Professor Hamid Ghodse given lifetime achievement award

Professor Hamid Ghodse has been presented with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Professor Ghodse – professor of psychiatry and international drug policy at St George’s – received his award at the Royal College’s annual awards ceremony, which reward excellent practice in the field of mental health. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious honour, and recognises a lifetime commitment to developing and providing mental health care.

Joint HR director for St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University

Wendy Gay has been appointed joint director of human resources at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George’s, University of London. She is expected to take up her new post in February 2012.

The innovative appointment is part of a partnership programme that is focusing on closer working between the two organisations which share a main campus in Tooting, south west London.

TICTAC and UK Anti-Doping team up to fight doping in sport

St George’s-based drug identification specialists TICTAC have signed an agreement to work with UK Anti-Doping to help improve awareness of prohibited substances and assist in the fight against doping in sport.

TICTAC is a comprehensive information system for the visual identification of solid dose drugs. It is widely used within the healthcare and law enforcement sectors, where more than 75,000 professionals have access to it.

International microbiologist Professor Philippe Sansonetti to deliver 2011 Jenner Lecture

Professor Philippe Sansonetti from the Collège de France & Institut Pasteur will deliver this year’s Jenner Lecture entitled ‘The mechanisms of immune subversion by Shigella and their implications in vaccine development’. He will be one of five eminent scientists discussing their specialist field as part of the annual Jenner Symposium and Lecture on Thursday 3 November 2011.

The Symposium will be marked by four lectures delivered by Dr Julian Parkhill from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, and scientists at St George’s, University of London, Dr Jodi Lindsay and Professors Sanjeev Krishna and Paul Heath.

MRC awards SGUL team £2.6million for trial of HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis drugs

A group of St George’s, University of London researchers has been awarded £2.6million by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to conduct a trial of two new drug treatments for HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis. The team will carry out a four-and-a-half-year trial at three sites in Malawi and Zambia, where cryptococcal meningitis is a major problem and often fatal.

The project is being led by Professor Tom Harrison, professor of infectious diseases and medicine, with Dr Tihana Bicanic, Dr Joe Jarvis and Dr Angela Loyse. Their collaborators include the London and Liverpool Schools of Tropical Medicine, the University of North Carolina, and the permanent secretary at the MInistry of Health in Zambia.