Inaugural lectures include impact of stress on hearts

The new series of inaugural lectures continues on 1 July with two short lectures from Professor Gill Cockerill and Professor Abhiram Prasad.

All staff and students are warmly invited to attend the lectures, which will take place at 5.30pm in Lecture Theatre F. The lectures will be followed by a reception in H2.6 on the second floor of Hunter Wing. The first lecture, by Professor Gill Cockerill, will be titled 'Translational Research - Mapping Pathways to Impact’. Professor Gillian Cockerill is Head of the Vascular Research Centre in the Cardiovascular and Cell Sciences Research Institute at St George's. In 2003 Professor Cockerill joined St George's as a senior lecturer and secured EU and British Heart Foundation funding to support her work into therapies for reducing the rate of growth of abdominal aortic aneurysms. Having obtained a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from King's College, Professor Cockerill went on to gain a PhD at Melbourne University (1991) before taking up a postdoctoral Fellowship at the Hanson Centre for Cancer Research in Adelaide. During this time she was awarded two prestigious Young Investigator Awards. On her return to the UK in 1996, Professor Cockerill was awarded a British Heart Foundation Intermediate Fellowship to investigate the anti-inflammatory properties of HDLs in a large animal model, in the laboratory of Professor Dorian Haskard at Imperial College. Professor Abhiram Prasad will present the second lecture, ‘Stress Cardiomyopathy: A Tale of Hearts and Minds’. Abhiram Prasad is Professor of Interventional Cardiology at St George's, University of London and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at St George's University Hospitals NHS  Foundation Trust. His research interests are in coronary artery disease and coronary intervention. He also holds the rank of Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in the United States. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association. Professor Prasad is a graduate of the University of London and trained at the National Institutes of Health and the Mayo Clinic. He is a recipient of the American Heart Associations’ Samuel A Levine Young Clinical Investigator Award. After completing his cardiology training, he worked as a consultant interventional cardiologist in the Cardiovascular Division of the Mayo Clinic. To register for the event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line ‘Inaugural lecture’.

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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.

Date/Time:        Thursday 25 June - 6pm

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What was science fiction is becoming science fact

Genomic technologies are transforming medicine and hold out the promise of bespoke diagnosis, treatment and disease prevention for each individual patient based on their own genetic make-up.

Our new postgraduate Genomic Medicine MSc course is designed as a flexible programme to prepare NHS staff for this exciting new world of medicine. It also offers a great opportunity for a variety of people to gain a practical and comprehensive and knowledge of this new world of medical science.

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New system to detect patients’ antibiotic resistance to take just 30 mins

A new device being developed by medical experts will transform the time it takes to detect antibiotic resistance in patients from several days to just half an hour.

The development will allow doctors to effectively treat patients with infections known to have high levels of antibiotic drug resistance, which has been described as one of the greatest health threats to human health.

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St George’s expert helps Nepal earthquake relief effort

Steve Mannion, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Head of the Department of Conflict & Catastrophe Medicine at St George's, describes the impact of the earthquake in Nepal and how he became involved in the crisis.

He writes: "A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal at 11:56 (Nepal time) on the morning of the 25th of April 2015. With an epicentre in Gorkha District, 120 km North-West of the capital, Kathmandu, the earthquake resulted in over 8,000 deaths,  16,000 injuries and over 300,000 homes destroyed or damaged. Recognizing the scale of the disaster, the UK Government’s Department For International Development (DFID) mobilised the United Kingdom International Emergency Trauma Register (UKIETR) in order to provide UK healthcare professionals to assist in the response to the crisis."He was was the clinical lead of the team of 20 clinicians who were mobilized under a project hosted by Save The Children (UK).Having previously visited Nepal several times with St George’s Health Partnership Nepal (HPN) project, once in country, Steve immediately made contact with Nepali clinicians at Nepal Medical College (NMC), an 800 bed teaching hospital in metropolitan Kathmandu with which St George's is linked.NMC had suffered major roofing damage in the earthquake, with 80% of the hospital rendered unsafe due to the possibility of unstable, falling masonry. The hospital was functioning with only one, 80 bed, ward, located in what had been an underground car park and one improvised operating theatre, in the Emergency Department. Furthermore, disruption to the water supply due to the earthquake had led to major disruption to NMCs waste management systems.Elements of the UK clinical team were able to integrate with Nepali colleagues at NMC and assist in the treatment of earthquake victims, the majority of which had suffered orthopaedic injury. Via DFID, the team made contact with the United Kingdom International Search and Rescue Team (UKISAR), a team composed mostly of firemen, who were able to stabilize and render safe the NMC roofing, allowing the main wards and complex of 6 operating theatres to reopen and thereby greatly increasing the clinical capacity to treat the surge of patients injured in the earthquake.The team also facilitated the repair and reconstruction of NMCs waste management system, utilizing Save the Children’s WASH ( Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) expertise and were able to donate theatre equipment and medical consumables to assist in patient treatment.Via connections with NMC, secondary care elements of the UKIETR team (anaesthetists, orthopaedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, ODPs and theatre nurses)  were able to offer assistance and increase capacity at several hospitals in Kathmandu. Meanwhile, the primary care / pre-hospital members of the UK team (paramedics, GPs) were tasked to  conduct healthcare assessments by road and helicopter to the more remote rural areas  where the impact of the earthquake had been most severe.

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