News in 2019

  • Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Bulletin: 29 November 2019 3 December 2019
  • Progressing young people’s mental health research 28 November 2019 Research is urgently needed to understand the reasons for recent trends in young people’s wellbeing and to put in place effective prevention and support. On 28 November members of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Mental Health in Young People research initiative met for a workshop to hear about innovative research at Bristol, to strengthen connections and collaboration, and to identify future research needs in this area.
  • Health Data Science research strand launch 28 November 2019 On 22 November 2019, the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute’s Health Data Science Research Strand held a launch and networking symposium at the University of Bristol, Beacon House. This new research strand focuses on building Bristol capacity to carry out interdisciplinary research that makes the best use of existing, routinely collected data to improve health, care and services.
  • Fun Palaces 2019 - bringing community into focus 27 November 2019 International Fun Palaces weekend took place on 5 and 6 October this year, and as part of the campaign, researchers came together with residents and community partners to host arts and science events across Bristol.
  • Shaping Fertility Treatment in the 21st century 27 November 2019 The first human born by IVF was in 1978. It's estimated by the end of 21st century this number will be 400 million. Shaping Fertility Treatment in the 21st century was the subject of a public lecture by HFEA Chair, Sally Cheshire CBE, on 19 November, part of Elizabeth Blackwell Institute’s Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety research strand.
  • The Age of Antibiotics: The End or a New Beginning? 27 November 2019 There has been much attention paid to the rising threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and this has led to increased interest in research aimed at addressing this problem. On 13-14 November, the Bristol AMR Research Strand, funded by Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, hosted the Colston Research Society Symposium and Public Lecture on the subject, entitled ‘The Age of Antibiotics: The End or a New Beginning?’.
  • New look, same clarity of vision 26 November 2019 We recently developed a new visual identity for the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, and we want to share the thinking behind it. Things are refreshed but we still have the same unwavering commitment to improve health for all by advancing research; the same mission to drive innovation in health research by nurturing novel ideas. Here, our Senior Communications Officer, Jo Barrell, gives you a more detailed look at our new look.
  • Public Advisory Group – helping us to listen 26 November 2019 We want our Public Advisory Group to help bring community voices to the conversation around health research and to provide more opportunity to meet the needs of communities. Following our October meeting, Jo Stubbs, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Public Engagement Associate, welcomes our new members and looks forward to developing projects that engage and work with diverse communities.
  • Medical Humanities Research Strand funding call 25 November 2019 The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute's Medical Humanities Strand is seeking funding applications for inter- and multidisciplinary projects carrying out research on health, illness and medicine.
  • Time to set the bar higher for Higher Education culture 21 November 2019 This month saw the University of Bristol hold an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference, dedicated to ‘Building an Inclusive Environment’. Despite our progress in this area, the University, along with the whole Higher Education sector, are on a journey, with challenges which we still need to meet head on. With sessions on racism, privilege, bias and micro behaviours, the event shone a spotlight on some of the areas, our EDI Champion, Fiona McPhail believes, we still need to tackle successfully.
  • 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.
  • Wellcome Trust Reframing Resistance 31 October 2019 A new report from the Wellcome Trust aims to help experts and practitioners communicate about antimicrobial resistance effectively, so that the public understands and supports action on drug-resistant infections.
  • 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.
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