News in 2016

  • Festschrift for Professor Andrew Newby 21 December 2016 Friends and colleagues of Professor Andrew Newby gathered at Wills Hall on 2nd December 2016 for a festschrift to mark his retirement.
  • Research project hopes to improve outcomes for unborn twins sharing the same placenta 24 November 2016 A unique two-year research project to better identify the cardiac function of monochorionic twins with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) has been unveiled by St Michael’s Hospital and Bristol's Clinical Research and Imaging Centre (CRICBristol). Funded by The Capella Foundation, a charity that helps increase awareness of medical complications during pregnancy, the project will seek to find out how the syndrome develops and identify ways to improve survival outcomes.
  • Smart stem cells home to damaged tissue 28 October 2016 Stem cell-based therapy promises cures for a multitude of diseases and disorders including regeneration of heart tissue, but is severely limited by the ability of stem cells to identify the damaged location and remain there after administration. A new strategy is being developed at the University of Bristol to address this challenge.
  • Students launch new research journal 25 October 2016 Students from the medical and dental schools of Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Plymouth have joined forces to launch a new journal that showcases original research undertaken in world-class laboratories and clinics by fellow students. The ‘INSPIRE Student Health Sciences Research Journal’ is produced by a team of student editors from the four universities. It is a key part of a collaborative project under the national INSPIRE scheme funded by the Wellcome Trust and administered by the Academy of Medical Sciences.
  • Kidney Research UK Award 24 October 2016 Prof Richard Coward in the School of Clinical Sciences has been awarded a Kidney Research UK Clinical Training Fellowship.
  • 15 million Euros for Bristol Renal 13 October 2016 Bristol Renal have been successful at being part of a 15-million Euro European grant to study diabetic nephropathy.
  • Research in Bristol boosted by £21 million award over five years 26 September 2016 University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) in partnership with the University of Bristol has been awarded more than £20 million over five years by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to fund cutting-edge research.
  • British Heart Foundation four-year PhD grant success 23 August 2016 The BHF 4-year PhD programme in Integrative Cardiovascular Science will address the need to train the next generation of cardiovascular research leaders skilled in bridging research interfaces to produce significant impact for patient benefit and population health.
  • Italy Made Me 21 July 2016 On Thursday, the 7th of July, the Italian Embassy in London hosted "Italy Made Me", the annual research award for young Italian researchers studying and/or working in the UK.
  • West of England Genomic Medicine Centre 15 June 2016 A partnership made up of NHS provider organisations in Bristol, Bath, Cheltenham and Gloucestershire, universities, the West of England Academic Health Science Network, Health Education South West and NHS commissioners has been designated the West of England NHS Genomic Medicine Centre (WEGMC).
  • Translational Biomedical Research Centre 14 June 2016 TBRC will use experimental models highly relevant to human disease and anatomy to test approaches, devices or therapies in a stateof-the art animal hospital theatre operating at NHS standards.
  • Bio-ink for 3D Printing with Stem Cells 25 May 2016 A new stem cell-containing bio-ink allows 3D printing of living tissue. The ink contains two different polymer components: a natural polymer extracted from seaweed, and a sacrificial synthetic polymer used in the medical industry.
  • NIHR Awards: Outstanding Contributions 19 May 2016 Senior Investigators are the NIHR’s pre-eminent researchers and represent the country’s most outstanding leaders of clinical and applied health and social care research.
  • P2X3 Antagonism Reduces Hypertension 16 May 2016 Afferent Pharmaceuticals specialise in the development of small molecule compounds targeting the P2X3 receptor for the treatment of poorly managed and common neurogenic conditions.
  • Three Minute Thesis Competition: Finals 5 May 2016 Congratulations are extended to Mr Pouya Saghedi Pour who successfully competed in the semi-finals of the 3MT and made it through to the finals.
  • BHF Funding Success 2 May 2016 Restoring coronary microvascular endothelial glycocalyx as a therapy for diabetic cardiomyopathy.
  • Better Lung Function for Respiratory Disease Gene Carriers 29 April 2016 The gene that causes alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) causes a rare respiratory disease which can lead to severely reduced lung capacity due to emphysema.
  • Alzheimer’s and High Blood Pressure Research 26 April 2016 Around 16 million people in the UK suffer from hypertension; it can strain blood vessels and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. There is also evidence that it can, particularly in midlife, raise the risk of vascular dementia and and Alzheimer’s disease. However, the mechanism by which high blood pressure influences Alzheimer’s disease is largely unknown.
  • Potential New Way of Treating Diabetes 22 April 2016 A grant from the British Heart Foundation will explore new approaches to treating diabetes.
  • GW4 Funding Success 20 April 2016 A recent funding grant has made the creation of a new biomedical research network possible.
  • Early Career Researchers' event 2016 18 April 2016 On 15 April 2016 BCV hosted its second dedicated Early Career Researchers' event in the Graduate School of Education.
  • Three-minute Thesis semi-finals 1 April 2016 The Bristol Doctoral College, in conjunction with the Bristol Students' Union Postgraduate Network, is hosting Bristol's third-annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition
  • New Medical Director for BHF 21 March 2016 The British Heart Foundation today announced that Professor Sir Nilesh Samani was appointed as their new Medical Director
  • Hypertension: have we missed something? 7 March 2016 High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects some 70 million Americans, quadrupling the chance of a person dying from a stroke and tripling the chance of dying from heart disease.
  • National Student Association of Medical Research Conference 1 March 2016 First Prize at NSAMR for Clinical Sciences BSc student
  • Research for Health Challenge 25 February 2016 A new scheme encourages healthcare practitioners and UoB researchers to work together to develop innovative thinking around clinical problems
  • Bleeding after dual antiplatelet therapy 12 February 2016 University of Bristol researchers have been awarded £432,000 by the National Institute for Health Research to study the effect of antiplatelet drugs on bleeding risk
  • Assessing the potential of acetazolamide as an antithrombotic 11 February 2016 Funding from the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research
  • Platelet secretion in thrombosis 10 February 2016 A British Heart Foundation grant for Professor Alastair Poole and colleagues
  • Modulation of myocardial gap junction conductance 1 February 2016, 1.00 PM - 1 February 2016, 2.00 PM Dr Rita Jabr (University of Surrey) E29 Biomedical Sciences Building
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