News in 2020

  • GW4 Universities support the fight against COVID-19 30 May 2020 In these uncertain times staff and students across the GW4 Alliance are playing a key role in the fight against COVID-19 coronavirus.
  • Bristol Health Partners designated an Academic Health Science Centre 13 May 2020 Following a highly competitive process, Bristol Health Partners (BHP) is now one of only eight designated Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs) in England. The AHSC will drive service change, leading to world-class health, clinical and economic outcomes for the regional population across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG).
  • What you need to know about how coronavirus is changing science 5 May 2020 The evolving COVID-19 pandemic has created an urgent need for scientific evidence, and quickly. We need politicians to be able to make informed decisions, and we need to support the development of effective vaccines and treatments, as well as understanding the unfolding impact of the pandemic on society. The speed with which the global scientific community has risen to this sudden pressing need is remarkable. Prof Marcus Munafo (Psychological Science) writes for The Conversation.
  • University of Bristol launches Coronavirus internship fund 29 April 2020 Local small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Bristol responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic will be able to benefit from fully funded internships, thanks to a new scheme from the University of Bristol.
  • New Better Care South West Partnership will join up data to improve and integrate care 29 April 2020 A new partnership led by the University of Bristol that will join up data and improve patient care in the South West has been announced by Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) today [29 April]. The HDR UK Better Care South West Partnership is being awarded £1.2 million over three years to drive forward data-led research projects and join up the region’s considerable health data expertise.
  • Collective Intelligence Grants 2.0 1 April 2020 Nesta UK are supporting 15 new experiments in machine-crowd cooperation to address complex challenges. Find out what they are, and who is behind them.
  • Bristol pioneers use of VR for designing new drugs 11 March 2020 Researchers at the University of Bristol are pioneering the use of virtual reality (VR) as a tool to design the next generation of drug treatments.
  • Dramatic increase in bowel cancer in young adults in England 10 March 2020 There has been a dramatic increase in the incidence of bowel cancer in adults under the age of 50, according to new research from the University of Bristol, UWE Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol).
  • Development of new blood test for GPs could help diagnose brain tumours earlier 24 February 2020 A new simple blood test for brain tumours that could be used by GPs in primary care will be developed thanks to funding of nearly £500,000 by Cancer Research UK. Around 60,000 patients in the UK are living with a brain tumour but only 20 per cent of patients are still alive five years after diagnosis, partly because they present late with large inoperable tumours.
  • Technology takes a step forwards in genetic research 12 February 2020 New research brings combined computational and laboratory genome engineering a step closer following the design of smaller and smaller genomes, to advance genetic manipulation, using supercomputers by researchers at the University of Bristol.
  • Brain tumour research could help future precision medicine 7 January 2020 New research on brain tumours could improve patient diagnosis and treatment options as part of a precision medicine approach. Brain tumours are the leading cause of cancer deaths in children and adults under the age of 40, with 16,000* people in the UK diagnosed with a brain tumour each year.
  • Bristol discovery reveals tractionless motion is possible 6 January 2020 In an article published in Physical Review Letters, Bristol scientists have answered the fundamental question: “Is it possible to move without exerting force on the environment?”, by describing the tractionless self-propulsion of active matter.
  • Insights into population health research 3 January 2020 Richard Martin, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Bristol, led the Cancer Research UK (CRUK)-funded Cluster Randomised Trial of PSA Testing for Prostate Cancer (CAP) trial. The CAP trial attracted national recognition for providing definitive answers about the value of Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) testing in prostate cancer screening. Richard spoke to Catherine Cowell, Research Funding Manager at CRUK, about the impact of the study and the advice he’d give researchers seeking funding for population research.
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