St George’s HIV expert praises breakthrough of new anti-infection gel

The success of a new anti-HIV gel in trials has been hailed as a “major advancement” by one of the world’s leading experts, Professor Robin Shattock of St George’s, University of London.

The new microbicide gel was found to halve women’s chances of getting HIV from an infected partner.

St George's honours class of 2010

Hundreds of students have graduated from St George’s, University of London and will now take their places amongst the next generation of doctors, scientists and healthcare professionals. The graduates received their awards from Principal Professor Peter Kopelman at the ceremony at London’s Barbican.

Around 540 graduands donned mortars and gowns to receive their awards and crown all their hard work.

St George’s appoints new professor to help drive forward research into heart disease prevention

Professor Kausik Ray has been appointed professor of cardiovascular disease prevention St George's, University of London.Within this post, Professor Ray will work with colleagues in the University’s Division of Clinical Sciences to help drive forward research into cardiovascular disease prevention that can be quickly adapted into practice, ultimately improving patient care. He will also teach on medical degrees at St George’s, as well as practice as a consultant cardiologist at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor Ray has 20 years of clinical experience and 10 years’ experience of research and teaching in cardiology.

Research shows statins are overall safe but raises questions over their wider use in preventing deaths

The use of statins – a class of drugs taken to combat high cholesterol, heart disease and stroke – in patients without prior history of heart disease are only of modest benefit in preventing deaths when taken in the short-term. These are the findings of the largest study of its type to date.

Statins are one of the most widely used drugs for the treatment and prevention of heart disease, both among people who already have it and among high-risk but healthy people. They are among the most successful drugs of all time and have been credited with preventing millions of heart attacks and strokes.

Lecturer investigates hormonal link to ‘sympathy pregnancies’ in men

New dads – did you cry when your baby was born and have you been feeling irritable and stressed? It may be all down to your hormones.

Research has already established that fathers-to-be may experience pregnancy symptoms ranging from food cravings and nausea to a swollen stomach and ‘labour’ pains.