Identifying and managing people with an at-risk mental state for psychosis

  • 20 April 2023
Clinical guidelines about providing early support to patients with an at-risk mental state for psychosis might not be being met, suggests research published in Early Intervention in Psychiatry. Researchers at the NIHR Bristol BRC and the Centre for Academic Primary Care identified high thresholds…

Healthcare professionals’ views on dietary advice for ileostomies

  • 12 April 2023
A lack of research and agreement between professionals contributes to inconsistent dietary advice and potentially inadequate support for people living with an ileostomy, according to a study conducted by researchers from the NIHR Bristol BRC published in The Journal of Human and Nutrition Dietetics. An ileostomy is…

Genetics of preterm birth and pregnancy length clarified

  • 4 April 2023
New knowledge of the genetic factors behind premature delivery and gestational duration has now emerged. A Bristol BRC researcher contributed to a major international study led by the University of Gothenburg. Findings include the ways in which, before birth, the woman’s and the unborn child’s genes have mutually antagonistic effects.

Illustrator brings our surgical and orthopaedic innovation theme to life

  • 27 March 2023
A new illustration by Camille Aubry explains our surgical and orthopaedic innovation theme, bringing the theme to life for a wider public audience. Theme co-lead Dr Vikki Wylde commissioned the illustration as she has worked with Camille on a number of projects in the past. The illustration outlines the aims…

Using artificial intelligence to help diagnose disease

  • 16 March 2023
Areas where radiological imaging is frequently needed may benefit from using artificial intelligence (AI) to help with diagnosis, suggest findings published by Bristol BRC researchers in BMJ Open. Future research should focus on how the technology could be used by healthcare professionals in clinical settings. Healthcare professionals…

Depression linked to immune response in some people

  • 1 March 2023
A link between depression and changes in counts of several types of immune cells in the blood has been revealed by researchers at the University of Bristol’s MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit. These findings, published in Molecular Psychiatry, suggest that changes to different components of…

Hard Evidence – a theatrical and research legacy

  • 22 February 2023
Thriving Theatre is a new theatre support group for people with lived experience of domestic abuse. It was established by the team behind Hard Evidence, a play about domestic abuse, mutual support and the empowering effect of public involvement in research. The characters and storyline of Hard…

Early involvement of public contributors can benefit product development in healthcare

  • 21 February 2023
Involving public contributors at an early stage of product development might benefit companies trying to improve healthcare, according to research published in Health Expectations. Researchers from the Bristol BRC found not only that patients and public contributors could feasibly work with small healthcare companies but that they…

Bristol BRC PhD opportunities now open

  • 20 February 2023
The NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (Bristol BRC) is offering four places on a prestigious four-year PhD programme at the University of Bristol. We have projects available across four of our five research themes, with many projects including cross-theme collaboration. Our programme follows a 1+3 year structure, with the first…