The brain: phantoms, illusions and impossible symptoms

Thursday 7 March 2019 at 6-7.30pm

Professor Mark Edwards


‘Physician Associates’ an asset to hospital medical and surgical teams, study finds

The first study into the impact on the NHS of a new type of health worker in hospitals, Physician Associates, has found that they benefit medical and surgical teams and their patients over a wide range of specialities.

Researchers found that Physician Associates safely supported the workloads of clinical teams and helped provide team continuity, as well as positively contributing to patient experience and patient journey.


50-year spina bifida study shows surprising improvement in independent living

A unique study of spina bifida patients found that while mobility tended to decline in later life, surviving adults were more likely to live independently.  

In a study of 117 cases of spina bifida with 99% 50-year follow up, the percentage who could walk more than 50 metres dropped from around half at 9 years of age to a quarter at 50 years of age.

Spina bifida 1970 crop

Student wins national social mobility award at House of Lords ceremony

A social work student from Kingston University and St George's, University of London has won a national social mobility award for her voluntary and charity work at the inaugural UpReach Student Social Mobility Awards.

Rochelle Watson, a single mother to three-year-old son Allan Junior and the first in her family to go to university, picked up the Charity and Third Sector accolade at a ceremony at the House of Lords. The awards recognise the achievements of undergraduates from less advantaged backgrounds across the United Kingdom.


Spotlight on Science talk on 22 January: Tuberculosis - new solutions for an old enemy

Tuberculosis, an ancient infectious disease, still causes 1.5 million deaths every year.

The BCG vaccine does not protect adults and the alarming rise of TB drug resistance is making treatment increasingly difficult. New solutions are desperately needed.