizabeth Blackwell Institute runs a number of schemes supporting health related translational projects, research which has the potential for practical application. Here are details of the latest 2019 awardees at the University of Bristol for two of our translational project funding schemes.
  • Make a Fun Palace and make connections with local communities 24 July 2019 We are inviting staff, students and researchers to join with local people, community groups, venues, artists and performers to create their own Fun Palaces in venues across Bristol on 5 and 6 October 2019. The activities will provide a chance to connect with community, discuss research in new settings, share skills and try something new.
  • Taking pride in equality, diversity and inclusion 23 July 2019 Big strides are being made in equality, diversity and inclusion at the University of Bristol with much to celebrate this summer. Fiona McPhail, Diversity and Inclusion Champion at Elizabeth Blackwell Institute gives an overview of some of the key activities and outlines diversity dates for your diary for Autumn and beyond.
  • The writing is on the wall for medicine 16 July 2019 A new Bristol mural in the Stokes Croft area of the city is providing an accessible and inclusive way of representing and communicating issues surrounding healthcare.
  • New Early Career Researchers Advisory Board for Wellcome Open Research 30 June 2019 Wellcome Open Research have announced the new Early Career Researchers Advisory Board and the launch of article collections.
  • Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Newsletter No.20: 31 May 2019 31 May 2019 The latest news, events, funding opportunities and fellowships from Elizabeth Blackwell Institute.
  • Looking to the future for women in medicine 29 May 2019 Our namesake, Elizabeth Blackwell, obtained her medical degree in 1849 and 170 years later as many women as men are now entering medical school. However, does this mean that perceptions and attitudes have changed? Does everyone truly have the same opportunities? Sarah Blackmore from Elizabeth Blackwell Institute recently spoke at the Medical Women's Federation conference on the subject. Hear what she had to say...
  • Further funding advancing health research at Bristol 29 May 2019 Elizabeth Blackwell Institute nurtures research to improve health for all. We're proud to share the recent funding successes of some of our awardees who have gone on to secure further awards for their research projects in three very different areas: smart stem cells, the genetics of osteoarthritis, and spinal cord injury.
  • Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Newsletter No.19: 29 March 2019 2 April 2019 The latest news, events, funding opportunities and fellowships from Elizabeth Blackwell Institute.
  • Life Sciences South West – going for growth 27 March 2019 For the first time Life Sciences has been properly recognised locally as an enabler of growth. This could mean more opportunities for employment for University of Bristol students and more potential for research collaborations with partners benefitting from the close proximity. Richard Seabrook, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute’s Advisor on Business Development, explains what’s next for the strategy to deliver long-term growth for the Life Sciences sector in the South West.
  • Data-driven innovation improving human health 26 March 2019 The Alan Turing Institute announced the launch of its health programme. It aims to accelerate the understanding of human disease and improve human health using data-driven innovation in artificial intelligence and statistical science: read more to see how you can get involved.
  • Balance for Better - achieving true equality 21 March 2019 Fiona McPhail, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Diversity and Inclusion Champion reflects on International Women’s Day and gives her thoughts on what it will take to achieve true equality, diversity and inclusion in University research communities.
  • The West of England AHSN Evidence into Practice Challenge 2019/20 7 March 2019 The West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN) have embarked on an exciting programme of work to support the development, spread, and adoption of new innovations or improvements that will deliver better quality healthcare outcomes for patients, whilst providing better value for money for commissioners across the region.
  • Sensing a new era in mind/body research 20 February 2019 On 31 January 2019, just before a heavy snow fall forced the University to close, a group of 40 researchers (from disciplines such as literary studies, philosophy, history, and medicine) and practitioners (including play workers, artists, and musicians) met at the charming Clifton Hill House for the initial event of the newly established Senses Cluster. Dr Cleo Hanaway-Oakley, who leads this research, and workshop participant, Imola Nagy-Seres, PhD student at the University of Exeter, reflect on a new era in mind/body research following this sensory event.
  • GW4 Clinical Academic Training Programme open for applications 6 February 2019 The GW4 Clinical Academic Training (GW4-CAT) Programme in Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter for Medical, Veterinary and Dental Graduates is open for applications.
  • Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Newsletter No.18: 31 January 2019 31 January 2019 The 18th edition of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Newsletter was distributed via email on 31 January 2019.
  • High Performance Computing support for researchers 30 January 2019 The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, through its Wellcome Trust ISSF Award, is delighted to support a new post to provide High-Performance Computing (HPC) support for research groups in health and biomedical research at the University of Bristol.
  • World Cancer Day - celebrating cancer research at Bristol 29 January 2019 This World Cancer Day we are highlighting the work of Bristol Cancer Network at the University of Bristol, a multidisciplinary research community dedicated to finding new breakthroughs against cancer.
  • Further funding to advance health research at Bristol 29 January 2019 Elizabeth Blackwell Institute nurtures research to improve health for all. We're proud to share the recent funding successes of some of our awardees who have gone on to secure further awards for their research projects in three very different areas: fertility treatment, domestic violence support and Osteoporosis.
  • Celebrating Elizabeth Blackwell, first female doctor in America 29 January 2019 In January 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to be awarded a medical degree in the United States. Her vision to achieve good health for all epitomises what the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute is striving to achieve today. This January we are celebrating our namesake's pioneering spirit.
  • Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship in Young People's Mental Health 22 January 2019 The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute’s Vice Chancellor’s Fellowship is a special award for future leaders in research into young people’s mental health.
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