We are an Academic Health Science Centre.

Our mission is to generate significant health gain and improvements in service delivery in the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire region by integrating, promoting and developing the region's strengths in health services, research, innovation and education.

We are committed to working with people in the region to increase equality, diversity and inclusion as we act as a mechanism for change in our health and care community.

Latest news

Like, follow and share - the REPROVIDE study is now on social media

Like, follow and share - the REPROVIDE study is now on social media

26 November 2020

The REPROVIDE study is testing a group intervention to help men who are violent or abusive in their relationships with women. We are looking for the support of agencies who work with families affected by domestic violence to refer men who are willing to p...

Robert Woolley is new chair of Bristol Health Partners AHSC

Robert Woolley is new chair of Bristol Health Partners AHSC

23 November 2020

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Robert Woolley will be taking on the role of interim chair of Bristol Health Partners AHSC. His appointment by the Bristol Health Partners Board follows the retirement of Andrea...

Bristol University secures £45M to advance gene therapy treatment of chronic kidney diseases

Bristol University secures £45M to advance gene therapy treatment of chronic kidney diseases

19 November 2020

Purespring Therapeutics will become one of the first kidney gene therapy companies The University of Bristol has secured a £45million deal to advance its groundbreaking gene therapy technology for chronic kidney diseases. The commitment, made by healthc...

Recent changes to chronic pain services generally positive but also highlight change in health inequalities

Recent changes to chronic pain services generally positive but also highlight change in health inequalities

18 November 2020

The Chronic Pain Health Integration Team (HIT) conducted a survey of chronic pain service providers across Bristol and Bath during the summer months to see how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted them. The majority of services moved to online and...

Dementia studies across Bristol and Bath are now back up and running

Dementia studies across Bristol and Bath are now back up and running

17 November 2020

COVID-19 has dealt a huge blow to research in many areas, including dementia, with many laboratories and research centres having to close their doors for months in order to stop the spread of the virus. Some facilities have reopened, with extra infection...

'Information About Me' campaign launched to help older people leave hospital when ready

'Information About Me' campaign launched to help older people leave hospital when ready

16 November 2020

A new campaign to support older people with frailty admitted to hospital in an emergency has launched today. Many people worry about the possibility of an emergency hospital admission, and the coronavirus pandemic will be heightening these concerns. The ...

Dementia HIT's COVID impact survey reveals key challenges facing dementia services

Dementia HIT's COVID impact survey reveals key challenges facing dementia services

12 November 2020

A survey done of 19 dementia services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire has revealed the difficulties they have faced between May – July 2020. Issues around patient and carer safety were a key challenge for many care ho...

International call to action to enable everyone, everywhere to be physically active

International call to action to enable everyone, everywhere to be physically active

11 November 2020

Researchers from NIHR ARC West and the University of Bristol have contributed to the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) ‘Eight Investments That Work for Physical Activity‘, released today. The #8Investments is a concise roa...

Bristol Ageing Better programme extended

Bristol Ageing Better programme extended

10 November 2020

Thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund, the Bristol Ageing Better programme has secured an extension to continue working across the city to make Bristol a more inclusive place for older people. The success of the programme is down to the dedicated...

Latest events

FUTURES Discovery Talks: A matter of life and breath

FUTURES Discovery Talks: A matter of life and breath

28 November 2020

Hosted by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute and the Bristol Doctoral College as part of the Futures: European Researcher's Night, 'A Matter of Life and Breath' will be a stimulating online discussion on the act of breathing. The event will be chaired b

FUTURES Discovery Talks: Understanding Covid-19

FUTURES Discovery Talks: Understanding Covid-19

28 November 2020

Learn more about how researchers from across the University of Bristol are working hard to understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and its associated illness, COVID-19. This session, hosted by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, features six r

World AIDS Day 2020 event - Fast Track Cities Bristol

World AIDS Day 2020 event - Fast Track Cities Bristol

28 November 2020

A week of events starting on 23 November - 1 December will mark World AIDS Day 2020. The Fast Track Cities Bristol Virtual World AIDS Day Celebration organised by Brigstowe and Bristol Health Partners is taking place this year on Saturday, 28 November fro

Elizabeth Blackwell Public Lecture: Genomics and Personalised Medicine

Elizabeth Blackwell Public Lecture: Genomics and Personalised Medicine

30 November 2020

Join the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute team for the online Elizabeth Blackwell Annual Lecture 2020 on 30 November 2020 from 1:30pm-2:30pm where Professor Dame Sue Hill will talk about Genomics and Personalised Medicine. Dame Sue is the Chief Scienti

Eating Disorders HIT COVID-19 online discussion evening

Eating Disorders HIT COVID-19 online discussion evening

1 December 2020

The Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (ED HIT) is hosting a COVID-19 online discussion evening via Zoom on Tuesday, 1 December from 5pm-6pm for service users, carers, friends and family (must be over 18 years). The team is inviting people to share

NIHR ARC West: Applied social care research using routine data - potential and challenges

NIHR ARC West:  Applied social care research using routine data - potential and challenges

10 December 2020

Using routine data for research is often thought of as a panacea, but anyone who’s tried it will know it isn’t easy. Join the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West (NIHR ARC West) and Health Data Research UK (HDR U

Disability Rights and Robotics: Co-producing futures - Tours of the Assisted Living Studio (Bristol Robotics Lab)

Disability Rights and Robotics: Co-producing futures - Tours of the Assisted Living Studio (Bristol Robotics Lab)

10 December 2020

This is a UWE Bristol Social Science in the City event celebrating Disability History MonthIn this time of rapid social change to our social and work lives, relationships and leisure, there are new technologies that might support disability rights like

The Health Foundation - Build back fairer: Inequalities and COVID-19 in England

The Health Foundation - Build back fairer: Inequalities and COVID-19 in England

15 December 2020

In February 2020, the landmark Marmot Review 10 years on drew attention to stalling progress on health outcomes and widening health inequalities in England. Clearly much has changed since then. To address this, the Health Foundation has commissioned the U

Shared Decision Making Training - BNSSG CCG and BNSSG Training Hub

Shared Decision Making Training - BNSSG CCG and BNSSG Training Hub

12 January 2021

Do you want to help people make better decisions about their healthcare?Shared Decision Making leads to people making better decisions, better outcomes, reduced low-value resource use, and greater job satisfaction.Poor communication is the biggest source

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.

NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre

NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre

The National Institute for Health Research Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Bristol BRC) is a partnership between University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Bristol.

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West

The National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West (NIHR ARC West) works with partner organisations, including the NHS, local authorities and universities, to conduct applied health research and implement research evidence, to...

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in Bristol

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in Bristol

The NIHR is the nation’s largest funder of health research. Bristol punches well above its weight in terms of NIHR funding. The city, through its universities and hospitals, hosts key NIHR infrastructure, and attracts millions in NIHR grant funding.

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

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