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…

New animation explains trauma-informed healthcare and evidence for UK implementation

  • 9 February 2023
A new animation, co-produced by researchers at the University of Bristol and part-funded by the Bristol BRC, explains what a trauma-informed approach in healthcare is. It also talks about how UK healthcare organisations can become trauma-informed to prevent re-traumatisation in services and improve experiences and outcomes for all. The four-minute…

Forecasting long-term demand in emergency departments

  • 8 February 2023
Policies designed to improve both health-related behaviours and personal circumstances could reduce the number of people attending emergency departments (ED) and improve the quality and safety of care in the long-term. Researchers from Bristol’s BRC combined statistical models looking at population health and health service capacity to predict monthly ED…

Lived experience stories of self-harm may help and reduce stigma

  • 7 February 2023
Lived experience stories of self-harm may be helpful for those with a history of self-harm but they should reflect a range of personal journeys to encourage relatability and avoid using stigmatising language. People with recent self-harm experience were able to positively engage with lived experiences stories found online, according to…