The children of the Children of the 90s turn 10!2 August 2017For over 25 years, Children of the 90s at the University of Bristol has been charting the lives of 14,5000 people born in the early 1990s in the greater Bristol area. Thanks to the amazing commitment of these research volunteers, scientists have made important discoveries that are helping treat and prevent ill health around the world.
Evolution of fan worm eyes 1 August 2017Scientists examining the multiple eyes found on the tentacles of fan worms have discovered they evolved independently from their other visual systems, specifically to support the needs of their lifestyle.
Launch of Bristol Medical School marks new era for medical education 1 August 2017The University of Bristol will launch the Bristol Medical School today [Tuesday 1 August]. This marks a new era for medical research and education in the West of England. Comprising around 1,330 students and 900 staff, the Bristol Medical School will provide a home for researchers, teachers and students, who through research and teaching will improve the health of individuals and populations locally, nationally and internationally.
Bristol’s brilliant archaeology 27 July 2017The University of Bristol’s Department of Archaeology and Anthropology will be taking part in the ‘Bristol’s Brilliant Archaeology’ event on Saturday, July 29 at Blaise Castle House Museum in Henbury from 11am to 4pm.
Bristol researcher wins prestigious diabetes research award26 July 2017A University of Bristol researcher whose own family has been affected by diabetes has just been awarded £587,237 from leading charity Diabetes UK to find out why people with Type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop some cancers.
New Virtual Drive Test method improves cellular and internet connection25 July 2017When purchasing a new car, customers demand high-quality cellular and internet access. No matter how good the car, poor wireless communications are no longer accepted and the introduction of connected and driverless cars is increasing the need for strong wireless performance. New research by the University of Bristol, in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover, has developed a new Virtual Drive Testing (VDT) method that is reliable, cost-effective and a repeatable alternative to physical drive tests.
New discovery could reverse tissue damage caused by heart attacks25 July 2017A new discovery by University of Bristol scientists helps to explain how cells which surround blood vessels, called pericytes, stimulate new blood vessels to grow with the hormone ‘leptin’ playing a key role. Leptin is produced by fat cells which helps to regulate energy balance in the body by inhibiting the appetite. This study, described in Scientific Reports, may have important implications for the treatment of heart attacks and also for cancer, the two main killers in the UK.
Why is our food supply under threat?25 July 2017An art and science exhibition that highlights how our food supply is under threat due to human activity has opened at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden.
Bristol academic elected Fellow of the British Academy21 July 2017Professor Tariq Modood, Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy and founding Director of the University Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, has achieved the rare distinction of being elected Fellow of the British Academy, the national academy for the humanities and social sciences.
Sexual health clinics should ask about abuse21 July 2017Training clinicians to proactively ask patients about domestic violence is feasible for sexual health clinics to implement and could increase referrals to specialist services, according to a study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the University of Bristol involving over 4,300 women.
Famed actor Timothy West receives honorary degree21 July 2017Timothy West, widely regarded as the godfather of British drama, has been presented with an honorary degree by the University of Bristol on Friday [21 July], in recognition of his contribution to the world of acting.
Study investigates link between antidepressant use in pregnancy and autism20 July 2017Children exposed to antidepressants during pregnancy seem to be at a slightly higher risk of autism than children of mothers with psychiatric disorders who were not treated with antidepressants during pregnancy, according to a University of Bristol study published in The BMJ today. However, the researchers stress that the absolute risk of autism was small, so these results should not be considered alarming.
‘Shadow network’ keeps communities safe from deadly volcano19 July 2017New research by the University of East Anglia (UEA), and co-authored by the University of Bristol, shows that ‘shadow networks’ linking volunteers with authorities can help keep some of the millions of people living near dangerous volcanoes safer.
More participants needed to complete UK-led Alzheimer’s disease drug trial17 July 2017People with Alzheimer's disease are already helping with a ground-breaking government-funded trial led by academics from the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Queen's University Belfast and University College London, and hosted by North Bristol NHS Trust, but even more people are needed to take part in the study.
Research takes on radical rethink of UK digital infrastructure14 July 2017Researchers including a team from the University of Bristol are working with business to revolutionise the infrastructure of the internet in the UK, creating an agile, resilient network capable of meeting future needs of our rapidly changing society.