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  • Bristol Science Film Festival 2021 - calling all creatives to submit short films! 18 February 2021 Bristol’s Science Film Festival is set to take place this summer and the organisers of the annual event are calling for submissions from amateur and professional movie makers ahead of the festival’s July showcase. Film-makers behind shortlisted films will have their films screened and a chance to win cash prizes.
  • Bristol researchers to collaborate on national study to understand long COVID 18 February 2021 What is long COVID and how can diagnosis be improved? Using data from electronic health records at a national scale alongside information from thousands of participants in the UK's population-based cohort studies, these and other questions will be tackled following today's [18 February] announcement of a nationwide long COVID study led by University College London (UCL). The study will include Bristol’s Children of the 90s health study, based at the University of Bristol.
  • UK's COVID-19 vaccination programme already reducing daily deaths 11 February 2021 A new modelling study shows that the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is already reducing daily deaths. However, reductions of hospital and intensive care (ICU) admissions will likely take several weeks longer, with large reductions seen by the end of March and continuing into April.
  • How GPs coped with the rapid shift to remote consultations to reduce the risk of COVID-19 9 February 2021 One of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the rapid move to telephone, video and online GP consultations. In a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded study, researchers from the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol and NIHR ARC West found that while the rapid shift to remote GP consulting was successful and maintained a focus on vulnerable patients, it was driven by necessity and may have risks.
  • Clients of female sex workers should be targeted for HIV prevention and treatment in South Africa 4 February 2021 The unmet HIV prevention and treatment needs of female sex workers and especially their male clients could contribute substantially to ongoing HIV transmission in South Africa, according to a new study led by University of Bristol researchers.
  • Women invited to join study into nutrition advice in pregnancy 21 January 2021 The University is seeking volunteers for a new study that will identify the foods women tend to avoid during pregnancy and the information sources that influence their decision to include or avoid certain foods.
  • Study finds national data may be underestimating illicit drug use in young people 18 January 2021 A study published today [18 January] in the publication Addiction suggests that the UK government’s current national population-based data may be understating illicit drug usage among young people by as much as 20 per cent.
  • New research shows the importance of consuming enough vitamin B12 in pregnancy 11 January 2021 A new study published in Nutrition Research has found that children born to a mother with low intake of Vitamin B12 during pregnancy were at increased risk of adverse development specific to certain speech and mathematical abilities.
  • Study highlights stark inequality in survival after cardiac surgery between paying and NHS patients 16 December 2020 A new study has revealed paying patients are 20 per cent less likely to die or develop major complications, such as reintervention or stroke, after cardiac surgery than NHS patients – findings researchers say cannot be explained by socioeconomic factors alone.
  • Analysis finds four repurposed antiviral drugs have little or no effect on patients hospitalised for COVID-19 4 December 2020 Repurposed antiviral drugs - remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir and interferon - to treat COVID-19 appear to have little or no effect on patients hospitalised for the disease, in terms of overall mortality, initiation of ventilation and duration of hospital stay. The interim findings from the WHO Solidarity trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), followed 11,266 adults at 405 hospitals in 30 countries.
  • Small and large birth weight linked to genetics of mother and baby – except in tiniest babies 2 December 2020 Genetics of mother and baby contribute to most cases where babies are born very large or very small, according to new research.
  • Treatment for drug addiction - how do patients cope in lockdown? 27 November 2020 There are encouraging signs that people in treatment for drug addiction can manage their medication when they are entrusted with a substantial quantity of opiate substitutes and told to take it in small daily doses, finds a new ‘early insight’ report from researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Bath.
  • Young people's anxiety levels doubled during first COVID-19 lockdown, says study 24 November 2020 The number of young people with anxiety doubled from 13 per cent to 24 per cent, during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown 1, according to new research from the University of Bristol. The study, using Bristol’s Children of the 90s questionnaire data, showed that young people (27-29 years) reported higher levels of anxiety during the early phases of the pandemic in the first national lockdown and this was higher than their parents.
  • Bristol secures £45M to advance gene therapy treatment of chronic kidney diseases 19 November 2020 The University of Bristol has secured a £45million deal to advance its groundbreaking gene therapy technology for chronic kidney diseases. The commitment, made by healthcare company Syncona Ltd to Bristol spin-out Purespring Therapeutics, aims to address a global unmet need for renal conditions in one of the largest single investments made to a new UK university biotech company.
  • Accuracy of rapid covid test may be lower than previously suggested 12 November 2020 The accuracy of a rapid finger-prick antibody test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19 infection, may be considerably lower than previously suggested, finds a study led by scientists from Public Health England and the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Warwick published in The BMJ.
  • Bristol study completes COVID-19 antibody testing 10 November 2020 Children of the 90s, a health study based at the University of Bristol, has today published results from a study testing almost 5,000 participants for COVID-19 antibodies. 4.3% reported a positive result, of which a quarter were asymptomatic and did not report any symptoms in previous questionnaires.
  • Launch of new neurodevelopmental and neurodiversity network 2 November 2020 A new regional network between the GW4 universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter has launched which will focus on research into neurodiversity and conditions such as ADHD and autism. It will draw on world-leading expertise across GW4, including the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at Bristol, the Wales Autism Research Centre at Cardiff, and Egenis research groups at Exeter. While supported by GW4 – a research alliance bringing together the four universities - the network hopes to generate engagement from other researchers, clinicians, the public, and third sector organisations from around the region.
  • What’s the STORY of infectious diseases in the UK? 26 October 2020 A study looking at how children's immune systems respond to COVID-19, and to vaccines for other infectious diseases, is asking children under the age of 20 who live in the Bristol area to consider taking part. The research project is being run by the Bristol Children’s Vaccine Centre (BCVC) at Bristol Medical School, and the Oxford Vaccine Group which is part of the University of Oxford.
  • Bristol researchers awarded Future Leaders Fellowships 15 October 2020 Four Bristol researchers have been awarded UK Research and Innovation's (UKRI) prestigious Future Leaders Fellowships. The awards, designed to establish the careers of world-class research and innovation leaders across the UK to help them tackle major global challenges, are announced today [15 October] by Science Minister Amanda Solloway.
  • New emergency care research hub for Bristol launched 9 October 2020 The University of Bristol and UWE Bristol have joined forces with health care partners in the city to set up a collaborative research hub to improve the delivery of emergency care in Bristol and the surrounding area. The new hub, Research in Emergency Care, Avon Collaborative Hub (REACH), was launched today [Friday 9 October].

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