Animal embryos evolved before animals27 November 2019A new study by an international team of researchers, led by scientists from the University of Bristol and Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, has discovered that animal-like embryos evolved long before the first animals appear in the fossil record.
UK scientists bring innovative vaccine technology to Vietnam27 November 2019World-leading vaccine scientists from the University of Bristol are working with one of Vietnam's major vaccine manufacturers, Vabiotech, to share cutting-edge knowledge that could help prevent future global outbreaks of avian flu and rabies.
Physiotherapy 'postcode lottery' uncovered27 November 2019The amount of physiotherapy available following hip and knee replacements comes down to a 'postcode lottery' according to new research led by the University of East Anglia in collaboration with the universities of Bristol and Oxford.
New survey reveals 20.3 million people in the UK have a scar20 November 2019Scarring affects over 20 million people in the UK*, according to a new survey released today by The Scar Free Foundation. Yet the findings reveal that scarring is not talked about enough in our society and there is still a lack of public awareness of the physical – as well as emotional – impact that scarring can have on people. One of the most common causes of scarring is burn injury, with 64,000** children seeking medical treatment in the UK alone last year, and yet it is an area of medical research that has been critically underfunded.
Soft skin-like robots you can put in your pocket20 November 2019Stretchable skin-like robots that can be rolled up and put in your pocket have been developed by a University of Bristol team using a new way of embedding artificial muscles and electrical adhesion into soft materials.
Bristol welcomes third cohort of Vice-Chancellor’s Fellows19 November 2019The University’s third cohort of recipients of the Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowships gathered for a welcome lunch yesterday (18 November) with Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost Professor Judith Squires and other members of the Executive Team.
New Chair and Fellowships in Academic Research Quality and Improvement created18 November 2019The University of Bristol is delighted to announce the creation of a new Chair of Academic Research Quality and Improvement and six associated Fellowships. The new team will lead work to improve the rigour of scientific research in the UK and beyond, developing and disseminating strategies to improve research quality and training throughout the sector.
Scientists discover body's protection shield 18 November 2019Scientists have discovered a way to manipulate the body’s own immune response to help boost tissue repair. The findings, published in Current Biology today [Monday 18 November], reveal a new network of protective factors to shield cells against damage. This discovery, made by University of Bristol researchers, could significantly benefit patients undergoing surgery by speeding recovery times and lowering the risk of complication.
Could synthetic molecules provide a general treatment for cystic fibrosis?14 November 2019A new treatment for lung disease in cystic fibrosis (CF) for which there remains no cure could potentially benefit all patients, according to a University of Bristol study published in Chemical Science. The findings are an important step towards a new therapy addressing the fundamental cause of cystic fibrosis.
Bionic pacemaker slows progression of heart failure13 November 2019Using brain circuits made in silicon, scientists have alleviated symptoms of heart failure by reinstating the body's natural heart rhythm. This study published in The Journal of Physiology today [Wednesday 13 November] holds great potential for designing more effective pacemakers in the future.
Some complementary and alternative therapies to treat colic show promise12 November 2019A review of the evidence on the use of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies to treat babies with colic has shown some that some treatments - including probiotics, fennel extract and spinal manipulation - do appear to help, but that overall the evidence on the use of these therapies is limited so should be treated with caution.
New study finds children become less active each year of primary school12 November 2019A new study from the University of Bristol has revealed a dramatic drop in children’s physical activity levels by the time they finish primary school. Between the ages of six and 11, children lost on average more than an hour of exercise in the week, with an even greater fall on weekends.
Professor Elmer Rees, 1941-2019 11 November 2019Professor Elmer Rees CBE, Honorary Visiting Professor and founder of the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research, passed away peacefully on 4 October 2019 after a long period of ill health. His colleague Professor Jon Keating offers this fond remembrance.
Technology to offer visitors ‘immersive’ National Trust experience7 November 2019How can the sights and sounds of history be brought alive for modern visitors to National Trust properties? Cutting edge technology could provide an answer, so the conservation charity will work with University experts to create new multi-sensory experiences at some of its places in the South West and Wales.
Free vaccines for dog and cat owners in Lawrence Weston5 November 2019A free vaccination programme for dogs and cats has been organised by a student-led organisation from the Bristol Veterinary School. The Bristol Paws Project, which aims to help owners and pets that may not otherwise be able to afford veterinary treatments, organised a free vaccination drive last month, and the second set of vaccines will be administered tomorrow [Wednesday 6 November].