School of Medicine news

We are delighted to announce that medical student Jenna Volpert has won our prestigious Student of the Year award for 2020/21.

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A new UK-wide study aims to improve healthcare and outcomes for pregnant women who have two or more active long-term health conditions.

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Keele University’s School of Medicine has been recognised as one of the best in Europe for rheumatology research.

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A study led by Keele University aims to improve outcomes for pregnant women who are at a higher risk of complications due to a current or historical cancer diagnosis.

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Medicine at Keele University has been ranked among the Top 5 in England in the Complete University Guide 2022.

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To mark International Clinical Trials Day, Keele University’s Clinical Trials Unit have offered their profound thanks to the thousands of participants who have contributed to vital medical trials at the University over recent years, and especially over the last 12 months during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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At least half of patients recovering from depression will experience a relapse, but there are currently no evidence-based tools to help GPs or other healthcare professionals to identify those at high risk.

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A Keele researcher will embark on a two-year study to identify affordable treatments to help children living with spinal muscular atrophy

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A student from Keele University’s School of Medicine has joined the national vaccine effort by administering the Covid-19 vaccine to homeless people in Shrewsbury.

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Professor of General Practice Research, Carolyn Chew-Graham, writes for The Conversation UK

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Keele researchers have reported promising findings in two new studies looking at methods to improve transplantation of stem cells for injury repair in the brain or spinal cord.

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A Keele Professor has been appointed to the prestigious role of Director for the NIHR’s School of Primary Care Research.

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Researchers from Keele University’s School of Medicine are studying whether anti-sickness medication could prevent stroke patients from developing pneumonia or even dying prematurely.

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A study led by Keele University could save the NHS up to £45m over three years by increasing the number of dialysis patients whose treatment takes place at home.

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A new study into dementia has identified markers which could help healthcare practitioners to understand how the disease progresses and improve treatment outcomes.

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Professor Lisa Dikomitis has been appointed to Director of Keele's Institute for Global Health.

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Harriet Scott, a third year Medicine student, has spoken of the challenges of training to become a doctor during the Covid-19 pandemic – all while juggling a professional footballing career.

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Two former doctors from Keele University’s School of Medicine have come out of retirement to contribute to the national Covid-19 vaccination roll-out.

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A major study of nearly 2 million heart attack patients has found that many who also had cancer were not offered a potentially life saving treatment, despite the fact it had major benefits.

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A young scientist has published his first academic journal paper at the age of just 14, with the help of researchers from Keele University’s School of Medicine.

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Doctors from Keele’s School of Medicine are playing their part in the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out by administering vaccines in their own local surgeries, including the vaccine made on Keele’s campus.

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Keele University’s Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham has contributed to new return-to-work guidance for people who are living with the long-term effects of Covid-19.

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Keele University’s Clinical and Health subjects have climbed into the global Top 500 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.

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Keele University experts have developed a clear guide for the public on the latest physiotherapy research about the treatment of people with muscle, bone and joint pain.

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A Keele Professor has embarked on a two year Visiting Academic Fellowship at the University of Cambridge studying the latest technologies for repairing spinal cord injuries.

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A new study led by Dr Faraz Mughal from Keele University’s School of Medicine aims to develop an acceptable and feasible intervention for GPs in order to support young people who self-harm.

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Some people who experienced a ‘mild’ infection of Covid-19 are suffering long-lasting symptoms months after contracting the virus, known as ‘long Covid’.

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Researchers from Keele’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences have launched a new study to help future healthcare professionals deliver quality care while responding to the challenges posed by Covid-19.

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We have invited internationally recognised leaders in their field to share with us their exciting biomedical research.

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Keele University has combined two schools within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to form a new large single School of Medicine.

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On 1 August 2020 the School of Medicine and the School of Primary, Community and Social Care merge together into one School of Medicine.

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Keele University is to host its first virtual open day of 2020 on Saturday 20 June, giving prospective students the opportunity to tour the University from the comfort of their own home.

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New research led by Keele University has found that people suffering from cluster headache often face a long delay in being diagnosed correctly.

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A team of researchers from Keele University has found that it is uncommon for older adults to consult their GP during times of distress due to a lack of acceptable treatments.

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The umbilical cord is packed with stem cells that can help treat cancer, blood diseases, and inflammatory conditions. Keele researchers are exploring how to exploit these therapeutic properties found in umbilical cord stem cells to help treat rheumatoid arthritis.

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from Keele’s research and teaching laboratories has been made available to the frontline NHS workers who are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Keele University’s medicine degree programme has been ranked second in England in the Guardian University Guide 2020, behind only Oxford and ahead of Cambridge.

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A cross-faculty research team from Keele University has received £4.6 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to lead a global study investigating the social impact of a neglected tropical disease.

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Cardiology research undertaken by Keele University and University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) has been on show at major international cardiology events in over 15 different countries this year alone.

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Keele medical student wins prestigious scholarship for leadership programme.

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Over 50 local students attended a four-day residential summer school at Keele University.

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A student joining Keele’s School of Medicine in September has spoken of her joy after securing her place.

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Keele University will host an evening to explore the benefits that poetry can provide for cancer patients later this month.

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Keele University’s graduation celebrations got off to a flying start this week with the announcement of our Student of the Year 2019.

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Eight Keele subjects have been ranked in the UK Top 10 for overall student satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey (NSS).

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Keele University’s medicine degree programme has been ranked second in England in the Guardian University Guide 2020, behind only Oxford and ahead of Cambridge.

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Moving up the Guardian League Tables

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Dr Heidi Fuller and Dr Sharon Owen presented their research into identifying treatment strategies for children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) at the launch event of No Time to Lose, a campaign by children’s medical research charity Sparks.

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A student from Keele’s School of Medicine has been highly commended in a prestigious competition celebrating the best healthcare researchers in the UK.

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Forensic Science, Nursing, and Medicine at Keele University have all been ranked in the UK Top 10 in the latest Complete University Guide.

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An international team of anthropologists, clinicians and artists are hosting a series of events at Keele University about rural healthcare in the Philippines.

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Keele alumna and local college principal Karen Dobson has been awarded an OBE

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Colleagues at Keele University were saddened by the recent passing of Professor Sir David Weatherall, our former Chancellor, who was a world-leading clinical scientist and pioneering researcher.

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Robert Kirby, Professor of Clinical Education and Surgery writes for The Conversation UK.

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Keele is very pleased to announce that five Athena SWAN awards have been confirmed for its schools and research institutes.

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A Keele University medical student has won the sought-after Wolfson Intercalated Award from the Royal College of Physicians.

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Keele University’s Dr Russell Crawford has been awarded a highly coveted National Teaching Fellowship.

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This August I will be preparing my backpack, strapping on my hiking boots and heading to Tanzania. I will be embarking on a 62-kilometre journey up the world’s largest free-standing mountain (5895m), Mount Kilimanjaro.

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In July this year I will be hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain on my own. I am hiking from the 26th of July to the 21st of August.

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The NHS turns 70 on 5 July, making it the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions and to thank the extraordinary NHS staff.

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Sarah Lawton British Heart Foundation Sponsored walk from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

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Hellos / Goodbyes

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A project aiming for a personalised approach to the restoration of arm function in people with high-level spinal cord injury has been awarded £387k of funding by the EPSRC.

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The ISTM are delighted to announce that Keele Lecturer in Medical Science, Dr Heidi Fuller, has been awarded a Joint Sparks and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity grant.

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The co-founder of the #Hellomynameis campaign has visited SaTH as part of events around Dying Matters Week.

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We’re delighted to announce that Peter Yeates has been awarded a highly prestigious Clinician Scientist Award by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), worth over £950k to Keele over the 5 year term.

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Santa was kind enough to get his knitters to contribute to the Big Knit 2017 for Age UK. Once Santa had dropped off the hats, in his sleigh, flew across the city to join ASHA for their 2017 Children’s Christmas party.

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At the end of our third year, we carried out a research project as part of our SSC in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology department, supervised by consultant gynaecologist Miss O'Mahony.

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Charlotte Galvin, currently Year 4 in Shropshire, won the Myers prize for her humanities SSC essay

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This year we implemented a new electing system for the future committee. This has left us with an extremely strong and passionate committee for 2018/2019, and we are excited to watch MedPath grow even more during this year.

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Congratulations to MMedSci (Anatomical Sciences) student, Emma Howard, won the highly coveted "Golden Test Tube" trophy for the best research presentation at the annual Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) Research Day.

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Louise Finch, intercalating medical student, won second prize for her poster at a recent Society of British Neurological Surgeons conference.

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Louise Finch, intercalating medical student, won second prize for her poster at a recent Society of British Neurological Surgeons conference.

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As part of my Year 3 Student Selected Component (SSC) I completed an audit in the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) under the supervision of UHNM Consultant Microbiologist Dr Desai.

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Congratulations to the following staff

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The Anatomy Suite hosted a 4-day trauma course from 15th May - Major Incident Surgical Trauma and Teams (MISTT).

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The School of Medicine has continued its Global Health strategy by hosting a three week placement visit for four medical students from Botucatu University, Brazil during May.

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On a beautiful, sunny afternoon in May two-thirds of the support staff from across the School participated in the first School of Medicine Professional Support Services conference at Keele Hall.

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Keele University School of Medicine held a Thanksgiving Service to honour those who have donated their bodies to science.

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On Saturday 14th April we successfully completed another six hour spinning session at Keele Sports Centre to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Nearly 200 Primary and Secondary Care Clinicians along with Keele Academics and Scientists packed the David Weatherall building on 13th April 2018 to enjoy a busy and varied programme.

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Researchers from Keele University’s Medical School have developed a game-based approach to teaching doctors in training, which helps to improve their learning about how drugs work.

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The Keele National Suturing Course and Competition was held on 24th March 2018 at the Clinical Education Centre (Keele University). The event was organised by Keele Surgical Society and endorsed by Doctors Academy.

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Keele University has been successful in its bid to increase the number of students at its School of Medicine.

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Three new research studies at Keele University have been awarded £58,000 from local charity the North Staffordshire Medical Institute (NSMI).

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On 8 March 2018 (International women’s day), two members of the Athena SWAN committee Tracy Lovatt and Lisa Dikomitis visited Ormiston Academy, a secondary school in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Keele University has officially launched a new interdisciplinary research project to tackle public health issues in the Philippines.

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Saturday 3rd March saw the 5th annual Keele Trauma Course take place at Keele Medical School.

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Dr Alan Harper was invited to present his work at the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of animals in research (NC3Rs) showcase of cardiovascular research in March.

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Keele University’s Dr Heidi Fuller has received a grant from Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and a medical research charity, to fund a study that will help pave the way towards a cure for the muscle-wasting condition spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

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Rachel Gater, PhD Candidate, Keele University writes for The Conversation UK.

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AUA mini-regional conference in January at John Moores University (LJMU).

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SaTH held a magical clinical dinner to brighten up dull January!

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Dr Patricia Gibson and Dr Andrew Cowley who recently married in beautiful Mexico.

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The Government has confirmed that it has approved over £300 million of investment into our two hospitals to take forward the plans drawn up under the NHS Future Fit programme.

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Email addresses at SaTH are being migrated to NHS mail over the next few months.

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The Admissions Office are busy processing over 1600 applications for students entering the Medicine degree in 2018. Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for these applicants will start on 18 December and will go on through to the end of March.

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On the 15th December we will be celebrating Christmas Jumper Day to raise funds for Save the Children.

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On December 14th 2017 I attended the winter meeting of the British Association of Clinical Anatomists with two Keele colleagues: Taha Haq (5th year), and Giorgos Solomou (3rd year).

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On 23rd November 2017, students Pamela Sturges and Thomas Bestwick presented two posters for their work with the North Staffordshire and Stoke-on Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups at the SAPC North conference in Kendal.

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The 5th ASPIRE research showcase was held on 22 November in the David Weatherall Building. The event featured the best of student research from SSCs, summer studentships and intercalation years.

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Keele strikes Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework

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After my 4th Year, I took part in the Keele ASPIRE Summer Studentship 2017. I conducted a project entitled ‘Marital status and risk of cardiovascular diseases: a systematic review and meta-analysis’ under the supervision of Dr Chun Shing Kwok and Professor Mamas A Mamas.

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Lay members represent the public and bring a different perspective to the School in its decision-making. They help reflect what the public wants from the medical profession and its students.

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