New pathway for cell communication discovered

Small lipid vesicles known as extracellular vesicles are of great interest to cell scientists since it has been discovered that they mediate intercellular communication.

Now, Professor Tom Carter’s group has identified a novel pathway for the storage and release of these vesicles from vascular endothelial cells.

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Recruitment to clinical trials at St George’s tops 10,000 patients in a year for the first time

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, working with St George’s, University of London, has recruited over 10,000 patients into clinical research trials this financial year – the first time this important milestone has been reached during a 12 month period.

Since April 2018, 10,000 patients have been recruited into a wide variety of clinical trials based at the Trust, spanning a range of clinical specialties.

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10 top tips for saving money

This week is National Student Money Week. To mark it, our Student Finance team have compiled their ten top tips on how to improve your money habits.

1. First of all, as simple as it may sound, work out how much money you have. Start off by working out how much money you will have coming in each term (include things like your student funding, regular contributions from family/friends, expected income from part-time work during term-time and holidays, as well as scholarships or other external bursaries if applicable). Then work out the period of time this total income will need to cover. Divide the total income for the term by the number of weeks it needs to cover (term dates can be found on the Portal at https://portal.sgul.ac.uk/org/lis/reg/student-centre/ - remember to factor in the holidays!) and you have your weekly budget. Now stick to it!

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Innovative diagnostic test could revolutionise cervical cancer screening

Coinciding with Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, researchers at St George’s are working on a field study to fine-tune an exciting new method of human papilloma virus testing that could revolutionise care for women in low and middle income countries.

The research team have partnered with molecular diagnostics firm QuantuMDx for the study, using the company’s Q-POC™ platform and its human papilloma virus (HPV) assay. The Q-POC™ compresses a molecular diagnostics laboratory into a simple-to-use, portable, affordable and battery-operated device that can be used anywhere, from basic rural settings to clinics and hospitals.

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Inaugural lecture: Professor Asma Khalil, ‘The fetus at risk’.

In her inaugural lecture, Professor Asma Khalil will explore how we identify at-risk babies, regardless of their size, so that we can prevent them from coming to harm during pregnancy.

Event detailsSpeaker and title: Professor Asma Khalil, ‘The fetus at risk’. When: Wednesday 30 January 2019, 5.30pmLocation: Michael Heron Lecture Theatre, first floor, Hunter Wing. Reception to following in Boardroom 2.5To register: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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