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Research Themes

Our Research Themes cover a wide range of clinical areas:

Cardiovascular Disease: reducing complications and increasing the chance of survival for patients undergoing
cardiac surgery.

Mental Health: predicting who is most at risk of mental illness and developing novel approaches to prevention and treatment with particular focus on psychosis, depression, addiction, suicidal behaviour and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We work closely with the  Centre for Academic Mental Health and the  Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol.

Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle: improving health by changing diet and lifestyle patterns.

Perinatal and Reproductive Health: making IVF more successful, predicting and preventing birth complications, and
understanding how the menopause affects health.

Surgical Innovation: developing better ways to evaluate novel surgical techniques. We work closely with the  Centre for Surgical Research and the Musculo-Skeletal Research group at the University of Bristol.  

Three Cross-Cutting Themes work across these clinical areas:

Translational Population Science: using sophisticated genetic and mathematical techniques to work out what factors might
help prevent illness, predict how a disease might affect an individual and which treatments are most effective.

Biostatisitics, Evidence Synthesis and Informatics: helping researchers throughout the BRC use cutting edge
approaches for organising and analysing different information types.

Training, Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPI and PPE): this Theme will ensure we ask patients
and the public to advise us on what research we should do, how we should do it and what we should do with the findings.
We also have an extensive training programme aimed at equipping the very best scientists, doctors and allied health
professionals to carry out cutting-edge medical research.

Qualitative Research Network

Across the BRC, qualitative research provides insight into how interventions work, how to conduct research which is most meaningful and has impact on health. Qualitative research can find out how and why things happen and helps us to understand and improve health and healthcare. Researchers using these methods often use interviews, focus groups and observation to collect information. Qualitative research has a long history and is widely used in research into health, in which Bristol has world-leading expertise. The BRC Qualitative Research Network is made up of researchers across the BRC themes. The Network collaborates with other researchers and clinicians to develop capacity and share our research methods.