New site for University of Bristol’s Dental School 25 November 2021The University of Bristol’s Dental School will move to a new site in 2023 after outgrowing its existing premises at the Dental Hospital in Lower Maudlin Street where it has been based for many years.
Science Creates opens second incubator for next generation of scientists-turned-entrepreneurs25 November 2021Science Creates, the deep tech ecosystem that nurtures science and engineering start-ups and spin-outs, has today opened its second specialised incubator space in Bristol. It will be home to a new generation of scientists-turned-entrepreneurs leveraging advanced technologies such as AI, synthetic biology, nano technologies and quantum computing which will be used to tackle big problems such as cancer, vaccine development and climate change.
School staff not at higher risk of death from COVID-19 than other occupations, study finds24 November 2021Primary and secondary school staff were not at greater risk of death from COVID-19 in 2020 compared to other professions in England and Wales, new research has found. The study, by researchers at the University of Bristol, analysed data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) national death register for school staff and working adults aged between 20- to 64-years-old.
Pharmacies could play a crucial role in supporting victims of domestic and sexual abuse23 November 2021Pharmacies could play a crucial role in identifying and referring victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse to specialist services but need ongoing training, support and adequate funding to do so, according to researchers from the University of Bristol's Centre for Academic Primary Care and National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West (NIHR ARC West).
Scientists capture humour’s earliest emergence19 November 2021Young children's ability to laugh and make jokes has been mapped by age for the first time using data from a new study involving nearly 700 children from birth to four years of age, from around the world. The findings, led by University of Bristol researchers and published in Behavior Research Methods, identifies the earliest age humour emerges and how it typically builds in the first years of life.
Douglas Albert Gregory, 1933-202117 November 2021Douglas Gregory, a former Visiting Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (1993 to 2003), passed away in the early hours of 30 September. Sophie Chester-Glyn, a PhD student in Law at Bristol and Douglas' step-daughter, offers a remembrance.
Common blood pressure drug does not slow down the progression of more advanced Alzheimer’s15 November 2021New research led by the University of Bristol, has shown the drug losartan, normally used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), is not effective in slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in people with mild-to-moderate disease after 12 months of treatment. However, the drug could still be of benefit if prescribed for longer and if given to people with very early disease. The findings are from the phase 2 multi-centre clinical trial known as RADAR ((Reducing pathology in Alzheimer’s Disease through Angiotensin taRgeting).
Dr Elizabeth Bird MBE, 1945-202111 November 2021Dr Elizabeth Bird, Emeritus Dean of the Faculty of Arts and former Head of Continuing Education, passed away in October. Her friends and colleagues Jo Elsworth, Jackie West and Hilary Land offer this remembrance.
Baby teeth may one day help identify kids at risk for mental disorders later in life 10 November 2021Like the rings of a tree, teeth contain growth lines that may reveal clues about childhood experiences. The thickness of growth marks in primary (or “baby”) teeth may help identify children at risk for depression and other mental health disorders later in life, according to a ground-breaking investigation led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) using data from a world-renowned health study in Bristol and published in JAMA Network Open.
Dr Martin Crossley Evans MBE, 1957-2021 5 November 2021Dr Martin Crossley Evans, long-serving Warden of Manor Hall (1984–2017), passed away on 18 October. His friends, former colleagues and students offer a remembrance.
Lung capacity tests found to be accurate precursor of co-morbidities 2 November 2021One of the largest studies to investigate whether Preserved Ratio Impaired Spirometry (PRISm), an understudied low lung function state, is an early predictor of co-morbidities has found it is strongly associated with an increased risk of death. The analysis, led by University of Bristol researchers and published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, evaluated results of lung spirometry tests in over 350,000 UK adults and followed them up over 12 years.