Researchers discover new genes associated with heart function

A new study from an international research team, led by Dr Yalda Jamshidi at St George’s, University of London, has identified new genes associated with heart function and development. 

An electrocardiogram (ECG), which records a heart's rhythm and electrical activity, can be used to identify life-threatening heart problems which often have a strong genetic basis. The team compared ECGs and the genetic makeup of almost 200,000 individuals to gain insight into the genetics that underlie heart rhythm. This was done using large-scale genetic association studies focusing on protein-coding parts of the genome. They chose to focus on rare variants that are often missed in large scale population studies, for follow-up.


Research revealing ‘persistent bacteria’ could be key to future tuberculosis trials

Research carried out by St George’s, University of London into tuberculosis treatments has clearly shown the ‘persistent bacteria’ that make treating the disease so difficult for the first time, using a new combination therapy.

1 June 2018

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Jon Friedland, infectious diseases expert, to lead research and enterprise

Leading tuberculosis and infectious diseases expert Professor Jon Friedland has been appointed as Deputy Principal (Research and Enterprise) at St George’s, University of London.

25 May 2018


New research reveals wide variety in asthma outcomes across England

A new study by researchers at St George’s, University of London shows that asthma outcomes still vary widely across England and seem to be influenced by region and affluence despite falling rates of asthma deaths, emergency hospital admissions and prevalence.

15 May 2018


London Marathon’s Medical Director advises runners to take extra care in soaring temperatures

The 38th London Marathon will be taking place this weekend in what could be the hottest event on record. 

19 April 2018

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