Varma Lecture 2015

This year's free Varma Lecture will take place on Thursday 22 October at 5.30pm in the Michael Heron lecture theatre. Professor Laura Magee, Professor of Maternal Medicine, will present “The control of hypertension in pregnancy – do we now know what to do?”.

This year’s lecture is on Thursday 22 October at 5.30pm in Michael Heron lecture theatre, first floor Hunter Wing.


Are YOU beach body ready?

Do we all have an inner deity that we’d like to be? Do we need to confront our fleshy truths?

Playwright and paediatrician Dr Serena Haywood will be hosting an event about body image, obesity and caring.


Inaugural lectures include impact of stress on hearts

The new series of inaugural lectures continues on 1 July with two short lectures from Professor Gill Cockerill and Professor Abhiram Prasad.

All staff and students are warmly invited to attend the lectures, which will take place at 5.30pm in Lecture Theatre F. The lectures will be followed by a reception in H2.6 on the second floor of Hunter Wing. The first lecture, by Professor Gill Cockerill, will be titled 'Translational Research - Mapping Pathways to Impact’. Professor Gillian Cockerill is Head of the Vascular Research Centre in the Cardiovascular and Cell Sciences Research Institute at St George's. In 2003 Professor Cockerill joined St George's as a senior lecturer and secured EU and British Heart Foundation funding to support her work into therapies for reducing the rate of growth of abdominal aortic aneurysms. Having obtained a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from King's College, Professor Cockerill went on to gain a PhD at Melbourne University (1991) before taking up a postdoctoral Fellowship at the Hanson Centre for Cancer Research in Adelaide. During this time she was awarded two prestigious Young Investigator Awards. On her return to the UK in 1996, Professor Cockerill was awarded a British Heart Foundation Intermediate Fellowship to investigate the anti-inflammatory properties of HDLs in a large animal model, in the laboratory of Professor Dorian Haskard at Imperial College. Professor Abhiram Prasad will present the second lecture, ‘Stress Cardiomyopathy: A Tale of Hearts and Minds’. Abhiram Prasad is Professor of Interventional Cardiology at St George's, University of London and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at St George's University Hospitals NHS  Foundation Trust. His research interests are in coronary artery disease and coronary intervention. He also holds the rank of Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in the United States. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association. Professor Prasad is a graduate of the University of London and trained at the National Institutes of Health and the Mayo Clinic. He is a recipient of the American Heart Associations’ Samuel A Levine Young Clinical Investigator Award. After completing his cardiology training, he worked as a consultant interventional cardiologist in the Cardiovascular Division of the Mayo Clinic. To register for the event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line ‘Inaugural lecture’.


Ebola - did we get it right? - Spotlight on Science free public event

Medicine and medical research are full of moral and ethical dilemmas. Join Dr Carwyn Hooper and a team of healthcare professionals and researchers at St George’s, University of London as they describe the questions they faced when helping to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Date/Time:        Thursday 25 June - 6pm


Sugar – delicious but dangerous? - Free public event

Sugar; is it a dangerous white powder we should completely cut from our diet? Or are claims that it causes obesity, diabetes, and heart disease overstated? Was the 1972 opinion that sugar is “pure, white and deadly” close to the truth, or has that initial idea been exploited by those with a personal anti-sugar agenda? Is the sugar found naturally in fruits and juices any different to the sugar we add to our food?

Date/Time:         Thursday 11 June - 6pm