Interleukin-6 antagonists improve outcomes in hospitalised COVID-19 patients

  • 6 July 2021
Findings from a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) have prompted new World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations to use interleukin-6 antagonists in patients with severe or critical COVID-19 along with corticosteroids. A new analysis of 27 randomised trials involving nearly 11,000 patients…

Bristol BRC professors join Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship

  • 13 May 2021
Professor Jane Blazeby and Professor Jonathan Sterne have been elected to The Academy of Medical Sciences’ respected and influential Fellowship. They join 50 outstanding biomedical and health scientists selected for their exceptional contributions to the advancement of medical science. Jane Blazeby FMedSci is Professor of Surgery at the University of…

Bristol study to improve success of IVF treatment resumes

  • 29 April 2021
A major study into the factors affecting IVF treatment success, led by NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) researchers at the University of Bristol, is restarting after a year-long pause due to COVID-19. In April this year, the research clinic at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM), based…

Making sense of consensus meetings – what happened next?

  • 27 April 2021
Dr Christin Hoffmann from our Surgical Innovation theme shares our new animation that helps public contributors make sense of consensus meetings. In a previous post, I blogged about consensus meetings, and touched upon why we use them in the BRC’s Surgical Innovation theme and other research areas as well.

New population-wide health data resource to accelerate research on COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease in England

  • 20 April 2021
For the first time, a new linked health data resource covering 54.4 million people – over 96 per cent of the English population – is now available for researchers from across the UK to collaborate in NHS Digital’s secure research environment. This resource will enable vital research to take place…

NIHR Bristol BRC to benefit from internship programme to tackle underrepresentation of Black people in science

  • 20 April 2021
The National Institute for Health Research Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Bristol BRC), a partnership between the University of Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW), will host intern Angel Obierozie this summer as part of the Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) programme to…

No evidence of a significant increase in risk of suicide in first months of the pandemic, but continued monitoring needed

  • 20 April 2021
A new observational study is the first to examine suicides occurring during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in multiple countries and finds that suicide numbers largely remained unchanged or declined in the pandemic’s early months. The study, led by an international team including University of Bristol researchers, is…

Young people co-create COVID school study animation with researchers

  • 30 March 2021
As most pupils have now returned to school following lockdown, the COVID-19 school study, run by University of Bristol researchers, has also resumed fully. The study (also known as CoMMinS) aims to test thousands of pupils and staff for infection, in participating primary and secondary schools across Bristol. The…

Warning over effects of pandemic on young people’s mental health

  • 11 March 2021
A warning about the effects of the pandemic on children’s and young people’s mental health is published today (11 March) in The BMJ. Professor David Gunnell, co-lead of Bristol BRC’s Mental Health theme, has co-authored an editorial ‘Mental health of children and young people during pandemic’, which argues that…