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The University College of Bristol opened in 1876, after six years of discussions and controversy, in a bid to bring university culture to the provinces. It was the first college in the country to admit men and women on an equal footing. The University

Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
28 December, 2014
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and transport.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
08 October, 2014
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Geometry of colloidal crystals can be altered in real time
15 April, 2014
Using an acoustic metadevice that can influence the acoustic space and can control any of the ways in which waves travel, engineers have demonstrated that it is possible to dynamically alter the geometry of a three-dimensional colloidal crystal in real time.
06 January, 2009
A new material created by research scientists can rapidly shrink or swell to change the colour of light that it scatters.
New breast cancer test could save lives
06 May, 2007
A team of researchers at the University of Bristol is developing a revolutionary new test to detect breast cancer at an early stage. If successful, this test will be effective for women of all ages; given that breast cancer is the largest killer of women between the ages of 35-55 in Europe, the test could have a dramatic effect on the number of deaths from this disease.
Parents of large families may be at greater risk of heart disease
06 May, 2007
Mothers and fathers of large families may have a higher risk of heart disease, according to new research by the University of Bristol. Dr Debbie Lawlor and colleagues in the Department of Social Medicine, analysed data from two UK Department of Health and British Heart Foundation sponsored studies of 4,286 women and 4,252 men aged 60 to 79.
Insect hearing helps nanoscience
05 May, 2007
Physicists and biologists at Bristol University are using the way that insects hear to devise new instruments for use in nanoscience. Using these new tools will then allow them to look even closer at how insects hear. This unusual symbiotic relationship between physicists and biologists means each helps the other
Peanut allergy may be linked to skin creams and soy milk
05 May, 2007
Interim research findings from the Children of the 90s study have identified possible risk factors for the development of peanut allergy in children. The research was commissioned by the UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and now taken over by the UK Food Standards Agency.
Can genetic research improve public health?
04 May, 2007
Genetic studies have an important part to play in the health of the general public, according to new research from Bristol University published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
Groundbreaking research set to reduce suffering of millions of horses worldwide
03 May, 2007
New research is set to change the health and welfare of millions of working horses and donkeys in some of the poorest parts of the world. Equine welfare charity, the Brooke, together with the University of Bristol
Is body mass index a risk factor for road traffic injuries?
03 May, 2007
Drivers who are overweight or underweight are at greater risk of suffering an injury in a road accident than people of average size, according to a study of deaths and injuries from motor vehicle accidents in New Zealand published in the current issue of the International Journal of Epidemiology.
Three-year-olds who spend more than eight hours watching television a week are at risk of obesity
02 May, 2007
The toddlers
Scientists discover the universe's smallest galaxies
02 May, 2007
A multi-national team of scientists has discovered an entirely new class of galaxy, the first such discovery since the 1930s. The team, headed by Dr Steve Phillipps, an astrophysicist at the University of Bristol, and Dr Michael Drinkwater of the University of Queensland, used the famous Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile, amongst others, to study the galaxies, which they have christened ultra-compact dwarfs. Their findings are published in Nature this week.
Breastfeeding and blood pressure
01 May, 2007
Breastfeeding is as good for children's blood pressure as exercise and dietary salt restriction, according to research from Bristol University published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. The longer the period of breastfeeding, the lower the blood pressure reading, the research found.
Bristol scientist challenges new study on powerlines and childhood leukaemia
01 May, 2007
In response to the study by Dr David Lloyd and colleagues published in the British Journal of Cancer today, Professor Denis Henshaw of Bristol University has questioned whether the study provides evidence that powerlines do not cause childhood leukaemia, given the already acknowledged link between childhood leukaemia risk and exposure to magnetic fields, such as those found near high voltage powerlines.
New drug could transform treatment of Alzheimer's
30 April, 2007
Research conducted by Professor Gordon Wilcock of the University of Bristol, with colleagues in the UK and Canada, could result in one of the most exciting advances in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, if current results are confirmed by Phase 3 trials.
Diet important for children's bones
30 April, 2007
The foods our children eat in early life affects the health of their skeleton in later childhood, according to research revealed at the Ninth Bath Conference on Osteoporosis.
Low birth weight linked to psychological distress
29 April, 2007
Low birth weight is associated with adult psychological distress, according to a new study. The research found that children born full term but weighing less than 5.5 lbs (almost 3% of the total sample) had a 50% increased risk of psychological distress in later life. This remained the case after taking into account potential confounding factors, such as the father's social class, maternal age and adult marital status.
Less fruit for toddlers when Mum smokes
29 April, 2007
What a child eats is highly influenced by whether the mother smokes, according to research published by Bristol's Children of the 90s study. Children of smokers ate less fruit and fibre, but more crisps, chips and sweetened drinks than children of non-smokers. The level of the mother's education is another major factor affecting diet, and to a lesser extent the mother's age.
Renewed hope for Parkinson's patients
28 April, 2007
Analysis of the brain of a patient suffering from Parkinson's Disease has shown that the experimental treatment he received caused regrowth of the nerve fibres that are lost in this disease. This is the first time that any treatment has been shown to reverse the loss of nerve fibres in Parkinson's Disease.
Early vision tests help cure childhood eye problems
28 April, 2007
The long-standing debate over the need for toddlers' eye tests is re-awakened by a new research paper published by the Children of the 90s project. Controversially, pre-school screening for amblyopia, or lazy eye, has been abandoned in much of the UK on the grounds that it can be done more effectively at school age and that age at starting treatment is irrelevant.
Stomach ache and emotional problems
27 April, 2007
A new study of persistent tummy ache in young children has come to the conclusion that for some it may be linked to emotional problems in their families. Researchers say that doctors treating children for recurrent abdominal pain may need to consider psychological symptoms in those children and in their parents.
Working mums: the impact on children's early development
27 April, 2007
Mothers who return to fulltime work soon after the birth of their baby would do well to pick their childminder carefully, because it could have long term effects on the development of their child.
Brain science, addiction and drugs
26 April, 2007
New treatments for disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease; improved treatments for addiction, and the development of cognition enhancers, a variety of products that improve mental function, could be less than 20 years away.
New approach to autoimmune diseases
26 April, 2007
A new approach to the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and multiple sclerosis is being developed by scientists at Bristol University.
Sex differences in the heart
25 April, 2007
New research has identified a potential key to understanding the sex differences in heart function. This exciting development could minimise fatal heart disturbances in women.
Chronic diseases linked to falls in elderly women
25 April, 2007
Elderly women with chronic diseases, such as arthritis and depression, are at higher risk of falling, finds a study in this week
Recent use of antibiotics doubles your chances of being resistant
24 April, 2007
A new study has shown that a prescription of antibiotics taken within the previous two months doubles the chances of patients carrying antibiotic resistant bacteria. The same effect was not seen in patients who had had antibiotics prescribed within the previous 12 months.
Test offers new hope for leukaemia children
24 April, 2007
A lifesaving test which gives advance warning of leukaemia relapse in children is thecentrepiece of a major new trial which gets underway this month. Piloted for the last year in Bristol and several centres across the UK, the test ensures the accurate detection of minute numbers of leukaemia cells (minimal residual disease, or MRD) that remain after treatment but cannot be detected under the microscope.
Benefits of fish oil to osteoarthritis sufferers
23 April, 2007
A team of researchers in Bristol is hoping to produce definitive evidence that taking fish oil can help people suffering from the painful joint condition of osteoarthritis.
One billion children suffer effects of poverty
23 April, 2007
A new study for UNICEF by the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research at the University of Bristol and the London School of Economics has produced the first scientific measurements of child poverty in the developing world.
Pioneering research into the work of deaf educators
22 April, 2007
Researchers at the University's Centre for Deaf Studies have conducted what is thought to be the world's first in-depth study of Deaf educators.The project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, identified a series of findings, including the existence of unrecognised Deaf educators.
New insight into memory function
22 April, 2007
Research published in Nature this week suggests that the computational power of the brain is even greater than we previously thought. The new findings show how single cells in the brain can represent more than one experience at the same time, such as where you are and what you are doing. These results could lead to a greater understanding of how the brain processes memories.
Socially deprived less likely to get treatment
21 April, 2007
People living in deprived areas or working in manual occupations are less likely to receive cholesterol and blood pressure-lowering treatment than more affluent people.
Heart disease, estimating your risk
21 April, 2007
Current methods used by GPs to work out an individuals' future risk of heart disease appear to overestimate the true risk by about 50. The research team, led by Dr Peter Brindle, a Bristol University researcher and city GP, also found that 84% of the coronary heart disease deaths that actually occurred during the study period, were in men predicted to be at low risk.
How eating (and growing) could improve your IQ
20 April, 2007
The connection between childhood growth and levels of intelligence is explored in a new study from the Children of the 90s project. Scientists at the University of Bristol have shown that there appears to be a link between the growth hormone IGF-I and the child
Predicting the spread of skin cancer
20 April, 2007
A new way of predicting whether skin cancers will spread to other organs is published this week in the British Journal of Cancer. This means that resources can be concentrated on those patients most in need of close follow up, and lead to earlier detection of the cancer spreading.
New study reveals link between suicide and body mass index
19 April, 2007
A new study has found a link between a person
Stress gene found in plants
19 April, 2007
A single gene has been discovered that helps plants cope with stressful situations such as disease or poor environments. Scientists at the universities of Bristol and Oxford isolated and characterised the gene called OXI1 (pronounced oxy-one) from thale cress, a common roadside weed. OXI1 boosts the plant's ability to stop fungal infection from spreading, and helps roots to grow despite poor conditions.
Paternal ancestors
18 April, 2007
New research has provided evidence for
Breastfeeding linked to lower blood pressure
18 April, 2007
Doctors at the University of Bristol have reported that the benefits of breastfeeding could pay off many years later by helping to reduce levels of blood pressure, a factor that contributes to heart attacks in later life.
Breakthrough in treatment for osteoarthritis sufferers
17 April, 2007
Scientists at the University of Bristol have given arthritis sufferers new hope of an effective treatment after a breakthrough in stem cell research. Professor Anthony Hollander and his team at Southmead Hospital have successfully grown human cartilage from a patient's own stem cells for the first time ever.
New from the International Journal of Epidemiology
17 April, 2007
The first epidemiological study to be conducted in the UK on reproduction following service in the Gulf War in the early
Benefits of flu vaccine substantially overestimated says study
16 April, 2007
Studies of influenza vaccine effectiveness in elderly people substantially overestimate vaccine benefits, according to new research from the US published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology, edited at the University of Bristol.
Bristol scientists aim to develop osteoarthritis test
16 April, 2007
Bristol researchers are hoping to develop simple blood tests which could predict the severity of osteoarthritis, a common, disabling joint condition which affects more than two million people in the UK.
Why are people from big families at greater risk of a stroke?
15 April, 2007
Babies who suffer severe diarrhoea in the first few months of their lives could be at greater risk of suffering a stroke many years later. New research published by Bristol
New study rules out connection between whooping cough vaccine and asthma
15 April, 2007
Parents who may be concerned by a scare over the side effects of the whooping cough vaccine will be reassured by a new study involving thousands of children. The Department of Health advice that babies should be vaccinated against whooping cough (pertussis) at the age of two, three and four months has been questioned by some scientists who have suggested a link with asthma and allergies.
Benefits of a seafood diet outweigh the risks
14 April, 2007
Restrictions on fish consumption during pregnancy could have damaging consequences for the child in the womb. Under current guidelines in the United States, pregnant women, or those likely to become pregnant are advised to limit overall consumption of seafood to 12 oz per week (340 g). The advice by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration was designed to protect against traces of methyl mercury in fish.
How doctors can predict the risk of adult diseases in infancy
14 April, 2007
A new way of predicting which young children are most at risk of eventually contracting diabetes and heart disease in adult life is being developed by researchers at Cambridge University, with help from Bristol
Acupuncture deactivates 'pain area' in brain
13 April, 2007
An experiment conducted in the BBC TV series Alternative Medicine: The Evidence presented by scientist Professor Kathy Sykes from Bristol University, shows that acupuncture has a powerful and measurable effect on the human brain. The effect is surprising, because scientists have previously predicted that parts of the cortex would be activated during acupuncture. This unique experiment suggests that, on the contrary, parts of the brain, beyond the cortex, are actually deactivated.
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