All oar nothing for university boat club in hospital charity Thames epic

Student rowers from St George’s, University of London have today launched an epic 140-mile mission down the River Thames to raise charity cash. And they have already made almost £5,000, which will be donated to St George’s Hospital Charity.

The mammoth row will take the team – part of the university’s boat club – from the Cotswolds to Putney over five days from 16-20 August. They are aiming to raise £10,000 for the charity to fund a new ventilator – a machine that helps patients with cardiac problems breath more easily.

St George’s academic awarded prestigious fellowship

Dr Jo Brown, head of clinical communication in medical education at St George’s, has today (26 July 2012) been named a recipient of one of 55 National Teaching Fellowships – worth £10,000 – in recognition of her contribution to higher education.

National Teaching Fellowships, which are granted by the Higher Education Academy, recognise excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning, and are awarded to academic staff across higher education institutions in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Researchers win top international award for one of the year’s best endocrinology papers

A team of St George’s, University of London researchers has won an award from a prestigious international endocrinology journal for publishing one of the best papers of the year. The study could pave the way for better treatment of women whose fertility has been affected by polycystic ovary syndrome.

The researchers – Dr Suman Rice, Dr Laura Pellatt, Stacey Bryan, Professor Saffron Whitehead and Professor Helen Mason – won an International Award for Publishing Excellence from The Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM). The award was given to each of the top 14 papers published in JCEM in 2011. Professor Mason collected the award on behalf of the team at The Endocrine Society’s annual awards dinner in Houston in June.

St George's victorious in first round of University Challenge

The St George’s, University of London team defeated rivals from King’s College, Cambridge on last night's University Challenge and marched into the competition’s second round.

Following a closely fought intellectual tussle, the St George’s team emerged from the fracas as winners by 175-145. They will now wait to discover who they are up against in the second round.

St George's, University of London Annual Review 2011 now available

The St George’s, University of London Annual Review 2011 (www.review.sgul.ac.uk) has been published and is available exclusively online.The mission of St George’s is to advance, promote and share knowledge of health through excellence in teaching, clinical practice and research into the prevention and treatment of illness. The latest annual review highlights 2011 activities and achievements that are helping St George’s to realise its ambitions.

The review focuses on developments to the University’s education provision in the UK and internationally, pioneering research projects that have the potential to improve people’s health, and just some of the ways in which St George’s is helping to enhance communities by sharing knowledge, skills and expertise.Principal Professor Peter Kopelman says:“The year 2011 heralded the biggest changes in funding for universities in living memory and potentially the most radical shake up of the NHS. At St George’s, working with our partners,  we made great strides in implementing strategies that will allow us to capitalise on the opportunities these changes present in order to continue delivering education and research that launch successful careers and positively contribute to worldwide health.“We continued to prioritise the development of our education provision, which included the introduction of new facilities and courses, and our scientists made important discoveries that have the potential to improve the treatment of serious conditions. We also delivered in our commitment to share knowledge, expertise and opportunities. This annual review provides evidence for these achievements.”Read the Annual Review 2011