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14 December 2011 Scientists discover important cancer defence switch
A multi-disciplinary team of researchers at King's College London have captured the first live images of a key molecular switch in the body's natural defence system against tumour cells.

06 December 2011 Stem cell research milestone
Stem cell scientists at King’s College London today announced that they have submitted to the UK Stem Cell Bank (UKSCB) their first clinical grade human embryonic stem (hES) cell lines that are free from animal-derived products, known as ‘xeno-free’ stem cells.

02 December 2011 Cancer protection same as allergies
Scientists at King’s have found that the body’s surveillance for cancer causing damage and its response to allergies share a common pathway, according to research published in the journal, Science.


25 November 2011 Landmark birthplace study
Women with straightforward pregnancies can choose whether they’d like to give birth in a hospital obstetric unit, a midwifery unit or at home, knowing that giving birth is generally very safe. But there are some important differences between these birth settings in benefits and risks for the mother and baby, the Birthplace in England study has shown.

16 November 2011 New screening method developed
Scientists have developed a rapid method that can be used to simultaneously screen patients for a range of genetic and acquired clinical conditions from a single dried blood spot. The test uses a highly sensitive and specific technique, known as mass spectrometry, to simultaneously analyse proteins, enzymes and metabolites in the blood, without the need for the large liquid blood samples currently used.

8 November 2011 Nobel Laureate opens international cancer conference

Nobel Laureate Sir Tim Hunt opened the first ever international meeting on bacterial infection as a cause of cancer, held at King’s College London recently.

4 November 2011 Honorary Doctorates 2011

King’s College London’s Honorary Degree Ceremony was held on 3 November 2011 in the Chapel at the Strand Campus. 


27 October 2011   Nobel Prize scientist opens lecture series

Professor Christiane Nusslein-Volhard, Director of the Genetic Department at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology at Tubingen, launched the King’s International Lecture series this week.

17 October 2011 £5 million funding for biomedical & translational graduate research programme
King’s Biosciences Institute (KBI) has secured £5.2 million funding for an innovative postgraduate research programme designed to train the next generation of translational scientists. The programme is set to be a central component of the UK’s training endeavour in this area.  

12 October 2011 King's joins scientific powerhouse
King’s College London and Imperial College London have now formally joined the partnership behind The Francis Crick Institute. The two universities have become part of the project to create the world-leading medical research institute in central London, founded by the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and UCL (University College London).

6 October 2011 Lord Crisp joins Global Health Board
Lord Nigel Crisp, former NHS Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary to the Department of Health is to chair an Advisory Board at King’s College London, part of King’s Health Partners, that aims to improve the health of people in lower and middle income countries around the world.


27 September 2011 Dr Grassby wins top chemistry prize
Dr Terri Grassby, from the Biopolymers Group in the Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division, won first prize for her poster presentation to the Royal Society of Chemistry earlier this month.

26 September 2011 Vitamin D Deficiency Linked with Severe Asthma
Children with severe therapy-resistant asthma (STRA) may have poorer lung function and worse symptoms compared to children with moderate asthma, due to lower levels of vitamin D in their blood, according to a study by researchers at King’s College London.

26 September 2011 Cancer: A Global Challenge
Cancer experts from around the world, led by Professor Richard Sullivan at King’s College London, have advised that ‘a radical shift in cancer policy is required’, as a report in The Lancet on the affordability of cancer care in high income countries is published today.

23 September 2011 School of Medicine staff honoured at King's Awards
For the fifth year, members of the College community gathered to celebrate the achievements of staff, students and alumni.

09 Sepetmber 2011 Women's Health Centre launched
King's Health Partners has launched an ambitious new centre dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women in London, the UK and around the world.

07 September 2011 Chemistry at King's
Reflecting its strength in life sciences, King’s College London has introduced a new undergraduate degree to its portfolio – MSci Chemistry with Biomedicine – the only programme of its kind in the UK.


24 August 2011 Breastfeeding and eczema research
A worldwide study led by King’s researchers has found no clear evidence that exclusive breastfeeding for four months or longer protects against childhood eczema.

18 August 2011 Government invests in Biomedical Research
The Department of Health announced that it will pledge over £112m of funding over the next five years to two National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs), and a new Biomedical Research Unit for Dementia at King’s College London.


25 July 2011 King's College London and Lancaster University to train researchers in end-of-life care
Two UK universities will train international researchers in palliative care as part of a €4 million drive to improve care and its quality in Europe and identify tools to improve it.

25 July 2011 HIEC website to create 'community of opportunity'
People working and studying in health and social care across the region are being asked to sign up now to make full use of the South London HIEC website when it launches.

19 July 2011 Dr Dhanjal wins International Award
Clinical lecturer, Dr Tarvinder Dhanjal of the Cardiovascular Division, has won an international award after diagnosing and treating a patient with a rare heart problem at Guy’s Hospital.

05 July 2011 Professor Greenough appointed to HEFCE board
Professor Anne Greenough is one of three new members appointed to the Board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

01 July 2011 Class of 2011
The King’s College School of Medicine graduation ceremonies took place on Friday 1 July at Southwark Cathedral.

01 July 2011 Celebrating 10 years of widening access to medicine
King’s Extended Medical Degree programme (EMDP), the UK’s flagship widening access to medicine programme, celebrated its tenth year last week with awards to some of its most outstanding students.

01 July 2011 Major palliative care funding review published 
A team from the Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s College London, partnered with South West Public Health Observatory and Whole Systems Partnership, has made a major contribution to the Palliative Care Funding Review for England.


21 June 2011 King's alumni trek Mount Kilimanjaro
Eight King’s alumni and staff of the Evelina Children’s Hospital have just set off to take part in the challenge of a lifetime trekking 19,344 feet up Mount Kilimanjaro.

21 June 2011 New inflammation research centre
The Centre for Molecular & Cellular Biology of Inflammation at King’s was officially opened last week by Peter Hewitt, Chief Executive of Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity, and Professor Silman, Medical director of Arthritis Research UK.

17 June 2011 Latest cancer research unveiled
Two leading experts from the Division of Cancer Studies - Professor Henrik Moller and Dr Margreet Lüchtenborg - presented their latest research into cancer survival this week at the National Cancer Intelligence Network conference in London. 

14 June 2011 King's spin-out company launches new technology
A new spin-out company created at King’s College London, Centron Diagnostics Ltd, is launching its revolutionary new technology this week – a device that measures central blood pressure easily, speedily and non-invasively developed by Professor Phil Chowienczyk’s research group.

14 June 2011 King's appoints stem cell expert to lead new Centre
King’s College London announced today that it is set to launch a Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine to be led by Professor Fiona Watt, former president of the International Society of Stem Cell Research.   

13 June 2011 King's Health Partners wins Technology Strategy Board funding
King’s College London, part of King’s Health Partners, in an IDBS-led collaborative partnership with Quantix and the University of Manchester have been awarded funding from the Technology Strategy Board worth £1.5m to the consortium.

10 June 2011 SSC Poster day  
356 first year MBBS and EMDP students displayed their work for assessment at the Student Selected Components (SSC) poster day.  The work produced was of a high standard, with prizes awarded to the 3 best posters.

09 June 2011 King's welcomes new Fulbright scholars
King’s will be welcoming two high profile researchers from the USA next year, as part of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship programme. Joining the School of Medicine will be Dr J. Brian Cassel, a researcher in healthcare ethics. He will be joining Professor Irene Higginson’s team at the Cicely Saunders Institute from January 2012.

06 June 2011 Speakers at Cheltenham Science Festival
King’s academics will be sharing their expertise at the The Times Cheltenham Science Festival again this year, on topics as diverse as shell shock, treatments for diabetes and what a biscuit can tell you about engineering.

02 June 2011 Stem cell treatment to prevent leukaemia is a step closer
Cancer Research UK-funded researchers at King’s College London have identified a way of eliminating leukaemic stem cells, which could in the future lead to new treatments that may enable complete remission for leukaemia patients. 


19 May 2011 Cell therapy to prevent organ rejection
Researchers at The MRC Centre for Transplantation have used cells found naturally in the body, to re-educate the immune system to prevent rejection of an organ transplant while remaining capable of fighting infections and cancer.

17 May 2011 Octopus' provides cancer breakthrough
Researchers in the Division of Cancer Studies have achieved a breakthrough in understanding a biological process which causes many common cancers, including lung and breast cancer. The achievement opens up new possibilities for the development of improved cancer drugs. The findings are published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology.

16 May 2011 'Master switch' gene for obesity and diabetes
A team of researchers, led by the Department of Twin Research and the University of Oxford, have found that a gene linked to type 2 diabetes and cholesterol levels is in fact a ‘master regulator’ gene, which controls the behaviour of other genes found within fat in the body.

13 May 2011 Genetic clue to common birth defects found
Scientists at in the Division of Genetics and Molecular Medicine have for the first time uncovered a gene responsible for Adams-Oliver Syndrome (AOS), a condition which can cause birth defects of the heart, limbs or blood vessels.

10 May 2011 UK's biggest-ever study of lupus genes
The UK's biggest-ever study to discover the genes that cause the incurable autoimmune disease, lupus, is set to considerably advance understanding of the disease and could result in a genetic test predicting who is most likely to develop the condition.

06 May 2011 Prostate cancer treatment study
A study co-led by researchers at King’s College London shows that the percentage of men who had a radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate and surrounding cancer cells) and survived for 15 years is higher than men who were only given treatment at signs of further progression of prostate cancer.

03 May 2011 Technology to identify genes
King’s researchers in the Division of Cancer Studies have developed new technology for the identification and validation of microRNA (miRNA) targets in research and clinical diagnostics, resulting in an exclusive licence agreement with Sigma Life Science.

03 May 2011 Test for pre-eclampsia developed
Scientists at King’s have pioneered a new method of identifying early in pregnancy which healthy first-time mothers are at risk of developing pre-eclampsia, a  potentially life threatening condition that complicates one in 20 first pregnancies.


26 April 2011 New advance in asthma research
A major breakthrough in creating effective new treatments for allergic asthma has been discovered by Asthma UK funded scientists at King’s College London.

15 April 2011 Genes that control 'ageing' steroid identified
Eight genes which control levels of the main steroid produced by the adrenal gland, believed to play a role in ageing and longevity, have been uncovered by an international consortium of scientists, co-led by King’s College London.

14 April 2011 King's set to join scientific powerhouse
King’s College London and Imperial College London are set to join the partners behind the world-leading medical research institute: the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI). UKCMRI’s goal is to understand how living things work and to use that knowledge for the benefit of humanity.

06 April 2011 Report on doctors facing GMC action published
General Medical Council (GMC) decisions about doctors who qualify outside the UK are more likely to have far reaching consequences (high impact decisions), finds research led by King's College London, published in the British Medical Journal today.

06 April 2011 HRH the Duchess of Gloucester visits King's
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester visited the MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma at King's today, to learn more about some of the latest cutting-edge research taking place at the Centre.

05 April 2011 Scientists make skin repair discovery
Researchers at King's College London and Osaka University in Japan have identified specific bone marrow cells that can transform into skin cells to repair damaged skin tissue, according to a study published today in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).


24 March 2011 Palliative care survey published today
A group of leading researchers and clinicians, led by Professor Irene Higginson OBE at King’s College London, will today call for delivery of end-of-life care across Europe to be reviewed, and investment in research increased, in order to meet people’s needs more effectively at the end of their lives.

24 March 2011 Minister opens experimental medicine hub
Health Minister Lord Howe has today opened a new suite of facilities dedicated to experimental medicine at Guy’s Hospital, in the heart of London.

21 March 2011 New IT platform to support personalised cancer care
IDBS, a global provider of innovative data management, analytics and modeling solutions, will provide a unique, enterprise translational medicine platform for the Integrated Cancer Centre at King’s Health Partners.

16 March 2011 New clinical trial to treat skin cancer begins
A Phase II trial to treat skin erosions in patients suffering from the severe genetic skin disorder, Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (RDEB), begins today, led by John McGrath, Professor of Molecular Dermatology.

07 March 2011 Maternity workforce review published
Using midwives and other maternity staff more effectively is the key to improving maternity care in hospitals, according to findings of a review led by King's, commissioned by The King's Fund.

07 March 2011 Gene for osteoporosis disorder discovered
Scientists have identified a single mutated gene that causes Hajdu-Cheney syndrome, a disorder of the bones causing progressive bone loss and osteoporosis (fragile bones).

03 March 2011 Global Lessons: Prize winning student photographers
The annual Global Lessons Elective Photography awards were held this week showcasing nearly 200 images taken by this year’s final year MBBS students on their elective placement last summer.


28 February 2011 New artery imaging techinique
A team of scientists and clinicians across King’s Health Partners alongside Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. have developed a non-invasive imaging technique to track the build up of plaque in arteries.

25 February 2011 Stroke care study published
The quality of stroke care in the UK is improving, but significant inequalities still exist, according to a study by a team of researchers and clinicians at King’s College and Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, as part of King’s Health Partners.

23 February 2011 Stressed brain suppresses reproduction
Professor Kevin O’Byrne’s research group in the Division of Women’s Health has highlighted the areas of the amygdalae involved in the stress-induced suppression of reproductive function.

16 February 2011 Half Tough Guy, half medical student
Alex Brazier, a third year medical student at King’s, came third in a gruelling, alternative endurance race called ‘Tough Guy’ at the end of January.

04 February 2011
£2.8 million for palliative care
A donation of nearly £3 million to King’s College London and Cicely Saunders International will transform end of life and palliative care across the world.


28 January 2011 £2.1 million awarded for kidney transplant study
Professor Steven Sacks, Mr Martin Drage and Dr Richard Smith have been awarded a £2.1 million grant from the MRC to fund a study could lead to extending the life of transplant kidneys.

27 January 2011 Brain versus brawn: a genetic discovery
Scientists have discovered a gene that defies conventional rules, with the copies inherited from the mother and father working in two very different ways.

19 January 2011 Families needed for childhood allergies study
King's medical experts, based at St Thomas' Hospital, are looking to recruit mothers who are exclusively breastfeeding their infants to join an important study.

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