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New trial to evaluate intestine implant to treat obesity related type 2 diabetes

Endo barrier storyA new trial has been launched by Prof Julian Teare and his team, to investigate the effectiveness of a tube-like device inserted into the small intestine to treat type 2 diabetes. The study is now open for participants and you can read more about it on the Imperial news story or on the EndoBarrier website.

Prof McGregor on exhibition at the Science Museum

Alison SMProf Alison McGregor is now part of a new exhibition at the Science Museum called “Engineer Your Future”, which was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales on Tuesday.

The exhibition is aimed at 11-15 year olds and focuses on getting more children interested in engineering, through a variety of objects and interactive games, one of which features Prof McGregor.

The Engineer Your Future exhibition is free to visit and runs for the next three years at the Science Museum so go have a look.

Athena SWAN Award Ceremony

Athena Swan Awards 2014_00091 579x300The Athena SWAN award ceremony took place in November at Robinson College, University of Cambridge where Julia Anderson and Kate Hardy went along to collect Surgery & Cancer’s bronze award, presented by Prof Dame Julia Higgins.

It was an Imperial day with the Provost James Stirling and Dot Griffiths in attendance to support all the Imperial Departments receiving awards, including the Institute of Clinical Sciences and MRC Clinical Sciences Centre getting their bronze award and the Department of Chemical Engineering and National Heart and Lung institute getting their silver renewals.

Currently work is underway in the Department preparing for our silver application in November 2015, with our new mentoring scheme launching in the new year. For more information on this please take a look at our Athena SWAN page.

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CSM Outreach Activity

Outreach 2On the 31st October, the Division of Computational Systems Medicine (CSM), invited 26 students from IntoUniveristy London Brixton branch for an outreach event.

The students, aged between 14 and 17, took part in various activities, from Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (1H NMR) spectroscopy, comparing characteristic spectra of food products and urinary profiles of healthy and diseased individuals, to a laboratory tour, a disease biomarker workshop and a short-course on microbial pathogens, such as Ebola and HIV.

Outreach 3The CSM outreach team, headed by Professor Nigel Gooderham, was organised by academics at various stages of their careers (PhD students, postdocs and lecturers), who subsequently talked about their current roles, as well as academic life at Imperial College and requirements to get into university initially.

Overall, the CMS team enjoyed reaching out and engaging with the students, all of who gave positive feedback, and wishes them all the very best for their future careers.

Equality, Diversity and Disability Information

Calibre Programme
The Calibre Programme is running again in 2015! The Calibre Programme is a focussed development programme for disabled staff in Higher Education and beyond, the programme is aimed at individuals who seek to gain a greater understanding of their role in the work place. It is suitable for academics, researchers, technicians, professional and support staff from higher education and beyond.

Declaration of Interest should be made by 12pm on the 5th of January 2015, find out more here.

Disability Awareness Month
There are a series of events for the Disability Awareness Month running in November and December:

  • 26th November—Traveling Tenderly – A difficult journey from Tinteskin to Imperial – Register Here (A personal story of struggles and victories with depression addiction and self-harming & living with a visual impairment)
  • 1st December—Keynote Lecture—HIV in 2015: On the edge of a revolution—Register Here (World Aids Day Panel Discussion – A talk looking into the current state of the epidemic, prevention and treatment)
  • 3rd & 5th December – MHFA Two Day training Course—Register Here (The MHFA standard course teaches techniques to provide help to someone (staff or students) experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained.)

To get involved and for more information follow the link

Virtual Dissection Table Donated to the Human Anatomy Unit

tableThe Human Anatomy Unit has recently been the grateful recipient of an Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table, kindly donated by Prof Ara Darzi.

The table offers both gross full body, male and female anatomy as well as numerous pathological examples derived from real patient data. The table offers a new and exciting learning resource within the unit and is available to both staff and students.

The Anatomage Table is location in the Pathology Museum 11th floor Charing Cross Hospital Campus.

Imperial to be part of new UK research centre to tackle musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace

Imperial College will be part of the new national research centre Arthritis Research UK/MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal  Health and Work, which aims to tackle musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.

Researchers at the £1.4m Arthritis Research UK/MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal  Health and Work,  led by the University of Southampton, aim to find cost-effective ways of reducing the impact of conditions that affect the muscles, joints and bones on people’s employment and productivity, with benefits for patients, employers and society as a whole.

Prof Alison McGregor from the MSk Lab in Surgery, will be working in collaboration with Prof Anthony Bull from the Department of Engineering. Prof McGregor made the following comment about the work they will be involved in:

The project will be collaborating with Occupational Health at Guys and St Thomas’ and is looking at psychological and mechanical risk factors for low back pain. We are going to recruit and follow a cohort of 200 nurses looking at their spinal function and psychological profiles on recruitment and will then repeat the measure if they report low back pain. The focus is looking at injury mechanisms with a view to developing preventative strategies or screening tools.

Director of the new centre, Professor David Coggon, said: “Musculoskeletal conditions are a major cause of sickness absence and job loss.  We’re enormously excited about our new centre which we hope will lead to new ways of preventing their occurrence, and helping employees who are affected to stay in productive work.”

The centre will focus its research on the three main musculoskeletal causes of work disability – back, neck and arm pain, osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis. A special theme will be the impact of these conditions on older people who are approaching normal retirement age.

Find out more from the MRC news page.

 

Trainee Publication Prize

LaycockCongratulations to Dr Helen Laycock (Clinical Fellow/Anaesthetic Registrar doing a PhD in APMIC), who was awarded the 2014 Trainee Publication Prize by the Faculty of Pain Medicine (Royal College of Anaesthetists) for a paper published with Dr Istvan Nagy and Dr Carsten Bantel from APMIC.

The paper was titled “Peripheral mechanisms of burn injury-associated pain” and was published in the European Journal of Pharmacology in 2013. Dr Laycock presented a short summary of the paper at the Faculty of Pain Medicines Annual Meeting on the 14th November.

WW1 surgeons could do little for amputees’ pain – and treatment remains a challenge

WW1Professor Andrew Rice from the section of Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care has collaborated with historian Dr Emily Mayhew and army surgeon Major Dafydd Edwards in a paper published in The Lancet on Friday, looking at how WW1 surgeons could do little for amputees’ pain and how treatment still remains a challenge.

Army doctors in the First World War were helpless to stop soldiers who lost limbs from suffering in pain, according to researchers. A century on, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have made the loss of limbs common among military casualties once again, but while prosthetic technology has improved dramatically, there is still a shortage of effective treatments for pain caused by damaged nerves.

Read more on this in the College article.

Students win prizes

UKI NETSTwo students currently working with Prof Andrea Frilling in the Division of Surgery have each been awarded with the 2014 Poster Awards of the UK and Ireland Neuroendocrine Tumour Society (UKI NETS), which aims to promote research, education, training and best clinical practice across a multidisciplinary area in the field of endocrine tumours.

One prize went to Helen Miller, a PhD student working under Prof Friling and the other went to Ashley K. Clift, an UG student who began working with Prof Frilling following an initiative of the AcaMedics programme at Imperial. This programme focuses on opportunities for medical students to participate in research projects and so far Ashley has already contributed to two major papers.

The winning posters will be presented at the UKI NETS annual conference on 01 December 2014.

CRUK Imperial Centre new Art Exhibition

CRUK posterThe Cancer Research UK Imperial Centre is delighted to celebrate the exhibition by Rina Dave ‘The People Who Are Keeping Me Alive’ which will be on display in the College’s Main Entrance from Exhibition Road at South Kensington from 17th – 30th of November.

The exhibition has focused on 20-25 individuals who are responsible for the care of one cancer patient, Rina Dave. It portrays the people behind the profession from three different hospitals: Charing Cross, Hammersmith, and Stanmore, but also her GP and her Chinese herbalist. Rina Dave has stage four cancer, and during her many treatments she has met different teams of professionals from technicians to surgeons who are involved working across disciplines in some way or the other in the care and wellbeing of the patient.

In every person she has come into contact with Rina has been impressed with the care and compassion she has received and the many different specialities which have enabled her to get the treatment that she needs. Through her exhibition Rina depicts how important they were in her treatment in giving her the strength and energy to survive and stay strong. It is important to Rina that each portrait gives the audience an insight into what it is about these people that give them the strength and inspiration to carry on working in such an environment. The exhibition itself will be colourful, full of life and with a sense of humour.CRUK Imperial Centre LOGO

For more information on the exhibition take a look at the Facebook page and keep up to date with what’s happening at the CRUK Imperial Centre Facebook page.

Prizes won by Vascular Clinical Research Fellows

Congratulations to two of the Clinical Research Fellows working in Vascular Surgery, who have recently been awarded the below prizes:

Awards

  • Mr Roshan Bootun was awarded the Norman Tanner medal by the Royal Society of Medicine for his paper on A randomised controlled trial of two different methods of endovenous ablation in the management of superficial venous insufficiency. 
  • Miss Kate Williams was awarded the Surgery MIA prize for her presentation about Neuromuscular electrical stimulation in the management of chronic venous disease. 

Prof Davies becomes a Royal Society of Medicine President of the Surgical Section

IMG_2551Professor Alun Davies was inaugurated as President of the Surgical Section, Royal Society of Medicine on 15 October 2014 in recognition of his outstanding commitment and contribution to both the Royal Society of Medicine and academic vascular surgery.

Professor Davies is based at Charing Cross and St Mary’s Hospitals.  His research interests include the aetiology and management of venous and arterial disease, metabolic profiling, and health-related quality of life assessment.

The Surgical Section of the RSM is hosting a range of meetings next year – please see their website for details (https://www.rsm.ac.uk/events.aspx).

NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre News

Safety

Being willing to see things clearly: The essential role of transparency in clinical process improvement.

Date: Tuesday 6th January 2015 at 5.00pm

Venue: Roger Bannister Lecture Theatre, 1st Floor, Medical School Building, St Mary’s Campus, Paddington

Free to attend/ no registration required.

More details here