First Mental Health Nurses’ Day a step in right direction, says expert

The introduction of a Mental Health Nurses' Day is a step forward in helping people understand the crucial role these specialist nurses play in supporting service users and challenging stigma that still surrounds mental illness, according to an expert from Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

Professor of Mental Health Nursing Mary Chambers said the new awareness day, created by the Royal College of Nursing, comes at an important time - with mental health 'receiving long overdue recognition' after the government announced a number of new initiatives in the latest Budget.


Alleviating childhood anxieties around healthcare

Student Volunteering Week is an annual event celebrating the voluntary work done by students across the UK. Currently in its 18th year, Student Volunteering Week 2019 ran from Monday 11 to Sunday 17 February.

To mark the week, we chatted with the co-presidents of Teddy Bear Hospital – a scheme with over 600 student volunteers at St George’s - Manasvi Dwaraknath and Aamie Patel.

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Meet the Researcher: Professor Debbie Baines’s work on cystic fibrosis

In Meet the Researcher, a series of interviews about inspirational academic research at St George’s, University of London, our people explain their work and its impact on society.

Professor Debbie Baines has worked at St George’s since 2000, when she was appointed as a tenure track scientist. Her main research focus is on the study of ion and solute transport across airway epithelium, and how hyperglycaemia may promote respiratory infection. She was appointed Professor of Molecular Physiology in August 2013 and works within the Institute for Infection and Immunity.


New pathway for cell communication discovered

Small lipid vesicles known as extracellular vesicles are of great interest to cell scientists since it has been discovered that they mediate intercellular communication.

Now, Professor Tom Carter’s group has identified a novel pathway for the storage and release of these vesicles from vascular endothelial cells.

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Researchers played key role in Unitaid US$20 million initiative

In January, global health foundation Unitaid announced it was investing US$20 million in measures to avert preventable deaths among people with advanced HIV.

There are approximately 1 million HIV-related deaths annually.  Unitaid’s initiative aims to widen access to WHO-recommended drugs and tests for people living with HIV, whose immune systems are so weakened that they are vulnerable to life-threatening infections.