World's first research programme to identify scarring gene launched26 November 2020A world-leading £1.5 million research programme that aims to achieve scar free healing within a generation has been launched today [26 November] by The Scar Free Foundation, the only medical research charity which focuses solely on scarring. The five-year research study led by the University of Bristol will identify the gene(s) that causes scarring and inform future treatments.
New type of antivenom to reduce 100,000 fatalities each year from venomous snake bites being developed by Bristol scientists
5 November 2020A new approach of treating life-threatening snake bites responsible for around 100,000 deaths globally each year is being pioneered by an international research consortium led by University of Bristol scientists. The EU-funded ADDovenom study, involving teams in the UK, France, Belgium and Portugal, set out to create a new type of antivenom treatment to neutralise and eliminate venom toxins from the bloodstream with more efficacy, safety and affordability than what is available today.
Neuropilin-1 drives SARS-CoV-2 infectivity, finds breakthrough study20 October 2020In a major breakthrough, an international team of scientists led by the University of Bristol has potentially identified what makes SARS-CoV-2 highly infectious and able to spread rapidly in human cells. The findings, published in Science today [20 October] describe how the virus’s ability to infect human cells can be reduced by inhibitors that block a newly discovered interaction between virus and host, demonstrating a potential anti-viral treatment.
Discovery of a druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein could stop virus in its tracks21 September 2020A druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein that could be used to stop the virus from infecting human cells has been discovered by an international team of scientists led by the University of Bristol. The researchers say their findings, published today [21 September] in the journal Science, are a potential 'game changer' in defeating the current pandemic and add that small molecule anti-viral drugs developed to target the pocket they discovered could help eliminate COVID-19.
Elise White wins Biochemistry Good Citizen award 20205 August 2020Upon 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.
Bristol announced as UK consortium partner providing essential reagents for SARS-CoV-2 research12 May 2020A new COVID-19 Protein Portal providing UK scientists with free access to protein reagents for critical SARS-CoV-2 research has been launched. The Portal, in response to a Wellcome and UKRI Open Science initiative, is led by a consortium of leading protein production laboratories including the MultiBac expression facility in the University of Bristol’s School of Biochemistry.
Bristol BME school pupils introduced to STEM12 March 2020Last month, BME pupils from City Academy Bristol got their first taste of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) thanks to black students and professionals from the Schools of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics and CAME Engineering.