Biofriendly protocells pump up blood vessels 20 November 2020An international team of researchers from Bristol and China has prepared biocompatible protocells that generate nitric oxide gas a known reagent for blood vessel dilation - that when placed inside blood vessels expand the biological tissue.
Bristol secures 45M to advance gene therapy treatment of chronic kidney diseases19 November 2020The University of Bristol has secured a 45million deal to advance its groundbreaking gene therapy technology for chronic kidney diseases. The commitment, made by healthcare company Syncona Ltd to Bristol spin-out Purespring Therapeutics, aims to address a global unmet need for renal conditions in one of the largest single investments made to a new UK university biotech company.
Campaign launched to help older people leave hospital when ready17 November 2020A new campaign to support older people with frailty admitted to hospital in an emergency has launched today. Many people worry about the possibility of an emergency hospital admission, and the coronavirus pandemic will be heightening these concerns. The 'Information About Me' campaign helps older patients or their relatives or carers give the right information about their usual day-to-day life to staff to help patients leave hospital at the right time.
Dr Colin J Mapes, 1938-2020 17 November 2020Dr Colin Mapes, former lecturer in Biological Sciences at Bristol, has died. Sir Brian Follett FRS and several colleagues offer a remembrance.
Rapid point-of-care testing during and after COVID-19 how widely should it be used?17 November 2020Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the point-of-care testing industry was investing millions of pounds to develop rapid tests to tell us the cause of respiratory infections. The pandemic has accelerated this process. In an editorial published in the British Journal of General Practice today [17 November], researchers from the University of Bristols Centre for Academic Primary Care ask if we know enough about these tests to merit their widespread use in primary care.
Bristol students harness the power of sport to support their mental health16 November 2020Leaving home, moving city and starting a new academic life present some of the most challenging times for university students which is why those who have successfully navigated the path are now stepping up to help others do the same in a new partnership between the University of Bristol and the mental health charity, The Ted Senior Foundation.