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News archive 2004

30 Dec 2004 King's student reports on tsunami disaster

King's medical student Bala Karunakaran was in northern Sri Lanka gaining work experience at the Killinochchi General Hospital when the region was hit by the recent tsunami.


22 Dec 2004 King's consortium wins inaugural EU award

An e-Learning project led by the Department of Medical Engineering and Physics at the School of Medicine in King’s College has been awarded one of the first ever Leonardo da Vinci Awards for excellence in vocational education and training by the EU Commission.


22 Dec 2004 King's historian wins transatlantic book prize

Dr Arthur Burns, Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in History has won the 2004 William MB Berger Prize for the History of British Art.


13 Dec 2004 King's ranked as world leader in science

King’s has been placed fourth in the UK and 47th in the world for science-based excellence in a new league table compiled by The Times Higher.


13 Dec 2004 Hope for spinal cord injuries

Researchers at the University of Cambridge and King's College London, have developed a new technology that facilitates the return of some muscle function giving hope to those paralysed as a result of a spinal cord injury.


10 Dec 2004 AHRB success for Department of History

The King’s Department of History has achieved remarkable success in the latest funding round of the Resource Enhancement scheme from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB).


08 Dec 2004 King's anatomist edits world's most famous medical book

The 39th edition of one of the best-known texts in the world, Gray’s Anatomy, is published this month by Elsevier. The Editor-in-Chief is Professor Susan Standring, Professor of Experimental Neurobiology, and Head of the Department of Anatomy & Human Sciences in the School of Biomedical Sciences at King’s.


07 Dec 2004 Human gland probably evolved from gills

The human parathyroid gland, which regulates the level of calcium in the blood, probably evolved from the gills of fish, according to researchers from King’s College London.


23 Nov 2004 King's historian wins top award

Stephen Lovell, Lecturer in Modern European History, is one of 22 academics to win one of the prestigious 2004 Philip Leverhulme Prizes.


16 Nov 2004 King's wins its first £1 million arts grant

An initiative which will promote and disseminate the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in UK arts and humanities research has been awarded one of the few £1 million grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB).


11 Nov 2004 Global warming: informal networking is the key to a swift response

A recent report on an unexpected sharp rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels has raised the possibility of rapid global warming, but researchers at King’s College London warn that some UK businesses, government departments and voluntary sector organisations are better equipped than others to respond to an increased risk of flooding, storms and extreme temperatures.


09 Nov 2004 Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases opened

The numbers of people suffering from stroke and dementia continue to rise as the population of the UK ages, but at present our ability to repair a damaged brain is limited. Now a new centre at King’s College London brings leading clinical researchers and basic scientists under one roof, with the aim of developing treatments for age-related diseases.


05 Nov 2004 New dental labs bring top-class researchers under one roof

New laboratories for the UK’s leading dental institute are to be opened today (5 November) at King’s College London, following a £3.7 million refurbishment programme aimed at bringing all laboratory-based dental research at King’s under one roof.


01 Nov 2004 New head of Nursing and Midwifery

Nursing policy expert, Anne Marie Rafferty DPhil (Oxon) RGN DN has been appointed as the new Head of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery at King’s College London. She will take up the post on 5 November 2004, following the retirement of Professor Dame Jenifer Wilson-Barnett.


20 Oct 2004 College celebrates 175th at Westminster Abbey

A Service of Thanksgiving was held in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Chancellor of the University of London in Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 19 October to celebrate the 175th anniversary of King’s College London.


18 Oct 2004 First Director of Fair Access appointed

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Charles Clarke today announced the appointment of Professor Sir Martin Harris as the Director of Fair Access to Higher Education.


14 Oct 2004 First Director of Fair Access appointed

Eminent historian Conrad Russell, Professor of British History at King’s College London (1990-2002), died on Wednesday 13 October 2004 aged 67.


06 Oct 2004 Maurice Wilkins: obituary

Nobel Laureate Professor Maurice Wilkins died on Tuesday 5th October.


06 Oct 2004 Trial to improve antenatal screening for blood disorders

Pregnant women who are at higher risk of giving birth to children with sickle cell disease or thalassaemia, are being offered screening too late to make the choices they want. In a trial, launched today, Professor Theresa Marteau from King’s College London and her nationally-based team hope to identify ways of improving the delivery of care so women are screened earlier in pregnancy.


30 Sep 2004 Minister launches military health centre

This evening (30 September) the King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) will be officially opened by the Under Secretary of State for Defence and Minister for Veterans, Mr Ivor Caplin MP, at a reception in the Great Hall, King’s College London.


27 Sep 2004 New Principal takes up post

Professor Rick Trainor takes up his post as Principal of King’s College London on the start of term today (27 September 2004).


21 Sep 2004 King's scoop national science prizes

Britain’s most important award for science and technology undergraduates has been won by Rhianydd Tarr of the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, King’s College London, for her groundbreaking work linking diet with cancer.


20 Sep 2004 Internationally renowned immunologist to head medical school

Professor Robert Lechler takes up his post as Head of the Guy’s, King’s & St Thomas’ School of Medicine at King’s College London today (20 September 2004). Before joining King’s he was Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London.


20 Sep 2004 Rare library collection to come to King's

A rare collection, probably the largest private academic library on the German Democratic Republic (GDR), has been acquired by King’s College London thanks to donations from its alumni through the King’s Annual Fund.


13 Sep 2004 Adolescent mental health problems on the increase

New research funded by the Nuffield Foundation shows adolescents in the UK have more mental health problems than they used to 25 years ago.


13 Sep 2004 King's rises in Sunday Times' league table

King’s has been ranked 13th in The Sunday Times university guide, published 12 September 2004. This is an improvement of five places over last year.


10 Sep 2004 King's report on University Research Ethics Committees

Research published this week by Professor Anthea Tinker, Professor of Social Gerontology, KCL and Vera Coomber, Research Associate, KCL is of a national survey of all University Research Ethics Committees in the UK. The research is about ethical scrutiny of non-medical research involving human participants not covered by the National Health Service.


10 Sep 2004 175th Anniversary Dental Institute Celebrations

Global Perspectives of the Guy’s, King’s, St Thomas’ Dental Institute: Past, Present and Future


10 Sep 2004 King's Launches New Consultancy Initiative

King’s College London has today announced it will be maximising its support of consultancy activity by King’s staff to business and the community. This involves the creation of a dedicated unit, KCL Consultancy, within KCL Enterprises Ltd, its main commercial arm.


10 Sep 2004 King's Launches New Consultancy Initiative

King’s College London has launched the world’s first online postgraduate degree programme in Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics). The online programme (the e-MClinDent) will be demonstrated at the King’s 175th Anniversary Celebrations.


10 Sep 2004 New online degree in clinical dentistry

King’s College London has launched the world’s first online postgraduate degree programme in Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics). The online programme (the e-MClinDent) will be demonstrated at the King’s 175th Anniversary Celebrations.


08 Sep 2004 Wrong approach used to teach controversial science issues

Teachers are using the wrong tactics to teach controversial science issues according to Justin Dillon of King’s College London. Mr Dillon, speaking at the BA Festival of Science today (8 September) called for the use of more open and transparent strategies.


08 Sep 2004 Stem Cell hope for degenerative disorders

Pioneering work with human embryonic stem (hES) cells could speed up the development of new treatments for a range of degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and diabetes according to Dr Stephen Minger of King’s College London, speaking today (8 September) at the BA Festival of Science. And with the world’s first centralised stem cell bank the UK is well placed to be a leading player in the field of human regenerative medicine.


08 Sep 2004 Hyperactive children at increased risk of mental health problems in adulthood

Children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are four times more likely to have mental health problems when they grow up than other children. These findings are presented today (8 September) at BA Festival of Science by Professor Eric Taylor of the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.


06 Sep 2004 Expert warns of self-medicating with herbal medicines

A high percentage of the population could be endangering their health by taking herbal medicines without checking with a health professional first according to Peter Houghton, Professor in Pharmacognosy, King’s College London.


23 Aug 2004 Double Silver Olympic success

King’s student, Katherine Grainger, and King’s alumna, Frances Houghton, have scooped silver medals at the Olympic Games in Athens for the women’s coxless pairs and women’s quadruple sculls respectively.


10 Aug 2004 Londonair - New London Air Quality Network Internet Pages

The Environmental Research Group (ERG) at King's College London today launches the new London Air Quality Network Internet pages.


06 Aug 2004 Development of new rheumatoid arthritis

An exciting new gene therapy treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that could be given to patients via a nasal spray or nose drops is being developed by scientists at King's College, London. The research, still in the laboratory stage, could lead to clinical trials on patients within three years.


02 Aug 2004 Latest on MRC's NIMR Centre

The Medical Research Council’s (MRC) governing Council yesterday (Thursday 29 July 2004) endorsed a new scientific vision for the future of the MRC National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), MRC’s largest research centre.


27 Jul 2004 Prenatal nutrition: is it how asthma and atopy start?

There are clues that the prenatal environment plays a part in the aetiology of childhood asthma and atopic disease, but the role of foetal nutrition is unknown.


23 Jul 2004 Success for King's in Institutional Audit

King’s College London has recently undergone an institutional audit visit from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). During a five-day visit in June, the audit team met around 100 members of staff and students and scrutinised a selection of documentation.


23 Jul 2004 Pharmacy scientists win major business prize

Dr Olivia Corcoran, a Maplethorpe Research Fellow in the Department of Pharmacy at King’s, led the winning team in the inaugural Simfonec Business Plan Challenge at Cass Business School in London. Victoria Otamiri, a Pharmacy MSc student at King’s, was also a key team member.


16 Jul 2004 Major Govt Dental announcement made at King's

John Reid, Secretary of State for Health, unveiled his plans for a £368m funding injection for NHS dentistry at the Guy’s, King’s & St Thomas’ Dental Institute, Dental Polyclinic based in St Thomas’s Hospital today, Friday 16 July.


14 Jul 2004 President of Georgia gives lecture at King's

Michael Saakashvili, President of Georgia, will give a lecture at King’s College London today, Wednesday 14 July. Entitled The New Georgia – Challenges and Opportunities, he will speak at 4.30 pm in the Great Hall, King’s, Strand campus WC2.


08 Jul 2004 King's Psychologist elected Fellow of BA

Terrie Moffitt, Professor of Social Behaviour and Development in the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy. She is among 35 new Fellows announced by the BA.


08 Jul 2004 MRC major autism study: King's role

New MRC study to look at the role of environmental risks in development of Autism.


08 Jul 2004 King's announces new Fellows

Two new Honorary Fellows and ten new Fellows of King’s College London have been elected.


30 Jun 2004 MRC considers King's for new Centre

International Task Force recommends new role for MRC's largest institute.


29 Jun 2004 King's wins share of HEIF 2 money

King’s has successfully bid for almost £3 million in two projects from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF2) and is a collaborative partner in two others.


28 Jun 2004 Khat key to increased fertility

Berlin, Germany: A chemical that occurs naturally in the leaves of an African plant could boost men's fertility, researchers told the 20th annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology today (Monday 28 June).


14 Jun 2004 Queen honours King's staff

Nairn Wilson, Head of the Guy’s, King’s & St Thomas’ Dental Institute and Professor of Restorative Dentistry, and Christine Saunders, Senior Assistant College Secretary for the School of Humanities, were awarded a CBE and MBE respectively in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.


14 Jun 2004 Lab undertakes Pre-Games testing

Every British athlete taking part in the Olympics will be drug tested at least once before they leave for Athens. The Drug Control Centre at King’s College London will be undertaking the testing on behalf of UK Sport in the run up to the 2004 Olympic Games and the Paralympics.


09 Jun 2004 MOD Centre for King's

MOD to establish Centre for Defence Mental Health at King’s.


21 May 2004 Who was Jean Hanson?

As the world gets in shape for this summer’s Athens Olympics, King’s College London will mark the 50th anniversary of two seminal Nature papers describing how muscles work, with a two-day conference celebrating both this discovery and presenting current research in the field.


19 May 2004 First stem cell lines deposited in UK Stem Cell Bank

The UK’s first human embryonic stem (hES) cell line, grown by researchers at King’s College London, is to be deposited in the UK Stem Cell Bank. The deposit coincides with the official opening of the Bank by Health Minister, Lord Warner, today (Wednesday 19 May 2004).


13 May 2004 Talking Peace: Somerset House 1604

King’s College London and Somerset House to celebrate the fourth centenary of the Treaty of London.


27 Apr 2004 Strategic Terror and Amateur Psychology

Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies and Vice Principal (Research) at King’s College London will give a prestigious lecture entitled Strategic Terror and Amateur Psychology at 17.30, Wednesday April 28, 2004 at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, De Crespigny Park, London, SE5 9PJ.


05 Apr 2004 King's Educationalists win top international awards

Academics from the King’s College London Department of Education & Professional Studies have won awards from the American National Association for Research for Science Teaching (NARST).


25 Mar 2004 Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Modern Pharmaceutical Industry

The findings of a DTI-sponsored Natural Medicines Mission to China, led by King’s College London, will be discussed at a symposium on Thursday March 25th 2004 at King’s Strand campus from 9.45am.


25 Mar 2004 Some Bacterial Toxins Could Cause Cancer Says Scientist

A possible link between cancer and toxins or poisons produced by bacteria has been suggested by King’s College London scientists, the Society for General Microbiology's meeting in Bath will hear next week, Thursday 01 April 2004.


22 Mar 2004 Empower Women Against HIV

While condom use remains the most effective protection against sexual transmission of HIV, it is clear that in many parts of the world women are not empowered to insist on it.


11 Mar 2004 KCL performance: grant and application increases

HEFCE recurrent grant.


10 Mar 2004 King's academics win dental awards

Two King’s College London academics win awards from the International Association of Dental Research.


09 Mar 2004 Cure for Alzheimer's in sight: common drug works on fruit-flies

Scientists at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and the University of Southampton have found that a commonly used drug, lithium, cures ‘Alzheimer’s disease’ in fruit-flies.


03 Mar 2004 No safer but a lot sorrier – The military, risk and psychiatry

Professor Simon Wessely, Co-Director of the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, gave the 15th annual Liddell Hart Lecture at King’s College London, Strand campus on Tuesday 2 March 2004.


27 Feb 2004 Major literary prize ceremony held at King's

King's College London was host last night to the prestigious Duff Cooper Prize. At a ceremony held in the Great Hall, the 48th Duff Cooper Prize was awarded to Anne Applebaum, for her book Gulag: A History of the Soviet Camps, published by Penguin.


17 Feb 2004 Archbishop Tutu opens new Infection and Immunity Laboratories

Cutting edge new laboratories for one of the UK’s leading centres researching diseases such as AIDS, malaria, cancer and diabetes were today opened by the Most Revd Desmond Tutu at King’s College London.


13 Feb 2004 How to grow a tooth

New advances in stem cell biology and tissue engineering are leading to the development of cutting edge approaches to dentistry both in the repair and replacement of teeth.


03 Feb 2004 War at Sea: major TV series for King's academic

Andrew Lambert, Laughton Professor of Naval History at King’s College London, is presenting, and has written, a new BBC 2 three part series War at Sea which tells the story of the Royal Navy and its greatest battles from Trafalgar to the Falklands.


03 Feb 2004 King's to be partner in NHS University

Andrew Lambert, Laughton Professor of Naval History at King’s College London, is presenting, and has written, a new BBC 2 three part series War at Sea which tells the story of the Royal Navy and its greatest battles from Trafalgar to the Falklands.


01 Feb 2004 Cannabis use and the young

Discouraging cannabis use among vulnerable young people could prevent cases of psychotic disorder, such as schizophrenia.


26 Jan 2004 Provisional Statement on Tuition Fee Proposals in the HE Bill

King’s College London welcomes the recognition by government that a large funding gap exists in British higher education, and accepts that the proposals included in the Higher Education Bill currently offer the best prospect of narrowing that gap.


23 Jan 2004 Desmond Tutu gives major lecture at King's

Citizenship in Post-Conflict Societies was the subject of a keynote speech given by The Most Revd Desmond Tutu, Visiting Professor in Post-Conflict Societies at King’s College London.


16 Jan 2004 Tanning Devices – Fast Track to Skin Cancer?

A review published on Monday 19 January 2004 highlights increasingly compelling evidence of a link between sunbed use and malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.


15 Jan 2004 Aimhigher? Aspire!

London’s finest academic institutions are now working together to encourage local young people into further and higher education.


08 Jan 2004 Higher Education Bill

Education Secretary Charles Clarke today (Thursday January 8, 2004) unveiled the Higher Education bill in the Commons.

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