New exhibition celebrates nursing leaders

A new exhibition is paying tribute to 300 years of nursing leaders including Florence Nightingale, who were pioneers during times of social change, war, and increased public expectations.

The exhibition shows how influential nursing leaders from the last three centuries have shaped modern-day nursing. It has been opened at the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, part of Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, and celebrates nurses who trained and worked at St George’s Hospital.

St George’s professor again voted to council of United Nations drug control unit

Professor Hamid Ghodse has been reelected for another five-year term as a member of the global drug law body the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). Professor Ghodse of St George’s, University of London, who is currently president of the INCB, will sit on the board from 2012 to 2017. This will be his fifth consecutive term at the organisation, and is a record among members.

The INCB is an independent United Nations (UN) organisation that monitors and supports governments’ compliance with international drug control treaties. It consists of 13 members, who are elected by the UN’s Economic and Social Council, and who serve in their personal capacity rather than as government representatives.

Fresh funding gives hope to a new generation of asthma and allergy treatment

Scientists at St George’s, University of London and the University of Manchester have received an additional Seeding Drug Discovery award of £390,000 from the Wellcome Trust to explore a new class of experimental drugs that block the trigger of allergic reactions before symptoms show.

The team is developing a series of drugs based on novel chemical compounds known as Allergen Delivery Inhibitors (ADIs). Unlike existing medicines, these compounds target the substances that can trigger allergies and asthma attacks directly. This means that they have the potential to provide relief to people already suffering with allergies, as well as reducing the risk of minor allergies escalating into more serious conditions.

St George’s, University of London announces proposed 2012 fees and scholarship scheme

St George’s, University of London will charge new UK and EU students £9,000 a year in fees for undergraduate degrees and £6,000 a year for foundation degrees from September 2012, subject to approval of the proposed Access Agreement by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

To continue to support fair access to higher education, St George’s will significantly expand its spending on financial support, outreach and retention activities.

First community open day for St George’s

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George’s, University of London will co-host a community open day at their shared main site in Tooting on Saturday 18th June.

The day, which will run from 10am to 3pm, is free to attend and will offer visitors the chance to gain an insight into the work of a busy NHS teaching hospital and university, the science of the human body and learn more about some of the cutting-edge research conducted at St George’s. There will also be information about healthcare and medical education and career opportunities, as well as a variety of family fun activities.