Helping researchers get CLOSER to the facts of life3 October 2012Some of the most important studies of people's lives in the UK, including the University of Bristol Children of the 90s study (ALSPAC), will be brought together in a national centre of excellence thanks to a £5 million project launched this week by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC).
NIHR Fellowship Success12 September 2012Many congratulations to the following colleagues who were awarded NIHR doctoral and post doctoral fellowships over the Summer
Chronically fatigued patients face huge inequalities in accessing specialist services17 August 2012New research has identified the true extent of inequalities faced by adults who require access to specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome [CFS] or Myalgic Encephalopathy [ME] services in England. The findings, published in the journal BMJ Open, reveal a ‘postcode lottery’ whereby patients from more affluent postcode districts are more likely to be referred to specialist services than those from more deprived areas.
Do you know of someone who is experiencing domestic violence?6 August 2012One in four women in the UK will experience domestic violence at some point in their lifetime. Until now, there has been little research on how this takes its toll on friends and relatives of victims. A new study, led by the University of Bristol, is seeking participants to share their experiences to help find out the true impact on people who surround a woman experiencing abusive behaviour.
School progressions!1 August 2012Very many congratulations to Tom Gaunt, Katrina Turner, Jenny Ingram, Jelena Savovic, and Tom Palmer!
Becky Gilbert awarded!15 June 2012Many congratulations to Becky Gilbert who has been awarded a Cancer Research UK Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowship!
NIHR funding award for Programme of Suicide Research14 June 2012David Gunnell and colleagues in SSCM (Jenny Donovan, Chris Metcalfe, John Potokar, Will Hollingworth, Richard Huxtable) have been awarded £1,765,660 for a new NIHR Programme of suicide prevention research.
ALSPAC wins the inaugural Bristol Genius Award!22 May 2012ALSPAC has won the inaugural Bristol Genius Award, for 'a project or organisation that has the potential to change lives for the better or has already changed lives significantly'.
Scientists discover key contribution to Melanesian blonde hair colour3 May 2012Researchers studying pigmentation in the South Pacific have uncovered a key genetic contribution to hair colour. The findings, published in Science, reveal a functional genetic variant which has led the islanders to have simultaneously the darkest skin pigmentation outside of Africa and the highest prevalence of blonde hair outside of Europe.
Ricardo Araya awarded!25 March 2012Many congratulations to Ricardo Araya from the Unit of Psychiatry who has been awarded a one-year University Research Fellowship by the Institute for Advanced Studies.
ALSPAC - the first 21 years conference24 March 2012ALSPAC celebrates its 21st birthday! There will also be an evening seminar by Professor Alice Roberts called 'Nariokotome Boy: How can a 1.5 million year old skeleton of a young boy shed light on what it means to be human?
Diet/DNA: are we fated to be fat?14 March 2012Marks on the genetic ‘code’ that babies are different for children who become overweight compared to those who don’t, new research from the universities of Newcastle and Bristol has found.
NIHR funding award for BY-BAND project30 January 2012Jane Blazeby and colleagues have been awarded £2,874,696 from the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Clinical Trials and Evaluation Board to undertake the BY-BAND study which will compare two types of surgical operation (gastric BAND and gastric BYpass) for morbid obesity.
Depression risk for vitamin D deficient 9-year-olds19 January 2012New research from Children of the 90s shows that the link between low levels of vitamin D and depression is established in childhood and that ensuring children have a good intake of vitamin D could help reduce depression in adolescence and adulthood.