Class of 2011 graduates

Almost 630 students have graduated from St George’s, University of London, and will now take their places among the next generation of doctors, scientists and healthcare professionals. Graduates received their awards from St George’s principal Professor Peter Kopelman at the ceremony at London’s Barbican yesterday (11 July).

Almost 500 graduates attended the ceremony, and a total of almost 630 received degrees this year.

New discovery throws light on blood pressure regulation

Researchers have discovered that a protein found in the walls of blood vessels plays a key role in maintaining healthy blood pressure; a discovery that could one day lead to new treatments for people with high blood pressure.

The research, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the British Heart Foundation (BHF), shows that malfunction of the protein – a potassium channel called Kv7.4 – contributes to the maintenance of high blood pressure. The discovery has been published in the journal Circulation.

First St George’s community open day celebrates a Tooting success story

Around 2,000 people enjoyed St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George’s, University of London’s first community open day, which took place on Saturday 18th June.

The day was officially opened by the Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Jane Cooper, while the Rt Hon Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, was also on hand to lend his support.

Study confirming statin-diabetes link finds NICE-recommended drug is not best for patients on high doses

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are associated with an increased risk of diabetes, but this risk is outweighed by the protection they offer against coronary events such as heart attack and stroke, confirms a new large-scale study. The same study also showed that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)-recommended statin does not protect against coronary events as effectively as an alternative statin amongst patients taking high doses.

Statins are prescribed to people at risk of cardiovascular disease such as heart attack and stroke to reduce levels of so-called “bad” cholesterol.

Faculty courses come top in London

The Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences has been given top marks by NHS London for three of its courses, and all others have made significant improvements. The Faculty – run jointly by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London – was named the best of the capital’s education providers in therapeutic radiography, children’s nursing, and learning disability nursing courses, and second best in physiotherapy.

The Faculty was the most overall improved higher education provider rated by NHS London’s Contract Performance Management system. These ratings measure how well NHS-commissioned nursing, midwifery and allied health profession course providers are meeting their obligations.