St George’s students among London Marathon runners

The London Marathon took place on Sunday 28 April with many St George’s students among the 40,000 runners to complete the route.

Below medicine students Hannah Gyekye-Mensah and Edward Underwood discuss the charities they ran for, their reasons for doing so and how they managed to balance studying with training for the marathon.

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New report spotlights poor health of global labour migrants for the first time

The health of labour migrants, who form the largest migrant group globally, is critically overlooked in the countries where they are employed, according to a new study of the last ten years of data and research. Labour migrants may work in hazardous and exploitative environments where they might be at considerable risk of injury and ill health, say the authors.

The study, led by a team of researchers at the Institute of Infection and Immunity at St George's, University of London, and done as part of the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health, was a systematic review and meta analysis that pooled data from studies reporting on the health outcomes of over 12,000 labour migrants originating from 25 low- and middle- income countries, who were largely engaged in mainly un-skilled manual labour. 

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Mosaic created for Students' Union elections

On Monday 13 May St George’s Students’ Union Democracy Officers were based outside the library creating a mosaic photo made up of smaller photos representing the different people within the St George's community.

The image was designed by third year, Biomedical Science student, Tom Churchill, and is being used to promote the upcoming Students’ Union elections.

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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.

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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