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22 Dec 2008 King's shows way for London Leaders

King’s outstanding credentials as a sustainable organisation which also undertakes cutting-edge academic work in the area of climate change and environmental issues, were outlined in a speech by the Principal of King’s College London, Professor Rick Trainor, at the Royal Society.


18 Dec 2008 2008 RAE results

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities, 60 per cent of research activity at King’s has been deemed 4* and 3*, meaning that this is regarded as world-leading or internationally excellent. In total 91 per cent of research activity entered is internationally recognised.


12 Dec 2008 Honorary recognition for King's

Four of the seven 2008 honorary degrees awarded this month by the University of London have been conferred on King’s former staff or students, an outstanding, and possibly unrivalled, achievement.


11 Dec 2008 King's study aims to cut bullying amongst NHS staff

A study carried out by researchers at King’s College London and King’s College Hospital Trust is aiming to help reduce bullying and harassment of NHS staff.


10 Dec 2008 Next steps for Academic Health Sciences Centre

Plans to develop an Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) with NHS partners took a step forward today with the announcement of a name, ‘King’s Health Partners’, and that Vice-Principal (Health) Professor Robert Lechler is confirmed as Interim Director.


09 Dec 2008 King's partners with JNU India

King's College London and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India have signed a partnership agreement to develop joint research links and a strong student exchange scheme.


08 Dec 2008 Knowledge Transfer first for King's

A team from the King’s Department of Geography have won the Environmental Sciences Award of the first-ever London Knowledge Transfer Awards, sponsored by the London Development Agency, for a project estimating biomass burning smoke emissions from geostationary satellites.


05 Dec 2008 No credit crunch for King's

More than £75,000 has been pledged by nearly 400 donors, in the Autumn 2008 telephone campaign, raising money for the College’s Annual Fund. With donations still to be counted, this could be the highest amount ever raised.


04 Dec 2008 KCLSU celebrates 100th anniversary

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the first students’ union general meeting at King’s College London. To celebrate this significant landmark in KCLSU history, a number of events are taking place in conjunction with the Alumni Office.


03 Dec 2008 Archbishop Tutu awarded honorary degree

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Laureate, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, former Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, King’s Fellow and alumnus, has finally received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the University of London, some 26 years later than intended.


02 Dec 2008 King's academic awarded BHF Chair

Mathias Gautel, Professor of Molecular Cardiology from the Randall Division for Cell and Molecular Biophysics and Cardiovascular Division at King’s has been awarded one of three new Chairs in the UK, from the British Heart Foundation for his innovative research into muscular activity in the heart.


28 Nov 2008 King's major investment in PhDs

The College is offering 50 PhD studentships in the Health Schools, following its success in attracting externally funded awards combined with a major investment of College funds.   Awards are mainly available for four years, and include an annual stipend and tuition fees. 


28 Nov 2008 Palestinian Ambassador visits King's

The Palestinian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Professor Manuel Hassassian gave a talk at King’s College London yesterday in which he discussed possibilities for change and progress in the Israel-Palestine peace process from a Palestinian perspective.


27 Nov 2008 Honorary Degree Ceremony

The College’s first full-scale Honorary Degree Ceremony was held yesterday evening in the Strand Chapel. The Chairman of Council, the Marquess of Douro, and the Principal, Professor Rick Trainor, conferred Honorary Degrees on seven highly-distinguished recipients.


25 Nov 2008 Principal meets with PM

Professor Rick Trainor, Principal of King’s College London and President of Universities UK met with Prime Minister Gordon Brown today as part of a delegation to discuss the important role universities have to play in boosting the UK economy.


21 Nov 2008 New insight into motor neurone disease

Scientists at King’s funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in collaboration with others have identified a molecule that could be the key to understanding the cause of neurodegenerative diseases such as motor neurone disease (MND).


18 Nov 2008 King's Awards Honorary Doctorate to Head of State

The Council of King’s College London has decided to confer an honorary doctorate of Laws on His Excellency Mr Shimon Peres, President of Israel and Nobel Laureate, on the occasion of his visit to the United Kingdom in November 2008.


18 Nov 2008 New seed fund manager for College

NESTA, the National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts, has been appointed as the new fund manager of the Kinetique Biomedical Seed Fund, a University Challenge Seed Fund providing start-up funding for the development and strategic management of spin-out companies from King’s and Queen Mary.


17 Nov 2008 Major Byzantine collaboration

One of the most ambitious exhibitions and lecture series on Byzantium to be held in Britain is underway. Byzantium 330-1453, is a collaboration between the Royal Academy of Arts and the Benaki Museum in Athens. British Byzantinists are involved, with King’s making a major contribution.


10 Nov 2008 Unique centre for transnational legal studies

The new Center for Transnational Legal Studies has been officially launched at King’s. The Center, spearheaded by Georgetown Law, is a first-of-its kind, collaborative project involving ten premier law schools from around the world, including King’s, to offer transnational legal education.


07 Nov 2008 Another Green Award for King's

King’s College London has won a Green Business Award in the Best Construction or Property Business category for the ‘comprehensiveness of its green construction programme in a physically and politically complex environment’.


05 Nov 2008 PR team scoops national award

The King’s PR Team won a national Public Sector Campaign award at the PRCA (Public Relations Consultants Association) awards ceremony held at the London Marriot Hotel on 4 November. 


31 Oct 2008 New study adds to debate on peanut allergy

New data published by researchers at King's and the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital adds to the growing body of evidence that the development of childhood peanut allergy is influenced by whether a child consumes or avoids peanuts during infancy.


29 Oct 2008 HRH opens Clinical Research Facility

HRH The Princess Royal officially opened a new Clinical Research Facility at St Thomas’ Hospital today where researchers at King’s and clinical staff at the Hospital will undertake a range of multi-disciplinary research focusing on nutrition, obesity and cardiovascular health. 


28 Oct 2008 King's hosts key Microsoft signing

Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, and Jim Knight, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, from the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) met with King’s academics and students today. They were at the College to sign a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Microsoft.


28 Oct 2008 £10 million Allergy & Asthma labs open at King's

The MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma at King's opened new labs yesterday. The investment by the College, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity will address the rising epidemic of allergy and asthma in the UK.


27 Oct 2008 Famous figures join the Strand

A larger than life-size group of characters will join the Strand streetscape at the end of October, brightening up one of London’s main arteries.


24 Oct 2008 King's shortlisted for University of the Year

King’s College London was shortlisted for University of the Year in the 2008 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards. The awards, which are now in their fourth year, aim to celebrate the achievements and innovative work of UK higher education institutions.


23 Oct 2008 New Centre for Biomedical Spectroscopy

King’s is one of nine leading universities to have received awards totalling almost £30 million to help create new, internationally competitive research facilities under the Wellcome Trust’s Capital Awards in Biomedical Sciences initiative.


21 Oct 2008 King's and Philips heart research collaboration

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by King's and Royal Philips Electronics yesterday to work together on a new five-year research collaboration targeted at developing new ways to improve diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.


20 Oct 2008 Writing Fellow joins Graduate School

The College’s first ever Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow has taken up her post.  Jennifer Potter, an established author who has published both fiction and non-fiction titles, will be based within the Graduate School.


17 Oct 2008 King's and the US Presidential elections

King’s is hosting a series of panel debates addressing American foreign policy, the War on Terror, and the future of both under a McCain or Obama administration. The Principal, Professor Rick Trainor, is leading the delegation in the United States.


16 Oct 2008 Landmark nursing roadmap launched

The dynamic role of the modern nurse was the central message delivered by the Chief Nursing Officer yesterday at King’s, at the launch of two reports from the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery to realise Lord Darzi’s vision laid out in his review High Quality Care for All.


15 Oct 2008 Vargas Llosa lectures at King's

Mario Vargas Llosa, one of Latin America’s most significant novelists and leading author of his generation, as well as a former member of staff and Fellow of the College, delivered a keynote speech at King’s last night.


14 Oct 2008 MP welcomes ageing initiatives

David Willetts MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, attended the launch of the 'Facing Retirement Forum' at King’s yesterday. This initiative aims to develop a better understanding of the needs of older people - baby boomers - in the UK.


13 Oct 2008 New gene link to male pattern baldness

Researchers from King’s College London have coordinated a multicentre study where two genetic variants have been identified which, when present together in the same individual, increase the risk of male pattern baldness (otherwise known as androgenic alopecia) seven fold.


10 Oct 2008 Scientists create stem cells without embryos

Researchers from the Wolfson CARD Laboratory at King’s are working in collaboration with the University of Tübingen, Germany on a study, published in Nature this week, to show that pluripotent human stem cells can be generated without requiring human embryos.


09 Oct 2008 King's rise in global rankings

King’s place as one of the world’s leading universities is confirmed again today with the publication of the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings. The College has risen to 22nd, an increase of two places on last year.


08 Oct 2008 Prisons likely to become major hubs for radicalisation

King’s academic Dr Peter Neumann is urging European governments to pay attention to the situation in European prisons as they are likely to become major hubs for radicalisation and recruitment of Islamist militants in a report published by the European Commission this month.


06 Oct 2008 Major boost for Cancer research

King’s is a big winner in a £50 million funding round, announced at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference, in a nationwide initiative that will see the development and introduction of the latest imaging technologies to help advances in basic and clinical cancer research.


03 Oct 2008 First dental anxiety service launches at King's

The new Health Psychology Service for adults with dental anxiety, the first of its kind in the UK, launched at King’s yesterday to provide support for people who are very anxious about visiting the dentist. The service was opened by The Head of Service Quality and Standards from the Chief Dental Officer’s office, Dr Serbjit Kaur.


03 Sep 2008 Santander agreement with King's

King’s College London and Abbey National plc, the UK subsidiary of Banco Santander, have signed a three-year agreement to set up scholarships and support research and international collaboration in the area of Iberian and Latin-American Studies.


01 Oct 2008 New Head for SSPP

One of the country’s leading social statisticians, who has campaigned for evidence to be used as the basis for the development of sound public policies within the UK and more widely, is the new Head of the School of Social Science & Public Policy at King’s College London.


29 Sep 2008 Launch of Spanish theatre translation project

‘Out of the Wing’s’ is a unique Spanish theatre translation project that seeks to open up the riches of the theatres of the Spanish-speaking world to English-language theatre practitioners has been launched at King’s College London.


25 Sep 2008 New discovery on the cause of Type 1 Diabetes

Mark Peakman, Professor of Immunology, has discovered that white blood cells are able to kill beta cells – the cells that produce insulin in the pancreas, and are destroyed in Type 1 diabetes. This is the first time that this has been shown and could accelerate the development of new therapies to prevent the disease.


24 Sep 2008 King's Honorary Degrees 2008 announced

A Nobel Laureate, the President of the Royal Society and a leading scholar in Confucian studies are among this year’s eight King’s College London Honorary Graduates. They will receive their degrees at a ceremony at the College on 26 November.


22 Sep 2008 Initiatives to support students

The College’s first centre offering a variety of services to support King’s students opens today. This major new development, known as The Compass, will provide advice and answers to general enquiries as well as facilitating access to specialist support services.


19 Sep 2008 Celebrating success: King's Awards 2008

The 2008 King’s Awards dinner took place last night (Thursday 18 September). For the second year, members of the College community gathered at the Inner Temple, London, to celebrate the excellence and contributions of staff, students and alumni.


16 Sep 2008 Counting cosmic rays over London

Yesterday scientists from King’s began working with pupils at Highgate School to detect, analyse and understand the effects of cosmic rays. This project, the first of its kind in the UK, is designed to involve pupils in real scientific research.


16 Sep 2008 National Student Survey results

The results of the fourth annual National Student Survey have shown that the overall satisfaction rate for students at King’s is 84 per cent, two per cent above the national figure. Also there was an increase of more than 10 per cent in the response rate by King’s students.


12 Sep 2008 Top UN General discusses Darfur

General Martin Luther Agwai, who is leading one of the United Nation's biggest peacekeeping operations in the world, will discuss the realities of the ongoing challenges and the activities of the mission in Western Sudan at King’s today.


05 Sep 2008 King's at major science festival

This week three King’s academics will be speaking at the BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science) Festival - one of the UK's biggest science festivals, attracting annually around 400 of the best scientists and science communicators to discuss their research.


02 Sep 2008 King's appoints new Vice-Principal

King’s College London has appointed Chris Mottershead as Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation). 


01 Sep 2008 Vaccine technology breakthrough at King's

Dr Alistair Noble from the MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma at King’s, has developed a new technology for vaccine development which could be used for a variety of diseases such as Asthma, Tuberculosis, HIV and influenza.


26 Aug 2008 DoH funding for Palliative Care

Care Services Minister, Ivan Lewis, has announced a £1millon grant from the Department of Health towards the construction of the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care at King’s College London.


15 Aug 2008 King's Olympic success

King’s student Katherine Grainger became the first British woman to win medals at three consecutive Olympic Games yesterday, with silver in the quadruple sculls in Beijing. 


13 Aug 2008 King's aims for Olympic gold

A King’s student and two King’s graduates are in the British women’s quadruple sculls team taking to the water on Sunday for the final in the Beijing Olympics.


13 Aug 2008 King's graduates in demand

Latest Government figures confirm King’s graduates’ success in the job market. A recent survey shows that six months after graduation 97 per cent of our graduates went into employment and/or further study.


12 Aug 2008 New research into Prostate Cancer

An international team of researchers including Professor Lars Holmberg from the Division of Cancer Studies at King’s, have discovered that men with early prostate cancer who undergo radical prostatectomy have a lower rate of death than men who continue without treatment, known as 'watchful waiting'.


08 Aug 2008 New bacterial species found in mouth

Scientists at King’s have discovered a new species of bacteria in the mouth which will help scientists better understand problems such as tooth decay and gum disease potentially leading to better treatments.


06 Aug 2008  Award for advancing women in science

The College has won a national award for the active steps it is taking to support the career progression and development of women working in science, engineering and technology disciplines (SET).


06 Aug 2008 King's Professor conducts Proms

Tonight the BBC Proms, at the Albert Hall, will be conducted by George Benjamin, Henry Purcell Professor of Composition at King’s. He will conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra in five pieces including one of his own works.


05 Aug 2008 Education Department rises to 5th place

The Department of Education & Professional Studies at King’s is now ranked 5th in England and top in London in an influential table ranking teacher training.  


04 Aug 2008 King's spin-out seals $232m deal

Proximagen Neuroscience plc, one of King’s most successful spin-out companies, has agreed a $232 million worldwide licensing deal with a leading American pharmaceutical company to develop a new drug for Parkinson’s disease.


01 Aug 2008 Funding boost to King's

Academic initiatives and student activities at King’s will significantly benefit from a new £200 million government scheme, launched today, enabling UK universities to increase their income from voluntary giving.


25 Jul 2008 £5m donation for neuroscience

King’s project to create Europe’s leading neuroscience research institute at Denmark Hill has taken a step closer to completion with the announcement of a major donation of £5 million from the Maurice Wohl Foundation.


24 Jul 2008 £2m to set up Medical Humanities Centre

King’s College London has been successful in winning one of two highly prestigious awards to support the best research in medical humanities, the Wellcome Trust has announced today.


23 Jul 2008 Graduating from the war zone

The first graduates of a unique course, including military personnel who have studied while serving in a war zone, attended their graduation ceremony yesterday. The War in the Modern World MA is offered by King’s Department of War Studies. 


21 Jul 2008 Graduation Ceremonies

Twice named British Designer of the Year, Dame Vivienne Westwood, and former Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, Lord Smith (Chris Smith) will be among those receiving Honorary Fellowships at the College’s degree ceremonies this week.


18 Jul 2008 End of Life Care Strategy

King’s Professor of Palliative Care, Irene Higginson, was a key contributor to the Department of Health’s new End of Life Care Strategy published earlier this week.  


18 Jul 2008 King's music professor elected FBA

Roger Parker, Thurston Dart Professor of Music at King’s College London and one of the world’s leading experts on 19th-century Italian opera, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy.


14 Jul 2008 New clues for Huntington's disease

Researchers from King’s, in partnership with University College London, and scientists from Sweden, the USA and Canada, have discovered a new pathway of inflammatory activation in Huntington’s disease (HD).


11 Jul 2008 Dubai agreement

The Vice Chancellor of the British University in Dubai (BUiD), Dr Abdullah M Alshamsi, and the Principal of King’s College London, Professor Rick Trainor, today signed a significant cooperation agreement between the two institutions.


10 Jul 2008 Cheats have no place to hide

Athletes who cheat through using prohibited substances or methods will have no place to hide in the UK said Professor David Cowan, Director of the King's College London Drug Control Centre, at a media open day held this morning.


07 Jul 2008 First GPEP students graduate from King's

At a Degree Ceremony held at Southwark Cathedral on Friday 4 July, the first-ever King’s medical students from the Graduate/Professional Entry (GPEP) Programme graduated.


03 Jul 2008 Vivienne Westwood designs new academic gowns

A catwalk show featuring King’s students this evening (3 July) will launch the 20 new gowns and hoods that make up the stunning new King’s College London academic dress created by the English fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood and produced by Ede & Ravenscroft.


02 Jul 2008 Multiple vaccinations: no ill health in UK soldiers in Iraq

Multiple vaccinations have not been a cause of ill health in UK service personnel deployed to Iraq, finds a study published on written by researchers from King’s College London’s Centre for Military Health Research.


01 Jul 2008 Brazilian institute named after King's academic

A new research support facility for study into genetics and brain imaging, the ‘Instituto de Psiquiatria’ in Sao Paulo Brazil, has been named after Robin Murray, Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London.


30 Jun 2008 Launch of King's NIHR Patient Safety Centre

The King's Patient Safety & Service Quality Research Centre, was opened at a ceremony last week, attended by Professor John Moxham, Medical Director of King’s College Hospital, Acting CEO of King's College Hospital, Dame Jacqueline Docherty, and the Vice–Principal of King's, Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman.


26 Jun 2008 King's top for MRC Funding

King’s has received the highest amount of Medical Research Council (MRC) funding of any university, it has been revealed in an analysis for grant income among the top 20 Universities for 2006-7, with an income total of £23,664,490.


25 Jun 2008 King's carbon award: world first

King’s is one of 12 organisations in England and Scotland to achieve the “Carbon Trust Standard”, a new certificate launched today for organisations to prove they are tackling climate change and have made genuine reductions in their carbon emissions.


24 Jun 2008 Major Wellcome grants for biomedical ethics research

King’s has been awarded two of three substantial grants from the Wellcome Trust to support the best research in biomedical ethics.   


23 Jun 2008 King's spin-out company completes £3m funding

OSspray Ltd, a King's spin-out company specialising in novel dental treatments, has just closed a £3 million funding round.


20 Jun 2008 Air Power and Strategy Conference

Air Power and Strategy: Challenges for the 21st Century was the subject of a major international conference held over 12-13 June in the Joint Services Command and Staff College at The Defence Academy, Shrivenham. 


18 Jun 2008 Opening of pioneering new cancer labs

The new Richard Dimbleby Laboratory of Cancer Research was officially opened at King’s yesterday, in a ceremony attended by Jonathan and David Dimbleby, Trustees of Dimbleby Cancer Care and DIUS Secretary of State John Denham, Chairman of Council Lord Douro, and the Principal Professor Rick Trainor.


16 Jun 2008 King's recognised in Birthday Honours

The Queen’s Birthday Honours were announced on 14 June with a number of people associated with King’s College London being recognised, including an OBE for Irene Higginson, Professor of Palliative Care and Policy.


06 Jun 2008 Creative China: V&A and King's collaboration

An international conference co-organised by King's in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, the world's leading museum of art and design, examining Chinese visual culture starts today (6 June).


04 Jun 2008 English links with cultural partners

The Department of English at King’s College London is collaborating with the British Library and the British Museum, two of the world’s most prestigious cultural institutions, to offer two new unique master’s programmes.


02 Jun 2008 King's and the UCU Motion on Israel

Professor Rick Trainor, Principal of King’s College London, responds to a motion concerning academic links to Israeli institutions passed by the University and College Union's annual Congress.


29 May 2008 Africa at the cross-roads

Kofi A Annan, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations delivered the 2008 King’s College London Commemoration Oration last night (28 May), held in the Great Hall, Strand Campus.


20 May 2008 MPs back hybrid embryo research

UK scientists were granted the right to create hybrid animal embryos last night, after MPs in the House of Commons voted in favour of a change to the law on embryo research for the first time in 20 years.


20 May 2008 China and Burma natural disasters

The College continues to offer its support to any students and staff who have been affected by the recent natural disasters in China and Burma, or who are concerned for friends and family.


16 May 2008 Olympic visitors to drug lab

Members of the Beijing Olympic Games drug testing team are visiting King’s Drug Control Centre this week on a fact-finding mission to learn from the UK’s only accredited laboratory how to rid the Games of drug cheats.


14 May 2008 HRH attends King's conference

HRH The Princess Royal has this morning (14 May) attended the opening session of a two-day international conference marking the 60th anniversary of the end of the British mandate in Palestine, taking place at King’s College London.


13 May 2008 Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys: genetic testing lecture

Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys will lecture at King’s tomorrow (14 May) on the advances of genetic testing.   


12 May 2008 £1.4m for maths and science education research

Academics from the College’s Department of Education & Professional Studies have won £1.4 million to undertake research to help the next generation of school children develop the mathematics and science skills needed to keep the UK competitive.


08 May 2008 Safra lecture: Parkinson's cutting-edge research

The annual Edmond J. Safra Memorial Lecture, Exploring cutting-edge research on Parkinson’s disease took place at King's last night. .


02 May 2008 British Museum and King's collaboration

The King’s College London American Studies Department has joined forces with the British Museum to deliver a programme of public lectures and readings to accompany its major new exhibition The American Scene: Prints from Hopper to Pollock.


30 Apr 2008 First genome-wide scan for osteoporosis

Research led by a group from King’s has uncovered two genes to aid diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. 


29 Apr 2008 Supporting expansion of India's HE sector

Professor Rick Trainor, Principal of King's and President of Universities UK, is leading a delegation of UK Vice Chancellors to India to discuss increasing collaboration as India expands its higher education sector.


24 Apr 2008  First translational research grants awarded

King’s College London has announced the four winners of the first Translational Research Grant Awards. 


24 Apr 2008 Independent league table

King’s College London is placed 15th in The Complete University Guide published by the Independent today.


22 Apr 2008 Healthy Planet website launched

An innovative new website, drawing on the research of a King’s geographer will allow individuals and companies to sponsor areas of protected parks throughout the world, choosing from more than 70,000 different parks or heritage sites in danger.


21 Apr 2008 World-leading Theologian joins King's

Scientist, and former atheist, turned internationally-regarded theologian and prolific author, Revd Professor Alister McGrath, has been appointed to the newly created Chair in Theology, Ministry and Education at King’s College London. 


17 Apr 2008 King's supports PM's Anglosphere initiative

Professor Rick Trainor, Principal of King’s College London, has been invited by the Prime Minister to play a leading role in delivering high level US and UK university co-operation in his capacity as President of Universities UK.


16 Apr 2008 Top novelist at King's

Booker prize-winning novelist Dame Antonia Byatt gave the vote of thanks at the inaugural lecture of Professor Max Saunders last night, in which she praised his ‘elegant and intriguing lecture’ and also his skills as a biographer.


15 Apr 2008 Largest ever genetics study at King's

Research teams at King’s are to play a leading role in a follow up to last year's Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium the largest ever study of the genetics behind disease. 


14 Apr 2008 Rosalind Franklin remembered

King’s College London will tonight host an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Rosalind Franklin whose pioneering work at King’s was key to the discovery of the structure of DNA.


10 Apr 2008 Academic Health Sciences Centre plans

King's College London with Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts have today announced plans to create an Academic Health Sciences Centre offering the widest range of services and research expertise in the UK.


09 Apr 2008 First for King's and NYU

A collaborative project between the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King’s and New York University, is among the first to receive a new Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration Grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Joint Information Systems Committee.


02 Apr 2008 New treatment to detect and fight breast cancer

Research led by Dr John Maher, Senior Research Fellow in the Division of Cancer Studies, School of Medicine at King’s, has developed a new way for the body to detect and fight breast cancer.


27 Mar 2008 HRT increases risk of breast cancer recurrence

Professor Lars Holmberg from the Division of Cancer Studies at King’s College London has led a study highlighting that the Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) increases disease recurrence in breast cancer survivors.


25 Mar 2008 Students tackle rubbish dump poverty

Five King’s College London students flew to Manilla, Republic of the Philippines, on the 20 March to set up two enterprise projects with school leavers currently living in poverty on rubbish dumps. 


19 Mar 2008 Sir Arthur C Clarke 1917-2008

‘Father of British science-fiction’ and King’s alumnus Sir Arthur C Clarke FKC has died aged 90 at his home in Sri Lanka.


14 Mar 2008 Mozart portrait discovered

A previously unknown portrait of Mozart has been authenticated by an academic from King’s College London, Professor Cliff Eisen, a world expert on the eighteenth-century composer.  


13 Mar 2008 Bluestocking exhibition

Brilliant Women: 18th-century Bluestockings is a major exhibition opening today (Thursday 13 March) at the National Portrait Gallery co-curated by Dr Elizabeth Eger, Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature at King’s.


03 Mar 2008 New King's Fellowships

King’s College London Council approved ten new Fellowships of King’s College London at its last meeting.


29 Feb 2008 MND research breakthrough

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, led by Professor Chris Shaw, have published new research in Science which heralds a significant advance in motor neurone disease (MND).   


26 Feb 2008 Minister announces 'talking therapy' roll-out

At King’s earlier today, The Secretary of State for Health, Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ivan Lewis MP, unveiled details of the Department of Health’s plan to improve access to treatment for people who suffer from depression or anxiety disorders.


25 Feb 2008 South Pole success for Lynsey

King’s second year medical student Lynsey Gawn has safely and successfully completed her remarkable expedition to the South Pole, making her the second youngest British person to ski to the Pole. 


15 Feb 2008 100 new Studentships and Bursaries

The King’s Graduate School has announced a package of almost 100 new postgraduate studentships and bursaries, many available immediately, and others that will be available for 2009 entry. 


14 Feb 2008  Pepper 'to treat pigment disease'

Researchers at King’s have discovered that Piperine - the compound that gives black pepper its spicy, pungent flavour can provide a new treatment for the skin disease vitiligo. 


12 Feb 2008 King's welcomes NHS islet transplantation

The pioneering work led by King’s College London and its partner trust King’s College Hospital, on islet transplantation to treat Type 1 diabetes, has been strengthened by the recent decision from the Department of Health to fund six new islet transplant centres around the country.


11 Feb 2008 King's welcomes NHS islet transplantation

King’s hosted the London International Model United Nations (LIMUN) for the first time in the conference's nine year history.


07 Feb 2008 King's confers first Honorary Degree

Helen Suzman DBE, one of the 20th century’s leading public figures, who for many years represented the only real opposition to apartheid within the all-white Parliament of South Africa, has been awarded the first Honorary Degree awarded by King’s College London.


05 Feb 2008 World's first Palliative Care Institute at King's

The Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, was officially launched today by the Prime Minister Gordon Brown MP at King’s.   


24 Jan 2008 Green initiatives launched

In his role as a 'London Leader' the Principal of King's, Professor Rick Trainor initiated and participated in a major conference on 'Achieving sustainable air quality', held yesterday at the College.  


21 Jan 2008 Principal accompanies PM to China & India

The Principal of King's College London, Professor Rick Trainor is one of 25 leading British business figures, including Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson and CBI Director General Richard Lambert, taking part in the Prime Minister Gordon Brown's current visit to China and India.


18 Jan 2008 Hybrid embryo research is approved

The application by scientists from King's College London to begin work on creating Britain’s first hybrid animal embryos has been accepted by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) allowing them to fuse human cells with animal eggs.


17 Jan 2008 Home Secretary speaks on radicalisation

At a major conference organised by King's, the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence will be launched with a keynote speech from Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, who will outline the Government's policy on radicalisation in her first speech on the subject.


11 Jan 2008 Bioinformatics officially launched

The Centre for Bioinformatics at King’s College London was officially launched yesterday with a keynote talk on the future of bioinfomatics by one of the world’s leading experts in the subject, and a reception at which the Principal hailed the collaboration between two dynamic disciplines.


09 Jan 2008 King's breakthrough in fight against Cancer

A team at King’s have identified a switch that could boost the body’s own anti-cancer mechanisms and fight tumours.  


07 Jan 2008 PM launches NHS Plan at King's

The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown MP, today unveiled his plans for the future of the NHS in a keynote speech at King’s College London.  






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