Genetically engineered tobacco plant cleans up environmental toxin

Researchers find that a new strain of tobacco plant can make antibodies to toxic pond scum that affects humans, livestock and wildlife.

Tobacco might become as well known for keeping us healthy as it is for causing illness thanks to scientists from St George’s, University of London.

St George’s professor demands action on increased prescription drug abuse

The rapid global spread of prescription drug addiction must be dealt with immediately, according to the head of the International Centre for Drug Policy at St George’s, University of London. And Professor Hamid Ghodse also issued a warning about uncontrolled new drugs being used for sexual abuse.

Professor Hamid Ghodse of St George’s made his prescription drugs plea at the launch of the International Narcotics Control Board’s 2009 report in Vienna. Prof Ghodse is former president of the INCB, the United Nations’ global drugs watchdog, and is one of the report’s authors.

Student doctors to deliver vital healthcare to remote communities in South Asia

A group of trainee medics is preparing to visit Nepal to provide essential medical care to poor rural communities.The students, all from St George’s, University of London, are organising the second annual trip to Nepal as part of the student-run project Health Partnership Nepal. They will be joined by doctors and nurses from St George’s and elsewhere, when they travel to the South Asian country in April.

They will run two medical camps and three surgical camps, providing free primary care, surgery, and public health to people who otherwise could not access essential treatment. The two-week trip follows the success of last year’s inaugural HPN visit, and is run in partnership with Nepal Medical College and Teaching Hospital.

St George’s researchers issue ecstasy death warning to young, healthy people

Ecstasy is more likely to kill young, healthy people than other drugs such as crystal meth and speed according to researchers, who described their findings as a “concern”.

The results came from a paper co-authored by a team from the International Centre for Drug Policy (ICDP) at St George’s, University of London. The ICDP team and colleague Professor Fabrizio Shifano at the University of Hertfordshire’s paper, ‘Overview of Amphetamine-Type Stimulant Mortality Data – UK, 1997 – 2007’, was published online by the journal Neuropsychobiology on 29 January 2010.

Ministers visit St George’s as the government launches a new drive to widen access to university

The Prime Minister was amongst a group of ministers who visited St George’s, University of London to speak with medical students about their education and aspirations. The visit was shortly after the government announced a series of measures to promote the aspirations of young people from all backgrounds and put social mobility at the heart of plans for economic growth.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Alan Milburn MP, Pat McFadden MP - Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Tooting local MP Sadiq Khan visited St George’s today (18 January 2010) in recognition of the pioneering work that the University has done in widening access to higher education.