Evolution of colour vision in sea snakes28 May 2020New research has revealed the evolution of colour vision in elapid snakes following their transition from terrestrial to fully marine environments, and for the first time, provided evidence of where, when and how frequently the species have adapted their ability to see in colour.
COVID-19 update: Academic Year 2020/21 28 May 2020The University of Bristol intends to open to students at all levels for the 2020/21 academic year and we look forward to welcoming both our new students and our returning students from the start of the autumn term.
Researchers set to begin new phase of COVID-19 vaccine trials22 May 2020Researchers at North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT), University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) and the University of Bristol are set to begin a new phase of trials of a vaccine pioneered in the UK which could protect against COVID-19.
Ancient giant armoured fish fed in a similar way to basking sharks 20 May 2020Scientists from the University of Bristol and the University of Zurich have shown that the Titanichthys – a giant armoured fish that lived in the seas and oceans of the late Devonian period 380-million-years ago – fed in a similar manner to modern day basking sharks.
Study to identify markers that could predict COVID-19 outcome 18 May 2020COVID-19 is the UK's largest public health crisis since World War II. There is an urgent need to identify why some patients with the virus do very well whereas others need to be admitted to intensive care and may die from the disease. A new observational study aimed at identifying markers that predict how COVID-19 affects patients is being led by clinicians and academics at North Bristol NHS Trust and the University of Bristol.
Eavesdropping crickets drop from the sky to evade capture from bats18 May 2020Researchers have uncovered the highly efficient strategy used by a group of crickets to distinguish the calls of predatory bats from the incessant noises of the nocturnal jungle. The findings, led by scientists at the Universities of Bristol and Graz in Austria and published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, reveal the crickets eavesdrop on the vocalisations of bats to help them escape their grasp when hunted.
Bristol Health Partners designated an Academic Health Science Centre 12 May 2020Following a highly competitive process, Bristol Health Partners (BHP) is now one of only eight designated Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs) in England. The AHSC will drive service change, leading to world-class health, clinical and economic outcomes for the regional population across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG).
Could a drug combination prevent people with the eye disease uveitis lose their sight?12 May 2020Two in 10,000 people are at risk of serious sight loss from a form of eye inflammation known as uveitis. A new clinical research study, led by the University of Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW), will evaluate a drug combination treatment for the eye disease thanks to funding of £2.5 million by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The study will be co-ordinated by the University's Bristol Trials Centre (CTEU).
Bristol announced as UK consortium partner providing essential reagents for SARS-CoV-2 research12 May 2020A new COVID-19 Protein Portal providing UK scientists with free access to protein reagents for critical SARS-CoV-2 research is launched today [12 May]. The Portal, in response to a Wellcome and UKRI Open Science initiative, is led by a consortium of leading protein production laboratories including the MultiBac expression facility in the University of Bristol’s School of Biochemistry.
Roll-out of coronavirus behaviour change website will help public transition to ‘new normal’ 11 May 2020An evidence-based, behaviour change website, already proven successful in reducing infection transmissions for seasonal and swine flu, has been rapidly redeveloped and adapted in response to coronavirus. The researchers behind ‘Germ Defence’ from the universities of Bristol, Bath and Southampton hope that the quick redevelopment of the site for COVID-19 will help the public to shift behaviours.
Being overweight throughout life increases risk of heart disease and diabetes6 May 2020The association between childhood obesity and increased risk of coronary artery disease and type 2 diabetes is due to individuals remaining overweight into adulthood, finds a new University of Bristol study. The research, published in The BMJ today [6 May], investigated how the genetic influence of being overweight in 453,169 individuals at different stages of life contributed towards their disease risk.
People more likely to choose a non-alcoholic drink when availability is greater6 May 2020People are more likely to choose non-alcoholic drinks if more of those drinks are available than alcoholic alternatives, a University of Bristol-led online experiment published today [6 May] in BMC Public Health has shown. These results could pave the way for increasing the availability of non-alcoholic options in pub and bars.
Investigating GP practices' response to the COVID-19 pandemic5 May 2020A new project led by researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care will collect intelligence about the demands on GP practices, the challenges, and the creative solutions practices have developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This information will be used to support GP practices more effectively.
Colin Pennycuick FRS, 1933-20195 May 2020Royal Society Fellow and Bristol Honorary Professor Colin Pennycuick passed away in December 2019. Professor Gareth Jones offers this remembrance.