50-year spina bifida study shows surprising improvement in independent living

A unique study of spina bifida patients found that while mobility tended to decline in later life, surviving adults were more likely to live independently.  

In a study of 117 cases of spina bifida with 99% 50-year follow up, the percentage who could walk more than 50 metres dropped from around half at 9 years of age to a quarter at 50 years of age.

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Innovative diagnostic test could revolutionise cervical cancer screening

Coinciding with Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, researchers at St George’s are working on a field study to fine-tune an exciting new method of human papilloma virus testing that could revolutionise care for women in low and middle income countries.

The research team have partnered with molecular diagnostics firm QuantuMDx for the study, using the company’s Q-POC™ platform and its human papilloma virus (HPV) assay. The Q-POC™ compresses a molecular diagnostics laboratory into a simple-to-use, portable, affordable and battery-operated device that can be used anywhere, from basic rural settings to clinics and hospitals.

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Inaugural lecture: Professor Asma Khalil, ‘The fetus at risk’.

In her inaugural lecture, Professor Asma Khalil will explore how we identify at-risk babies, regardless of their size, so that we can prevent them from coming to harm during pregnancy.

Event detailsSpeaker and title: Professor Asma Khalil, ‘The fetus at risk’. When: Wednesday 30 January 2019, 5.30pmLocation: Michael Heron Lecture Theatre, first floor, Hunter Wing. Reception to following in Boardroom 2.5To register: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Finance Director appointed to external board

Nicola Arnold, Director of Finance has been appointed to the Advance HE board. Advance HE supports universities in putting institutional strategy into practice for the benefit of students, staff and society.

The full list of new board members are:

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Tips on becoming a successful leader in higher education

January is a time when people start focusing on the future and many make plans to progress their careers, potentially climbing into leadership positions. But what does it take to be a successful leader in higher education?

This question was put to a panel of organisational leaders at the latest Athena Swan event hosted by St George’s, University of London. During the event, St George’s Principal Professor Jenny Higham was joined by Jacqueline Totterdell, Chief Executive of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust, and Sue Rimmer, who was until recently Principal at South Thames College. Together, they discussed what it is like to lead an organisation; the highs, the lows and their personal experiences of climbing the ranks.

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