News in 2024

  • Elizabeth Blackwell Annual Public Lectures 20 February 2024 The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute held our tenth Annual Public Lecture with Professor Patricia Kingori on Monday 22 January 2024. Below we share our previous public lectures to give a flavour of the breadth of topics we have covered over the years.
  • Facts, fakes, society and health: Professor Patricia Kingori 30 January 2024 We were delighted to welcome University of Oxford’s Professor Patricia Kingori for our tenth annual public lecture on 22 January 2024. The sold out event filled the beautiful City Hall in Bristol, with a mix of staff and students from the University, people working in health and care, and members of the public.
  • Towards understanding the relationship between age, breast development and breast cancer 30 January 2024 Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK: every month, an estimated 4,000 new cases are diagnosed. Throughout a woman’s lifetime, however, the risk of developing the disease varies greatly. Early puberty, for example, is associated with an increased risk of developing breast cancer, whereas pregnancy before the age of 20 is associated with a decreased risk - but the biological reasons aren’t clear.
  • Tobacco-themed drama inspired by University of Bristol research 16 January 2024 A four-part audio-drama, Tobias and Syd, inspired by University of Bristol and Durham University research, aims to open up conversations around tobacco use and its impacts.
  • A potential link between intestinal microbes and respiratory infections 11 January 2024 Could the vast population of microbes that we all carry around with us hold the key to understanding more about respiratory tract infections?
  • Building collaborative research relationships through creative activities 11 January 2024 Engaging in creative activities can help to shift the power dynamics between public contributors and researchers, according to a paper published in BMC Research Involvement and Engagement. However, collaborative projects need to work for everyone and taking community-led ideas forwards remains challenging.
  • Drugs already licensed could be trialled to potentially treat secondary brain cancer, new research finds 4 January 2024 The largest review of papers for brain cancer that has spread from the lungs has found abnormalities in the brain cancer and for which licensed drugs could be clinically trialled to find out if they could treat the disease. The research led by the University of Bristol and published in Neuro-Oncology Advances also found genetic differences between smokers and non-smokers.
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