Researchers find more evidence that malaria drug could help combat cancer, and that breaks from treatment could improve results

Scientists investigating the cancer-fighting properties of artesunate – a drug commonly used to treat malaria – have found early evidence that combining it with an existing cancer drug has the potential to make each drug more effective than when used alone. They also found that regular treatment breaks could improve success levels.

The findings, recently published in the International Journal of Cancer, are the result of tests on human cancer cells studied outside the body (in vitro studies) by Dr Wai Liu and Professor Angus Dalgleish at St George’s, University of London.

St George’s, University of London provides course model for Cyprus’s first medical degree

St George’s, University of London has joined forces with the University of Nicosia, Cyprus’s biggest private university, to launch the first Cypriot medical training programme. The University of Nicosia will offer a four-year graduate entry medicine degree that has been designed by St George’s and is based on its own successful course. This programme is subject to validation by St George's in June 2011.

Students who complete the MBBS4 (Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery) programme in Nicosia will earn a degree from St George's, the first UK medical school to introduce a medical degree for graduates of all disciplines. This award is not a UK primary medical qualification and does not lead to a (provisional) registration in the UK.Graduates of the Cyprus programme will initially be registered  with the Cyprus Medical Council after which they can apply to transfer their registration in any of the EU member states. International (non-EU) graduates will have to follow the registration process for their respective medical registration authorities. The information in this paragraph was accurate at the time of writing (December 2010). There have since been updates to the details of this course. Please visit the www.nicosia.sgul.ac.cy for the latest information.

New St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust nursing director endorses move to graduate-only profession at SGUL conference

Speaking at a conference organised by SGUL and Kingston University's joint Faculty, the new nursing director at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has backed the move for all new nurses to have degrees. Alison Robertson stressed that the development is about complexity of care rather than elitism.

Ms Robertson made her comments at a one-day conference on the “healthcare workforce of tomorrow” organised by the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences. The Faculty is run jointly by St George’s, University of London and Kingston University.

New Baroness highlights European drive to improve care for children and young people with intellectual disabilities

Disability psychiatry expert Professor the Baroness Hollins used her maiden speech at the House of Lords today to outline a new European agreement to improve the welfare of children and young people with intellectual disabilities. She also discussed how good UK practice could help inform global efforts, but said the nation could still improve.

The 53 European members of the World Health Organisation (WHO) have signed a declaration to address what Baroness Hollins – who chaired the steering group that led to the agreement – today called the “discrimination, neglect and abuse” experienced by young people with intellectual disabilities across Europe.

Kingston and St George’s appoint new professor to improve healthcare for older people

One of the country’s leading social scientists, Ann Bowling, has been appointed professor of health care for older adults at the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, run jointly by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.

In her new role, Prof Bowling will continue her work on the healthcare of older people, with the aim of evaluating the effectiveness of health services, improving access to these services, and improving patients’ ownership of their own care.