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News archive 2005

20 Dec 2005 Healthcare subjects commended in review

Clinical Psychology, Nursing, Midwifery, Health Visiting and Physiotherapy have received an excellent result in their recent Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Major Review which took place over five days in October and November 2005.


20 Dec 2005 MLA status for archives

The holdings of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, ISS, have been designated as being ‘of national and international importance' by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).


12 Dec 2005 Gold medal for Sir Lawrence

Sir Lawrence Freedman, Vice-Principal (Research) and Professor of War Studies, has been awarded the prestigious Chesney Gold Medal by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).


09 Dec 2005 Vitamin supplement may help treatment-resistant asthma

Asthma patients who don't respond to steroid treatment suffer repeated asthma attacks, and are at greater risk of dying from the condition.


08 Dec 2005 Older people placing 'unprecedented demands' on dentists

Dental experts report that the post World War Two generation is creating an unprecedented demand on the dental profession.


02 Dec 2005 Knowledge Transfer funding success

King's has been awarded £3 million for 2006-08 in the provisional awards for the third round of the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF 3). It is one of only nine out of some 130 higher education institutions to get the full award.


24 Nov 2005 Times Higher award for King's

At the first Times Higher Awards Ceremony held yesterday (23 November) the ‘Business Initiative of the Year' category was won by King's drug discovery and development spin-out company, Proximagen Neuroscience.


11 Nov 2005 New genetics labs open at King's

Cutting edge new laboratories for the Department of Medical & Molecular Genetics at King's College London were opened by Dr Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust on 10 November.


11 Nov 2005 New dimensions of strategic planning

A new initiative combining King's College London's expertise in corporate strategy and governance with scenario planning for major disasters and complex operating environments is being launched today (11 November).


10 Nov 2005 National treasure secured at King's

On the eve of Remembrance Day, the Fund set up 25 years ago in memory of those who gave their lives for the UK, has saved top secret papers, diaries and letters of the man who headed the British Armed Forces, Field Marshal Alan Francis Brooke (Lord Alanbrooke).


08 Nov 2005 Agreement allows personalised medicine for schizophrenia

Clinicians will soon be able to tailor the management of medication for schizophrenia to the needs of the patient thanks to an agreement between King's College London and LGC, Europe's leading independent analytical laboratory.


07 Nov 2005 Mathematics: The loss of certainty

Pure mathematics will remain more reliable than most other forms of knowledge, but its claim to a unique status will no longer be sustainable.


27 Oct 2005 King's rises in world rankings

The Times Higher Education Supplement has produced its world rankings for the second year running. The core of the analysis is peer review.


20 Oct 2005 Minister returns to his roots

Bill Rammell MP, Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, visited King's on 19 October.


13 Oct 2005 Students' Union win 'Investor' status
King's College London Students' Union (KCLSU) has become the first part of the College to be awarded the Investors in People standard.


12 Oct 2005 Licensing agreement brings new diabetes treatments closer

The translation of research by King's College London Professor Mark Peakman* into treatments for type 1 diabetes moved a step closer this week, with an announcement from UK Biotech firm Avidex that it has licensed exclusive rights from King's to develop products that recognise a molecule associated with the disease.


11 Oct 2005 Licensing agreement brings new diabetes treatments closer

In January, to enhance further its academic standing, the College took out three full pages in The Times Higher to advertise more than 60 posts – including some replacements for existing vacancies – across all the College's schools.


10 Oct 2005 The Earthquake in Asia

The Principal, Professor Rick Trainor, writes


07 Oct 2005 Damilola Taylor Room opens for medical students

Damilola Taylor's father opened a study room for medical students from deprived areas of London on 6 October. The Damilola Taylor Room at King's College London offers students on the Extended Medical Degree programme at the College an informal space to study and relax in between their lectures and practical classes.


03 Oct 2005 Sunday Times League Tables

King's College London was placed in thirteenth overall position in the Sunday Times UK University League Table, published yesterday (October 2nd) in its ‘University Guide'. This is the same position as the College held in 2004.


27 Sep 2005 King's student wins national award

Helinor Johnston from King's College London has won The GlaxoSmithKline Award for the Best Pharmacology Student of the year. This national award is one of the Science, Engineering & Technology (SET) Student of the Year Awards, Britain's most important prizes for science and technology undergraduates.


22 Sep 2005 National Student Survey

Commenting on the results published today of the first National Student Survey, which forms part of the new Teaching Quality Information (TQI) website, also launched today, Professor Phil Whitfield, Vice-Principal (Students), said, ‘The College is pleased to note the results of the important NSS. It will use these results, along with locally generated student assessments, to continue to improve the student-related facilities of the College and enhance the total student experience.


22 Sep 2005 £2.5m boost for research into neurodegenerative disease

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has announced £2.5m of funding to establish a new centre for research into neurodegeneration, in partnership with King's College London. The MRC Centre for Neurodegenerative Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London will open later this year and will be directed by Professor Brian Anderton, a leading expert in Alzheimer's disease.


22 Sep 2005 Major boost to UK asthma and allergy research as new Centre funded

A new research centre to study asthma and allergy is to be opened later this year at King's College London and Imperial College London thanks to funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Asthma UK.


21 Sep 2005 New Unit to measure pain

Doctors may soon be able to truly assess how much pain their patients are in thanks to a unique scientific collaboration between King's College Hospital (KCH), King's College London and Pfizer Limited.


14 Sep 2005 Flagship e-learning MA launched

This week sees the launch of King's College London's first wholly web-delivered (no residential requirement) MA degree, War in the Modern World.


13 Sep 2005 Mathematician and Cosmologist Bondi dies

Professor Sir Hermann Bondi FRS, the scientist who helped formulate the steady-state theory of the universe, and Professor of Mathematics at King's from 1954 to 1971 died on 10 September.


09 Sep 2005 New research offers hope for anaemia

Researchers from King's College London have identified a molecule that is responsible for the absorption of iron in the gut. The finding, reported in the journal, Cell, provides a major missing piece in our understanding of iron uptake and may lead to new ways of treating anaemia as well as hereditary diseases such as haemochromatosis that cause people to absorb too much iron from the diet.


07 Sep 2005 King's switches on to green electricity

King's has become one of the first universities in the country to have 100 per cent of its contractual electricity supply sourced from environmentally friendly large-scale hydro generation.


05 Sep 2005 Rowing success at World Championships

The British women's rowing quartet – which include two King's students – have won Britain's second gold medal at the Rowing World Championships in Japan.


05 Sep 2005 'Scientists not responsible for stem-cell hype'

In response to Lord Winston's comments today that the promise of embryonic stem (ES) cell research had been oversold by scientists, Dr Stephen Minger, Director of the Stem Cell Biology Laboratory at King's College London said: 'There has been hype in the field, but it has not been the scientists who are responsible for it. None of us is claiming that therapies are going to be with us tomorrow, and I think it's irresponsible to say everything is driven by hype.'


01 Sep 2005 £1.4 million gift for cancer research

Cancer research at King's has received a tremendous boost with a donation to fund research to find a cure for multiple myeloma, a bone marrow cancer. Multiple myeloma is the most common primary bone marrow cancer in adults.


26 Aug 2005 Study reveals Londoners coping after terrorist attacks

Majority of Londoners coping well after terrorist attacks.


25 Aug 2005 First Entrepreneur-in-Residence for King's

Dr Frank Boess, Principal Research Scientist at the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly has been appointed as the first Eli Lilly Entrepreneur-in-Residence at King's College London. This is the first such appointment at any UK university.


17 Aug 2005 King's ranked in World's Top 100 Universities

King's College London has again been ranked in the top 100 world universities, in the 2005 international league table of higher education institutions produced by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.


16 Aug 2005 Radical shake up in Students' Union structure

King's College London Students' Union (KCLSU) has undergone a root and branch review of its governance systems to improve the support it offers its students. KCLSU is the first students' union in the country to take this major step and its new structure will provide a model for other UK universities.


11 Aug 2005 Alumnus Rory Bremner made King's Fellow

The 2005 King's College London Fellows have been announced. The 13 new Fellows include the satirical impressionist and writer, Rory Bremner plus former College students and staff, current staff, and others closely associated with King's.


09 Aug 2005 King's professor awarded BA Fellowship

Robert Plomin, MRC Research Professor in Behavioural Genetics and Deputy Director of the MRC Social, Genetic and Development Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, was elected a Fellow of the British Academy at their recent annual general meeting.


26 Jul 2005 Bacteria feed on smelly breath

Researchers have isolated bacteria which can grow on and ‘mop up' smelly compounds in the mouth that are linked to bad breath. These smelly, highly reactive ‘one-carbon' compounds are naturally produced from the breakdown of sulphur-containing amino acids in the mouth.


26 Jul 2005 Abnormal brain activation in children with ADHD

Images taken by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London show that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have reduced activity in specific areas of the brain when they try to control their behaviour. The pictures prove that ADHD has a physical basis, and could help researchers generate more specific treatments.


19 Jul 2005 Neetu Jain

The College community is very shocked and saddened to learn of the death of our alumna Neetu Jain (BSc Biochemistry, 1988) in the Tavistock Square bus bombing on 7 July .


11 Jul 2005 Department of Nutrition and Dietetics commended in review

The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics have received an excellent result in their recent Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Major Review which took over place over five days in March and April 2005.


06 Jul 2005 Management transitions

A number of changes in the senior management of the College are to take place in the near future.


29 Jun 2005 King's academic writes Falklands official history

The Official History of the Falklands Campaign, written by Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies and Vice-Principal (Research) at King's, is published today to great critical acclaim and extensive international media coverage.


23 Jun 2005 New Cultural Centre launched with prestigious Middle East Event

A new Centre which will look at the role culture plays in pushing the political and defence agenda, and at the way cultures change in response to turmoil, is being launched today.


17 Jun 2005 Students rate King's third in UK

King's was rated the third-best university in the UK in a survey of more than 10,000 undergraduates, published in The Times Higher this week.


13 Jun 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours

A number of people connected with King's have been honoured in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours list.


03 Jun 2005 Africa needs improved palliative care for HIV/AIDS

With an estimated 26 million people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa and over 2 million deaths relating to the disease every year the need for palliative care in the region is great. Researchers from King's College London have assessed the current availability of care and revealed that the care burden primarily falls on family members and local communities, who are ‘often inadequately trained in clinical skills and lack access to essential drugs.'


02 Jun 2005 The University of London Consultation

The Vice-Chancellor's consultation on the future for the federal University.


31 May 2005 King's College London student recruitment policy

King's aims to recruit the very best applicants. In the vast majority of cases, students are awarded places on their academic achievement, but admissions tutors are encouraged (and have always been encouraged) to look beyond academic achievement alone to get a broader perspective on the potential of candidates.


27 May 2005 Times Good University Guide 2005

King's College London has retained its position of 16th – out of 100 UK universities – in the latest Times league table.


09 May 2005 Controlling weight gain could improve benefits of quitting smoking

Controlling a person's weight after they have given up smoking could help maximise the benefits for their lungs, suggests a study in this week's issue of The Lancet.


20 Apr 2005 King's publication awards

Three of the College's publications have won prestigious higher education awards.


19 Apr 2005 King's 6th in Guardian league table

King's College London has been ranked 6th out of 122 in overall UK university rankings produced by the Guardian today. The league table assesses teaching quality, staff-student ratios and graduate job prospects.


04 Apr 2005 ADHD: Not just for kids

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is not just a condition of childhood but can continue into adult life, causing people real problems in their everyday lives.


31 Mar 2005 King's spin-out company brings £1m to College

A King's College London drug discovery and development spin-out company, seeking new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, has today floated on the AIM (Alternative Investment Market), bringing a £1 million windfall for the College.


22 Mar 2005 New Vice Principal

Professor Robert Lechler appointed new Vice-Principal.


22 Mar 2005 New Bursaries for 2006

King's will be investing approximately £1.2 million into new bursaries for undergraduate students who join the College in 2006. The income will come from increased tuition fees which will be charged from 2006 when up-front fees for all home and EU undergraduate students will be abolished.


21 Mar 2005 Health Minister visits King's

Minister of Health, Rosie Winterton, is to open the newly refurbished Maurice Wohl General Dental Practice at King's College on Monday 21 March 2005.


09 Mar 2005 King's achieves UK first in islet transplantation

A multidisciplinary team at King's College Hospital has successfully achieved islet cell¹ transplantation in a Type 1 diabetes patient. This breakthrough has major implications for diabetes sufferers and has never before been achieved in the United Kingdom. The patient, a 61 year old man, now no longer needs insulin injections, following three transplants of islet cells isolated from cadaveric donor pancreases.


25 Feb 2005 Major funding success for Institute of Psychiatry

The Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King's College London is to receive the highest number of grants and the largest amount of money from the MRC and the Department of Health as part of their £5.3m package for brain science and mental health research. Five research projects at the IoP have received a total of £950,000 in funding.


11 Feb 2005 Principal delivers the Commemoration Oration

What are Universities For? was the title of a keynote speech given by Professor Rick Trainor, Principal of King's College London on Thursday 10 February. His lecture, the Commemoration Oration, examined the past, present and future role of universities and the contribution made by King's College London to the sector.


08 Feb 2005 HFEA grants cloning licence to King's and Roslin Institute

Dolly-the-sheep creator, Professor Ian Wilmut and Dr. Paul de Sousa, who are both from the Roslin Institute, and King's College London researcher Professor Christopher Shaw have today announced that they have been granted a licence by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to generate stem cell lines using Cell Nuclear Replacement for the study of Motor Neurone Disease (MND).


04 Feb 2005 Lifetime achievement award for King's academic

Paul Black OBE, Emeritus Professor of Science Education at King's College London, was recently presented with the Association for Science Education's third Life Time Achievement Award.


03 Feb 2005 Thai curry ingredient has anti-cancer properties

The ginger-like root, galangal, which is used to flavour Thai curries, has potential anti-cancer properties according to researchers working at King's College London.


18 Jan 2005 Guy's and St Thomas' Charity launch new name

From today, Tuesday 18 January, Guy's and St Thomas' Charitable Foundation will become known as Guy's and St Thomas' Charity.


11 Jan 2005 The tsunami disaster: information update

The Principal, Professor Rick Trainor, writes












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