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2014: Highlights of the Year

As we approach the end of the year, the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine at King’s College London is pleased to recall a selection of our news highlights throughout 2014.  These articles demonstrate the breadth and depth of the internationally leading academic endeavours that underlie our position as one of the largest and most successful centres for biomedical and health sciences education and research in the UK.  

In January, together with our partner King’s College Hospital, we established the world’s first university chair in Metabolic Surgery, with the appointment of Professor Francesco Rubino.  Read more

In February, ‘Pharmacy and Pharmacology’ at King’s was ranked third in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2013/14.  Read more

In March, King’s was awarded the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s (BBSRC) ‘Activating Impact’ prize in recognition of the university’s contribution to delivering real-world impact from bioscience research.  Read more

In April, we announced a new research ‘Hub’ for regenerative medicine, led by Professor Fiona Watt, Director of the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine at King’s. The Hub will draw together leading stem cell and transplant scientists from across the UK, with partners from King’s, Imperial College London and the Universities of Oxford, Birmingham and Newcastle.  Read more

In May, King’s became the second London, and third UK, university to fully sign up to the AllTrials initiative, which calls for all clinical trials to be registered and their results reported, irrespective of outcome. Read more

In June, academics from across the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine presented talks and hosted events at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival, which featured doping and sport, personalised medicine and even the science of cake. Read more

In July, a research team led by Albert Ferro, Professor of Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacology at King’s, identified a genetic variant associated with an increased risk of stroke and heart attack. Read more  

In August, the results of the National Student Survey revealed the highest ever student satisfaction scores for students studying within the School of Biomedical Sciences (now School of Bioscience Education) at King’s, including a 100 per cent overall satisfaction score for the second year running in Neuroscience.  Read more

In September, five Athena SWAN awards were granted to ‘departments’ within the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine at King’s, in recognition of their commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine in higher education and research. Read more 

In October, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging celebrated its launch event, welcoming the first cohort of PhD students who are about to embark on a unique four-year interdisciplinary PhD programme in medical imaging that has been designed, alongside colleagues at Imperial College London, to prepare students for leadership roles in healthcare and medical imaging. Read more

In November, researchers from King’s revealed that ethnic minority groups were consistently less aware of cancer symptoms and more likely to report reasons for not going to see the doctor with unexplained cancer symptoms, in a study that highlights the need to develop more targeted health messages in order to encourage people with symptoms suspicious of cancer to visit their GPs sooner. Read more

In December, we reported that Professor Gideon Lack and his team of researchers from King’s Department of Paediatric Allergy are leading clinical trials to determine whether current guidelines on avoiding early exposure to peanut is really the best approach for the prevention of peanut and other food allergies.  Read more

The above selection of articles represent snapshots of the innovative work being carried out across the Faculty. Our news pages contain more examples of how we are delivering important advances in education, research and public outreach.