Case studies

  • AboutFace - How an app could revolutionise emotion recognition training in autism 21 October 2020 A Bristol University team is developing a new app-based emotion recognition training app for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Finding more pieces for the Nephrotic Syndrome puzzle 21 October 2020 Research at the University of Bristol is leading the way towards new understanding of a difficult-to-treat kidney disorder in children. Dr Anna Mason is studying the genetic basis of paediatric Steroid Resistant Nephrotic Syndrome.
  • Patient Oriented Discharge Summary (PODS) could promote selfcare in older patients 16 September 2020 Hospital discharge forms are written with care professionals in mind. While this is understandable, it can leave the patients themselves confused about the treatments they have received, and what the next steps are. The patients may be unaware of what conditions they have, the results of investigations and the medication required following hospital discharge. They also need to know what they can do to help themselves and where to go to receive ongoing help.
  • Could yoghurt bacteria hold a key to treating bowel disease? 6 August 2020 Researchers from the University of Bristol are investigating a novel treatment for long-term bowel disease which holds great promise.
  • Disease modelling in 3D – developing new cellular tools for drug discovery 14 July 2020 A team of researchers at the University of Bristol is developing a new 3D model of kidney disease which should make the development of new treatments much more efficient.
  • How fibromyalgia might change the way pain is perceived 11 June 2020 A team of researchers at the University of Bristol is investigating the differences in how fibromyalgia sufferers experience pain.
  • How your internal microbes can keep you healthy 11 June 2020 There is a vast community of bacteria, viruses and fungi living on your body right now; collectively they are known as the human microbiome; they have hugely greater complexity than the human genome itself. The microbiome, which mostly lives in the gut, plays an important role in immunity, defense against pathogens, increasing availably of nutrients to the host (that’s you and me), and even influencing health and behaviour. Although how the microbiome affects our health and behaviour (or vice versa) is not particularly well understood.
  • Screen time and anxiety in adolescence 11 June 2020 Modern teenagers spend vastly more time in front of screens than their forebears ever did - and there is also an increase in reports of anxiety disorders amongst the age same group. It seems, obvious, therefore, that the one must directly influence the other. But is that so?
  • Fires and photospheres – a digital intervention to identify injury hazards in the home 1 May 2020 A team of researchers at Bristol University and the University of the West of England has developed an Augmented Reality app which could help with injury prevention in the home.
  • Probing new treatments for post-operative kidney problems 20 April 2020 Kidney transplants - especially in children are always fraught with risk. In up to 10% of cases, transplants into young children fail because of graft thrombosis - an issue with the blood supply to the new kidney. At present, the only way doctors know that this is happening is because the patient’s condition starts to deteriorate - and at this point, successful intervention and treatment is unlikely. What is needed is a minimally invasive probe, which would be able to monitor the perfusion of the kidney in real time.
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