The right moisturiser for children with eczema is the one that they like to use, study finds24 May 2022The Best Emollients for Eczema trial has found that no one type of moisturiser is better than another. This study, the first in the world to directly compare different types of moisturisers, highlights the importance of patient education and choice when deciding which moisturisers to use for children with eczema. The results from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) funded study are published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health and British Journal of General Practice today [24 May].
Pioneering study reveals teaching techniques which boost exam performance24 May 2022With the exam season in full swing, teenagers taking their GCSEs are hoping their teachers covered everything so they can achieve top marks. The methods teachers use in the classroom could also hold the key to improving pupils’ grades, according to a pioneering report published today.
Statement: court judgement in relation to Natasha Abrahart's death20 May 2022The family of Natasha Abrahart, a 20-year-old Physics student who very sadly took her own life in April 2018, brought a civil action against the University of Bristol. A judgement, handed down today (Friday 20 May) by His Honour Judge Ralton at Bristol County Court, found the University was not negligent, but deemed the adjustments made by the University for Natasha’s assessment were insufficient. This was despite the absence of a disability summary.
Ivor Victor Franklin, 1925-202220 May 2022Ivor Franklin, a much loved and respected member of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, passed away in March this year. His friends and colleagues Sandy Mitchell and Steve Burrow offer a remembrance.
£2.5m grant boosts carbon reduction for Bristol’s newest research hub16 May 2022The University of Bristol’s commitment to sustainability took a significant step forward today (Monday 16 May) with a £2.5 million grant to embed carbon reduction technologies and practices in its first research and innovation hub at Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.
New Festival to support survivors of childhood sexual abuse16 May 2022Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) affects half a million children and young people every year. In Bristol alone, it is estimated that 13,000 children and young people are currently living with experiences of sexual abuse. In the first event of its kind, University of Bristol researchers and The Green House, Bristol’s only specialist provider of therapeutic support, are collaborating to stage a Festival to support survivors. The Beyond Therapy Festival of Activism Against Child Sexual Abuse will be held on Thursday 19 May at the Watershed.
Bristol Neuroscience awarded £6.5 million to nurture mental health by keeping young brains on track12 May 2022We need to look after young brains: threats including early life adversity, sleep disruption, drug addiction and genetic mutations can all challenge brain development and lifelong mental health. Thanks to funding of over £6.5 million for new brain research, neuroscientists at the University of Bristol hope to alleviate these threats and their burden on patients, carers, clinicians and society.
People were hesitant rather than opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine, study finds 10 May 2022A study that explored the attitudes of vaccine hesitant adults in the UK towards uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine found that participants were hesitant rather than opposed to the vaccine. They had questions about their need for, and the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. Concerns were exacerbated by a lack of trust in government and misunderstanding of science, the University of Bristol-led study found.
International siblings study sheds new light on the nature of the genetics of disease9 May 2022Genetic studies aim to find regions of the genome that associate with diseases or other outcomes. A new study has shown that for social traits these genetic effects are due to a mixture of direct effects (e.g. biological effects of DNA), and indirect effects (e.g. family or social environment). Whereas biological traits are mainly driven by direct effects.
Cynthia Galliers, 1939-20225 May 2022Cynthia Galliers, former assistant to the Graduate Secretary and administrator of PhD graduate teaching and research programmes in the School for Policy Studies, passed away in early March. Her colleague Randall Smith offers a remembrance.
Beetle iridescence a deceptive form of warning colouration, study finds3 May 2022A new study published today in Animal Behaviour shows for the first time that brilliant iridescence and gloss found in some animals can have a protective function by working as a form of deceptive warning colouration, and that it is the key feature of iridescence, its changing colours, that is important for this effect.