News in 2019

  • UK scientists bring innovative vaccine technology to Vietnam 3 December 2019 World-leading vaccine scientists from the University of Bristol are working with one of Vietnam's major vaccine manufacturers, Vabiotech, to share cutting-edge knowledge that could help prevent future global outbreaks of avian flu and rabies.
  • Berni Carroll awarded Sir Henry Dale Fellowship 18 November 2019 Biochemistry congratulates Berni on the news that she has been awarded a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship.
  • Scientists discover body’s protection shield 18 November 2019 Scientists have discovered a way to manipulate the body’s own immune response to help boost tissue repair. The findings, published in Current Biology today [18 Nov], reveal a new network of protective factors to shield cells against damage. This discovery, made by University of Bristol researchers, could significantly benefit patients undergoing surgery by speeding recovery times and lowering the risk of complication.
  • University of Bristol spin-out raises £760,000 to commercialise biosensing technology 31 October 2019 Rosa Biotech, a new University of Bristol spin-out which developed a sensing platform capable of detecting the faint chemical signature given off by chronic diseases has raised £760,000 to commercialise its ground-breaking innovation. The artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven biosensing technology, which mimics mammals’ sense of smell, has significant potential to transform the medical diagnostics and pharmaceuticals industries.
  • £18.5 million boost for South West biosciences 24 October 2019 PhD training across the biosciences has received a massive boost thanks to a £18.5 million funding award from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC, part of UK Research and Innovation) to the University of Bristol-led South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP).
  • Scientists join forces to shed new light on ageing and wound healing 9 October 2019 Researchers from the Universities of Manchester and Bristol have been granted £4m to investigate how cells govern the processes of ageing and wound healing and how this is influenced by the circadian (day/night) cycle. Their findings could help to improve wound healing and identify strategies to treat diseases like osteoarthritis.
  • Pets as Therapy session 30 September 2019 "It was an amazing start to the day. I think we should do it more frequently, as it could genuinely help our wellbeing."
  • Powerful new synthetic vaccines to combat epidemics 26 September 2019 A new type of vaccine that can be stored at warmer temperatures, removing the need for refrigeration, has been developed for mosquito-borne virus Chikungunya in a major advance in vaccine technology. The findings, published in Science Advances today [Wednesday 25 September], reveal exceptionally promising results for the Chikungunya vaccine candidate, which has been engineered using a synthetic protein scaffold that could revolutionise the way vaccines are designed, produced and stored.
  • Putting the squeeze on red blood cells 11 September 2019 For the first time, researchers at the University of Bristol’s Blood and Transplant Research Unit, and the French National Institute for Blood Transfusion, have captured the moment a red blood cell is ‘squeezed’ while recording the changes that allow it to deform and subsequently recover its shape.
  • A different kind of BioDesign 9 September 2019 One of our postgraduate researchers, Claire Noble, designed a mural that decorates the wall of the Robin Hood pub. Claire writes about her experience and thoughts behind the design.
  • International Biomedical Sciences Lab Summer School 4 September 2019
  • Artificial red blood cells enable research into malaria invasion 30 August 2019 Researchers at the School of Biochemistry and Imperial College London have established a new model system that uses red blood cells grown in the laboratory to study how malaria parasites invade red blood cells.
  • Biochemistry Good Citizen Award 2019 2 August 2019 Upon his formal retirement after 45 years as a member of the School of Biochemistry, Professor Andrew Halestrap provided the funds to enable an annual award to be made to a Biochemistry final year student who has demonstrated exceptional good citizenship. Nominations are received from members of both academic staff and students.
  • Zebrafish capture a 'window' on the cancer process 4 June 2019 Cancer-related inflammation impacts significantly on cancer development and progression. New research has observed in zebrafish, for the first time, that inflammatory cells use weak spots or micro-perforations in the extracellular matrix barrier layer to access skin cancer cells.
  • New Max Planck-Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology launched 27 March 2019 Building stripped-down versions of life using protocells, genome delivery systems and synthetic cytoskeletons comprise some of the groundbreaking research due to take place at a new Centre launched at the University of Bristol today [Wednesday 27 March]. The Max Planck-Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology, a partnership between the University of Bristol and the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (MPG) in Germany, aims to advance the future of health and medicine by understanding the fundamental nature of life.
  • Feel the Power: Synthetic biologists craft first nano-sensor of cellular energy states 4 March 2019 Professors Imre Berger (Bristol) and Uwe Schlattner (Grenoble) lead a team of scientists to engineer AMPfret, the first nano-sensor capable of measuring cellular energy states in cells in vivo.
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