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2008

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December

10 December 2008  Next steps for AHSC
Plans to develop an Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) took a step forward today with the announcement of a name, ‘King’s Health Partners’, and Vice-Principal (Health) Professor Robert Lechler confirmed as Interim Director.

November

28 November 2008  Major investment in PhDs
The College is offering 50 PhD studentships in the Health Schools. Awards are mainly available for four years, and include an annual stipend and tuition fees.
 
20 November 2008  Communication in medicine award for professor
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology receives award for new ideas on communication in medicine.

October

29 October 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.
 
29 October 2008  2008 Fison Memorial Lecture
Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford, will be speaking at this year’s Fison Memorial lecture entitled, ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Translational Research in the UK Environment’.
 
21 October 2008  King’s and Philips heart research collaboration
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed yesterday by King's and Royal Philips Electronics to work together on a new five-year research collaboration.
 
17 October 2008  Medical student reaches finals in London award
Adeola Oyewo, a student from the Extended Medical Degree Programme, was a finalist from a field of 400 students, in a scheme recognising the achievements of young black people in London.
 
13 October 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.
 
09 October 2008  King's features in NHS 60 anniversary book
King’s College London is featured in a new book to celebrate the diamond anniversary of the National Health Service.
 
07 October 2008  Student wins elective at NASA
4th year MBBS student Elizabeth Boleat, is currently on one of only two medical electives awarded annually to UK medical students, at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Carnival, Florida.
 
06 October 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. 
 

September

25 September 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.
 
19 September 2008  Professor Hayday receives Business Development Award
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.
 
01 September 2008  Vaccine technology breakthrough
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.
 
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August

26 August 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.
 
20 August 2008  £1million for innovative cardiac technology
Professor Tobias Schaeffter, from the Division of Imaging Sciences at King’s College London, has been awarded a £1 million grant to develop novel devices and imaging technology for minimal-invasive treatment of certain heart problems.
 
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July

22 July 2008  Prize for blood pressure therapy research 
A young scientist at King’s has been awarded a prize for his role in the discovery of a fundamental new mechanism that may be crucial for the development of new medicines to tackle high blood pressure.
 
15 July 2008  Graduate Research Showcase Day
The inaugural Graduate Research Showcase Day took place yesterday, highlighting the best of the work of the graduate students based in the Schools of Medicine and Biomedical & Health Sciences.
 
14 July 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).
 
07 July 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.
 
02 July 2008  Celebration of success for EMDP students
King’s Extended Medical Degree Programme held its annual Celebration of Success at Guy’s Campus on Thursday 26th June with a ceremony to mark its achievements.
 
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June

26 June 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.
 
16 June 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.
 
02 June 2008  King’s academic awarded prestigious Lister prize
Dr Juan Martin Serrano, in the Department of Infectious Diseases at King’s College London has been awarded a prestigious Lister Institute Research Prize, one of only four granted annually.
 
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May

28 May 2008  Major investment at King’s for Diabetes research
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has awarded more than £3million to fund a research centre to be based at King’s, in collaboration with Cambridge and Bristol universities, to investigate the causes of Type 1 diabetes.
 
19 May 2008  Medical student presents at Arctic conference
Alexander Kumar, a final year medical student at King's, was the first student to be invited to present his research on HIV/AIDS among the Inuit population of the Canadian Arctic, at the Annual Meeting of the International Network for Circumpolar Health Research, in Tromsø, Norway last week. 
 
19 May 2008  New CEO from private sector for King’s College Hospital
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Smart as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective from 1 October 2008. Currently CEO of BT Global services UK, Tim is the first to move from the private sector directly to a CEO role in an NHS Foundation Trust.
 
01 May 2008  New Fellows elected to Academy of Medical Sciences
Two King’s scientists are among 40 UK leading doctors and medical researchers who have been recognised for excellence in medical science with their election to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
 
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April

18 April 2008  Dermatology and Molecular Medicine partnership
The new Dermatology and Molecular Medicine Research Laboratories were officially opened yesterday by Mrs Kay Glendinning MBE, of the Dunhill Medical Trust. This new partnership will foster translation of genetic and biological advances into better diagnosis and treatment for serious skin diseases.
 
15 April 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. This year researchers will focus on the genetics behind common disease areas and learning difficulties in children.
 
07 April 2008  Major investment at King’s for heart research
King’s has been granted the highest award of £9 million in a £34 million investment by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) for cardiovascular research in the UK.
 
03 April 2008  King’s academics top NHS research list
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have announced the first 100 members of its College of Senior Investigators, eighteen King’s College London academics were awarded Faculty posts, the most of all the institutions included in the list.
 
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March

27 March 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.
 
11 March 2008  Professor Tak Lee honoured
Professor Tak Lee, Head of the Division of Asthma, Allergy and Lung Biology at King’s, has been awarded the prestigious William Frankland Award for distinguished services to clinical allergy.
 
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February

21 February 2008  Sir William Castell presents at Biomedical Forum  
Sir William Castell, Chairman of The Wellcome Trust, will today lecture at the Biomedical Forum on 'The Challenges and Opportunities Confronting UK Biomedical Research’.
 
05 February 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. The Institute will be the first international academic institute in the world to focus specifically on palliative care research, dissemination and teaching, linked to clinical care.
 
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January

10 January 2008  A new gene for itchy skin
A breakthrough study by a King’s College London based team, involving investigative dermatologists from Brazil, South Africa and Japan, has highlighted a new gene abnormality that directly causes itchy skin.
 
09 January 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.
 
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