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Cannabinoids used in sequence with chemotherapy are a more effective treatment for cancer

New research has confirmed that cannabinoids - the active chemicals in cannabis - are effective in killing leukaemia cells, particularly when used in combination with chemotherapy treatments.


Drug market blamed for problems treating sick children

Antibiotics used to treat a variety of common bacterial infections are becoming more difficult to access, mostly because the drugs are less profitable for manufacturers to produce and market, say experts.

St George’s cardiac team gets Royal seal of approval at London Marathon

Experts from St George’s, University of London, were on duty in case of medical emergencies at this weekend’s 36th London Marathon as over 40,000 runners took part in Britain’s largest sporting event. 

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St George’s student wins first prize in prestigious national neuroanatomy competition

A St George’s medical student, Neha Kallam, has won first place in the 2017 National Undergraduate Neuroanatomy Competition.

Professor Harold Lambert's legacy at St George's

It is with sadness that we learned of the death of Professor Harold Lambert who was a senior academic at St George's and instrumental in establishing Infection as an academic speciality at the university.

Could ‘love hormone’ help drug addicts stay clean?

Experts say oxytocin, a key hormone made naturally by the brain, could hold the key to treating drug addicts and help them avoid relapse.

St George's jumps in the rankings in Student Experience survey

St George's has made substantial gains in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey results for this year, coming in at joint 36th place.

Spotlight on Science lecture on 25 April: Unlocking the secrets of your DNA

Would you want to know which illnesses could affect you? Join us for a free lecture and hear from a patient who chose to find out.

MRC awards £2 milllion to St George's lymphoedema research

Researchers at St George's have been awarded a major MRC programme grant, worth £2 million over five years, to investigate different causes of swelling of the extremities due to an underlying weakness in the lymphatic system, primary lymphoedema.

Analysis of letters written by ‘Mad’ King George III supports psychiatric diagnosis of mania

Researchers have concluded that King George III was probably suffering from a mental illness after computer analysis of hundreds of his letters.

New BMI readings for children of different ethnicities

New research has produced adjusted Body Mass Index (BMI) values that, for the first time, accurately reflect ethnic minority children’s physical makeup.

“Now it’s assumed that women can do it, rather than they can’t” – an interview with our Principal

On International Women’s Day, Professor Jenny Higham, Principal of St George’s, University of London shares her thoughts about women in leadership roles at universities.

“Let your voice be heard”: celebrating International Women's Day 2017

On International Women’s Day, we asked some of our researchers and teachers to pass on their thoughts about opportunities in science and medicine for women.

Doctors begin new clinical trial treating cancer with 70p malaria drug

Experts from St George’s University of London, and St George’s Hospital have joined forces to investigate whether a common and cheap malaria drug can be used also against cancer.

Athletes will get improved heart screenings thanks to new ECG guidelines

This week new international standards have been published which will help doctors responsible for the cardiovascular care of athletes.

It's not too late to apply to study with us

If you haven’t already applied to study at St George’s, it’s not too late! We are still accepting applications for September 2017 entry on our Biomedical Sciences and Occupational Therapy courses.

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Student organised conference tackles barriers to global health

The Challenging Borders Global Health Conference is a one-day conference for all staff, students and members of the public interested in global health issues.

Spotlight on Science lecture on 9 March: The Pain is in the Brain

Learn from research and patient perspectives what causes pain and how it can be managed.

Genetic study identifies a new form of congenital muscular dystrophy

A new form of congenital muscular dystrophy has been discovered which is caused by mutations in a previously un-linked gene.

‘Inspiring’ head of Royal College of GPs returns to St George's

St George's alumnus Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of General Practioners, returned to the university to meet staff and students.

First study into the safety of e-cigarettes seeks volunteers

The first study to closely follow toxicity markers in smokers who replace tobacco for e-cigarettes is seeking volunteers.

McColl’s stores help fund sudden cardiac death research

Cash raised at convenience stores across the UK during a Halloween charity campaign has led to a donation of £300,000 to researchers at St George’s University of London tackling sudden cardiac deaths in younger people.

High levels of hospital acquired infection on children’s intensive care wards, study shows

A new study demonstrates ‘unacceptably high’ rates of hospital-acquired infections among children in the UK and Europe.

St George's professor honoured with MBE

Professor Deborah Bowman, Professor of Medical Ethics, has been appointed MBE in the New Year Honours for services to medical ethics.

Pedometers can improve activity levels even when patients use them without support, study shows

Researchers have shown that people can improve their physical activity by just using a pedometer, a handbook and an exercise diary and don't need to rely on one-to-one support.

Doctoral training studentships offered by new partnership

St George’s, University of London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have formed the London Intercollegiate Doctoral Training Partnership, which is funded by the Medical Research Council. 

Double award win for St George’s researchers

Two St George’s researchers have won prestigious awards from the British Pharmacological Society.



Creator of the world wide web presents prize to St George's analyst

A St George's employee has won the Individual Champion Award from the Open Data Institute.

Spotlight on Science lecture on 18 January: The Law and Ethics of Assisted Suicide

Our first Spotlight on Science lecture of 2017 will be on the subject of the law and ethics of assisted suicide.

St George’s to provide TB expertise to a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project

St George’s, University of London, will be directly collaborating in a far-reaching project with longstanding commercial partner QuantuMDx to further develop and test its diagnostic technologies for tuberculosis, which causes nearly three deaths every minute.

New study shows fewer aortic aneurysm repairs, more deaths in the UK versus the US


A new study has shown that surgeons in England operate significantly less often on aortic aneurysms in the population than in the US, and that the death rate here for the condition is over twice that in the States.

St George's former Principal honoured by University of London

Our former Principal, Professor Peter Kopelman, was honoured at a ceremony by the University of London this week to mark its Foundation Day.

Explore Archives - uncovering the history of St George's

During Explore Archives Week (21-25 November 2016) we are celebrating our rich history of pioneering medical education.

St George’s and Helperby join ENABLE project to tackle antimicrobial resistance

St George’s, University of London has joined the ENABLE project, which aims to combat the major threat of antimicrobial resistance by bringing together research organisations and biotechnology companies.

Education Day 2016: Excellence in Higher Education

'Excellence in higher education' was the theme of this year's annual St George's Education Day.

#WeAreInternational

St George's is taking part in a campaign to show solidarity with international students wishing to study in the UK.

Major new study examines the health legacy of the London Olympic Village

The first stage of the ENABLE London project, which is studying the effect of the living environment on people’s activity levels and bodies, has been outlined today in a paper published in BMJ Open.

St George's hosts art exhibition by prison inmates

Inside Science is a new free exhibition of artwork inspired by a series of discussions about science led by St George's researchers at HM Prison Wandsworth.

Worldwide study reveals new genes for heart function

The way the heart muscle functions appears to be much more complex than previously assumed.

Varma Lecture on 6 October 2016: Maternal Health in a Changing World

This year’s Varma Lecture will be given by France Donnay MD, FRCOG, FACOG, MPH and is titled “Maternal Health in a Changing World: from Urbanisation to User Centered Design”.

Five minutes with... Dr Lamis Latif

Dr Lamis Latif graduated from St George's in 2014. Here she talks to us about her work, her likes and dislikes, and shares some memories of St George's.

Spotlight on Science lecture on 13 October: Step up to Healthy Living

Hear from our experts on the importance of physical activity for health and on ways to increase your activity in everyday life.

New immunotherapy treatment could lead to better, cheaper results for pancreatic cancer

A new immunotherapy treatment has shown dramatic results in treating advanced pancreatic cancer, a deadly cancer that has seen little progress in treatment over the last 20 years.

Inaugural lectures on 23 September 2016

Professors Sahar Mansour and Christopher G Owen will give inaugural lectures at St George's on 23 September 2016. They are free to attend.

St George's nominated for THE Awards

St George's, University of London has been nominated for two Times Higher Education Awards.

Modifying ECG guidelines could result in cheaper cardiac evaluations for athletes

A new study is holding out the possibility of more affordable electrocardiograph screening evaluations for young athletes.

Local MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan visits St George’s, University of London

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, the new MP for Tooting, met St George’s staff and students on a packed visit to the campus on Wednesday August 24.

Further Education College students to be offered rapid STI testing and on-site treatment

Rates of chlamydia are as high as eight per cent in sexually active students at some London further education colleges. A new trial will aim to diagnose infections within 90 minutes and provide immediate on-site antibiotic treatment.

The rise of the iDoctor: how technology is changing the way your GP treats you

Doctors were armed with a stethoscope and thermometer 50 years ago, but new technology means GPs now have a bag full of gadgets to find out what is wrong with patients.

Principal of St George's elected Chair of Medical Schools Council

The organisation that represents medical schools across the UK has appointed Professor Jenny Higham its first woman Chair in its history.

St George’s, University of London offers Medicine through Clearing for the first time

This year, St George’s, University of London has a range of courses going into Clearing. For the first time, we have retained a limited number of Clearing places on our Medicine (MBBS 5 year) undergraduate course for high quality students who meet our requirements.

Graduation: celebrating the Class of 2016

The St George’s 2016 Graduation Ceremony took place on Thursday 14 July at the Barbican Centre.

St George's launches first Sports Cardiology MSc

St George's, University of London is launching the first graduate course in the rapidly evolving field of sports cardiology.

Spotlight on Science: Vaccines for babies before birth

A large public audience  joined St George's staff and students on 28 June for the latest lecture in our Spotlight on Science series, 'Vaccines for babies before birth'.

Free public lecture on 21 July: 'The Inside Story of Human Fertility'

Attend this free 'The Inside Story of Human Fertility' Spotlight on Science public event on Thursday 21 July.

St George's wins award for work with young people

St George's, University of London has won an award for its work helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds find work experience.

Professors recognised in Queen's birthday honours list

The honours list for the Queen's 90th birthday has recognised members of the Joint Faculty of St George's, University of London and Kingston University.

Drug that helps addicts may help treat cancer too, say experts

A drug that has been used to beat alcohol and heroin addiction could be used to treat cancer, according to researchers.



Free lecture on 28 June: Vaccines for babies before birth

On 28 June 2016, join Dr Chrissie Jones for a discussion on ways to use vaccines protect infants from infection before they are born.

Discovery of new heart attack risk factor could save lives, research finds

Screening diabetes patients for damage to the blood vessels in their eyes, kidneys or nerves, could help doctors predict their risk of having a heart attack or stroke, new research has found.

St George's climbs in Guardian League Tables

St George's has climbed four places to a ranking of 24 for its medicine course in the Guardian's university league table.

Experts urge more research to discover how many babies die from antibiotic resistance

No one knows how many newborns are dying each year due to antibiotic resistant infections, because of a lack of funding to research the issue fully, Professor Mike Sharland from St George’s, University London said.

Heart problems more likely if you grow up in a working class family, says new research

People who grew up in working class families are more likely to suffer heart problems later in life even if their own socioeconomic status changes, says new research.

Impact on athletes' hearts different for men and women, says study

A study by experts from St George’s, University of London showed that female athletes are less likely to experience changes to their heart as a result of endurance exercise compared to men. It also showed that sudden cardiac death occurs much more rarely in female athletes.

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Yoga may have health benefits for people with asthma

Yoga may help the symptoms of asthma, including wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath, new research has found.

St George's number one for graduate jobs

St George's has been named the best university in the country for graduate employability in The Complete University Guide league tables for 2017.

World Malaria Day video

St George's, University of London Principal, Professor Jenny Higham speaks to malaria expert Professor Sanjeev Krishna marking World Malaria Day and the work we are doing to tackle this global health problem.

Public Debate on 5 May 2:45pm - Should the UK leave the European Union?

Join us to hear what staying or leaving the EU means for science and medicine

Tuberculosis research data to be shared to fight the killer disease

Clinical trial data from research into tuberculosis, the world’s leading infectious killer, will be shared with researchers to help the development of new treatments.

Inaugural lectures on 11 May

The new series of inaugural lectures starts on 11 May with three short lectures from Professors Gill McGauley, Annie Bartlett and Gill Mezey.

Patients with learning disabilities less likely to be diagnosed with cancer

Coronary heart disease and cancer rates among people with learning disabilities are nearly a third lower than the general population, says new research.

Men could be spared unnecessary treatment for prostate cancer with new detection method

Researchers are working to find a way to determine how serious prostate cancer is when first diagnosed to avoid unnecessary treatments, which can cause life long side effects and even death.

Multiple STIs could be detected with researchers developing a single 30 minute test

One test that could detect four of the most common sexually transmitted infections in 30 minutes and allow them to be rapidly treated, will be developed by St George’s, University of London and diagnostics company Atlas Genetics.

Allergies may be prevented in children with early introduction of food into diet

Parents may prevent food allergies in their children by introducing a range of foods, including peanuts and eggs, into their diet before they are six months old, new research has revealed.

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Cardiac effects of running your first marathon examined in new study

Novice marathon runners will be examined for possible beneficial or harmful cardiac changes by researchers in a new study that hopes to understand the effects of intensive exercise on those not used to it.

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St George's ranked best in world for research influence

St George’s, University of London, is ranked best in the world when measured for the quality of citations or research influence in the Times Higher World University Rankings 2015-16 which looks at universities’ role in spreading new knowledge and ideas.

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Deaths higher after weekend emergency surgery, says new research

Patients who have emergency surgery on the weekend are 11 per cent more likely to die in the 30 days after the operation, compared to people treated on weekdays, new research has found.

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Baker’s yeast used to discover new ways to tackle the malaria parasite

New anti-malarial drugs could be developed after researchers discovered a new mechanism used by the malaria parasite when it infects humans.

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Fat disorder’s genetic cause to be researched to help future generations

A chronic condition that causes excessive fat to accumulate in the hips and legs and increases the likelihood of associated health problems will be examined by researchers to find out what genetic defects cause it.

Simplifying malaria treatment could help children and save nursing time, says new research

One child dies from malaria every 30 seconds in Africa, but a new treatment strategy could help healthcare workers tackle the disease in a simpler way, research has revealed.

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Convenience stores firm McColl's fundraising supports research into sudden cardiac death

Staff and customers from convenience stores firm McColl’s Retail Group raised £209,500 during its Halloween charity campaign, which was donated to St George's to help with research into sudden cardiac death in young people.

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Overweight young people can avoid diabetes risk if they lose weight early enough, says new research

Obese young people can still turn their chances of developing life threatening illness around if they change before middle age, says new research.

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A St George's Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was celebrated on 26 November this year and some St George’s students had the opportunity to experience it first hand. St George’s student Michelle Moshiri shares her thoughts on celebrating it as a student in the UK.

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Malaria drug as treatment for cancer trial to go ahead but researchers hope for more funds to expand scope

A crowdfunding campaign that will allow researchers at St George’s, University of London, and St George’s Hospital, to investigate the effect of a malaria drug on colorectal cancer, has reached its target but will continue for another 11 days.

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Nearly one in five oral penicillin doses given to children in NHS hospitals may be too high or too low

Researchers say that many children may be getting an inappropriate dose of antibiotics, as doctors use guidelines that just use age, not weight, when choosing the dose of drugs.

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New funding scheme for PhD students

Funding for a programme of prestigious studentships has been awarded to St George’s in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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Five minutes with...Helen Stokes-Lampard

Clinical senior lecturer and Honorary Treasurer of the Royal College of General Practitioners Helen Stokes-Lampard graduated from St George's in 1996. Here she talks to us about her jobs, some of the things she loves, some which she loves to hate and her memories of St George's.

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Alumni panel share their success

Our first official Connecting Alumni and Students Experiences (CASE) event was kicked off with a fun and informative alumni panel.

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Varma Lecture 2015

This year's free Varma Lecture will take place on Thursday 22 October at 5.30pm in the Michael Heron lecture theatre. Professor Laura Magee, Professor of Maternal Medicine, will present “The control of hypertension in pregnancy – do we now know what to do?”.

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Five minutes with...Stuart Pearce

PhD student Stuart Pearce is an alumnus twice over having studied a BSc and MRes in Biomedical Science in 2013 and 2015. Here he talks to us about some of the things he loves, some which he loves to hate and his memories of St George's.

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Dangerous swelling in babies linked to mutated gene

Scientists have discovered a new gene mutation that causes potentially fatal swelling in unborn and newborn babies. Identifying the gene is the first step toward a future diagnostic test and targeted treatment for this condition.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2015

Scientists and healthcare professionals received their degrees in front of nearly 2,000 friends, family and supporters at the St George’s Graduation Ceremony 2015.

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Alumni Profile - Frank Chinegwundoh

George’s alumnus Frank Chinegwundoh (MBBS 1984) has been busy since receiving an MBE in 2013. As well as continuing his clinical and teaching duties he has been working nationally with Public Health England on their recent campaign raising awareness of the risks of prostrate cancer amongst  black men.

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Five minutes with... Kate Clayton

Retrievals Registrar Kate Clayton graduated from the Graduate Entry programme at St George's in 2008. Here she talks to us about her current job in Queensland, Australia, some of the things she loves and some of her fondest memories of St George's.

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Alumni Profile - Neomi Bennett

Neomi Bennett who graduated in Adult Nursing at the Faculty of Health Social Care and Education in 2011 has more than one string to her bow.


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Ebola - did we get it right? - Spotlight on Science free public event

Medicine and medical research are full of moral and ethical dilemmas. Join Dr Carwyn Hooper and a team of healthcare professionals and researchers at St George’s, University of London as they describe the questions they faced when helping to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Sugar – delicious but dangerous? - Free public event

Sugar; is it a dangerous white powder we should completely cut from our diet? Or are claims that it causes obesity, diabetes, and heart disease overstated?
Was the 1972 opinion that sugar is “pure, white and deadly” close to the truth, or has that initial idea been exploited by those with a personal anti-sugar agenda? Is the sugar found naturally in fruits and juices any different to the sugar we add to our food?

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Previous events: Community Open Day 2014

The St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George's, University of London annual Community Open Day took place on Saturday 15 November from 10.30am to 4pm.

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Spotlight on Science: Living with Type 1 Diabetes

St George's, University of London is home to world leaders in diabetes research and we invited the public in to meet them on Monday 20 October 2014 as part of our Spotlight on Science series aimed at illuminating research that affects our everyday lives.

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Alumni authors - Lucy Mathen

St George’s alumni are more than just great healthcare professionals, many have gone on to be successful contributors to the publishing world too.

A runaway goat – curing blindness in forgotten India
By Lucy Mathen (MBBS 1994)

About the book:
Lucy Mathen’s enjoyable account of her journey: from successful journalist, to doctor, to founder of Second Sight- the charity that cures the blind in India where no one else will.