Researchers win £50,000 Cancer Research UK prize to make cancer antibodies in plants

Two researchers from St George’s have won a national prize for their novel plan to use plant engineering to create antibodies for cancer immunotherapy.

Cancer Research UK’s first Innovation Prizes support early-career researchers in identifying and progressing the commercial potential of their research.

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Study finds young athletes are slightly more likely to have enlarged heart aortas

Athletics training is associated with an increase in the athletes’ heart ventricle wall thickness and cavity size. These changes are facilitated by the growth of heart muscle cells, or myocytes, in response to an increased load on the heart from intensive physical exercise. Following episodes of ‘detraining’, the heart size returns to normal.

Two previous large studies involving athletes have shown that the thoracic aorta is also slightly increased in size; however, the significance of an enlarged aorta is unknown. Given that the aorta consists of a large amount of elastic tissue, it is possible that an enlarged aorta may represent reduced elastic properties and an inherent risk of aortic rupture. Although it might be expected that very tall athletes, such as basketball players, would have a very dilated aorta based on their size, a recent American study showed that the aortic diameter rarely exceeds 40 mm.

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The St George’s Four: Meet the women that shaped St George’s

As part of our international women’s day campaign, we visited the archives to delve through the rich history of George’s. Here we discovered the hidden stories of the first women to study at St George’s or, as they were commonly known at the time, the George’s Four.

 Hetty Claremont, Mariam Bostock, Helen Ingleby and Elizabeth O’Flynn were the first women to study at what was then St George’s medical school, admitted to study for three months at St George’s for clinical skills training in 1915, which, at the time, was an extremely controversial decision, but due to the depleted numbers of male students and doctors the board decide to allow the women to enrol.

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"We, as healthcare professionals of all hues, must be aware of our potential to be advocates to ensure the voice and needs of women are heard"

On International Women’s Day, Professor Jenny Higham, Principal of St George’s, University of London shares her thoughts about threats to women’s health and wellbeing worldwide and how we can begin to overcome them.   

What are the main threats to women’s health and wellbeing you see worldwide?

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"I don't think I'd have written these particular stories if I hadn't spent these years studying in Tooting"

International Women’s Day is an annual event which falls on 8 March each year. It has celebrated the achievements of women around the world since 1911. The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is ‘Balance for Better’ to help forge a more gender-balanced world.

Roopa Farooki is a fourth-year graduate entry medic and published author. She is about to launch a series of children books about black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women in science.

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