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11 Dec 2006 Company launched promoting genetic research

London Genetics, a specialist agency created to facilitate partnerships between industry and academic centres of excellence in genetics and genomics-based research across London, was launched on the 11 December at the Genesis meeting (the UK's largest biotechnology networking conference).

 

11 Dec 2006 Success of King's in DH Research Centres

King's has been successful in three joint bids with its partner NHS Trusts for Department of Health Research Centres of Excellence. The awards were recently announced by the Department of Health as part of its Best Research for Best Health initiative.

 

14 Dec 2006 King's joins UK global elite

In a major new initiative announced yesterday, the Government launched a ‘Global Medical Excellence Cluster' at 10 Downing Street, attended by the Principal, Professor Rick Trainor and Professor Robert Lechler, Vice Principal (Health).

 

11 Dec 2006 Major trial of peanut allergies in infants

King's College London scientists working with clinicians at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust are embarking on a major clinical trial into peanut allergy in children.

 

07 Dec 2006 Research into juries and rape cases

Changes in the law that were supposed to make it easier to convict men of rape might not result in more convictions in cases in which the woman was drunk, according to new research from King's funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

 

06 Dec 2006 Biological brain differences in criminal psychopaths

Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's have identified that the way in which the brain processes other people's emotions could be one reason why criminal psychopaths do not care about others.

 

04 Dec 2006 Results of international trial of diabetes drugs

Professor Giancarlo Viberti of King's has announced today (4 December) the results of a major international clinical trial comparing the efficacy of three drugs currently being used to treat Type 2 diabetes.

 

01 Dec 2006 Asian Games drug testing undertaken at King's

The International Olympic Committee accredited Drug Control Centre at King's College London will undertake all the drug testing of athletes for the 15th Asian Games, which begin today, Friday 1 December in the capital city of Qatar, Doha.

 

28 Nov 2006 Principal elected UUK President for 2007-9

Universities UK have announced that Professor Rick Trainor, Principal of King's College London, will be the next President of Universities UK.

 

23 Nov 2006 NI Parliamentary papers now available online

More than 50 years of Stormont parliamentary records have been made available to the general public for the first time.

 

22 Nov 2006 World premiere of King's composer's first opera

Into the Little Hill, composed by George Benjamin, the internationally renowned composer and conductor and Henry Purcell Professor of Composition at King's, premieres in Paris tonight (22 November).

 

21 Nov 2006 New research into higher rates of psychoses

Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London have found higher rates of schizophrenia and other psychoses in certain ethnic minority groups and that parental separation in childhood is associated with an increased risk of developing later psychosis.

 

15 Nov 2006 New light shed on immune system development

Research led by King's scientists, and published online in the journal Nature, sheds new light on the development of the immune cells which are critical in fighting infection and some tumours.

 

09 Nov 2006 New scholarships for Middle Eastern students

Full tuition fee and maintenance scholarships will be available from September 2007 for students from Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria taking one year master's programmes at King's College London.

 

07 Nov 2006 Stem cell research licence application

Scientists from King's submitted a licence application yesterday (6 November) to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to allow them to fuse human cells with animal eggs.

 

01 Nov 2006 Architects frustrated by regulation

New research out today from the Department of Geography at King's reveals that two thirds of architects believe planning regulations and building control are hindering the design process and quality.

 

30 Oct 2006 Alzheimer's blood test development

Proteins found in the blood can indicate an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, according to groundbreaking new research published today (30 October) in the journal Brain.

 

24 Oct 2006 Care and nursing numbers link

Patients at hospitals where there are fewer nurses on the wards are more likely to die or suffer complications, according to a major study from King's.

 

17 Oct 2006 New cancer research centre at King's

King's College London is to develop a new cancer research centre, with £1.2 million funding from Cancer Research UK and the Department of Health.

 

16 Oct 2006 Lord Harries appointed Honorary Professor

Lord Harries of Pentregarth, former Bishop of Oxford, past Dean of King's College London and interim Chairman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, has been appointed as the first Honorary Professor of Theology at King's College London.

 

12 Oct 2006 Specialist strategy spin-out set up

A specialist strategy consultancy is the latest spin out company to have been established at King's College London. Simulstrat Limited develops and runs simulations based on war-gaming methodology to deliver solutions to client-specific problems.

 

05 Oct 2006 King's meteoric rise in world league table

King's has leapt spectacularly to 46th place from 73rd in the third edition of The Times Higher World University Rankings.

 

04 Oct 2006 International award for medical physicist

An international award which recognises scientists who have distinguished themselves through excellence in teaching and international education leadership has been presented to King's academic Slavik Tabakov.

 

28 Sep 2006 Finger lengths and women's sports potential

Can future sports stars be predicted just by looking at the length of an individual's fingers? According to new research, led by Professor Tim Spector from the Twin Research Unit at King's, women whose ring fingers are longer than their index fingers should achieve higher levels in sports.

 

26 Sep 2006 'Normalisation' in Northern Ireland report

Peace and ‘normalisation' in Northern Ireland involves more than tearing down watch-towers and demilitarizing police, according to a new report out today.

 

24 Sep 2006 Desmond Tutu immortalised on the web

King's College London is to launch a groundbreaking web project based on the life and work of Desmond Tutu at Archbishop Tutu's 75th birthday party in Cape Town on 25 September.

 

14 Sep 2006 King's role in Sino-British partnership

Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao yesterday (13 September) held a joint press conference at 10 Downing Street on closer collaboration between the two countries.

 

11 Sep 2006 Gordon Brown visits King's

The Chancellor, Gordon Brown, visited King's for a series of meetings with staff and students today (Monday 11 September).

 

08 Sep 2006 King's short-listed for University of the Year

King's College London has been short-listed for the title of ‘University of the Year' in the annual Sunday Times University Guide to be published this weekend (10 September).

 

07 Sep 2006 International nutritional research centre to open

Tate & Lyle today announces that it will contribute £4.5 million over a five-year period to King's College London to set up a new centre for research into the link between nutrition and health.

 

05 Sep 2006 Older fathers and autism

Children of men age 40 and older have a significantly increased risk of having autism spectrum disorders compared with those whose fathers are younger than 30 years, according to research by Abraham Reichenberg, of Institute of Psychiatry at King's and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, published today.

 

01 Sep 2006 Super-gentrifiers take over the neighbourhood

A new group of very wealthy professionals working in the City of London are “super-gentrifying” an already gentrified inner London neighbourhood, according to new research by academics at King's College London.

 

29 Aug 2006 WHO selects IoP as lead European Centre

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced today that the Institute of Psychiatry at King's is to be the lead research centre for mental health service research in its newly established European region – an area that stretches from Iceland to Russia and includes 52 countries.

 

25 Aug 2006 Byzantine Who's Who launched

The history of Byzantium, told through the careers of individuals, is captured in the unique Prosopography of the Byzantine World (PWB). This rich online searchable database of more than 10,000 people had its international launch yesterday (24 August) at King's College London.

 

23 Aug 2006 Law School tops national survey

In the second National Student Survey, King's School of Law has been voted the top UK university law department in terms of student satisfaction. Two other subject areas, Medical Science & Pharmacy and Politics (War Studies), are in the top five of universities for overall student satisfaction.

 

17 Aug 2006 King's wins business prize for third year

For the third consecutive year a King's-led team have won the prestigious Simfonec Leap Business Plan Competition. The Team, H+ Energy, entered their successful project which aims to develop a technology for the environmentally friendly production of hydrogen fuel.

 

03 Aug 2006 King's awarded anti-doping contract

One year on from the announcement that the 2012 Olympics will be held in London, it is announced today that the internationally-renowned Drug Control Centre at King's College London has been awarded a five-year contract to undertake the drug testing on athletes tested under the UK Sport Anti-Doping Testing Programme.

 

01 Aug 2006 The future of the monarchy

When Prince Charles succeeds to the throne he is likely to become involved in politics in a manner quite unlike his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Undoubtedly there will be opportunities for modernisation but there is also danger that the new King will become embroiled in political controversy. Will the reign of King Charles III prove a new dawn or troubled twilight for the institution of the British monarchy?

 

31 Jul 2006 International dental agreement

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between King's College London Dental Institute and the Tohoku University Graduate School of Dentistry in Japan.

 

27 Jul 2006 Degree powers for King's

King's College London has been awarded degree-awarding powers in its own right by the Privy Council. Currently, the College awards degrees of the University of London under a delegated authority as do all other colleges of the University.

 

20 Jul 2006 Gates Foundation HIV funding

King's College London has been awarded funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for research into HIV vaccines, as part of a $287 million international funding initiative.

 

17 Jul 2006 Air quality alerts to your phone

A service which supplies warnings of high levels of air pollution direct to mobile phones via text and voice messages goes live today (17 July) in Sussex. Sussex AirALERT is provided by scientists in the Environmental Research Group (ERG) at King's College London using forecast meteorology and the latest air pollution measurements.

 

10 Jul 2006 King's psychologist awarded FBA

Avshalom Caspi, Professor of Personality Development at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's, is one of 34 academics who have been awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the British Academy, the national academy for the humanities and the social sciences.

 

07 Jul 2006 7/7: a year on

New assessment from King's College London looking at the events of the last year and questioning whether necessary lessons have been learned and reforms implemented after the bombings in London on 7 and 21 July 2005, has been published today.

 

05 Jul 2006 New Chairman of Council

The Council of King's College London has approved the nomination of the Marquess of Douro as Chairman of Council, following the completion in September 2007 of the customary three 3-year terms by the current Chairman, Baroness Rawlings.

 

30 Jun 2006 Access to Medicine celebrates success

King's College London's ‘Access to Medicine' project marked its fifth birthday yesterday (29 June) with an awards ceremony celebrating the success of students.

 

27 Jun 2006 Prime Minister gives keynote talk at King's

The Prime Minister, Tony Blair, gave a major policy speech on Africa and climate change last night in the Great Hall of King's College London. Entitled A Year After Gleneagles, he announced a new body to monitor the progress of pledges made at last summer's G8 summit.

 

26 Jun 2006 King's signs agreement with Tsinghua University

On Monday 19 June King's College London signed a collaborative agreement with Tsinghua University.

 

19 Jun 2006 DBE for King's historian

In the Queen's birthday honours announced on Saturday 17 June King's College London staff, students and alumni were recognised, including: Professor Jinty Nelson, who was awarded a DBE, Professor Cathy Warwick a CBE, and law student Katherine Grainger an MBE.

 

09 Jun 2006 Expansion of King's master's programmes

King's is extending its provision of master's courses by introducing 12 new programmes for entry in September 2006. They cover a range of subjects from Religion in Contemporary Society to World Englishes, and introduce innovative areas of study across the College's nine Schools.

 

08 Jun 2006 Job interviews disadvantage ethnic minorities

A report written by King's academics from the Department of Education & Professional Studies, and published today by the Department for Work and Pensions, provides a detailed examination of current job interview practices and shows how ethnic minority candidates may be disadvantaged by these practices. 

 

06 Jun 2006 Principal criticises Israeli boycott

Professor Rick Trainor, Principal of King's College London, has criticised the resolution of the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE) which urges its members to consider a boycott of Israeli universities and academics unless they publicly dissociate themselves from the policies of the state of Israel.

 

30 May 2006 Liberian President speaks at King's

The world's first woman black President and Africa's first elected female Head of State, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia, spoke on Monday (29 May) at King's College London, where she presented her Government's development plan for Liberia.

 

26 May 2006 Sri Lankan tsunami centre opens

Psychiatrists and psychologists from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London have created a new centre for trauma, resettlement and mental health in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was opened today (26 May) by Sri Lankan Minister of Disaster Management & Human Rights, Hon Mahinda Samarasinghe MP.

 

25 May 2006 How Kew grew

Today sees the opening of Kew Garden's Heritage Festival, celebrating the garden's royal connections, from Georgian roots, through Victorian expansion, to contemporary achievements: 250 years of history.

 

24 May 2006 Mathematician joins ranks of science greats

Peter West, Professor of Theoretical Physics in the Department of Mathematics at King's, is one of 44 scientists recognised for their exceptional contributions to science, engineering and medicine with their election to the Fellowship of the Royal Society, the UK national academy of science, this week. 

 

23 May 2006 Desmond Tutu returns to King's

On 19 May Archbishop Desmond Tutu returned to King's to speak at a meeting in the Great Hall, Strand Campus, that had been organised by the Canon Collins Trust, which supports education in Southern Africa.

 

17 May 2006 HRH officially opens South Range

HRH, The Princess Royal, Chancellor of the University of London, yesterday (Tuesday 16 May), officially opened the So uth Range of King's College London's Strand Campus after a two-year, £40 million refurbishment.

 

16 May 2006 Research finds no 'Iraq War Syndrome'

Two large-scale studies by scientists from King's College London have found that there is no evidence for a new ‘Iraq War Syndrome' and there has been no increase in mental health problems in regular UK forces as a result of serving in Iraq.

 

11 May 2006 King's signs major agreement with HKU

King's College London signed a major collaborative agreement (a 'Memorandum of Understanding') with the University of Hong Kong on Thursday 11 May.

 

08 May 2006  Archbishop of Canterbury visits King's

The Archbishop of Canterbury, and King's College London Visitor, Dr Rowan Williams, has spent today (Monday 8 May) at the College visiting the Guy's and Strand Campuses, meeting staff and students as well as attending services in the chapels on both campuses.

 

04 May 2006 Commercial Internship with KCL Enterprises

A new 12 month full-time internship funded by the London Development Agency (LDA) and Elanco Animal Health, a global business division of Eli Lilly and Company, has been established at KCL Enterprises.

 

02 May 2006 King's seventh in Guardian league table

King's College London has been placed seventh overall in the 2006 Guardian University League table, and in terms of multi-faculty British universities, the College is ranked fourth.

 

27 Apr 2006 International student shines

Joanne Li Shen Ooi, a King's College London second-year medical student from Malaysia, has been named winner of the London region and one of only 12 finalists in the British Council's International Student ‘Shine' Awards 2006. These awards, now in their fourth year, recognise international students who are truly making the most of their time in the UK.

 

24 Apr 2006 Strand redevelopment unveiled

One of the most imaginative and creative refurbishments of a major university building in Britain is unveiled today (24 April). The South Range of King's College London's Grade I listed building on its Strand Campus reopens after a two-year £40 million redevelopment.

 

19 Apr 2006 King's professor launches new Arden Hamlet

King's College London Professor Ann Thompson is one of the editors of a new ground-breaking Arden edition of Hamlet, launched on 19 April at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. This is the first Hamlet to edit separately all three texts of the play published in the early 17th century.

 

12 Apr 2006 Statement regarding Dr Raj Persaud

The investigation into allegations of plagiarism against Dr Raj Persaud has been concluded in accordance with the regulations of King's College London.

 

11 Apr 2006 New hope for earlier diagnosis of schizophrenia

Neurochemical imaging researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's, have developed a brain scan method showing a chemical abnormality in a critical part of the brain that could herald an early method of diagnosis for schizophrenia.

 

10 Apr 2006 The resilience of Army wives

Army wives are a stoical bunch. Indeed, soldiers serving overseas need worry far less than they do about how their spouses are coping without them.

 

07 Apr 2006 New spin-out company for IoP

Theragenetics Limited, a pharmacogenetic diagnostics spin-out company from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's, has been established today (7 April).

 

03 Apr 2006 American Ambassador visits King's

Robert Holmes Tuttle, United States Ambassador to the Court of St James, spent two hours visiting King's Strand Campus on Monday 3 April. Ambassador Tuttle was given a guided tour of the redeveloped South Range of the College's main building (first opened in 1831) and took part in a Question and Answer session chaired by the Principal, Professor Rick Trainor.

 

30 Mar 2006 Vitamins and pregnancy

The latest research from King's College London's Division of Reproductive Health on taking vitamin supplements C and E and pre-eclampsia in pregnant women is published by The Lancet (30 March). The £1.3 million Wellcome Trust funded study was led by Lucilla Poston, Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health. 

 

28 Mar 2006 New King's Academic-In-Residence for GSK

Dr David Begley, from the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division, has been appointed as the first King's Academic-in-Residence at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the UK's largest research based pharmaceutical company.

 

24 Mar 2006  Wolfson Merit Award for King's geneticist

Avshalom Caspi, Professor of Personality Development, Institute of Psychiatry, at King's has been awarded a prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award for further research into genetics and stress.

 

23 Mar 2006 Chinese prison delegation visits King's

The largest and most senior prison delegation ever to leave China and visit the West is working with the King's International Centre for Prison Studies (ICPS) as part of their two-week fact finding mission organised by the British Council.

 

15 Mar 2006 King's wins four prestigious AHRC awards

King's College London has been successful in securing four Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) collaborative doctoral awards. This builds on last year's success when the College won three awards.

 

14 Mar 2006 College achieves Fairtrade status

King's College London is the latest higher education institution to have been awarded Fairtrade University status by the Fairtrade Foundation. 

 

08 Mar 2006 New King's College London Fellows  

King's College London has announced today ten new Fellows and six Honorary Fellows. This year the College has developed and extended the range of awards it makes in recognition of distinction of service and clarified the definition of the constituencies that might be considered for these awards.

 

03 Mar 2006 New report on end-of-life care

The wishes of terminally ill cancer patients who want to die at home rather than in hospital should be given priority by policy makers, according to a report by researchers at King's College London.

 

24 Feb 2006 Innovative scheme for medical and dental institutions

From summer 2006 many applicants applying to study medicine or dentistry at King's for entry in 2007 will be required to take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). The College is one of 24 UK universities to join this new scheme.

 

20 Feb 2006 John Reid gives keynote speech at King's

Secretary of State for Defence The Rt Hon John Reid urged the public to have more understanding of British soldiers serving in war zones, in his keynote speech given in the Great Hall of King's College London today (Monday 20 February) to an audience of War Studies students and staff.

 

17 Feb 2006 Law students triumph at Moot finals

A five-strong team of King's law undergraduates has won the UK National Rounds of the Jessup International Law Mooting Competition.

 

16 Feb 2006 King's bucks admissions trend

Figures released today show that the number of undergraduate students applying to King's has risen by an impressive 4 per cent. This compares to a drop of 3.4 per cent across the UK higher education sector.

 

10 Feb 2006 Major alliance with UNC

King's has signed a wide-ranging strategic alliance with the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, one of the leading universities in the world and the first chartered state university in the USA.

 

31 Jan 2006 QAA and the University of London

A team of auditors from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) visited the University of London in June 2005 to carry out an institutional audit, the results of which were published on 30 January 2006.

 

31 Jan 2006 Muscle research strengthened

The first cry of a new-born child brings profound relief to parents. It's an outward sign that things are well – the heart is beating and the lungs have kicked into life.

 

27 Jan 2006 Temporary staff happier and healthier

New research conducted by staff in the Department of Management at King's College London, reveals that temporary workers are happier and healthier than permanent workers.

 

19 Jan 2006 January Graduation Ceremonies

King's College London held four Graduation Ceremonies at The Barbican in London on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 January. More than 1,200 students from across the College took part.

 

17 Jan 2006 2.7m grant for search-based software engineering

A team of researchers led by Professor Mark Harman at King's College London have been awarded a grant of £2.7 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to use search techniques inspired by nature to automate large parts of the software engineering process.

 

16 Jan 2006 Major grant to improve wound healing

Researchers at King's College London have received funding to develop an “intelligent” wound dressing capable of speeding up the healing process of chronic wounds.

 

12 Jan 2006 Dental schools' talks

King's College London (KCL) and University College London (UCL) are involved in discussions concerning a formal relationship between KCL and UCL Eastman, Dental Institutes.

 

 

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