Surge in UK cocaine importation, says SGUL drug expert-led UN report

The UK is becoming an increasingly important hub for the importation of cocaine into the rest of Europe, the United Nations drugs body – led by St George’s drug policy expert Professor Hamid Ghodse – has warned.

Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain are the traditional routes for the drug's entry to the EU, but the latest Annual Report by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said there had been a recent surge in cases of the UK being used as point of entry.

Nutrition review led by St George’s expert finds demand for national advice for food in childcare

A review headed by St George’s child nutrition expert Dr Anthony Williams says childcare providers and parents want clearer guidance on what under-fives should eat and drink in childcare.

The review, from a panel of independent experts, highlights confusion about how to make sure young children in childcare are being given the right foods to meet their nutritional needs.

St George’s professor takes up council seat for global lymphoedema research group

Peter Mortimer, professor of dermatological medicine at St George’s, has been appointed to the Lymphatic Research Foundation’s Scientific/Medical Advisory Council. Prof Mortimer will sit on the council for the next two years. He will be joined other experts in the field from academic and medical institutions in Europe and the US.

The Lymphatic Research Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to advance research of the lymphatic system and to find the cause and cure for lymphatic diseases, lymphoedema, and related disorders. It was founded in New York in 1998, and is the world’s foremost body for lymphatic science research.

St George’s students are again the most satisfied in London

The St George’s student experience has been voted London’s best for the second year in a row, and the university was also named the UK’s seventh most improved.

St George’s was placed 27th in the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey, higher than any other London higher education institution. This was an improvement on the previous year’s result of 48th, although this was still the best in London.

Researchers put physician assistants under the spotlight

Researchers at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London are undertaking the first major study into the role of UK physician assistants, a new breed of healthcare professional.

Physician assistants are a new addition to medical teams in Britain, although well established in other developed countries including the United States, Netherlands and Australia. Now a team led by the Faulty of Health and Social Care Sciences at Kingston and St George's is aiming to find out more about their contribution to healthcare in England, with the first full-scale evaluation of their role in general practice.