St George’s academic listed in The Times Top 100 Children’s Doctors 2012

Mike Sharland, professor of paediatric infectious diseases at St George’s, University of London, has been named as one of the country’s top four children’s doctors specialising in infectious disease by The Times newspaper.Professor Sharland – who holds a clinical post as lead consultant paediatrician at St George’s Hospital – was listed in The Times newspaper’s Top 100 Children’s Doctors 2012  (subscription needed to view site), published in December 2012.


Research reveals landing first job can be harder for nurses from ethnic minorities

Student nurses from ethnic minorities can find it harder to secure work by the time they qualify and feel less confident about getting a job than their white British counterparts, according to new research conducted by leading healthcare academics.

The study was headed by Professor Ruth Harris from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's, University of London. Carried out in conjunction with experts from the University of Greenwich and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, it examined the experiences of more than 800 final-year students from eight universities across the capital. Professor Harris and her team looked at what factors influenced students' success in landing their first nursing job and found ethnicity, the type of nursing students chose to specialise in and university attended all impacted on their odds of securing work.

Predicting mortality amongst older care home residents

The number of medications prescribed to a care home resident and the frequency of their contact with their GP are strong predictors of mortality in care homes shows research published today in Age & Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society.

Researchers from St George’s, University of London investigated predictors of mortality in older care home residents in England and Wales as compared to older people living in the community. They followed 9,772 care home and 354,306 community residents aged 65 to 104 years in 293 English and Welsh general practices in 2009. Approximately a quarter (26.2 per cent) of care home residents died within one year compared to just over 3 per cent of community residents.

St George’s through to University Challenge quarter finals

The St George’s, University of London University Challenge team has made it to the quarter finals of the competition, following a victorious second-round performance.

St George’s beat the University of Lancaster 230-140 and will now wait to find out who they will face in the quarter final.

Genetic cause discovered for rare disorder of motor neurones

Scientists have identified an underlying genetic cause for a rare disorder of motor neurones, and believe this may help find causes of other related diseases.

Disorders of motor neurones are a group of progressive neuromuscular disorders that damage the nervous system, causing muscle weakness and wasting. These diseases affect many thousands of people in the UK. A number are inherited but the causes of the majority remain unknown, and there are no cures.