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10 October 2012

8th World Stroke Congress

Dr Chris McKevitt and Dr Abdel Douiri presented at the 8th World Stroke Congress, held at the Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center in Brasilia, Brazil. 

Dr McKevitt and Dr Douiri's conference absracts can be found here.

Additional information on the World Stroke Congress can be found here.

5 October 2012

New Visiting Professors

The Division is delighted to announce the appointment of three Visiting Professors: Dr Clare Gerada MBE, Chair of Council, RCGP; Dr Kalipso Chalkidou, Director of NICE International and Dr Gillian Leng, Dr Gillian Leng CBE, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care, NICE.

Professor Charles Wolfe, Head of Division, commented:

"These appointments are truly welcomed by all in the Division of Health & Social Care Research. All three appointees have a wealth of knowledge and experience that is directly relevant to our work. We look forward to working closely with our new Visiting Professors over the course of the next few years."

More information on each of the new Visiting Professors is set out below:

Dr Clare Gerada MBE

Dr Kalipso Chalkidou

NICE International was established in 2008 by Kalipso Chalkidou. It offers:

  • strategic advice on evidence-based policy-making
  • technical support on critical appraisal and health technology assessment to inform decisions
  • input on strengthening existing or designing new decision-making frameworks, with a focus on transparency, stakeholder involvement, public engagement and consultation
  • support with evaluating the effectiveness of health system

Kalipso Chalkidou is the founding Director of NICE¹s international programme established in 2008 to work with individual governments or funding agencies to support local teams develop local solutions:

Dr Chalkidou has been involved in the Chinese rural health reform and also in national health reform projects in Colombia, Turkey and the Middle East, working with the World Bank, PAHO, DFID and the Inter-American Development Bank as well as national governments.

Dr Gillian Leng CBE

28 September 2012

SAPC London & South East Regional Conference - Madingley 2013

This year the Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences at King’s College London has the pleasure of inviting you to attend Madingley Hall for the Annual Scientific Meeting of SAPC London and the South East, taking place between Thursday 31 January and Friday 1 February 2013.

Abstract submission and conference registration are now open and as places at Madingley Hall are limited, we advise early registration.  Please be advised the closing date for abstract submission is Monday 3 December 2012 at 9am and we will be informing authors if their abstracts have been selected by Monday 10 December 2012.

The deadline for conference registration is Friday 4 January 2013 and accommodation will be provided on a first come first served basis.  However, for those who miss booking onsite accommodation there is an excellent range of guest houses close to Madingley Hall.

For further information or to submit an abstract online, please visit our website:  or for any other queries please email the conference administrators Anna Quinn or Alicia King at only.

We look forward to seeing you there on 31 January 2013

20 September 2012

UKCRC recognises clinical trials expertise at King's Health Partners

The King’s Clinical Trials Unit (KCTU) at King's Health Partners is one of only 46 trials units nationally to have been awarded Clinical Trials Unit registration by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC).

Formed by a merger of the previously registered Mental Health and Neuroscience Clinical Trials Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry and the provisionally registered King’s Musculoskeletal Trials Unit, the new unit is led by Professor Andrew Pickles (Non-clinical Director, Department of Biostatistics) and Professor David Scott (Clinical Director, Department of Rheumatology) at the College.

The full article can be found here

26 July 2012

Top Cited Stroke Publication

The Oxford University Press has acknowledged the paper Cost of stroke in the United Kingdom (2009), by Dr Omer Saka, Professor Alistair McGuire and Professor Charles Wolfe, as one of Age and Ageing top ten cited publications of 2011, recieving 26 citations and helping the publication increase its impact factor.

The paper can be found here.

20 July 2012

BMJ Publications

There is a very interesting paper in the BMJ this week reporting a trial of speech & language intervention after stroke, with editorial by Professor Charles Wolfe and Professor Tony Rudd:

Also the hypertension review by Dr Iain Marshall, Professor Charles Wolfe and Dr Chris McKevitt, published in the BMJ, is the subject of a new editorial:

11 June 2012

BMJ 'Oscar'

At the equivalent medical version of the Oscars, Professor Tony Rudd of the Stroke Research Group, has recently won a major BMJ Award for Improvement in Patient Safety in connection with a new model for acute stroke services. It is estimated that the new care model will help save up to 400 lives a year. Congratulations go to Professor Rudd and his team.

6 June 2012

Physiotherapy  PhD student Melissa Galea was recently awarded a prize for her poster presented at the KCL School of Medicine Graduate Showcase 2012. This annual event brings together students and staff from across the school to showcase and celebrate graduate research.  Melissa’s poster was entitled:  Do behaviour-change techniques increase walking in peripheral arterial disease? A systematic review.

28 May 2012

European Stroke Conference, 22-25 May 2012, Lisbon

The KCL Stroke Research team had a strong showing at the annual European Stroke Conference, held this year in Lisbon, Portugal.

Our European Union funded study of stroke research implementation was presented in an Academic Symposium chaired by Charles Wolfe and Peter Heuschman (University of Würzburg) and included presentations by Juan Baeza (SSPP, KCL), Alec Fraser (SSPP, KCL), Antonio Di Carlo (University of Florence) and Bo Norrving (Lund University).

Research findings from our stroke research programme were presented by Salma Ayis, Ruoling Chen, Siobhan Chrichton, Gill Cluckie, Abdel Douiri, Iain Marshall, Christopher McKevitt, Tony Rudd and Wang Yanzhong

To view the abstracts from the conference please follow the link:

25 May 2012


A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between King’s College London and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). The aim is to build upon the research, teaching, service development and capacity building activities currently undertaken by both organisations with the emphasis on exploring new research programmes that will benefit local, national and international populations. The day to day running of the MoU is overseen by a steering committee and it has already had its first meeting. The lead people within King’s are Prof Charles Wolfe and Prof Peter Littlejohns from the Division of Health & Social Care Research (Department of Primary Care & Public Health Sciences), and Gillian Leng and Kalipso Chalkidou represent the Institute. The steering committee has agreed a joint research programme to develop innovative approaches to implementing evidence into practice in order to improve public health. The proposed projects cover a range of health and social care settings and will also address global health priorities.

2 March 2012

Dr Toby Prevost
I am delighted to announce that Toby Prevost has had the title of Professor of Medical Statistics conferred upon him with effect from 1 September 2012. Toby joined the Division in 2009 as Reader in Medical Statistics having previously worked at Cambridge since 1991, latterly as Senior Consulting Statistician at the Centre for Applied Medical Statistics.
Toby’s research lies principally in the area of public health interventions, typically involving lifestyle behaviours. He has made substantial contributions to applied and methodological research programmes in public health, primary care, health and lifestyle research, health psychology and complex interventions and biomarker research.
Please join me in congratulating Toby on his Professorship.
Professor Charles Wolfe, Head of Division

29 February 2012

Professor Naomi Fulop

Professor Naomi Fulop has been at King’s for 7 years now, initially in the School of Social Science and Public Policy and latterly in the Division of Health and Social Care, School of Medicine. She has recently been appointed to a Chair in Health Care Organisation and Management at UCL and starts there in April with her team from King’s. During her time with us she has established and directed the NIHR Patient Safety and Service Quality Centre, one of two such centres nationally, which has been using social science research to develop new ways of improving the quality and safety of care. The Centre has both generated important findings that have had relevance locally and nationally and provided opportunities for local healthcare professionals to engage in research in this area.
Collaborations with colleagues at King’s have centred around the organisation and improvement of care and these collaborations will continue in major projects such as the reconfiguration of stroke services in England and a translational study of organisational and cultural factors in quality and safety in five European countries. We are looking forward to building on these collaborations between KCL and UCL, and developing the contribution of the management and organisation to the improvement of health care.  I would like to thank Naomi for her leadership in this area and as a collaborator and wish her every success at UCL.
Professor Charles Wolfe, Head of Division


21 February 2012

As part of King's International Lecture Series, Professor Mark from Stanford University will be giving a talk on 'Becoming a Meta-Physician: Better Clinical Information in the Future of Health Care' in Lecture Theatre 1, New Hunt's House, Guy's Hospital at 5pm. Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics), Mark Musen is known for his research on the application of intelligent computer systems to assist healthcare workers in guideline directed therapy and management of clinical trials.

Flyer for this event

13 February 2012 - First NIHR Statistical Meeting held at King’s College London

In conjunction with NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI), The Department of Primary Care and Public Health at King’s College London hosted the first NIHR statistical meeting on Monday 13th February in the Roben’s Suite, 29th Floor Guy’s Tower. The meeting was conceived by Victoria Cornelius with the aim of bringing together statisticians funded across the wide range of NIHR-funded units to facilitate networking and collaboration, and allow the sharing of research practice.

The meeting was attended by 90 statisticians and unit managers from six of the NIHR initiatives (CTU, RDS, BRU, BRC, CLAHRC, EMEC) who were located in 30 institutions across the UK. The morning began with an opening address by Mark Samuels (Managing Director of NOCRI) and was followed by two sets of invited talks. The first set focussed on statistics and medical research and were given by Prof Martin Bland (University of York), Dr Toby Prevost (King’s College London), and Dr Ian White (MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge). The second set of talks focused on the role of statisticians in NIHR, and on innovative use of existing data and were given by Prof Deborah Ashby (Imperial College London), Dr Rick Lones (Bristol-Myers Squibb ), and Prof Lucinda Billingham (MRC Midland Hub, University of Birmingham) .

The afternoon programme included a session of organised statistical networking, and a workshop in NIHR unit groups to discuss and pool ideas the future of NIHR statistical group.

The programme for the day is attached and slides from the will be posted in the NIHR website.

NIHR Statistical Meeting Agenda 

26 January 2012

Victoria Manning, one of our final year PhD students at the Physiotherapy Department, has been awarded the BHPR/Arthritis Research UK Silver Medal Research Prize for her work evaluating physical activity in rheumatic conditions. We are extending our warmest congratulations to Victoria!

January 2012

Dr Christopher McKevitt and colleagues have been awarded a two year grant from the Medical Research Council under the Life Long Health and Wellbeing: Research for Healthy Ageing programme to investigate the nature of resilience and its part in recovery after stroke.
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