New study identifies two proteins that may contribute to stroke recurrence

  • 22 July 2024
The study discovered genetic markers in inflammation that may be related to a second stroke or other major cardiovascular event following a stroke. These findings could help identify drug targets to mitigate stroke-related disability and mortality. People who experience an arterial ischemic stroke (AIS) or transient ischemic…

Three new projects funded by Bristol BRC Director’s Fund

  • 22 July 2024
Three new research projects have secured funding from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Bristol Biomedical Research Centre’s (Bristol BRC) Director’s fund. The Director’s Fund supports exciting new projects across all our research themes which we hope will be developed into something that could directly benefit patients.

Contributing to the BRC Surgical Innovation Group as a public and patient representative

  • 18 July 2024
In this blog post, Val Snelgrove talks about her experience of working as a public and patient representative with a team based at the Bristol BRC’s surgical and orthopaedic innovation theme, training opportunities in public involvement and a Learning for Patient and Public Voice (PPV) course she recently attended. My…

Suicide rates lower for almost all ethnic minority groups living in England and Wales

  • 17 July 2024
Suicide rates among almost all ethnic minority groups living in England and Wales are lower than among the majority White-British population. However, this does not apply to people from a Mixed-heritage background and those identifying as Gypsy / Irish Travellers, according to a study published in Lancet…

Study highlights challenges in reporting surgical innovation

  • 16 July 2024
A study published in the BMJ Open has revealed significant challenges in how surgical innovation is reported and evaluated using the IDEAL framework. The framework, which stands for Idea, Development, Exploration, Assessment, and Long-term study, is designed to guide the development of new surgical procedures and devices.

Optimising timing of psychological interventions could improve their effectiveness

  • 15 July 2024
Delivering some psychological interventions at times suited to a person’s chronotype (when they are naturally likely to wake up and go to sleep) could improve how effective the interventions are. Initial evidence from a study supported by the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre has shown that late…

New guidance helps researchers set up and report on trials using surrogate outcomes

  • 11 July 2024
An international team has developed checklists to help researchers while they set up or report on health care trials where surrogate outcomes are used. The study was jointly led by researchers at the University of Glasgow and Bocconi University in Italy, and the reporting checklists and accompanying documentation have been…

Interviewing for the new Create for Confidence Researcher

  • 10 July 2024
Recently, the Create for Confidence team have been searching for a new researcher to join the team. Being able to communicate with young people is vital for the job. So who better to assess the candidates than members of the Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG)? Jihaan (aged 16) and…

Virtual reality could be used as part of eating disorders treatment

  • 15 May 2024
People with lived experience of eating disorders and clinicians experienced in treating eating disorders were excited about the potential of using virtual reality (VR) to treat eating disorders, according to the results of a study published in JMIR XR and Spatial Computing. Study participants felt VR may…