St George’s wins first quarter-final round of University Challenge

The St George’s, University of London University Challenge team has won the first of its quarter-final matches. It needs to win two quarter-final matches to secure a place in the semi finals.

The team was victorious over Pembroke College, Cambridge with a convincing 195-105 win in the latest battle of the country’s brightest university brains, which was aired Monday 18 February 2013, BBC2.


Your starter for 10: St George’s is back on University Challenge

The St George’s University Challenge team will be poised with their fingers on the buzzer in next week’s show as they go head to head with Pembroke College, Cambridge, in the first round of the quarter-finals. The team needs to win two quarter-final matches to secure a place in the semi-finals.

The show, which has already been recorded, will aired on Monday 18 February BBC2 at 8pm.


Nursing expert backs Francis report calls for patient needs to be at heart of NHS care

Doctors, nurses and healthcare managers must work together to address the issues highlighted in the independent report into the failures of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, according to a leading healthcare academic.

Professor Fiona Ross, dean of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, has welcomed the findings released by inquiry chairman Robert Francis QC. She said his report outlined appalling failures of care that no patient or family should ever have to face.


Principal of St George's, University of London responds to the Francis Inquiry report

Commenting on the publication of the report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust public enquiry (chaired by Robert Francis QC), Professor Peter Kopelman, Principal of St George’s, University of London said:

“St George’s, University of London prides itself on the quality of education and the primacy of the clinical experience it offers its students in health disciplines including medicine.


St George’s and Orphan Technologies enter licensing agreement to create new treatment for rare and deadly disorders

St George’s, University of London has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with rare-disease research-and-development firm Orphan Technologies Ltd to develop new therapies for deadly metabolic disorders.

St George’s and Orphan aim to develop therapies based on an innovative and highly specialised cell-based enzyme-replacement technology, called Erythrocyte Encapsulated (EE) technology.

Genetically modified tobacco plants produce antibodies to treat rabies

New research shows that genetically modified tobacco plants can be used to produce safe protective antibodies against the deadly rabies virus. This may provide a relatively inexpensive cure for rabies, which would benefit patients in developing countries.

In a new study, scientists produced an antibody in transgenic tobacco plants – plants that have been genetically altered – that was shown to neutralise the rabies virus. This new monoclonal antibody works by preventing the virus from attaching to nerve endings around the bite site and keeps the virus from travelling to the brain. Monoclonal antibodies are complex proteins, originally derived from the body’s immune system but in this case made in the plants, to combat diseases.

St George’s academic listed in The Times Top 100 Children’s Doctors 2012

Mike Sharland, professor of paediatric infectious diseases at St George’s, University of London, has been named as one of the country’s top four children’s doctors specialising in infectious disease by The Times newspaper.

Professor Sharland – who holds a clinical post as lead consultant paediatrician at St George’s Hospital – was listed in The Times newspaper’s Top 100 Children’s Doctors 2012  (subscription needed to view site), published in December 2012.


Research reveals landing first job can be harder for nurses from ethnic minorities

Student nurses from ethnic minorities can find it harder to secure work by the time they qualify and feel less confident about getting a job than their white British counterparts, according to new research conducted by leading healthcare academics.

The study was headed by Professor Ruth Harris from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's, University of London. Carried out in conjunction with experts from the University of Greenwich and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, it examined the experiences of more than 800 final-year students from eight universities across the capital. Professor Harris and her team looked at what factors influenced students' success in landing their first nursing job and found ethnicity, the type of nursing students chose to specialise in and university attended all impacted on their odds of securing work.

Predicting mortality amongst older care home residents

The number of medications prescribed to a care home resident and the frequency of their contact with their GP are strong predictors of mortality in care homes shows research published today in Age & Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society.

Researchers from St George’s, University of London investigated predictors of mortality in older care home residents in England and Wales as compared to older people living in the community. They followed 9,772 care home and 354,306 community residents aged 65 to 104 years in 293 English and Welsh general practices in 2009. Approximately a quarter (26.2 per cent) of care home residents died within one year compared to just over 3 per cent of community residents.

St George’s through to University Challenge quarter finals

The St George’s, University of London University Challenge team has made it to the quarter finals of the competition, following a victorious second-round performance.

St George’s beat the University of Lancaster 230-140 and will now wait to find out who they will face in the quarter final.