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Women scientists in the news

Meet some of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine's women scientists who have been making the news. 

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Dr Frances Williams, Reader in Genetic Epidemiology, in the Division of Genetics & Molecular Medicine, and consultant rheumatologist at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital has won the prestigious Clinical Studies prize for her work in lumbar spine research. Awarded by the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, the prize recognises her work on intervertebral disc degeneration - erosion of the soft tissue between the vertebrate - and back pain in the Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology.
Dr Williams will collect the award on behalf of her team at the ISSLS meeting in San Francisco this June, where the results from the research will also be presented. The study will be published in Spine Journal later this year. 
 
Susan-Cox_140x180 Dr Susan Cox, a Group Leader in the Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics, has been awarded the Society of Experimental Biology's President's Medal for the Cell Section, for her development and application of novel super-resolution fluorescence microscopy techniques for live cell imaging.
SleemanK_140x175 Dr Katherine Sleeman, Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Medicine, took part in a recent debate 'Death: Clinical, historical & philosophical perspectives on dying'. The event was part of King's College London Arts & Humanities Festival and is available to view online
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A fellow in the Department of Infectious Diseases, has recently been awarded the 2014 Andy Kaplan Prize.

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 Claire Sharpe Dr Claire Sharpe, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Renal Sciences in the Division of Transplantation Immunology and Mucosal Biology, has led a  study that has found that patients admitted to hospital with chest pains and poorly functioning kidneys are less likely to be given an angiogram and early invasive treatment, which might increase their chance of surviving a heart attack.

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Dr Manasi Nandi Dr Manasi Nandi, Institue of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was awarded the  Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s (BBSRC) ‘Activating Impact’ prize in recognition of the College’s contribution to delivering real-world impact from bioscience research. 

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Dr Khuloud Al-Jamal's image of a breast cancer tumour has been selected as one of the Wellcome Image Awards 2014 winning images. Dr Al-Jamal is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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Dr Al-Jamal's image of a pioneering new drug delivery system has also won first place in the ‘innovation’ category of a national science photography competition organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

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Dr Maddy Parsons Dr Maddy Parsons, a Group Leader in the Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics, has been awarded the Royal Microscopical Society Life Science Medal for her outstanding scientific contribution to applying microscopy in the field of cell biology.  

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Claudia Kemper

Professor Claudia Kemper, Reader in DTIMB and part of the MRC Centre for Transplantation, has received the prestigious Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award, for her work on Complement receptor signalling in Th-1 immunity. 

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Dr Mieke Van Hemelrijck, Co-Director of the Cancer Epidemiology Group at King's, is collaborating with researchers from Ireland and Sweden on a study examining the link between prostate cancer and obesity. The study has received €300,000 from the World Cancer Research fund.

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Dr Julie Fox, Division of Immunology, Infection and Inflammatory disease, on the groundbreaking trial starting in 2014 to test for a possible cure for HIV infection.

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Dr Lucy Chappell, Division of Women's Health, leads study showing a healthy lifestyle in the months prior to conception as well as during pregnancy could potentially decrease the chance of complications such as pre-eclampsia or premature birth.

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Janice Rymer, Professor of Gynaecology, has written an editorial for the British Journal of General Practice about the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) and the role of GPs and primary care teams in changing attitudes, raising awareness and educating future healthcare professionals. 

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Professor Jane Sandall

Professor Jane Sandall, Division of Women’s Health leads study showing midwife led care leds to better outcomes.

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Dr Georgina Ellison

Dr Georgina Ellison, Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine leads research offering hope for new treatment of heart failure.

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Professor Fiona Watt

Professor Fiona Watt, Director of the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, explains how Stem cells offer great potential to treat diseases that cannot be cured with current medicines.

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Dr Lydia Quaye

Dr Lydia Quaye, Department of Twin Research at King’s College London, on the largest ever study of migraines which has shown for the first time five genetic regions linked to the onset of migraine.

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Dr Linda Klavinskis

Dr Linda Klavinskis, Senior Lecturer in Immunobiology, is appointed a Fellow of The Royal College of Pathologists for her academic contributions to the field of Immunology.

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Dr Klavinskis leads research which offers the potential for an injection-free vaccination technique which could address the global vaccine challenge for diseases such as HIV and malaria.

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Dr Frances Williams

Dr Frances Williams, Reader in the Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology and lead of the Genetics of Back Pain team at King's on the 6 million euro funding awarded to King’s College London is part of a consortium to conduct research to identify novel biomarkers for low back pain.

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Dr Anne McKee

Dr Anne McKee, Division of Medical Education, is awarded outstanding publication award by the American Educational Research Association.

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Dr Catherine Hawrylowicz

Professor Catherine Hawrylowicz from the MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma at King’s, leads a study  was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology that has shown that Vitamin D has the potential to significantly reduce the symptoms of asthma.

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Dr Irene Higginson

Irene Higginson, Professor of Palliative Care and Policy, Cicely Saunders Institute, is elected a Fellow of The Academy of Medical Sciences.

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Dr Jane Howard, Division of Diabetes and Nutritional Science, co-leads a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism which has identified a key mechanism in the immune system involved in the development of obesity-linked type 2 diabetes.

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Dr Sophia Karagiannis

Dr Sophia Karagiannis, Division of Genetics and Molecular Science, co-leads research, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation revealing that tumours in melanoma patients deliberately create conditions that knock out the body’s ‘premier’ immune defence and instead attract a weaker immune response unable to kill off the tumour’s cancerous cells.

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