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Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Bulletin: 30 September 2020 30 September 2020
- Neuropilin-1 drives SARS-CoV-2 infectivity, finds breakthrough study 20 October 2020 In a major breakthrough an international team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has potentially identified what makes SARS-CoV-2 highly infectious and able to spread rapidly in human cells. The findings, published in Science today [20 October] describe how the virus’s ability to infect human cells can be reduced by inhibitors that block a newly discovered interaction between virus and host, demonstrating a potential anti-viral treatment.
- World Mental Health Day 2020 12 October 2020 The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day (10 Oct) was ‘Mental health for all’. Here at Elizabeth Blackwell Institute we support research in mental health, with a particular focus on student and young people’s mental health. For this year’s international awareness day Dr Myles-Jay Linton, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Vice-Chancellor's Fellow in Young People's Mental Health, spoke to Ruth Day, Student Living Officer for the University of Bristol's Student Union, and Olivier Levy, Chair of the Wellbeing Network for the Student Union.
- GW4 Early Career Symposia Scheme 2020 6 October 2020 The GW4 Alliance invites applications to its GW4 Early Career Symposia Scheme, now in its second year. The purpose of this award is to create a space for postgraduate researchers and early career researchers to showcase their research, develop their management skills, and raise their profile by leading a Climate or AMR online symposium.
- Research suggests significantly less risk of COVID-19 transmission from anaesthesia procedures 6 October 2020 Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been much debate about the danger to hospital staff from anaesthetic procedures. Concerns include that placing a tube in the patient's airway (intubation) before surgery or removing it at the end (extubation) may produce a fine mist of small particles (called aerosols) and spread the COVID-19 virus to nearby staff.
- Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Bulletin: 30 September 2020 30 September 2020
- How young people could play a part in a successful COVID-19 vaccination programme 29 September 2020 Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently listed vaccine hesitancy as one of their top 10 biggest threats to global health. In our latest blog, Senior Research Associate, and Elizabeth Blackwell Institute awardee, Dr Harriet Fisher, discusses how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting young people and their thoughts on a possible COVID-19 vaccination.
- Young adults needed to take part in digital technology study 29 September 2020 Digital technology can present both opportunities and harms to young people and their mental health. A new research project is asking for young adults to take part in a UK-wide online survey to identify the importance of adolescents' digital technology use to consultations about mental health.
- COVID-19 in focus 28 September 2020 One week, 11 thematic sessions, 60 speakers and hundreds of attendees; 21-25 September was Elizabeth Blackwell Institute’s COVID-19 Focus Week, a chance to showcase and share some of the latest research on COVID-19 with University of Bristol staff, early career and postgraduate researchers, and NHS colleagues.
- Discovery of a druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein could stop virus in its tracks 22 September 2020 A druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein that could be used to stop the virus from infecting human cells has been discovered by an international team of scientists led by the University of Bristol. The researchers say their findings, published today [21 September] in the journal Science, are a potential 'game changer' in defeating the current pandemic and add that small molecule anti-viral drugs developed to target the pocket they discovered could help eliminate COVID-19.
- New mental health research at Bristol 10 September 2020 We are delighted to announce five new projects looking into different aspects of mental health. With support from the Rosetrees Trust and Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF), the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute has funded new research that will address various aspects of mental health and wellbeing.