Cancer- early detection and prevention23 September 2021Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, accounting for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. In countries like the UK where we have strong health systems, survival rates of many types of cancers are improving thanks to accessible early detection, quality treatment and survivorship care. Find out about some of the work taking place in early detection and prevention at the University of Bristol and beyond.
Résumé for Researchers: the whys and hows of narrative CVs15 September 2021Our Research Associate in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Ola Thomson, pens an overview on narrative CVs, explaining how they can enable researchers to showcase a broad array of outputs and outcomes from their research beyond published papers.
The mental health experiences of autistic students15 September 2021As we head into a new academic year – coming from a previous academic year unlike any other due to COVID-19 – the start of term is likely to leave a lot of students feeling anxious. Here, Dr Felicity Sedgewick explains how this is especially the case for autistic students, who are more likely to experience clinical levels of anxiety (and other mental health issues) in general, and who tend to find periods of change more stressful than non-autistic people do.
Opening the door to arts-and-science collaborations14 September 2021Our Medical Humanities research strand developed arts and humanities research by opening the door to arts-and-science collaborations. As the work of this strand comes to a close we look at at how it created and supported new arts-science collaborations by connecting researchers from all faculties together with clinicians and external partners.
Mechanisms to Populations research strand launch event7 July 2021On Thursday 29 April 2021, 70 researchers met online to discuss how to build research capacity at the University of Bristol in the interdisciplinary space between fundamental biosciences and population health sciences. This new research strand is supported by Elizabeth Blackwell Institute.
Public trust in science remains strong during pandemic, but study suggests some decrease in late 20201 July 2021Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, scientific research has been widely used to communicate about the disease to the public. New research to understand public views of coronavirus science has found that confidence in science among people in England from March to November 2020 was good overall although declined over this time. People who had been shielding had greater trust in November 2020 compared with their description of the views that they held in at the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
Networking - Bristol Neuroscience1 July 2021World-leading research into the fundamental science of the brain and nervous system lies at the heart of the Neuroscience Research Network at Bristol. This is embodied by Bristol Neuroscience (BN) which represents a large, diverse neuroscience community with an excellent international reputation. In the third of our series of Network blogs, Catherine Brown, Research Development Administrator for the Health Research Networks, shares some highlights from Bristol Neuroscience Network.
Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety - making an impact through interdisciplinary research30 June 2021The Biolaw, Bioethics and Biosociety strand - or B3 - dealt with the ethical, legal and social issues impacting the biological sciences, health, medicine and social care. Although there had already been collaborative research in these fields, this research strand was established to augment cross-collaborative initiatives that were, in some cases, already underway - as well as identifying and nurturing new research avenues.
Professor Ailsa Cameron of the School for Policy Studies is one of the co-leads of the strand, along with Professor Richard Huxtable of the Bristol Medical School and Dr Sheelagh McGuinness of the University of Bristol Law School.
Networking - Bristol Cancer30 June 2021Cancer research in Bristol focuses on core strengths in cancer cell biology, genetic and lifecourse epidemiology and health services research. In partnership with Bristol NHS Trusts Bristol Cancer Network’s aim is to accelerate the identification and translation of novel and existing biomarkers into clinical practice for the early detection and treatment of cancer. In the second in our series of Network blogs, Catherine Brown, Research Development Administrator for the Health Research Networks, shares some highlights from Bristol Cancer Network.
Networking – Infection and Immunity29 June 2021The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute supports a number of Networks across the University of Bristol, there to provide researchers with opportunities for collaboration and partnership across schools and faculties. It has been a busy year for many of our Networks, in a series of blogs Catherine Brown, Research Development Administrator for the Health Research Networks, gives us a flavour of some of the highlights to show how networking is working. Here she shares some highlights from Infection and Immunity Network.
New Research Associate to advance equality, diversity and inclusion in health research24 June 2021Close your eyes and imagine a distinguished professor in your field. Who do you see? Most people’s brains conjure up a white male in a white coat probably in some lab. Here we welcome our new Research Associate, Ola Thomson, who explains how we can break the stereotype and why equality, diversity and inclusion in research is so important.
Longest known SARS-CoV-2 infection of nearly 300 days successfully treated with new therapy24 June 2021An immunocompromised individual with the longest known PCR confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2 infection, lasting more than 290 days, has been successfully treated with two investigational monoclonal antibodies (laboratory engineered antibodies). Clinicians and researchers from the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) worked closely to assess and treat the infection and want to highlight the urgent need for improved access to treatments for such people with persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Scientific evidence that informed UK Government’s response to COVID-191 June 2021Scientific evidence that was used to inform the UK government’s key policies impacting millions of people during the first wave of COVID-19 including the rule of six and the first national stay-at-home order was published on 31 May in the journal of the Royal Society. The Special Theme issue is compiled and guest edited by SPI-M scientists including infectious disease modellers Drs Ellen Brooks Pollock and Leon Danon at the University of Bristol.
Health data: how to use it and when to share it?6 May 2021As part of our ongoing engagement project, Create to Collaborate, we’re setting up a workshop to prompt discussion amongst everyday people (like you and me) about health data: what to do with it, how to use it, and when to share it, for example. We want university researchers to get involved...
Bristol researchers tackle effect of climate change on health27 April 2021Climate change affects many of the social and environmental determinants of health including clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter. Global challenges can only be addressed by multi-disciplinary teams of researchers bringing skills and expertise form different fields to find solutions to complex problems.
Apply by 16 April for the CMIP6 Data Hackathon in the UK
7 April 2021Scientists from the Universities of Bristol, Exeter, Leeds, UCL and the Met Office are hosting a three-day hackathon on 2–4 June, open to all UK researchers in the field, to produce cutting-edge research using Climate Model Intercomparison Project 6 (CMIP6) data.
Elizabeth Blackwell Annual Public Lectures1 April 2021We are delighted to announce our 8th Elizabeth Blackwell Annual Public Lecture with Professor Sarah Gilbert on Wednesday 6 October, 13:00-14:00 BST (GMT+1). She will talk about the Development of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
Health Data Science - an integrative research strand30 March 2021There is a recognised need throughout the University of Bristol - and beyond - to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration in the health or biomedical arenas. To cater to this, the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute initiated a series of interdisciplinary research strands, designed to facilitate a range of health research activities throughout the University, with funding from the Wellcome Trust. Here we highlight impacts from our Health Data Science strand.
How Bristol’s research has played a key role in the world’s response to COVID-1923 March 2021As the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, academics from across the University of Bristol joined together to understand the virus and the impact of the pandemic. Today [23 March] is a year since the first UK lockdown and their research is continuing to play a key role in global efforts to overcome the disease
Marking World TB day on 24 March 202123 March 2021Researchers at the University of Bristol are coming together to mark World TB Day on March 24 2021, commemorating the announcement by Robert Koch in 1882 of the discovery of the tuberculosis pathogen 'Mycobacterium tuberculosis'.
International Women's Day - Elizabeth Blackwell chose to challenge8 March 2021As an Institute we are celebrating Elizabeth Blackwell’s bicentenary this year by exploring challenge and change in healthcare. Fittingly, the theme for this year's International Women's Day (8 March) is 'Choose To Challenge'. Janice Nimura, author of new book 'The Doctors Blackwell', explains the challenges Elizabeth Blackwell faced and reflects on what we can learn from her legacy.
Bristol Science Film Festival 2021 - calling all creatives to submit short films!19 February 2021Bristol’s Science Film Festival is set to take place this summer and the organisers of the annual event are calling for submissions from amateur and professional movie makers ahead of the festival’s July showcase. Film-makers behind shortlisted films will have their films screened and a chance to win cash prizes.