St George's knight’s retirement honoured

Leading obstetrics and gynaecology experts have honoured SGUL’s Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran on his retirement after almost 40 years at the forefront of O&G clinical practice and 28 years in academia. Sir Arul’s retirement was marked by a valedictory scientific meeting hosted at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Colleagues from St George’s – both the university and the hospital – and national and international obstetrics and gynaecology experts came together for the event last month, where they discussed the latest advances in the field.

Support from social workers crucial as austerity bites

Britain’s current economic woes are putting vulnerable children and families under growing pressure and social workers have a crucial role to play in helping them cope, according to a senior academic from Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.

Professor Hilary Tompsett, a professor at the Kingston and St George’s Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, was speaking after joining the governing board of the new College of Social Work. A registered social worker with more than 25 years’ experience working in children and families, mental health and older care as both a practitioner and educator, Professor Tompsett was one of four new board members chosen by the college in its first elections in February.

Learning disability end-of-life researcher joins Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

An expert in the palliative care of people with learning disabilities has taken up a new role at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.

Dr Irene Tuffrey-Wijne has been appointed a senior research fellow at the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, run jointly by Kingston and St George’s.

Fully funded postgraduate course available to NHS professionals interested in clinical research

Eighteen fully funded studentships in London are being offered to NHS healthcare professionals this year to equip them for careers in clinical research.

The Master of Research in Clinical Practice (MResCP) is aimed at nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, to give them the skills to manage and deliver research in a clinical setting. It is being run by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, and is now recruiting for September 2013 entry. Applications must be received by Friday 17 May.

Dogma among researchers exaggerates threat of resistance to best anti-malarial drugs, says expert on World Malaria Day 2013 (25 April)

Exaggeration over the extent of the malaria parasite’s resistance to the ‘wonder drugs’ artemisinins could jeopardise the fight against the disease, according to a leading expert.

In an opinion article published on World Malaria Day today (25 April 2013) – online in the journal Trends in Parasitology – Professor Sanjeev Krishna of St George’s, University of London argues that much of the evidence of the malaria parasite’s resistance to artemisinins has been misinterpreted. He says this has led to the extent of artemisinin resistance being overstated, and that fears of its demise as an effective treatment are premature.