Researchers win top international award for one of the year’s best endocrinology papers

A team of St George’s, University of London researchers has won an award from a prestigious international endocrinology journal for publishing one of the best papers of the year. The study could pave the way for better treatment of women whose fertility has been affected by polycystic ovary syndrome.

The researchers – Dr Suman Rice, Dr Laura Pellatt, Stacey Bryan, Professor Saffron Whitehead and Professor Helen Mason – won an International Award for Publishing Excellence from The Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM). The award was given to each of the top 14 papers published in JCEM in 2011. Professor Mason collected the award on behalf of the team at The Endocrine Society’s annual awards dinner in Houston in June.

St George's victorious in first round of University Challenge

The St George’s, University of London team defeated rivals from King’s College, Cambridge on last night's University Challenge and marched into the competition’s second round.

Following a closely fought intellectual tussle, the St George’s team emerged from the fracas as winners by 175-145. They will now wait to discover who they are up against in the second round.

St George's, University of London Annual Review 2011 now available

The St George’s, University of London Annual Review 2011 (www.review.sgul.ac.uk) has been published and is available exclusively online.

The mission of St George’s is to advance, promote and share knowledge of health through excellence in teaching, clinical practice and research into the prevention and treatment of illness. The latest annual review highlights 2011 activities and achievements that are helping St George’s to realise its ambitions.

Olympic spirit conquers social isolation at historical house challenge day

A capering hermit wearing a raccoon on his head and a cheeky, old-fashioned milkman from the 1970s may not sound like natural Olympians. But together they helped 100 south London people of all ages and abilities overcome personal challenges at a cultural Olympiad designed to boost wellbeing and community interaction.

The Olympiad challenge event at Marble Hill and Ham House at Richmond was part of a unique community project – called heritage2health (h2h) – that aims to open up the arts, culture and heritage locations to people with disabilities or who are socially isolated. Heritage2health is based at the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, a joint collaboration between Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.

Getting to the heart of the problem

Doctors working to cut the number of people in the UK who die from undiagnosed cardiac conditions each year will be presenting their research at this year’s Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition which opens today (3 July).  Every week 12 seemingly fit and healthy young people under the age of 35 die from these conditions.

Approximately 75 per cent of these 600 sudden cardiac deaths a year occur without any prior symptoms. The team based at St George's, University of London and funded by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is particularly interested in exercise-related sudden cardiac death. Many sports bodies now recommend or insist that young athletes are screened for disorders. One in 300 of the individuals tested are identified as having a potentially life threatening condition and one in 100 are identified with a less serious cardiac abnormality that may cause problems from the middle age.

Study tackling taboos of incontinence and dementia wins category prize at RCGP research paper awards

A study on managing incontinence among people with dementia who live at home has won its category at the Royal College of General Practitioners Research Paper of the Year Award ceremony.

The paper was co-authored by Professor Vari Drennan and Laura Cole of the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, run jointly by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.

New physiotherapy Master’s degree to boost career options for graduates

A new Master’s in Physiotherapy is set to be launched in London next year, aimed at graduates keen to develop the skills needed to play a key role at the heart of the profession.

The two-year MSc programme will be run by the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences – a joint partnership between Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.

NHS London recognises high-quality training

The Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences is poised to play an even bigger role in educating the capital’s nurses and physiotherapists after signing two major NHS London contracts.

The announcement means the Faculty, run jointly by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, will see a 6 per cent increase in student numbers and receive a significant boost in funding. It also paves the way for the launch of a new Master’s in Physiotherapy, aimed at graduates eager to play a key role in the profession.

Honorary doctorate awarded to top medical education professor

One of the country’s leading medical educators has been awarded an honorary doctorate to mark a distinguished career spanning almost four decades in higher education and the NHS.

Professor Sean Hilton was honoured by the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, run jointly by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. He collected his award at the Faculty’s graduation ceremony.

St George’s hosts top UK smooth muscle researchers at inaugural meeting

Researchers from across the UK will come to London for the inaugural Frontiers in Smooth Muscle Meeting to discuss the latest developments in the field.

The symposium will be hosted by St George’s, University of London on 6 June, and will bring together experts in different areas of smooth muscle research.

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