King’s in the news - round-up of July 2018

King’s research makes headlines around the world. From the staff named as NHS standout stars to whether solid food helps babies sleep better, we’ve selected a few recent stories to share with you.

Sleeping baby

Babies given solid food sooner sleep better

Research carried out by King’s and St George’s, University of London was reported on by the BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Times and The Mirror amongst others. It demonstrated that the early introduction of solids into an infant’s diet leads to longer sleep duration, less frequent waking at night, and a reduction in reported serious sleep problems.

The study found that infants in the group where food was introduced early slept significantly longer, the difference peaking at 16.6 minutes per night at six months of age. These infants also woke up on average 9.1% fewer times at night when compared with the standard introduction group.

Read more on the St George’s website

The Molehill Mountain app on a smartphone

Molehill Mountain

King’s has launched a new app, Molehill Mountain, the first evidence-led smartphone app aiming to help autistic adults understand and self-manage their own anxiety. Based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approaches adapted for autistic people, the app builds on the latest research into anxiety in autism and puts these techniques into the hands of autistic adults across the UK.

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NHS Standout Stars

As part of the 70th birthday celebrations for the NHS, patients, staff and the public were invited to nominate NHS employees that have made an exceptional contribution to patient care, health and care services and local communities over the last 70 years.

King’s are very proud to have four current staff from across King’s Hospital Partners and one pioneering alumna named on the list.

  • Laura Costello looks after expectant mothers in her role as Customer Care Colleague at Guy’s and St Thomas’.
  • Rachel Hunt works as a Specialist Spinal Nurse at Evelina Children’s Hospital
  • Jonathan Lucas is a spinal surgeon working with both adults and children at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Evelina.
  • Professor Shakeel Qureshiis is a leading cardiologist at St Thomas’ and Evelina.
  • Dame Cicely Saunders was a double alumna of King’s and a pioneer of palliative care.

See the full list (external link)

Ambulance in LondonImage by D64-Darren Hall

Improving London ambulance dispatch with big data

A King’s report into London ambulance dispatch demonstrates how new and emerging forms of technology and data from outside the NHS could help save lives.

The study by the Data Awareness for Sending Help (DASH) project, a collaboration between King’s Policy Institute, Department of Informatics and the London Ambulance Service, emphasises that non-health data – such as traffic conditions and air pollution – could help to improve ambulance efficiency.

Professor Simon Parsons, Vice Dean (Technology) at King’s Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences and a Co-Investigator on the project, said: ‘This report demonstrates the urgent need for our leaders to pay closer attention to the ways in which new data and technology can better support vital public services.’

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Professor Edward Byrne, President & Principal of King’s

International partnerships can fill the Brexit hole for UK universities

Professor Edward Byrne, President & Principal of King’s, commented on the necessity of forging new international partnerships in the wake of Brexit for Times Higher Education.

‘UK universities have strong links around the world, but their involvement in decades of European funding programmes means that their links are especially strong with continental Europe. While softer forms of Brexit would enable those links to continue, a hard Brexit would make readily accessing European Union funding much more challenging – perhaps even impossible.

Of course, we hope very much that this does not happen. But we have to be prepared for all eventualities. And a hard Brexit need not be an unmitigated disaster for universities.

There are opportunities for strengthening bilateral links with European institutions that a number of UK universities are already developing. But developing links with institutions further afield also makes sense if we are to remain globally competitive. Luckily, overseas universities are probably more open than they have ever been to establishing deep bilateral relations with UK institutions.’

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