Professor who made paralysed man walk takes St George’s role

Renowned neurologist Professor Geoffrey Raisman has joined St George’s, University of London, as a Visiting Professor and will work with the university and hospital next door to investigate new spinal cord treatments.

Last year the work of Professor Raisman and his colleagues hit the headlines when their pioneering surgery enabled a man who was completely paralysed from the waist down to move his legs. This was the subject of a BBC Panorama programme.  The process involved regrowing the cells of a patient’s severed spinal cord by obtaining olfactory ensheathing cells – specialist cells that form part of the sense of smell – and implanting them in the damaged spinal cord. The olfactory ensheathing cells promote neuronal regeneration and recovery of function. His research has previously used rat models of spinal cord injury.  Geoffrey Raisman, who joined St George's in December 2014, will now work with Marios Papadopoulos, Professor of Neurosurgery at the University’s Cardiovascular and Cells Sciences Institute, to develop olfactory ensheathing cell implantation as a treatment for spinal cord injury in the UK. The investigations will be carried out working closely with colleagues the St George’s Hospital’s Neurosurgery department as the leading centre.

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Unique transatlantic partnership to train doctors for global health challenges

Medical students from around the world will benefit from a long term strategic partnership announced by St George's, University of London, and Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University.

The two dedicated health sciences universities, based in London, UK and Philadelphia, US, respectively, are set to collaborate on a range of initiatives, designed to allow students to prepare for 21st century global health challenges via exposure to both US and UK health systems during their programme.

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St George’s gets Top 50 place in prestigious equality list

St George’s, University of London, has been named in a prestigious list of the Top 50 best employers for equality in the UK.

The Workplace Equality Index is run by a national equality organisation by the charity Stonewall and showcases the achievements of employers submitting to achieve fair treatment for all.

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Research at St George’s ranked fourth in the UK for global impact

The Research Excellence Framework (REF), a new national assessment of research at UK universities has ranked St George’s, University of London, as fourth for impact of its research on the global community.

The expert panels who carried out the assessment also ranked St George’s joint 42nd in the country overall which is a rise of 24 places from a similar exercise carried out six years ago.

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Drugs used for impotence could treat vascular dementia?

Scientists are to explore whether drugs usually used to treat erectile problems by expanding blood vessels could become the next major way to tackle the dementia epidemic.

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