Asthma studies in Ecuador and Brazil aim to reduce risks in poorest populations

Asthma is a major burden to health systems and families in Latin America and the burden of asthma is greatest amongst the urban poor who often have limited access to medicines and health care.

There are high rates of sickness and hospital attendance rates relating to asthma attacks and a need to improve health access for individuals with asthma attacks in underprivileged urban populations and to manage their asthma better, including improving access to asthma medications.

Quito city

Paediatric infectious diseases researcher awarded prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

Dr Kirsty Le Doare has been awarded one of the first Future Leaders Fellowships by UK Research and Innovation which will provide seven years of funding and support for her projects in Africa and the UK.

Dr Le Doare is currently based at St George's University of London and in Kampala, Uganda where she is investigating ways to improve outcomes from infection in women and their infants during pregnancy and early life. The Fellowship funding will be used to support this and to develop a platform for maternal vaccination clinical trials to prevent serious infections caused by Group-B-streptococcus and pertussis (whooping cough).

Dr Kirsty Le Doare

Student wins Wellcome Trust data prize for antimicrobial resistance program

A first-year PhD student at St George's is part of a team that has won a Wellcome Trust prize for data reuse.

Dr Gwen Knight, Quentin Leclerc, Nichola Naylor and Dr Alex Aitken

Dr Gwen Knight, Quentin Leclerc, Nichola Naylor and Dr Alex Aitken

Inside Science exhibition to showcase art from HMP Wandsworth

 

Since 2014, St George’s, University of London has collaborated with HM Prison Wandsworth on a science engagement programme in which Professor Julian Ma and other staff and students have visited the prison to give talks on topical scientific issues. Now the “Inside Science: A conversation between art and science” exhibition will feature the work produced by prisoners in creative response to those talks. All are welcome to the specially designed installation at St George’s where the art will be on display until 31st May 2019, before going on permanent display at HMP Wandsworth.

Wandsworth Art

Targeted deep brain stimulation reduced OCD symptoms, study shows

The debilitating behaviours and all-consuming thoughts which affect people with severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), could be significantly improved with targeted deep brain stimulation, according to the findings of a new study.

OCD is characterised by unwanted intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive stereotyped behaviours (compulsions- sometimes called rituals) and often means everyday activities become impossible for those with the condition. This repetitive and compulsive behaviour is commonly associated with either depressed mood or impairment in cognitive flexibility – an inability to flexibly adapt to changing situations.

OCD