Goodall Memorial Lecture: A celebration of Lister, safer surgery and his legacy and what it means in current day practice and research.

Pankaj Chandak was invited to give the Goodall Memorial Lecture 2017 following a visit to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPS) in Glasgow to see the room where Lister first announced the antiseptic principal in the practice of surgery.  He started talking to the library and heritage office, Claire Harrison and six months later this led to an invite to give the Goodall Memorial Lecture.

The Goodall Memorial Lecture 2017 is part of the Goodall Symposium at the RCPS of Glasgow, which in turn is part of the Glasgow Science Festival.  The lecture celebrates the 150th anniversary of Lister's antiseptic paper in the Lancet:  A celebration of Lister, safer surgery and his legacy and what it means in current day practice and research.

NIHR Senior Investigator Award

Professor Iain Macdougall, Renal Consultant and Professor of Clinical Nephrology was successful in the latest round of NIHR Senior Investigator awards. There are currently only 200 such awards in the country across all medical specialties and these reflect not only a strong research track record, but also a strong impact of the research on current clinical practice and treatment guidelines. He was the only awardee in Nephrology in this latest round of awards. Professor Macdougall's area of research is the anaemia associated with chronic kidney disease, and he has led (and is currently leading) major clinical trials in this therapeutic area, including CREATE, TREAT, and FIND-CKD. He has been actively involved in collaborating with pharmaceutical companies translating new molecules into clinical practice, performing phase 1, 2, 3, and 4 trials of such products -- he was the first physician in the world to administer Aranesp to a renal patient, and this drug is now widely used as a standard-of-care anaemia therapy.

International Clinical Trials Day #iamresearch

Here at the MRC Centre for Transplantation, we celebrated International Clinical Trials Day on Friday 19 May with a Twitter campaign supporting the theme #iamresearch.  

We also reviewed the clinical trials conducted by the MRC Centre for Transplantation and the Division of Transplantation, Immunology and Muscosal Biology at King's College.  As our infographic shows, the results and publications are impressive. More information can be found online on the research page of the Division of Transplantation, Immunology and Muscosal Biology.  

MRC Festival

The MRC Centre for Transplantation has launched its competition as part of the #MRCFestival in June.
Students from King's Widening Participation Network are invited to enter a competition:
"What is the lifecycle of a clinical trial - from idea to patient treatment?"
Entries could be a poem, letter, rap, song, diagram, collage, artwork, 30 sec video or any other form to communicate the answer.

Entries close on Monday 8 May and the 6 winners will be notified by Friday 12 May.
Winning entries will be displayed in the atrium at Guy's Hospital as part of International Clinical Trials Day #iamresearch.

Winners will spend a VIP day at the MRC Centre for Transplantation on Wednesday 21 June and with:
-hands on time in our labs using state of the art equipment
-conduct experiments alongside international researchers
-discover career paths in science
-work with transplant patients and an artist to create the MRC Centre for Transplantation's 10 year anniversary centrepiece

For more information about the competition or the #MRCFestival, contact Kris Chadwick on 020 7188 5669.

Exploring 3D Printed Organs in the Medicine Galleries

Ahead of the opening of London's Science Museum's new Medicine Galleries in 2019 the Museum is acquiring a host of fascinating objects that will be on display. Curator Selina Hurley tells us the story behind two such objects, 3D printed models of a kidney and abdomen used to plan a kidney transplant by MRC Centre for Transplantation Research Fellow, Pankaj Chandak. Read Selina's full blog here:

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