St George’s infection expert calls for better farm rules in government E.coli investigation

Children’s farms should follow tougher guidelines to protect people, says the St George’s, University of London infection expert leading an investigation into a major E.coli outbreak.

In a government report on last year’s Godstone Farm outbreak released today (15/6/10), Professor George Griffin called for petting farms to improve their safety measures.

St George’s supports campaign to have Jenner's statue restored to Trafalgar Square

St George’s, University of London is backing a campaign to restore the statue of legendary former doctor and scourge of smallpox Edward Jenner to its original spot in Trafalgar Square. The movement has been set up by the Edward Jenner Museum, to mark 2010’s 30th anniversary of the eradication of the smallpox virus. St George's doctor Jenner developed a successful vaccine for the devastating disease that has helped save hundreds of millions of lives.

The museum, which is based at Jenner’s old country house in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, has set up a petition to move the bronze statue. The statue is currently in Kensington Gardens, but the campaign aims to have it moved back to the vacant fourth Trafalgar Square plinth, where it stood originally.

St George’s professor named president of United Nations drug control unit

St George’s, University of London professor Hamid Ghodse has been elected president of the global drug law body the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). The INCB is an independent United Nations organisation that monitors and supports governments’ compliance with international drug control treaties. This will be Prof Ghodse’s 10th term at the helm of the INCB since his first year of presidency in 1993.

In his role as president, Prof Ghodse will lead the INCB’s engagement with governments around the world, as it attempts to stem the illicit drugs trade.

Fully funded Master’s degree for health professionals

Health professionals in England have the opportunity to advance their careers with a fully funded postgraduate degree at the joint Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences run by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.

The specialist faculty is providing ten studentships on its full-time Masters in Research Clinical Practice (MRes CP) course.

New genetic link shows vitiligo could reduce risk of skin cancer

People with the skin pigmentation disorder vitiligo may have less risk of developing life-threatening malignant melanoma, according to new research at St George's, University of London. The study also further confirms the suspicion that vitiligo is an autoimmune disease, which occurwhen the body’s immune system reacts against its own tissues or organs. This could lead to new treatments for vitiligo.

Vitiligo is a chronic condition that affects one in every 200 people. The study – published online today by the New England Journal of Medicine – argues against the theory that the pale skin patches caused by vitiligo increase the risk of melanoma due to their lack of the pigment melanin. Melanin gives skin its colour, and protects against harmful UV rays from the sun.