Principal of St George's, University of London responds to the Francis Inquiry report

Commenting on the publication of the report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust public enquiry (chaired by Robert Francis QC), Professor Peter Kopelman, Principal of St George’s, University of London said: “St George’s, University of London prides itself on the quality of education and the primacy of the clinical experience it offers its students in health disciplines including medicine.

 

St George’s and Orphan Technologies enter licensing agreement to create new treatment for rare and deadly disorders

St George’s, University of London has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with rare-disease research-and-development firm Orphan Technologies Ltd to develop new therapies for deadly metabolic disorders.

St George’s and Orphan aim to develop therapies based on an innovative and highly specialised cell-based enzyme-replacement technology, called Erythrocyte Encapsulated (EE) technology.

Genetically modified tobacco plants produce antibodies to treat rabies

New research shows that genetically modified tobacco plants can be used to produce safe protective antibodies against the deadly rabies virus. This may provide a relatively inexpensive cure for rabies, which would benefit patients in developing countries.

In a new study, scientists produced an antibody in transgenic tobacco plants – plants that have been genetically altered – that was shown to neutralise the rabies virus. This new monoclonal antibody works by preventing the virus from attaching to nerve endings around the bite site and keeps the virus from travelling to the brain. Monoclonal antibodies are complex proteins, originally derived from the body’s immune system but in this case made in the plants, to combat diseases.

St George’s academic listed in The Times Top 100 Children’s Doctors 2012

Mike Sharland, professor of paediatric infectious diseases at St George’s, University of London, has been named as one of the country’s top four children’s doctors specialising in infectious disease by The Times newspaper.Professor Sharland – who holds a clinical post as lead consultant paediatrician at St George’s Hospital – was listed in The Times newspaper’s Top 100 Children’s Doctors 2012  (subscription needed to view site), published in December 2012.

 

Research reveals landing first job can be harder for nurses from ethnic minorities

Student nurses from ethnic minorities can find it harder to secure work by the time they qualify and feel less confident about getting a job than their white British counterparts, according to new research conducted by leading healthcare academics.

The study was headed by Professor Ruth Harris from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's, University of London. Carried out in conjunction with experts from the University of Greenwich and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, it examined the experiences of more than 800 final-year students from eight universities across the capital. Professor Harris and her team looked at what factors influenced students' success in landing their first nursing job and found ethnicity, the type of nursing students chose to specialise in and university attended all impacted on their odds of securing work.