29 November 2013
The University of Bristol has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education - the highest accolade for any academic institution – in recognition of its leading-edge research in obstetric and neonatal practice, which has made a positive difference to mothers and babies throughout the world. Birth and the early stages of life are safer because of three strands of research carried out at Bristol.
21 November 2013
£23m to drive advances in population health sciences research MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit (IEU) at the University of Bristol officially opens today The University of Bristol is to benefit from £23 million of research funding that will exploit the latest advances in technology and develop new analysis methods to improve understanding of how our family background, behaviours and genes work together to affect how we develop and remain healthy or become ill. The MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol (IEU), jointly funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the University of Bristol, is officially opened today [21 Nov].
18 November 2013
We are delighted to announce that Corrie Macdonald-Wallis has been selected as winner of the Scopus Young Researcher UK Award 2013 in the category of Medical Sciences. In total there were six individual categories in the following disciplines: Environmental, Physical, Medical and Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities and Biochemistry/Genetics/Molecular Biology.
6 November 2013
David Nutt, a Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol, has been awarded an international prize for courage in promoting science and evidence on a matter of public interest.Professor Nutt was announced as winner of the 2013 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science. The Prize is a joint initiative of the science journal Nature, the Kohn Foundation, and the charity Sense About Science. The late Sir John Maddox, FRS, was editor of Nature for 22 years and a founding trustee of Sense About Science.
31 October 2013
Findings form part of influential report aimed at reducing suicide and non-fatal self-harm Assessment of official suicide statistics found that between 1990 and 2005, the proportion of researcher-defined suicides given a verdict of suicide by the 12 coroners studied decreased by almost seven per cent, largely because of the increased use of misadventure/accident verdicts for deaths thought, on clinical review, to be suicides. Growth in the use of narrative verdicts by coroners may also have compromised assessment of small area differences in suicide rates. This is just one of the key findings from a report, published in the first issue of the new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) journal Programme Grants for Applied Research, aimed at reducing premature mortality from suicide and non-fatal self-harm.
11 October 2013
A study to assess whether patients prescribed smoking cessation drugs are at an increased risk of suicide, self-harm and treated depression compared with users of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) has found no evidence of an increased risk. The findings, led by researchers from the University of Bristol, are published online in the British Medical Journal [BMJ] today (11 October).
8 October 2013
The NIHR HTA Programme has confirmed a further funding award for the ProtecT study of £5.495 million to enable staff to complete the median 10-year follow up of participants by the end of 2015. This will allow the presentation of the major results - the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of active monitoring, radical surgery and 3-D conformal radiotherapy for men diagnosed with localised prostate cancer following a PSA test in primary care between the ages of 50 and 69 years. Outcomes including survival, disease progression, and a wide range of symptomatic and quality of life impacts of diagnosis and treatment will be considered, alongside a qualitative study of participation and a full economic evaluation. Publication of the findings is expected in 2016.
19 September 2013
2008 economic crisis could be to blame for thousands of excess suicides worldwide. Researchers are suggesting that the 2008 global economic crisis could be to blame for the increase in suicide rates in European and American countries, particularly among males and in countries with higher levels of job losses. The findings, led by researchers at the universities of Bristol, Oxford and Hong Kong, were recently published on bmj.com.
16 September 2013
Dr Raquel Granell, Research Fellow in the School of Social and Community Medicine won the Best Abstract Award for a Young Investigator at the European Respiratory Society Annual Congress 2013. Raquel's paper, entitled, "Associations of BMI, fat mass and lean mass with asthma in childhood: Mendelian randomization study," was selected as the best abstract submitted to the Paediatric assembly and beat off stiff competition to win the overall prize at an awards ceremony in Barcelona for young scientists on Tuesday 10th September. Raquel also received a travel award from the British Lung Foundation to present her work at the meeting. Agnes von Sonnenschein, recently ERS Visiting Fellow in the School also received an award for best abstract in Paediatric Respiratory Epidemiology at the same ceremony & presented her work from ALSPAC at the ERS congress.
16 September 2013
Two new research projects that aim to advance treatment for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome [CFS] or Myalgic Encephalopathy [ME], which affects an estimated 600,000 adults and children in the UK, have been awarded funding totalling nearly £1.2 million from the National Institute for Health Research [NIHR].