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UCL School of Pharmacy New Year Lecture: first impressions count

news editor17 January 2012

Morgan Williams, UCL School of Pharmacy, writes about the first event for the School after its merger with UCL, held on 10 January.

Everyone understands the importance of first impressions and tonight really has something of a first date feel to it.

Professor Sir John Tooke

It’s the fifth New Year Lecture that the School of Pharmacy has organised, but the first under the UCL banner. It comes just nine days after the conclusion of a merger process that’s taken up the best part of the past two years for the School.

I’d be lying if I said that it’s been an easy courtship. So, there’s a certain frisson in the air as Lord Tim Clement-Jones introduces our speaker Professor Sir John Tooke, UCL Vice-Provost (Health), to an audience at the Royal Society that is jam-packed with pharmacy movers and shakers.

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Medical detectives of the National Gallery

Clare S Ryan14 September 2011

For Professor Michael Baum (UCL Research Department of General Surgery), the National Gallery is not just an extraordinary art museum, it’s a medical school. In his lecture at the British Science Festival, he treated the audience to a virtual version of the “ward rounds” of the National Gallery that he takes his medical students on to teach them the art of diagnosis.

A Satyr Mourning over a Nymph

Piero di Cosimo, A Satyr mourning over a Nymph, about 1495 (©) The National Gallery, London

Professor Baum believes that classical paintings can reveal a great deal about anatomy, the history of medicine, pathology and even uncover murders.

With a bit of artistic and medical sleuthing, Professor Baum and his students have published many papers describing medical diagnoses, ranging from syphilis to Paget’s disease, which give new perspectives on paintings that have been around for hundreds of years. (more…)

Stem Cells: the root of cancer?

Frances-Catherine Quevenco9 June 2011

‘Cancer is indeed a disease of stem cells’, according to Dr Brian Huntly, MRC Senior Clinical Research Fellow at Cambridge University. I, for one, had always associated stem cells with treatments and promising cures. It therefore came as a huge surprise to me when I sat through an hour of PowerPoint slides proposing a possibility that cancer was the result of the abnormal behaviour of stem cells.

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