News archive 2007
Review of the King's year21 Dec 2007, PR 207/07
The 2007 REPORT illustrates a sample of the immense and innovative research, teaching and commercialisation undertaken at King's, one of the world's top 25 universities, in the 2006-7 academic year.
The Principal, Professor Rick Trainor, comments: ‘The achievements featured in this edition of the REPORT indicate King's ever-more-prominent status as one of the country's leading university institutions'.
The cover story of the REPORT illustrates research by Dr Alessandro De Vita and Giulia Tomba of the Department of Physics who are using giant supercomputers to track the 'chiral tango' of individual molecules as they ‘dance' into position to form metastable pairs.
Among this year's other contributors are Professor Steven Sacks, Director of the Medical Research Council Centre for Transplantation (one of five MRC centres at King's), who describes how King's is tackling the problems of transplant medicine, and Professor Genevra Richardson CBE of the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, who discusses the ethics of transplantation.
Professor Tony Allan of the King's Water Research Unit reviews what the century holds in store for water resources and Dr Clare Pettitt, Lecturer in the Department of English describes the personal, cultural and political journeys that contributed to her book, ‘Dr Livingstone, I Presume?': Missionaries, Journalists, Explorers and Empire. Dr Pamela Garlick writes about the first graduations from the College's unique Extended Medical Degree Programme, and two students on this Programme report on their trip to Nigeria.
David Carpenter, Professor of Medieval History in the Department of History, introduces the 'Fine Rolls' of Henry III and shows how they can now be searched online and read in English, while Dr Avi Reichenberg of the Institute of Psychiatry at King's explains his research demonstrating that autism spectrum disorders are much more common among the children of older fathers.
The REPORT is edited by Dr Christine Kenyon Jones.
Notes to editors
King's College London
King's College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (Times Higher 2007) and the fourth oldest in England. A research-led university based in the heart of London, King's has 19,300 students from more than 130 countries, and 5,000 employees. King's has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. The College is in the top group of UK universities for research earnings and has an annual income of approximately £400 million. An investment of £500 million has been made in the redevelopment of its estate.
King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, social sciences, the health sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe and is home to five Medical Research Council Centres – more than any other university.
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