Bioengineering - one key to solving global challenges29 March 2022A new centre for engineering biology will build on Bristol’s success in synthetic biology and accelerate translation of its pioneering research to address global challenges and boost the UK’s bioeconomy.
Professor Stafford Lightman awarded prestigious Jacobæus Prize29 March 2022One of the world’s most prestigious medical research awards, the Jacobæus Prize has been awarded to Stafford Lightman, Professor of Medicine at the University of Bristol, for his advances to our understanding of a key hormonal system to tackle stress.
Joint University of Bristol and Bristol UCU statement28 March 2022The University of Bristol and the Bristol branch of UCU commit to working together to
investigate the optimal timing for a next valuation of the USS scheme. A key objective of the
valuation would be to pass any benefit that arises from the valuation back to staff in the form
of improved benefits as quickly as possible.
Preventing long-term pain from shingles28 March 2022Researchers from the University of Bristol are recruiting patients with newly diagnosed shingles into a new study, to see if they can prevent the long-term pain which commonly persists after the rash has healed.
Scientists discover when beetles became prolific23 March 2022Researchers at the University of Bristol have found that beetles first roamed the world in the Carboniferous and later diversified alongside the earliest dinosaurs during the Triassic and Jurassic.
Robust and Reliable Quantum Computing22 March 2022A new programme called RoaRQ and funded by a £3m grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will establish a vibrant and cross-disciplinary community of researchers in universities - including University of Bristol - in quantum computing and computer science.
Prescribing for anxiety has increased in those aged under 3522 March 2022Researchers from the University of Bristol have found that there have been increases in incident prescribing of most anti-anxiety medications (called anxiolytics) in recent years, which have been substantial in young adults (aged under 25).
Discovery of novel brain fear mechanisms offers target for anxiety-reducing drugs15 March 2022A new target in the brain which underpins the eliciting of anxiety and fear behaviours such as ‘freezing’ has been identified by neuroscientists. The University of Bristol researchers say the discovery of a key pathway in the brain, published in the journal eLife, offers a potential new drug target for treating anxiety and psychological disorders, which affect an estimated 264-million people worldwide.
Simple clinical tool can help diagnose spinal fractures in people with osteoporosis14 March 2022Only one in three patients are diagnosed with broken bones in the back due to osteoporosis. One reason is that medical staff find it difficult to know who should have a back X-ray. To help address this important diagnostic care gap, academics at the University of Bristol have developed an online clinical checklist called Vfrac, to assist medical staff spot vertebral fractures that might otherwise have been missed.
Applications open for Kevin Elyot Award 20228 March 2022After taking a break last year because of the pandemic, the University of Bristol’s Theatre Collection has opened applications for the 2022 Kevin Elyot Award – created in memory of the acclaimed actor and writer.
Advice for students and colleagues affected by the invasion of Ukraine
2 March 2022The ongoing escalation of military action in Ukraine has impacted many colleagues and students at the University of Bristol. Our thoughts are with all those affected by current events and we will do what we can to support them. Bristol is a diverse community with many different nationalities – we ask our community to respect and support each other during these grave times. This is a summary of support and advice available to staff and students.
Julian Maggs, 1962-20212 March 2022Julian Maggs, Core Facilities Technician in the Faculty of Engineering’s Technical Services team, passed away on 20 December 2021, aged 59, following a battle with cancer. His colleague Lee Silver offers a remembrance.