Professor Roy Parker, 1931-201723 January 2017Roy Parker, the first Professor in the Department of Social Work and Administration in the university, has died aged 85 in Devon. His former colleague Hilary Land offers a remembrance.
Professor Bob Chambers, 1924-201620 January 2017Robert G (Bob) Chambers, Professor of Physics and Professor Emeritus in the School of Physics, died in Southmead Hospital on December 17, 2016 with complications following a fall. His former colleagues and friends Professors Emeriti Bob Evans and Mike Springford offer a remembrance.
Brain’s connections which keep related memories distinct from each other, identified in new study20 January 2017Neuroscientists at the University of Bristol are a step closer to understanding how the connections in our brain which control our episodic memory work in sync to make some memories stronger than others. The findings, published in Nature Neuroscience, reveal a previously unsuspected division of memory function in the pathways between two areas of the brain, and suggest that certain subnetworks within the brain work separately, to enhance the distinctiveness of memories.
New project aims to improve diversity in arts and humanities research20 January 2017How universities and black and minority ethnic communities* work together will be the focus of a new UK-wide project. Common Cause is a new collaborative arts and humanities initiative will map routes to greater inclusion that enable the UK’s diverse population to fully participate in research and collaborations.
Disabled people reveal their experiences of social care18 January 2017At a time when Social Care in England is at a ‘tipping point’, according to the Care Quality Commission, it is vital that local authorities find ways of working together with people who use social care services. With that goal in mind, a group of disabled people have recently carried out research in co-production with researchers at the University of Bristol.
Eating disorders are affecting more UK women in their 40s and 50s than expected, finds new study17 January 2017In a UK study of 5,320 women, three per cent were found to have an active eating disorder in mid-life, a figure higher than expected as eating disorders are primarily associated with adolescence or early adulthood. The research, using data from the University of Bristol’s Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children cohort, is published in the open access journal BMC Medicine.
Statins may reduce the risk of blood clots in the vein13 January 2017A study published by Dr Setor Kunutsor of the Musculoskeletal Research Unit in the School of Clinical Sciences, with colleagues from the University of Leicester, has confirmed that statins could play an important role in reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism.
UAV performs first ever perched landing using machine learning algorithms11 January 2017The very first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to perform a perched landing using machine learning algorithms has been developed in partnership with the University of Bristol and BMT Defence Services (BMT). The revolutionary development of a fixed wing aircraft that can land in a small or confined space has the potential to significantly impact intelligence-gathering and the delivery of aid in a humanitarian disaster.
Pharmacology student wins national award for communication11 January 2017Katy Sutcliffe, an SWBio DTP PhD student in the University of Bristol’s School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, and the School of Biochemistry (Faculty of Biomedical Sciences), has been awarded a British Pharmacological Society (BPS) Oral Communication Prize.
The best way to include fossils in the 'tree of life'11 January 2017A team of scientists from the University of Bristol has suggested that we need to use a fresh approach to analyse relationships in the fossil record to show how all living and extinct species are related in the 'tree of life'.
Testing how species respond to climate change 10 January 2017Predicting how species will respond to climate change is a critical part of efforts to prevent widespread climate-driven extinction, or to predict its consequences for ecosystems.
The economics of grief10 January 2017The loss of a child can cause intense grief for parents and for many, life is never the same again. Now researchers have built up a comprehensive picture of the devastating social and economic impact that a child’s death can have.
What did Big Data find when it analysed 150 years of British history?9 January 2017What could be learnt about the world if you could read the news from over 100 local newspapers for a period of 150 years? This is what a team of Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers from the University of Bristol have done, together with a social scientist and a historian, who had access to 150 years of British regional newspapers.
New research describes how bacteria resists ‘last-resort’ antibiotic 6 January 2017An international research team, led by the University of Bristol, has provided the first clues to understand how the mcr-1 gene protects bacteria from colistin – a ‘last resort’ antibiotic used to treat life-threatening bacterial infections that do not respond to other treatment options.
Stewardship policy reduces antimicrobial use on farms5 January 2017Evidence suggests the frequent use of certain antimicrobials (AM) in food-producing animals may reduce their effectiveness as treatments for both animals and humans. Researchers at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences are finding novel ways to address these concerns, working with farmers to empower them to develop policies to promote more responsible use of medicines on farms.