St George's victorious in first round of University Challenge

The St George’s, University of London team defeated rivals from King’s College, Cambridge on last night's University Challenge and marched into the competition’s second round.

Following a closely fought intellectual tussle, the St George’s team emerged from the fracas as winners by 175-145. They will now wait to discover who they are up against in the second round.

St George's, University of London Annual Review 2011 now available

The St George’s, University of London Annual Review 2011 (www.review.sgul.ac.uk) has been published and is available exclusively online.The mission of St George’s is to advance, promote and share knowledge of health through excellence in teaching, clinical practice and research into the prevention and treatment of illness. The latest annual review highlights 2011 activities and achievements that are helping St George’s to realise its ambitions.

The review focuses on developments to the University’s education provision in the UK and internationally, pioneering research projects that have the potential to improve people’s health, and just some of the ways in which St George’s is helping to enhance communities by sharing knowledge, skills and expertise.Principal Professor Peter Kopelman says:“The year 2011 heralded the biggest changes in funding for universities in living memory and potentially the most radical shake up of the NHS. At St George’s, working with our partners,  we made great strides in implementing strategies that will allow us to capitalise on the opportunities these changes present in order to continue delivering education and research that launch successful careers and positively contribute to worldwide health.“We continued to prioritise the development of our education provision, which included the introduction of new facilities and courses, and our scientists made important discoveries that have the potential to improve the treatment of serious conditions. We also delivered in our commitment to share knowledge, expertise and opportunities. This annual review provides evidence for these achievements.”Read the Annual Review 2011

Olympic spirit conquers social isolation at historical house challenge day

A capering hermit wearing a raccoon on his head and a cheeky, old-fashioned milkman from the 1970s may not sound like natural Olympians. But together they helped 100 south London people of all ages and abilities overcome personal challenges at a cultural Olympiad designed to boost wellbeing and community interaction.

The Olympiad challenge event at Marble Hill and Ham House at Richmond was part of a unique community project – called heritage2health (h2h) – that aims to open up the arts, culture and heritage locations to people with disabilities or who are socially isolated. Heritage2health is based at the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, a joint collaboration between Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.

Getting to the heart of the problem

Doctors working to cut the number of people in the UK who die from undiagnosed cardiac conditions each year will be presenting their research at this year’s Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition which opens today (3 July).  Every week 12 seemingly fit and healthy young people under the age of 35 die from these conditions.

Approximately 75 per cent of these 600 sudden cardiac deaths a year occur without any prior symptoms. The team based at St George's, University of London and funded by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is particularly interested in exercise-related sudden cardiac death. Many sports bodies now recommend or insist that young athletes are screened for disorders. One in 300 of the individuals tested are identified as having a potentially life threatening condition and one in 100 are identified with a less serious cardiac abnormality that may cause problems from the middle age.

Study tackling taboos of incontinence and dementia wins category prize at RCGP research paper awards

A study on managing incontinence among people with dementia who live at home has won its category at the Royal College of General Practitioners Research Paper of the Year Award ceremony.

The paper was co-authored by Professor Vari Drennan and Laura Cole of the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, run jointly by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.