Featured stories: the impact of our research

  • Nine clicks to the most accurate IVF prediction to date 14 February 2014 A free, easy-to-use online calculator, created by a research team from Bristol and Glasgow, is the most accurate tool to date for predicting live birth outcomes for couples considering IVF treatment.
  • The beat goes on for Bristol's cardiac surgery innovation 7 February 2014 The pioneering technique of ‘beating-heart’ surgery, developed at Bristol in 1995, is now used in 20 to 25 per cent of cardiac operations worldwide, improving survival and recovery rates for patients and reducing surgery costs by up to a quarter.
  • Brace yourself for good news 6 February 2014 How can you be sure that you’re cleaning your teeth properly if there is a load of ironwork in the way? And are there any connections between wearing teeth-straightening braces and having a predisposition to developing periodontal — or gum — disease? Keen to find out the answers, Dr Dave Dymock, currently Director of Undergraduate Education in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, teamed up with a number of orthodontists in the Dental School and Hospital, and with the help of a 24-strong cohort of brace-wearing children, started a research project to investigate.
  • If my grandma hadn’t been there, I would have probably been put into care 17 January 2014 More children 1 in the UK are now cared for by relatives or friends (kin) instead of an unrelated foster carer since a ground-breaking study on kinship care from Bristol revealed both the many challenges faced by this hidden population, and how successful it can be for all concerned.
  • Microbiologists unpick emerging superbugs in a bid to combat antibiotic resistance 27 November 2013 While newspaper headlines warn of looming health risks posed by the unabated failure of antibiotics, microbiologists at the University of Bristol are investigating exactly why current drugs are not working in an attempt to reverse this trend before it’s too late.
  • Researchers look to building blocks of cancer for clues to treatment 14 November 2013 Survival rates for colorectal cancer have been improving over the past 20 years. Early screening has played a large part in that but so too has research. Improving survival statistics, and the lives of patients, is one of the key driving factors for biomedical scientists at Bristol University whose research lays the fundamental building blocks for the clinical outputs.
  • Properties of aerosols may hold clue to better drugs for lung disease 13 September 2013 Lung disease is one of the most common causes of death in the Western world, claiming around 25,000 lives in the UK and over 13 million in the US. The most effective treatments come in the form of inhalers but the nature of existing technology can mean higher doses of drugs have to be administered to compensate for the inevitable waste from whatever doesn’t reach the lung surface. Researchers at Bristol University are exploring how to improve the process at the scientific and technical level – their findings could eventually lead to better outcomes for patients as well as cost savings.
  • Altering cellular function of immune system could hold key to targeting allergies 10 September 2013 Peanut allergy forms an increasing health burden in Western societies, with long term consequences and potentially life threatening effects. Yet despite more than a century of experimental therapeutics, there remains no clinically available curative treatment. A cellular and molecular perspective provided by Bristol University experts could provide new clues.
  • Search for new cancer biomarker propelled by detailed exploration of cell structures 28 August 2013 Advances in science, diagnosis and treatment mean that more people than ever before are surviving cancer. But with an increase in survival rates comes an increase in the possibility that for some people, cancer will recur later in life. This presents a continuing challenge for cancer research – biomedical scientists at Bristol University are finding new ways to find a solution.
  • Understanding the brain’s role in obesity 16 August 2013 The world’s growing obesity crisis is rarely out of the headlines, given the increasing burden on the healthcare system and the livelihoods of those affected. The abundance of highly calorific foods and aggressive marketing is often blamed. A new study hopes to find out the truth, using neuroimaging techniques to measure the neural, hormonal and behavioural responses to food consumption.

About our impact stories

Research at the University of Bristol contributes to the University's international reputation, it informs our teaching and it is the basis of our economic and societal role in the region and of our collaborations across the world.

The stories here celebrate the range and depth of this research undertaken at the University and how it impacts on society, on a local, national and international level.

These stories reflect our sustained and evolving research activity, focusing on key projects that are currently active or have recently been completed from each of the University faculties.

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