News in 2020

  • University of Bristol joins UK-wide calls for government to support post-Covid recovery plans 2 November 2020 The University of Bristol is among a UK-wide cohort of cities and their universities that is calling on the government to work towards a radical new vision to help bring social and economic prosperity post-Covid.
  • Bristol researchers awarded Future Leaders Fellowships 15 October 2020 Four Bristol researchers have been awarded UK Research and Innovation's (UKRI) prestigious Future Leaders Fellowships. The awards, designed to establish the careers of world-class research and innovation leaders across the UK to help them tackle major global challenges, are announced today [15 October] by Science Minister Amanda Solloway.
  • New emergency care research hub for Bristol launched 12 October 2020 The University of Bristol and UWE Bristol have joined forces with health care partners in the city to set up a collaborative research hub to improve the delivery of emergency care in Bristol and the surrounding area. The new hub, Research in Emergency Care, Avon Collaborative Hub (REACH), was launched today [Friday 9 October].
  • Nearly £8 million awarded to help beat cancer sooner 2 October 2020 Bristol scientists have received nearly £8 million in funding from Cancer Research UK – the biggest ever research grant awarded by the charity in the city.
  • Genetic study of proteins is a breakthrough in drug development for complex diseases 9 September 2020 An innovative genetic study of blood protein levels, led by researchers in the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit (MRC-IEU) at the University of Bristol, has demonstrated how genetic data can be used to support drug target prioritisation by identifying the causal effects of proteins on diseases.
  • EBI-funded project produces explanatory materials on COVID-related changes to health law and guidance across the UK 13 August 2020 Professor John Coggon (Centre for Health, Law, and Society, University of Bristol Law School), in collaboration with the UK Faculty of Public Health, PolicyBristol and colleagues in Law Schools at Cardiff University, the University of Edinburgh, and Queen’s University Belfast, is leading an Elizabeth Blackwell Institute-funded project to track and analyse COVID-19 related developments in law and policy as these apply to health professionals and the contexts in which they work.
  • Integrative Cancer Epidemiology Programme Policy Report 23 June 2020 The Integrative Cancer Epidemiology Programme (ICEP) has published a policy report summarising key ICEP findings and their policy implications.
  • Can exercise help prevent cancer? 23 June 2020 Professor Richard Martin of the Integrative Cancer Epidemiology Programme (ICEP) at the University of Bristol, summarises research findings showing that regular exercise helps to prevent cancers of the bowel, breast and prostate.
  • Bristol Cancer Research Network Show & Tell on 17 June 2020 18 June 2020
  • GW4 Universities support the fight against COVID-19 30 May 2020 In these uncertain times staff and students across the GW4 Alliance are playing a key role in the fight against COVID-19 coronavirus.
  • Bristol Health Partners designated an Academic Health Science Centre 13 May 2020 Following a highly competitive process, Bristol Health Partners (BHP) is now one of only eight designated Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs) in England. The AHSC will drive service change, leading to world-class health, clinical and economic outcomes for the regional population across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG).
  • What you need to know about how coronavirus is changing science 5 May 2020 The evolving COVID-19 pandemic has created an urgent need for scientific evidence, and quickly. We need politicians to be able to make informed decisions, and we need to support the development of effective vaccines and treatments, as well as understanding the unfolding impact of the pandemic on society. The speed with which the global scientific community has risen to this sudden pressing need is remarkable. Prof Marcus Munafo (Psychological Science) writes for The Conversation.
  • University of Bristol launches Coronavirus internship fund 29 April 2020 Local small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Bristol responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic will be able to benefit from fully funded internships, thanks to a new scheme from the University of Bristol.
  • New Better Care South West Partnership will join up data to improve and integrate care 29 April 2020 A new partnership led by the University of Bristol that will join up data and improve patient care in the South West has been announced by Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) today [29 April]. The HDR UK Better Care South West Partnership is being awarded £1.2 million over three years to drive forward data-led research projects and join up the region’s considerable health data expertise.
  • Collective Intelligence Grants 2.0 1 April 2020 Nesta UK are supporting 15 new experiments in machine-crowd cooperation to address complex challenges. Find out what they are, and who is behind them.
  • Bristol pioneers use of VR for designing new drugs 11 March 2020 Researchers at the University of Bristol are pioneering the use of virtual reality (VR) as a tool to design the next generation of drug treatments.
  • Dramatic increase in bowel cancer in young adults in England 10 March 2020 There has been a dramatic increase in the incidence of bowel cancer in adults under the age of 50, according to new research from the University of Bristol, UWE Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol).
  • Development of new blood test for GPs could help diagnose brain tumours earlier 24 February 2020 A new simple blood test for brain tumours that could be used by GPs in primary care will be developed thanks to funding of nearly £500,000 by Cancer Research UK. Around 60,000 patients in the UK are living with a brain tumour but only 20 per cent of patients are still alive five years after diagnosis, partly because they present late with large inoperable tumours.
  • Technology takes a step forwards in genetic research 12 February 2020 New research brings combined computational and laboratory genome engineering a step closer following the design of smaller and smaller genomes, to advance genetic manipulation, using supercomputers by researchers at the University of Bristol.
  • Brain tumour research could help future precision medicine 7 January 2020 New research on brain tumours could improve patient diagnosis and treatment options as part of a precision medicine approach. Brain tumours are the leading cause of cancer deaths in children and adults under the age of 40, with 16,000* people in the UK diagnosed with a brain tumour each year.
  • Bristol discovery reveals tractionless motion is possible 6 January 2020 In an article published in Physical Review Letters, Bristol scientists have answered the fundamental question: “Is it possible to move without exerting force on the environment?”, by describing the tractionless self-propulsion of active matter.
  • Insights into population health research 3 January 2020 Richard Martin, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Bristol, led the Cancer Research UK (CRUK)-funded Cluster Randomised Trial of PSA Testing for Prostate Cancer (CAP) trial. The CAP trial attracted national recognition for providing definitive answers about the value of Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) testing in prostate cancer screening. Richard spoke to Catherine Cowell, Research Funding Manager at CRUK, about the impact of the study and the advice he’d give researchers seeking funding for population research.
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