• Image analysis addresses harmful algal blooms 3 April 2017 Harmful algal blooms are the rapid and uncontrolled growth of algae in either freshwater or marine environments and can cause significant harm to human health, animals, the environment and economies. A team of researchers from the Bristol Vision Institute (BVI) at the University of Bristol has been awarded a major grant by the British Council to produce monitoring and early warning systems for harmful algal blooms (HABs), also known as red tides.
  • International award for students building a healthier, more sustainable Bristol 3 April 2017 The value of 8,000 Bristol students working with 250 city partners on sustainability engagement has been recognised by a prestigious International Green Gown award.
  • Bristol academic awarded the Kieran Sweeney Prize 31 March 2017 Dr Trevor Thompson, GP and Head of Teaching at the Centre for Academic Primary Care, has won the Royal College of General Practitioners' 2016 Kieran Sweeney Prize for medical writing by GPs.
  • University presents a history of China in words and pictures 31 March 2017 Images of China from the University of Bristol’s extensive Historical Photographs of China archive have been on display in an exhibition in Chongqing, Sichuan province.
  • New book tells how China ended the era of Western domination 31 March 2017 Professor Robert Bickers’ new book on China provides a fresh, accessible and comprehensive account of how China overcame foreign domination in the 20th century to go on to become the world’s second largest economy.
  • Children with autism find understanding facial expressions difficult but make similar mistakes as peers 31 March 2017 Young people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) have difficulties recognising and distinguishing between different facial expressions, according to research from one of the largest studies to look at emotion recognition in children and adolescents with ASC. The University of Bristol findings are published today [31 Mar 2017] in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  • Bristol Psychology Professor appointed Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences 31 March 2017 An academic from the University of Bristol School of Experimental Psychology and the Cabot Institute is among 47 leading social scientists who have been conferred as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences.
  • GW4 world-first supercomputer launched at national exhibition 30 March 2017 The supercomputer, known as Isambard, is being developed by GW4 researchers in collaboration with the Met Office and Cray Inc.
  • Eradicating child poverty in Africa 30 March 2017 A team from Bristol Poverty Institute, a new specialist research institute at the University of Bristol set up to tackle global poverty, have been working with UNICEF to provide technical advice and assistance to the Ugandan Bureau of Statistics (UBoS) and the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) to help integrate multidimensional child poverty measures into Ugandan National Statistics.
  • Bristol enterprise leader named in UK’s top 100 30 March 2017 Director of Bristol’s iconic Engine Shed, Nick Sturge, has been announced in the Sunday Times prestigious Maserati 100 index; a list of game-changing entrepreneurs who are disrupting the business world.
  • Composites advance at Bristol 29 March 2017 Composites are the materials of the future and are critical to reducing weight, energy consumption and the generation of CO2 in transport applications. Research at Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS) at the University of Bristol, a newly created Specialist Research Institute (SRI), is delivering new technology and innovation through its research programmes, which will benefit future fuel emissions.
  • Be ManKind campaign launches to promote male mental-wellbeing 29 March 2017 A hard hitting campaign, Be ManKind, launched this week to address the stigma surrounding male mental health and suicide through the medium of photography.
  • Strengthening ties with China’s universities 29 March 2017 Developing links with China’s universities will be a key focus when leaders and academics from the University of Bristol travel to China next month for the Graduation Celebration in Beijing.
  • Bristol physicist takes up senior role in CERN project 29 March 2017 A particle physicist from the University of Bristol has been appointed to a senior role at one of the largest and most prestigious scientific projects in the world.
  • Over €9M in European grants awarded to Bristol academics 29 March 2017 The European Research Council (ERC) will award a total of €9M in grants to Bristol academics under its Advanced Grant scheme. These grants support exceptional, professorial-level research leaders in undertaking ground-breaking, high-impact research projects.
  • Therapies that target dementia in early stages critical to success 28 March 2017 Targeting dementia in the earlier stages of the condition could be critical for the success of future therapies, say researchers from the University of Bristol, who have found that the very earliest symptoms of dementia might be due to abnormal stability in brain cell connections rather than the death of brain tissue, which comes after.
  • Bristol academic becomes Principal Fellow of Higher Education Academy 28 March 2017 Gaston Fornes, Senior Teaching Fellow in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies is the second academic from the University of Bristol to gain recognition as a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • From synthetic biology to global health challenges 28 March 2017 The University of Bristol is at the forefront of synthetic biology research, teaching and innovation.
  • University of Bristol hosts sports day for 850 local children 27 March 2017 This week a record number of children from 11 local state primary schools are due to join more than 100 student volunteers from the University of Bristol.
  • Speedy science students shortlisted 27 March 2017 A film produced by PhD students from the University of Bristol has been shortlisted for the BBC Focus Prize at this year’s Bristol Science Film Festival.
  • Bristol’s heritage and horticulture revealed 27 March 2017 The rich horticultural history and biodiversity of some of Bristol’s most beautiful gardens will be revealed to the public through a series of guided tours and events, starting next month.
  • From pigeonholes to the arrow of time: quantum physicist wins prestigious prize 27 March 2017 A professor of physics from the University of Bristol's new Quantum Information Institute has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Cozzarelli Prize for a paper published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • No 'weekend admission effect' for the elderly sustaining broken hips in the NHS 27 March 2017 New research has found NHS patients admitted to hospital at the weekend with a hip fracture are at no greater risk of death compared to weekdays. In fact, the risk of death during the hospital stay was lower at the weekend than in the week. Only a delay to surgery; undergoing surgery on a Sunday, when provision for operations in many hospitals is less, being discharged from hospital on a Sunday; or out of hours were associated with an increased risk of death at 30 days.
  • Major breakthrough in the manufacture of red blood cells 24 March 2017 Researchers have generated the first immortalised cell lines which allow more efficient manufacture of red blood cells. The team, from the University of Bristol and NHS Blood and Transplant, were able to manufacture red blood cells in a more efficient scale than was previously possible.
  • Reaction to Supreme Court decision on minimum income immigration rule 24 March 2017 Academics from the University of Bristol’s newly formed Institute for Migration and Mobility Studies have expressed disappointment at last month’s ruling by the Supreme Court which decided the minimum income immigration rule is lawful.
  • Engineers ping pong in aid of Comic Relief 24 March 2017 Engineers from the University of Bristol are getting ready to don their red noses and ping pong in aid of Comic Relief.
  • Is there a link between telomere length and cancer? 23 March 2017 Telomeres are regions of repetitive DNA at the end of human chromosomes, which protect the end of the chromosome from damage. Whilst shorter telomeres are hypothesized biological markers of older age and have been linked to many diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular diseases, whether these associations are causal is unknown.
  • Ground-breaking fossilised tissue reveals the gradual evolution of crouched legs in birds 22 March 2017 Living birds have a more crouched leg posture compared to their dinosaurian ancestors, which generally are thought to have moved with straighter limbs - similar to the postures of humans.
  • Dr Claire Haworth wins Spearman Medal for outstanding research in psychology 22 March 2017 Dr Claire Haworth, Reader in Behavioural Genetics and co-director of the Dynamic Genetics Lab, has been awarded the 2017 Spearman Medal from the British Psychological Society.
  • Nobel Prize winner installed as Chancellor of the University of Bristol 22 March 2017 Sir Paul Nurse, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist and former President of the Royal Society, will today [22 March] be installed as Chancellor of the University of Bristol.
  • Scientists look to AI for help in peer review 21 March 2017 Peer review is a cornerstone of the scientific publishing process but could artificial intelligence help with the process? Computer scientists from the University of Bristol have reviewed how state-of-the-art tools from machine learning and artificial intelligence are already helping to automate parts of the academic peer-review process.
  • Researchers to create biomimetic forebrain for 3D-printed robot hands 21 March 2017 A team of researchers is to develop a biomimetic forebrain for controlling 3D-printed robot hands with a sense of touch. They aim to create a biomimetic forebrain based on computer modelling of a mammal’s neural system that communicates touch in humans and animals, and use this to perform general manipulation tasks in robots.
  • Bristol students to get a unique view on Monteverdi 21 March 2017 Bristol Plays Music and the University of Bristol are joining forces to present a unique symposium on Renaissance music and the life and work of the composer Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643).
  • Stem cell therapy could help mend the youngest of broken hearts 21 March 2017 Researchers have shown stem cells from the umbilical cord may hold the key to a new generation of graft and could reduce the number of surgeries required to treat young children born with certain types of congenital heart disease.
  • Dr Nic Timpson appointed to ALSPAC Principal Investigator 21 March 2017 Dr Nic Timpson has recently been appointed to the post of ALSPAC Principal Investigator. He brings a distinguished academic pedigree and has made a long-term commitment to leading ALSPAC to ongoing success.
  • Bristol named best place to live in Britain in 2017 20 March 2017 Bristol has been named the best place to live in Britain by the Sunday Times, which praises the city for being 'cool, classy and supremely creative'.
  • Virtual Futures: Where is Virtual Reality taking us? 20 March 2017 Virtual Reality – or VR - has long been the idea of science fiction but now it is happening and the impact on society is potentially huge. The University of Bristol and the Digital Cultures Research Centre at University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) are sponsoring a special track at this year’s VR World Congress [Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 April] to encourage debate into what this may mean for everyone.
  • University launches new specialist research institutes 20 March 2017 The University of Bristol has today (Monday, 20 March) launched seven new research institutes reflecting the University’s strength and depth in key specialisms.
  • Museum of the Moon lands in iconic Bristol building 20 March 2017 One of Bristol’s most iconic buildings will be home to a giant replica of the moon this week.
  • The Moon has landed 17 March 2017 The Museum of the Moon comes to the University of Bristol.
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