Researchers contribute to international guidelines on exercise for people with cardiovascular disease

  • 29 October 2020
Work by two members of the NIHR Bristol BRC’s Cardiovascular Disease theme has been recognised in new international guidelines and recommendations on exercise and sports, published by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Dr Guido Pieles and Dr Graham Stuart contributed to two impactful new ESC publications released this year:…

Using MRI heart scans to improve care for hospitalised COVID-19 patients

  • 20 October 2020
Researchers at the University of Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust are taking part in a national study which aims to uncover why some COVID-19 patients in hospital have heart muscle damage, and how this can be diagnosed more easily. Blood tests show signs of heart…

Encouraging older people to walk more

  • 16 October 2020
We are looking for volunteers to help us understand why some people find walking difficult. Researchers from the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre at the University of Bristol are investigating how to encourage older people to walk more often, and more quickly. Many people, particularly older people, do not do…

Risk of self-harm increases for boys and girls who experience earlier puberty

  • 6 October 2020
Boys and girls who experience puberty earlier than their peers have an increased risk of self-harm in adolescence, a study funded by the National Institute for Health Research Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Bristol BRC) and published in the journal Epidemiology & Psychiatric Sciences has found. This is the…

"Involving patients and the public in research adds a different dynamic"

  • 18 September 2020
About the NIHR Bristol BRC strategy group

Hundreds take part in study to support people with diabetes during COVID-19

  • 17 September 2020
More than 800 people have now taken part in our UK-wide online survey to identify how to best support people with diabetes during the pandemic – thank you. People with diabetes are at an increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus. The study, led by the University of Bristol and supported…

Switching to non-surgical approach to ankle fractures in older people could save £1.5 million a year

  • 15 September 2020
If half of patients aged 60 and over who had surgery for an ankle fracture instead had a non-surgical treatment called close contact casting, the NHS could save around £1.5 million a year, according to a new analysis from researchers at NIHR Applied Collaboration West (ARC West) and the NIHR…

"Our patient advisory group has been invaluable"

  • 15 September 2020
The BRC’s Cardiovascular theme has been working with its patient advisory group (PAG) since 2017. Jade Salter-Hewitt, Senior Clinical Trials Research Administrator, shares how the group has evolved and the contribution it makes. Our group is made up of nine members, all of whom are either living with chronic heart…

Genetic study of proteins is a breakthrough in drug development for complex diseases

  • 8 September 2020
An innovative genetic study of blood protein levels, led by researchers in the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit (MRC-IEU) at the University of Bristol, has demonstrated how genetic data can be used to support drug target prioritisation by identifying the causal effects of proteins on diseases. Working in collaboration with…