News in 2015

  • New grant for stem cell treatment of hole in the heart 21 December 2015 A research project in Bristol’s School of Clinical Sciences for the treatment of babies born with hole in the heart has been awarded a grant by the Enid Linder Foundation.
  • £4.6M boost for future biomedical research leaders 2 December 2015 The future of biomedical research in the UK will receive a vital boost thanks to a new collaborative PhD training programme worth £4.6 million. Largely funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), the new award to the GW4 Alliance – comprising the University of Bristol, University of Bath, Cardiff University and the University of Exeter – will fund more than 50 postgraduate research students over the next three years.
  • Bristol Brain Centre opens at Southmead Hospital 27 November 2015 The new Bristol Brain Centre, which brings together expertise from North Bristol NHS Trust and the University of Bristol, opened at Southmead Hospital on November 25. The centre is the first of its kind in the country to bring together research teams in the areas of multiple sclerosis, dementia and movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s.
  • Passive smoking is associated with earlier delivery and lower birth weight 24 November 2015 It has been known for more than 50 years that a mother who smokes whilst pregnant is more likely to give birth to her baby prematurely. But what if a mother doesn’t smoke but lives with someone who does? New research by academics from the University of Bristol has found women exposed to passive smoking, on average, deliver their babies earlier and with lower birth weights compared to unexposed women.
  • School Newsletter November 2015 19 November 2015
  • New Alzheimer’s disease drug trial opens across Scotland 17 November 2015 People with Alzheimer’s disease who live in Scotland are being asked to consider taking part in a ground-breaking government-funded trial. The trial is investigating if a drug normally used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) has additional properties that could slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in people with and without hypertension.
  • Bristol research team opens lab for World Diabetes Day 14 November 2015 On World Diabetes Day [14 November] people around the world will be coming together to raise awareness of the condition, which now affects 3.9 million people in the UK. To mark the occasion, the University of Bristol’s Dr Kathleen Gillespie has opened her research labs and invited children and families living with Type 1 diabetes to hear about her ground breaking work in this area.
  • Focus on post-traumatic stress disorder 23 October 2015 On Monday 16 November, the University of Bristol will host the 2015 Colston Research Society Public Lecture, which this year addresses innovations in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Mending the smallest of broken hearts 20 October 2015 Researchers at the University of Bristol have been awarded over £170,000 by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to produce a graft which may reduce the number of surgeries required to treat children born with certain types of congenital heart disease.
  • School receives Athena SWAN Silver Award 1 October 2015
  • New Lead for Women in Science 1 October 2015 The School of Clinical Sciences announces with great pleasure a new Lead for Women in Science – Dr Denize Atan, Consultant Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology.
  • Cardiologist elected to post with the European Society of Cardiology 15 September 2015 A Bristol cardiology consultant lecturer has been elected to a prestigious post with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).
  • £2 million boost for heart research in Bristol 7 August 2015 New tests and therapies to improve the treatment of people with coronary heart disease requiring bypass surgery are being developed at the University of Bristol thanks to new research funding from the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The charity has announced grants of £2 million as part of the appointment of Costanza Emanueli as BHF Professor of Cardiovascular Science.
  • School of Clinical Sciences Academic Promotions 2015 3 August 2015 The School of Clinical Sciences is pleased to announce the academic promotions with effect from 1 August 2015:
  • School Newsletter July 2015 19 July 2015
  • Bristol scientists join forces to share dementia research with the public 14 July 2015 Scientists in Bristol will come together on Monday 20 July to hold a free public meeting to discuss current dementia research. The meeting will involve short talks from clinicians and researchers, allowing members of the public to ask questions about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
  • Bristol endocrinologist with a passion for invention 2 July 2015 A School of Clinical Sciences professor, consultant and inventor, Andy Levy, puts patient and student experience at the forefront of the products he invents.
  • Placenta research takes top thesis prize 11 June 2015 Postgraduate researcher Catherine Gilmore successfully summed up her research into the placenta to be crowned the University of Bristol’s winner of the Three Minute Thesis - a competition challenging postgraduate researchers to present their 80,000-word theses in just three minutes.
  • Three-Minute Thesis finals on 10th June 5 June 2015 Catherine Gilmore from the SOCS Musculoskeletal Research Unit is one of 8 Bristol finalists in this year’s Three-Minute Thesis competition.
  • Bristol dementia researchers in call for more volunteers 20 May 2015 On International Clinical Trials Day, Wednesday 20 May, researchers in the South West are urging more people in the region to consider volunteering for dementia studies. Many pioneering studies into the devastating condition are underway in the region, but efforts can be hampered if researchers can’t find people willing to take part.
  • One step closer to an insulin vaccine for type 1 diabetes 6 May 2015 An international team of researchers from Bristol, Dresden, Munich, Vienna and Denver have successfully completed the first step in the development of an insulin vaccine to prevent type 1 diabetes.
  • School Newsletter May 2015 29 April 2015
  • Bristol to INSPIRE the next generation of medical researchers 16 April 2015 The University’s medical faculties (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, and Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences) have been awarded another round of INSPIRE funding from the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS).
  • £1.4m award for research into childhood congenital heart disease 24 March 2015 Professor Massimo Caputo in the School of Clinical Sciences has been awarded £1.4 million by the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust to investigate the use of stem cell therapy for the repair of congenital heart abnormalities in very young children.
  • Clinical trial to assess effectiveness of urological tests in men 18 March 2015 For the first time ever, a major new clinical trial, led by the Bristol Urological Institute at Southmead Hospital Bristol, aims to assess the clinical and cost effectiveness of urological tests in men who have difficulty passing urine. The trial is being managed by the Bristol Randomised Trials Collaboration at the University of Bristol’s School of Social and Community Medicine.
  • When should blood transfusions be given after cardiac surgery? 12 March 2015 New research led by the University of Bristol has shown that patients having heart surgery do not benefit if doctors wait until a patient has become substantially anaemic before giving a blood transfusion.
  • Save lives - be a brain tumour tissue donor 24 February 2015 Brain tumour tissue is removed everyday by surgeons but very few patients know they can donate brain tumour tissue to research. A new national campaign launched today [Tuesday 24 February] at the University of Bristol seeks to raise awareness for patients and healthcare professionals about donating brain tumour tissue and helping researchers find a cure for this disease. The campaign is led by leading medical researchers and the charity, brainstrust.
  • Interested in becoming a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow? 5 February 2015
  • Manchester United’s rising stars revolutionize heart health 29 January 2015 A unique research project to identify the effects of exercise on young hearts has just been announced. Manchester United’s Academy players are being put through their paces having their hearts monitored by the newest imaging technology to give invaluable insights into how young people’s hearts work while doing exercise.
  • Professor Andreas Baumbach - date of Inaugural Lecture announced 28 November 2014 Professor Andreas Baumbach's Inaugural Lecture will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 24 February 2015 in the Reception Room of the Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1RJ.
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