COMMERCIAL: University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust and the University of Bristol have been awarded £11.5 million to fund research into cardiovascular disease and nutrition, diet and lifestyle.

The funds were awarded by the National Institute for Health Research for two biomedical research units to develop and translate new scientific discoveries into ground-breaking medicines, treatments and better care for NHS patients.

The NIHR Biomedical Research Units funding scheme aims to support NHS/university partnerships to undertake internationally excellent translational clinical research in priority areas of high disease burden and clinical need, and in which the country has identified research strengths. 

Researchers at the two Bristol units aims to optimise nutrition to improve the health of children with chronic disorders; develop nutritional and lifestyle interventions in men with prostate cancer; optimise the nutrition of people undergoing surgery or other major hospital treatment; develop interventions to reduce sedentary time in people with type 2 diabetes; identify further interventions for patients and to provide training in nutritional research methods for clinicians and non-clinical scientists to strengthen future clinical research in this area.