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Innovative school pupils' designs showcased at Kingston University as part of Primary Engineer's London Leaders Awards

Posted Monday 8 July 2019

Innovative school pupils' designs showcased at Kingston University as part of Primary Engineer's London Leaders Awards

Creative solutions to global engineering problems dreamed up by young innovators of the future were unveiled at Kingston University as part of an annual Primary Engineer competition.

The London awards ceremony of this year's 'if you were an engineer, what would you do?' contest, run by Primary Engineer Programmes – a not-for-profit national organisation promoting engineering careers for school children – was supported by Siemens and held at the University's Penrhyn Road campus. Pupils between the ages of three and 18 were challenged to interview engineers, identify problems and design solutions to them....


Combating climate change: Kingston University PhD student's renewable energy research wins plaudits in Three Minute Thesis competition

Posted Thursday 6 June 2019

Combating climate change: Kingston University PhD student's renewable energy research wins plaudits in Three Minute Thesis competition

A postgraduate student whose research in to how communities could help tackle climate change by cooperatively harnessing renewable energy is set to represent Kingston University in the national semi-finals of the global Three Minute Thesis competition.

Matthias Pilz, from Seelow in eastern Germany, has been exploring new approaches for the power grids of the future, which may involve solar and wind energy being integrated at local levels to limit greenhouse gas emissions....


Can artificial intelligence spot warning signs of oral cancer? Kingston University experts develop system for mobile phone app in new study

Posted Tuesday 4 June 2019

Can artificial intelligence spot warning signs of oral cancer? Kingston University experts develop system for mobile phone app in new study

Kingston University experts are exploring how artificial intelligence could be trained to detect the early signs of oral cancer using a mobile phone app. Professors Sarah Barman and Paolo Remagnino have secured £146,000 for the two year Medical Research Council-funded project, which will see them work alongside experts from the University of Malaya and Cancer Research Malaysia.

Oral cancer is the eighth most common cancer worldwide, with 300,000 cases diagnosed each year. As with many cancers, catching the disease at an early stage is crucial. The project will see the Kingston University and University of Malaya teams train an artificial intelligence system to spot early warning signs using images taken of the inside of the mouth – referred to by medics as the oral cavity – on mobile phones....


Unexploded Second World War bomb discovered in Kingston: Five facts about impact of German air raids on borough during the war

Posted Tuesday 28 May 2019

Unexploded Second World War bomb discovered in Kingston: Five facts about impact of German air raids on borough during the war

The recent discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb on a building site near Kingston University's Penrhyn Road campus served as a reminder of how the local area bore the brunt of some considerable attention from the German Luftwaffe between 1939 and 1941.

Kingston University historian Dr Steven Woodbridge has compiled five brief facts about the frightening and damaging consequences of air raids on Kingston and the surrounding district during the first three years of the war, some of which may be familiar to people but others less so. All in all, Kingston and the surrounding areas of Surbiton, Tolworth, Hook and Chessington suffered damage and casualties from Hitler's bombs during the war....


Textbook by Kingston University and St George's, University of London child nursing experts attracts international interest

Posted Monday 8 April 2019

Textbook by Kingston University and St George's, University of London child nursing experts attracts international interest

A newly-published textbook, written solely by children's nursing lecturers from Kingston University and St George's, University of London, has received translation rights requests after becoming the first teaching tool of its kind to hit the shelves.

Providing a wide range of essential clinical information on caring for children from newborns through to teenagers, the textbook is set to be used by trainee child nurses and health care practitioners in both hospital and community settings....


Sir Brian Leveson hails Kingston University's online archive of landmark public inquiry in to journalism during Discover Leveson project launch event

Posted Thursday 4 April 2019

Sir Brian Leveson hails Kingston University's online archive of landmark public inquiry in to journalism during Discover Leveson project launch event

Sir Brian Leveson highlighted the importance of ensuring the lessons of his landmark examination of standards in journalism were not forgotten at an event to launch Kingston University's online archive of the Leveson Inquiry. Addressing an audience of leading journalists, lawyers, MPs and inquiry witnesses, he praised the University's DiscoverLeveson.com project for providing easy access to the wealth of evidence from his inquiry in to the culture, practice and ethics of the press, conducted during 2011 and 2012.

The website is a user-friendly, state-of-the-art resource giving free access to the public testimony and submissions at the inquiry, which was established in the wake of the phone hacking scandal. It includes Sir Brian's final report along with video and written evidence from prime ministers, police chiefs, newspaper proprietors and editors as well as victims of press abuse....


Do electrodes make you smarter? Kingston University neuroscientist casts doubt on benefit of using electric currents to improve memory

Posted Thursday 28 March 2019

Do electrodes make you smarter? Kingston University neuroscientist casts doubt on benefit of using electric currents to improve memory

The effectiveness of applying electrical currents to the brain to improve memory and enhance cognitive ability - often used to treat Alzheimer's patients and children with developmental disorders - has been thrown into question by a neuroscientist at Kingston University.

Dr Giulia Galli from the University's Faculty of Business and Social Sciences was part of an international research team that investigated transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). The technique involves delivering a weak electrical current to specific parts of the brain using electrodes attached to the head....


Health economist claims Government's failure to offer HPV catch-up vaccinations to older boys is discriminatory

Posted Thursday 28 March 2019

Health economist claims Government's failure to offer HPV catch-up vaccinations to older boys is discriminatory

Professor Giampiero Favato is a health economist and director of doctoral programmes at Kingston University's Business School. His research assessing the cost and benefits of a gender-neutral Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination programme contributed to the decision by health ministers in England, Scotland and Wales to offer the vaccine to 13 year old boys from September this year. Professor Favato outlines below why he believes this is not enough – and how the omission of older boys poses serious risks.

The British Government's refusal to offer boys aged 14 to 18 years old catch-up HPV vaccination based on the argument that it will provide "limited additional benefit" is quite possibly the thinnest argument ever used in public health policy ­– particularly while the Department for Health and Social Care's stated priority is to "vaccinate adolescents before they reach sexual maturity"....

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