St George's community heritage group tackles social isolation

More than 100 people of all ages and abilities overcame personal hurdles at a tailored challenge event day at south London historic sites.

The event at Marble Hill and Ham House at Richmond was part of a unique community project – called heritage2health – to promote wellbeing and engagement among adults and children at risk of becoming socially isolated. Heritage2health is based in Tooting at the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, run jointly between Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

New public-private partnership offers more university places for international students

Today, St George’s, University of London and INTO University Partnerships agreed a venture that offers four new degree-level and pre-university courses in medicine and biomedical sciences, aimed at international students.

Places on courses offered through the joint venture, called INTO St George’s, University of London, will be additional to those offered by existing programmes at St George’s, where international student numbers are currently capped by the government. 

New exhibition celebrates nursing leaders

A new exhibition is paying tribute to 300 years of nursing leaders including Florence Nightingale, who were pioneers during times of social change, war, and increased public expectations.

The exhibition shows how influential nursing leaders from the last three centuries have shaped modern-day nursing. It has been opened at the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, part of Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, and celebrates nurses who trained and worked at St George’s Hospital.

St George’s professor again voted to council of United Nations drug control unit

Professor Hamid Ghodse has been reelected for another five-year term as a member of the global drug law body the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). Professor Ghodse of St George’s, University of London, who is currently president of the INCB, will sit on the board from 2012 to 2017. This will be his fifth consecutive term at the organisation, and is a record among members.

The INCB is an independent United Nations (UN) organisation that monitors and supports governments’ compliance with international drug control treaties. It consists of 13 members, who are elected by the UN’s Economic and Social Council, and who serve in their personal capacity rather than as government representatives.

Fresh funding gives hope to a new generation of asthma and allergy treatment

Scientists at St George’s, University of London and the University of Manchester have received an additional Seeding Drug Discovery award of £390,000 from the Wellcome Trust to explore a new class of experimental drugs that block the trigger of allergic reactions before symptoms show.

The team is developing a series of drugs based on novel chemical compounds known as Allergen Delivery Inhibitors (ADIs). Unlike existing medicines, these compounds target the substances that can trigger allergies and asthma attacks directly. This means that they have the potential to provide relief to people already suffering with allergies, as well as reducing the risk of minor allergies escalating into more serious conditions.