New research questions parents’ representation in care proceedings system29 March 2011A new study of how the parents of children in care proceedings are represented has provided the first detailed findings for 20 years. The research, led by academics at the University of Bristol and published today, addresses some of the key issues around the operation of the care proceedings process.
New insight into how 'tidying up' enzymes work28 March 2011A new discovery about how molecules are broken down by the body, which will help pharmaceutical chemists design better drugs, has been made by researchers at the University of Bristol.
£6 million to develop a new generation of composites28 March 2011A collaborative research team from the University of Bristol and Imperial College London have been awarded a grant to develop a new generation of high performance, fibre reinforced polymer composites.
Watershed screening for ‘Jake’ documentary28 March 2011A documentary film made by six alumni of Bristol’s MA in Film and Television Production will been shown for the first time in the UK at a preview screening at Watershed on Wednesday 30 March at 17:50.
A jog a day keeps osteoporosis away28 March 2011A short burst of vigorous physical activity like running and jogging is important for building bones in children, whereas more gentle exercise like walking, even for a longer period, has little effect, according to new research on 1,748 15-year-old boys and girls from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC/Children of the 90s) based at the University of Bristol.
Bristol scientists uncover how culprit Alzheimer's protein wreaks havoc27 March 2011How the toxic protein, amyloid, sets off a chain of events that leads to brain cell death during Alzheimer's disease is described in new detail in a study from the University of Bristol published today in Nature Neuroscience. The research, part-funded by Alzheimer's Research UK, uncovers a raft of new targets for treatment development.
£1.6million for research into decision making25 March 2011The University of Bristol has received £1.6million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council UK (EPSRC) to establish a new centre for research into how decisions are made. This work will ultimately lead to better artificial decision making systems such as automatic stock market trading systems and early warning systems for disasters.
Even mild stress is linked to long-term disability24 March 2011Even relatively mild symptoms of psychological stress can lead to long-term disability, reveals a large population-based study led by academics at the University of Bristol in collaboration with the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. The research is published online today in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Scanner helps Bristol team lead the way in cancer research23 March 2011A Veridex Circulating Tumour Cell (CTC) Scanner at the School of Clinical Sciences at Southmead Hospital is providing an exciting opportunity for a team of Bristol scientists and clinicians to undertake potentially groundbreaking research into what controls cancer tumour cells and causes them to spread around the body.
How can we make things better for health in Bristol?23 March 2011An exhibition next week will showcase the outstanding health innovation achievements in the city that have had a positive impact on people’s lives and offer a glimpse into the future at what new developments might bring.
Michael Howarth, 1942-201123 March 2011Michael Howarth, who was a member of the Library staff from 1972 to 2004, died at the end of February. David Hughes offers this tribute.
What’s mine is virtually yours23 March 2011The problem of physically accommodating multiple antennas or multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology in the latest consumer products is investigated in new research from the University of Bristol's Centre for Communications Research.
Ticks are on the march in Britain23 March 2011The prevalence of ticks attaching to dogs in Great Britain has been mapped by scientists as part of a national tick survey. The findings reveal that the number of dogs infested with the blood-sucking parasites was much higher than expected. The study also confirms that a European tick species now exists in Great Britain.
Cow simulator to teach vet students21 March 2011The University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences has a new way to teach veterinary students. Breed'n Betsy is a simple and effective training aid that allows the practical teaching of the internal anatomy of a cow.
Calling all researchers18 March 2011The University invites research staff to submit entries for the Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Award 2011. The deadline for entries is 25 April.
Can philosophy make you happy?18 March 2011Does a degree in philosophy prepare students for employment? How does philosophy contribute to culture and can it help us to be happy? These and other questions will be addressed by a panel of philosophers at a forum in Bristol on Monday 21 March, co-organised by the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE).
HEFCE funding update17 March 2011The Vice-Chancellor on today's announcement of the HEFCE funding grant for the University and its implications for the future.
Today’s children do engage in active play17 March 2011New research from the University of Bristol's Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences suggests that promoting active play in children’s leisure time could increase the physical activity of today’s children, but that such strategies might need to be tailored according to gender.
A night at the museum with the Bristol Dinosaur16 March 2011People of all ages will have the opportunity to find out about Bristol’s very own dinosaur, the Thecodontosaurus, along with meeting experts to learn about Bristol University’s current scientific research on fossils and dinosaurs. Dino-nite! will take place on Wednesday 23 March at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on Queen’s Road, Bristol from 5 to 8 pm.
Bristol to come alive with a science-inspired circus this weekend [19 March]14 March 2011Bristol will come alive this week [19 March] with a science-inspired circus for the city’s first-ever free public festival celebrating art and science. The Experience Changing Perspectives event, which marks the start of the Changing Perspectives Festival [18 March to 30 April], will kick off with a circus-themed event at Circomedia in Portland Square, Bristol, where aerial performance, anatomy and biomechanics collide.
£1.5million All About Us exhibition opens to the public today11 March 2011A permanent £1.5million exhibition all about the human body and the brain will open to the public today [11 March] in Bristol. Supported by the Wellcome Trust with contributors from the University of Bristol, All About Us will feature 50 new interactive exhibits including a real human brain, allowing visitors to test human phenomena and engage in real science.
Fox tactics could inspire territorial design10 March 2011A new study into the exclusion tactics adopted by urban foxes suggests that the transient nature of animal territory is a result of a complex system of individual-level interactions.
Calling all rabbit owners9 March 2011Academics in the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences are asking for rabbit owners to take part in a new research study on how pet rabbits are kept in the UK by completing an online questionnaire.
The foundations of empathy are found in the chicken9 March 2011A study by academics at the University of Bristol’s Animal Welfare and Behaviour research group in the School of Veterinary Sciences has gained new insight into the minds of domestic hens, discovering, for the first time, that domestic hens show a clear physiological and behavioural response when their chicks are mildly distressed.
ESRC funds Bristol work on social research methods7 March 2011The tools for analysing research data in the social sciences are to be further refined and developed, thanks to funding from the Economic and Social Research Council that includes £1.4 million for a group from the University of Bristol.
New Dean of the Faculty of Engineering appointed7 March 2011Nishan Canagarajah, Professor of Multimedia Signal Processing and Head of Merchant Venturers School of Engineering at the University of Bristol, is to become Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. Professor Canagarajah will take over from Professor Nick Lieven, who is to become one of the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellors (Education).
New Enterprise Competition finalists announced7 March 2011A new strategy to encourage gym use, a birdsong recognition system and a ‘smart’ water-meter development to encourage water saving, are just some of the innovative entries submitted for the University of Bristol’s New Enterprise Competition.