Study shows non-hallucinogenic cannabinoids are effective anti-cancer drugs

New research has shown that the non-hallucinogenic components of cannabis could act as effective anti-cancer agents.

The anti-cancer properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary hallucinogenic component of cannabis, has been recognised for many years, but research into similar cannabis-derived compounds, known as cannabinoids, has been limited.

Expert calls for greater awareness of the impact of crime on people with mental health problems

People with mental health problems are up to three times more likely to become victims of crime than the general population, research involving a senior academic from Kingston University and St George's, University of London has found.The report, produced by Victim Support and Mind in partnership with academics from Kingston University and St George's, University of London, King's College London and University College London, also found people with severe mental illness were more likely to be repeat victims of crime. However, they were often not believed by those they reported it to or their reports were discredited because of their mental health problems. They were also more deeply affected by crime than people without mental health issues.

"Public perception is that people with mental health issues are more likely to commit crime than be victims," Professor Vari Drennan, who is based at the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston and St George's, said. "However, this report highlights the high incidence of crime against this vulnerable group, and the serious impact it can have. They face significant barriers in getting the help they need when they report and address these incidences."

Lady Thatcher and Tony Blair used ‘hubristic language’, research finds

A new study has found that British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and the late Lady Thatcher used hubristic language during their respective periods in office.

It has been suggested that a number of Prime Ministers may have developed a personality disorder known as Hubris syndrome while in power. Researchers at St George’s, University of London have discovered that this personality change was reflected in both Blair’s and Thatcher’s use of language.

St George’s, University of London researchers win funding from the British Heart Foundation

Heart researchers at St George’s, University of London have been awarded prestigious grants of more than £650,000 by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The grants have been funded through the BHF Great British Bag-athon, which raised £4m last year by encouraging people to donate bags of unwanted items to BHF shops across the country in the fight against heart disease.

SGUL professor awarded Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award

Steve Goodbourn, professor of biomolecular science at St George's University of London, has been granted a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award. Investigator Awards, presented by the Wellcome Trust, provide funding for scientists who have an excellent track record and are in an established academic post. They offer the flexibility and time to enable them to tackle the most important questions in their field.