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NIHR Bristol BRC Director’s Fund award for three new research projects

  • 14 December 2023
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.

Autistic people find taking part in research studies acceptable

  • 26 October 2023
Autistic people find the idea of taking part in randomised controlled trials acceptable, according to the results of a study partly funded by the Bristol BRC and published in Autism journal. They link their positive attitude towards research participation to a heightened sense of fairness, a preference…

Trauma-informed approaches in healthcare: strategy and evidence

  • 24 October 2023
The implementation of trauma-informed approaches in UK healthcare requires policy commitment, leadership support and a solid evidence base. According to a recent study by researchers at the University of Bristol, these approaches can prevent re-traumatisation in services and improve experiences and outcomes for both patients and staff.

Developing online remote screening for memory problems

  • 21 September 2023
This blog was written by Victoria Gabb, a researcher from the Research into Memory and the Brain (ReMemBr) group at the Bristol Brain Centre in Southmead Hospital. In it, she reflects on working with a patient and public involvement (PPI) group to develop an online screening tool…

Applying a commercial determinants perspective to suicide and self-harm prevention

  • 10 September 2023
Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s more deaths than due to HIV, malaria, or war. Effective methods for preventing suicide exist but they are not being implemented. We need to ask why. Suicide and self-harm are important public health issues the world over.

Developing a visual arts-based programme to prevent anxiety and depression among school children

  • 10 July 2023
A new survey to help design a visual art-based programme aiming to prevent anxiety and depression among 11-12 year olds has been launched by University of Bristol researchers. The survey is aimed at secondary school art teachers and staff who support mental health in secondary schools. The ‘Create for Confidence’…

Testing the feasibility of a mindfulness intervention for women with post-traumatic stress disorder and a history of domestic abuse

  • 4 July 2023
Researchers from University of Bristol supported by the NIHR Bristol BRC have demonstrated that it is possible to conduct a full-size randomised controlled trial of a trauma-specific mindfulness course for women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a history of domestic abuse (DA). A randomised controlled trial is a study…

Lizzy Winstone awarded prestigious Churchill Fellowship

  • 27 June 2023
Dr Lizzy Winstone, Senior Research Associate in the University of Bristol Centre for Academic Mental Health, has been awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to develop a project to help young people understand how social media algorithms work.  The Churchill Fellowship is a UK charity…

Bristol part of £42 million boost for mental health research to unlock new treatments

  • 31 May 2023
The University of Bristol is part of a £42.7 million ‘Mental Health Mission’ announced by the Government to accelerate research into mental health conditions, including those impacting children. The research will develop radical new treatments, improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis and increase the use of technology to free…