Sri Lankan suicide rate stable during pandemic

  • 19 January 2023
Sri Lankan suicide rates did not increase during the pandemic, according to the results of a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, funded by Bristol’s BRC, the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research and the…

Mental health staff should ask about experiences of domestic violence

  • 10 January 2023
People presenting to healthcare services after self-harm or attempting suicide should be asked if they have experienced domestic violence (DV). The Bristol Suicide and Self-harm Research Group (SASH) has released a video highlighting how important it is to discuss DV in the context of self-harm and they…

Stem cell plasters to stop children needing repeated heart surgeries

  • 21 December 2022
Researchers at the University of Bristol, partly funded by the Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (Bristol BRC) and the British Heart Foundation (BHF), have developed ‘stem cell plasters’ to revolutionise the way surgeons treat children living with congenital heart disease, so they don’t need as many open-heart operations.

Significant inequalities in child weight management service provision

  • 30 November 2022
Over three quarters of acute NHS trusts in England (77%) do not have a child weight management service, despite being responsible for providing specialist services for the most severely obese, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Bristol and funded by the National…

Seven Bristol BRC researchers recognised as Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate

  • 23 November 2022
Seven researchers working for Bristol’s BRC and the University of Bristol have appeared on Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers 2022 list. The list recognises influential researchers worldwide, who have published multiple, highly cited papers during the last decade. The Highly Cited Researchers list is published each year by…

Reaching for high-carb foods may not be instinctive when blood glucose is low

  • 22 November 2022
It is possible that choosing high-carbohydrate foods during an episode of low blood glucose isn’t something that humans are able to ‘instinctively do’. A recently published study by researchers from the Bristol BRC and the University of Bristol suggests that young people who experienced an insulin-induced episode…

Eliminating ‘innovation’?

  • 16 November 2022
Words matter. Different words convey different kinds of meaning. Meaning can vary, depending on context, and so our choice of words matters. For example, you would not describe a person as lazy simply because they were dozing on a chair. The word ‘lazy’ implies a judgement. In choosing to call…

How medical photography can lead you to research

  • 15 November 2022
Anni King has been a Senior Research Associate in Medical Imaging at the Bristol Centre for Surgical Research since 2017. She began her career as a medical photographer. Here she reflects on how her background in medical imaging ultimately led her to a career in research and how her role…

Fortune Favours the Brave: animation captures the experiences of adolescents with congenital heart disease

  • 7 November 2022
A continent-spanning, NIHR Bristol BRC-funded collaboration between scientists and artists has created Fortune Favours the Brave, an animation that captures the experiences of adolescents with congenital heart disease (CHD). Hand-drawn images were combined with a classical score to create a unique interpretation of what life with CHD is like. The…