Official Launch of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute

22nd Jul 2013
On the 22nd July 2013 the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research was officially opened at the University of Bristol. The institute was named after one of Bristol's unsung medical pioneers, Elizabeth Blackwell, who was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the UK Medical Register. She also helped found, in 1871, the National Health Society aimed at preventing ill health by education on health and hygiene; it continued until superseded by the National Health Service.

SPHERE is one of the Institute's pioneering multidisciplinary research activities and the launch served also as a public introduction to the project. SPHERE was presented to the audience with a panel discussion, chaired by Professor of Sciences and Society, Kathy Sykes and panel members: SPHERE Director, Professor Ian Craddock; Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction, Dr David Coyle; Reader in Primary Health Care, Dr Sarah Purdy; Knowle West Media Centre's Digital Projects Producer, Makala Campbell and patient Lizzy Betts. Following the panel's views regarding the project's potential to impact health outcomes, the public were given the opportunity to comment and ask questions. The presentation was concluded with an animation created for SPHERE by Aardman Animations.

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