Working collaboratively with public groups to support safe and transparent surgical innovation

  • 5 August 2021
The Surgical Innovation team are one step closer to developing a list of baseline information, known as a core information set, to guide consultation discussions following a milestone multi-stakeholder meeting last month. This list will ensure NHS patients being offered new procedures and devices receive more transparent and consistent information…

Exploring trends in recording anxiety symptoms in UK primary care

  • 4 August 2021
The way GPs record anxiety in patient records could be leading to a reduction in formal anxiety diagnoses, new research from the University of Bristol has found. Anxiety disorders are common in the UK, with the level of anxiety symptoms being recorded by GPs increasing between 1998 and 2008. However,…

Long COVID in children poorly understood by doctors

  • 22 July 2021
The clinical definition of long COVID in children is at present very limited and poorly understood by doctors, according to a new report published today [21 July]. The report also found that symptoms typically associated with long COVID were having a significant physical and psychological impact on children’s day-to-day lives.

Making innovations in surgery safer

  • 13 July 2021
A study to help surgical innovations be developed more safely and efficiently has published a ‘core outcome set’ for new surgical techniques and devices in the Annals of Surgery. The COHESIVE study, led by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded researchers at the University of Bristol, devised the…

Interleukin-6 antagonists improve outcomes in hospitalised COVID-19 patients

  • 6 July 2021
Findings from a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) have prompted new World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations to use interleukin-6 antagonists in patients with severe or critical COVID-19 along with corticosteroids. A new analysis of 27 randomised trials involving nearly 11,000 patients…

Bristol BRC professors join Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship

  • 13 May 2021
Professor Jane Blazeby and Professor Jonathan Sterne have been elected to The Academy of Medical Sciences’ respected and influential Fellowship. They join 50 outstanding biomedical and health scientists selected for their exceptional contributions to the advancement of medical science. Jane Blazeby FMedSci is Professor of Surgery at the University of…

Bristol study to improve success of IVF treatment resumes

  • 29 April 2021
A major study into the factors affecting IVF treatment success, led by NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) researchers at the University of Bristol, is restarting after a year-long pause due to COVID-19. In April this year, the research clinic at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM), based…

Making sense of consensus meetings – what happened next?

  • 27 April 2021
Dr Christin Hoffmann from our Surgical Innovation theme shares our new animation that helps public contributors make sense of consensus meetings. In a previous post, I blogged about consensus meetings, and touched upon why we use them in the BRC’s Surgical Innovation theme and other research areas…

New population-wide health data resource to accelerate research on COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease in England

  • 20 April 2021
For the first time, a new linked health data resource covering 54.4 million people – over 96 per cent of the English population – is now available for researchers from across the UK to collaborate in NHS Digital’s secure research environment. This resource will enable vital research to take place…