• Professor Alan Emond awarded highest honour bestowed by Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 23 May 2019 Professor Alan Emond from Bristol Medical School has been awarded the highest honour bestowed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – the James Spence Medal - for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of paediatric knowledge.
  • The Lost Heroes of DNA 22 May 2019 James Watson and Francis Crick discovered DNA but in fact, they clicked into place the last piece of a huge jigsaw puzzle that other researchers had assembled over decades. A free talk tonight [22 May 6 pm to 7.30 pm] by Professor Gareth Williams, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Dentistry will tell the story of the discovery of DNA, highlighting some of its lost heroes.
  • Test yourself against real surgeons in a giant game of Operation 20 May 2019 Surgeons from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) will be challenging passers-by to a giant game of Operation in Clifton Down Shopping Centre, Whiteladies Road, today [Monday 20 May] from 9am-4pm to mark International Clinical Trials Day.
  • Cooling baby treatment one of ‘Nation’s Lifesavers’ 16 May 2019 A University of Bristol researcher who discovered that cooling babies who have suffered a lack of oxygen at birth improves their survival without brain damage in later childhood, is named by Universities UK as one of the ‘Nation’s Lifesavers’.
  • £6.6 million for major UK non-communicable disease prevention project 10 May 2019 The University of Bristol, in partnership with the Universities of Bath, West of England, Manchester, Reading and Cardiff and Bristol City Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority, has been awarded £6.6 million by the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) to tackle unhealthy urban planning and development linked to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, obesity, poor mental health, cancer and diabetes.
  • Professor George Davey Smith awarded membership of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences 3 May 2019 Professor George Davey Smith has been awarded life membership of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the most prestigious research institutes in the world, for his scientific and academic achievements in epidemiology.
  • Creative Reactions: where science meets art 2 May 2019 Around 100 scientists and artists will be exploring the relationships between science and art using sculptures, wood carvings, canvas, and digital art, as part of this year’s Creative Reactions Bristol.
  • Study reveals hip and knee replacement performance in England and Wales 30 April 2019 The performance of different prosthetic implant combinations used in patients undergoing hip and knee replacements in England and Wales over the last 14 years have, for the first time, been directly compared in two new studies. The University of Bristol findings, published in the BMJ Open today [Tuesday 30 April], reveal substantial variability in the performance of different joint replacements, and the number of patients requiring a second surgery.
  • Risk factors identified for patients undergoing knee replacements 17 April 2019 In the largest study of its kind, researchers from the Musculoskeletal Research Unit at the University of Bristol have identified the most important risk factors for developing severe infection after knee replacement. Patients who are under 60 years of age, males, those with chronic pulmonary disease, diabetes, liver disease, and a higher body mass index are at increased risk of having the joint replacement redone (known as revision) due to infection.
  • Two academics honoured with Royal Society Fellows 17 April 2019 Two University of Bristol academics, Professors George Davey Smith and Michael Kendall, have achieved the rare distinction of being elected Fellows of the world's most eminent scientific academy, the Royal Society, for their exceptional contributions to science.
  • Senior Researcher wins Hind Rattan award, 2019 8 March 2019 Celebrating International Women's day we spoke to Dr Narinder Bansal who explained the work that led her to win the prestigious Indian award.
  • Domestic violence against women: giving friends and relatives the keys to help 8 March 2019 Today [Friday 8 March] International Women's Day [IWD 2019] is celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women but worldwide, domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is still experienced by almost one in three women. It has become a major public health issue, with profound physical and mental health impact. A research project by the University of Bristol, funded by AXA Research Fund, aims to develop resources that will help informal groups, such as friends and family, support women who experience domestic violence.
  • Could genetic breakthrough finally help take the sting out of mouth ulcers? 5 March 2019 A large breakthrough has been made in the genetic understanding of mouth ulcers which could provide potential for a new drug to prevent or heal the painful lesions. Mouth ulcers affect up to 25 per cent of young adults and a higher proportion of children. Previous research has shown that mouth ulcers are partially heritable, but until now there has been little evidence linking specific genes or genomic regions to mouth ulcers.
  • Drinking in pregnancy could affect children’s mental health 1 March 2019 New research led by the University of Bristol has found children whose mothers drink during pregnancy could be at greater risk of mental health problems, particularly anxiety, depression and conduct disorder.
  • Getting to the heart of the matter this Valentine’s Day 8 February 2019 What are the heart strings? Where is the hole in your heart? How does the blood circulate? See it all before your eyes when a team of anatomists from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Applied Anatomy discuss one of the most important organs in the body - the heart - next week on Valentine’s Day [Thursday 14 February].
  • New kidney research sheds light on harms of certain drugs 24 January 2019 Scientists have identified an enzyme that is a “master regulator” of kidney function that if excessively suppressed, can trigger renal failure. Their findings have implications for the use of existing drugs and the development of new pharmaceuticals.
  • Study finds elevated levels of stress hormone linked to housing type and tenure 17 January 2019 A new study examining UK housing data and health outcomes has indicated a link between people living in the private rental sector having higher levels of a stress hormone. The findings, led by researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Essex, are published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
  • Bristol scientist honoured in Queen’s New Year list 29 December 2018 A scientist from the University of Bristol has been honoured in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, which recognises the achievements and service of people across the UK. Along with the Birthday honours, they are the most significant announcement of civilian and military gallantry awards.
  • Diabetes-inducing blood vessel damage could be prevented by a growth factor, study finds 20 December 2018 Scientists have identified a growth factor found in the kidneys that could minimise the diabetes-inducing effects of blood vessel damage.
  • Study could benefit eye disease patients whilst saving NHS both time and money 20 December 2018 Researchers from the University of Bristol, in collaboration with Queen's University Belfast, are leading a cutting-edge project, named the "MONARCH" study, that could benefit eye disease patients whilst saving both time and money within the NHS.

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