Professor John Pickard wins top music award22 September 2021A recording of seven compositions by John Pickard, Professor of Composition in Bristol’s Department of Music, has won the Contemporary category of this year’s Gramophone Awards.
Major advance in race for SARS-CoV-2 inhibitor drugs20 September 2021A new advance towards the development of drugs specifically designed to inhibit a key SARS-CoV-2 enzyme is reported in the Royal Society of Chemistry's leading journal, Chemical Science. The international team, led by scientists from the Universities of Oxford and Bristol, has designed new peptide molecules and shown that they block (inhibit) the virus’s main protease [Mpro] - a prominent SARS-CoV-2 drug target.
Tireless PhD student walked 8 hours a day for primary school17 September 2021She walked without shoes for eight hours a day to go to school and studied by the light of grass fires. But Bongai Munguni’s implacable spirit - along with the kindness of friends and strangers - led her on, and she is now studying for a joint PhD at the University of Bristol.
Research reveals drug targets for memory enhancement16 September 2021Bristol-led research has identified specific drug targets within the neural circuits that encode memories, paving the way for significant advances in the treatment of a broad spectrum of brain disorders.
Bristol Composite Institute welcomes new co-directors16 September 2021Bristol Composites Institute at the University of Bristol has appointed two new co-directors, Professor Ole Thomsen and Professor Stephen Hallett, to succeed founding director, Professor Michael Wisnom.
SARS-CoV-2 transmission model suggests primary school infection could be greater this autumn than in 202013 September 2021The SARS-CoV-2 epidemic has already had a major impact on children's education, with schools having been required to implement infection control measures that have led to long periods of absence and classroom closures. With the new school year underway, risk modelling specialists at the University of Bristol have developed a new epidemiological model for SARS-CoV-2 transmission that forecasts primary school infection outbreaks could be more frequent and possibly substantially larger this autumn than in 2020, due to the more transmissive and infectious Delta variant and projected increase in community infection.
Major funding boost for UK’s open research agenda13 September 2021A consortium of 18 universities – members of the UK Reproducibility Network – has received significant funding to drive uptake of open research practices across the sector, furthering the UK’s position at the forefront of rigorous and reproducible research.
Major international study reports the impact of genetics on epigenetic factors9 September 2021Understanding what causes epigenetic variation could be a step closer thanks to a new atlas of genetic effects on epigenetic factors. The atlas, which has been established by an international consortium led by the University of Bristol, will enable scientists to learn more about the mechanisms underpinning gene regulation.
Bristol water risk intelligence provider receives funding boosting9 September 2021Backing from global risk assessment firm Moody’s will grow University of Bristol spin-out company Fathom’s presence in global markets across multiple sectors including (re)insurance, risk management, financial services, engineering
and disaster response.
From racehorse to therapy horse: pioneering study into welfare of horses who help people 6 September 2021A new study will examine the selection, training and welfare of thoroughbred horses as they transition from racetrack to therapy horse. The pioneering project, led by academics at the University of Bristol’s Veterinary School in collaboration with Racing to Relate, will develop a recognised global welfare standard for former racehorses who are moving into Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT).