Remote research methods could be more inclusive for autistic adults

  • 2 February 2023
Online methods for obtaining consent and taking part in research remotely could make research more inclusive for autistic people, according to a study published in Autism in Adulthood. Researchers from Bristol’s BRC wanted to explore how the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic affected autistic people.

Prioritising surgical demand during COVID-19

  • 31 January 2023
Prioritising which patients should undergo surgery when demand exceeded capacity was incredibly challenging for surgeons during the pandemic, a study part-funded by the Bristol BRC has found. During the CONSIDER-19 study, researchers interviewed healthcare professionals to investigate their experiences of prioritising patients for surgery, while the national…

Researchers explore using patient-taken images to assess wounds after surgery

  • 27 January 2023
Bristol BRC researchers have developed and tested a method for patients to take and submit wound images after surgery so they can be assessed remotely for wound infection. Patients were able to successfully produce high-quality images after the study team provided them with instructions on how to…

Reflections of a Health Research Ambassador – building community leadership

  • 26 January 2023
Roy Kareem reflects on his role in the Health Research Ambassador programme, discusses the four workshops he has been involved in so far and reveals his hopes for the future. The Health Research Ambassador programme is a project aimed at building community leadership among communities that are…

Eating disorders aren’t a niche issue – Bristol BRC researcher speaks to BBC Radio 4

  • 23 January 2023
Bristol BRC researcher Dr Helen Bould is working with the Born in Bradford (BiB) cohort study to gain a better understanding of eating disorders among adolescents. She’s found that almost a quarter of pupils surveyed at three schools in Bradford are experiencing issues with eating…

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…