News in 2020

  • Researchers to investigate social contact and physical distancing behaviours during COVID-19 1 July 2020 It is known that coronavirus spreads between close contacts. Researchers at the University of Bristol are investigating social contact patterns and physical distancing behaviours to help understand how the virus spreads.
  • People with diabetes needed for study to support people during COVID-19 29 June 2020 A new research project is asking for people with diabetes and their carers to take part in a UK-wide online survey that aims to identify how to best support people with the condition during the pandemic.
  • Research project to investigate low-cost, rapid, COVID-19 detection system 23 June 2020 The World Health Organisation has regularly said that rapid testing of patients with COVID-19 is critical to controlling the pandemic, especially with lockdown measures easing across the globe. A new research project will explore the development of a low-cost, rapid, COVID-19 diagnosis system using nanophotonic fluorescence enhancement.
  • Pioneering research reveals certain human genes relate to gut bacteria 22 June 2020 The role genetics and gut bacteria play in human health has long been a fruitful source of scientific enquiry, but new research marks a significant step forward in unraveling this complex relationship. Its findings could transform our understanding and treatment of all manner of common diseases, including obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, and Alzheimer's disease.
  • Anxiety levels doubled in young people following COVID-19 lockdown, says study 19 June 2020 Young people’s anxiety levels have doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic with 24 per cent experiencing anxiety up from 13 per cent in pre-pandemic waves, according to research from the University of Bristol.
  • Signs of being prone to adult diabetes are already visible at age 8 years old 19 June 2020 Early signs of being more susceptible to type 2 diabetes as an adult can be seen in children as young as 8 years old, decades before it is likely to be diagnosed, according to a new study published in Diabetes Care (19 June 2020).
  • Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Bulletin: 9 June 2020 9 June 2020
  • The ties that bind: what the killing of George Floyd can tell us about ethnic inequalities in COVID-19 (and why we should listen) 8 June 2020 This blog post was written by Dr Saffron Karlsen, (Senior Lecturer in Social Research, University of Bristol). Dr Karlsen is an Elizabeth Blackwell Institute COVID-19 awardee.
  • Global Public Health – an agile response to COVID-19 pandemic 8 June 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic is unquestionably the most significant event to occur within global public health in (at least) a generation. It will present serious challenges globally, well into the future, to equitable access to sustainable development, to sustainable economies and societies, and to the pursuit of human rights, good governance and social justice. The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Global Public Health (GPH) research strand, which focuses on public health issues of global significance through interdisciplinary research, has adjusted its short-term priorities to respond to these challenges.
  • Children of the 90s help fight coronavirus 3 June 2020 When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the UK in March, Bristol’s world leading health study, the Children of the 90s was in a unique position. It could use its decades’ worth of mental and physical health data from 14,000 Bristol-born families to provide important context and then to help answer many critical public health questions.
  • Study to identify markers that could predict COVID-19 outcome 20 May 2020 COVID-19 is the UK's largest public health crisis since World War II. There is an urgent need to identify why some patients with the virus do very well whereas others need to be admitted to intensive care and may die from the disease. A new observational study aimed at identifying markers that predict how COVID-19 affects patients is being led by clinicians and academics at North Bristol NHS Trust and the University of Bristol.
  • Understanding mental health from every angle 18 May 2020 For this Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) Professor David Gunnell, University of Bristol Epidemiologist and Public Health Physician, speaks about the importance of evidence-based research to understand what is really behind the rise in young people’s mental health problems. Without this understanding we won’t be able to implement effective strategies to reverse these trends and improve young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
  • Bristol Neuroscience first COVID-19 webinar: Mindfulness and Wellbeing 29 April 2020 On 28 April 2020 the Bristol Neuroscience Research Network livestreamed its first in a bi-weekly series of seminars aimed at keeping the community active during the lockdown.
  • Pregnant in a pandemic - study on social distancing during COVID-19 23 April 2020 The PiP (Pregnant in a Pandemic) study, by the University of Bristol, aims to improve the social distancing guidance and support available to pregnant women during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Study shows glaucoma could be successfully treated with gene therapy 21 April 2020 A new study led by the University of Bristol has shown a common eye condition, glaucoma, could be successfully treated with a single injection using gene therapy, which would improve treatment options, effectiveness and quality of life for many patients.
  • Children of the 90s calls on participants to help fight coronavirus 9 April 2020 A new questionnaire from the Children of the 90s health study, and funded by Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, looking into COVID-19 launches today (9 April).
  • Bristol announces the first of many new research projects to tackle COVID-19 8 April 2020 Diagnostic research to increase the UK’s testing capacity, new vaccine targets, understanding more about people who are asymptomatic, and digital support for people with diabetes, are some of the new projects announced by the University of Bristol today [8 April] that will undertake vital COVID-19 research to tackle the global health crisis.
  • A remarkable response to our COVID-19 rapid funding call 26 March 2020 On Tuesday 17 March we announced a rapid response funding call to support University of Bristol research relating to COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus. We wanted to hear of any ideas for research that we could support. Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Director, Professor Rachael Gooberman-Hill, explains the fantastic response we have received from University of Bristol researchers.
  • Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Bulletin: 19 March 2020 19 March 2020
  • Return to research - welcoming our Daphne Jackson Fellow 18 March 2020 We are very happy to welcome Claire Woodall as our Daphne Jackson Fellow. Daphne Jackson Fellowships support individuals who want to return to their career in research following a break of two years or more taken for family, caring or health reasons. It’s aimed at scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians who will be conducting health-related research. Here Claire explains what the Fellowship means to her and describes what she will be studying.
  • Local response to a global crisis 18 March 2020 The global coronavirus situation is changing each day. Healthcare professionals are working night and day to prevent, prepare and care. Researchers are working to understand, prevent and help the clinical effort. The world hasn’t seen anything like this since the 1918 influenza epidemic, but COVID-19 is not flu. Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Director of Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, explains why research is so important and how we are helping locally with this global crisis.
  • Understanding the issues facing young people today 4 March 2020 Tomorrow it's University Mental Health Day (5 March), a day dedicated to inspiring conversations, taking action and creating change. Sarah Purdy, University of Bristol Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Experience and Chair of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Mental Health in Young People's research initiative talks here about student experience, the need for a university-wide approach, and the importance of research to help understand the issues facing UK students today.
  • Global health research on the map at University of Bristol 13 February 2020 University of Bristol Professor, Helen Lambert, has been appointed UKRI Challenge Leader for Global Health, putting the University on the map with global health research. Helen Lambert is also Co-lead for the new Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Global Public Health interdisciplinary research strand.
  • Global Public Health research strand launches 10 February 2020 The new Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Global Public Health research strand held its official launch event on 5 February, with over 40 researchers working in global public health coming together to present and discuss their work. The event provided a networking opportunity and a chance for leaders in this field to develop research ideas and new collaborations.
  • Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Bulletin: 31 January 2020 31 January 2020
  • Putting the 'inter' into disciplinary research 30 January 2020 The term ‘interdisciplinary’ is bandied around a great deal in science, but what do we actually mean by interdisciplinarity in research? Here, ahead of our interdisciplinary health research workshop, we ask our very own Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Director of Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, to give her thoughts on the subject and explain why it’s so important.
  • Mental health and poverty 30 January 2020 On 16 January the Bristol Poverty Institute (BPI) and Elizabeth Blackwell Institute ran a seminar on mental health and poverty as part of the BPI’s interdisciplinary lunchtime seminar series, focusing on broad themes relevant to poverty research which can be explored from a variety of different perspectives.
  • Valuing Elizabeth Blackwell 23 January 2020 Elizabeth Blackwell obtained her medical degree on 23 January 1849, becoming the first ever female doctor. Over 170 years later as many women as men are now entering medical school. She stood for equality on all fronts and her vision to achieve good health for all epitomises what the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute is striving to achieve today.
  • Research culture… be part of the solution 22 January 2020 Last week Wellcome released findings from a significant piece of work undertaken to assess research culture. Through a combination of focus groups and an online questionnaire, Wellcome has gathered feedback from over 4,000 researchers in order to better understand the culture to enable targeted interventions. Here, our Diversity and Inclusion Champion, Fiona McPhail, talks us through some of the shocking findings and how we can be part of the solution.
  • Infection and Immunity Early Career Researchers’ symposium 22 January 2020 The Infection and Immunity Research Network, supported by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, studies the immune system in health and illness and the cause, spread, treatment and prevention of infectious disease. On 10 January, the Network hosted its 5th Early Career Researchers’ (ECR) symposium, bringing together over 70 researchers with an interest in infection and immunity.
  • Largest survey into research culture reveals high levels of stress and insecurity 21 January 2020 Less than a third of scientists feel secure in pursuing a research career with many experiencing long hours and aggressive working conditions, according to the results of the largest survey to date into experiences of research culture, conducted by Wellcome.
  • Research without Borders 2020 – calling all PGRs! 14 January 2020 Elizabeth Blackwell Institute is delighted to support Research without Borders 2020, the annual celebration of postgraduate research at the University of Bristol. Organised by the Bristol Doctoral College, in partnership with the University Research Institutes. Research without Borders is a celebration of the pioneering work being done by postgraduate researchers (PGRs) across all faculties and schools.
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