Student carrying out research using scientific equipment

Supporting research

Innovation for the future

Our passionate and dedicated researchers are working hard to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues. They are pioneering new solutions and techniques across everything from age-related conditions like Alzheimer’s and diabetes to the global water shortage, and from child development and disability to intelligent computing and robotics.

Urine-tricity research

Dr Ioannis Ieropolous (Intelligent Bioenergy Team Leader, EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow) and his team have made a breakthrough discovery at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory – using urine to produce electricity, through microbial fuel cells, which also purifies water by killing disease-causing pathogens in the waste – resulting in much safer sanitation for the developing world.

A generous donation from the Thriplow Charitable Trust has helped the team to buy two pumps to accelerate the research activity further. Donations from alumni and friends have helped us to buy pH meters and probes, which will help with further investigation of the variables in the research of urine in the production of electricity and the purification of water in the developing world.

How you can help

160 people giving a donation of £25 each would mean we could buy a steriliser and continue with our research, helping to save lives. You can help us to do this by making a donation today.

Alzheimer's research

With the number of dementia sufferers (the most common form being Alzheimer's) at 44 million around the world and the financial cost at $600bn, the world is waking up to the global threat that it poses.

Leading nations have pledged to find a cure or treatment by 2025, but this will not happen unless we invest in our leading researchers, like those at UWE Bristol.

Dr Myra Conway from the University's Centre for Research in Biosciences is working with UWE Bristol PhD students and Bristol Research into Alzheimer's and Care of the Elderly (BRACE) scholars Matthew Harris and Tom Forshaw, Professor Seth Love and Dr Patrick Kehoe from Bristol's Southmead Hospital, on a three-year project that aims to find biomarkers for diagnosis and effective treatments.

In the UK, cancer research gets eight times as much funding as dementia. By making a donation today, you could not only help find a cure but inspire others to give so dementia research can receive the same support.

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