Tooting 'Science Stars' graduate

On Wednesday 27 March, fourteen GCSE students from Ernest Bevin College in Tooting Bec attended a graduation ceremony from the Science Stars programme at St George’s.

In total, 15 students from the college completed the 20-week programme created by our Widening Participation team in conjunction with St George’s alumnus, and Lecturer in Education at the University of Gloucestershire, Neil Gilbride.

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Researchers win £50,000 Cancer Research UK prize to make cancer antibodies in plants

Two researchers from St George’s have won a national prize for their novel plan to use plant engineering to create antibodies for cancer immunotherapy.

Cancer Research UK’s first Innovation Prizes support early-career researchers in identifying and progressing the commercial potential of their research.

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Targeted deep brain stimulation reduced OCD symptoms, study shows

The debilitating behaviours and all-consuming thoughts which affect people with severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), could be significantly improved with targeted deep brain stimulation, according to the findings of a new study.

OCD is characterised by unwanted intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive stereotyped behaviours (compulsions- sometimes called rituals) and often means everyday activities become impossible for those with the condition. This repetitive and compulsive behaviour is commonly associated with either depressed mood or impairment in cognitive flexibility – an inability to flexibly adapt to changing situations.

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Study finds young athletes are slightly more likely to have enlarged heart aortas

Athletics training is associated with an increase in the athletes’ heart ventricle wall thickness and cavity size. These changes are facilitated by the growth of heart muscle cells, or myocytes, in response to an increased load on the heart from intensive physical exercise. Following episodes of ‘detraining’, the heart size returns to normal.

Two previous large studies involving athletes have shown that the thoracic aorta is also slightly increased in size; however, the significance of an enlarged aorta is unknown. Given that the aorta consists of a large amount of elastic tissue, it is possible that an enlarged aorta may represent reduced elastic properties and an inherent risk of aortic rupture. Although it might be expected that very tall athletes, such as basketball players, would have a very dilated aorta based on their size, a recent American study showed that the aortic diameter rarely exceeds 40 mm.

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Congratulations to our new graduates

On 14 March over 1,900 students from St George's, University of London and Kingston University crossed the stage at South Bank's Royal Festival Hall to graduate from their courses.

Students from the Departments of Paramedics, Radiography, Rehabilitation Services, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Care and Teacher Education took part, accompanied by family, friends and the academics that have taught them throughout their time with the University.

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