Ultraviolet rays believed to prevent chickenpox spreading

Ultraviolet rays help prevent the spread of chickenpox, meaning people in milder climates are more at risk of catching the disease, according to new research. The discovery could lead to new ways of preventing chickenpox and its more severe relative, shingles.

A researcher at St George’s, University of London has found that chickenpox is much less common in places with high UV ray levels, compared with those with low levels.

St George’s medical training partnership with Cyprus given official launch

The St George’s medical programme at the University of Nicosia has been launched officially with an inauguration ceremony in Cyprus. The ceremony took place at the hi-tech new medical school at Nicosia, where graduate-entry medical students are now being taught using the programme developed at St George's.

The launch was attended by the Cypriot education minister and representatives from the British High Commission, as well as St George’s principal Professor Peter Kopelman.

Professor Hamid Ghodse given lifetime achievement award

Professor Hamid Ghodse has been presented with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Professor Ghodse – professor of psychiatry and international drug policy at St George’s – received his award at the Royal College’s annual awards ceremony, which reward excellent practice in the field of mental health. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious honour, and recognises a lifetime commitment to developing and providing mental health care.

Joint HR director for St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University

Wendy Gay has been appointed joint director of human resources at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George’s, University of London. She is expected to take up her new post in February 2012.

The innovative appointment is part of a partnership programme that is focusing on closer working between the two organisations which share a main campus in Tooting, south west London.

TICTAC and UK Anti-Doping team up to fight doping in sport

St George’s-based drug identification specialists TICTAC have signed an agreement to work with UK Anti-Doping to help improve awareness of prohibited substances and assist in the fight against doping in sport.

TICTAC is a comprehensive information system for the visual identification of solid dose drugs. It is widely used within the healthcare and law enforcement sectors, where more than 75,000 professionals have access to it.