Our research

Bristol's health research is internationally recognised, with particular strengths in population health, neuroscience, infection and immunity and cardiovascular medicine. From saving hundreds of thousands of babies' lives through groundbreaking research into cot death, to developing cutting edge technologies through the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and SPHERE, Bristol's health research makes huge differences to people's lives.

Research highlights

Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research

Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research (EBI), co-funded by the Wellcome Trust and the University of Bristol, brings together leading researchers from disparate fields to collaborate on solutions to the most pressing health problems of the 2...

University of Bristol

Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Bristol Robotics Laboratory

BRL is a unique collaboration that harnesses the strengths of its university partners, and brings together the best expertise from industry and the academic community to spearhead Britain’s efforts to be a world leader in modern advanced robotics.

University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), University of Bristol

Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children

Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children

ALSPAC, or Children of the 90s, has been charting the health of 14,500 families in the Bristol area since the early 1990s in order to improve the health of future generations. ALSPAC is a world-leading birth cohort study.

University of Bristol

WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments

WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments at the University of the West of England promotes healthy and sustainable settlements through research, teaching, consultancy, knowledge exchange and publications.

University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)

Centre for Research in Biosciences

Centre for Research in Biosciences

The Centre for Research in Biosciences at the University of the West of England brings together world class researchers working in the fields of biomedicine, bio-sensing technology, agri-food plant and environmental science.

University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)

Vesalius Clinical Training Centre

Vesalius Clinical Training Centre

A unique, world class facility at the University of Bristol for practically-based understanding of anatomy for clinical practice, providing the highest standards of training and development for healthcare professionals.

University of Bristol

Centre for Appearance Research

Centre for Appearance Research

UWE's Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) strives to make a real difference to the lives of the many hundreds of thousands of people with appearance-related concerns both in the UK and across the world.

University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)

Cancer research at University of Bristol

Cancer research at University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is working with Cancer Research UK on a number of projects, including a five year programme to reduce the burden of cancer, and the colorectal tumour biology group which looks at cell survival mechanisms and chemoprevention.

University of Bristol

Helping people with rheumatoid arthritis manage their fatigue

Helping people with rheumatoid arthritis manage their fatigue

Research at UWE has led to a process of measuring fatigue in people with rheumatoid arthritis which has been adopted internationally in clinical trials, and informed interventions that have improved quality of life for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)

Cardiovascular science

Cardiovascular science

Cardiovascular science in Bristol comprises more than 230 researchers and clinicians from across the University of Bristol and NHS trusts, working to translate basic scientific research into novel clinical practice, improving patient outcome and care.

University of Bristol, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West

NIHR CLAHRC West works with its partner organisations, including the NHS, local authorities and universities, to conduct applied health research and implement research evidence, to improve health and healthcare across the West.

University of Bristol, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Bristol's research in 2014-15

Bristol's research in 2014-15

In 2014-15, both universities performed strongly in health subjects in the Research Excellence Framework. The NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West and a new synthetic biology research centre, BrisSynBio, launched.

Cot deaths: saving more than 100,000 young lives worldwide

Cot deaths: saving more than 100,000 young lives worldwide

Cot deaths in the UK have fallen by 80 per cent following groundbreaking research by Peter Fleming, Professor of Infant Health and Developmental Physiology and his team at the University of Bristol.

University of Bristol

Latest research news

Sobering evidence on drinking during pregnancy: do we know how little is too much?

Sobering evidence on drinking during pregnancy: do we know how little is too much?

11 September 2017

New research from the University of Bristol suggests that consuming even small amounts of alcohol in pregnancy may be linked with higher chances of having a small baby and delivering prematurely, though evidence was surprisingly lacking.

Extending liaison psychiatry service at the Bristol Royal Infirmary improves care and reduces costs for self-harm patients

Extending liaison psychiatry service at the Bristol Royal Infirmary improves care and reduces costs for self-harm patients

23 August 2017

Extending the operating hours of the liaison psychiatry service at the Bristol Royal Infirmary’s (BRI) Emergency Department has led to improved care and outcomes for patients who have self-harmed, NIHR-funded research has found.

Steroids not effective for chest infections in adults who don’t have asthma or other chronic lung disease

Steroids not effective for chest infections in adults who don’t have asthma or other chronic lung disease

22 August 2017

Oral steroids should not be used for treating acute lower respiratory tract infection (or ‘chest infections’) in adults who don’t have asthma or other chronic lung disease, as they do not reduce the duration or severity of symptoms.

Calling all dads…let’s talk

Calling all dads…let’s talk

14 August 2017

Talking about the highs, and understanding the lows, of being a dad is the theme of a new project led by an inter-disciplinary team of academics from the University of Bristol.

Highly hazardous pesticides: policies should focus on bans, rather than secure storage, Lancet studies suggest

Highly hazardous pesticides: policies should focus on bans, rather than secure storage, Lancet studies suggest

11 August 2017

Global policies on access to highly hazardous pesticides – commonly ingested in acts of self-poisoning and suicide in rural Asia – should focus on national bans, rather than safe storage, according to two studies in The Lancet and The Lancet Global Healt...

Alternatives to acute hospital admissions for older people are safe and reduce hospital use

Alternatives to acute hospital admissions for older people are safe and reduce hospital use

9 August 2017

Alternatives to acute hospital admissions for older people appear safe and could reduce use of acute hospital care and length of time receiving care, a new study from the University of Bristol published in BMJ Open ​has found.

Sexual health professionals should be supported to ask about domestic abuse

Sexual health professionals should be supported to ask about domestic abuse

7 August 2017

Sexual health professionals feel that it is appropriate and valuable to ask their patients about domestic violence and abuse, NIHR-funded research has found. But time, workload and finding the right moment during consultations can be barriers to doing so...

University of Bristol team develop a new test to assist GP antibiotic prescribing

University of Bristol team develop a new test to assist GP antibiotic prescribing

1 August 2017

A research team at the University of Bristol, and including researchers from ITHAcA HIT and NIHR CLAHRC West has won a prestigious international award for a technology that could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

Research shows regular road closures help children get active

Research shows regular road closures help children get active

31 July 2017

New research from the University of Bristol shows that playing outside, aided by regular road closures, helps to increase children’s physical activity.

Bristol researcher wins prestigious diabetes research award

Bristol researcher wins prestigious diabetes research award

26 July 2017

Bristol researcher Dr Emma Vincent, whose own family has been affected by diabetes, has been awarded £587,237 from Diabetes UK to find out why people with Type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop some cancers.

New discovery could reverse tissue damage caused by heart attacks

New discovery could reverse tissue damage caused by heart attacks

25 July 2017

A new discovery by University of Bristol scientists helps to explain how cells which surround blood vessels, called pericytes, stimulate new blood vessels to grow with the hormone ‘leptin’ playing a key role.

Sexual health clinics should ask about abuse

Sexual health clinics should ask about abuse

21 July 2017

Training clinicians to proactively ask patients about domestic violence is feasible for sexual health clinics to implement and could increase referrals to specialist services, according to a study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the Univers...

Adrenal gland activity change under severe stress causing abnormal release of glucocorticoid stress hormones

Adrenal gland activity change under severe stress causing abnormal release of glucocorticoid stress hormones

18 July 2017

To respond to stress optimally, the body needs to produce glucocorticoid hormones, such as cortisol, extremely quickly. New research by scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter has revealed the molecular network that enables rapid glucocort...

Women speak out about experiences of domestic violence and abuse to help others

Women speak out about experiences of domestic violence and abuse to help others

6 July 2017

A new resource designed to support women experiencing domestic violence and abuse has been launched on the HealthTalk charity website today, developed by researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Oxford.

What is best practice in school sex education?

What is best practice in school sex education?

3 July 2017

New research led by the University of Bristol has found clear evidence that school-based sex and relationship education (SRE) and school-linked sexual health services can be effective at improving sexual health.

£2 million award will advance understanding of mechanisms of learning and memory

£2 million award will advance understanding of mechanisms of learning and memory

22 June 2017

Neuroscientists at the University of Bristol have been awarded a prestigious £2 million Wellcome Trust Investigator Award for a five-year study to investigate the neuronal circuits that drive our recognition memory.

Research finds nutrient deficiencies in heavy drinking homeless people, but evidence is limited

Research finds nutrient deficiencies in heavy drinking homeless people, but evidence is limited

19 June 2017

An NIHR CLAHRC West review has found that heavy drinking homeless people may experience a range of nutrient deficiencies, including vitamin B1, but the amount and quality of research on this issue is low.

Epigenetics could help diagnose different types of cleft

Epigenetics could help diagnose different types of cleft

14 June 2017

Cleft lip and palate are common birth defects and affect around 15 in every 10,000 births in Europe. New research by the University of Bristol from the the Cleft Collective has found epigenetics could help diagnose different types of cleft...

New trial for prosthetic hip joint infection

New trial for prosthetic hip joint infection

13 June 2017

The first ever randomised trial to investigate why some patients develop infections after their hip or knee replacement surgery, and which type of surgical revision treatment is best is being run by the University of Bristol and members of the public are...

Technology which makes electricity from urine also kills pathogens, researchers find

Technology which makes electricity from urine also kills pathogens, researchers find

13 June 2017

A scientific breakthrough has taken an emerging biotechnology a step closer to being used to treat waste water in the developing world.

'Big Data’ resource raises possibility of research revolution

'Big Data’ resource raises possibility of research revolution

12 June 2017

A group of UK scientists involving researchers from the University of Bristol have demonstrated how aggregating image data from laboratories all around the world has the potential to revolutionise scientific research.

Bristol study finds link between teen cannabis use and illicit drug taking in early adulthood

Bristol study finds link between teen cannabis use and illicit drug taking in early adulthood

8 June 2017

Researchers from the University of Bristol have found regular and occasional cannabis use as a teen is associated with a greater risk of other illicit drug taking in early adulthood.

Largest study to date finds autism alone does not increase risk of violent offending

Largest study to date finds autism alone does not increase risk of violent offending

1 June 2017

A diagnosis of autism alone does not increase the risk of violent offending suggests a study published in the June 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP).

Researchers looking for men to take part in new domestic violence study

Researchers looking for men to take part in new domestic violence study

25 May 2017

Researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care are looking for men who are concerned that they are, or have been, abusive in their relationships with women to take part in a new study that will help improve how we support men...

Life or death medical decisions involving a child – new study asks questions about current process

Life or death medical decisions involving a child – new study asks questions about current process

18 May 2017

How parents and clinicians make life or death medical decisions involving very young children is the focus of a new study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. The findings may offer insight into how the ‘best interests’ of a child are decid...

Cystic fibrosis study offers new understanding of silent changes in genes

Cystic fibrosis study offers new understanding of silent changes in genes

16 May 2017

Researchers studying the root cause of cystic fibrosis have made a major advance in our understanding of silent gene changes with implications for the complexity of cystic fibrosis. The findings were published on 16 May in PLoS Biology.

Combining heroin and commonly prescribed non-opioid pain killers leads to a significant rise in overdose deaths

Combining heroin and commonly prescribed non-opioid pain killers leads to a significant rise in overdose deaths

11 May 2017

A multi-disciplinary study has shown that the recent substantial increase in prescriptions for two drugs, pregabalin and gabapentin, used widely for a range of neurological disorders is closely correlated with a rise in the number of overdose deaths in E...

Life expectancy for people with HIV has increased by 10 years in the US and Europe since introduction of antiretroviral therapy

Life expectancy for people with HIV has increased by 10 years in the US and Europe since introduction of antiretroviral therapy

10 May 2017

Life expectancy of 20-year-olds starting treatment for HIV has increased by around a decade in the EU and North America since the introduction of antiretroviral therapy in the mid-1990s, according to a study published in The Lancet HIV.

UK health spending needs to grow faster than GDP

 UK health spending needs to grow faster than GDP

3 May 2017

The NHS is frequently in the news about its ongoing funding crisis. New research suggests demand for health services is set to continue to grow faster than GDP per head in all developed countries around the world.

Staff engagement app leads to service delivery improvements in central Bristol hospitals

Staff engagement app leads to service delivery improvements in central Bristol hospitals

2 May 2017

A staff engagement app developed by a team at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) has led to improved staff engagement and service delivery at the trust’s central Bristol hospitals.

Study finds primary school children get less active with age

Study finds primary school children get less active with age

28 April 2017

There is an age-related decline in children’s physical activity levels as they progress through primary school, according to a British Heart Foundation-funded study.

Proof that magnesium could prevent fractures

Proof that magnesium could prevent fractures

13 April 2017

Magnesium could hold the key to preventing one of the most preventable causes of disability in middle-aged to elderly people, according to new research led by academics at the Universities of Bristol and Eastern Finland.

Children with autism find understanding facial expressions difficult but make similar mistakes as peers - new study finds

Children with autism find understanding facial expressions difficult but make similar mistakes as peers - new study finds

31 March 2017

Young people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) have difficulties recognising and distinguishing between different facial expressions, according to research from one of the largest studies to look at emotion recognition in children and adolescents wit...

Therapies that target dementia in early stages critical to success

Therapies that target dementia in early stages critical to success

28 March 2017

Targeting dementia in the earlier stages of the condition could be critical for the success of future therapies, say researchers from the University of Bristol, who have found that the very earliest symptoms of dementia might be due to abnormal stability...

No ‘weekend admission effect’ for the elderly sustaining broken hips in the NHS

No ‘weekend admission effect’ for the elderly sustaining broken hips in the NHS

27 March 2017

New research has found NHS patients admitted to hospital at the weekend with a hip fracture are at no greater risk of death compared to weekdays. In fact, the risk of death during the hospital stay was lower at the weekend than in the week.

Major breakthrough in the manufacture of red blood cells

Major breakthrough in the manufacture of red blood cells

24 March 2017

Researchers have generated the first immortalised cell lines which allow more efficient manufacture of red blood cells. The team, from the University of Bristol and NHS Blood and Transplant, were able to manufacture red blood cells in a more efficient sc...

Is there a link between telomere length and cancer?

Is there a link between telomere length and cancer?

23 March 2017

Telomeres are regions of repetitive DNA at the end of human chromosomes, which protect the end of the chromosome from damage. Whilst shorter telomeres are hypothesized biological markers of older age and have been linked to many diseases, including cancer...

Stem cell therapy could help mend the youngest of broken hearts

Stem cell therapy could help mend the youngest of broken hearts

21 March 2017

Researchers have shown stem cells from the umbilical cord may hold the key to a new generation of graft and could reduce the number of surgeries required to treat young children born with certain types of congenital heart disease.

Antibiotics not effective for clinically infected eczema in children

 Antibiotics not effective for clinically infected eczema in children

14 March 2017

Estimates suggest that 40 per cent of eczema flares are treated with topical antibiotics, but findings from a study involving academics from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care, suggest there is no meaningful benefit from the use...

Researchers to develop ‘wearable’ robotic tools for surgery

Researchers to develop ‘wearable’ robotic tools for surgery

14 March 2017

A team of researchers led by UWE Bristol is to develop a wearable robotic system for minimally invasive surgery, also known as keyhole surgery, that will offer surgeons natural and dexterous movement and the ability to ‘sense’, ‘see’, control and safely...

Gambling a problem for 1 in 20 people visiting their GP

Gambling a problem for 1 in 20 people visiting their GP

14 March 2017

A study published in the British Journal of General Practice today found that around 1 in 20 people waiting to see their GP in surgeries in Bristol reported having a gambling problem.

Young adults on the verge of a gambling habit

Young adults on the verge of a gambling habit

14 March 2017

Young males and people who use drink or drugs are at greater risk of developing a gambling habit, according to new research published today. Experts say it is an indication of an area that needs more attention if primary care services are to help those i...

Girls in care more likely to report lower well-being than boys

Girls in care more likely to report lower well-being than boys

8 March 2017

About a quarter of girls in care have low well-being and feel the stigma of care more deeply than do boys according to a new study, announced today, which set out to understand what well-being means to looked after children.

Brain stimulation raises hopes for patients with drug-resistant high blood pressure

Brain stimulation raises hopes for patients with drug-resistant high blood pressure

28 February 2017

A Bristol team has used a deep brain stimulation technique to dramatically reduce a woman’s high blood pressure – the first time in the world the procedure has been carried out for hypertension. The discovery raises hopes for patients with drug-resistant...

Report recommends BME led voluntary and community organisations for older people work closely with statutory services

Report recommends BME led voluntary and community organisations for older people work closely with statutory services

20 February 2017

Research funded by Bristol City Council and carried out by UWE Bristol in collaboration with local groups found that black and other minority ethnic community leaders are increasingly aware of how dementia affects many people from BME communities.

New discovery a major advance for understanding neurological diseases

New discovery a major advance for understanding neurological diseases

13 February 2017

The discovery of a new mechanism that controls the way nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other to regulate our learning and long-term memory could have major benefits to understanding how the brain works and what goes wrong in neurodegenerat...

Bacterium lassoes its way from the mouth to the heart to cause disease

Bacterium lassoes its way from the mouth to the heart to cause disease

7 February 2017

The human mouth can harbour more than 700 different species of bacteria. Under normal circumstances these microbes co-exist with us as part of our resident oral microbiota. But when bacteria spread to other tissues via the blood stream, the results can b...

Bristol part of European initiative to study diabetic kidney disease

Bristol part of European initiative to study diabetic kidney disease

7 February 2017

Researchers from the University of Bristol are part of a major pan European €28.9 million initiative that aims to improve the prevention and management of diabetic kidney disease (DKD), which is the leading cause of kidney failure in the world.

‘Continuity of primary care matters and should be protected’

‘Continuity of primary care matters and should be protected’

2 February 2017

Continuity of care – seeing the same GP – has proven benefits and could be a key line of defence against rising hospital admissions argue leading academics in an editorial published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Call for national guidance to help GPs document domestic violence

Call for national guidance to help GPs document domestic violence

31 January 2017

Guidance is urgently needed to help GPs decide what information to include on electronic records of children and families experiencing domestic violence and abuse (DVA).

A brain wide chemical signal that enhances memory

A brain wide chemical signal that enhances memory

24 January 2017

How does heightened attention improve our mental capacity? This is the question tackled by new University of Bristol research published today in the journal Cell Reports, which reveals a chemical signal released across the brain in response to attention...

Final report of five-year telehealth research programme published

Final report of five-year telehealth research programme published

23 January 2017

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has published the final report of a five-year research programme on the use of telehealth in primary care settings for patients with long-term conditions.

Study identifies brain’s connections which keep related memories distinct from each other

Study identifies brain’s connections which keep related memories distinct from each other

20 January 2017

Neuroscientists at the University of Bristol are a step closer to understanding how the connections in our brain which control our episodic memory work in sync to make some memories stronger than others.

Disabled people reveal their experiences of social care

Disabled people reveal their experiences of social care

19 January 2017

At a time when Social Care in England is at a ‘tipping point’, according to the Care Quality Commission, it is vital that local authorities find ways of working together with people who use social care services.

New guidelines could help improve research into vascular cognitive impairment

New guidelines could help improve research into vascular cognitive impairment

16 January 2017

New guidelines have been developed that it is hoped will help to progress research into vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) following a study led by academics at the University of Bristol that brought together the views of over 150 researchers in 27 coun...

Patients with long term conditions overestimate life expectancy

Patients with long term conditions overestimate life expectancy

11 January 2017

A review of studies examining perceived life expectancy among people with long term health conditions has found patients may overestimate their life expectancy.

The economics of grief

The economics of grief

10 January 2017

The loss of a child can cause intense grief for parents and for many, life is never the same again. Now, for the first time, researchers have built up a comprehensive picture of the devastating social and economic impact that a child’s death can have.

Job clubs could help reduce depression in people who lose their job, study finds

Job clubs could help reduce depression in people who lose their job, study finds

4 January 2017

Job clubs seem to be effective in reducing depression in people who lose their jobs, particularly those at high risk of depression, an NIHR-funded study has found. But evidence for other types of support for people during times of financial hardship, inc...

Just what the doctor ordered: Study praises new approach to GP visits

Just what the doctor ordered: Study praises new approach to GP visits

22 December 2016

A cultural shift in how patients access care through their GPs is one step closer after a university study highlighted the benefits of an emerging approach known as ‘social prescribing’.

Further evidence found for causal links between cannabis and schizophrenia

Further evidence found for causal links between cannabis and schizophrenia

19 December 2016

People who have a greater risk of developing schizophrenia are more likely to try cannabis, according to new research, which also found a causal link between trying the drug and an increased risk of the condition.

Supporting children exposed to domestic violence: call for stronger evidence base

Supporting children exposed to domestic violence: call for stronger evidence base

12 December 2016

Services for children who are exposed to domestic violence and abuse are vital, but NIHR-funded researchers have found that there is little evidence for what support works best.

“It was like walking without knowing where I was going”: autism in the Bristol Somali community findings published

“It was like walking without knowing where I was going”: autism in the Bristol Somali community findings published

17 November 2016

The cultural and societal barriers that Somali families with children with autism experience are explored in a paper published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. The NIHR-funded research team, made up of University of Bristol and...

Suicidal patients need better online support from clinicians and help groups

Suicidal patients need better online support from clinicians and help groups

10 November 2016

Improve clinicians’ understanding of the online world, review web-based support services for vulnerable people and safeguard the public against pro-suicide content. Those are some of the recommendations being put to the internet industry, health provider...

Testing online treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)

Testing online treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)

1 November 2016

Over 700 children and young people are to take part in the largest clinical trial ever undertaken in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), which affects up to two per cent of young people, most of whom do not have access to treatment.

Fracture pain study paper from Integrated Pain Management HIT published

Fracture pain study paper from Integrated Pain Management HIT published

31 October 2016

Members of the Integrated Pain Management Health Integration Team (IPM HIT) have published a paper looking at 'sensorimotor dysfunction' after limb fracture. Sensorimotor dysfunction is when people feel sensations or movements in a limb that aren't actua...

SPHERE project wins MRC dementia award

SPHERE project wins MRC dementia award

27 October 2016

Bristol is one of six universities to receive a Momentum award from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to develop the UK’s research base in dementia science.

Risk of hospital admissions could be reduced with better general practice strategies

Risk of hospital admissions could be reduced with better general practice strategies

25 October 2016

Hospital admission rates are 55 per cent higher in some areas than in others because of a greater prevalence of conditions such as diabetes, alcoholism, dementia and socioeconomic deprivation.

GPs need better training to help children affected by domestic violence

GPs need better training to help children affected by domestic violence

14 October 2016

Although doctors and nurses are becoming more aware of patients experiencing domestic violence, the needs of children are often ignored, according to new research published today that reveals a lack of training about how to identify and support children...

How baby’s genes influence birth weight and later life disease

How baby’s genes influence birth weight and later life disease

28 September 2016

Genetic differences could help to explain why some babies are born bigger or smaller than others, according to new research from the Early Growth Genetics (EGG) Consortium, an international collaboration of researchers including experts from the Universit...

BAME patients may be underrepresented in trials for diabetes treatment, study finds

BAME patients may be underrepresented in trials for diabetes treatment, study finds

26 September 2016

Failure to directly and appropriately assess language proficiency when recruiting patients to randomised controlled trials (RCTs) for diabetes treatments may be leading to black and ethnic minority (BAME) patients being underrepresented or excluded, new...

Research on stress hormone effects on the brain reveals unexpected findings

Research on stress hormone effects on the brain reveals unexpected findings

23 September 2016

Stress is a major problem in many people’s lives often resulting in poor health and mental disorders. It is thought that disturbances in the action of stress hormones play a key role in causing mental disorders, like major depression and post-traumatic s...

Healthy fat stem cells can protect against obesity-associated type 2 diabetes

Healthy fat stem cells can protect against obesity-associated type 2 diabetes

15 September 2016

Obesity is responsible for the deaths of over three million people a year worldwide due to its associated diseases such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, a subset of obese individuals seems to be protected from such diseases.

Monitoring prostate cancer offers the same survival chance as surgery or radiotherapy over 10 years, but treatment reduces risk of cancer progression

Monitoring prostate cancer offers the same survival chance as surgery or radiotherapy over 10 years, but treatment reduces risk of cancer progression

14 September 2016

Active monitoring is as effective as surgery and radiotherapy, in terms of survival at 10 years, reports the largest study of its kind, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Bristol research receives £21 million Biomedical Research Centre award over five years

Bristol research receives £21 million Biomedical Research Centre award over five years

14 September 2016

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) and the University of Bristol have been awarded more than £21 million over five years by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), to fund cutting-edge research.

Size is everything when it comes to high blood pressure

Size is everything when it comes to high blood pressure

13 September 2016

The size of a grain of rice, the carotid body, located between two major arteries that feed the brain with blood, has been found to control your blood pressure. A team of clinical scientists at the University of Bristol have found a new way to treat hi...

‘Negative’ school sex education needs a revamp

‘Negative’ school sex education needs a revamp

12 September 2016

Sex and relationship education (SRE) is in need of an overhaul, according to research by the University of Bristol. The wide-ranging study looked at how young people in 10 countries viewed their school-based SRE. It found schools appear reluctant to ackn...

Post-mortem assessment guidelines for vascular cognitive impairment

Post-mortem assessment guidelines for vascular cognitive impairment

5 September 2016

New research, led by academics at the University of Bristol, has outlined the first validated set of pathological criteria for assessing the likelihood that cognitive impairment was caused by vascular disease.

Researchers eyeing first new anti-hypertensive drug treatment strategy in more than 15 years

Researchers eyeing first new anti-hypertensive drug treatment strategy in more than 15 years

5 September 2016

Researchers at the University of Bristol and Afferent Pharmaceuticals have identified a potential new way of treating high blood pressure, or hypertension, by targeting aberrant nerve signals in the carotid bodies, which sit on the common carotid arterie...

New algorithm could help GPs reduce antibiotic use in children with coughs and RTIs

New algorithm could help GPs reduce antibiotic use in children with coughs and RTIs

2 September 2016

Researchers have developed a technique that will help GPs identify which children with coughs and respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are most at risk of future hospitalisation.

FDA warning on drug for quitting smoking needs rethink, say researchers

FDA warning on drug for quitting smoking needs rethink, say researchers

1 September 2016

Researchers from the University of Bristol have called for the USA Food and Drug Administration’s ‘black box’ warning for smoking cessation drug varenicline to be lifted.

Unravelling the biology of parkinsonism

Unravelling the biology of parkinsonism

19 August 2016

Scientists have taken another step towards understanding the causes of parkinsonism by identifying what’s happening at a cellular level to potentially help develop future treatments.

PolicyBristol explores conflicts of interest in healthcare and NHS procurement

PolicyBristol explores conflicts of interest in healthcare and NHS procurement

4 August 2016

PolicyBristol, which brings together diverse policy-relevant work from across the University of Bristol, has produced a briefing called Conflicts of interest in healthcare: NHS procurement rules must be clarified. This research takes stock of recent deve...

Dementia Health Integration Team survey of public attitudes paper published

Dementia Health Integration Team survey of public attitudes paper published

28 July 2016

The Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) have published their first paper as a HIT. The aim of the study was to carry out a survey of public attitudes toward people affected by dementia in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Bristol GP wins major Royal College of General Practitioners research award

Bristol GP wins major Royal College of General Practitioners research award

27 July 2016

A Bristol GP and lecturer has been awarded the 2017 John Fry Award by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC).

Research will help GPs diagnose urinary tract infections in children and improve antibiotic use

Research will help GPs diagnose urinary tract infections in children and improve antibiotic use

11 July 2016

After a three-year study involving more than 7,000 children, researchers have developed a technique to help GPs and nurses to decide from which children a urine sample should be collected if they suspect a urinary tract infection is present.

Can YOU predict activity from sensor data?

Can YOU predict activity from sensor data?

5 July 2016

A challenge has been launched for people to predict posture and movement within a smart home from video, accelerometer and environmental sensor data. The competition is part of the University of Bristol’s SPHERE project.

Personality disorders have long-term effects on mental health and social relationships

Personality disorders have long-term effects on mental health and social relationships

1 July 2016

People with personality disorder (PD) have enduring relationship difficulties. The condition affects about one in 20 people in the UK and up to 40 per cent of adult mental health service users.

Health Integration Team model evaluation paper published

Health Integration Team model evaluation paper published

1 July 2016

The results of NIHR CLAHRC West's preliminary evaluation of the ‘Health Integration Team’ model have been published in BMC Health Services Research.

Hospital-at-home is a safe alternative to hospital admission for elderly patients

Hospital-at-home is a safe alternative to hospital admission for elderly patients

29 June 2016

When considering admitting patients over the age of 65 for acute hospital care, alternatives such as hospital at home, admission to a local community hospital or extended stays and treatment in A&E are a viable option say NIHR-funded researchers from the...

Ten minutes on children’s internet game enough to lower body satisfaction among young girls, study finds

Ten minutes on children’s internet game enough to lower body satisfaction among young girls, study finds

22 June 2016

Young girls reported heightened body dissatisfaction after playing a children’s internet game for just 10 minutes, a study has found. Primary school children expressed a more pronounced desire for a slimmer figure immediately after playing a free game wh...

Research project looking for mums-to-be with family history of eczema

Research project looking for mums-to-be with family history of eczema

20 June 2016

Researchers at the University of Bristol are looking for pregnant women to take part in a study into preventing babies developing eczema. Barrier Enhancement for Eczema Prevention (BEEP), aims to recruit 1,300 babies.

Bristol research highlights in 2015-16

Bristol research highlights in 2015-16

15 June 2016

2015-16 saw the opening of the Bristol Brain Centre, bringing Bristol’s considerable strengths in neurological disorders together under one roof, and a new personalised assisted living facility at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. A Genomic Medicine Cen...

Radical approach for parents with learning disabilities developed with Bristol researchers

Radical approach for parents with learning disabilities developed with Bristol researchers

14 June 2016

Researchers from the University of Bristol have contributed to the development of a radical new approach to supporting parents with learning disabilities.

Bristol and Leeds collaboration reveals a new mechanism for protein secretion

Bristol and Leeds collaboration reveals a new mechanism for protein secretion

14 June 2016

A UK research team has discovered that a cell's protective layer acts like a turnstile, allowing proteins to be exported while preventing them from moving back in.

Researchers net £1.5m grant to boost understanding of drug resistant infections

Researchers net £1.5m grant to boost understanding of drug resistant infections

9 June 2016

A consortium of nine academics from the University of Bristol has been awarded £1.5 million to carry out research on antibiotic resistance (AMR) in animals and the risks it poses to humans.

From bench to bedside: new research centre to benefit humans, animals and the environment

From bench to bedside: new research centre to benefit humans, animals and the environment

9 June 2016

A new national centre, unique in the UK and Europe, that will take research out of the laboratory and closer to the bedside to ensure more patients worldwide can access ground-breaking treatments as quickly as possible has opened in Bristol.

Telehealth interventions provide limited health benefits, concludes study

Telehealth interventions provide limited health benefits, concludes study

2 June 2016

There is considerable optimism amongst policy-makers that telehealth could transform health care delivery, but researchers have concluded that while telehealth could provide some benefit to some patients, it is not a simple answer to a complex problem.

Are Bristolian and British attitudes to cycling on different trajectories?

Are Bristolian and British attitudes to cycling on different trajectories?

27 May 2016

Dr Adrian Davis, Director of the Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments (SHINE) Health Integration Team, talks about the differences between Bristol and the rest of the country in terms of attitudes to cycling.

Survey reveals few GPs use alternatives to face-to-face consultations

Survey reveals few GPs use alternatives to face-to-face consultations

24 May 2016

Despite policy pressure on GPs to offer consultations by email or internet video programmes such as Skype, few GPs do and most have no plans to introduce them in future, according to a new study.

You are what you eat: immune cells remember their first meal

You are what you eat: immune cells remember their first meal

19 May 2016

Scientists at the University of Bristol have identified the trigger for immune cells' inflammatory response – a discovery that may pave the way for new treatments for many human diseases.

Could hepatitis C treatments help prevent virus transmission?

Could hepatitis C treatments help prevent virus transmission?

18 May 2016

An international team of researchers has shed light on the potential impact of new drugs for hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV is an important cause of liver cancer and is transmitted through blood to blood contact.

New innovations to combat antmicrobial resistant infections

New innovations to combat antmicrobial resistant infections

12 May 2016

Two scientists at the University of Bristol have been awarded prestigious research grants to develop novel technologies that will help fight the rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Experts call for NHS to boost bariatric surgery rates

Experts call for NHS to boost bariatric surgery rates

11 May 2016

The NHS should increase bariatric surgery rates to 50,000 procedures a year to bring major health benefits to patients and save money in the long run, according to a team of experts.

Infant swaddling for sleep associated with sudden infant death syndrome

Infant swaddling for sleep associated with sudden infant death syndrome

9 May 2016

The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) appears to increase when infants are swaddled while sleeping on their stomachs or sides, new research has found.

New research could help would-be A&E attendees

New research could help would-be A&E attendees

9 May 2016

New research funded by the British Red Cross and carried out by UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England) and the University of Bristol aims to discover what information will help people know what to do and where to go when a person is unwell.

Creating a vision for green healthy cities

Creating a vision for green healthy cities

5 May 2016

How can we green our cities to make them healthier and more sustainable places to live? A substantial grant awarded to a European collaboration, including researchers at the University of Bristol, will help to develop the best, most cost effective polici...

Human heart cells show stress response to tobacco smoke, but not to e-cig vapour

Human heart cells show stress response to tobacco smoke, but not to e-cig vapour

4 May 2016

New research has showed substantial differences in the way human heart cells respond to e-cigarette smoke and conventional cigarette smoke.

Placenta size and offspring bone development linked

Placenta size and offspring bone development linked

4 May 2016

A larger placenta during pregnancy could lead to larger bones in the children, a new study has shown. Researchers from the University of Southampton, studied 518 children in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children.

A faster and cheaper way to produce new antibiotics

A faster and cheaper way to produce new antibiotics

4 May 2016

A novel way of synthesising a promising new antibiotic has been identified by scientists at the University of Bristol. By expressing the genes involved in the production of pleuromutilin in a different type of fungus, the researchers were able to increas...

New training could help health workers support millions across Europe with body image fears

New training could help health workers support millions across Europe with body image fears

4 May 2016

New training developed by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) could help the next generation of health workers support millions of patients across Europe burdened by ‘visible differences’ and body image fears. Academics from UWE Bri...

Major funding to develop slow-releasing antimicrobial agent for dentistry and medicine

Major funding to develop slow-releasing antimicrobial agent for dentistry and medicine

25 April 2016

A University of Bristol spin-out company working to advance the treatment and prevention of bacterial infection by developing a solution to improve the efficacy of chlorhexidine-based products has received major investment to progress the technology.

Mental health ‘first aid’ for teachers focus of new study by University of Bristol

Mental health ‘first aid’ for teachers focus of new study by University of Bristol

25 April 2016

Researchers from the University of Bristol have begun a trial to find out how well a training and support package for teachers works in recognising and combatting mental health problems.

University of Bristol researchers help shape NHS England mental health service for GPs

University of Bristol researchers help shape NHS England mental health service for GPs

20 April 2016

Researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Keele and University College London have fed back early research findings to help shape the development of a NHS England commissioned service for GPs with mental health problems.

IRIS domestic violence programme shortlisted for BMJ Awards

IRIS domestic violence programme shortlisted for BMJ Awards

15 April 2016

A domestic violence training and support programme developed by Professor Gene Feder and his colleagues at the University of Bristol's Centre for Academic Primary Care has been shortlisted for the BMJ Awards in the category Innovation into Practice.

Stress leads to longer, later bedwetting

Stress leads to longer, later bedwetting

12 April 2016

In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers have confirmed that high levels of family stress in early life can cause children to wet the bed for prolonged and persistent periods of time.

Humanoid robotics and computer avatars could help treat social disorders

Humanoid robotics and computer avatars could help treat social disorders

11 April 2016

A collaborative research team has found humanoid robotics and computer avatars could help rehabilitate people suffering from social disorders such as schizophrenia or social phobia. It is thanks to the theory of similarity, which suggests that it is easie...

Bristol researchers awarded funding to investigate Alzheimer's and high blood pressure

Bristol researchers awarded funding to investigate Alzheimer's and high blood pressure

11 April 2016

A team of researchers at the University of Bristol is embarking on a study to investigate the link between high blood pressure and dementia thanks to a £388,000 funding boost from the charity Alzheimer’s Research UK.

New insights into how the brain adapts to stress

New insights into how the brain adapts to stress

11 April 2016

Stress is a major burden in many people’s lives affecting their health and wellbeing. New research led by the University of Bristol has found that genes in the brain that play a crucial role in behavioural adaptation to stressful challenges are controlle...

New research suggests early life factors could increase prostate cancer risk

New research suggests early life factors could increase prostate cancer risk

7 April 2016

Factors that influence when boys go through puberty could affect a man’s future risk of developing prostate cancer, a large study funded by World Cancer Research Fund has found.

General practice in England nearing ‘saturation point’ as study reveals extent of GP workload increase

General practice in England nearing ‘saturation point’ as study reveals extent of GP workload increase

5 April 2016

The largest analysis of GP and nurse consultations to date shows workloads in general practice have increased by 16 per cent over the past seven years, with more frequent and longer consultations.

Researchers uncover the factors associated with hospital deaths in the oldest old

Researchers uncover the factors associated with hospital deaths in the oldest old

23 March 2016

Researchers from the University of Bristol and Public Health England have found that, although the rates of hospital deaths in England are declining, nearly two-thirds of people aged 85 and over, and more than half of people aged 95 and over, still die i...

New research programme aims to improve healthcare professionals' approach to domestic violence

New research programme aims to improve healthcare professionals' approach to domestic violence

23 March 2016

Researchers at the University of Bristol have received more than £2.5 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to carry out research that aims to increase the safety and well-being of victims of domestic violence and abuse (DVA).

Autism genes are in all of us, new research reveals

Autism genes are in all of us, new research reveals

21 March 2016

New light has been shed on the genetic relationship between autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and ASD-related traits in the wider population, by a team of international researchers including academics from the University of Bristol, the Broad Institute o...

Railway suicide rates climb despite industry efforts

Railway suicide rates climb despite industry efforts

16 March 2016

Railway suicide rates in England and Wales have risen since the year 2000 despite measures aimed at reducing them, researchers from the University of Bristol have warned.

Antibiotic resistance in children is high and associated with previous antibiotic use

Antibiotic resistance in children is high and associated with previous antibiotic use

16 March 2016

Antibiotic resistance in children with urinary infections is high and could render some antibiotics ineffective as first-line treatments, warns a study published by The BMJ.

Pregnant mother’s weight, glucose and blood pressure affect baby’s size

Pregnant mother’s weight, glucose and blood pressure affect baby’s size

15 March 2016

Being overweight or obese in pregnancy causes babies to be born larger, according to new research, led by the universities of Bristol and Exeter. The study also found that having higher blood glucose (sugar) during pregnancy causes babies to be born larg...

Videos exploring antibiotic use for RTIs in children in primary care launched at TARGET event

Videos exploring antibiotic use for RTIs in children in primary care launched at TARGET event

10 March 2016

Videos and other resources to help GPs and parents manage coughs and respiratory tract infections (RTIs) have been launched by the University of Bristol's Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) at an antimicrobial stewardship event on 26 February in Lon...

Why it’s good to eat your greens

Why it’s good to eat your greens

1 March 2016

Research has found pre-school children whose parents considered them to be ‘picky eaters’ ate less dietary fibre, and were 30 per cent more likely to be constipated than those who were ‘never choosy’.

Bristol neuroscientist honoured with the world’s largest prize for ground-breaking brain research

Bristol neuroscientist honoured with the world’s largest prize for ground-breaking brain research

1 March 2016

A University of Bristol professor is one of three neuroscientists who have won the world’s most valuable prize for brain research, for their outstanding work on the mechanisms of memory.

Families needed for study into children's common illnesses

Families needed for study into children's common illnesses

29 February 2016

University of Bristol researchers led by Professor Alastair Hay are inviting Bristol families to take part in a new study to find out more about how parents manage children’s coughs, colds, sore throats and ear infections in the community.

Bristol scientists to study potential new way of treating diabetes

Bristol scientists to study potential new way of treating diabetes

29 February 2016

Scientists at the University of Bristol are to investigate a potential new way of treating diabetes, following funding from the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Bristol researchers aim to improve the use of antibiotics in primary care

Bristol researchers aim to improve the use of antibiotics in primary care

26 February 2016

New research led by Bristol NHS CCG and the University of Bristol, aimed at improving the quality of primary care for children with respiratory tract infections (RTIs) has been presented in London.

Researchers uncover GPs’ dilemma over prescribing antibiotics for children with respiratory tract infections

Researchers uncover GPs’ dilemma over prescribing antibiotics for children with respiratory tract infections

24 February 2016

GPs find making decisions about prescribing antibiotics in children with respiratory tract infections (RTIs) difficult - on the one hand, the over-prescription of antibiotics is recognised as a serious concern but, on the other, treating a significant in...

University of Bristol wins strategic awards to support translational research

University of Bristol wins strategic awards to support translational research

23 February 2016

The University of Bristol has won two awards from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to support translational research – work that turns fundamental scientific discoveries into improvements in human health and economic benefit.

Breathtaking innovation: New device could end blood test agony for thousands

Breathtaking innovation: New device could end blood test agony for thousands

23 February 2016

Patients could be spared the unpleasant ordeal of having blood taken in future thanks to the work of a University of the West of England academic who has devised a new breath testing device.

Significant new study shows importance of help for childhood sexual abuse victims

Significant new study shows importance of help for childhood sexual abuse victims

22 February 2016

While the sexual abuse of children is currently an issue at the forefront of public life, concern has focused on the protection of children and the identification of perpetrators. However, a new study by the Universities of Bristol and Durham for the NSP...

Best to sleep on it: brain activity patterns during sleep consolidate memory

Best to sleep on it: brain activity patterns during sleep consolidate memory

19 February 2016

Why does sleeping on it help? This is the question tackled by new research at the University of Bristol, which reveals how brain activity during sleep sorts through the huge number of experiences we encounter every day, filing only the important informat...

Genome studies can help identify lifestyle risks for diseases

Genome studies can help identify lifestyle risks for diseases

12 February 2016

A type of study commonly used to pinpoint genetic variants associated with diseases can also be used to identify the lifestyle predictors that increase the risk of a disease – something that is often overlooked in genetic studies.

New milestone for prostate cancer urine diagnostic test

New milestone for prostate cancer urine diagnostic test

11 February 2016

A research team from UWE Bristol and University of Liverpool has reached an important milestone towards creating a urine diagnostic test for prostate cancer that could mean invasive diagnostic procedures that men undergo become a thing of the past.

Stronger evidence found for link between prenatal exposure to paracetamol and the risk of developing asthma

Stronger evidence found for link between prenatal exposure to paracetamol and the risk of developing asthma

10 February 2016

Researchers have provided new evidence that developing asthma can be linked to pregnant women and infants being exposed to paracetamol; by testing that the association was not simply due to the medical complaint for which the person is taking paracetamol...

New discovery strengthens how bones bond to titanium orthopaedic implants

New discovery strengthens how bones bond to titanium orthopaedic implants

27 January 2016

Scientists at the University of the West of England have discovered a new way of making titanium implants bond better with bones. Successful implant surgery is dependent on this bonding process working so that the implant integrates into the skeleton.

Bristol researchers launch unique dataset of GP / patient consultations

Bristol researchers launch unique dataset of GP / patient consultations

25 January 2016

Researchers from the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol have created a unique dataset of 300 GP / patient consultations that will soon be made available for research and educational purposes.

Pilot programme helps new mums with learning difficulties

Pilot programme helps new mums with learning difficulties

13 January 2016

New mothers with learning difficulties have benefitted from a pilot programme that helped them learn to care for and interact with their babies, an evaluation by University of Bristol experts has found.

How drugs can help your brain encode memories

How drugs can help your brain encode memories

13 January 2016

Medical researchers at the University of Bristol have uncovered a fundamental mechanism that explains the interaction between brain state and the neural triggers responsible for learning.

Common dementia drug found to improve Parkinson’s symptoms

Common dementia drug found to improve Parkinson’s symptoms

13 January 2016

Scientists in Bristol have discovered that a commonly prescribed dementia drug could hold the key to helping prevent debilitating falls for people with Parkinson’s.

Pioneering study to help adults delay frailty and live independently for longer

Pioneering study to help adults delay frailty and live independently for longer

11 January 2016

A major study, led by researchers from the Active Older People Health Integration Team (APPHLE HIT), has launched aiming to help older people stay fitter and live independently for longer.

NHS reorganisation and workload pressures causing GP retention crisis

NHS reorganisation and workload pressures causing GP retention crisis

7 January 2016

NHS reorganisation, coupled with increased GP workload and reduced time for patient care, are combining to force many doctors to leave general practice early, according to a significant new study.

Study finds CBT offers long-term benefits for people with depression

Study finds CBT offers long-term benefits for people with depression

7 January 2016

People with depression that has not responded fully to treatment with antidepressants benefit long-term from receiving cognitive behavioural therapy, given in addition to their usual treatment that includes antidepressant medication.

People face subconscious urges to over-eat at this time of year, study finds

People face subconscious urges to over-eat at this time of year, study finds

6 January 2016

People have evolved to have subconscious urges to over-eat, and limited ability to avoid becoming obese, especially in winter, a study by the Universities of Bristol and Exeter has found.

Two thirds of IVF couples will have a baby after six attempts

Two thirds of IVF couples will have a baby after six attempts

23 December 2015

Couples seeking fertility treatment should view IVF as a multiple cycle process rather than a “single shot”, according to new research. The study has found that around two thirds of patients will be successful after six or more cycles of IVF.

Parents may need more guidance to prevent toddlers overeating

Parents may need more guidance to prevent toddlers overeating

4 December 2015

Reducing toddlers’ portion sizes or number of eating occasions could potentially help to target weight gain in later life, according to new research from the University of Bristol and University College London (UCL).

Innovate UK funding for assistive robotic system will offer a ‘new perspective on ageing’

Innovate UK funding for assistive robotic system will offer a ‘new perspective on ageing’

4 December 2015

A consortium of leading researchers, care providers and robotics experts have received a major award of over £2m from Innovate UK to develop a modular robotic solution for the home to revolutionise long-term care by giving people the choice to stay indep...

Passive smoking is associated with earlier delivery and lower birth weight

Passive smoking is associated with earlier delivery and lower birth weight

24 November 2015

New research by academics from the University of Bristol has found women exposed to passive smoking, on average, deliver their babies earlier and with lower birth weights compared to unexposed women.

UWE-designed anxiety app reaches half a million downloads

UWE-designed anxiety app reaches half a million downloads

24 November 2015

A free self-help app for anxiety (SAM app) conceived and co-designed by experts at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has been downloaded by over 500,000 users in more than 100 countries since its launch in July 2013.

Bristol team to help in the fight against superbugs

Bristol team to help in the fight against superbugs

18 November 2015

Researchers at the University of Bristol have received £1.5 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for a trial looking at easing the pain of ear infections. This is part of a larger investment of over £15.8 million into research t...

Babies fed cow’s milk too early are more likely to become overweight

Babies fed cow’s milk too early are more likely to become overweight

12 November 2015

New research from Children of the 90s shows that the weight gain of infants given cow’s milk as a main drink in place of breast or formula milk before 12 months of age may be greater than that of breastfed infants.

Evidence shows low energy sweeteners help reduce energy intake and body weight

Evidence shows low energy sweeteners help reduce energy intake and body weight

10 November 2015

Use of low energy sweeteners in place of sugar, in children and adults, leads to reduced calorie intake and body weight – and possibly also when comparing these beverages to water – according to a review led by researchers at the University of Bristo...

Research finds risk of suicide and mental illness increases during recession

Research finds risk of suicide and mental illness increases during recession

6 November 2015

The economic recession of 2008 – 2013 was followed by increases in rates of suicide, suicide attempts, and mental illness, a PolicyBristol report from a team led by academics at the University of Bristol has found.

Estimated two-thirds of world’s population under 50 infected with herpes simplex virus type 1

Estimated two-thirds of world’s population under 50 infected with herpes simplex virus type 1

28 October 2015

More than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which commonly causes ‘cold sores’ and can also cause genital herpes, according to new research by the University of Bristol and WHO.

New £4.1 million cancer research programme announced

New £4.1 million cancer research programme announced

21 October 2015

A major new £4.1 million cancer research programme that will focus on new ways to prevent and predict cancer development and progression is announced by Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and the University of Bristol.

University of Bristol cancer paper wins 'Research Paper of the Year'

University of Bristol cancer paper wins 'Research Paper of the Year'

23 September 2015

A research paper published in 2014 by researchers from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care and colleagues from the universities of Cambridge and Exeter has won Research Paper of the Year Award 2014 from the Royal College of Gener...

Methadone increases death risk in first four weeks of treatment for opioid dependence

Methadone increases death risk in first four weeks of treatment for opioid dependence

16 September 2015

Patients who start treatment for dependence on opioids are five times as likely to die in the first four weeks when they are prescribed the most commonly used treatment, methadone, than with an alternative treatment, buprenorphine, a study by researchers...

Choral singing therapy may lead to improved quality of life for stroke survivors

Choral  singing therapy may  lead to improved quality of life for stroke survivors

16 September 2015

Singing in a choir can improve the feelings of social isolation and low mood experienced by stroke survivors with aphasia (communication difficulties) according to new research from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the University o...

Bristol to benefit from new £3m Blood and Transplant Research Unit

Bristol to benefit from new £3m Blood and Transplant Research Unit

11 September 2015

A new £3 million NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Unit to advance pioneering research on the manufacture of red blood cells from stem cells and their translation from the lab to human trials has been announced.

New Anchor Robotics facility opens to develop robots that help elderly to live independently

New Anchor Robotics facility opens to develop robots that help elderly to live  independently

9 September 2015

Bristol Robotics Laboratory's new Anchor Robotics Personalised Assisted Living (ARPAL) facility enables robotics researchers, elderly people with assistive needs and those supporting them, to work together to devise and test new robotic solutions in a ho...

Parents need more help to assess their child's activity levels, says study

Parents need more help to assess their child's activity levels, says study

9 September 2015

Mothers who took part in a study about preschool children’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour do not feel that the government targets are relevant to their preschooler.

Study suggests couples need better antenatal care following fertility treatment

Study suggests couples need better antenatal care following fertility treatment

1 September 2015

Couples who have successfully conceived following fertility treatment need additional antenatal care and support, new research from the University of Bristol has found.

Goth teens could be more vulnerable to depression and self-harm

Goth teens could be more vulnerable to depression and self-harm

28 August 2015

Young people who identify with the goth subculture might be at increased risk of depression and self-harm, according to new research led by academics at the Universities of Oxford and Bristol, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.

Dementia research boosted by surge in volunteers

Dementia research boosted by surge in volunteers

26 August 2015

Ambition to find a cure for dementia has been boosted by the surge of people volunteering to take part in dementia research.

Heavy smoking may lead to increased waist circumference

Heavy smoking may lead to increased waist circumference

21 August 2015

Heavy smoking may result in a relative increase in waist circumference, according to a new study led by the University of Bristol.

Cause of disruption in brain’s communication channels linked to psychiatric disorders

Cause of disruption in brain’s communication channels linked to psychiatric disorders

17 August 2015

New research has identified the mechanisms that trigger disruption in the brain’s communication channels linked to symptoms in psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia. The University of Bristol study, published on 17 August in the Proceedings of Na...

Study finds patients will discuss more problems with GPs they know well

Study finds patients will discuss more problems with GPs they know well

31 July 2015

Patients often complain that they can't see the same doctor, but does this matter? A new study from Samuel Merriel and colleagues from the University of Bristol suggests that it may where a relationship between patient and doctor has been built.

AWP involved in dementia delay drug

AWP involved in dementia delay drug

22 July 2015

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust's clinical trials centre, the Kingshill Research Centre, has been involved in trialling a new drug which may cut the rate of progression in a third of people with early onset Alzheimer's disease.

New evidence linking brain mutation to autism

New evidence linking brain mutation to autism

15 July 2015

Findings, published on 15 July in Nature Communications, reveal the extent a mutation associated with autism and epilepsy plays in impairing a biochemical process in the brain.

Ultrasound accelerates skin healing

Ultrasound accelerates skin healing

13 July 2015

Healing times for skin ulcers and bedsores can be reduced by a third with the use of low-intensity ultrasound, scientists from the Universities of Sheffield and Bristol have found.

Tissue ‘scaffold’ could help rebuild large organs

Tissue ‘scaffold’ could help rebuild large organs

17 June 2015

Scientists have developed a new tissue ‘scaffold’ technology that could one day enable the engineering of large organs. Research led by the Universities of Bristol and Liverpool has shown that it is possible to combine cells with a special scaffold to pr...

Finding hope in the dark

Finding hope in the dark

10 June 2015

Advances in stem cell transplantation and gene therapy have been pioneered in vision research. An international team of researchers from Bristol, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Dallas and Montreal have identified a gene that could be responsible for some cases of...

How the UK can improve cancer diagnosis

How the UK can improve cancer diagnosis

2 June 2015

After five years of research involving cancer diagnosis experts from six UK universities, including University of Bristol, researchers have made a number of recommendations on how the UK can improve the early diagnosis of cancer.

Researchers develop intelligent handheld robots

Researchers develop intelligent handheld robots

26 May 2015

What if handheld tools know what needs to be done and were even able to guide and help inexperienced users to complete jobs that require skill? Researchers at the University of Bristol have developed and started studying a novel concept in robotics - int...

Study examines increase in calls to emergency services

Study examines increase in calls to emergency services

22 May 2015

As calls to emergency services increase, there is an urgent need for a reliable and consistent method of measuring whether or not these calls are appropriate. These are the findings from a University of Bristol study, published in BMJ Open, which explore...

Obese 4-5 year olds likely to remain overweight

Obese 4-5 year olds likely to remain overweight

20 May 2015

A new study published in the Journal of Public Health examining changes in BMI in children aged 4-11 years, found that that the number of obese children doubles between the first and last years of primary school and that children who are obese when they...

Domestic violence linked with mental health problems

Domestic violence linked with mental health problems

20 May 2015

Men visiting their GP with symptoms of anxiety or depression are more likely to have experienced or carried out some form of behaviour linked to domestic violence and abuse, according to a new University of Bristol study.

Small changes to child's head size no cause for concern

Small changes to child's head size no cause for concern

18 May 2015

Measuring the size of a child's head is done routinely worldwide to screen for possible learning or developmental problems but new research suggests that differences within the normal range of measurements are common - and mainly due to human error - and...

Seeing same doctor could affect cancer diagnosis speed

Seeing same doctor could affect cancer diagnosis speed

27 April 2015

Whether or not patients see the same GP could affect how quickly bowel and lung cancers are diagnosed, according to a Cancer Research UK study led by University of Bristol researchers, published in the British Journal of General Practice on 27 April.

Support and compliance study of 20mph speed limits

Support and compliance study of 20mph speed limits

27 April 2015

Drivers' attitudes to 20mph speed limits don't necessarily reflect their actual behaviour, with some supporters speeding, while some opponents comply, a study finds.

When is a child too sick for daycare?

When is a child too sick for daycare?

23 April 2015

It’s a common dilemma faced by many working parents: your child has a cough or a cold, do you send them to nursery? Researchers from the University of Bristol have, for the first time, investigated the process of decision-making that parents go through w...

Poorer health for deaf people than general population

Poorer health for deaf people than general population

9 April 2015

Deaf people who sign have poorer health than the general population, according to a study led by researchers from the School for Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol.

IVFpredict among most accurate at predicting success

IVFpredict among most accurate at predicting success

8 April 2015

Accurately predicting the probability of a live birth after in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment is important for both those undergoing the treatment and their clinicians. Findings from a comparison study that analysed the accuracy of the two most wide...

NIHR CLAHRC West thematic analysis of CCG 5 year plans

NIHR CLAHRC West thematic analysis of CCG 5 year plans

31 March 2015

The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West (NIHR CLAHRC West) has produced a thematic analysis of the five year plans of the Clinical Commissioning Groups in its patch.

Research for Health Challenge launched

Research for Health Challenge launched

19 March 2015

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research at the University of Bristol has launched its ‘Research for Health’ funding scheme. Inviting doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to tell them about specific issues that they face whilst tr...

Giving blood transfusions after cardiac surgery

Giving blood transfusions after cardiac surgery

11 March 2015

New research led by the University of Bristol has shown that patients having heart surgery do not benefit if doctors wait until a patient has become substantially anaemic before giving a transfusion.

Research centres to revolutionise cystic fibrosis care

Research centres to revolutionise cystic fibrosis care

6 March 2015

The development of new drugs to treat the most common cause of cystic fibrosis, a genetic defect (or mutation) carried by around 90 per cent of people living with the disease in the UK, will be helped by the creation of a new virtual Strategic Research C...

Everyone Included celebrates first anniversary

Everyone Included celebrates first anniversary

4 March 2015

Everyone Included, the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust's (AWP) approach to recruiting participants in research, was launched on 17 March 2014. AWP are the first trust in the UK to adopt this approach to letting service users know a...

Improving the lives of people with intestinal failure

Improving the lives of people with intestinal failure

4 March 2015

Patients being treated for intestinal failure at the Bristol Royal Infirmary could benefit from a simple test used to measure how salty their urine is. Clinicians at University Hospitals Bristol have come up with the idea of using a test that is routinel...

Black men less willing to be tested for prostate cancer

Black men less willing to be tested for prostate cancer

2 March 2015

The incidence of prostate cancer among men of Afro-Caribbean origin is higher than in white men, they are more likely to be diagnosed as emergencies and their mortality rates are higher. Researchers studied the preferences and choice of more than 500 men...

Commissioning consultants

Commissioning consultants

26 February 2015

Management consultants are "only partly successful" in improving the quality of commissioning, according to a study from the Universities of Bristol and Southampton.

Helping breast cancer patients cope with hair loss

Helping breast cancer patients cope with hair loss

24 February 2015

Hair is an integral part of identity and for breast cancer patients its loss can have a significant impact on their quality of life. Researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) are exploring a new way of helping women manage the di...

Manchester United Academy heart health study

Manchester United Academy heart health study

28 January 2015

A unique research project to identify the effects of exercise on young hearts will see Manchester United’s Academy players' hearts monitored by the newest imaging technology, to give invaluable insights into how young people’s hearts work while doing exe...

Project aims to improve treatment of childhood eczema

Project aims to improve treatment of childhood eczema

23 January 2015

A group of researchers led by the University of Bristol have received funding for a project that aims to improve the management and treatment of childhood eczema, a common condition that can have a significant impact on quality of life.

Asthma risk in rapid weight gain in first three months of life

Asthma risk in rapid weight gain in first three months of life

8 January 2015

Babies who gain weight rapidly in the first three months of life are more likely to develop asthma and for it to persist into adolescence.

University of Bristol: world-leading with global impact

University of Bristol: world-leading with global impact

18 December 2014

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 has ranked the University of Bristol among the UK’s top research universities. Their research is shown to have top quality and major impact on society and the economy, according to this assessment of research...

Developments in treatment for premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Developments in treatment for premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

18 December 2014

Low doses of fluoxetine – better known as the anti-depressant Prozac – could hold the key to preventing PMS symptoms, an international team of researchers has found.

Research reveals clues to dementia and Parkinson's

Research reveals clues to dementia and Parkinson's

18 December 2014

Researchers based in Bristol and London have uncovered a link between Lewy body diseases like Parkinson’s and the brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s. The findings could help to explain the close relationship between Parkinson’s, more commonly know...

UWE's world-leading research increases by 170 per cent

UWE's world-leading research increases by 170 per cent

18 December 2014

The volume of world-leading research at UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England, Bristol) has gone up by 170 per cent, according to the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 out today.

Study investigates GP suspected cancer referrals

Study investigates GP suspected cancer referrals

16 December 2014

A study investigating the extent to which suspected cancer patients feel involved and informed during the referral process was conducted by researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Durham and Exeter.

Body confidence affects girls' and women's aspirations

Body confidence affects girls' and women's aspirations

3 December 2014

A new report by the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England and AnyBody reveals low body confidence is thwarting girls' and women's confidence and aspirations in education and the workplace. 'Costing the Invisible' report...

Effective treatment for disc related sciatica

Effective treatment for disc related sciatica

18 November 2014

A cohort study conducted in Bristol has reported that selective lumbar nerve root block, an injection targeting one specific spinal nerve, offered good, long lasting pain relief to many patients.

Could technology transform GP consultations?

Could technology transform GP consultations?

6 November 2014

A group of researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Oxford, Edinburgh and Exeter have received funding to investigate whether there are alternatives to face-to-face consultations that will not only reduce GP workload but also benefit patients.

CLAHRC West report on health priorities for the West

CLAHRC West report on health priorities for the West

25 September 2014

NIHR CLAHRC West's new report on the West of England population's health and wellbeing looks at the priorities of the health organisations in the region.

CAPC researcher wins excellence in primary care award

CAPC researcher wins excellence in primary care award

7 September 2014

Dr Sam Creavin from the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol has been named Junior Champion in Research 2014 for excellence in the field of Primary Care Research by the Vasco De Gama Movement, which promotes junior GPs and family...

Primary care telephone triage does not save money

Primary care telephone triage does not save money

4 August 2014

A new study, published in The Lancet on 4 August, investigating the potential value of telephone triage for patients and the NHS, has concluded that it does not save money or reduce practice workloads.

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership boosts research figures

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership boosts research figures

23 July 2014

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) has increased its number of studies by more than 20 per cent in the last year.

New insights could help in battle to beat Parkinson’s

New insights could help in battle to beat Parkinson’s

26 June 2014

Scientists at the University of Bristol, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic are a step closer to understanding the causes of Parkinson’s disease, identifying what’s happening at a cellular level to potentially hel...

New pacemaker synchronises heart rate with breathing

New pacemaker synchronises heart rate with breathing

23 June 2014

Pacemaker research from the Universities of Bath and Bristol could revolutionise the lives of over 750,000 people who live with heart failure in the UK.

New research centre set to revolutionise asthma care

New research centre set to revolutionise asthma care

13 May 2014

The University of Bristol is one of 13 academic and NHS organisations working together to form the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research.

Domestic violence screening 'not effective'

Domestic violence screening 'not effective'

13 May 2014

A new study from the Universities of Bristol and Melbourne, La Trobe and Columbia Universities and Queen Mary University in London, and published by the BMJ, has found no evidence to support domestic violence screening.

Seeing same GP reduces emergency department attendance

Seeing same GP reduces emergency department attendance

27 April 2014

Attendances at emergency departments can be reduced by enabling patients to see the same GP every time they visit their doctor’s surgery. This is just one of several recommendations made in a report led by researchers at the University of Bristol.

New drug offers hope for devastating childhood disease

New drug offers hope for devastating childhood disease

9 April 2014

A powerful new drug which could relieve the symptoms of devastating childhood disease Rett syndrome is on the horizon thanks to a funding injection of £180,000 for University of Bristol scientists.

AWP launches Everyone Included research scheme

AWP launches Everyone Included research scheme

2 April 2014

All Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust service users now have the chance to decide for themselves about receiving information about relevant research opportunities through the Everyone Included scheme.

1,000th paper for Children of the 90s

1,000th paper for Children of the 90s

2 April 2014

One of the world’s largest population studies, which collects vast amounts of data from 32,000 participants to give new insights into our health, is today celebrating an important landmark in its acclaimed research history. Children of the 90s is based a...

Lifesaving meningitis vaccination gets green light

Lifesaving meningitis vaccination gets green light

21 March 2014

The Department of Health has announced that it is working towards introducing a life-saving vaccine for Meningitis B into the childhood immunisation programme.

How seeing the same GP helps your health

How seeing the same GP helps your health

7 March 2014

Patients are more likely to raise a health problem with a doctor they’ve seen over time and have built-up a relationship with, new research has revealed.

Work pressure means children attend nursery when ill

Work pressure means children attend nursery when ill

6 March 2014

Working parents are often caught between the needs of their sick child and their job, which can lead to continued day care use even when their child is ill.

Report reveals cancer drug divide

Report reveals cancer drug divide

4 March 2014

Patients suffering from cancer in England are up to seven times more likely to be prescribed expensive cancer drugs than fellow sufferers in Wales, a new study assessing the impact of the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) has revealed.

3D study to improve care for patients

3D study to improve care for patients

3 March 2014

A nationwide £1.78 million study to improve the quality of life for patients suffering with multiple long-term health conditions began on 3 March. The study is a collaboration between the Universities of Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester and Dundee.

Project to investigate the internet's impact on suicide

Project to investigate the internet's impact on suicide

18 February 2014

Researchers at the University of Bristol are joining forces with Samaritans to carry out groundbreaking research into the role the internet plays for those with suicidal thoughts.

Common medicines should mimic body’s natural timing

Common medicines should mimic body’s natural timing

18 February 2014

Debilitating side effects associated with prescription medication for some of today’s most common conditions could be eradicated if they mimicked the body’s natural hormone secretion cycles, a new report from the universities of Bristol and Exeter has sa...

Type 2 diabetes insulin use trebles over 20 years

Type 2 diabetes insulin use trebles over 20 years

7 February 2014

The number of people using insulin to treat diabetes trebled between 1991 and 2010, researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff have found. In a study published in the Journal of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, a team reviewed Clinical P...

AWP's dementia work published in national journals

AWP's dementia work published in national journals

21 October 2013

Two Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust teams have had their work on dementia published in national health journals. Members of the Bristol Care Home Liaison Team have written an article titled ‘Promoting positive practice in mental he...

Health Integration Teams benefit from investment

Health Integration Teams benefit from investment

9 August 2013

Bristol Health Partners’ Health Integration Teams (HITs) are to benefit from a £9 million investment into the West Country’s health research. The money, a share of £124 million from the government, has been awarded over five years to 13 pioneering resear...

Sniffing out bladder cancer – new diagnostic test

Sniffing out bladder cancer – new diagnostic test

9 July 2013

Researchers from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), the University of Liverpool and the Bristol Urological Institute have developed a device using sensor technology that may help diagnose patients with early signs of bladder cancer. The...

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