Cancer surgery or biopsy collection could influence disease progression 1 July 2015Scientists at Bristol studying the body’s inflammatory response to wounds following cancer surgery or biopsy have found that these procedures may cause growth signals to be delivered to any remaining cancer or pre-cancerous cells which may negatively influence disease progression.
Discover the real beef about meat29 June 2015With the average cow producing 1000 times more methane than a human, meat production plays a big role in greenhouse gas emissions. But in a world where there’s a growing appetite for meat, how can our food system keep everyone happy while reducing its environmental impact?
Bristol talks to London26 June 2015Eminent modern historian Professor Sir David Cannadine delivered a lecture on Sir Winston Churchill’s unique relationship with the University of Bristol to an invited audience in London earlier this month. The lecture was the second in a series of new events entitled ‘Bristol Talks’ that are held in London.
Old Vic silver tickets come home to Bristol26 June 2015Four silver tokens issued to shareholders and a supporter who assisted in the founding of Bristol Theatre Royal (now Bristol Old Vic) in 1766 have come home to Bristol. They were donated to the University of Bristol Theatre Collection this week by eighty-three-year-old Geraldine Menez, whose great-grandfather, Henry Augustine Forse, was involved in the re-modelling of the theatre in 1902.
Human trials of manufactured blood within two years
25 June 2015The first human trials of lab-produced blood to help create better-matched blood for patients with complex blood conditions has been announced by NHS Blood and Transplant. Research led by scientists at the University of Bristol and NHS Blood and Transplant, used stem cells from adult and umbilical cord blood to create a small volume of manufactured red blood cells.
Soapbox Science duo commended by Prime Minister25 June 2015A pair of inspirational female scientists who founded an initiative that takes science out of the labs and highlights the work of women in cutting edge research have been named Points of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron.
Study reports mixed findings on medical efficacy of cannabis25 June 2015A large-scale review that evaluated the medical efficacy of cannabinoids — the active chemical compounds in marijuana — across a range of conditions found there is moderate evidence to support the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of chronic pain and spasticity in patients with multiple sclerosis. The meta-analysis, led by the University of Bristol and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, analysed the results of 79 different randomised-controlled studies involving more than 6,400 patients to investigate the benefits and side effects of medical cannabinoids.
New network will boost UK robotics capability24 June 2015The UK’s ability to develop and exploit the vast potential of Robotics and Autonomous Systems was given a major boost today [Wednesday 24 June] with the formal launch of the EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network).
Bristol alive with the sound of music23 June 2015The University of Bristol Student’s Union (Bristol SU) will be buzzing with the sound of music when over 100 local primary school students take part in an orchestra workshop today [Tuesday 23 June].
Nocturnal airing for musical research18 June 2015Research by Arthur Keegan-Bole, a PhD student and assistant teacher in the University of Bristol’s Department of Music, will feature on Resonance104.4fm in a two-part broadcast to be aired on Tuesday 23 and Tuesday 30 June at 8pm.
Study shows how Ebola evolved during the outbreak in West Africa17 June 2015University of Bristol researchers have played a key role in a new multi-national Ebola study published in Nature. The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has been going on for over a year and there have been fears about the speed of virus evolution, and the corresponding effect on vaccines, diagnostics and treatment. The research team used blood samples taken from patients and compared changes in the genetic material of the virus from throughout the outbreak. They were able to show that the outbreak had a single point of origin and predicted that diagnostics and treatment would be effective on the current form of the virus.
One man’s defeat is another woman’s opportunity17 June 2015Stacie Allan, a PhD student in the University of Bristol’s School of Modern Languages, has contributed to an online exhibition curated by the University of Warwick on the run-up to the Battle of Waterloo, whose bicentennial anniversary is commemorated this year.
Tissue ‘scaffold’ technology could help rebuild large organs17 June 2015Scientists have developed a new tissue ‘scaffold’ technology that could one day enable the engineering of large organs. Research led by the Universities of Bristol and Liverpool has shown that it is possible to combine cells with a special scaffold to produce living tissue in the laboratory. It is hoped this can then be implanted into patients as a way of replacing diseased parts of the body.
From chicken to egg – Hennovation project launched17 June 2015Due to increasingly stricter legislation in animal welfare and sustainability of production, commercial animal husbandry has gone through tremendous changes in recent years. A new European project, led by the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences, aims through innovation networks to implement new practices in animal welfare and production in the laying hen industry.
Fish offer lessons in effective leadership 17 June 2015Good leaders needing to strike a balance between striving to reach goals and keeping their followers with them has deep evolutionary roots, according to a new study from the Universities of Bristol, Harvard and Princeton on schooling fish.
Composites researchers engineer new collaborative structures17 June 2015If presenting your research to a group of industry experts at the UK headquarters of a leading global aircraft manufacturer sounds daunting, think again. Researchers from ACCIS, the University’s cutting-edge centre for composites research and education, are pioneering new ways of working with industry partners to share their findings and maximise the impact of their research.
Festival explores what it means to be human 17 June 2015The University of Bristol is hosting a programme of events for Being Human 2015, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. This involves talks, film screenings and exhibitions and has been made possible by a grant from the festival organisers, the School of Advanced Study, University of London.
MBE for computer science graduate Jenny17 June 2015A Computer Science graduate, whose fashion app has changed the way people shop online for clothes, has been awarded an MBE for her achievements - at the age of just 27. Jenny Griffiths came up with the idea for Snap Fashion while at the University of Bristol and has successfully developed it into an app which helps fashion fans find clothes using photographs.
Firestar aims to reach new heights17 June 2015Students from the University of Bristol are involved in the latest MARSBalloon mission, known as Firestar that will be floating into the Earth’s atmosphere today [Wednesday 17 June].
Sheep ensure Downs remains in public hands16 June 2015It’s the Year of the Sheep, and Bristol will soon be hosting the Shaun in the City public arts trail - but it was a little surprising to see real sheep grazing on the Downs yesterday. The University of Bristol, along with residents and school children, invoked their ancient right to graze sheep on Durdham Down to fend off developers from the land.
Squid inspires camouflaging smart materials15 June 2015Researchers from the University of Bristol have shown it is possible to create artificial skin that can be transformed at the flick of a switch to mimic one of nature’s masters of camouflage, the squid.
Ants have different ‘standards’ when it comes to choosing a home12 June 2015Ants use collective decision-making to select the best option when choosing a new home. Until now, the exact way in which they do this has puzzled researchers. A new study, led by the University of Bristol and published in Royal Society Open Science, found that while some are happy to slum it out in anything with a roof, others are so choosy that even the equivalent of a mansion will not satisfy them.
Bristol celebrates ethnography on film11 June 2015Bristol’s Department of Archaeology and Anthropology is co-hosting the 14th annual Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) Festival of Ethnographic Film, at the Watershed in Bristol from 16 to 19 June.
Catherine explains placenta research to take top thesis prize11 June 2015Postgraduate researcher Catherine Gilmore successfully summed up her research into the placenta to be crowned the University of Bristol’s winner of the Three Minute Thesis - a competition challenging postgraduate researchers to present their 80,000-word theses in just three minutes.
Researchers call for public’s help to share their experiences of domestic violence11 June 2015University of Bristol researchers are calling on the public’s help for a new project to improve support for women suffering domestic violence. The National Institute for Health Research-funded project, led by Dr Maggie Evans from Bristol’s Domestic Violence and Health Group in the School for Social and Community Medicine, is looking for women who are willing to share with them their experiences of current or historic domestic violence or abuse.
Finding hope in the dark10 June 2015Advances in stem cell transplantation and gene therapy have been pioneered in vision research. An international team of researchers from Bristol, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Dallas and Montreal have identified a gene that could be responsible for some cases of human night blindness.