Is hygiene really healthy? - Spotlight on Science free public event

Allergic diseases like asthma and hay fever are on the rise.  Scientists at St George’s, University of London are at the forefront of understanding why this might be. Come and learn about how modern lifestyles and our growing quest for hygiene contribute to allergies.

Date/Time:         Tuesday 3rd March - 6pm

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Previous events: Community Open Day 2014

The St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George's, University of London annual Community Open Day took place on Saturday 15 November from 10.30am to 4pm.

Filled with fun, interactive activities for children and adults alike, the event was an enjoyable and informative day for the whole family.

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Spotlight on Science: Living with Type 1 Diabetes

St George's, University of London is home to world leaders in diabetes research and we invited the public in to meet them on Monday 20 October 2014 as part of our Spotlight on Science series aimed at illuminating research that affects our everyday lives.

Our researchers were joined by people who have dealt with Type 1 Diabetes all of their lives and understand the struggle patients experience. Guests were given tips and tricks on how to stay active and healthy as well as the opportunity to get an insight into new treatment developments for Type 1 Diabetes.

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The Art of Medicine: The Empathy Exams

We had a full house as New York Times acclaimed author Leslie Jamison visited St George's, University of London to discuss her new book and work as an actor teaching medical students empathy.

Leslie visited St George's on the back of a tour of her new book The Empathy Exams, which has received high praise both in the US and the UK. The book has been described as "A heady and unsparing examination of pain and how it allows us to understand others, and ourselves" and Leslie demonstrated her shrewd critical perspective as she discussed the importance of engendering empathy in future healthcare professionals.

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Spotlight on Science: Resisting the Antibiotic Apocalypse

On Thursday 3 July 2014 we imagined a world without antibiotics, where basic operations and common infections become a major threat to humanity and welcomed the public in to find out more about our antibiotic research.

Wendy Lawson, of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Antibiotic Action, was one of the speakers and she described the current state of antibiotics.Academics from St George's, Professor Jodi Lindsay and Dr Tim Planche and Professor Philip Butcher also gave their expert opinions.Prof Lindsay discussed the future of the bacterial infection while Professor Philip Butcher spoke about tuberculosis (TB) and how London now has the highest level of TB infections in Europe.Dr Tim Planche gave a valuable insight from a clinician's perspective on the waning effectiveness of antibiotics.The Infection Control team from St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust joined the event and demonstrated proper hand-washing techniques to attendees, who also got the opportunity to chat with our researchers and use some of the equipment from our labs.

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