What was science fiction is becoming science fact

Genomic technologies are transforming medicine and hold out the promise of bespoke diagnosis, treatment and disease prevention for each individual patient based on their own genetic make-up.

Our new postgraduate Genomic Medicine MSc course is designed as a flexible programme to prepare NHS staff for this exciting new world of medicine. It also offers a great opportunity for a variety of people to gain a practical and comprehensive and knowledge of this new world of medical science.

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New system to detect patients’ antibiotic resistance to take just 30 mins

A new device being developed by medical experts will transform the time it takes to detect antibiotic resistance in patients from several days to just half an hour.

The development will allow doctors to effectively treat patients with infections known to have high levels of antibiotic drug resistance, which has been described as one of the greatest health threats to human health.

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St George’s expert helps Nepal earthquake relief effort

Steve Mannion, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Head of the Department of Conflict & Catastrophe Medicine at St George's, describes the impact of the earthquake in Nepal and how he became involved in the crisis.

He writes: "A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal at 11:56 (Nepal time) on the morning of the 25th of April 2015. With an epicentre in Gorkha District, 120 km North-West of the capital, Kathmandu, the earthquake resulted in over 8,000 deaths,  16,000 injuries and over 300,000 homes destroyed or damaged. Recognizing the scale of the disaster, the UK Government’s Department For International Development (DFID) mobilised the United Kingdom International Emergency Trauma Register (UKIETR) in order to provide UK healthcare professionals to assist in the response to the crisis."He was was the clinical lead of the team of 20 clinicians who were mobilized under a project hosted by Save The Children (UK).Having previously visited Nepal several times with St George’s Health Partnership Nepal (HPN) project, once in country, Steve immediately made contact with Nepali clinicians at Nepal Medical College (NMC), an 800 bed teaching hospital in metropolitan Kathmandu with which St George's is linked.NMC had suffered major roofing damage in the earthquake, with 80% of the hospital rendered unsafe due to the possibility of unstable, falling masonry. The hospital was functioning with only one, 80 bed, ward, located in what had been an underground car park and one improvised operating theatre, in the Emergency Department. Furthermore, disruption to the water supply due to the earthquake had led to major disruption to NMCs waste management systems.Elements of the UK clinical team were able to integrate with Nepali colleagues at NMC and assist in the treatment of earthquake victims, the majority of which had suffered orthopaedic injury. Via DFID, the team made contact with the United Kingdom International Search and Rescue Team (UKISAR), a team composed mostly of firemen, who were able to stabilize and render safe the NMC roofing, allowing the main wards and complex of 6 operating theatres to reopen and thereby greatly increasing the clinical capacity to treat the surge of patients injured in the earthquake.The team also facilitated the repair and reconstruction of NMCs waste management system, utilizing Save the Children’s WASH ( Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) expertise and were able to donate theatre equipment and medical consumables to assist in patient treatment.Via connections with NMC, secondary care elements of the UKIETR team (anaesthetists, orthopaedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, ODPs and theatre nurses)  were able to offer assistance and increase capacity at several hospitals in Kathmandu. Meanwhile, the primary care / pre-hospital members of the UK team (paramedics, GPs) were tasked to  conduct healthcare assessments by road and helicopter to the more remote rural areas  where the impact of the earthquake had been most severe.

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Medical school’s first graduation ceremony in Cyprus

The first students have graduated from the University of Nicosia Medical School’s degree programme.

In 2011, the University of Nicosia established the first Medical School in Cyprus, and launched the Graduate Entry 4-Year MBBS Programme (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), the first Medical Programme in Cyprus, in collaboration with St George’s, University of London.

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St George’s experts set to bloom at Chelsea Flower Show

Dr Joanna Sheldon, Professor Julian Ma and a team of PhD students will be at the Chelsea Flower Show which takes place this week to display their plants which help grow medicine in their research.

They were invited to join a stand organised by the Royal College of Pathologists that highlights the importance of plants to health and well-being. The stand called ‘Plants, Pathologists and Diseases’ will be in the Grand Marquee at the world famous event. Our experts will promote the research work taking place at St George’s about manufacturing HIV antibodies for microbicides. They will be displaying tobacco plants from St George’s, representing those that would be used to manufacture these types of antibodies. The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital every year since 1913 excluding the war years. For more information visit the Royal Horticultural Society website

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