• Why do more people who inject drugs get MRSA infections, and how can we help? 31 May 2019 In Bristol, a small - but significant - number of people who inject drugs (PWID) contribute to increase in hospital admissions in Bristol with community acquired MRSA. Why this might be, and how the number of cases can be reduced, are questions that GP Dr Kate Rush posed to University of Bristol researchers Professor Matt Hickman and Dr Maya Gobin (Public Health England) and collaborators from Bristol Drug Project.
  • Bristol AMR funded projects and activities 31 May 2019 'Wicked Prizes'; 'Socio-cultural and Political Studies of AMR'; and 'Regulating Resistance' are among six successful projects to be funded by the recent Bristol Antimicrobial Resistance Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Research Strand funding call.
  • Rapid AMR detector to inform antibiotic prescribing 30 May 2019 Being able to detect antimicrobial resistance quickly would inform GPs and hospital clinicians to be able to prescribe the correct antibiotic to treat bacterial infections. Lord Jim O'Neill's final AMR Review (2016) recommends that by 2020 antibiotics should only be prescribed if informed by data and testing technology.
  • Making global tuberculosis data more accessible: a new R package 28 May 2019 Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the oldest human diseases, with recorded cases in ancient Egypt, renaissance Europe, and in the modern day across the globe. It is thought to infect over 1.7 billion people globally, of which 5-15% will develop symptomatic TB in their lifetime (World Health Organization 2018).
  • Chronic Kidney Disease HIT tele-clinics proof of concept published in BMJ Open 14 May 2019 The Chronic Kidney Disease HIT has published its proof of concept study for tele-clinics for kidney transplant patients in BMJ Open. The study found that the tele-clinics were well received by patients, increased attendance rates, saved money and made significant savings in CO2 emissions.
  • Large number of cats and dogs carry fleas with high levels of bacteria 13 May 2019 As many as one in four cats and one in seven dogs are carrying fleas, and about 11 per cent of these fleas are infected with potentially pathogenic bacteria, according to a large-scale analysis of owned animals in the UK. Flea bites can be painful and can cause allergic reactions in cats and dogs which is why the Big Flea Project findings highlight the need to re-educate pet owners on flea prevention.
  • Antimicrobial Resistance Partnership Hub launched in China 13 May 2019 The University of Bristol along with Peking University and a consortium of partners has launched the ‘UK-China AMR Partnership Program on strategies to reduce the burden of antibiotic resistance in China’.
  • £6.6 million for major UK non-communicable disease prevention project 10 May 2019 The University of Bristol, in partnership with the Universities of Bath, West of England, Manchester, Reading and Cardiff and Bristol City Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority, has been awarded £6.6 million by the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) to tackle unhealthy urban planning and development linked to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, obesity, poor mental health, cancer and diabetes.
  • Boost to Bristol’s research in Africa 29 April 2019 A generous £1 million gift from The Perivoli Trust will create new roles and opportunities for Bristol researchers to tackle key challenges and pioneer innovative solutions for the most pressing concerns on the continent.
  • Welding with stem cells for next-generation surgical glues 23 April 2019 Scientists at the University of Bristol have invented a new technology that could lead to the development of a new generation of smart surgical glues and dressings for chronic wounds. The new method, pioneered by Dr Adam Perriman and colleagues, involves re-engineering the membranes of stem cells to effectively “weld” the cells together.

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