Research project to investigate low-cost, rapid, COVID-19 detection system23 June 2020The 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 bacteria22 June 2020The 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.
Global Public Health – an agile response to COVID-19 pandemic8 June 2020The 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 coronavirus3 June 2020When 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 outcome20 May 2020COVID-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 angle18 May 2020For 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 announces the first of many new research projects to tackle COVID-198 April 2020Diagnostic 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 call26 March 2020On 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.
Return to research - welcoming our Daphne Jackson Fellow18 March 2020We 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 crisis18 March 2020The 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 today4 March 2020Tomorrow 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 Bristol13 February 2020University 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 launches10 February 2020The 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.
Putting the 'inter' into disciplinary research30 January 2020The 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 poverty30 January 2020On 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 Blackwell23 January 2020Elizabeth 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 solution22 January 2020Last 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’ symposium22 January 2020The 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.
Research without Borders 2020 – calling all PGRs!14 January 2020Elizabeth 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.