PhD opportunity with Bristol BRC and Health Data Research UK

  • 30 May 2023
The NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre is working with Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) to offer a place on their prestigious Big Data for Complex Diseases PhD programme. HDR UK is funding six PhDs with leading UK universities and research organisations. Within this…

Does exercise affect how our brains respond to food cues?

  • 17 May 2023
A single bout of exercise increased reactivity to food cues in parts of the brain associated with attention, anticipation of reward and episodic memory, according to research published in Human Brain Mapping. Researchers from Loughborough University, University of Bristol, University of Nottingham, University of Leicester, and Waseda…

Evidence for trauma-informed organisational change programmes

  • 16 May 2023
Trauma-informed organisational change programmes may improve conditions for staff and patients in primary care and community mental healthcare, according to research published in Health and Social Care in the Community. Evidence was very limited and conflicting, but researchers found potential improvements to: staff readiness and sense of…

Can following the Mediterranean diet benefit breast cancer survivors?

  • 9 May 2023
It is possible that following a Mediterranean diet could have long-term health benefits for patients with breast cancer, according to a paper published recently in Nutrients. Researchers at the NIHR Bristol BRC and the University of Bristol found that the association between following a Mediterranean diet and…

Study shows children’s inactivity remains an issue in wake of pandemic

  • 27 April 2023
New research has revealed children’s physical activity in the UK has largely returned to pre-pandemic levels – but children are still more sedentary during the week. The study, led by the University of Bristol, found that by summer last year 41% of children were meeting the national recommended physical activity…

Should we talk to young people about social media during mental health consultations?

  • 24 April 2023
Young people find the idea of talking about their online experiences during a mental health consultation acceptable, according to the results of a study published in JMIR Mental Health. Mental health professionals also believe it is important to discuss digital technology use with young people. However, less…

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.