Case studies

  • Cognition and anxiety in the pandemic – the impacts on young people 4 July 2022 University of Bristol researchers have been working to determine the extent of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people and the relationship between anxiety and cognitive function. Understanding this will help to inform a joined-up approach to develop targeted interventions for vulnerable young people in both clinical and educational settings.
  • COVID, schooling and mental health 13 May 2022 The extraordinary responses to the outbreak of COVID-19 profoundly affected great swathes of society. From the colossal burdens put onto the healthcare system, the damage done to the economy and to the everyday lives of everyone in the country, the impact to every stratum and community has been unprecedented.
  • Antimicrobial Resistance - averting the next crisis 26 April 2022 Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the increasing resistance of bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites to the antimicrobials, such as antibiotics, typically used to treat them. It has a variety of causes; excessive use of antimicrobials, or over-reliance on a few specific types, has enabled microbes to evolve ways to circumvent their mechanisms of action. It is currently seen as a leading cause of death worldwide, with a daily mortality rate in excess of 3,500 people. As a result, more than 1.2 million people died in 2019 as a direct result of antibiotic-resistant infections - and as global healthcare systems are being threatened, the rate is growing.
  • Global Public Health – realising the potential of a global collaborative network 11 November 2021 The Global Public Health strand of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute multidisciplinary research initiative was established specifically in response to the challenges of understanding and managing health problems in a globally connected world. The ease of cross-border and cross-continental movement of people and commodities means that infectious diseases can quickly establish themselves in regions far from their point of origin, with enormous effects on populations worldwide. Here we explain the potential for a global collaborative network.
  • Opening the door to arts-and-science collaborations 14 September 2021 Our Medical Humanities research strand developed arts and humanities research by opening the door to arts-and-science collaborations. As the work of this strand comes to a close we look at at how it created and supported new arts-science collaborations by connecting researchers from all faculties together with clinicians and external partners.
  • Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety - making an impact through interdisciplinary research 30 June 2021 The Biolaw, Bioethics and Biosociety strand - or B3 - dealt with the ethical, legal and social issues impacting the biological sciences, health, medicine and social care. Although there had already been collaborative research in these fields, this research strand was established to augment cross-collaborative initiatives that were, in some cases, already underway - as well as identifying and nurturing new research avenues. Professor Ailsa Cameron of the School for Policy Studies is one of the co-leads of the strand, along with Professor Richard Huxtable of the Bristol Medical School and Dr Sheelagh McGuinness of the University of Bristol Law School.
  • Health Data Science - an integrative research strand 30 March 2021 There is a recognised need throughout the University of Bristol - and beyond - to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration in the health or biomedical arenas. To cater to this, the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute initiated a series of interdisciplinary research strands, designed to facilitate a range of health research activities throughout the University, with funding from the Wellcome Trust. Here we highlight impacts from our Health Data Science strand.
  • Breaking down, dropping out: supporting mental health and academic achievement among autistic students 17 November 2020 Researchers at the University of Bristol have been working to understand the issues faced by autistic people in the university setting.
  • Online support in crisis - reviewing mental health support services for young people 17 November 2020 A team of researchers at the University of Bristol is investigating ways to improve mental health services for students and young people in the UK.
  • Impact of race and racism within the NHS through literature 12 November 2020 A new study assesses the impact of race and racism within the NHS through literature. This interdisciplinary research from the University of Bristol will also address the impact of culture and society on the health of black populations.
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