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A summary of the latest media coverage for King's College London and Higher Education including headlines from national and international newspapers, specialist journals, television and radio programmes, with a link to the article where possible.

There is also a searchable Archive going back to 2004.

Please submit any media mentions to the Public Relations Department pr@kcl.ac.uk, 020 7848 3202.

King's stories

Artificial mouse embryo

BBC World Service 3rd October 2017

Visiting Professor John Harris, Global Health & Social Medicine, commented on research from Cambridge University that has for the first time created an artificial mouse embryo using embryonic stem cells. Dr Dusko Illic, Women's Health, also commented on this research for the Sun.

Antidepressants while pregnant may make baby autistic

Deccan Chronicle 20th July 2017

Children exposed to antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to suffer autism, but the added risk is very small and may not, in fact, stem from the drugs, researchers say. Michael Craig of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said: 'The risk for ASD is very small. However, these results cannot be ignored.'

Phoenix Futures' National Specialist Family Service

BBC Radio 5 Live 18th July 2017

Phoenix Futures' National Specialist Family Service. Dr Sally Marlow from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is interviewed. She said: 'We know that if you get people into treatment then there chances are a lot better that they'll be able to get off drugs or alcohol and stay off. What's different about Pheonix futures is that you can take your children with you.'

Public 'prefers access to single market and free movement'

i 14th July 2017

Britons want a Brexit based on compromise which retains access to the single market and keeps freedom of movement, according to research from the Policy Institute at King’s. Professor Jonathan Grant, Policy Institute, is quoted. The Sun and the Conversation also reported.

Dementia cure? Brain-training games to help memory probably don't work

Express 14th July 2017

King’s research has suggested that brain-training games may be an effective dementia treatment.

Liu Xiaobo, Nobel laureate and political prisoner, dies at 61 in Chinese custody

Guardian 14th July 2017

China is facing a barrage of international criticism for its treatment of the Nobel laureate and democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo – Eva Pils, Law, comments.

Has Isis’s caliphate fallen, and does that mean the terror group is finished?

Independent 14th July 2017

Dr Shiraz Maher, ICSR, comments on the apparent fall of the Isis Caliphate.

Corbyn must deal with this Labour poison

Daily Telegraph 13th July 2017

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Political Economy, uses a comment piece to claim that the Left is ignoring claims of anti-semitism.

Shallow, sick and sexist

Guardian 13th July 2017

Professor Janet Treasure, Psychological Medicine, is mentioned in a piece about eating disorders.

Warning to pregnant women on vitamin D: Shortages leads to children with poor motor skills

Daily Mail 13th July 2017

An article on the impact of vitamin D during pregnancy mentions research by Professor Catherine Hawrylowicz, Respiratory Medicine and Allergy. She said 'For the first time, we have shown that higher vitamin D levels in pregnancy can effectively alter the immune response of the newborn baby, which could help to protect the child from developing asthma.'

Global youthquake: how a new generation is finding its political voice

London Evening Standard 13th July 2017

Feature on the impact that young people are having on politics. Dr Daniel Nilsson DeHanas, Theology and Religious Studies, is quoted.

We are going to face a massive employment crisis after Brexit

Independent 13th July 2017

Liz Roberts, an advisor at BrexitAdvisoryServices.co.uk, and Andrew MacLeod, Policy Institute, write on the impact that Brexit could have on the labour market.

Repeal Bill

Sky News 13th July 2017

Interview on Sky News with Colin Brazier with Dr Andrew Blick, Political Economy, discussing the Great Repeal Bill.

Inside the top security world of sport's drug squad

Daily Telegraph 12th July 2017

Article discussing the UK anti-doping team and mentions that samples are transported by verified courier to the Wada credited laboratory at King's.

Technology can save lives, not just improve them

Guardian 12th July 2017

Opinion article discussing the use of technology in healthcare, mentioning C the Signs, a cancer diagnosis tool for smartphones, which was co-founded by two doctors based at King’s.

A new study says offline bullying is still a much bigger problem than cyberbullying

Buzzfeed 12th July 2017

Professor Louise Arsenault, Psychiatry, is quoted in a piece that claims that children are more likely to be bullied offline than on the internet.

Children's television

BBC Radio 4 11th July 2017

Less than 1 per cent of television available to UK children consists of original British shows which aren’t repeats. Professor Jeanette Steemers, Culture Media and Creative Industries comments

Developing a mobile device to record mental health inpatient data

Nursing Times 11th July 2017

A London trust has piloted the use of a handheld device to record patients’ whereabouts and arousal on its inpatient unit for adults with autism. Dr Clare Killikelly, Psychology, is one of the report’s authors.

Government invests £16 MILLION in 5G test network to make UK 'world leader' in mobile technology

Daily Mirror 10th July 2017

The government has announced it is investing £16 million in a 5G test network, in an attempt to make the UK world leader in mobile technology. King’s will be one of the universities involved.

Hunter Gatherers

BBC Radio 4 10th July 2017

Dan Saladino asks if hunter gatherers, the Hadza tribe, hold the key to our future health. Includes contribution from Professor Tim Spector, Genetics and Molecular Medicine. Professor Spector also featured on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.

How cows have helped to transform our societies

BBC Radio 4 10th July 2017

Professor Edith Hall, Classics, contributes to programme looking at how cows have helped to transform our societies.

In 2015, China crushed rights lawyers but activists are still organising

Daily Mail 10th July 2017

Eva Pils, Law, is quoted in a piece on human rights efforts in China. The New York Times also carried the story.

U.S. bombers challenge China in South China Sea flyover

Reuters 10th July 2017

Dr Alessio Patalano, War Studies, is quoted in a piece on reports that two US bombers flew over the disputed South China Sea.

Himalayan stand-off makes it an awkward G-20 for Xi and Modi

Bloomberg 10th July 2017

Article on relations between China and Russia. Professor Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, is quoted.

Security in Qatar

BBC World Service 9th July 2017

Dr David Roberts, Defence Studies, was interviewed concerning security issues in Qatar on the BBC World Service. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, appeared in the Daily Mail and NDTV.com where he was quoted on the Gulf crisis. Dr Krieg later discussed the Gulf Cooperation Council and Rex Tillerson’s visit to Doha on three occasions: Al Jazeera English (1), Aljazeera English Newshour (2), Aljazeera English Newshour (3).

Is coconut oil all it’s cracked up to be?

Guardian 9th July 2017

Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences, comments in a piece suggesting that coconut oil may not be as healthy as has been suggested. He said “it is a poor source of vitamin E compared with other vegetable oils. Coconut oil is also deficient in the essential fatty acids, which makes it much worse than lard or palm oil.’’

Fight or flight? How our brain decides our response to danger

Guardian 9th July 2017

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery, discusses fight or flight response.

Gut biome

BBC Radio 4 9th July 2017

Professor Tim Spector, Genetics and Molecular Medicine, explains humans' digestive systems and the human gut microbiome.

Perception in sport

BBC Radio Five Live 9th July 2017

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery, joins to discuss his research on perception in sport.

Gypsy students face prejudice at universities

Times 8th July 2017

Universities should be doing more to stamp out prejudice against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller students, a report commissioned by King’s has claimed.

China and America each have Machiavellian motives over Korea. Who's edging it?

Independent 8th July 2017

Andrew Macleod, Policy Institute, writes on the North Korean situation.

'Agitated' dementia patients may be in pain

Daily Mail 8th July 2017

An opinion piece on anti-psychotic medicine mentions King’s research that suggested painkillers were an effective treatment for managing distress in dementia patients.

'A hymn to humanity, peace and understanding'

Daily Mail 8th July 2017

Article discussing the European Union anthem, with comment from Professor John Deathridge, Music. The story was also carried on CNN Edition.

Higher Education

BBC Breakfast 8th July 2017

Discussion of research commissioned by King's into GRT access to Higher Education.

Advantage of arbitration in dispute settlement

Financial Times 7th July 2017

Letter discussing arbitration by Professor Jan Dalhuisen, Law.

Trials of 5G in the UK will start in early 2018

City AM 7th July 2017

King’s researchers will be involved in trials of a 5G mobile network.

Rupert Murdoch’s bid for Sky poses a dilemma for ministers

Economist 7th July 2017

Article on Rupert Murdoch's bid for Sky. Dr Martin Moore, Policy Institute, is quoted.

Retirement is out, new portfolio careers are in

Economist 7th July 2017

Article on people's employment opportunities after they have retired from their main career. Professor Karen Glaser, Global Health and Social Medicine, is quoted.

Is Merkel making a political point with her G20 music choice?

CNN 7th July 2017

Article on Angela Merkel's music choice at the G20 summit. Professor John Deathridge, Music, is quoted.

Royal Society Summer Science

Sky News 7th July 2017

An episode of Swipe broadcasts from the Royal Society's Summer Science exhibition. Dr Charlotte Gayer-Anderson, Health Services & Population, is interviewed.

G20 Summit

Sky News 7th July 2017

Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, discussed the meeting of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit on Sky News, 7 July 2017. Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, European and International Studies was interviewed on Theresa May and Donald Trump’s meeting at the summit on Sky News, 8 July 2017.

State schools eclipse Eton in ranking for A-level science

Times 6th July 2017

King's College London Mathematics School, which opened in 2014, came top of a new table of A level results. The Independent also ran the story.

Explaining science to the masses: New growth industry

Financial Times 6th July 2017

Article on making science more accessible. The article reports on Science Gallery London.

A Judge Has Ruled Against A Legal Challenge To The Government's Air Pollution Plan

Buzzfeed 6th July 2017

A judge in the High Court has ruled against environmental law group ClientEarth's legal challenge to the government's draft air quality plan. Professor David Green, Geography, comments.

Incredible material that makes ANY flat object appear 3D under normal light could pave the way for a new generation of TVs and cameras

Daily Mail 6th July 2017

Researchers from King’s are involved in the creation of a material that can make a 2D object appear to be three dimensional.

What it takes to survive when you lose everything

CNN International Edition 6th July 2017

Feature on the Grenfell Tower fire. Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Psychological Medicine, is quoted.

Climate change could see Africa's Sahel turn lush and green in our lifetimes

International Business Times 6th July 2017

Professor Mike Hulme, Geography, is quoted in a piece on climate change.

EU and Japan

BBC World News 6th July 2017

Professor Jonathan Portes, Political Economy, discusses the EU and Japan major free trade deal on the World Business Report.

CERN scientists discover a charming new particle that could open a 'new frontier' in physics

Wired 6th July 2017

Scientists at CERN have announced the discovery of a new kind of particle, named Xi-cc++. Professor John Ellis, Physics, is quoted. He says "The discovery certainly opens up new ways to test our ideas about quark confinement and baryon structure.

"It is another illustration of how LHCb is a very capable detector that can study many issues, such as baryon spectroscopy, that were not envisaged before the LHC started."

Brexit fears trigger exodus of crucial EU health and social care workforce

Guardian 5th July 2017

Opinion article discussing the impact of Brexit on health and social care workers, featuring comment from Professor Anne-Marie Rafferty, Adult Nursing. She says “markets, including Labour markets, are very sensitive to signals from government,” she says, “and I suspect that part of that drop is also to do with the uncertainties which surround the rights to remain – and under what conditions these rights would be granted for EU nurses.”

Texting young patients improves engagement with specialist services

Nursing Times 5th July 2017

Communicating with young patients by text, email and Skype can help them manage their care, according to new research led by Professor Jackie Sturt, Diversity and Inclusion.

Director of Communications job at Downing Street

BBC Radio 4 5th July 2017

Discussion of the vacant Director of Communications job at the office of the Prime Minister in Downing Street, which includes contribution by Dr Jon Davis, Policy Institute.

Heart disease

BBC World Service 5th July 2017

Researchers at King's College London are using models of the heart to explore the effects of different heart diseases on the heart's shape, size and blood flow. Includes interview with Dr David Nordsletten, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at King's College.

What Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants from Israel

Newsweek 5th July 2017

Article on the relationship between India and Israel. Dr Samir Puri, War Studies, is quoted. “For India, the threat has been posed by Pakistani-backed armed groups that waged war primarily over the status of Kashmir, and which flared in the 1990s. For Israel, it has been unable to bring its violent struggles with [the Islamist groups] Hamas and Hezbollah to an end,” Puri says.

Signs of a Persian gulf

The Hindu 5th July 2017

Professor Harsh V. Pant, Defence Studies comments on issues facing the Persian Gulf.

Cows through history

BBC Radio 4 4th July 2017

Professor Edith Hall, Arts and Humanities, discusses the historical and cultural impact of the cow.

Heartburn drugs taken by millions may increase risk of early death, study suggests

Daily Telegraph 4th July 2017

Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, comments on a study of the dangers of heartburn drugs. He said:
"Doctors are handing these drugs out like sweets. I would say around 50 per cent of people don’t actually need to be on them.

“This is an observational study and on it’s own maybe doesn't mean a lot but when you start adding it to all the other research it starts to add up.

“These drugs were developed before people even thought about what was happening in your gut.”

How to tell if people you know are psychopaths

Independent 4th July 2017

Article mentions King’s research, which identified antisocial behaviour traits in babies as young as five weeks.

Could the answer to solving the social care crisis lie in technology, not politics?

iNews 4th July 2017

Emily Jupp meets the app developer who is hoping to lead a revolution in social care. The article reports on a study involving researchers from King's.

University ratings

Times 4th July 2017

Letter by Professor Alison Wolf, Management & Business, discussing the National Student Survey.

North Korea

CNN International Europe 4th July 2017

Dr Martin Navias, War Studies, discussed Donald Trump's reaction to the tensions between China and North Korea and later appeared on Newsroom Live. Dr Roman Pardo, European and International Studies, was quoted in Newsweek on the same issue.

India and the ASEAN at 25: Celebrating the past, preparing for the future

NDTV 4th July 2017

Article written by Professor Harsh V. Pant, Defence Studies. Professor Pant also wrote on the Himalayan Frontier in the Wall Street Journal.

How Egypt’s generals used street protests to stage a coup

Washington Post 4th July 2017

Dr Neil Ketchley, Middle Eastern Studies, writes on the political situation in Egypt.

What really lies behind the rise of food banks?

The Week 3rd July 2017

Research from Oxford University and King’s is mentioned. The largest study on food-bank use to date, conducted by Oxford University and King's College London and commissioned by the Trussell Trust, provides a detailed portrait of the people who require emergency food assistance.

Top nursing professor to leave King's for University of Surrey

Nursing Times 3rd July 2017

Professor Jill Maben, Adult Nursing, is to leave her post at King’s to join the University of Surrey.

Brazil’s president faces criminal charges and 2% approval rating – but here’s how he clings on

The Conversation 3rd July 2017

Professor Anthony Pereira, Brazil Institute, writes on the current status of Brazil's President Michel Temer.

I spent three days as a hunter-gatherer to see if it would improve my gut health

The Conversation 3rd July 2017

Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, writes on his experience as a hunter-gatherer to see if it would improve his gut health. Daily Mail, the Independent, CNN, i, IFL Science and the Times also ran the story.

This is where Britain currently stands with its Brexit deal. It's not good

Independent 3rd July 2017

Visiting Professor Andrew Macleod, Policy Institute writes on the prospects for Brexit. Macleod also wrote on issues concerning the UN, in The Conversation.

World's first trials of MDMA to treat alcohol addiction set to begin

Guardian 3rd July 2017

Doctors in Bristol are set to begin the world’s first clinical study into the use of MDMA to treat alcohol addiction. Dr Ed Day, Addictions, is quoted. “Psychedelics are fascinating substances, and have a range of effects that we are nowhere near understanding,” he said.

“Research would be welcome, but it is likely that the benefits would come in treating problems such as post-traumatic stress or severe depression, rather than drug problems per se. I wouldn’t want this issue to distract from the real problems facing drug and alcohol treatment services in England at the moment."

A liddle more awareness

Times 2nd July 2017

Letters column contains a letter from Dr Tania Gergel from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) in which she discusses an article by Rod Liddle in which he discussed mental illness. She said: "Unfortunately, despite a number of sensible points, he then chose to conclude by equating mental illness with stupidity, prejudice and misjudgment, making himself guilty of the very stereotyping and stigmatising attitudes of which the left would seek to accuse him."

Missing Link

BBC Radio 4 2nd July 2017

The Food Programme features Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, who discusses the 'nutritional equivalent of the missing link'.

A neuroscientist explains

Observer 2nd July 2017

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery, discusses the ability to learn new skills versus the energy required to perform familiar tasks.

West Africa

Sky News 2nd July 2017

Emmanuel Macron, is urging West African countries and Western leaders to work together to eradicate ‘terrorists, thugs and murderers’. Dr Jonathan Hill, Defence Studies, is interviewed. He later commented in a separate piece for Sky News.

Technological Advances

CNBC (World) 1st July 2017

A feature programme Access Middle East on the advancement of technology - specifically ICT. Professor Mischa Dohler, Informatics, takes part.

12-hour shifts linked to lower quality care

Nursing Times 1st July 2017

Nurses report significantly lower quality of care if they work a 12-hour shift compared to a stint of eight hours or less, according to researchers from King's.

Several UK banks stop trading Qatari riyals

BBC World Service 30th June 2017

Includes comment by Dr David Roberts, Defence Studies. Dr Roberts later appeared as part of reports for BBC Radio 4 and twice again interviewed on the BBC World Service (1), BBC World Service (2). Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, discussed the situation in Qatar on Aljazeera English Newshour.

World's first trials of MDMA to treat alcohol addiction set to begin

Guardian 30th June 2017

Doctors in Bristol are set to begin the world's first clinical study into the use of MDMA to treat alcohol addiction. Ed Day, a senior clinical lecturer at the National Addiction Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said that a priority should be restoring funding to frontline addiction services. He said: “Psychedelics are fascinating substances, and have a range of effects that we are nowhere near understanding,”

Air pollution

BBC News 29th June 2017

Air pollution is a huge problem in cities around the world, and it affects the health of millions. Features an interview with Dr Gary Fuller, Analytical and Environmental Sciences. Dr Gary Fuller also appeared in the Daily Mail. The Huffington Post referred to research by the ERG on pollution in London.

Anorexia nervosa: victim of the deadly disease Nana Karagianni - identify the signs in time

CNN 28th June 2017

Article from the Greece pages of CNN's website. Includes mention of Maria Tsiaka, Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Mental Health in the Metropolis: what it's like to have a psychotic experience

Evening Standard 28th June 2017

Mental Health in the Metropolis is a brand new video series documenting the struggle of living in a city with a mental illness. The video features Dr Helen Fisher from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). She said: "The adolescent that had been brought up in the major cities were 40% more likely to have psychotic experiences that adolescents who had been brought up in rural areas."

Neurogenesis

BBC World Service 28th June 2017

Neurogenesis is the process where we create new brain cells. Discussion with Timothy Powell and Sandrine Thuret from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). Sandrine Thuret said: "A suprising fact is that it is not just during development but it continues through adulthood."

Five minutes with... Debbie Robson

British Medical Journal 24th June 2017

Debbie Robson, a researcher at the Institut eof Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) says smoking is not therapeutic for psychiatric inpatients.

Older fathers have 'geekier sons'

BBC News 21st June 2017

New research suggests that sons of older fathers are more intelligent, more focused on their interests and less concerned about fitting in, all characteristics typically seen in ‘geeks’. Dr Magdalena Janecka from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: ‘Our study suggests that there may be some benefits associated with having an older father. We have known for a while about the negative consequences of advanced paternal age, but now we have shown that these children may also go on to have better educational and career prospects.’ Also reported in the Times, Guardian, Daily Mail, Sun, mirror, Telegraph, Huffington Post, International Business Times, Science Daily, USA Today, Hindustan Times, CBS, The Economic Times & Yahoo News.

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Motor neurone disease: The hidden cost of the debilitating degenerative condition

Independent 21st June 2017

People living with the condition often require home adaptations and additional support - but all come at a cost and it frequently falls on already struggling families to foot the bill. Ammar Al-Chalabi from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said: "Motor neuron disease takes about a year to be diagnosed on average. This seems to be the same everywhere in the world, regardless of health system, and there are several reasons for it. "

Smoking ban 'reduces violence at hospitals'

Daily Telegraph 15th June 2017

New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) reveals a 39 per cent drop in physical assaults - both between patients and towards staff - following the introduction of a smoke-free policy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). Dr Debbie Robson from the IoPPN, said: "Hopefully our findings will reassure staff that introducing a smoke-free policy does not increase physical violence as is often feared." Also reported by i news.

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'How I learned to live with multiple personalities'

BBC 14th June 2017

A story of how one multiple personalities can manifest. In 2016, a team at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) published a study of 65 women, including some diagnosed with DID. They concluded that the women with DID were no more fantasy-prone, suggestible or likely to generate false memories than those without a diagnosis. According to the authors, this result challenges the core hypothesis of the ‘fantasy model’. Also reported in the Daily Mail, and the Independent.

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Social media is as harmful as alcohol and drugs for millennials

The Conversation 12th June 2017

Article written by Tony Rao of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discussing the addiction to social media, and it's potential to cause long-term damage to emotions, behaviour and relationships.

Smoking or stress during pregnancy linked to lying, stealing habits in kids

Deccan Chronicle 12th June 2017

Epigenetic changes present at birth - in genes related to addiction and aggression - could be linked to conduct problems in children, according to a new study by King’s College London and the University of Bristol. Dr Edward Barker, senior author from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said: ‘We know that children with early-onset conduct problems are much more likely to engage in antisocial behaviour as adults, so this is clearly a very important group to look at from a societal point of view. Also reported by NDTV.

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Why Derek Jeter doesn’t feel prepared for fatherhood

New York Post 11th June 2017

A study last month from Imperial College London, the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN, King's College London) and Oxford University found that "an active male role in the early stages of babies' development produced better performance in cognitive tests by the age of 2."

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Something in the air

New Scientist 10th June 2017

Peter Goadsby from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) specialises in migraine and states that osmophobia can be present in the premonitory phase that comes hours before a headache, a phase that many people don't even notice.

Proof cannabis DOES lead teenagers to harder drugs

Daily Mail 8th June 2017

A new study has found that teenagers who regularly smoke cannabis are 26 times more likely to turn to other drugs by the age of 21. Dr Tom Freeman of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: 'This is a high quality study using a large UK cohort followed from birth'.

Legalising cannabis would improve public health, claims Clegg

Daily Mail 2nd June 2017

Making cannabis legal in the UK would improve public health, Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg claims. A 2015 study from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) found that the potent form of the drug is responsible for a quarter of new cases of psychotic mental illness.

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Ketamine could help thousands with severe depression, doctors say

Guardian 2nd June 2017

Thousands of people with severe depression could obtain urgent relief if experimental treatment using ketamine were made more widely available, medical experts say. Dr James Stone of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: “Although much more research is needed in this area, it is one of the most exciting aspects of ketamine’s unique antidepressant profile.”

A 'double whammy' of concern

Psychologist 1st June 2017

Brexit is coming, and with it comes much uncertainty in countless areas of life. There are particular fears for science funding in the aftermath of the exit, with many institutions relying on large EU grants and international collaboration. Psychology may be one of the more vulnerable subject areas. Includes a mention of Patrick Leman of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology &Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "It seems increasingly likely , if we get a hard Brexit, that we won't remain automatically connected to the raft of EU funding streams that the UK has benefited from. Then, of course, the funding for science inevitably becomes more a matter of parochial UK concerns, which arguably offers less protection to innovation and independence than it had as part of a larger EU budget with 27 nations lobbying for a broader range of scientific and social agendas."

A powerful message

Psychologist 1st June 2017

Mental health and the LGBT+ community is the subject of a half-hour documentary made by a collaborative team based at King's College London and produced by Sally Marlow from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) (one of the associate editors for this section). Through a series of interviews, the film explores a range of topics related to the mental health of a stigmatised community. The film is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVbx108bi8c

A 'double whammy' of concern

Psychologist 1st June 2017

Brexit is coming, and with it comes much uncertainty in countless areas of life. Professor Patrick Leman of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: ‘It seems increasingly likely, if we get a hard Brexit, that we won’t remain automatically connected to the raft of EU funding streams that the UK has benefited from. Then, of course, the funding for science inevitably becomes more a matter of parochial UK concerns, which arguably offers less protection to innovation and independence than it had as part of a larger EU budget with 27 nations lobbying for a broader range of scientific and social agendas.’

Pushy parents give children sleeping drug

Times 30th May 2017

Too many children with sleeping difficulties could be being prescribed the hormone melatonin, with an expert warning that it has become a fashionable treatment for parents who want perfect children. In March it was reported that the number of hospital attendances for children under 14 with sleep disorders had tripled over the past ten years. A study by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) in 2016 suggested that iPads and mobile phones were to blame.

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Death rate from Alzheimer's disease in the US has risen by 55%, says CDC

CNN 26th May 2017

The rate of people dying from Alzheimer's disease in the United States rose by 55% over a 15-year period, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. Martin Prince of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "This is one of a series of papers over the last two to three years from Europe and North America projecting similar trends in high-income countries. This is a worldwide phenomenon."

Are you addicted to Facebook? It could be in your genes

Daily Mail 25th May 2017

Scientists at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) compared the internet habits of around 4,250 identical twins with around 4,250 non-identical twins. They found genes were responsible for up to 39 percent of the time spent online.

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In the aftermath of Manchester bomb attack experts warn ‘one in three survivors are at risk of PTSD’

The Sun 24th May 2017

Child stress and PTSD expert Dr Andrea Danese from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) explains the signs parents should watch for in the wake of the attack on the MEN arena in Manchester. He said: “The horrific attack in Manchester has brought up several questions related to its potential mental health consequences.” Also reported by the Daily Mail.

Do YOU live in a city? You're more likely to hear voices inside your head due to the stress of urban-living

Daily Mail 23rd May 2017

Living in a city could significantly increase young people’s vulnerability to psychotic experiences, according to a new study from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and Duke University. Also reported by the Guardian, i news, Daily Mirror, Deccan Chronicle, Newsweek, Huffington Post and the Independent.

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Here's Why The Plain Cigarette Packet Laws Will Almost Certainly Save Lives

BuzzFeed 22nd May 2017

From this weekend, it will be illegal to sell tobacco in branded packets in the UK. Ann McNeill from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neurscience (IoPPN) recently led a Cochrane review - a major, highly respected assessment of all the evidence on a topic - into the effects of plain packaging.

Something to think about while you lie awake in bed

Vice 22nd May 2017

Living in a city could significantly increase young people’s vulnerability to psychotic experiences, according to a new study from King’s College London and Duke University.

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BBC News

BBC 1 21st May 2017

Scientists in the UK are investigating whether many cases of depression could be triggered by an overactive immune system. Professor Carmine Pariante from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "We know that stress activates the immune system, it is a physiological response."

Teenagers unable to sleep may be lonely

Daily Mail 17th May 2017

Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) have found a link between loneliness and poor sleep quality in a study of more than 2,000 British young adults. Professor Louise Arseneault said: ‘Diminished sleep quality is one of the many ways in which loneliness gets under the skin, and our findings underscore the importance of early therapeutic approaches to target the negative thoughts and perceptions that can make loneliness a vicious cycle.’ Also reported by the Sun, NDTV and The Economic Times.

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Health notes

Daily Mirror 16th May 2017

School play equipment poses a potential infection hazard for kids, experts warn. Dr Brendon Stubbs of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said, "The majority of these premature deaths may be preventable with care that prioritises lifestyle changes."

Intimidated by numbers

BBC World Service 15th May 2017

Documentary asking why some people are intimidated by numbers, includes contribution from Dr Kris De Meyer of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Anorexia is partly genetic and eating disorder risk could be passed on to children, study finds

Telegraph 13th May 2017

A landmark study led by King’s College London, University of North Carolina and Stanford researchers identifies the first genetic variant for anorexia nervosa and reveals that there may also be metabolic underpinnings to this potentially deadly illness.
Dr Gerome Breen, of the IoPPN said: ‘This is the largest and most statistically powerful genetic study of anorexia nervosa ever conducted. We have analysed over 10 million genetic variations across the genome in 3,495 individuals with anorexia nervosa and 10,982 unaffected individuals’. Also reported by Daily Mail.

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Anorexic children wait over a month for urgent treatment

The Times 12th May 2017

Hundreds of children with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are having to wait more than a month for NHS treatment. Separate figures show that more people accept colleagues and friends with mental health difficulties, as such problems become more visible. A survey of 1,700 people carried out by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) found that 72 per cent were willing to live with someone with a mental health problem, up 15 points since the survey was first carried out in 2009.

'Did I inherit mental illness?'

BBC Victoria Derbyshire 11th May 2017

When James Longman was nine, his father who had schizophrenia, killed himself. James, who suffers from depression himself, has often wondered whether there is a genetic link in mental health. He met Dr Roland Zahn at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) who are developing a technique to help patients improve their mental health. He said: "The changes we find in people with depression, I think they're reversible because connectivity in the brain is a learning signal, so it should be possible to re-learn that."

Paternal interaction and mental development

BBC London 10th May 2017

Interview with Vaheshta Sethna from King's College London discussing research into development of children's mental development in relation to their paternal interactions.

Wonky teeth? Headache? Why a magnet could be the solution

Daily Mail 9th May 2017

Magnets have fascinated and frightened people since their discovery more than 3,000 years ago. But Professor Carmine Pariante of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), says: 'It is not as effective as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for those patients with severe depression who are at risk of suicide or self-neglect, and who have not responded to available antidepressants.'

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017: Psychiatrists debunk seven common mental health myths

i news 9th May 2017

Leading psychiatrists expose six common misunderstandings of mental health issues, with comment from Professors Carmine Pariante and Sir Simon Wessely from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Modern hands-on British fathers 'boost the brain power of their babies'

Express 9th May 2017

Fathers who interact more with their children in their first few months of life could have a positive impact on their baby's cognitive development. Dr Vaheshta Sethna from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said: 'We also found that children interacting with sensitive, calm and less anxious fathers during a book session at the age of two showed better cognitive development, including attention, problem-solving, language and social skills. This suggests that reading activities and educational references may support cognitive and learning development in these children.' Also reported by the Daily Mail and The Sun.

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Half of vapers say they have quit cigarettes

The Times 8th May 2017

More than half of vapers have given up smoking cigarettes, a survey has found. Professor Ann McNeill of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "We know that vapers who continue to smoke continue to be exposed to cancer-causing chemicals. The message for the 1.3 million vapers who still smoke is that they need to go further and switch completely." Also reported in the Guardian, ITV, Daily Mail, Express, London Evening Standard, Mirror, Telegraph and Yahoo.

Cluster Headaches

BBC Radio 5 Live 5th May 2017

Cluster headaches affect around one in a thousand people in the UK. Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) are hoping to find out why people get them and how they can be treated. Interview with Professor Peter Goadsby. He said: "The research we're doing, is looking at brain imaging to try and understand the region of the brain and what it's doing during the attacks and it is crucial to developing treatments and ultimately finding a cure." Starts at 40:00.

The Truth about... Stress

BBC 1 London 4th May 2017

In this programme Fiona Phillips wants to understand why we are experiencing increased amounts of stress in our lives and what actions we can take in order to reduce it. Dr Elena Antonova from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is featured. She said: "Science has shown that when we do mind wander, 60% of the time, it's about worry, and negative mind wandering."

What causes psychosis? Horizon: Why Did I Go Mad? tries to help us understand

New Statesman 4th May 2017

Trying to imagine such a thing is less than halfway to understanding it, but it's a pretty good place to start. The article refers to a patient visiting Tom Craig of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and trying "avator therapy".

Radio 5 Live discusses disclosing mental health issues at work

BBC Radio 5 Live 3rd May 2017

One in four people will suffer some sort of mental health problem in our lives. Research shows just one third would be likely to tell others they work with if they were experiencing mental health issues. Graham Thornicroft of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "It's a bit of a tightrope because if your do stay anything then people might talk and word gets around, and people might look at you differently. on the other hand, if you don't talk about it then somebody, like your boss, cant help you and make reasonable adjustments, but of course they cant help you if they don't know."

Surgery that could cure shaky hands: Sufferer reveals how undergoing pioneering treatment ended years of misery

Daily Mail 2nd May 2017

Article discusses new surgery available for those suffering from uncontrollable shaking. Professor Ray Chaudhuri of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "There is an urgent need to improve the range of therapeutic options available to help people manage this debilitating symptom."

Understanding the psychology of a crisis

Psychologist 1st May 2017

Where is psychology's role in the aftermath of major disasters? The article mentions the work of James Rubin of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and his work on the psychological effects of flooding.

Revealing the mask: review

Psychologist 1st May 2017

Rachel Williams on a never-ending performance of gender and identity. Rachel Williams is an MRes student in Developmental Neurobiology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

What Makes a Genius

National Geographic 1st May 2017

Article which outlines the science behind exceptional minds that change the world. Professor Robert Plomin of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "Most geniuses, don’t come from genius parents."

Mental Health Team of the Year finalists

British Medical Journal 29th April 2017

Freed from eating disorder. The longer it takes a young adult with an eating disorder to get treatment, the harder it is to achieve a full recovery. "The greater the delay, the more entrenched the disorder," says Ulrike Schmidt, professor of eating disorders at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Plain tobacco packaging 'may cut smokers by 300,000 in UK'

BBC News 27th April 2017

A Cochrane Review finds standardised (or ‘plain’) tobacco packaging may reduce smoking prevalence and the appeal of tobacco, as UK legislation bans the use of branding on all cigarette packets from May 2017. The team of Cochrane researchers from the UK and Canada, led by Professor Ann McNeill from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), have summarised results from studies that examine the impact of standardised packaging on tobacco attitudes and behaviour. Also reported by Guardian, Daily Mail and Daily Express.

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Standardised cigarette packaging 'could increase quit attempts'

Express 27th April 2017

Plain cigarette packaging will help 300,000 smokers give up the notoriously bad habit, a major review has found. Lead author of the review, Professor Ann McNeill from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said the findings prove the effects of unbranded cigarettes. Also reported by the Daily Mail.

Depression: Chemotherapy LINKED to severe anxiety in cancer sufferers

Daily Express 26th April 2017

A chemotherapy drug used to treat brain cancer may increase vulnerability to depression by stopping new brain cells from growing, according to a new King’s College London study in Translational Psychiatry. Dr Martin Egeland from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: ‘Although these preliminary findings are based on mice, our results suggest that chemotherapy may stunt the growth of new brain cells, which has biological and behavioural consequences that may leave people less able to cope with the stress of having cancer.' Also reported by International Business Times and Science Daily.

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Warning on under-2s who are getting hooked on iPads

Daily Mail 25th April 2017

The article mentions research by Ben Carter of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). He found that children and teenagers who use an electronic device within 90 minutes of going to bed are twice as likely to get insufficient sleep, and nearly three times as likely to feel tired during the following day.

Adult ADHD

BBC Radio 4 25th April 2017

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is often thought of as a condition of childhood, but up to 3% of the adult population also experience it. Impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner is one of those. He discusses his experiences with Jonna Kuntsi and Jessica Agnew-Blais from Kings College London who study how childhood and adult versions of the condition differ, whether we can predict which children continue to experience symptoms in adulthood, and a new proposal that the majority of adult ADHD might not have begun in childhood at all. Also reported by BBC Radio 2 Scotland.

Aspirin provides ‘no benefit’ for preserving cognitive function

Nursing Times 24th April 2017

Research on dementia carried out by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is highlighted. This found that there was no evidence that low-dose aspirin “buffers” against cognitive decline or dementia, or improves cognitive test scores.

Smoking cannabis only rarely causes psychosis, claims expert

Daily Mail 21st April 2017

The article mentions a study from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). Super-strength strains of cannabis are responsible for up to a quarter of new cases of psychotic mental illness, scientists warned two years ago. The potent form of the drug, known as 'skunk', is so powerful that users are three times more likely to suffer a psychotic episode than those who have never tried it, King's College London researchers found.

Depression, a disease of the mind? Actually our immune system could be the culprit

Spectator 18th April 2017

Carmine Pariante, professor of biological psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discusses the link between inflammation and depression. He says: ‘Exposure to stress early in life modifies the functioning of the inflammatory system — it sets it to a higher sensitivity if you like. When these people encounter stressful life events later in life, the inflammatory system over-reacts and precipitates the depressive episode.’

Is treating yourself like a baby the key to happiness?

Daily Mail 17th April 2017

The article explores research into Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) led by Dr Charles Heriot-Maitland of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). Dr Heriot-Maitland explains that we’re all born with an instinct to seek closeness. And when we bond with someone caring, we feel safe. Think of babies: ‘The human brain is wired to be calmed down in the face of loving, caring kindness — including all the associated voice tones, facial expressions, and touch,’ he says. This applies whether you’re five or 50.

Britain's Prince Harry reveals near total mental breakdown

BBC World Service 17th April 2017

Prince Harry has revealed he came very close to a complete breakdown after spending nearly 20 years trying to avoid thinking about the death of his mother. Professor Simon Wessely, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), discusses Prince Harry's candid interview.

Health crisis expert hit and killed by night bus on Oxford Street

Evening Standard 13th April 2017

Dr Chesmal Siriwardhana, a researcher and tutor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, was knocked down by a bus. The "brilliant" academic who led research into major public health challenges studied at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) in 2009 and gained his PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology in 2015.

Parkinson's UK new fundraising and awareness campaign

BBC Radio 4 12th April 2017

Discussion of a new fundraising and awareness campaign by Parkinson's UK, which includes contribution by Kallol Ray Chaudhuri from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN)

2 minutes on... skunk

Daily Mirror 10th April 2017

Article discussing high strength cannabis, with researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and University College London warning of its harms.

'We just want to be able to talk to our parents'

Guardian 8th April 2017

Article discusses the so called epidemic of loneliness among UK teenagers, according to a recent report by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

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Did my father predict the populist revolts of the last year?

Spectator 7th April 2017

I've just made a programme for Radio 4 about the populist revolts that swept Britain and America last year. Article makes reference to Professor Robert Plomin, a behavioural geneticist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

We Speak To The Women With The Most Stressful Jobs To Find Out How They Deal

Yahoo 7th April 2017

According to a study led by Terrie Moffitt from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), head chefs are among the most highly stressed young workers.

The terrifying hallucination syndrome you’ve never heard of - and what we're doing about it

Daily Telegraph 4th April 2017

Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS) is condition that appears when a person's sight is compromised or lost, it produces silent visual hallucinations which range from disturbing to monstrous. Dr Dominic ffytche of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments on a new graphic crayoned novel as "perfectly conveys Myriam’s fading visual world and the episodic nature of her experiences".

Experts urge huge expansion of online therapy for mental illness

Reuters 4th April 2017

Technologies like virtual reality and artificial intelligence can also be used in certain therapies for anxiety, and various online games and apps are being developed to support treatment of depression in children. Scientists at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) have developed an avatar-based system to help treat people with schizophrenia who hear distressing voices. Also reported by Voice of America.

One in four people suffer from a mental health problem

BBC Radio 4 2nd April 2017

The claim that one in four people in the world will suffer from a mental health problem is popular amongst campaigners, politicians, international organisations and the media, but the origin of this figure is illusive to track down. Jamie Horder from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "I noticed that details were being changed. Different people quoted it as coming from different places."

DNA can predict reading ability: study

Deccan Chroncicle 30th March 2017

A study using a new genetic scoring technique shows that a genetic score comprising around 20,000 of DNA variants explains five per cent of the differences between children's reading performance. The findings from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), highlight the potential of using genetic scores to predict strengths and weaknesses in children's learning abilities. Saskia Selzam said: "The value of polygenic scores is that they make it possible to predict genetic risk and resilience at the level of the individual." Also reported in India Today.

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How brain damage from lead in petrol can be detected 30 years on

Daily Mail 29th March 2017

Children who were exposed to lead in petrol in the 1970s have been found to have a lower IQ 30 years on. The study also found that children with more than ten micrograms of lead in their blood went into jobs with a much lower socio-economic status. The study's senior author Professor Terrie Moffitt, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "This is historical data from an era when lead levels like these were viewed as normal in children and not dangerous, so most of our study participants were never given any special treatment."

Why do men want six-packs?

BBC World Service 27th March 2017

Why do men want six-packs? Clemens Kiecker, lecturer in anatomy at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) joins to explain what the six-pack is. He said: "We all have the potential to have a six-pack. It comes down to how lean you are." (13:35)

Hussain Manawer has broken world record for the world's largest mental health lesson

BBC London 26th March 2017

Hussain Manawer has broken world record for the world's largest mental health lesson has been broken with the aid of Professor Dame Til Wykes, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Hitting the High Notes

BBC Radio 3 26th March 2017

Sally Marlow, an addiction scientist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) explores the relationship between the rise of modern jazz and hard drugs in the post-war period. (18:48:40)

Sunday feature - Hitting the high notes

Daily Telegraph 25th March 2017

Coverage of Hitting the High Notes on BBC Radio 3. Dr Sally Marlow, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), looks at the link between jazz musicians and heroin in the postwar period.

In Poor Health

Independent 24th March 2017

Critics say the World Health Organisation needs radical reform. Martin Prince from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said: "I know there are arguments about individual responsibility and behaviour change but they are important factors."

A radical new therapy could treat the 'untreatable' victims of trauma

Newsweek 23rd March 2017

Professor Neil Greenberg from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) backs innovation but warns that clinicians should not place undue faith in a new PTSD treatment before it is validated by rigorous research. He said: “I’m not saying we don’t need to treat [PTSD], but the impetus is to do it right, because doing it wrong can harm people and also dissuades people from going to get other treatments.”

It's good to talk: pupils gather for world's largest mental health lesson

Guardian 22nd March 2017

Poet, astronaut-in-training and mental health campaigner Hussain Manawer and Professor Dame Til Wykes from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the World’s Largest Mental Health Lesson.

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Interview with Hussain Manawer

BBC London 19th March 2017

Interview with Hussain Manawer, who will later this week be hosting the world's largest mental health lesson with Professor Dame Til Wykes from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Prince Harry carries out a second day of royal duties

Daily Mail 16th March 2017

Prince Harry attended the Veterans’ Mental Health Conference at King’s College London today (Thursday 16 March), where he led a panel discussion with three veterans on the benefits of having open conversations about mental health and getting the right support. Neil Greenberg from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "We set up this annual conference three years ago in order to provide high quality evidence and informed debate at a reasonable cost for those interested in this important topic. We were delighted to welcome Prince Harry to the conference this year as well as a range of other excellent speakers." Also reported by Daily Star, Daily Express and ABC News.

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Winners announced for £2m programme to commercialise life sciences discoveries

King's press release 16th March 2017

MedCity’s ‘Collaborate to Innovate’ programme has announced the 16 winning projects chosen to collaborate with leading universities and academics to address a specific challenge. The £2m programme is led by King’s and is part-funded by ERDF and HEFCE.

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Colourful, creative and close up: Wellcome Images 2017

BBC 15th March 2017

Wellcome Image Awards 2017 includes Language pathways of the brain by Stephanie Forkel and Ahmad Beyh, Natbrainlab, and Alfonso de Lara Rubio from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). Also reported in by Time Out.

King's awarded HEFCE grant to support It Stops Here campaign

King's press release 15th March 2017

King’s has been awarded a grant from the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) to support its 'It Stops Here' campaign. Professor Ed Byrne AC, President and Principal, said: 'We aspire to be a community in which everybody feels acknowledged and respected for who they are, and can feel confident that harassment, discrimination and bullying, wherever these occur, will not be tolerated.’

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Town cursed by suicide struggles to find reason

The Times 14th March 2017

Surrounded by green rice paddies, the southern Guyana farming community of Mibicuri hides its sad truth well. At the Georgetown public hospital, 85 miles up the coast, Caitlin Vieira, 26, who trained at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) before returning to her native Guyana, is one of only five psychologists and three psychiatrists in the entire country.

Depression, anxiety, PTSD: The mental impact of climate change

CNN 14th March 2017

It's a dream many city-dwellers long for: moving to a spacious house surrounded by greenery in the countryside, where they plan to raise their family. James Rubin from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "One of the major health effects of flooding seems to be the mental health aspects. There are a whole host of stressors around it."

Jo Johnson MP meets with King's professors

King's press release 14th March 2017

Jo Johnson, the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, marked the start of British Science Week this week by meeting a British Heart Foundation (BHF) funded research group, led by Professor Michael Marber, Cardiovascular.

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Town cursed by suicide struggles to find reason

Times 14th March 2017

Mibicuri has the highest rate of suicide in Guyana. The former British colony, with a population of 800,000, has more suicides per capita than anywhere else in the world. Alumna Caitlin Vieira is one of only five psychologists and three psychiatrists in the entire country.

OPEC

BBC Radio 4 Today 14th March 2017

Discussion about OPEC's recent decision to cut oil output and its effect on the industry in general. Visiting Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute, said: ‘The shale producers have applied technology, they’ve cut costs and they’ve also now begun to manage to increase production, even at these low prices.’ (06:16)

Brexit

Sky News Sunrise with Sarah-Jane Mee 14th March 2017

Dr Andrew Blick, Political Economy, discussed constitutional changes as a result of Article 50. Speaking of the two-year negotiation period, he said: ‘The first issue to be dealt with will be the terms of leaving, and then the next issue, the thing that our government are particularly interested in, will be what relationship will follow.’

Stone Age tools and animal bones in Tunisia provide new clues on a 72,000-year-old 'early human corridor' across Africa

Daily Mail 14th March 2017

Researchers have discovered animal bones and stone tools in land that once formed a giant lake in Tunisia. Researchers from King’s and Oxford University discovered items on the margins of the dried up Chotts megalake.

Susceptibility to unscientific truths in a post-truth era

BBC World 13th March 2017

Dr Sarah Gormer and Dr Kris De Meyer of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), who has written about the science of how we become more entrenched in our views, debate so-called "post-truth" era and why people are susceptible to unscientific beliefs. Dr Kris De Meyer said: "So through the process of feeling a surge of negative emotions when we are challenged, justifying them, finding additional reasons for a point of view, which turns into an ever stronger opinion."

Hope for test to help mothers at risk of having late miscarriage

Evening Standard 13th March 2017

A new test to spot mothers who are at risk of having a late miscarriage is being investigated by researchers at King’s.

Between twin barbarisms

New Statesman 13th March 2017

Dr Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), has written a piece on the war in Syria. ‘The shifting dynamics of the war present a significant challenge for Syria’s beleaguered and dwindling revolutionaries, who find themselves caught between the twin barbarisms of Assad and the jihadist groups,’ he said.

Only one person prosecuted in crackdown on chimney pollution

Times 13th March 2017

Commenting on pollution in London, Dr Gary Fuller, ERG, said that during winter about 10 per cent of particle pollution came from wood burning on fires lit for a few hours each evening.

Health warning over 'toxic' levels of vitamin D sold in supplements

Independent 13th March 2017

Hundreds of people in the UK are regularly taking toxic overdoses of vitamin D in supplements bought online, according to Britain’s leading testing laboratory. Article refers to a previous comment by Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology. This was also reported by Yahoo! News.

Who is Georgie Barrat? New Gadget Show presenter, technology journalist and radio regular

Sun 13th March 2017

Profile of Alumna Georgie Barrat, English. A journalist and broadcaster, she is a new presenter on The Gadget Show.

King’s College London Rugby Club

ITV Loose Women 13th March 2017

Rugby players from the King's College London rugby club feature on the show, including presenting a prize in a new competition (12:30). This was also reported by Metro.

Schizophrenia risk for babies of pregnant mums on diets

Mail on Sunday 12th March 2017

Women who diet during pregnancy are 30 per cent more likely to have babies who develop schizophrenia later in life, say researchers. Robin Murray of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), said: "This does not mean pregnant women should overeat, and the advice remains the same: eat a balanced diet and keep healthy during pregnancy, take folic acid, and don't smoke tobacco or use illicit drugs."

How to survive the longest flight in the world

Daily Mail 12th March 2017

Article on the health effects of longer flights. Professor David Gradwell, Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences (CHAPS), said: ‘For most of us, 8,000ft is tolerable and most people will function fairly well above that as well, but it is probably not the best environment in which to make major decisions.’

Your health

Daily Mirror 12th March 2017

Parents are refusing to get children vaccinated against flu because of fears about safety. A study by King's found two-thirds of parents who refused to immunise their child said they were not convinced the vaccine had been tested enough.

The brain’s limits on learning to speak English like a native

Guardian 12th March 2017

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery Director, explains the brain’s limits on learning a new language. ‘Even if you learn a second language to a very high standard, you’ll never speak it like a native unless you were exposed to it by around the age of eight,’ he said.

Mental Health and Stigma

BBC Radio 4 11th March 2017

Professor Grahama Thornicroft of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discusses mental health and stigma. He said: "Most people who havent had direct experience of mental illness themselves actually know very little about mental health and the problem is a lot of what they do know is actually wrong and where people get these ideas, mostly from the media. The problem with that, is that if they have these stereotypes, they may actively avoid going to seek help."

Sixty seconds on... skunk

British Medical Journal 11th March 2017

Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and University College London are warning of the harms associated with 'skunk' a form of high potency cannabis.

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Tory backlash over plans to lower 11-plus standards for poor students

Telegraph 11th March 2017

Article on education policies includes a photo of Theresa May’s visit to the King’s Maths School. Photos of the visit were also reported by Yahoo! News and Guardian.

Seven lifestyle changes so you don't blow a gasket over your high blood pressure

Daily Mirror 11th March 2017

High blood pressure could be treated far more effectively thanks to research carried out by King’s, which discovered how the body regulates its own blood pressure. Professor Ajay Shah, Cardiovascular, said: ‘Our discovery will fundamentally change the way we view regulation of blood pressure.’

It's time to discover KITRI, the new affordable online store fashion editors love

Telegraph 11th March 2017

Fashion feature on Alumna Haeni Kim, French. She is the founder of KITRI, a new online-only fashion collection.

Jihadist leader fled Iraqi city before assault, says Washington

Times 10th March 2017

The ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has fled Mosul to plan the next stage of the group’s campaign in Iraq, Syria and around the world, according to American military assessments. Charlie Winter, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), said: ‘In my opinion, Islamic State gave up on Mosul months ago, possibly even years ago.’

Taking Viagra after a heart attack ‘slashes risk of early death by a THIRD’

Sun 10th March 2017

Taking Viagra after a heart attack lowers risk of early death from any condition by a third, a study found. Professor Metin Avkiran, Cardiovascular, said: ‘Contrary to what has previously been reported in healthy men, erectile dysfunction appears to be associated with a reduced risk of death or hospitalization for heart failure in patients who have had a heart attack.’

Who is Jon Huntsman, Donald Trump's apparent pick for Moscow ambassador?

Daily Telegraph 10th March 2017

Donald Trump has reportedly named Jon Huntsman, the 56-year old former missionary as his nominee for the post of US ambassador to Moscow. Dr Sam Greene, Russia Institute, said: ‘It’s a fairly common thing to appoint someone you are afraid might be a political opponent.’

Angela Carter's feminist mythology

The New Yorker 10th March 2017

A review of several books includes reference to The Invention of Angela Carter, by Dr Edmund Gordon, English. The reporter describes the book as 'notably levelheaded' and a 'thorough account of Carter's life.'

Mosul

BBC Radio 4 PM 10th March 2017

Professor Michael Clarke, Defence Studies, discusses the situation in Mosul. ‘IS forces are fighting a very static campaign; they’re not trying to move around or manoeuvre,’ he said.

Prince Harry to heap pressure on Theresa May by speaking out publicly about the mental health crisis of veterans’

The Sun 9th March 2017

Prince Harry will be attending a Veteran's Mental Health Conference next Thursday to speak out publicly about the Veterans mental health crisis. A recent study by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and forces charity Help For Heroes found a massive 75,000 vets from the wars of the last 25 years are afflicted by their war nightmares.

Parents refuse to give children flu jab over safety fears

The Times 9th March 2017

A study led by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), investigating parental attitudes towards the UK’s child flu vaccine has found concerns about safety and side effects may negatively influence uptake, and recommends that public health messages need to be reinforced. Dr James Rubin said: ‘Our study is the first to look at what parents in England think about the child flu vaccine, which has important implications for how we communicate public health messages.’ Also reported by i News.

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Middle-class, female and smokes skunk

The Times 9th March 2017

A piece which discusses one woman's problem with drugs, with comment from Professor Robin Murray of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). He said: "Men are more enthusiastic about smoking cannabis, but women are catching up. It's become normalised. The use of skunk has increased over recent years and therefore one would expect that its use would increase among women. We see more psychotic behaviour among young men, but I'm not at all surprised that more women are running into difficulties."

Impact Asia With Mishal Husain

BBC World 9th March 2017

New research has found that stimulating the brain with electricity can help sufferers of bulimia to deal with the symptoms. Dr Maria Kekic, bulimia researcher from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), joins to detail the research. She said: "A weak current is being sent from this battery and through your brain."

Agreement between King's management and King's College Climate Emergency

King's press release 9th March 2017

King’s, KC Climate Emergency (KCCE) and the Students’ Union have reached an agreement, bringing to an end the current KCCE direct action campaign to divest from fossil fuels. The direct action campaign was reported by Independent and Yahoo! News.

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WikiLeaks doesn’t raise doubts about who hacked the DNC. We still know it was Russia

Washington Post 9th March 2017

Piece by former War Studies student Ben Buchanan on revelations by WikiLeaks on CIA hacking operations includes. He mentions a study he conducted whilst at King's with Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, examining attribution of cyber-attacks.

A diabetes drug may finally be the answer to cure Alzheimer’s disease

NDTV 9th March 2017

A new study from Boston University Medical Center suggests that the memory function in Alzheimer's disease can be cured by a drug used to cure diabetes. Article refers to a study conducted by King's in 2015.

Mosul and Raqqa

Al Jazeera 9th March 2017

US troops are getting more involved in the push to take over Mosul and Raqqa. Commenting, Assistant Professor Andreas Kreig, Defense Studies, said: 'What we do see is part of a proxy war that's being fought on all sides.'

New method of detecting bacteria during root canal treatments

King's press release 8th March 2017

A new method of detecting bacteria during root canal treatments could eradicate the need for follow up appointments and prevent treatments from failing, according to a new King's study.

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Road trip for budding King's entrepreneurs

King's press release 8th March 2017

King’s Entrepreneurship Institute took to the road on Tuesday to introduce an ambitious group of 30 students to some of London’s key entrepreneurial ‘sights’. This was reported by London Live.

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King's hosts first national museum-school forum

King's press release 8th March 2017

Professionals from across the UK’s education and cultural sectors gathered at King’s on Tuesday for the first national Museum-School Forum.

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International Women’s Day: meeting Olga Kennard

Times Higher Education 8th March 2017

Dr Rivka Isaacson, Chemistry, has written a piece on her meeting with British crystallographer Olga Kennard.

Tomb of woman who helped discover DNA given listed status as role of female scientists put in the spotlight

i 8th March 2017

The grave of Rosalind Franklin, Alumna, who played a crucial but overlooked role in the discovery of DNA has been given listed status as part of a new campaign to increase awareness of the contribution of women to science.

Keeping more of your own teeth lessen the risk of getting dementia

Daily Mirror 8th March 2017

Article mentions a study by King's and the University of Southampton that found regular brushing could slow down the progression of Alzheimer's. This was also reported by Daily Express.

At some British universities, free speech comes at a price

Huffington Post 8th March 2017

Article on free speech at British universities. Professor Alison Wolf, School of Management and Business, said: ‘Universities are increasingly nervous about anything that will create overt dissatisfaction among students, because they are being told that student satisfaction is key.’

The world's best universities by subject

The Week 8th March 2017

King’s is ranked 6th in the top 20 UK universities.

UK universities among top ranked places to study nursing

Nursing Times 8th March 2017

King’s is ranked 3rd for the world’s top universities to study nursing.

Kim Jong-Nam's son releases video about father's death – Who is he?

Newsweek 8th March 2017

A man claiming to be the son of Kim Jong-Nam, the murdered brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, has appeared in a short video clip. Commenting, Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, European & International Studies, said: 'I think the whole family are probably in danger, as that's the way North Korea operates.' Dr Pardo also commented on this for Globo.

Machine learning reveals lack of female screen time in top films

New Scientist 8th March 2017

Technology has been developed to automatically detect how often men and women appear on screen. Professor Ginette Vincendeau, Film Studies, said: 'Calculating how often women appear on screen is one way to measure gender bias.'

Russian revolution: An awkward moment for Putin 100 years on

CNN 8th March 2017

Despite 2017 being the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, President Vladimir Putin is reluctant to remind his people of the power of dissent. Dr Sam Greene, Russia Institute, said: 'They are trying to construct a narrative of uninterrupted power and stability. So, something like 1917 is an uncomfortable fact that doesn't fit in with that.'

Budget and Brexit

BBC World 8th March 2017

Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, comments on the UK budget and Brexit. 'There's no doubt that some 'Remainer's' got it wrong...George Osborne said we'll need an emergency budget within weeks of leaving. That immediate prediction has proven to be wrong,' he said.

Air pollution

BBC 1 London 8th March 2017

Report on attempts to tackle pollution from the construction industry includes comment from Daniel Marsh, Environmental Research Group (ERG).

Why mobile phones should be banned from the bedroom: They keep you awake at night, even when they're switched off

Daily Mail 7th March 2017

Article on the impact that technology is having on sleeping patterns. The article cites a study of 125,000 children by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics last November on the subject.

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Prime Minister visits King's Maths School

King's press release 7th March 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May visited the King’s College London Mathematics School as she announced that the Spring Budget will confirm an investment boost for good school places for every child in the UK. Dan Abramson, Headteacher, said: ‘We’re delighted that the Prime Minister chose to visit our school and recognise the impact we’ve had in just two years.’ This was also reported by Independent, Guardian, Times, Daily Mirror, Sun, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Financial Times, Times Educational Supplement, Daily Telegraph, BBC Radio London (06:01), BBC News, Yahoo! News, separate pieces for Yahoo! News, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, and Sun, and a separate piece written by Theresa May for Daily Telegraph.

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New target treatment for high blood pressure

King's press release 7th March 2017

King’s researchers have found that the nitric oxide that regulates blood pressure is formed in nerves rather than in the walls of blood vessels, which could lead to new effective treatments for high blood pressure. This was also reported by Sun, Daily Express and Daily Mail.

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Recording Britain’s EU residents will be ‘paperwork nightmare’

Times 7th March 2017

Professor Jonathan Portes, Political Economy, comments on the registration of Britain's EU residents. ‘The Home Office is understaffed: there is simply no way that it could examine, case by case, the documentation of up to three million people,' he said.

Nursing salaries and bursaries

BBC Radio 4 You & Yours 7th March 2017

Phone-in feature discussing how nurses are treated in the UK includes contribution from Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Nursing. She said: ‘We have not been training enough nurses for quite some time.’ (12:27). In a Nursing Times article, it is mentioned that Professor Rafferty will be attending a church service for Ethel Bedford Fenwick who campaigned for over 30 years for the establishment of a register for nurses.

Fighting cancer: United we stand

Huffington Post 7th March 2017

Professor Richard Sullivan, Global Health & Social Medicine, commented on the cost of medical care. 'Pricing is out of hand...There is a clear and urgent necessity to lower cancer drug prices to keep lifesaving drugs available and affordable to patients,' he said.

Eating disorders are rarely all about food

i news 6th March 2017

Professor Janet Treasure of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: “Eating disorders are serious, biologically and socially influenced mental illnesses that are fundamentally characterised by dysregulated eating and body weight. Adverse life events, abuse, bullying, and social pressures to be thin have all been associated with anorexia nervosa.”

Victoria Derbyshire: Police in Durham are planning to give free heroin to addicts.

BBC News 6th March 2017

Police in Durham are planning to give free heroin to addicts. Ron Hogg, the Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner for Durham, joins the show and says this kind of scheme has been evaluated by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and found to be a very effective way forward.

Police set to supervise use of 'free heroin' in bid to tackle drug problems

ITV News 6th March 2017

A radical plan which will see police give heroin addicts free supplies of the drug to inject at specially designated "shooting galleries" is being launched in a bid to help users "back into recovery". Ron Hogg, Durham's police and crime commissioner, said it was about "being proactive and getting on the front foot" as evidence had showed the method was "very effective" at dealing with addiction. He said: "There have been trials run in the UK, six year trials founded by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), which shows that this method is actually very effective at getting people back into recovery, reducing crime and indeed reducing their health conditions such as aids. "It is really very positive that we're taking this step forward." Also reported by BBC Radio 5 Live and Vistoria Derbyshire.

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Terrorism

BBC Radio London 6th March 2017

Professor John Gearson, War Studies, discusses the various threats security services must remain vigilant against. ‘We still don’t seem to be cracking this radicalisation problem,’ he said. (17:06)

Is it possible to be healthy and obese?

Guardian 6th March 2017

Article on stress and obesity. Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, says that to avoid obesity, we need to nurture a healthy gut biome.

Exposed, the truth behind the great health myths: From the five-a-day rule to eating oily fish once a week, experts reveal the common mantras that were completely made up

Daily Mail 6th March 2017

Article on recommended amounts of fruit and vegetables. Emeritus Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘Eating oily fish once a week is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, but it is difficult to attribute this to the relatively small amounts of omega 3 provided by a single serving.’

Why mobile phones should be banned from the bedroom: They keep you awake at night, even when they're switched off

Daily Mail 6th March 2017

Article on the impact that technology is having on sleeping patterns mentions a King's study.

Why has South Korea quadrupled the fee they will pay North Korean defectors?

Newsweek 6th March 2017

South Korea has announced that the amount of money given to defectors from North Korea will quadruple. Commenting, Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, European & International Studies, said: 'It's actually a reward fee for North Korean defectors who are willing to disclose information about North Korea's military activities.'

UK news plurality and Fox-Sky merger

Guardian 5th March 2017

Letter from several academics, including Dr Martin Moore, Policy Institute, on Sky's potential merger with Fox. This was also reported by Yahoo! News.

Post-Brexit, Britain could become Europe’s trade door to the world – and it’s all down to China

Independent 5th March 2017

Visiting Professor Andrew Macleod, Policy Institute, has written a piece on Brexit. ‘To make Brexit work, we must now turn our minds to creating opportunities for post-Brexit Britain,’ he said.

Chinese premier warns world entering period of political and economic upheaval

Guardian 5th March 2017

China’s premier has warned the world is entering a period of profound political and economic upheaval as the spectre of Donald Trump hung over the opening day of the country’s annual national people’s congress. Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute director, commented in the article.

Spring budget

BBC News 5th March 2017

Interview with Professor Jonathan Portes, Political Economy, about the upcoming budget. This was also reported by BBC Radio London (23:00). Visiting Professor Anne Redston, Law, also commented. ‘It gives more time for proper consultation on any changes, which can identify unexpected consequences,' she said.

Obesity

BBC World Service 5th March 2017

Emeritus Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, discusses what is driving obesity 'What we're seeing globally is this huge shift from people living in rural areas to living in large metropolitan areas...we call it an obesogenic environment: people tend to take less physical activity,' he said.

Air pollution

Various media outlets 4th March 2017

New figures from the World Health Organisation suggest that air pollution is linked to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of under-fives each year. A group of London boroughs are campaigning against drivers leaving their engines idling outside hospitals and schools. Andrew Grieve, Environmental Research Group (ERG), spoke to BBC1 London News. He said: ‘The bigger message is that it helps people understand the impact of small actions on the larger problem of air quality.’ (02:02) This was also reported by BBC Radio London (05:02) and BBC Radio 5 live (02:02). King’s research by ERG has been mentioned this week by Evening Standard, Daily Mail, and a separate piece for Daily Mail. Dr David Green, ERG, spoke to Guardian about inventions that claim to clean polluted air. Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, commented on air pollution in the alps for BBC News Online. He also spoke to BBC News and BBC London News about air pollution in Dartford, and BBC World Service about the impact of pollution on health. Reuters mentioned research by the ERG in a piece about pollution face masks.

UK's population to pass 70million within the next decade - and will be bigger than Germany and France by 2050

Daily Mirror 4th March 2017

The population of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will pass the 70 million mark within a decade, forecasters have estimated. Professor Jonathan Portes, Political Economy, said: ‘We’re living longer, so people will have to work longer.’ Professor Portes also spoke to BBC Radio 4 (08:48).

Isis defeat in northern Syria opens deadly new phase in civil war as rebel groups turn on each other

Independent 4th March 2017

The looming defeat of Isis in northern Syria is pushing the country’s six-year civil war into a new and dangerous phase as warring parties turn on each other, analysts have warned. Dr Jean-Marc Rickli, Defence Studies, said: ‘Once Isis has lost the fight, the other coalitions that were formed to beat it will dissolve into open conflicts on the ground.’

‘Ukipper is a bishop basher’

Times 4th March 2017

Diary article mentions that Anji Hunter, Tony Blair’s former Downing Street ‘fixer’, recently spoke to politics students at King’s.

Preventing diabetes

British Medical Journal 4th March 2017

Dr Nicola Guess, Nutrition, has written a piece on the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Too cool for school? Girls embrace the idea of being clever clogs

Times 4th March 2017

A leading private girls' school held a conference this week to encourage pupils to embrace their ‘inner geek’, and reclaim the idea that it's cool to be clever. They also heard talks from leading female academics such as Professor Alison Wolf, Management and Business.

Brexit: UK 'not obliged' to pay divorce bill say peers

BBC News Online 4th March 2017

The UK could exit the EU without paying anything if there is no post-Brexit deal, a group of peers has claimed. Commenting, Professor Takis Tridimas, Law, said he believed these were legally binding under existing EU treaties.

Minerva Scientifica project

BBC Radio 3 Record Review 4th March 2017

Feature on the Minerva Scientifica project which is based at King's. The project is a music-theatre programme reflecting the lives of British Women Scientists told through the music of British Women Composers. It is also mentioned that Rosalind Franklin’s Photo 51 was captured at King’s. (11:24)

The road to China is through Kabul

The Hindu 4th March 2017

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defense Studies, writes a piece on the emergence of Afghanistan as a platform to India-China cooperation.

Xi seeks to extend his power through ally

International New York Times 4th March 2017

Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, commented on the political structure of China's Communist Party. 'The rules for succession are all unwritten and largely up for negotiation,' he said.

Here’s why the Murdochs’ bid for control of Sky must be referred to Ofcom

The Conversation 3rd March 2017

Dr Martin Moore, Policy Institute, has written a piece on Rupert Murdoch's bid for 100% control of Sky. ‘Claiming that the Fox bid should go ahead because power has shifted to the tech platforms distracts from the fact that these platforms are not news producers,’ he said.

The strange riddle of the Budget’s enduring mystique

Financial Times 3rd March 2017

Visiting Professor Sir Nicholas Macpherson, Policy Institute, has written a piece on the Budget. ‘Budgets should be about the noble aim of delivering a better tax system.’ he said.

Ed Balls: Tony Blair never really wanted to join the euro

Independent 3rd March 2017

On Monday, Visiting Professor Ed Balls, Policy Institute, joined the ‘Blair Years’ taught by visiting Professor John Rentoul, Policy Institute. Professor Rentoul has written a piece on his visit. ‘In another session, Balls also talked about his view that Blair didn’t really want to join the euro. In this week’s class, he filled out the reasons for that belief, pointing above all to the research done by Alastair Campbell, Philip Gould and Peter Hyman for a possible referendum campaign,’ he said.

The people's memes: How social media and populism are changing our lives – tech podcast

Guardian 3rd March 2017

Podcast which looks at how social media and populism are coupling in new and powerful ways includes contribution from Dr Paulo Gerbaudo, Digital Humanities.

Brexit vote reaction proves 'stable' UK at odds with volatile EU

Daily Express 3rd March 2017

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Political Economy, has highlighted the possibility of ‘huge political upheaval’ on the Continent in comparison to the UK’s absorption of the shock Leave result. Speaking at a panel event at King’s he said: ‘We talk too much as if we have an uncertain and an unsure Britain with a parallel to a very stable EU.’

China and South Korea

Al Jazeera 3rd March 2017

A trade war could be brewing between China and South Korea. Commenting, Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, said: 'Their [China's] position is that this is their region...where it wants to be more influential...and having this kind of defensive and offensive system in their back yard, they find very threatening.'

Al-Qaeda likes Steve Bannon so much, they put him on the cover of their official newspaper

Washington Post 3rd March 2017

Data from jihadi discussion forums suggest that Islamic State supporters back U.S President Trump's travel ban because it could be used to reinforce the idea that Islam is under attack by the West. Commenting, Charlie Winter, ICSR, said: 'It's far more potent than any video or other piece of propaganda.'

Beethoven and classical music

BBC World Service 3rd March 2017

Emeritus Professor John Deathridge, Music, explores and explains Beethoven.

Make cannabis safer to use, urge experts

The Times 2nd March 2017

As cannabis laws become liberalised in many countries, experts from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) argue that there is an urgent need to explore how cannabis use can be made safer. Dr Amir Englund said: "Although most users will not develop problems from their cannabis use, it is vital, especially now that cannabis is becoming increasingly liberalised, that we explore alternative and innovative ways by which we can reduce and mitigate cannabis related harms." Also reported by Huffington Post, Guardian, Daily Mail, Reuters, i, and BBC World Service.

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Don't let useful data go to waste

Nature 2nd March 2017

Researchers must seek out others' deposited biological sequences in community databases, urges Franziska Denk. Franziska is about to open a neuroscience research laboratory at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Heartbeats and mind reading

BBC World News 2nd March 2017

New research has suggested a link between perceiving bodily sensations and the ability to mind-read. Includes interview with Punit Shah from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). He said "We asked people to sit and silently count their heartbeat without feeling their pulse. Some people are remarkably good at this ability, and it seems that these individual differences in the population are actually maybe related to other things like social ability."

The Attack: Terror in the UK

BBC Two 2nd March 2017

Drama documentary dramatises what terrorism experts fear is the most likely scenario for Britain's next major terror attack. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, comments in the programme. ‘People who have gone to Syria, returning foreign fighters, are the super-terrorists. They are the terrorists who actually know what they are doing,' he said (21:00). Professor Neumann’s comments were also reported in an Evening Standard piece.

Drug dealing

BBC Radio London Vanessa Feltz 2nd March 2017

Video footage has been shown of a drug dealer boasting of recruiting pupils from schools. Reference is made to evidence from King's about heroin users (08:15).

Isis driven out of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra for second time

Independent 2nd March 2017

Isis has been driven out of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra for a second time, three months after jihadis retook their former stronghold. Dr Jean-Marc Rickli, Defence Studies, said ‘The general picture is that Isis will be losing more and more territory.’

'Game changing' breakthrough in the battle against deadly nut allergies

Daily Mirror 2nd March 2017

Article on progress in tackling nut allergies mentions research by Dr Gideon Lack, Asthma, Allergy & Lung Biology.

Starting life from scratch: Scientists grow an artificial mouse embryo in the lab in a WORLD FIRST breakthrough

Daily Mirror 2nd March 2017

Scientists have created a functioning mouse embryo in the laboratory by using stem cells in a world first scientific breakthrough. Speaking of the research, Dr Dusko Ilic, Women’s Health, said: 'Another masterpiece of recreating in vitro [in the laboratory], the earliest steps of embryo development coming from the Zernicka-Goetz lab.’ This was also reported by Daily Telegraph, Independent and Yahoo.

Angela Merkel urged to ban Erdoğan over jailed German journalist

Guardian 2nd March 2017

Angela Merkel is facing calls to ban the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, from entering Germany while a German journalist continues to be held in an Istanbul prison. Dr Alexander Clarkson, European & International Studies, said: ‘Many diaspora Turks in Germany are indifferent to Turkish politics, if not actively hostile to the current president.’ This was also reported by Yahoo! News.

We can't just blame the Left for student censorship – every side is at it now

Telegraph 2nd March 2017

Comment article on censorship in universities. The article mentions the creation of 'working class officers' at some universities, including King's. This was also reported by Yahoo! News.

Doctors to operate from afar with robots

Times 2nd March 2017

Dr Toktam Mahmoodi, Informatics, said that doctors using robots would soon be able to operate on patients safely and efficiently from hundreds or thousands of miles away using 'telesurgery' technology.

Upcoming 5G era previewed at Mobile World Congress

Sina 2nd March 2017

Leading companies are showcasing at the Mobile World Congress the first signs of the 5G era. Commenting, Dr Nishanth Sastry, Informatics, said: 'It is going to support a whole ecosystem of industries, a whole new set of needs that we have not been able to support in 4G so far.' This was reported by Xinhua, and a separate piece in City A.M. mentions a collaboration between King's and BT to create 5G technology.

Xi Jinping, seeking to extend power, may bend retirement rules

New York Times 2nd March 2017

Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, comments on the political system in China's Communist Party. 'The rules for succession are all unwritten and largely up for negotiation. All Xi has to do is play the 'exceptional times need exceptional remedies' card,' he said.

Is it too late for the West's center-left?

Washington Post 2nd March 2017

Professor Alex Callinicos, European & International Studies, comments on the changing themes in global politics. 'If the left and the center-left don't get their act together, then we're looking at a period of very unstable right-wing hegemony,' he said.

Democracy, disrupted

New York Times 2nd March 2017

Dr Sam Greene, Russia Institute, considers Russian cyber hacking under Putin. 'Teams of hackers...had a lot of license to poke and prod and see what they could come up with,' he said.

Jeff Sessions

BBC World 2nd March 2017

Dr Sam Greene, Russia Institute, comments on accusations that the Attorney General Jeff Sessions, one of Donald Trump's closest advisers, liked under oath. 'It's not unusual for an embassy of the United States or any other country to want to meet with representatives...to know what their foreign policy thoughts might be. What's unusual is the level of access that the Russian's seemed to have to the Trump campaign,' he said.

Young people 'fear stigma' if they ask for mental-health help

BBC News 1st March 2017

Over three-quarters of young people say there is a stigma to mental illness and a quarter would not ask for help if they were suffering, a survey suggests. Professor Louise Arsenault of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "Increasing the understanding and awareness of mental health problems among young people should be a key priority. We also need to explore ways of ensuring young people with mental health problems do not fall out of education or employment at an early age." Also reported in the Huffington Post.

Isis carrying out more suicide bombings than ever before as it fights to defend strongholds in Iraq and Syria

Independent 1st March 2017

Isis is carrying out more suicide bombings than ever before as militants fight to defend symbolic strongholds in Iraq and Syria, a report has found. Charlie Winter, ICSR, and author of the report said: ‘The suicide attack, that most shocking tactic of terrorists and insurgents, has never been more commonplace than it is today.’

‘Finders keepers’ law

BBC Radio 5 live 1st March 2017

Discussion of the concept of 'finders-keepers' after the conviction of a woman for picking up a £20 note in a retail store. Professor Robert Chambers, Law, said: ‘If you find something, it does become your property but only in a limited way.’ (08:52) This was also reported by BBC News Online and Professor Chambers was interview for BBC World Service.

Sugar cravings

ITV Loose Women 1st March 2017

Self-help guru Paul McKenna talks about his technique to reduce sugar cravings, referencing research from King’s. (12:30)

Heart tissue cryogenics breakthrough gives hope for transplant patients

Guardian 1st March 2017

Scientists have succeeded in cryogenically freezing and rewarming sections of heart tissue for the first time, in an advance that could pave the way for organs to be stored for months or years. Professor Clive Coen, Women’s Health, said: ‘If the technique can be scaled-up to large organs such as kidneys, the contributions to the field of organ transplantation could be immense.’

Policies there to protect us all

Nursing Standard 1st March 2017

Julie Bliss, Adult Nursing, has written a letter on the government’s decision to scrap bursary funding for nursing students and replace it with loans.

Dina Asher-Smith confident her time will come as she targets Muller Anniversary Games

Daily Express 28th February 2017

Interview with student and athlete Dina Asher-Smith, History. The Sun also published a piece on Dina.

Doctor cleared over FGM says women should be free to have intimate surgery

Evening Standard 28th February 2017

A leading London doctor who says that women should be free to choose what to do with their bodies has been spared prosecution over allegations that he authorised unlawful genital surgery on a mother of two. Comments from Professor Susan Bewley, Women’s Health, are included in the article.

'My grandparents came to England in the '60s. Now I'm going to space!'

Time Out 28th February 2017

Article on philanthropic poet Hussain Manawer, who will be the first British Muslim in space. Hussain is mentioned to be working with King's on an entertaining, educational programme for young people about dealing with depression and anxiety.

East African hunter-gatherer research suggests the human microbiome is an ecological disaster zone

The Conversation 28th February 2017

Visiting Research Fellow, Jeff Leach, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, has written a piece on the diversity of microbes. ‘Recent research has shown that disease is often associated with a fall in microbial diversity,’ he said.

Brexit will lead to unfair deportations of EU citizens, academic warns

New Statesman 28th February 2017

Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, has warned that inflexible bureaucratic rules could catch out EU citizens who have moved back and forth from the UK, or have similarly unusual circumstances. ‘Bureaucratic rules don’t take into account the specific circumstances of the individuals. Any possible model for EU citizens in this country will involve unfairness,' he said.

If Brexit negotiations go badly, the U.K. has a fallback – becoming the next Switzerland

Newsweek 28th February 2017

Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, comments on the economic impacts of Brexit. 'Brexit already implies a significant loss of gross domestic product for the U.K,' he said.

Lord Peter Ricketts the UK's first National Security Advisor talks on national security

King's press release 27th February 2017

The Centre for Defence Studies (CDS), War Studies, has announced the inaugural lecture of distinguished diplomat and Visiting Professor, Lord Peter Ricketts. He will be speaking on ‘The Practice of National Security’ at the Strand on the 15th March.

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Anji Hunter, Tony Blair’s adviser, on New Labour’s triumphs and failures

Independent 27th February 2017

Visiting Professor John Rentoul, Policy Institute, interviews Anji Hunter, Tony Blair's former adviser.

Open wide: A fascinating look at teeth – in pictures

Guardian 27th February 2017

The Teeth of Non-Mammalian Vertebrates, a book authored by Dr Barry Berkovitz, Dental Institute, and Peter Shellis, offers a unique look at the teeth of fish, reptiles and amphibians teeth. This was also reported by BBC Newsround.

Tony Blair is back on the pitch, but he and his fellow centrists are still playing last season's game

Telegraph 27th February 2017

Professor John Bew, War Studies, has written a piece on Tony Blair. ‘On both right and left, the anti-Blair hysteria is often overdone,’ he said.

Child soldiers

Channel 4 News 27th February 2017

Feature on Islamic State recruitment of children to act as child soldiers. Charlie Winter, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), said: ‘They are constantly posting about it in their propaganda, making it as known as possible that they are indoctrinating children.’

Aids for vision loss, from those who've been there

New York Times 27th February 2017

Article on vision loss mentions research from King's, which studied nine women blinded during military service and how they coped subsequently.

Church closure threatens masterpiece by Jewish artist who fled Nazi persecution

Observer 26th February 2017

A mosaic of the crucifixion, created by a notable Jewish artist who fled from Nazi persecution, is in danger of being lost because the Roman Catholic church where it is displayed has been earmarked for closure. Professor Aaron Rosen, Theology & Religious Studies, is among the art historians who have appealed to save the mosaic. ‘I regard it as a work of serious aesthetic and religious significance on a par with some of the strongest works of modern ecclesial art in Britain,' he said.

Revealed: How a US billionaire helped to back Brexit

Guardian 26th February 2017

It has emerged that Robert Mercer, a hedge-fund billionaire who helped to finance the Trump campaign, is a friend of Nigel Farage. He directed his data analytics firm to provide expert advice to the Leave campaign on how to target swing voters via Facebook - a donation of services that was not declared to the electoral commission. Commenting, Dr Martin Moore, Policy Institute, said: ‘Undisclosed support-in-kind is extremely troubling. It undermines the whole basis of our electoral system, that we should have a level playing field.’

Swedes puzzle over Fox News' Swedish 'security advisor'

Associated Press 26th February 2017

A prominent Fox News program featured a 'Swedish defence and national security advisor' who is unknown to the country's officials. Nils Bildt is mentioned to have studied at King's and later clarified that the title he was given was a mistake by Fox. This was reported by New York Times, Washington Post, Daily Mail, Independent and CNBC.

Show me the Monet! Art gallery too far away to visit? Fear not – films of the world's biggest exhibitions are coming to a cinema near you

Daily Mail 25th February 2017

Article about art galleries broadcasting exhibitions in cinemas. Dr Jennifer Sliwka, Theology & Religious Studies, said: ‘People can see things on film you can’t see in a gallery: details that are behind glass, or too far from the barrier where you’re standing.’ Dr Sliwka contributed to a film on Hieronymus Bosch.

Donald Trump's initial few months will determine long-term sustainability of his presidency

Daily Mail 25th February 2017

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, has written a piece on Donald Trump’s presidency. ‘There is a full-on war between Trump and the American intelligence establishment,’ he said. 

1917: Eyewitness in Petrograd

BBC Radio 4 Archive on 4 25th February 2017

100 years since revolution broke out in Russia, radio producer Emily Dix reveals an interview recorded with her grandfather, Henry Dix, for the first time. Professor Stephen Lovell, History, and Helen Rapaport discuss this rare new eyewitness account (20:00).

Laviai and Lina Nielsen driven by twin dream of a medal on British debuts

Daily Telegraph 25th February 2017

Article on twin sisters and athletes Laviai and Lina Neilson. Laviai Neilson is currently on a year out from studying geography at King's and is the current European junior 400m champion.

Poison in the air, struggle on the road

The Hindu 25th February 2017

Article on pollution in London includes comment by Dr Gary Fuller, ERG. 'We are dealing with pollution that comes from traffic and stays in the air for a long time and can spread between many cities,' he said.

Hidden Figures is just the start – here’s how to inspire more black scientists

Guardian 24th February 2017

Dr Bernadine Idowu, Diversity & Inclusion, has written a piece on the need for active role models to encourage young black scientists to stay in education. ‘I am proud to see that at King’s there are many initiatives to increase the numbers of black female and male scientists, and most importantly to ensure there are equal opportunities at all levels,’ she said.

Revealed: One third of nursery pupils are exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution at school

Daily Mail 24th February 2017

Some 802 of the 3,261 educational institutions in London are in areas with illegally high levels of nitrogen dioxide, according to a study commissioned by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. The study was conducted by the Environmental Research Group (ERG) and environmental data analysts Aether. This was also reported by Guardian and Sky News.

North Korean politics

Al Jazeera 24th February 2017

Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, European & International Studies, spoke on North Korean politics following the assassination of Kim Jong Nam. 'We're pretty sure that Kim Jong-un ordered this...and I think the main reason is that Kim Jong Nam was a potential threat in case there had been a revolution or change of government in North Korea,' he said.   

Adopted Romanian orphans 'still suffering in adulthood'

BBC News Online 23rd February 2017

Despite living in strong and supportive families for over 20 years, many children exposed to severe early deprivation in Romanian institutions aged 0-3 experience a range of mental health problems in early adulthood, according to new King’s College London research. Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said: 'Being exposed to very severe conditions in childhood can be associated with lasting and deep-seated social, emotional and cognitive problems, which are complex and vary over time.' Also reported by BBC World Service, Associated Press, Washington Post, ABC News and others.

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Dementia could be triggered by eating too much sugar, landmark study reveals

Daily Mirror 23rd February 2017

For the first time a ‘tipping point’ molecular link between the blood sugar glucose and Alzheimer’s disease has been established by scientists, who have shown that excess glucose damages a vital enzyme involved with inflammation response to the early stages of Alzheimer’s. The research was carried out by scientists from the University of Bath and the Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). Also reported by Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Times of India and The Economic Times.

Research suggests a new model of chronic disease

King's press release 23rd February 2017

Genes play a key role in determining whether someone experiences multiple chronic diseases, according to new research by King’s. Dr Frances Williams, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, said: ‘While the link between chronic pain and depression has been recognised for a long time, the new findings linking cardiovascular disease to the other two traits came as a surprise.’

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Ignore the public at your peril

Times Higher Education Supplement 23rd February 2017

Article by Professor Jonathan Grant, Assistant Principal for Strategic Initiatives & Public Policy, who argues that UK science needs to pay attention to shifts in public perception. ‘UK science policy is going through a once-in-a-generation transition,’ he said.

Alzheimer's could be caused by excess sugar, study finds

ITV News 23rd February 2017

People who eat diets high in sugar could be at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study by King’s and the University of Bath has found. This was also reported by Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, i, Deccan Chronicle, Times of India and Economic Times of India.

Economists react: Immigration from eastern Europe falls as net migration dips below 300,000

City AM 23rd February 2017

Immigration to the UK from countries in central and eastern Europe fell significantly in the year to September, including the period after the EU referendum, while net migration dipped below 300,000, new figures show. Article mentions that Professor Jonathan Portes, Political Economy, predicts a hit to GDP of 0.6 to 1.2 per cent lost growth over five years if EU migration alone is halved.

Simple-minded economics distorts the debate over education

Financial Times 23rd February 2017

Article discussing economics and education mentions the work of Professor Alison Wolf, School of Management & Business.

Tackling the Islamic State

The Hindu 23rd February 2017

An opinion piece on Islamic State includes comments by Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, who said: 'The appeal of Islamic State rested on its strength and its winning. Now that it’s losing, it’s no longer attractive.'

Ecuador's voters turn back Latin America's pink tide

Bloomberg 23rd February 2017

Electoral officials in Ecuador announced the frontrunner Lenin Moreno has fallen shy of winning the contest outright. Dr Andres Mejia Acosta, Department of International Development, commented on the previous rule of populist Rafael Correa.

Eat more fruit and veg for a longer life, researchers say

CNN 23rd February 2017

An Imperial College London study suggests that consuming 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day would prevent an estimated 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide. Emeritus Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, commented on the study. 'No one is disputing that fruit and vegetables are important. But eating more than five a day has very little added benefit and could even cause health problems,' he said. Professor Sanders also commented on this for BBC News.

Do YOU feel anxious when you have to do math or read a map?

Daily Mail 22nd February 2017

Our genes play a significant role in how anxious we feel when faced with spatial and mathematical tasks, such as reading a map or solving a geometry problem, according to a new study by researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). Margherita Malanchini said: "Our results have important implications for finding specific genes which contribute to differences in anxiety between people, as they suggest that some of the same genes contribute to anxiety in several areas, but that most of them are specific to each domain of anxiety". Also reported by the Sun, The Hindu, Daccan Herald, India Today, NDTV, and the Indian Express.

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As Jean-Claude Juncker re-emphasises that Britain faces a "hefty" Brexit bill, should we pay it?

City A.M. 22nd February 2017

Professor Jonathan Portes, Political Economy, argues the ‘Yes’ side of the debate on whether Britain should pay a 'Brexit bill'. ‘We – the UK public, via our democratically elected government – hired them, paid them and told them what to do. Of course we have to pay our share of their pensions,' he said.

Brexit latest: Leaving the customs union will inevitably mean expensive border queues for firms warn trade experts

Independent 22nd February 2017

Theresa May's 'hard Brexit' will almost certainly mean British firms will face expensive queues at customs borders, trade experts have warned. Dr Fedrico Ortino, Law, said: ‘There will be a longer queue for those who are not in the EU and a shorter queue for those that are part of the EU. The border hasn’t disappeared.’

Friends or foes? Art's long, complicated relationship with religion

CNN 22nd February 2017

Visiting Professor Aaron Rosen, Theology & Religious Studies, writes for CNN on links between religion and art. 'Since its birth in the nineteenth century, modern art has continued to draw extensively upon religious themes and images,' he said.

The debate over second-hand clothes in Senegal

Al Jazeera 22nd February 2017

Concerns have been raised about the economic, ecological, and ethical repercussions of clothing donated to charities. The article mentions a book published by Dr Andrew Brooks, Geography, Clothing Poverty: The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-hand Clothes.

In brief

Nursing Standard 22nd February 2017

A King’s study suggests that encouraging walking among patients with advanced cancer could improve their quality of life. The 42 people in the study reported physical, emotional, psychological and social benefits from walking.

Antidepressants may not be perfect, but they DO save lives

Daily Mail 21st February 2017

Comment article discussing antidepressants, written by Professor Carmine Pariante of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

'I’ve never been let down by the isolation that comes with cutting against the grain'

Nursing Times 21st February 2017

An interview with Visiting Professor Jaqueline Dunkley-Bent, Midwifery.

Commercialisation in ballet

BBC Radio 4 Today 21st February 2017

Discussion between David Bintley, director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet and Deborah Bull, Assistant Principal (London), on the subject of commercialisation in ballet. She said: ‘Outside London, the cuts to local government are what’s really pinching.’ (08:55)

Europe needs a hearts and minds campaign for Russia

Foreign Policy 21st February 2017

Dr Sam Greene, Russia Institute, has written a piece on Europe's Russia strategy. 'If there was ever a time for Europe to develop a Russia strategy independent of Washington, it is now,' he said. This article was also reported by the Daily Express.

Yo-yo dieting might actually be good for people even if they end up gaining weight back, expert says

Independent 20th February 2017

Yo-yo dieting might actually make people healthy, despite the huge amounts of criticism directed towards them, according to US biostatistician David Allison. Commenting, Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, said: ‘Data in humans shows that yo-yo dieting makes you gain weight long-term.’ This was also reported by Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, Sun, Times, Yahoo! News, Metro and Sky News.

How air pollution harms your health - and how to avoid it

Guardian 20th February 2017

A piece on air pollution which mentions research by King’s. Research was also mentioned by Guardian, BBC Radio London (01:18), Yahoo! News and in a letter in Guardian.

Terrorism: Does it work? - The 'Hotline'

BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed 20th February 2017

Professor John Bew, War Studies, discusses terrorism (00:31) and Dr Claudia Aradou, War Studies, charts the chequered history of a form of communication that arose in the context of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War (00:16).

Seeing refugees in a new light

Sunday Times 19th February 2017

Article discussing a new installation by photographer Richard Mosse, Alumna.

Macron marches on liberal Londres

Sunday Times 19th February 2017

The centrist French presidential contender Emmanuel Macron will call on young expatriates in London to boost his campaign. Student Tristan Derrien, Political Economy, is quoted in the article. In a separate Guardian piece, it is mentioned that student Gerald Sigrist, War Studies, supported Fillon but was open to voting Macron, which was also reported by Yahoo! News. Another student spoke to BBC Radio 4 (22:27).

Gender equality through the microscope: Encouraging more women In Labs

Huffington Post 19th February 2017

Comment piece by Dr Claire Sharpe, Transplantation Immunology & Mucosal Biology, on encouraging more women into science careers. ‘Developing a career in science as a female is not without its challenges,’ she said.

Pearson in online degree deal with Manchester Met University

Financial Times 19th February 2017

Pearson has signed a 10-year deal to provide online degree courses for Manchester Metropolitan University. The article reports on Pearson's collaboration with King's.

How your MRI scan benefits science

Guardian 19th February 2017

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery London, director, has written a piece on how MRI scans benefit science. ‘MRI...has been a huge benefit for the study of the brain,’ he said.

Shrinking territory contributes to significant drop in ISIS funding

King's press release 18th February 2017

Islamic State’s income has more than halved since 2014 due to its shrinking territory in Syria and Iraq and subsequent losses of significant sources of revenue, according to a new study by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) and EY. This was reported by Yahoo! News, Daily Mail, Independent, i, New York Times, Washington Post, Yahoo, Associated Press, CNBC, BBC World Service and Economist.

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North and South Korea

BBC World Service 18th February 2017

Dr Jinhee Choi, Film Studies, comments on a new film that relates to the political situations between South and North Korea. Commenting on its popularity, Dr Choi said: 'The North/South issue has been the subject of many films including some box office hits.'

Checking troops for mental illness ‘doesn’t reduce incidence of problems’, top docs’ report

The Sun 17th February 2017

A study testing a potential post-deployment screening programme for UK Armed Forces personnel, found it was not effective in reducing symptoms of mental health disorders or encouraging personnel to seek help, compared to the general mental health advice which is the standard of care in the UK military. Co-Author Professor Neil Greenberg of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "More research is needed to improve the mental health of UK Armed Forces personnel and other approaches could include good leadership training, peer and family support programmes and further improving the quality and accessibility of military mental health services."
Also reported on BBC 2 with Victoria Derbyshire, Press Association, BBC World Service and New Scientist.

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Professor Sir Simon Wessely on Victoria Derbyshire

BBC 2 17th February 2017

Discussion on post-traumatic stress disorder among military veterans, which includes contribution by Professor Sir Simon Wessely from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. He said: "People are reluctant to come forward, they are worried they might become stigmatised, if it will have an effect on their career and what other people will think of them. They are also not convinced that the services themselves, the mental health services, will help them."

Evolution of the revolution

Metro 17th February 2017

Article discussing digital activist movements, which mentions videos taken of potential hate crimes, quotes Dr Paolo Gerbaudo, Culture, Media & Creative Industries: ‘Unless movements reach beyond the converted, unless they’re able to break out of the bubble, they are never successful.’

Japan's government tries to free its soldiers from pacifist shackles

Economist 17th February 2017

Dr Alessio Patalano, War Studies, is quoted in this feature on the problems facing Japan’s military.

Other Lives

Guardian 17th February 2017

Obituary of nurse Caty Pannell. The article, written by Professor Irene Higginson, Cicely Saunders Institute, reports that in 2010 she was appointed to the new post of palliative care research nurse at the Institute.

The dynamic world of addiction and recovery

The Psychologist 17th February 2017

Review of Danny Boyle's T2: Trainspotting by Katie East, a PhD student at the National Addiction Centre at King’s.

Libya: Return of the Strongman

BBC World Service 17th February 2017

News Extra feature on Libya which includes contribution by Abdul Rahman al Ageli, War Studies.

Libyan political situation

BBC World Service 17th February 2017

There have been anti-government protests in the Libyan city of Benghazi. Commenting on the revolution of 2011 in the country, Abdul Rahman AlAgeli, War Studies, said: 'It was a rapid escalation of violence, which led people to fight against and for the regime.'

BBC Radio 5 Live in discussion about psychosis and skunk

BBC Radio 5 Live 16th February 2017

Discussion of the risks of psychosis to users of the strain of cannabis known as skunk, which makes reference to research by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Autism in girls - Channel 4 news

Channel 4 16th February 2017

Feature on increasing awareness and diagnosis of autism in girls and young women. Includes comment from Professor Francesca Happe of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

George III - The Genius of The Mad King

BBC Two 16th February 2017

Repeat of the BBC Two documentary exploring over 33,000 essays, scientific notes and letters written by George III, which are now available to view and examine on a new global online portal thanks to work by researchers at King's, the Royal Archives and Royal Collection Trust as part of the Georgian Papers Programme.

Improved outcomes for premature babies

BBC Radio Five Live 16th February 2017

A new study shows that more extremely premature babies are surviving without lasting neurological problems. Includes interview with Professor Andrew Shennan, King's Centre for Global Health & Health Partnerships.

Cannabis Psychosis

BBC Radio Five Live 16th February 2017

Discussion of the risks of psychosis to users of the strain of cannabis known as skunk, which makes reference to research by King's College London.

Walking boosts life quality in advanced cancer patients, find nurse researchers

Nursing Times 16th February 2017

Walking could improve the quality of life of people with advanced cancer, according to a new study by nurse researchers. The small-scale study, led by Dr Jo Armes, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at King's College London, looked at the difference taking regular walks made to patients with various types of advanced cancers.

HE bill: why universities are not supermarkets

Time Higher Education 16th February 2017

The UK government's controversial plans for reform of higher education have at their heart two sets of economic ideas. The article is written by Martin Wolf and contains a mention of his wife Professor Alison Wolf, the Sir Roy Griffiths professor of public sector management at King's College London.

Autism awareness in girls

Channel 4 News 16th February 2017

Feature on increasing awareness and diagnosis of autism in girls and young women includes comment from Professor Francesca Happé, Global Health & Social Medicine.

Is Michael Flynn going to prison? Donald Trump's former national security chief under pressure

International Business Times 16th February 2017

The prospect that President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will face an investigation and jail time has been raised in the days following his resignation. Dr Joe Devanny, International Centre for Security Analysis, is quoted.

Do you hate fish? Revealed: Three ways to make it more palatable (and avoiding the smell is easier than you think)

Daily Mail 16th February 2017

A BBC Two programme, ‘Trust Me I'm A Doctor’ revealed the effect omega-3 has on the body. Researchers at King's assessed whether 10 popular fish oil supplements contained what they claimed to.

As his national security adviser resigns over ties to Russia, is Trump’s administration malevolent or just incompetent?

City A.M. 15th February 2017

Dr Joe Devanny, International Centre for Security Analysis, argues that Donald Trump is incompetent: ‘Donald Trump has been President of the United States for less than 30 days. We can already say that competence has been in short supply’

Who's afraid of private universities?

The Guardian 15th February 2017

The government's determination to turn higher education into a marketplace and allow private universities to proliferate has come up against furious opposition in recent weeks. Traditional universities are concerned about how newcomers will be regulated, and the House of Lords is doing its best to scupper the government's plans. Includes quote from Professor Alison Wolf, Management & Business.

Trust Me, I'm a Doctor

BBC Two 15th February 2017

Dr Cristina Legido-Quigley, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, carries out tests to determine if fish oil supplements contain what they say they do, in addition to assessing how fresh the oil is. This research was also mentioned in a piece on Mail Online.

Terrorism: does it work?

BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed 15th February 2017

Discussion between Richard English from Queen's University Belfast and Professor John Bew, War Studies, on the subject of the effectiveness of terrorism in relation to Richard English's new book ‘Does Terrorism Work?’. Also featuring a discussion about the crisis hotline between the USA and Russia during the Cold War with Dr Claudia Aradau, War Studies.

NASA's Space Poop Challenge: And the WINNERS are...!

International Business Times 15th February 2017

Coverage of a competition to improve living conditions for astronauts. The article reports that third prize was won by Hugo Kelly, who is from Scotland and studied Physics and Philosophy at King’s and the University of Oxford.

BBC Radio 4 in discussion with Sir Simon Wessley

BBC Radio 4 14th February 2017

Sir Simon Wessely from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) joins to discuss the resilience of people's mental health in relation to traumatic events and the need to maintain boundaries with regards to classifying personality disorders. He said: "We do have good services but it that doesn't men they are remotely good enough... Now the policy is, we wait a bit, and then if people are still distressed 10 - 12 weeks later, then yes we will offer help. That has been quite a big change in the way in which we appreciate trauma. Most people will cope, through normal social network, the minority will not and will develop actual disorders for which we can help."

Isis claims propaganda 'more powerful than atomic bomb' as group forms strategy for survival

Independent 14th February 2017

A piece on ISIS propaganda which mentions the work of researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. The report was also covered by BBC World Service, Yahoo! News and Express.

Speed of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's ousting is unprecedented

International Business Times 14th February 2017

The resignation of President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser after just three weeks on the job has left a security void in the already chaotic new administration. Never has someone in Michael Flynn's position left the job ‘this quickly’ due to scandal, said Dr Joe Devanny, International Centre for Security Analysis. This was also reported in Yahoo! News.

'We didn't even have room for a table': meet the 30-somethings fleeing London

Guardian 13th February 2017

Article discussion why people in their 30s are leaving London despite it being voted "the best city in the world" for quality of life last year. Gráinne McLoughlin from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is quoted. She said: “I’m never going to earn enough to buy a place in London. If I didn’t have a permanent academic job in London, I would definitely leave.”

Air pollution

Various media outlets 13th February 2017

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group (ERG), answered readers’ questions as part of a day-long Guardian feature on urban air pollution around the world. Professor Kelly was also quoted in a Guardian item offering advice on what to do during an air pollution warning. Professor Martin Williams, ERG, spoke to i about Britain’s ‘diesel vehicle problem’, and Times reported that King’s researchers were among 300 signatories to a letter urging the government to remove diesel vehicles from the road as soon as possible because they are causing a ‘health emergency’. A Guardian feature on air pollution experiments on Marylebone Road quotes Dr Gary Fuller, ERG, who describes it as ‘the foremost urban air pollution research lab in the world’. ERG research was also reported by Wired, New Statesman, Bloomberg, Sun and BBC London 94.9 FM.

Brexit

Various media outlets 13th February 2017

Daily Telegraph reports on comments by the Government’s pension adviser claiming that Britons may have to work longer if immigration is cut in the wake of Brexit, cited calculations based on research by Professor Jonathan Portes, Political Economy. This was also reported by Daily Express, Mirror and Daily Mail. Professor Portes is also quoted in Times, Financial Times, Independent, i, BBC News and the Sun on the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, which suggest that the number of EU-born workers in the UK may have peaked at 2.3 million: ‘It does look as if we have reached a turning point in the number of EU nationals in employment. We cannot be certain but it appears credible that there is a Brexit effect’. Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, spoke to BBC Two Newsroom Live to discuss a speech by Tony Blair on Brexit, and wrote a light-hearted ‘break up letter’ from the UK to the EU for Independent.

'Anti-ageing' hormone could unlock new treatments for kidney and heart disease

King's press release 13th February 2017

A new study by researchers from King’s Cardiovascular Division has found that patients with diabetes suffering from the early stages of kidney disease have a deficiency of the protective ‘anti-ageing’ hormone, Klotho. Dr Richard Siow, a co-author of the study which was published this week in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes), said: ‘This study highlights the important clinical and basic science research that is being undertaken on Klotho at King’s.’ This story was reported by Express and Huffington Post.

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The FODMAP diet: a recipe for a healthy gut and a happier life?

Daily Telegraph 13th February 2017

A piece which discusses the issue of food allergies, with reference to a booklet produced by researchers at the Division of Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences.

The History Hour

BBC World Service 12th February 2017

The History Hour discusses Rosalind Franklin who, in 1951 while working at King's, produced an x-ray photograph which helped unlock the secrets of the structure of DNA. From 26:50 minutes in.

North Korean missile tests

BBC World Service 12th February 2017

According to the military in South Korea, a missile test by North Korea flew 500 kilometres before landing in the sea of Japan. Professor Wyn Bowen, Defence Studies, joins to comment on the significance of this latest test, which breaches UN sanctions.

Tory MP James Duddridge insists Bercow is 'no longer impartial'

Sky News 12th February 2017

A Tory MP says he thinks John Bercow will lose a no confidence vote, but Labour comes out in support of the Speaker. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Political Economy, is also quoted: ‘John Bercow is a servant of the Commons and can't speak out in public on any political issues because that would divide MPs.’ The story was also covered by Daily Express and ITV News.

How our brains perceive the truth

Guardian 12th February 2017

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery, writes on how we perceive truth. ‘The disconnect between the ‘truth’ and how we see and read it has always been there. When we read something, we think it’s a process of ‘information transfer’ from the outside world into our brain. But that’s not the way perception works at all.’

Two dreams: Chinese and American visions in 2017

China.org.cn 12th February 2017

Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, and Lili Zhao, a programme director at Zurich Institute of Business Education, write on the competing visions of China and the US.

Shakespeare’s Life-Making

The Guardian 11th February 2017

A preview of the Inaugural King’s Gollancz Lecture, with Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University.

News Live

Aljazeera English 11th February 2017

A feature on Brazilian police officers who are currently striking. Christoph Harig, King’s Brazil Institute, said: ‘People see that money has been spent on the Olympics in Rio while essential state services are not working’.

Dr Jennifer Lau discusses Mental Health Week

BBC London 10th February 2017

Dr Jennifer Lau of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) taking part in a panel discussion on issues surrounding mental health. She said: "It's difficult to know whats going on in his head. I imagine a lot of anxiety, a lot of mood problems. Those problems are associated with being bullied. It's a time where mental health problems, anxiety and depression, increase."

Pre-eclampsia deaths are avoidable - new comment in The Lancet

King's press release 10th February 2017

Pregnancy in the UK has never been safer, say scientists from King’s writing in the latest edition of The Lancet. Professor Andrew Shennan, King's Centre for Global Health & Health Partnerships, said: ‘This reduction in mortality in the U.K. in mothers with pre-eclampsia is quite remarkable. Good care in the NHS, driven by sound evidence-based medicine and disseminated by NICE guidelines, means the rest of the world will be driven to emulate this success. This is a real success story.’

The Strand is the new smart address

Times 10th February 2017

A piece on housing in the Strand area of London, with mention of King's.

Health a socio-cultural issue in India, difficult to address

India Today 10th February 2017

Health is still a socio-cultural issue in India and it is challenging to address it because of peoples approaches towards medication. Sridhar Venkatapuram, Global Health & Social Medicine, said: ‘Health is still not a pressing issue in India. The Union budget mentions allocations for health sector, but does not go deeper into it. We are still one of the lowest spending countries on health sector.’ His comments were also reported in the Times of India.

Why sleeping for more than 7 hours a night can help weight loss

Folha de São Paulo 10th February 2017

A recent survey by led by Dr Gerda Pot, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division, has reviewed dozens of studies on the relationship between a good night’s sleep and a good appetite. This was also reported by Globo.com.

The Psychological Power Of Reclaiming Oppressive Language

Huffington Post 10th February 2017

Comment piece on oppressive language, particularly towards women. Tony Thorne, English Language Centre, is quoted, saying: ‘To take words used as slurs by Trump or Trumpists, like “nasty woman” or “bad hombre,” and use them as your own identity label ― especially in the context of memes or tweets where savage sarcasm and irony are rife ― is effective, amusing and gets a message across.’

Incredible MRI scan shows baby kicking, smiling and dancing in the womb thanks to revolutionary new technology

Daily Mirror 9th February 2017

The iFIND project, a London-based group of medical experts from around the world, have created a video scan that allows parents-to-be to watch their baby in the womb in extra-high quality images. Dr David Lloyd, a Clinical Research Fellow, and part of the project said: ‘In fetal ultrasound, the images produced can be excellent; but unfortunately, that's not true for every patient.’ This was also reported by Daily Telegraph, Sun, Metro and Daily Mail.

Give a sporting career a try before the law

Times 9th February 2017

Article discussing having a sport career before pursuing a career in law quotes ex-professional rugby player Stephen Ravenscroft, Alumnus.

Is emergent quantum mechanics grounded in classical physics? - Science Weekly podcast

Guardian 9th February 2017

Dr Eleanor Knox, Philosophy, takes part in a podcast on quantum mechanics.

What the break-up of the British Empire can tell us about Brexit

Economist 9th February 2017

Article on the lessons that can be learned from the break-up of the British empire when looking at Brexit. In 1946-70 about £350m was spent developing colonial economies. Professor Sarah Stockwell, History, says that the resulting goodwill helped British firms and institutions to win business.

There ain't no black in the Union Jack: The cultural politics of race and nation

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking 9th February 2017

30 years ago, ‘There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation’ was published. The author Professor Paul Gilroy, English, is interviewed about its impact and whether discussions about race and culture in Britain have moved on or not. (22:00)

Fake news

Channel 4 Channel 4 News 9th February 2017

Dr Martin Moore, Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, is interviewed about the influence of Google's auto complete function on Google search. He said: ‘Those are the results that many people will see, not just adults but children.’ (19:33)

Marine A 'at breaking point' when he killed Afghan insurgent, appeal court hears

Telegraph 8th February 2017

A British Royal Marine who killed an injured Afghan prisoner is a "John Wayne" type character who did not realise he had a mental illness at the time of the incident, a court has heard. The first expert witness for Blackman, Neil Greenberg from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said that up to 25 per cent of British troops would at some point suffer with a mental health difficulty and combat troops were more vulnerable.
Also reported by The Times, The Guardian and Daily Mail.

Smoking cessation services can also help improve mental health

Nursing Standard 8th February 2017

People with depression who successfully quit smoking using smoking cessation services may also improve their mental health. Leonie Brose of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is one of the researchers. Also reported by the Daily Mirror.

Shift work and heavy lifting may reduce women’s fertility, study finds

Independent 8th February 2017

Women who work at night or do irregular shifts may experience a decline in fertility, a new study from Harvard University has found. Professor Susan Bewley, Women’s Health, said it was difficult to ‘sort out cause and effect’ from the data in the study.

Bristol joins race to be test bed for ultra-fast 5G technology

BBC News Online 8th February 2017

King's is mentioned in an article on the development of new 5G technology. The government has announced a fresh drive to bring us up to speed for the digital age.

US travel ban

BBC Radio 4 Today 8th February 2017

Professor Robert Wintemute, Law, is interviewed on how Trump's position stands legally in regards to the travel ban. ‘What you have here is a presumption that a person is potentially a terrorist that’s being applied to millions of people,’ he said. (06:50) Professor Wintemute also spoke on BBC Two's Victoria Derbyshire (10:25).

How research can lead to some extraordinary (and very unlikely) discoveries

The Conversation 8th February 2017

Article on scientific research mentions research by Professor Paul Sharpe, Craniofacial Development & Stem Cell Biology, and his colleagues who found a new method of stimulating the renewal of living stem cells in tooth pulp using an Alzheimer’s drug.

Time to hit the brakes on Hong Kong's runaway car numbers

South China Morning Post 8th February 2017

Article discussing the impact of air pollution on public health references King's research that found nitrogen dioxide levels are 2.5 times higher inside a vehicle compared to outside.

Food: Truth or Scare

BBC1 London 7th February 2017

There is a plethora of conflicting information on which foods might be linked to migraines. Neurologist professor Peter Goadsby of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) explains what research actually shows. He said: "It's not that food doesn't trigger migraines, but it usually only does so when its combined with other factors, like stress or lack of sleep."

John Bercow's views on Donald Trump may resonate but it’s not his job to express them

Evening Standard 7th February 2017

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written an article in response to John Bercow’s declaration that President Trump should not be invited to make an address to Parliament. ‘It is not his job to counterpose his own opinion against that of the elected government,’ he said.

Entrepreneurship is genetic, and South Africa is the ideal environment for young entrepreneurs to thrive

Huffington Post 7th February 2017

Article on entrepreneurship mentions a recent study by King's that looked at genetic links to have entrepreneurial characteristics.

Does China's Communist Party follow any succession rules at all?

South China Morning Post 7th February 2017

Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, commented on power transitions within the Chinese Communist Party. 'The political necessities around the party when the next congress happens will be with key thing,' he said.

ISME Mumbai signs MOU with King's College London for student exchange program

NDTV 7th February 2017

King's announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian School of Management and Entrepreneurship, Mumbai. Commenting on the MoU, Dr Joanna Newman, Vice-Principal (International), said: 'I think there is much to learn from the institute and how it operates in such a vibrant and changing environment.'

Khamenei vows Trump response on Iran revolution anniversary

Bloomberg 7th February 2017

Iran's leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he will respond to growing hostility from President Donald Trump. In reaction to his comments, Dina Esfandiary, War Studies, said: 'Rather than mirroring Trump, the supreme leader is adopting an 'I-told-you-so' tone to allow Trump's comments to speak for themselves.'

KCL Lecturer Adam Perkins Slammed As ' Racist'

Huffington Post 6th February 2017

Adam Perkins of the Institute of Psychiatry, psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has apologised for comments made about Donald Trump's travel ban.

Air pollution

Various media outlets 6th February 2017

BBC One’s Trust Me, I’m A Doctor, used equipment supplied by King’s to measure the levels of air pollution in London. Dr Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group (ERG), assessed the results and Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, was interviewed on the health impact of air pollution (20:00). An extract of the show was featured on BBC Radio 5 live (14:13) and discussed in a piece written by the show's presenter for Times. Professor Kelly has also written a piece on air pollution for Financial Times and was quoted in Independent. Dr Ian Mudway, ERG, spoke to VICE UK, Timothy Baker, ERG, was quoted in New Scientist, Dr Gary Fuller, ERG, was quoted in Daily Mail, and ERG research was reported by Sun, The Week, and Economist.

Internet ‘playground’ trials new tech to deliver smart cities

New Scientist 6th February 2017

Researchers at the universities of Bristol, Edinburgh, Lancaster and King’s are running experiments on Internet technology. Dr Toktam Mahmoodi, Informatics, said: ‘I work with a surgeon who takes a train to Leeds once a week to perform robotic surgery, but he wouldn’t need to go there if the internet was better.’

Food: Truth or Scare

BBC One 6th February 2017

Emeritus Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, is interviewed about the effectiveness of vitamin supplements such as fish oil tablets. (09:15)

US and China row over South China Sea ‘could spark World War Three and a conflict of unparalleled violence’, expert claims

Sun 6th February 2017

Article discusses a possible war between the US and China. Commenting, Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute director, said: ‘It would, of course, totally upend supply routes, however, and probably cause a global recession.’

Why negotiating a ransom is the trickiest trade in the world

Bloomberg 6th February 2017

Dr Anja Shortland, Political Economy, is interviewed on her research into the economics of ransom payments. Discussing kidnap, she said: 'I certainly think it is the trickiest trade in the world. Each individual trade is absolutely fraught with difficulty.'

Hackers take down thousands of 'Dark Web' sites

NBC News 6th February 2017

Someone affiliated with the hacking group Anonymous compromised a private web hosting service, taking down more than 10,000 sites on the dark web. The article mentions research published by Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, and Daniel Moore, War Studies.

Photograph 51

BBC World Service Witness 6th February 2017

Programme discusses the work of Rosalind Franklin whilst she was at King's.

Why the need for empathetic citizens has never been greater

Observer 5th February 2017

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery director, argues that health, justice and the arts would all benefit from tackling the empathy deficit. ‘Neuroscientific findings shows that empathy works in more complex and subtle ways and has particular relevance to arts and culture,’ he said. Dr Glaser also took part in a podcast on this for Observer with Professor Francesca Happé, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). In another podcast for Observer, Dr Glaser answered listener’s emails on memory.

For Carney, wages are the only true window to the future

Observer 5th February 2017

Article discussing Mark Carney's work at the Bank of England mentions Professor Martin Weale, Political Economy, who joined King’s from the monetary policy committee.

Imagery about Brazil

Folha de S. Paulo 5th February 2017

Article discussing international perspectives of Brazil. It mentions research conducted by King's on language used to describe the 2014 World Cup.

New research points to China being well on the way to ruling the waves

South China Morning Post 5th February 2017

Article discussing a recent joint project between the Lau China Institute and the Financial Times.

Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito

BBC Radio 3 Opera on 3 4th February 2017

Professor Cliff Eisen, Music, discusses the history behind Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, describing it as the first complete Mozart opera performed in London (18:30).

'All students should receive excellent maths teaching – not just those in specialist maths schools' 

TES 3rd February 2017

Article on specialist Maths schools mentions the King’s Maths School.

Moon Express: The ethical dilemma of private companies mining the Moon for its resources

International Business Times 3rd February 2017

A private company has been granted permission to travel to space, where it hopes to mine the Moon for its natural resources. Discussing the ethical implications, Dr Tony Milligan, Theology & Religious Studies, said: 'Given that the Moon – and this is a big ethical argument – is a culturally significant object, a major part of our history, we would need a regulatory structure that is more constraining than that.'

Terrorism in US: America less safe during Trump administration

International Business Times 3rd February 2017

Experts warn that Trump's policies may create an upsurge in militant jihadist attention on America. Commenting, Charlie Winter, ICSR, said that President Trumps travel executive order played into radicals' propaganda message.

Diabetes danger: this complication could cause nerve damage and amputation

Express 2nd February 2017

Article about the complications of diabetes and the implications of diabulimia. Professor Janet Treasure of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: “People with diabetes are more at risk of developing an eating disorder. As 15 to 20 per cent of all young women have an eating disorder and the risk is twice as high in people with Type 1 diabetes this means that up to a third of young women with diabetes develop eating disorders." Also reported by Hindustan Times and Economic Times, India Times.

Study reveals resistance toward standing guidelines

King's press release 2nd February 2017

A new King’s study reveals significant public resistance and misunderstanding surrounding the UK’s first health guidelines on sedentary behaviour at work.

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Refugees have had little impact on Germany’s unemployment, crime and voting behaviour

i 2nd February 2017

The arrival of more than one million refugees into Germany in 2015 had no impact on the unemployment rate of citizens, a report on the short-term effects of the migration crisis found. Professor Jonathan Portes, Political Economy, said: ‘The key finding that even this very large influx had a small impact on some types of petty crime only is not surprising…but is a valuable counterweight to some of the scaremongering we have seen from politicians.’

Europe processing Donald Trump challenge

Voice of America 2nd February 2017

Commenting on European unity post Brexit, Professor Anand Menon, European & International Relations, said: 'One of the things politically that our government has to show is that post Brexit, Britain is not isolated, we have friends and we have allies.'

How Donald Trump just reinvigorated ISIS and Al-Qaeda

Newsweek 2nd February 2017

Dr Emmanuel Karagiannis, Defence Studies, has written a piece on the impact of Donald Trump's travel ban on the coalition fighting ISIS and Al-Qaeda. 'In effect, it could help generate new momentum for the jihadi movement that has stagnated during this period,' he said.

Dying at home or in hospital dependent on wealth, location and number of diseases

King's press release 1st February 2017

In a new study, researchers from King’s Cicely Saunders Institute studied a national data set of all deaths from two common groups of respiratory diseases - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Interstitial Pulmonary Diseases (IPD). Researchers aimed to understand what factors affect place of death. This was also reported by Sun.

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King's ranked 11th in THE 'most international'

King's press release 1st February 2017

King’s has been placed 11th in the Times Higher Education Most International Universities 2017 Rankings- a rise of nine places on last year. Professor Ed Byrne, AC, President and Principal, said: ‘This excellent result is testament to how our multi-disciplinary nature is enabling us to work closely with the best international partners – and also to the hard work of our staff to nurture and develop global collaborations with impact.’

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Top universities fill more places through clearing

Times 1st February 2017

Article reports that King’s took 326 students via clearing (8.5 per cent) last summer.

Sleep and appetite

BBC Two Trust Me, I’m A Doctor 1st February 2017

Programme looking at the link between sleep and appetite refers to research from King's (20:21).

We need to examine our attitude to charity shop donations

Spectator 1st February 2017

Article on charity shops mentions that charitable donations are the largest source of UK used-clothing exports according to Dr Andrew Brooks, Geography, and author of the 2015 book Clothing Poverty.

Locked-in syndrome

BBC Radio 5 live Phil Williams 1st February 2017

A Swiss led team of scientists have invented a mind reading device which allows communication with patients who have locked in syndrome. Visiting Professor John Harris, Global Health & Social Medicine, said: ‘It’s a huge breakthrough for the families, the individuals with locked-in syndrome and for those caring for them’ (23:17).

Brexit

BBC Two Newsnight 1st February 2017

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, is interviewed on Brexit. ‘The referendum outcome shows how very out of touch the House of Commons is with the people,' he said (22:36).

America's Supreme Court picks are highly politicised. They don’t have to be that way

Washington Post 1st February 2017

Article comparing the Supreme Court in the US to the UK. James Lee, Law, commented: 'So far, only one woman has ever been named Supreme Court justice.'

Ukraine fighting could pose early challenge to Trump

Washington Post 1st February 2017

A surge in violence by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine may pose an early and difficult foreign policy challenge to the Trump administration. Commenting, Dr Alex Clarkson, European & International Studies, said: 'My suspicion is that the Ukrainian army and government are not averse to playing up the impact of Russian shelling and general military activity.'

Myopia

BBC World Service 1st February 2017

Short sightedness is on the rise, most dramatically in urban Asia but also in Europe and the US. Dr Katie Williams, Diabetes, commented on recent research looking at the issue. 'Historically a lot of different things have been put forward as causing myopia. What we're finding now is that time outdoors is protective against myopia,' she said.

The world’s most international universities 2017

Times Higher Education 1st February 2017

King’s is listed 11th in a table ranking the world's most international universities in 2017.

Falls among elderly cost NHS £2.3bn

Times 31st January 2017

All patients over 65 should be asked when they go to see their GP whether they ever feel unsteady on their feet, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends in guidance that aims to save the NHS £2.3 billion a year. Emeritus Professor Cameron Swift, Medicine, who helped to draw up the guidelines, said: ‘We recognise regular questions about falls may seem intrusive or repetitive but older people often think episodes of falling or unsteadiness unimportant, or that to raise them could threaten future independence.’ This was also reported by Daily Mail, Sun, Nursing Times and Mirror.

What is India’s ‘Cold Start’ military doctrine?

Economist 31st January 2017

Article on India’s defence policy. By pursuing 'Cold Start', a military doctrine developed by the Indian Armed Forces, the army may have reaped ‘the worst of both worlds’, says Dr Walter Ladwig, War Studies.

Trump ban is boon for ISIS recruitment, former jihadists and experts say

CNN 31st January 2017

President Donald Trump's travel ban on seven Muslim-majority nations may be used by ISIS as a recruitment tool. Commenting on Trump, Charlie Winter, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), said: 'He's a caricature of the evil crusader that they want to convince everyone exists.'

U.K. to shower smallest EU states with attention ahead of Brexit

Bloomberg 31st January 2017

British ambassadors to Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia and Slovakia will be given higher status and additional political and lobbying staff. Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, said: 'EU unity is only skin deep and having good intelligence from capital cities and not letting everything be transmitted via Brussels is an inherently sensible approach.'

Scientists to Trump: Torture doesn't work

Science 30th January 2017

Article on torture following remarks by Donald Trump. Metin Basoglu of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: “Our work shows that waterboarding is one of the most traumatic forms of torture. Scientifically, there is no question about this issue … so one cannot administer these techniques and remain within the bounds of the law at the same time.”

From An Enlightenment King To Enlightened Princes: Mental illness And The Royal Family

Huffington Post 30th January 2017

Article written by Professor Sir Simon Wessley of the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience (IoPPN) about the forthcoming BBC documentary showcasing the Georgian Papers which uncovers the life of King George.

John Templeton Symposium with Rabbi Lord Sacks at King's

King's press release 30th January 2017

King’s has hosted the John Templeton Foundation Humble Approach Initiative (HIA), a symposium on ‘Redeeming the Past and Building the Future: Confronting Religious Violence with a Counter Narrative’.

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King's PhD student wins Dragons' Den funding for bike indicator startup

King's press release 30th January 2017

PhD student Agostino Stilli, Informatics, and his business partner Luca Amaduzzi, have won £45,000 funding from Dragons’ Den investor Nick Jenkins for their startup company Cycl. The episode aired on BBC One (20:44).

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No change in interest rates expected by economists ahead of Superthursday

City A.M. 30th January 2017

The Bank of England is expected to keep interest rates at their historic low of 0.25 per cent this week, despite forecasts that inflation is creeping up. Professor Jonathan Portes, Political Economy, said: ‘In general I think the Bank is very much in 'wait and see' mode.’

The three friends making it easier for students to rent a room

BBC News Online 30th January 2017

Article on a business venture that aims to help students find accommodation. One of the founders is Miguel Amaro, alumnus.

Will Brexit be a success? Academics devise tests to find out

Guardian 30th January 2017

As Theresa May prepares for a parliamentary vote that is expected to sanction the triggering of the article 50 process to leave the EU, think-tank UK in a Changing Europe has set out criteria for uniting leave and remain supporters. Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies and director of UK in a Changing Europe, said: ‘As we start to consider the practical impact of Brexit, there needs to be a clear, evidence-based and, as far as possible, objective mechanism for assessment.’

How the brain stores memories

Guardian 29th January 2017

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery director, explains how memories are stored by the brain. ‘In any form of dementia our memories don’t vanish immediately but fade gradually – our memory systems have a property known as graceful degradation,’ he said.

Heil Britannia

Times 29th January 2017

Article discussing BBC show SS GB, a crime drama set in an alternative world where the Germans won the Second World War and are occupying England. Professor Philip Sabin, War Studies, said: ‘The most valuable aspect of these alternative histories is that they remind us that the real course of events was not foreordained, and get us thinking about how delicately balanced the outcome might have been, at least in some cases.’ This was also reported by Daily Mail.

UK and France must lead on European defence

Financial Times 29th January 2017

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written a letter on European defence. ‘Britain and France, as the two leading military powers in Europe, should now take the lead in developing and co-ordinating a European defence and foreign policy so that Europe’s interests are not ignored on the international stage, as they have been in Syria,’ he said.

‘Netflix for the performance arts’ aims to revolutionise the world of theatre and dance

i 29th January 2017

Scientists from King’s are working with Ericsson, the National Theatre, the Young Vic and virtual headset developers on a new entertainment form that they believe will revolutionise the arts world. Professor Mischa Dohler, Informatics, said: ‘The idea is to really disrupt the performing arts world the same way Netflix has disrupted TV.’

Meeting of US-UK leaders 'important on symbolic level' say experts

Xinhua 29th January 2017

The meeting between President Donald Trump and Theresa May was significant on a mainly symbolic level, experts say. Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, European & International Relations, said: 'The symbolism is very important. It shows that the UK has many partners around the world including the United States.'

Novel Psychoactive Substances: acute and chronic use

British Medical Journal 28th January 2017

Identifying and managing acute drug related harms and problematic substance misuse cuts across medical specialties. Data suggest that clinicians are seeking readily accessible information on novel psychoactive substances (NPS), incorrectly known as "legal highs." King's College London referenced in the notes.

Novel Psychoactive: types, mechanisms of action, effects

British Medical Journal 28th January 2017

In 2016 the Psychoactive Substances Bill banned trading but not possession of all current and future novel psychoactive substances (NPS), sometimes incorrectly called "legal highs," in an attempt to overcome rapid proliferation of these compounds. King's College London referenced in the notes.

The truth about George III

King's press release 28th January 2017

Over 33,000 essays, scientific notes and letters written by George III are now available to view and examine on a new global online portal thanks to work by researchers at King's, the Royal Archives, and Royal Collection Trust, as part of the Georgian Papers Programme and accompanying a documentary shown on BBC Two . Dr Joanna Newman, Vice Principal (International) and the university’s project lead said: ‘We are only just starting to explore this amazing resource and the opportunity for reinterpretation and scrutiny of many aspects of 18th and early 19th century life, political, social and economic, as well as seeing George III through more informed perspectives.’ This was also reported by Times, Guardian, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Times Higher Education, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 4 Today (08:47),Washington Post, NBC, and separate pieces for Daily Mail and Daily Express. Professor Andrew Lambert, War Studies, spoke to BBC Radio London (12:08). The BBC documentary was featured in several TV guides including Times where Professor Lambert was quoted and Guardian where Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), was quoted. Professor Arthur Burns, History, also spoke to Hello!

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China population crisis: New two-child policy fails to yield major gains

NBC 28th January 2017

The relaxation of China's one-child-only policy has failed to boost the country's birth rate enough to avoid significant demographic challenges, according to a recently published government plan. Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, said: 'The bottom line is that this is a very hard area to have any impact on. It's mostly about public attitudes.' This was also reported by CNBC.

Prisons

Globo 28th January 2017

Dr David Skarbek, Political Economy, comments on prison gangs. 'In California, prison gangs have a tremendous influence on the everyday life of prisoners,' he said.

Heads campaigning to raise awareness of hidden autism in girls

Tes 27th January 2017

Experts warn that 'thousands' of girls on autism spectrum might be undiagnosed School leaders, health experts and parents have called for action to address the underdiagnosis of girls with autism. Professor Francesca Happé from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: “Until recently, it was thought that boys outnumbered girls on the spectrum by five or even 10 to one. However, recent epidemiological studies suggest we are missing autism in females, and there are in fact only two or three times as many boys as girls affected.”

Week ahead

BBC News Online 27th January 2017

Article on the political week ahead mentions that on Wednesday 1st February, Professor Jonathan Portes, Political Economy, will be attending the Brexit Committee at Parliament.

Air pollution

Various media outlets 27th January 2017

Evening Standard reports that Westminster City Council has announced plans for a new parking surcharge of £2.45 an hour for diesel cars in key parts of the borough. A report last year by the Institute for Public Policy Research, Greenpeace and King’s suggested that 40 per cent of nitrogen dioxide and particulate emissions in London comes from diesel vehicles. Sky News, Sun, and Yahoo! News referred to research by the London Air Quality Network run by King's Environmental Research Group (ERG) when reporting the plans. Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, spoke to BBC Radio 4 Today (07:41) and BBC News Online about air pollution. Daily Mail, Independent, and Evening Standard reported recent findings from ERG. Professor Martin Williams, ERG, spoke to i and Dr Gary Fuller, ERG, spoke to Observer. Dr Fuller also wrote for Guardian.

Theresa May’s White House visit

BBC Radio 4 World at One 27th January 2017

Theresa May has met with President Donald Trump at the White House. Speaking of a speech she gave, Emeritus Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies, said: ‘The key parts of her speech were those where she made her own conservative position...pretty clear, while trying to reach out to republicans.’ (13:08)

Trump and nuclear armament

BBC World Service News-hour Extra 27th January 2017

Dr Robert Downes, War Studies, discussed Donald Trump's policy on nuclear armament. Dr Downes talks about a previous security incident involving the crash of a US plane which was carrying nuclear weapons at the time.

Life prolonging medicine

BBC World Service The Why Factor 27th January 2017

In a discussion on cryonics, Professor Clive Coen, Women's Health, said: 'When we move to large organs, let alone whole bodies or brains, the matter becomes enormously more complicated, not to say implausible.'

Lack of diagnosis of autism in girls - comment from Prof Francesca Happe

BBC Radio 5 Live 26th January 2017

Discussion of lack of diagnosis and false diagnosis of autism in girls, which includes contribution by Professor Francesca Happe from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). She said: "Increasingly we are realising that autism might look somewhat different in girls."

Conscientious workers face exhaustion

King's press release 26th January 2017

Going above and beyond the call of duty comes at a cost to personal well-being and family responsibilities, despite the link between being conscientious at work and career success according to new research from King’s and the University of Bath. Professor Stephen Deery, School of Management and Business, said: ‘At the moment individuals are faced with balancing the benefits of a better appraisal against the cost to health and family time.’ Professor Deery and Professor Janet Walsh, School of Management & Business, also wrote a piece on this for Conversation. This was also reported by Yahoo! News and Daily Star.

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Women take more Oxbridge places

Times 26th January 2017

In a table of Russell Group universities with the biggest gender gap, King’s came second with a men:women ratio of 34:66.

My friend Jo Cox would never want Britain to withdraw from the world - we must be ready to intervene

Telegraph 26th January 2017

Comment piece by Tom Tugendhat MP on military intervention mentions a policy paper that he, Jo Cox MP and Professor John Bew, War Studies, were working on prior to the murder of Ms Cox.

Cardiff University accepts race report after play row

BBC News 25th January 2017

An inquiry was launched at in June last year following reports that face paint was used to impersonate a staff member in a student-led performance at Cardiff University. It caused offence to eight students of African heritage, prompting the review by Prof Dinesh Bhugra from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). Prof Bhugra said: "Whilst the university and School of Medicine did their best to deal with this incident in accordance with its established procedures, our report does highlight a number of specific and overarching issues that the university needs to consider and address." Also reported by Daily Mail.

Binge eating and bulimia can be treated by electrically stimulating parts of brain, study finds

Independent 25th January 2017

Key symptoms of bulimia nervosa, including the urge to binge eat and restrict food intake, are reduced by delivering electricity to parts of the brain using non-invasive brain stimulation, according to new research by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). Maria Kekic said: ‘Our study suggests that a non-invasive brain stimulation technique suppresses the urge to binge eat and reduces the severity of other common symptoms in people with bulimia nervosa, at least temporarily. We think it does this by improving cognitive control over compulsive features of the disorder." Also reported by Daily Mail, i, the Sun, Daily Mirror.

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Interview with Helen Fisher - immersive art exhibition

BBC World Service 25th January 2017

An immersive art exhibition at Copeland gallery in south London aims to challenge people's perceptions of mental health and normality. Includes interview with Dr Helen Fisher from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). She said "So hearing voices and seeing visons and other unusual sensory perceptions is actually very common in the general population."

Brain anatomy impacts personality - Interview with Prof Marco Catani

BBC World News 25th January 2017

Interview with Professor Marco Catani from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). He said: "It started with a man... and a bar went through his brain, and his personality changed as a result of brain injury."

Understanding the role of DNA in criminal investigations

King's press release 25th January 2017

Researchers from King’s working with the European Forensic Genetics Network of Excellence (EUROFORGEN) have launched a guide in partnership with the charity Sense about Science. The guide aims to address misconceptions about DNA analysis and profiling and share exciting new developments in this area. Dr Denise Syndercombe-Court, Reader in Forensic Genetics, and EUROFORGEN researcher, said: ‘We all enjoy a good crime drama and although we understand the difference between fiction and reality, the distinction can often be blurred by overdramatised press reports of real cases.’ She spoke to BBC Radio 4 Today (06:50) about the report.

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Brexit

BBC Radio 5 live Phil Williams 25th January 2017

Labour is demanding Theresa May tells MPs when a white paper on her Brexit policies will be published. Visiting Senior Research Fellow David Cowling, Policy Institute, said: ‘Issuing the paper isn’t a retreat back into a limbo of ‘Will we go or won’t we go?' (16:03)

Anthill 9: When scientists experiment on themselves

The Conversation 25th January 2017

A podcast interviewing researchers who have performed research on themselves. Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, talks about the many diets he's tried and why more people should get on board with testing out different food regimes.

Clean-eating backlash boosts fight against ‘bogus’ nutrition

Evening Standard 25th January 2017

Three King’s students who have called for a ban on unqualified people using the term ‘nutritionist’ say their campaign has been boosted by the backlash against clean eating. Nutrition and dietetics students Elisabeth Cresta, Caroline Day, and Harriet Smith, launched a Fight the Fads petition last year to stop ‘nonsense nutritionists’ giving out 'bogus' advice.

70 years of the "special relationship" between the United States and Britain

Daily Mail 25th January 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet new U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Friday seeking to reinvigorate what London views as the two countries' ‘special relationship’. Professor John Bew, War Studies, said: ‘Unquestionably, this relationship has assumed way more importance than it might have had even a year ago.’ This was also reported by Yahoo News!

Middle and low attainers at GCSE perform worse under a grammar school system, study finds

Times Education Supplement 25th January 2017

A new report from King's analysed GCSE results in two different UK counties. Nuala Burgess, School of Education, Communication & Society, who led the report said: ‘Unlike the pride and enthusiasm that Hampshire mothers take in their schools, the Bucks parents I came across feel anxious and conflicted.’

Bridging the Gulf

Hindu 25th January 2017

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, has written a piece on Indian relations with the United Arab Emirates. 'The Modi government has invested significant diplomatic capital towards strengthening its ties with the UAE,' he said.

Genes determine more than one-third of differences between individuals' online behaviour

Financial Times 24th January 2017

Online media use such as social networking and gaming could be strongly influenced by our genes, according to a new study by researchers from King’s College London. Ziada Ayorech from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: ‘Finding that DNA differences substantially influence how individuals interact with the media puts the consumer in the driver’s seat, selecting and modifying their media exposure according to their needs.' Also reported in The Times, Daily Mail, The Times, The Sun, and Xinhuanet English.

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The five lessons I learned from breaking my smartphone

Guardian 24th January 2017

Article about smartphone use which mentions a study by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and Cardiff University, which looked at children and screen usage, found that sleep can even be significantly disturbed by merely having access to the devices.

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The five lessons I learned from breaking my smartphone

Guardian 24th January 2017

About 2 billion people use smartphones across the globe, with more than half the population in developed countries relying on them daily. A study by King's and Cardiff University, which looked at children and screen usage, found that sleep can be significantly disturbed by merely having access to the devices.

Everyone loses when universities lower their entry requirements

Spectator 24th January 2017

Comment piece on university entry requirements. The article mentions King's in relation to its entry requirement.

Britain's supreme court rules Parliament must have a say on Brexit

Washington Post 24th January 2017

Britain's Supreme Court has ruled that Theresa May must get Parliament to sign off before triggering Britain's exit from the European Union. Commenting, Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, said: 'While this is a major decision in U.K. constitutional history, the political dynamics may mean that the substantive outcome of the U.K. exit from the E.U. is not altered.' His comments were also reported by Associated Press, in a separate piece for Washington Post and Fox News. Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, was also interviewed for Al Jazeera.

Prisons

Globo 24th January 2017

Dr David Skarbek, Political Economy, spoke to Globo about prisons and prison gangs. 'In Los Angeles, gangs in jail have enormous influence on drug trafficking,' he said.

Air pollution

Various media outlets 23rd January 2017

The first 'very high' pollution alert has been issued in London by Mayor Sadiq Khan. The London Air Quality Network run by the Environmental Research Group (ERG) at King's said the cold, calm and settled conditions over the weekend caused a build-up of local emissions from traffic and wood burning, combined with pollution from the continent. Dr Gary Fuller, ERG, wrote a piece for the Guardian on how the UK’s air pollution problem can be solved. He also spoke to BBC Radio 5 live (06:52). Andrew Grieve, ERG, spoke to Buzzfeed and BBC Breakfast. Timothy Baker, ERG, spoke to the Guardian and New Statesman. Other coverage includes ITV News Online, Financial Times, BBC News Online, Evening Standard, Daily Telegraph, Times, Sky News, Daily Mail, Fox news, Globo, AP, International Business Times, WIRED, CNN, Vice, China Daily and many others. Dr Ian Mudway, ERG, spoke to Observer on ‘Space to Breathe’, a two-day exhibition at Somerset House that is hoping to propel the issue of air pollution and public health into the limelight. The ERG will be hosting workshops there.

Trident missile failure: Just how safe is the UK’s nuclear deterrent?

The Conversation 23rd January 2017

Dr Robert Downes, War Studies, has written a piece on the recent Trident missile failure. ‘Without more information, no one should jump to conclusions,’ he said. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, spoke to Sky News. ‘It’s good that they are testing it and it’s good that they are not finding this out in the context of having to use these weapons,' he said.

London's women's march was about more than just Donald Trump

TIME 23rd January 2017

Amy Francombe, a King's undergraduate, is quoted in an article having participated in a march against Donald Trump.

Gambia

BBC World Service 23rd January 2017

Professor Funmi Olonisakin, African Leadership Centre, comments on the ongoing political situation in Gambia. 'I think we need to put everything in context here. We had a...president who was not about to leave power any time soon...no military operation is completely devoid of casualties, so having an agreement that give Yahya Jammeh the incentive to get out of the Gambia...was about the only alternative to save lives,' she said.

How music affects the brain

Guardian 22nd January 2017

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery director, explains that music and dance can help patients with restricted movement dance and those without speech to sing. ‘Evidence suggests music and dance have therapeutic value for patients with Parkinson’s disease, inspiring them to perform movements which they normally can’t do,’ he said.

Study linking Roundup to serious disease fuels debate

Al Jazeera 22nd January 2017

Article discussing recent research from King's, which looked at potential health hazards to people caused by exposure to Roundup, a widely-used herbicide.

A maths school in every city: Theresa May announces new technical training drive to prepare country for Brexit

Various media outlets 21st January 2017

Theresa May announced plans to create a specialist maths school in every British city. The King’s Maths School and Exeter Maths School will be taken as models. This was reported by Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times, Sun, Times Higher Education, a separate piece for Times Higher Education and Sunday Mirror. The Economist also ran an in-depth article discussing the King’s Maths School.

After meeting leading bankers in Davos, will Theresa May be able to limit job moves out of the City?

City A.M. 20th January 2017

Professor Jonathan Portes, Political Economy, answers ‘Yes’ in the debate. ‘London – with its history, infrastructure, skills and other advantages – will almost certainly continue to be a global hub for finance,’ he said.

Would 'YOU' be safe? Terrifying interactive map shows which areas would be affected if a nuclear bomb was dropped

Daily Mail 20th January 2017

An interactive map shows which areas would be affected if a nuclear bomb was dropped. Dr Daniel Salisbury, War Studies, said that following the fallout people should evacuate the area and flee as far as possible from 'military installations, high population areas and centres of industry.'

Heartburn pills tied to serious bacterial infections

Reuters 20th January 2017

A Scottish study suggests that people who take popular heartburn pills may be more likely to develop intestinal infections than people who don't take these medications. Dr Claire Steves, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, who was not involved in the study, said: 'Some patients will gain clear benefits from PPIs as they have stomach problems, such as ulcers which will heal better with less acid.'

Pollution warning as London air quality alerts are issued

Various media alerts 19th January 2017

Air quality alerts have been issued by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. King's London Air Quality Network (LAQN) forecasted pollution levels to reach ‘high’ levels by Thursday evening with no clearance ‘at least until the weekend’. This was reported by BBC News, City A.M, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Associated Press, ABC, International New York Times, and Washington Post. BBC News Online also mentioned the City Air app, produced by King's and the City of London Corporation, which allows Londoners to see pollution levels on their journeys through the city. In a separate Evening Standard piece, Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group (ERG), commented on increasing trends seen in those buying homes looking to avoid pollution.

Pakistanis warn of nuclear strike if India attacks

Financial Times 19th January 2017

Pakistani officials have threatened to use the country’s nuclear weapons should India invade, after India’s new army chief admitted to secret military plans for attacking its neighbour in the event of a crisis. Dr Walter Ladwig, International Relations, said: ‘Reviving cold start — if that is what has happened — certainly escalates the rhetoric, and may raise unrealistic expectations domestically about India’s ability to respond to a new terror attack.’

Isis carries out mass executions in Palmyra's ancient ruins after retaking Syrian city

Independent 19th January 2017

Isis has carried out a new wave of executions in the ancient ruins of Palmyra after re-taking the symbolic Syrian city. Dr Jean-Marc Rickli, Defence Studies, said: ‘Isis has sent a signal that they’re not dead.’

Letters: Not forgotten

Times Higher Education 19th January 2017

A letter about the removal of Lord Carey from the Strand windows by Professor Ed Byrne, President and Principal.

How George Washington made America great again

The Conversation 19th January 2017

Dr Max Edling, History, has written a piece on George Washington's Presidency of the USA. ‘The US under Washington consistently and scrupulously adhered to the international law of nations,’ he said.

Clean eating

BBC Radio 5 19th January 2017

Sophie Medlin, Nutrition, is interviewed as part of a discussion on clean eating trends. She said: ‘We haven’t got any studies to prove that it’s helpful and there’s definitely no formal definition of what it is.’ (18:40)

New Silk Road? First freight train from China arrives in London

Washington Post 19th January 2017

The first direct freight train service from China to Britain arrived in London, marking closer trade ties with Europe along a 'modern-day Silk road.' Commenting, Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, European & International Studies, said: 'Economically its significance is still quite small. But politically it's very significant because China wants to show it is connecting directly with Europe.' These comments were also reported by Yahoo, Deccan Chronicle, NDTV and South China Morning Post. Dr Sam Beatson, Lau China Institute, also spoke on this topic for BBC News.

Brexit: Five obstacles facing the UK plan to leave the European Union

BBC World Mundo 19th January 2017

Professor Takis Tridimas, Law, commented on the legal negotiations underpinning the UK's exit from the European Union. 'The two agreements are governed by different procedures...(and) the deadline is quite optimistic,' he said.

For better vision, let the sunshine in

New York Times 19th January 2017

A recent study suggests a lack of direct sunlight may reshape the human eye and impair vision, Researcher's from King's and other institutions found strong correlations between current eyesight and volunteers' lifetime exposure to sunlight.

Can you hear flashes of light?

Daily Mail 18th January 2017

Some people have the ability to 'hear what they see,' assigning subliminal sounds to silent visual cues. A new study published to the journal Consciousness and Cognition by researchers from City University and King's College in London, has found that roughly one in five people experience auditory sensations when viewing silent stimuli, suggesting it's far more common than previously thought.

Joint university and KCLSU statement on TEF

King's press release 18th January 2017

King’s College London and King’s College London Students’ Union have released a joint statement on the Teaching Excellence Framework.

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Tummy treatment: What is the low FODMAP diet, how does it work, is it safe and are there any success stories?

Sun 18th January 2017

Article on the low FODMAP diet, which was developed by a team at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and has now been successfully adapted in the UK by researchers at King’s and implemented at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London.

Davos 2017

Telegraph 18th January 2017

Live updates on the World Economic Forum 2017. Speaking of Russia's campaign of propaganda and cyber-warfare, Emeritus Professor Lawrence Freedman, War Studies, said: ‘Cyber-attacks don't control territories. They're supplements, not the real thing. They don't really move anything on.’

China's Xi preaches merits of saving globalisation

Wall Street Journal 18th January 2017

With increasing doubts on the merits of globalisation in the U.S. and in the West, Chinese president Xi Jinping issued a defense of international trade and economic integration. Commenting on how this compares to Donald Trump's views on foreign competitions and tariffs, Professor Lawrence Freedman, War Studies, said: 'Here, we have the global elite embracing Xi as the anti-Trump.'

As Donald Trump takes over, a diminished ISIS awaits

CNN 18th January 2017

A study by the Combating Terrorism Center suggests a significant drop in media output by ISIS. Commenting, Charlie Winter, ICSR, said: 'There's no question that the number of video productivity has been crippled. What was a steady two or three a day is now one a week.'

Study reveals for first time that talking therapy changes the brain's wiring

BBC Radio 4 Today 17th January 2017

A new study from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has shown for the first time that talking therapy strengthens specific connections in the brains of people with psychosis, and that these stronger connections are associated with long-term reduction in symptoms and recovery eight years later. Dr Liam Mason from the IoPPN said: 'This research challenges the notion that the existence of physical brain differences in mental health disorders somehow makes psychological factors or treatments less important.' Also reported by Huffington Post and Voice of America.

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Mental Health: A Political Vote Loser Or Vote Winner?

Huffington post 17th January 2017

By Graham Thornicroft, Professor at the Centre for Global Mental Health (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London). Until recently it was received political wisdom that mental health issues should remain silent at election time - because there were no votes to be had there. Graham discusses his argument made in his book about stigma ‘Shunned’, research studies all across the world have shown that the most common reaction of people with mental illness is concealment.

Natural selection making 'education genes' rarer, says Icelandic study

Guardian 17th January 2017

Tempting as it may be, it would be wrong to claim that with each generation humans are becoming more stupid. As scientists are often so keen to point out, it is a bit more complicated than that. A study from Iceland is the latest to raise the prospect of a downwards spiral into imbecility. The research from deCODE, a genetics firm in Reykjavik, finds that groups of genes that predispose people to spend more years in education became a little rarer in the country from 1910 to 1975. Robert Plomin, a behavioural geneticist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, said: “They have already changed science and will soon affect the clinic and society. Although the effect of the polygenic score for educational attainment on fertility is weak and needs replication in populations other than Iceland, this study is a harbinger for the new directions in research that will be possible as bigger and better polygenic scores come online."

With more and more veterans suffering from PTSD, help us to heal the troops with wounds you can’t see

The Sun 17th January 2017

Help For Heroes exec Melanie Waters reveals why it's high time we started talking positively about mental health and our Armed Forces. The article cites recent research by the institute of psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London that shows that of the 757,000 regulars from 1991 to 2014, at least 66,000 will need some kind of support with mental or physical health needs in the years to come.

Netflix: is it every student’s worst addiction?

Guardian 17th January 2017

Article on the addictiveness of TV subscription services. Sally Marlow, public engagement fellow in the addictions department of King's College London, is quoted in the article. She said: “Everyone is familiar with these self-indulgent behaviours. We have friends that eat too much, or have an extra pint at the pub, but these are not necessarily addictions. It is easy to say: ‘I am addicted to chocolate’ or: ‘I am addicted to Netflix,’ but that most certainly does not mean it is true.”

Study reveals for first time that talking therapy changes the brain's wiring

King's press release 17th January 2017

A new study from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has shown for the first time that talking therapy strengthens specific connections in the brains of people with psychosis, and that these stronger connections are associated with long-term reduction in symptoms and recovery eight years later. Dr Liam Mason, IoPPN, said: 'This research challenges the notion that the existence of physical brain differences in mental health disorders somehow makes psychological factors or treatments less important.' Reported by BBC Radio 4 Today, Huffington Post and Voice of America.

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Theresa May on Brexit

Various media outlets 17th January 2017

King’s academics spoke across multiple news platforms in reaction to Theresa May’s speech on Brexit. UK in a Changing Europe, based at King's is mentioned in an article on NBC; comments by Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, were reported by Al Jazeera; Professor Jonathan Portes, Political Economy, spoke to Independent - his comments were also picked up in another piece for Independent; and Professor Anand Menon, European and International Studies, spoke to BBC News.

Brexit economic expert says it's a 'fantasy' immigration rule changes will help businesses

Independent 17th January 2017

Professor Jonathan Portes, Political Economy, has warned that British businesses face a ‘significant’ new red tape burden after Brexit because of potential changes to immigration rules. ‘It's foolish to ignore the very real practical problems that are likely to hit us in the short term,' he said.

Student unions recruit 'working class officers' to bridge working and middle class divide on campus

Daily Telegraph 17th January 2017

Article reports that student unions are recruiting working class ‘officers’ to represent poorer undergraduates whose voices are drowned out by their affluent peers. It is mentioned that King’s has a working class officer. This was also reported by Times and Huffington Post UK.

Can you hear flashes of light? Take the synaesthesia test that researchers say affects one in five of us

Daily Mail 17th January 2017

Researchers from King’s and City University have found that a phenomenon dubbed 'visually-evoked auditory response' (V-EAR) allows people to link visual experiences with sound.

Why January 2017 is a watershed moment for film

The Conversation 17th January 2017

Article on anticipated changes to cinema in the coming year and beyond, co-written by Dr Sarah Atkinson, Culture, Media & Creative Industries. ‘The demand for live, new, experiential cinema is growing, partly in response to online file sharing,’ she said.

Inspirational women

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour 17th January 2017

Emeritus Professor MM McCabe, Philosophy, is interviewed as part of the Chain series of interviews, having been nominated by Mary Beard. (10:24)

Why making languages non-compulsory at GCSE is a step backwards

Telegraph 17th January 2017

Article on language teaching at GCSE level by final year student Ellie Osborne, Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies. ‘Knowledge of languages and international experiences and a cosmopolitan outlook, is and will continue to be essential to young people's education, and consequently to Britain's place in the world,’ she said.

US should build better cars to secure more sales

Financial Times 17th January 2017

Emeritus Professor Chris Hamnett, Geography, has written a letter in light of Donald Trump’s comments that more German cars are sold in the US than American cars are sold in Germany. ‘Most American cars are large but poorly designed and underpowered, fuel-guzzling tanks that are not marketed or built outside the US. If the US built better cars maybe someone outside the US would buy them,’ he said.

Jeremy Heywood, right-hand person to four prime ministers, still the central cog in the Whitehall machine

Independent 17th January 2017

Article written by Visting Professor John Rentoul, Policy Institute, about the launch of Ian Beesley's book, ‘The Official History of the Cabinet Secretaries’, which took place at King’s with the Strand group on Monday.

Why we need to collaborate with ‘generation snowflake’ to improve universities

The Conversation 17th January 2017

Article on how collaboration between universities and students could improve higher education quotes Professor Alison Wolf, School of Management and Business.

Who is hungrier: Trump or China?

CNN 17th January 2017

Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, has written a piece on the emergence of China as champions of globalisation. 'This year is the first that a Chinese president has graced the Alps elite enclave of Davos...the symbolism is heavy,' he said. Professor Brown also spoke on this topic for Voice of America.

Brazil misses 'showcase' of Davos

BBC Brazil 17th January 2017

Five years after it was lauded at Davos as a powerful emerging market, Professor Anthony Pereira, King's Brazil Institute, commented on shifting perceptions of Brazil, now in the midst of an economic crisis. 'On the streets there were advertisements everywhere and the most popular countries were Brazil and India,' he said.

Schizophrenia could be linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes

Hindustan Times 16th January 2017

People with schizophrenia are at an increased risk of developing diabetes, even when the effects of antipsychotic drugs, diet and exercise are adjusted for, a new study has found. Researchers from King's College London examined whether diabetes risk is already present in people at the onset of schizophrenia, before antipsychotics have been prescribed and before a prolonged period of illness that may be associated with poor lifestyle habits - such as poor diet and sedentary behaviour. Toby Pillinger from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, said: “Our study highlights the importance of considering physical health at the onset of schizophrenia, and calls for a more holistic approach to its management, combining physical and mental healthcare.” Also reported by The Conversation, India Today, NDTV, the Economic Times, and Science Daily.

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Interview with Neil Greenberg

BBC Radio 4 16th January 2017

Interview with Neil Greenberg is a Professor of defence mental health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London

New ‘academy’ to improve nursing of digestive problems

Nursing Times 16th January 2017

A new gastrointestinal academy has been launched at St Thomas' Hospital in London to help nurses expand their knowledge of digestive health and treatment. Nurses will be able to gain four awards through the academy with some of them contributing to an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in Clinical Nursing Practice or Advanced Clinical Nursing Practice at King's.

Hard Brexit will need longer transition for businesses, City policy chief warns

City A.M. 16th January 2017

The Square Mile will need a longer transition if Theresa May pursues a so-called Hard Brexit, City policy chairman Mark Boleat has warned. Delivering a lecture at King's, Boleat said that any deal with the EU must include time for business to adapt. This was also reported by Evening Standard, along with an excerpt of the lecture.

Swedish minister 'shocked' by xenophobia towards Swedes in UK

Guardian 16th January 2017

Article on the Swedish government's approach to Brexit includes comment from student Caroline Brodde, Political Economy. Speaking to Ann Linde, the Swedish minister for EU affairs and trade, she said: ‘Now you have to consider a multiple of outcomes, you have to realise that you may not be able to live in London and have to consider, do I live in Berlin or somewhere else?.’

The African towns falling into decline and poverty after mining companies use resources then exit

The Conversation 16th January 2017

Article by Visiting Research Associate Penda Diallo, African Leadership Centre, on the impact of mining and the behaviour of some of the sector's companies in African towns. ‘In order to avoid further clashes with local communities, mining companies such as CBG urgently need to work together with the state to ensure that profits from mining benefit all,’ she said.

Cuarteto Casals - Mozart's Haydn Quartets

BBC Radio 3 Radio 3 in Concert 16th January 2017

Interview with Professor Cliff Eisen, Music, discussing a series of Mozart quartets. He said: ‘I think that what really distinguishes the six quartets dedicated to Haydn is Mozart’s sense of how to use texture.’ (20:48)

Trump's deal threats hang over Iran's election

Bloomberg 16th January 2017

Donald Trump's threats to dismantle a 2015 nuclear deal comes months in advance of Iran's presidential elections. Discussing Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Dina Esfandiary, War Studies, said: 'The way people see it, the deal aside, he hasn't really delivered that much.' These comments were also reported by Yahoo.

A study in contrast

Hindu 16th January 2017

Professor Sunil Khilnani, India Institute, spoke at a panel on Indian history and his book Incarnations: A history of India in Fifty Lives. 'I moved away from taking a human life and upsizing, and tried to re-humanise these figures, often those who were not very triumphant,' he said.

My cure for depression is cheap and tasty with chips

Sunday Times 15th January 2017

Could there be a deliciously simple solution to the epidemic of mental illness that even the prime minister acknowledged last week? The answer may be on our plates. The article notes the research of Carmine Pariante, professor of biological psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London.

Mental health is suffering more than ever in the deepening NHS crisis

Independent 15th January 2017

Collection of letters discussing a variety of topics, including a letter discussing mental health by Dr Philip Timms FRCPsych, honorary senior lecturer, at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, KCL.

Star turn: Tricks of the brain on seeing the night sky

Guardian 15th January 2017

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery director, explains why we see more stars the longer we look at the sky. ‘The stars only appear brighter because you’re out for longer; the chemistry of your retina changes allowing your eyes to become dark adapted,’ he said.

‘These rock star clerics on Twitter need to reach out’

Guardian 15th January 2017

Interview with Omar Saif Ghobash, who sits on the ICSR advisory board.

Dirt is your friend

Times 15th January 2017

Article discussing disease. Dr Tim Tree, Immunology, said: ‘There’s something like a doubling of the risk of type 1 diabetes if you’re born by C-section.’

Culture art and soul

Sunday Times 15th January 2017

List of cultural events around the world this year, featuring the opera in Munich and Bregenz, led by Professor John Deathridge, Music.

Just be yourself, boys and girls, in case you grow out of wanting to change sex

Sunday Times 15th January 2017

Article discussing transgender children mentions the gender-neutral toilets at King’s.

Indoor kids risk life of specs

Sunday Times 15th January 2017

Britain is experiencing an epidemic of myopia, with 27% of adults and 20% of teenagers under 16 diagnosed and numbers likely to rise further, scientists have warned. A study from King’s, looking at 60,000 people across Europe, suggested 47% of 25 to 29-year-olds suffer from myopia. This was also reported by Daily Mail and Daily Express.

'Kompromat' and the danger of doubt and confusion in a democracy

New York Times 15th January 2017

Article discussing debate around an unverified dossier that contained salacious claims about Donald J. Trump, quotes a tweet by Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies. Professor Rid also spoke to BBC World News on this topic.

‘I am at the height of my powers’

Times 14th January 2017

Interview with hypnotist Paul McKenna references a study that he worked on with King’s.

'NHS is in crisis...my party leadership is sending completely the wrong message'

Times 14th January 2017

Interview with Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston, Alumna.

The Greatness of King George: Royal archives prove monarch was 'not a nincompoop'

Telegraph 14th January 2017

Article on the Georgian Papers programme, a collaboration between King’s and the Royal Archives to make the complete collection of King George III's papers available online.

'Enormous danger' 10,000 leave Europe to rape and murder for ISIS, security chief warns

Daily Express 14th January 2017

Article notes that Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), has been appointed as an OSCE Special Representative on Countering Radicalisation and Violent Extremism.

Multiplex Disorder

Guardian 13th January 2017

M Night Shyamalan's new movie, Split, stars James McAvoy as a man with 23 personalities. Cinema still hasn't moved on from the stigma of Psycho, says Steve Rose. Movies such as Split can be extremely damaging, argues Dr Simone Reinders, a neuroscientist studying DID at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London in collaboration with universities in the Netherlands.

Mental illness is at last getting the attention, if not the money, it needs

The Economist 13th January 2017

In 2012 the Health and Social Care Act created a legal responsibility for the government to give the same priority to mental health as it gives to physical health. Now the prime minister, Theresa May, has added her voice. The fact that the prime minister herself has chosen to highlight the issue marks an important step, says Graham Thornicroft of King's College London.

Older mothers more likely to face birth complications

King's press release 13th January 2017

Pregnant women over 35 years old are more likely to have complications at birth due to delayed and longer labour stages, according to new research from King’s. Using mouse models, researchers found that maternal age influences the structure of the uterus. This was reported by Sun.

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Take it on trust... game-playing with ecstasy

Metro 13th January 2017

An experiment involving a trust game has helped explain why the drug ecstasy makes users feel that everyone is their friend. Researcher Anthony Gabay from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) believed that investigating how it affects us could help us understand depression and schizophrenia. He said: "They were nice but not stupid."

Dr Holger Hestermeyer Specialist Advisor to House of Lords Sub-Committee

King's press release 13th January 2017

Dr Holger Hestermeyer, Law, has been appointed as Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee. Commenting, he said: ‘I welcome the opportunity to advise the Committee on the complex legal challenges Brexit poses in the area of trade law.’

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What to know about Christopher Steele, alleged author of the Trump dossier?

TIME 13th January 2017

Dr Tim Stevens, War Studies, discussed the actions of intelligence firms, in relation to the company behind the unverified Trump dossier. 'If a client wants some plausible deniability, you don’t want to reveal your sources and methods outside the individual investigator itself,' he said.

Parkinson’s ‘game changer’ – New research says it starts in the gut and NOT the brain

Daily Express 12th January 2017

Scientists have performed a complete about turn on the thinking on the causes of Parkinson's disease, saying the condition may be caused by damage to the gut rather than the brain. Sébastien Paillusson of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London said:"It could be that having the wrong bacteria in your gut triggers inflammation. We know that inflammation makes synuclein more likely to aggregate.”

Centre Director is Special Rep on radicalisation

King's press release 12th January 2017

Professor Peter Neumann, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), has been appointed Special Representative on Countering Violent Radicalisation to the Office of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE).

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Calls for curbs on traffic after 10 days of smog left 300 dead

Times 12th January 2017

In light of the news that smog during the spring of 2014 in the UK killed 300 people in ten days, there have been calls for restrictions on cars during future periods of high air pollution. Dr Gary Fuller, ERG, said: ‘Elsewhere in Europe cities are developing specific policies to reduce emissions and protect their residents during these periods.’ This was also reported by Daily Mail.

How China rules the waves

Financial Times 12th January 2017

Article on the maritime power of China. Since 2010, Chinese and Hong Kong companies have completed or announced deals involving at least 40 port projects worth a total of about $45.6bn, according to a study by Dr Sam Beatson, Lau China Institute and Jim Coke, Lau China Institute, in co-operation with the Financial Times.

Schizophrenia could directly increase risk of diabetes

King's press release 11th January 2017

People with early schizophrenia are at an increased risk of developing diabetes, even when the effects of antipsychotic drugs, diet and exercise are taken out of the equation, according to analysis by researchers from King’s. Lead author Dr Toby Pillinger, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, wrote a piece on this for Conversation.

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Brexit: UK contributions to EU 'could continue' after exit

BBC News Online 11th January 2017

The UK may have to contribute to the EU's budget after leaving unless a deal is done, peers have been told. Professor Takis Tridimas, Law, told the Lords EU Financial Affairs sub-committee that the UK had signed up to commitments under the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MAFF), which was unanimously agreed by member states in 2013, until 2020. ‘MAFF can be revised and I think Brexit is grounds for revision,’ he told peers.

What China’s rising cinematic influence means for Hollywood

i 11th January 2017

Next month, fantasy blockbuster The Great Wall will hit cinemas in the US and Europe.
Starring Matt Damon, it is the first English-language film by Chinese director Zhang Yimou, and the most expensive movie ever shot in China. Commenting on this joint Hollywood and Chinese venture, Professor Chris Berry, Film Studies, said: ‘Popular discourse tends to talk in terms of national rivalry. But what casting Matt Damon in The Great Wall is about is working together.’

North Korean test missiles

BBC World Service 11th January 2017

The American Secretary of Defence has said that any North Korean test missile that threatened American bases or territory of its allies would be shot down. Commenting, Dr Heather Williams, War Studies, said: 'So much of nuclear strategy is about signalling, and what type of message you are sending.' This was also reported by BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight (22:21) and BBC News Online.

China, fanning patriotism, adds six years to war with Japan in history books

New York Times 11th January 2017

Chinese authorities announced textbooks on the country's conflict with Japan, known outside China as the Second Sino-Japanese War, are to be rewritten, lengthening the conflict by six years. Commenting on the revision, Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, said: 'It demonstrates this continuing keenness by the party now to seek sources of legitimacy wherever it can...and reveals more insecurity than real strength.'

One blunt heckler has revealed just how much the UK economy is failing us

Guardian 10th January 2017

Article on Brexit and the economy mentions a debate which Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, took part in before the referendum.

What is Tor? Here’s what you need to know

Metro 10th January 2017

‘Tor’ is free PC software used for anonymous communication online – but is probably best known as the way to access ‘dark web’ sites. Up to 57% of the ‘hidden’ sites accessible via Tor are used for crime, such as drugs, stolen cards and child porn, according to King’s researchers.

How to live a long, happy life according to the world's oldest people

Independent 10th January 2017

Article on healthy living. Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, said: ‘We are all unique in our microbes, which explains why we respond differently to foods.’

CityAir

Time Out 10th January 2017

King's and the City of London Corporation have developed an app called ‘City Air’, a guide to getting around London in the healthiest way possible by avoiding air pollution.

History lesson: Mao remarks get Chinese professor fired

Wall Street Journal 10th January 2017

A Chinese professor who posted critical remarks about Mao Zedong on social media has been fired by his university. Commenting on the issue, Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, said: 'There's been a significant tightening of what people can say, particularly in public. To speak about historical figures like Mao has become more sensitive than it was five or 10 years ago.'

UK university students want to decolonise syllabus

India Today 10th January 2017

The Students Union at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has called for famous Greek philosophers to be replaced by philosophers from Asia or Africa. The article notes briefly that King's People of Colour Association has come out in support of SOAS. This was also reported by Deccan Herald, The Hindu and The Indian Express.

Sixty seconds on...diet drinks

British Medical Journal 10th January 2017

A recent commentary in PLOS Medicine warns that there is scant evidence that so called diet drinks help people lose weight and that they should not be recommended as part of a healthy diet. Emeritus Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences, said that pronouncements that reduced sugar or sugar free drinks should not be promoted as part of a healthy diet seem ‘unwarranted and likely to add to public confusion'.

Young people live in fear of the future

Daily Mirror 9th January 2017

Political upheaval and fears about job prospects have left young people at their least confident in almost a decade, a report shows today. Prof Louise ­Arseneault, mental health leadership fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, believes the report shows a "big shift" in attitudes. Also reported by the Sunday Times, Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph.

Your choice of life patner is no accident

Science 9th January 2017

Chances are, you're going to marry someone a lot like you. Similar intelligence, similar height, similar body weight. A new study of tens of thousands of married couples suggests that this isn't an accident. Robert Plomin, a behavioral geneticist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, adds that new research suggests humans with autism, schizophrenia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder tend to marry each other, and that the new method can explore whether those choices, too, are rooted in DNA.

Natural tooth repair method, using Alzheimer's drug, could revolutionise dental treatments

Various media outlets 9th January 2017

A new method of stimulating the renewal of living stem cells in tooth pulp using an Alzheimer’s drug, has been discovered by a team of researchers at King’s. Professor Paul Sharpe, Dental Institute, said: ‘The simplicity of our approach makes it ideal as a clinical dental product for the natural treatment of large cavities, by providing both pulp protection and restoring dentine.’ Professor Sharpe spoke to BBC Radio 4 (18:24) and Sky News. This was widely reported by Daily Telegraph, BBC News Online, Independent, Daily Mirror, Metro, Sun, Guardian, Daily Mail, Times, i, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC 1 News, Times of India, Indian Express, India Today, Hindustan Times, CBS, Xinhua, Globo, BBC World Service, Deccan Chronicle and Fox News, among many others.

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Zero-hours contracts 'trapping young people in homelessness', charity warns

Independent 9th January 2017

Zero-hours contracts are trapping young people in homelessness, a leading charity has warned. It is mentioned that research by King’s, which analysed people’s lives five years after leaving homelessness, found that the ex-homeless on casual or zero-hours contracts received a lower median (average) income than even the unemployed.

NHS using Schwartz scheme to aid staff wellbeing rather than just care

Nursing Times 9th January 2017

Comment on ‘Schwartz Rounds’, a staff initiative that sees professionals meet and discuss the emotional side to their work. This is being used in England on the basis that it helps workers’ wellbeing rather than solely improving care for patients as was originally intended, research from King’s has suggested.

Britain's most used pesticide is linked to a serious liver disease which can be fatal, shocking new study claims

Daily Mail 9th January 2017

A weed killer commonly used on UK food crops and gardens has been linked to a serious liver disease by King’s research. Minute quantities of glyphosate, sold under the brand name Roundup by Monsanto, are suggested to have caused a fatty liver disease in a feeding study using rats. Lead author Dr Michael Antoniou, Medical & Molecular Genetics, spoke to BBC Radio 4 (05:53).

Why China is so rattled over Taiwan leader's visit to Houston

Vice US 9th January 2017

An editorial published in Chinese state-run publication Global Times warned US Presidential-elect Donald Trump of ramifications should he abandon the long-standing 'One China' policy towards Taiwan. Commenting on a recent visit by Taiwan's President to the U.S, Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, said: 'There's a long history of them complaining of these kinds of visits, but this time the context makes it particularly difficult.'

Poor students get easier entry into university

Times 8th January 2017

Leading universities are planning to lower entry requirements for more working-class applicants. The article mentions recent plans by King's.

Universities warned over 'snowflake' student demands

Telegraph 8th January 2017

Article on proposed reforms to higher education, which include placing student satisfaction at the heart of a new ranking system. An amendment from Lord Stevenson is co-signed by Professor Alison Wolf, School of Management and Business, among others. Professor Wolf, said: ‘Universities are increasingly nervous about doing anything that will create overt dissatisfaction among students because they are being told that student satisfaction is key.’ She spoke to BBC Radio 5 live (23:49), and the story was reported by Evening Standard, BBC News, and Times Higher Education Supplement.

WHO Director-General candidates: where does mental health feature?

Lancet 7th January 2017

Letter regarding the election of a new Director-General of WHO, from Petra C Gronholm, Crick Lund, and Graham Thornicroft, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London.

Russian interference in US Presidential Election

BBC World News 7th January 2017

Dr Tim Stevens, War Studies, comments on a report describing Russian interference in the US elections. ‘The US intelligence community have come together in a coordinated fashion to make a particular point, which is that Vladimir Putin ordered information operations against Clinton, for Trump, to disrupt the US Presidential election process.

This robot show pushes all the right buttons

Times 7th January 2017

Article on the Science Museum’s ‘Robots’ exhibition features Inkha, a robotic receptionist at King’s from 2003 to 2014. This was also reported by Telegraph, Nature and on CNN.

Royal Mail postmen are delivering vast amounts of drugs bought on the dark web every day

Daily Mail 6th January 2017

Huge amounts of drugs are being delivered by Royal Mail every day in the UK, an investigation revealed today. Dr Adam Winstock, from the National Addictions Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (King's College London), said millions of pounds of drugs are bought online every day.

Brixton Road becomes first place in London to breach Nitrogen dioxide limits

King's press release 6th January 2017

Data from the Environmental Research Group (ERG) has shown Brixton Road has become the first place in London to breach objectives for nitrogen dioxide for 2017. Dr Gary Fuller, ERG, said: ‘While public attention will focus on today’s result from Brixton Road, it is important to note that the majority of main roads in London regularly breach legal values for nitrogen dioxide.’ This was also reported by Times.

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Now experts say: Don't delay giving your baby peanuts

Daily Mail 6th January 2017

Babies should start eating peanut-containing foods as early as four months old, according to new guidelines. Dr Stephen Tilles, of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, praised the Learning Early About Peanut allergy study (Leap) led by King’s and Southampton University as having ‘paved the way for the updated guidelines.’ The Leap study was also mentioned in a Daily Telegraph article.

London exceeds annual pollution limit – just days into 2017

Various media outlets 6th January 2017

London has already exceeded pollution guidelines for the whole of 2017 just days into the year. Monitoring by the London Air project at King’s showed that levels had been breached by 9pm on Thursday 5th January. This was reported by Metro, ITV News, Evening Standard, BBC News, Guardian, i, Independent, New Scientist, Wired, Times, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Buzzfeed and CNN.

Space optimist

New Scientist 6th January 2017

Article on the writer Arthur C Clarke, Alumna.

Cycle masks

BBC Radio 4 You & Yours 6th January 2017

A feature on the benefits of wearing anti-pollution masks in order to prevent respiratory illness. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group (ERG), said: ‘I have a worry that if we end up having all our cyclists and people who are on these busy routes protecting themselves individually, it will be less of an incentive for government to actually take the root source of the problem to task.’ (12:51)

US Presidential election

BBC Two Newsnight 6th January 2017

US intelligence chiefs have released their report on what they believe to be Russian interference in the US Presidential election. Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, said: ‘We know from history and this is a very long history...that the Russia intelligence community has honed its skills in driving wedges into the political systems of its adversaries.’ (03:47) Professor Rid also spoke to BBC Radio 4 (13:19) and his tweet was quoted by New York Times.

Gut instinct: Why more fat may be the best way to lose weight

Financial Times 6th January 2017

Article exploring the benefits of eating fat. Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, said: ‘If eating saturated fat is so bad, why do the French, who every day eat much more of it than the Anglo-Saxons, suffer from less than a third the rate of heart disease of Brits?’

Autism diagnosis may raise eyebrows

Metro 5th January 2017

Computer analysis of facial expressions and head movements may help diagnose autism. However, Eric Taylor of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London said the best approach is still observing children in everyday surroundings.

Computer uses facial cues to spot if people have autism

New Scientist 5th January 2017

An algorithm that analyses facial expressions and head movements could help doctors diagnose autism-like conditions and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Eric Taylor at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London welcomes the potential of this as a diagnostic tool for these conditions. But he says the best approach is still observing children in everyday surroundings.

Genetics play a significant role in immunity

King's press release 5th January 2017

Nearly three quarters of immune traits are influenced by genes, new research from King’s reveals. Dr Massimo Mangino, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, said: ‘This discovery could have a significant impact in treating a number of autoimmune diseases.’ Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, said: ‘Our results surprisingly showed how most immune responses are genetic, very personalised and finely tuned.’

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Shakespeare’s medical knowledge

BBC Radio 4 Frontrow 5th January 2017

Interview with Dr Anna Maerker, History, about historical references to medicine in the works of Shakespeare. Speaking of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, she said: ‘All the fairies are named after substances that were considered to have medicinal properties by Elizabethans.’ (19:37).

Interview with Katherine Grainger

Times Higher Education Supplement 5th January 2017

Interview with rower Katherine Grainger, Alumna and Fellow.

New Year's Honours

King's press release 4th January 2017

A number of King's staff and alumni have been recognised in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list, including Professor Ghulam Mufti, Haemato-Oncology (OBE), Jenny Waldman, a Member of the Circle of Cultural Fellows (CBE), Emeritus Professor Sir Cyril Chantler, Guy's, King's, and St Thomas's Medical School (GBE), Former Vice-Principal at King’s Professor Barry Ife (Knighthood), Alumna and Fellow Dr Katherine Jane Grainger (Damehood), Fellow Sir Richard Eyre (CH) and Honorary Fellow Antony Beevor (Knighthood). Professor Mufti’s honour was also reported by Times Higher Education Supplement.

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A wake-up call to the world from central Asia’s jihadists

Times 4th January 2017

Article on the emergence of jihadists in Central Asia. Charlie Winter, ICSR, said: ‘I think the central Asian population [of fighters] is really going to come into its own in the next few years.’

GST and demonetisation - how Modi the 'economic reformer' got back in the groove

Daily Mail 4th January 2017

Article written by Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, on the decision by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to nullify Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, and replace them with newly designed, more secure Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes. ‘This scheme is perhaps one of the most far-reaching policy decisions taken by any Indian government in recent years,’ he said.

Brexit, Trump and ‘post-truth’: the science of how we become entrenched in our views

The Conversation 4th January 2017

Dr Kris De Meyer, IoPPN, has written an article on how people come to hold differing views. ‘It is no coincidence that people on opposite ends of a polarised debate judge each other in similar terms. Our social brains predispose us to it,’ he said. This was also published by Daily Mail.

Slavery trafficking victims crippled by fear in UK

Al Jazeera 3rd January 2017

Saved from grips of being trafficked into modern-day slavery, victims suffer severe trauma and struggle to move on. A report published this year by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London found some 40 percent of male victims reported high levels of depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Could you benefit from boredom?

US News 3rd January 2017

Article discussing proneness to bordeom, including comment from Wijnand van Tilburg, a lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. Wijnand van Tilburg said: “People who get easily bored are more likely to be depressed, anxious and violent. They eat less healthy, are more likely to drop out of school and may engage in dangerous behavior, such as joy riding or pathological gambling,”

King's Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3

King's press release 3rd January 2017

On Wednesday 4 January 2017 the regular weekly broadcast of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3 (15:30) was a service for Epiphany from the Chapel of King’s. The service followed the journey from Christmas to Epiphany, through music and readings recorded onsite at King’s in December. The upcoming broadcast was mentioned the week before on BBC Radio 3 (15:57).

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Quitting the customs union could bring 400k jobs to the UK, Brexit campaigners say

Various media outlets 3rd January 2017

Quitting the customs union could generate almost 400,000 jobs in the UK thanks to new free trade deals, Change Britain, a pro-Brexit campaign group has claimed. Professor Jonathan Portes, Political Economy, said: ‘Calculating, as Change Britain does, a speculative figure for the number of jobs created by additional exports while ignoring the jobs lost as a result of additional imports is either deeply ignorant or deliberately misleading.’ This was reported by City A.M., BBC News Online , Independent, Yahoo! News, i, BBC Radio 4 (08:36) and a separate piece for BBC News Online.

2016: a year of changes and discoveries

Daily Telegraph 3rd January 2017

Article on changes to gardening over 2016. Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, said: ‘Gardeners are lucky in two ways. First, they can grow a variety of root vegetables that are high in fibre as great fertilisers for their gut microbes. Second, being regularly exposed to the healthy microbes in the soil also seems to keep their bodies and their guts healthier.’

Sugar-free drinks ‘do not aid weight loss’

i 3rd January 2017

Swapping sugar laden soft drinks with artificially sweetened diet ones will make no difference to weight loss and should not be seen as healthier, according to a group of experts. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘The conclusion that reduced sugar or sugar-free drinks should not be promoted or seen as part of a healthy diet seems unwarranted and likely to add to public confusion.’ This was reported by i, Huffington Post, Times, Independent, Daily Mail, Sun and Daily Express.

How to Lose Weight Well

Channel 4 3rd January 2017

Professor Kevin Whelan, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, discusses the theory of chewing gum in order to attain weight loss. He said: ‘Chewing allows us to physically break down the food but also chemically break down the food.’

Friendship Bench may help fight mental illness

India Today 2nd January 2017

Friendship Benches - simple wooden seats with trained community "grandmothers" who listen to and support people living with anxiety, depression and other common mental disorders can improve the lives of millions of patients in developing countries, a new study has found. Patients with depression or anxiety who received problem-solving therapy through the Friendship Bench were more than three times less likely to have symptoms of depression after six months, compared to patients who received standard care, according to the researchers from University of Zimbabwe, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London. Also reported by Voice of America.

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Financial Times annual survey

Various Financial Times articles 2nd January 2017

Financial Times’ annual survey found that Philip Hammond will probably overshoot his borrowing forecast in 2017, according to the majority of economists. Professor Jonathan Portes, Political Economy said: ‘The NHS is clearly significantly underfunded . . . Some discretionary increase [in spending and borrowing] therefore seems likely.’ A separate Financial Times article states that the survey found that immigration to the UK may fall from its near record high in 2016. Low skilled UK workers could benefit from wage rises if the number of low-skilled EU migrants were reduced. Professor Portes warned that any increases were likely to be ‘relatively modest’. Another Financial Times article explains that the survey found that the majority of economists are just as pessimistic about Brexit’s likely effect on Britain’s longer-term economic prospects as they were a year ago. Professor Martin Weale, Political Economy, said: ‘The evidence that Brexit will damage long-term performance is substantial.’ This was also reported in a print piece for Financial Times.

Neo-natal screening

BBC Radio 5 live 5 life 2nd January 2017

Feature on neonatal screening, including contribution from Dr David Lloyd, Cardiovascular Imaging, who works on the iFind project which aims to improve the accuracy of routine 18-20 week screening in pregnancy by bringing together advanced ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques, robotics and computer aided diagnostics. He said: ‘We’re not in any way trying to replace the human element.’ (22:23).

Terrorism in Turkey

CNN International 2nd January 2017

Isis has claimed responsibility for the nightclub attack in Istanbul which cost the lives of 39 people. Visiting Research Fellow Dr Simon Waldman, Middle Eastern Studies, discusses why Turkey has suffered an escalation in terror attacks. He said: ‘Turkey has found itself with a two-pronged terrorist attack; one which is perpetrated by the PKK and another by Islamic State.’ (10:43) He also spoke to CNN and Charlie Winter, ICSR, spoke to Yahoo! News.

GM crops

Daily Mail 2nd January 2017

Article mentions research by King's experts who looked at the link between glyphosate and liver disease.

Pragmatism will be lacking in US’s decline

Financial Times 2nd January 2017

Visiting Professor Robert Holland, Centre for Hellenic Studies, has written a letter on US politics. ‘President Donald Trump or not, from what we can see of the views of most ordinary Americans, the US will break up the furniture to stay top dog,’ he said.

Rethinking disorders of empathy

Psychologist 1st January 2017

Article on empathy, mentioning a 2011 study on 'gaze avoidance' from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, led by Geoffrey Bird.

Fierce and hopeful

Psychologist 1st January 2017

Theatre review of play 'Tomorrow I Was Always a Lion', by Helen Fisher of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London.

Seven broken hearts, seven racing minds

Psychologist 1st January 2017

Album review of 'Let Them Eat Chaos', by Lindsey Hines, a post-doctoral researcher and teaching fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London.

How we transition into the new year

Guardian 1st January 2017

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery Director, explains how humans transition into a new year. ‘We can’t help our memories of last year colouring our expectations of the next. We’re wired that way,’ he said.

Theresa May’s New Year message

BBC Radio 5 live 5 live Breakfast 1st January 2017

Theresa May has used her New Year message to call for unity after the vote to leave the European Union. Speaking of the future of the EU, Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, said: ‘For us an EU that is prosperous and stable is a good thing because it will help us directly.’ (07:38)

Sound of speed: athletes and amateurs on the art of the running playlist

Guardian 1st January 2017

Article discussing the best music to listen to when exercising. Athlete Dina Asher-Smith, History, said: ‘I’m currently in the final year of a history degree at King’s College, London, so when I am writing an essay I will always listen to Classic FM, as its music keeps me focused without distracting me.’ Dina was also interviewed by Sun and her bronze medal at the Rio Olympics was mentioned in a Guardian piece about top student stories of the year. She was also mentioned in a piece for Times about the World Athletics Championships taking place in London this year.

Forget the normal new year resolutions: think microbiome instead

South China Morning Post 1st January 2017

Article on New Year resolutions cites the book ‘The Diet Myth’ by Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology.

All The Mathematical Methods I Learned In My University Math Degree Became Obsolete In My Lifetime

Huffington Post US 1st January 2017

Article written by Dr Keith Devlin, Alumna, on changes in mathematics. ‘The shift began with the introduction of the electronic calculator in the 1960s, which rendered obsolete the need for humans to master the ancient art of mental arithmetical calculation,’ he said.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin

Sky News 31st December 2016

Donald Trump has praised Vladimir Putin for deciding not to retaliate against newly-imposed US sanctions. Speaking of Russia-US relations during President Barack Obama’s tenure, Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, said: ‘I think that probably the point of great disagreement was over Ukraine and the moment when Russia annexed Crimea.’

Cloud Catchers In Peru

BBC World Service World Hacks 31st December 2016

Programme looking at whether fog catching, which is used in Peru, could be a solution to wider water crises facing the world. Visiting Research Fellow Dr Ofer Fridman, War Studies, is interviewed on the military issues in Peru. He said: ‘Minimising civilian casualties in contemporary warfare is not just about ethics and morals.’ (03:25)

Please make way for the housecleaning robot

i 30th December 2016

Roboticists from King’s are working on a new generation of safe, consumer robots that are able to perform numerous tasks. Dr Matthew Howard, Infomatics, said: ‘Within 5 years you will probably be able to buy a robot that will help you with tasks in the home.’

Margaret Thatcher

Sky News All Out Politics 30th December 2016

Professor Richard Vinen, History, discusses the legacy of Margaret Thatcher, after the release of documents relating to her time as Prime Minister. He said: ‘The world is changing so fast in the late 1980s that you get the sense that she’s finding it quite difficult to keep up.’

2016: The year of mental health awareness and a spike in lifestyle diseases

Hindustan Times 30th December 2016

An article on health problems mentions that King’s researchers found that people who do not sleep enough may end up consuming as many as 385 extra kilocalories the next day.

Social programmes in Peru

BBC World Service 29th December 2016

Feature on social programmes in Peru. Speaking about changes to land rights, Dr Jelke Boesten, International Development, said: ‘It gives people property pride and it makes them creditworthy.’ This was also broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Is Queen Elizabeth The Last Queen? Line Of Succession Includes Prince Charles, Prince William

International Business Times 29th December 2016

Article on the debate about the British monarchy's future. ‘The Queen is immensely popular. Almost 20 years ago, when things were going badly for the royal family-specifically after the death of Diana, and for at least a couple of years after that, a lot of the indicators looked pretty rocky. Anti-monarchists were confident their cause was gaining,’ a King's professor told Newsweek. This was also reported by Yahoo! News.

Could a cooling mask help to combat toothache after dental surgery? Experts say it makes gum tissue less likely to swell, bruise and bleed

Daily Mail 28th December 2016

A mask that chills the face is being used to combat toothache after dental surgery.
The clear plastic mask, which moulds around the face, is being tested in an NHS trial as a way of preventing the swelling and pain that follows surgery to extract teeth. Professor Tara Renton, Dental Institute, said: ‘There is limited evidence that cooling the face works. One small study on facelifts found that cooling improves swelling, but not pain or bruising.’

A workout that's all in the mind

Daily Telegraph 27th December 2016

Feature discussing ageing quotes research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), Kings College London. An online brain-training package conducted by researchers at the IoPPN involving almost 7000 people over 50 found that online games that challenged reasoning and memory skills could have significant benefits for older people. After six months, significant improvements were noted on daily living tests, such as managing budgets, navigating public transport and doing the shopping, as well as grammatical reasoning and memory.

Party proof your body for New Year

Sun 27th December 2016

Feature on how to keep healthy through New Year parties. Speaking of the importance of staying hydrated, Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘A glass of orange juice in the morning can also help to pick up blood sugar levels, which are often low after excess alcohol.’

In your genes - The surprising things we inherit

Daily Mail 27th December 2016

Feature on insomnia and genetics. Professor Adrian Williams, Sleep Medicine, states that genes are just part of the picture as there can be other causes for insomnia such as stress.

Pearl Harbour

Al Jazeera 27th December 2016

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will pay homage to the events of Pearl Harbor. Dr Alessio Patalano, War Studies, said: ‘It’s about showing a pathway towards reconciliation but also with an eye looking at the future.’ (18:16)

Protein hype: shoppers flushing money down the toilet, say experts

Guardian 26th December 2016

The UK's rocketing demand for high-protein products is being intensified by consumers buying foods that are unlikely to deliver the benefits they are seeking, experts have said. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘There’s been a lot of hype in gyms pushing high-protein shakes.’

'A new generation of art lovers should see the genius of Sidney Nolan'

Guardian 26th December 2016

A symposium on the life, work and legacy of artist Sidney Nolan will be taking place at King’s this year.

'I hope to de-mythologise historical figures'

The Hindu 25th December 2016

Professor Sunil Khilnani, King’s India Institute, is interviewed on history and the fearful counter-reactions that these times provoke. He said: ‘There are quite a variety of ways in which time is conceived across Indian history.’

Must-read military books of the year

The Times 24th December 2016

Leading figures from the world of military affairs nominate the most compelling book on their subject in 2016, including Professor Sir Simon Wessley of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London.

Some of the things they said were good for us...and some the scientists said might do us harm

The Week 24th December 2016

Overview of health studies from 2016, including a study on acne from King's which discovered why those with acne in their youth often have more youthful complexions than their peers in middle age.

Must-read military books of the year

Times 24th December 2016

Professor Sir Simon Wessley, IoPPN, chose ‘Breakdown: The Crisis of Shell Shock on the Somme’ by Taylor Downing as his must-read military book of the year.

Europe’s open borders

Sky News 24th December 2016

A former counter-terrorism chief has said that Europe's open borders pose a 'huge risk'. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, said: ‘Border controls are only one part of a counter-terrorism effort.’ Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, spoke separately to Sky News. He said: ‘The Schengen system is as strong as its weakest link.’

Hacker Lexicon: What Is the Attribution Problem?

Wired 24th December 2016

The attribution problem is the idea that identifying the source of a cyber attack or cyber crime is often complicated and difficult because there is no physical act to observe and attackers can use digital tools to extensively cover their tracks. Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, said: ‘There is still this ‘attribution is impossible’ knee jerk reaction that occasionally pops up, which really doesn’t make much sense.’

Fears over Germany's growing jihadist scene

Yahoo! News 24th December 2016

The domestic security service estimates that the number of radical Islamists in Germany rose above 9,000 this year, from some 3,800 in 2011. Peter Neumann, ICSR, said that for some very marginalised and troubled youths, IS represents ‘a kind of protest ideology, a counterculture.’ This was also reported by Deccan Chronicle.

Berlin Terror Attack

Various media outlets 23rd December 2016

It has emerged that the main suspect in the Berlin lorry attack was known to German authorities but they stopped monitoring him. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, spoke to Sky News. He said: ‘Even an individual can carry out quite a shocking attack.’ Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), spoke to Channel 4 News. He said: ‘In many ways, the debates that were happening after 2005 in Britain, I expect now to happen in a very similar way in Germany.’ Professor Neumann also spoke to BBC World Service and was quoted by i, Yahoo! News, South China Morning Post, and New York Times.

New post-Brexit landscape could squeeze Labour out, warns new report

Guardian 23rd December 2016

Brexit Britain is a ‘new political landscape’, in which the Labour party could find itself squeezed on all sides, according to a new report by The UK in a Changing Europe. Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, and The UK in a Changing Europe director, said: ‘Brexit is partly a function of, but is also partly bringing about, a new UK political landscape.’ This was also reported by Bloomberg, Huffington Post and a separate piece for Bloomberg. Professor Menon also spoke to BBC Breakfast. He said: ‘We have no clear idea what Brexit itself means yet.’

Aleppo

BBC News 23rd December 2016

Dr Samir Puri, War Studies, is interviewed on the conflict in Aleppo. He said: ‘It really is the American government that sets the tone for the Western response.’

Answers to correspondents

Daily Mail 23rd December 2016

Dr Mark Sanderson, Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics, and Rex Palmer, Birkbeck College, answered a question on whether or not the title of the movie Gattaca spell out a DNA sequence.

Mind wandering and ADHD

BBC Radio 4 22nd December 2016

Interview with Professor Philip Asherson of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, about the relationship between mind wandering and ADHD.

Toxic pollution in three London areas breaches EU limits

Evening Standard 22nd December 2016

Research from the Environmental Research Group is referenced in an article about London pollution levels.

Uncovering the language of the first Christmas

Conversation 22nd December 2016

Tony Thorne, Visiting Consultant, writes about the language used in traditional accounts of the nativity, and the languages that might have been used by the participants themselves.

Books of 2016

Times Higher Education Supplement 22nd December 2016

Visiting Professor Sir Robert Worcester, Institute of Contemporary British History, chooses Lord Igor Judge’s ‘The Safest Shield’ and Mark Thompson’s ‘Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?’ as his favourite books of 2016.

The Search For The Lost Manuscript: Julian Of Norwich

BBC Four 22nd December 2016

Feature on Julian of Norwich who wrote ‘Revelations of Divine Love’, the first book written by a woman. Dr Sarah Salih, English, said: ‘It really is a remarkable starting point if you’re interested in the history of women’s writing.’ (23:24).

The UK is at high risk of a terror attack – but how has it avoided one so far?

Guardian 22nd December 2016

Article on the terrorism threat to Britain. Dr Shiraz Maher, ICSR, said: ‘If you look at disrupted plots here in the UK, it is down to good tradescraft and that does not seem to be happening elsewhere.’

Security company releases new evidence of Russian role in DNC hack

PBS NewsHour 22nd December 2016

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia was behind the hack of the DNC and others, but haven't made the evidence public. Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, said: ‘I think we’re approaching the point where the evidence is so rich that there are only two reasons not to accept it — one, because you don’t understand the technical details because you don’t have to skills, or because you don’t want to understand it for political reasons.’ This was also reported by a separate piece for PBS NewsHour.

Christmas binge drinking increases risk of alcohol dependence

Independent 21st December 2016

Sally Marlow of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience explains why people are more likely to drink alcohol over the Christmas period and increased risk of alcoholism.

Dina Asher-Smith: ‘You have to make sacrifices — but I wouldn’t trade this job for the world’

Evening Standard 21st December 2016

Student, Dina Asher-Smith, is interviewed about the sacrifices she has had to make for her athletics career. Dina also spoke to the i.

Putney High Street breached air pollution limits 1,000 times this year

Evening Standard 21st December 2016

Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, says 'understanding air pollution hotspots is the first step in addressing the problem,' in an article about London air pollution.

China seen readying for trade war during Trump presidency

Voice of America 21st December 2016

Donald Trump has promised to restrict the role of Chinese goods and currency movements in the American economy. Commenting, Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, said: 'I am sure that the U.S. under Trump will focus unrelentingly on the exchange rate.'

Swedish start-up tackles air pollution head on

CNN 21st December 2016

A group of Swedish entrepreneurs have created a new air pollution mask which they say is both functional and fashionable. Commenting, Dr Ben Barrett, ERG, said: 'Generally speaking, there are two reasons why mask can or can't work: one is the size of the particles they are able to filter out and the other is the fit on the face. If it's leaking in from the side it's not going to work.'

A study that tracked 1000 people for 35 years reveals the case for giving kids a basic income

Yahoo 20th December 2016

A new study from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London makes a strong case that giving families a set amount of money each month to use toward childcare - essentially a basic income for kids - could have profound implications for how disadvantaged children turn out as adults.

Millions face health risk from 'toxic' GM crop

Daily Mail 20th December 2016

A genetically modified crop eaten by millions of people and animals around the world may be unsafe because of previously undetected toxic effects, a study led by researchers at King's has claimed. Dr Michael Antoniou, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, lead author said: 'Our results call for a more thorough evaluation of the safety of NK 603 (maize) consumption on a long term basis'. This was also reported in The Times.

Give a child a book for Christmas and it keeps on giving back

Guardian 20th December 2016

Book recommendations from teachers and authors, including Surely you're joking, Mr Feynman!, which has been recommended by Dan Abramson, the head teacher of King's College London Mathematics School.

2016's parallels with the revolutions of 1848

BBC Radio 4 Today 20th December 2016

Professor Andrew Roberts, War Studies, give his perspective on how 2016 compares to momentous years of the past, saying that nearest equivalent was 1848, when a series of revolutions broke out one after the other. Also reported on BBC News Online.

Universities must act now and provide refugee scholarships

Huffington Post UK 20th December 2016

Article on refugee scholarships at UK universities. Goldsmiths, University of Sheffield, Manchester Metropolitan, Kings College London and Exeter University are all mentioned to have schemes.

Halving number of foreign students is 'economic self-harm' say universities

Evening Standard 20th December 2016

King's is included as one of the top leading London universities warning the Government that dramatically reducing the number of international students allowed into Britain would be 'economic self-harm.'

The unnoticed trend that worries Europe’s counter-terrorism agencies

Independent 20th December 2016

Research from the ICSR at King's is featured in an article about criminals turning into terrorists and obtaining firearms.

Look before you leap: Don't panic-apply to graduate schemes - think carefully about what you want

Telegraph 20th December 2016

Third year international politics student, Amy Fallon, writes about applying to graduate schemes.

Amid smoggy days in London, growing calls to clean up Europe's toxic air

Washington Post 20th December 2016

Article on pollution in London includes comments from Dr Gary Fuller, ERG. 'It's a complete policy failure. No one could defend this,' he said. Dr Fuller's comments were also reported by South China Morning Post

Why fretting about what to wear could be ruining your life

Daily Mail 19th December 2016

We need to make some big decisions - and yet most of us are hopeless at them. Dr Benjamin Gardner is an expert in behaviour change at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, said: "When we exhaust our willpower, we need to let it rest again, like a muscle."

Ground-breaking digital biblical image project launched

King's press release 19th December 2016

A ground-breaking project of the largest ever online commentary on the Bible through visual images is to be launched by King’s. The Visual Commentary on Scripture (VCS) aims to cover the entire Christian Bible – the Old Testament, New Testament and Apocrypha – with vivid clusters of images, curated by an expert team of scholars providing accompanying commentary.

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Hitachi building nuclear power in the UK

BBC Radio 4 Today 19th December 2016

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark will visit Japan later this week, with discussions on nuclear power in the UK likely to be on the agenda. Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute, comments: ‘What we see with this visit this week is the attempt by the government to create a plan B. There is a lot of doubt still in Whitehall whether Hinkley will be built on time because of the technology and the finances of the company.’

Russian envoy shooting

AFP 19th December 2016

Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, discusses the assassination of Russia's envoy to Turkey, and its impact on relations between the two countries. 'It will not substantially disrupt the relationship because the Turks have immediately said they will reinforce the security of the Russian embassy,' she said. Dr Sagramoso's comments appeared in Yahoo, and she was also interviewed for Sky News.

If peace is to be sustainable, it must be inclusive

Huffington World Post 19th December 2016

King's alumna Karlijn Jans, European & International Studies, writes a piece on the role of women in prevention and resolution of conflicts.

Is democracy itself threatened by tech disruption?

Observer 18th December 2016

An article on technology, privacy and democracy refers to a report by Dr Martin Moore, Policy Institute, which found a way of 'transgressing 150 years of legislation that we’ve developed to make elections fair and open.'

Why pictures trigger memories better than words

Observer 18th December 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Director of Science Gallery, explains in his regular column why pictures can trigger a buried memory and recall a precise moment in time much more rapidly than words.

Jihadi John II: British hate preacher’s giant bodyguard appears in ISIS beheading video

Mail on Sunday 18th December 2016

Mohammed Reza Haque, a British extremist who guarded hate cleric Anjem Choudary, has appeared on camera carrying out an execution. Commenting, Dr Shiraz Maher, ICSR, said: 'Some people dismissed the radical network that surrounded Anjem Choudary as clownish. Yet scores of individuals, like Haque, from that cluster have travelled to Syria from Britain and now pose a very significant security risk. They're not there to take a back seat.' Also reported in Telegraph, Daily Mirror and the Daily Star.

Cold cases: The detectives on the trail of undiscovered killers

BBC Online 18th December 2016

Article looking at the use of forensics in cold cases. Dr David Ballard, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, said: ‘At the moment, that nuclear DNA that we normally find in the hair root is so degraded and so poor quality on a hair shaft that there is no way that we can normally get a result.' Dr Ballard's comments were also reported on Sky News.

The Brexit effect

BBC News 17th December 2016

Professor Anand Menon, European and International Studies, participates in a panel to discuss the future of UK in a post-Brexit Europe. Discussing the single market, he says: ‘It isn’t about tariffs, it’s about regulatory equivalence, it’s about saying we accept your laws.'

Fears new definition of anti-semitism will stifle criticism of Israel

Guardian 17th December 2016

A letter to editor, co-signed by actors, holocaust survivors and academics, including King’s researchers, discusses new definitions of anti-Semitism.

Who are Russia's cyber-warriors and what should the West do about them?

Telegraph 17th December 2016

Western intelligence services and cyber security firms say they have identified two particular groups involved in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the US elections. 'Thinking of them as glorified bank scammers would be a big mistake', says Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies.

Study backs sugar tax and targets sweets

Guardian 16th December 2016

A tax on sugar in soft drinks will prevent tens of thousands of people from becoming dangerously overweight, but the obesity crisis will only be solved if ministers take action against the sales of sweets and chocolate, experts said. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘This is a very small reduction in energy intake – equivalent to the amount of energy expended by one minute of brisk walking.’ He added that some of the predictions about improvements in health ‘hard to swallow’. Also reported by the Independent and BBC News

Berlin terror attack

Various media outlets 16th December 2016

King's academics have commented following the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), was quoted in New York Times, and interviewed for CNN and PBS. Research from the ICSR was mentioned in a separate article for the New York Times. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, discussed the attacks on Sky News and ITV News.

Diabulimia: The hidden eating disorder that's killing diabetic women

Independent 15th December 2016

Article on people with diabetes and eating disorders. The article reports that at King's College London, a new unit aims to unite psychiatrists and diabetes experts in a bit to treat both conditions. Professor Khalida Ismail, who leads the clinic said: "They never meet patients together and it's an inefficient use of current resources. I would argue we'd actually be saving money by joining up services."

Children who spend hours glued to their smartphones are more likely to be sleep deprived and obese

Daily Mail 15th December 2016

A major study led by experts at Harvard School of Public Health in the US found children who used their tablet or smartphone for more than five hours a day had a 43 per cent increased chance of becoming obese. The article includes research by Dr Ben Carter of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, which found that children and teenagers who use an electronic device within 90 minutes of going to bed are twice as likely to get insufficient sleep - and are nearly three times as likely to feel sleepy during the day.

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Obesity in adolescents increases risk of heart disease

King's press release 15th December 2016

A new study published in BMJ Open has found a link between obesity in adolescents and their risk of developing heart disease in early adulthood, regardless of ethnicity. People of South Asian or Black African descent are known to have a four and three-fold higher risk of diabetes compared with White Europeans. Black African and Black Caribbean girls are more likely to be overweight and Indian girls are also known to have larger waists in childhood compared to their white, British counterparts.

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Do humans need dairy? Here's the science

Conversation 15th December 2016

Sophie Medlin, Diabetes and Nutrition Sciences, discusses the latest research on dairy in the diet. ‘Continuing to produce lactase into adulthood is actually an inherited genetic variation which has become so common because being able to tolerate milk has a selective advantage,’ she said. This was also published by Independent.

Three-parent babies could be funded by the NHS from next year: UK regulator will decide on controversial fertility treatment today

Daily Mail 15th December 2016

Coverage of the decision on fertility treatment that will help couples with genetic diseases to conceive. Dr Dusko Ilic, Women’s Health, is quoted describing the recent birth of a baby with three parents as ‘revolutionary’. This was also reported by Metro.

Review of 2016: a year of challenges and triumphs for nurses

Nursing Standard 15th December 2016

A review of the year in the nursing profession. Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Nursing and Midwifery, is quoted in the article.

Revenge of the experts

Prospect 15th December 2016

Prospect's 16th Think Tank Awards are discussed. The winner of the 'One-to-Watch' award was 'The UK in a Changing Europe', a new network of specialists, which is based at King's.

Special investigation of mental health in students

BBC Radio 5 live 15th December 2016

Chris Shelley, Director of Student Services, is part of a panel discussing student mental health. The programme also looks at a new pilot scheme at King’s in which second and third year students make calls to first year students to offer support and services where needed.

After 50 years, it's time to close the gap between different human rights

Conversation 15th December 2016

A piece by Koldo Casla, European and International Studies, who writes about different human rights treaties. ‘There are three degrees of separation between the two sets of rights: different treaties that states could pick and choose from, different legal wording, and different accountability mechanisms,’ he said.

Aleppo and the Syrian conflict

Various media outlets 14th December 2016

Academics across King’s have been commenting on the ongoing conflict in Syria: Dr Jean-Marc Rickli, Defence Studies, spoke to Independent; Dr Samir Puri, War Studies, was interviewed by BBC News and Al Jazeera; Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, spoke to Al Jazeera; Dr Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), commented on BBC Radio 4, and an article written by Dr Maher on the humanitarian crisis was republished by New Statesman.

Londoners 'take more cocaine on weekdays than other Europeans'

Guardian 14th December 2016

Research looking at the drugs consumed by major European cities has suggested that Londoners take more drugs during the weekdays than other cities. Dr Leon Barron, Forensics, who provided the London data said this was because of the time it took for users to excrete the metabolites of their drugs: ‘If you think about cocaine, the maximum concentration that you will excrete in your urine will take about two hours or so for that to come out.’ This was also reported by the Telegraph.

Soon robots could be taking your job interview

Guardian 14th December 2016

In a piece about robots conducting job interviews, Dr Mathew Howard, Informatics, is quoted: ‘We find that people often prefer to interact with something that’s not real; it’s all about reducing the cognitive load.’

The future of news

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking 14th December 2016

Discussion of the changes in media, the rise in distrust of mainstream sources and increase in fake news. Dr Martin Moore, Policy Institute, is interviewed.

The Raj delusion

Prospect 14th December 2016

Review of a book on British rule in India authored by Dr Jon Wilson, History.

Brain tests predict children's futures

BBC News 13th December 2016

Brain tests at the age of three appear to predict a child's future chance of success in life, say researchers. Researchers from Kings College London and Duke University in North Carolina followed more than 1,000 children from pre-school to the age of 38 to see if it was possible to forecast who would lead troubled lives. Also reported by Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Sun, Yahoo, The Week, Sky News, and Channel 4 News.

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Charles Bonnet Syndrome

BBC Radio 4 13th December 2016

Dr Dominic Ffytche of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London is interviewed in feature about Charles Bonnet syndrome.

Brexit

BBC News 13th December 2016

Professor Anand Menon, European and International Studies, comments as part of a special panel discussing Brexit.

Kidnapping for ransom works like a market. How it is organised is surprising

Washington Post 13th December 2016

Dr Anja Shortland, Political Economy, writes a piece on the business of kidnapping. ‘There are three important factors that make transactions between kidnappers and ransomers difficult — problems of trust, problems of bargaining and problems of execution,’ she said.

When the price is right: Drug costing and NICE approval

British Medical Journal 12th December 2016

Professor Richard Sullivan, King’s Centre for Global Health, comments in an article looking at pricing in the pharmaceutical industry. ‘For many pharmaceutical companies trying to get access to the UK market, the view now is we’ve got the process—we’ve just got to go through it. Now that the old CDF has come to an end—and thank goodness it has, because it was a dreadful waste of time and taxpayers’ money—they know what these drugs are worth, and they are putting them through at a price they know will meet NICE’s threshold.’

Scandal and geopolitics Gangnam style: The impeachment of Park Geun-hye

Spectator 12th December 2016

Professor David Martin Jones, War Studies, writes on the impeachment of Park Geun-hye. He comments: ‘The current government’s loss of face, however, comes at a particularly bad time coinciding, as it does, with increased tensions on the Korean peninsula.’

‘One China’ policy

BBC World Service 12th December 2016

Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, comments on the ‘One China’ policy. ‘The… policy has been the policy of the United States really since 1972…Trump is the first American President who has really questioned this,’ he said. Professor Brown also commented for Newsweek and Independent.

Are Christians being targeted in Egypt?

Al Jazeera 12th December 2016

Following attacks in Egypt, Dr Carool Kersten, Theology & Religious Studies, comments. ‘The exact timing is obviously to coincide with Sunday Mass and with the maximum amount of damage,’ he said.

Mongolia has record growth followed by economic crisis

Globo 12th December 2016

Article discussing the Mongolian economy includes comments by Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute.

About 4.6mn in India suffer from dementia, says expert

Times of India 11th December 2016

Nearly 4.6 million people in the country suffer from dementia, a condition where the patients suffer from memory loss and difficulties in problem-solving, said Dr Martin Prince. Dr Martin Prince is a Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College, United Kingdom and Co-director of Centre for Global Mental Health.

‘Goodness’ in fiction

BBC Radio 4 11th December 2016

A discussion about the way ‘goodness’ is represented in novels includes an interview with Dr Jon Day, English, who is a judge for this year’s Man Booker Prize.

‘Dopplegangers’

BBC World Service 11th December 2016

Professor Tim Spector, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, comments on the nature of ‘dopplegangers’ after he appeared in a Channel 4 programme. ‘The idea that we all have someone else out there who looks…just like us…I think is quite fascinating,’ he said.

Obituary of Costas Nikolaos Stefanis

Lancet 10th December 2016

Obituary of Costas Nikolaos Stefanis, former Greek Health Minister and leader in Greek psychiatry. Nick Bouras, who trained under Stefanis and is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London, is quoted in the article.

A neuroscientist explains: The mental benefits of art history

Observer 10th December 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Director, Science Gallery London, writes about why we should keep the art history A Level. ‘Studying art can have a dramatic effect on our brain activity, too. What we know changes how we look at things and this is easy to prove in the art world,’ he said.

Labour has been written off before, but could it really be finished this time?

Independent 10th December 2016

Article looking at the Labour party mentions a seminar at King’s given by George Osborne on the history of the Treasury since 1945, in which he was asked by the students for his views on the state of politics.

Women in Greek and Roman myths

BBC Radio 4 10th December 2016

Dr Edith Hall, Classics, comments on the portrayal of angry and vengeful women in Greek and Roman myths.

US election and Russian hacking

BBC World News 10th December 2016

Dr Tim Stevens, War Studies, comments on accusations that Russian hacking took place during the US election. ‘The CIA and its sister agencies have been developing a strong evidence base, so they can say in public with some certainty that somehow Russia is involved,’ he said.

Russian and US foreign policy

BBC World Service 10th December 2016

Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, comments on Russian-US relations. ‘The Russian government under Putin has a history of interfering in elections beyond its borders,’ she said. Dr Sagramoso also spoked to Sky News and BBC News.

New test to identify risk of diabetes in pregnancy

King's press release 9th December 2016

In a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, a team of researchers led by King’s have successfully developed a method that more accurately identifies those obese women at high risk of gestational diabetes, than what is currently being used. Dr Sara White, Women’s Health, said: ‘Clinical use of these tests would enable prompt intervention and correctly target those at highest risk and therefore most likely to benefit.’

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Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying: Cunning wolf or loyal government servant?

South China Morning Post 9th December 2016

Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying announced that he is not running for a second term. It is mentioned that Leung is an alumnus of King's.

After the referendum, the people, not parliament, are sovereign

Financial Times 9th December 2016

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, writes about sovereignty, and suggests that the most dangerous threat to democracy comes from a passive electorate. ‘There is an irony at the heart of the case. The ‘Brexiteers’ hoped to restore sovereignty. Yet that is now undermined not by Europe, but by the people through the referendum.’

Corbyn considering radical plan to ban petrol car sales

Independent 9th December 2016

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is considering radical plans to ban the sale of new petrol cars in the UK. Article mentions a King’s study that suggested up to 10,000 people die prematurely in London every year due to toxic air, caused largely by traffic on the city’s streets. This was also reported by BBC London and London Evening Standard.

How Pakistan's Gwadar port is an attractive business option for China

Daily Mail 9th December 2016

Professor Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes about Chinese involvement in Pakistan. ‘China has always been keen on gaining a strategic toehold in the Arabian Sea and Gwadar has been an attractive option,’ he said.

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BBC World News 8th December 2016

A new study has found that patients suffering from conditions like Psychosis and Bipolar disorder could in fact be the result of an immune disorder. Tom Pollack, psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London and one of the authors of the study, is interviewed. Also reported on BBC 2.

Londoners' immune systems 'weakened by capital's toxic air'

Evening Standard 8th December 2016

Hundreds of thousands of Londoners may be having their immune system slowly aggravated by toxic diesel fumes, Dr Ian Mudway, Environmental Research Group, has warned. He said: ‘In individuals with pre-existing lung disease the contaminants within the air we breathe can have immediate tangible effects, such as symptomatic ‘flare-ups’ during pollution episodes.’

Modernist dream, dystopian nighmare: The ups and downs of tower blocks

Independent 8th December 2016

Article on tower blocks mentions that Alice Coleman’s report into the state of council housing directly informed Thatcher’s overhaul of social housing policy. Coleman was head of the Land Use Research Unit at King’s in the 1980s.

Speak to immigrant students like me before you ‘deprioritise’ them

Guardian 8th December 2016

An opinion piece on immigration written by first-year student Sharon Akaka. ‘If Mrs. May revises her ‘deprioritisation’ idea, now she is prime minister, I would urge her first to speak to some of the hardworking and aspirational young people whose futures and careers she would be blighting,’ she said. Sharon is the recipient of a sanctuary scholarship at King’s.

How much of the Obama doctrine will survive Trump?

The New Yorker 8th December 2016

Article on Obama's military policies quotes Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies. 'Obama seems to prefer waging war in the shadows with a light footprint and if possible limited public scrutiny,' he said.

Rosalind Franklin

BBC World Service Witness 8th December 2016

As part of the 100 Women Week campaign, Rosalind Franklin, is profiled on her work in DNA. Commenting, Dr Christine Kenyon Jones, English, said: 'She worked for years on this problem...and she didn't feel ready to jump to conclusions.'

Why the death of an Indian politician is sparking fears of mass suicide

Vice 8th December 2016

The former Tamil Nadu chief minister in India, Jayalalithaa, has died. Commenting, Dr Kriti Kapila, India Institute, said: ‘Her popularity was based to a very large extent on her policy measures—a near universal healthcare coverage scheme in the state, food security, and other more explicitly populist measures...aimed at the disadvantaged sections of the population.’

Smoking while pregnant makes your child more likely to use cannabis as a teenager

Daily Mail 7th December 2016

Scientists also discovered they would be more prone to substance abuse in general - one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide. Researchers from King's College London and the University of Bristol assessed the risk of smoking on the developing foetus. Lead researcher Dr Charlotte Cecil, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, said: "Together, our findings add to existing knowledge about the adverse effects of prenatal smoking on child health. The study also lends new insights into the biological mechanisms through which tobacco smoking during pregnancy may increase risk for future substance use."
Also reported by The Conversation.

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ADHD

BBC Radio 4 7th December 2016

ADHD tends to be characterised by difficulties in concentrating, impulsivity and hyper activity but could excessive mind wandering be at its core? Philip Ascherson, Professor of Clinical and Molecular Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London comments.

Wellcome invests £12M in Imaging research at King's

King's press release 7th December 2016

Wellcome has announced that King’s has been awarded £12.1 million for a Wellcome Trust/EPSRC Centre for Imaging, which will focus on the science and translation of medical imaging and related computational modelling. Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Provost (Health), said: 'This award is hugely encouraging and emphasises the importance of multi-and inter-disciplinary working, which is a key aspect of the university's new research strategy.’

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George Osborne on the power of politics for good

Independent 7th December 2016

Visiting Professor John Rentoul, Policy Institute, has written a piece on George Osborne’s recent visit to King’s. Osborne spoke at the ‘Treasury and Economic History since 1945’ course, taught by Dr Jon Davis, Policy Institute, and Visiting Professor Nick Macpherson, Policy Institute.

Twin research

Channel 4 Finding My Twin Stranger 7th December 2016

The Department of Twin Research, led by Professor Tim Spector, features in a programme whereby ordinary members of the public try to find their ‘twin stranger.’

Paris pollution 'worst for 10 years' as smog causes travel chaos

Sky News 7th December 2016

Paris is said to be suffering its worst winter pollution for at least a decade, with the French capital clouded by thick smog and gripped by travel chaos. Experts at King's said air flowing into London was forecast to have travelled up through France and close to Paris. This was also reported by Evening Standard.

UK’s ‘juggernaut’ HE bill may crush university autonomy, warn peers

Times Higher Education Supplement 7th December 2016

The UK government’s higher education bill has been criticised by peers, with Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem and crossbench figures all joining the attack. Crossbench peer Professor Alison Wolf, School of Management & Business, carried out a review of vocational education for the government in 2011. She said the bill ‘proposes a dramatic change in how government relates to our universities…for the worse.’ This was also reported by BBC Radio 4 (23:43).

University Awards 2017: The judges

Guardian 7th December 2016

Visiting Professor Kalwant Bhopal, School of Education, Communication & Society, will be a judge at the University Awards 2017.

Sadiq Khan just doubled funding to tackle London’s filthy air

Wired 7th December 2016

Sadiq Khan has announced that £875 million will be invested in cleaning up the capital’s fetid air through to 2021/22, doubling the £425 million previously committed. Nearly 9,500 premature deaths a year have been linked to air pollution in the city, according to a study carried out by researchers at King’s.

Trump picks Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad-a ‘friend’ of China’s leader-as Beijing ambassador

Washington Post 7th December 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has selected Terry Branstad, the long-serving Republican governor of Iowa, as ambassador to China. Commenting, Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, said: 'You definitely need someone who's going to get direct access to the president and get the president's attention.'

Aleppo

BBC World Service 7th December 2016

Bill Park, Defence Studies, comments on the conflict in Syria, following news that the Syrian Government has advanced into Aleppo. 'The more restricted and small the area gets, the more fierce the fighting can be,' he said.

Donald Trump's tough guys in defence

Newsweek 7th December 2016

Dr Heather Williams, War Studies, comments on Newsweek's podcast, discussing Michael Flynn and James Mattis, who were recently announced by Donald Trump as national security adviser and defense secretary, respectively. 'The only certainty that this President-elect is showing is uncertainty,' she said.

Brexit vote comes with risks for English city home to Nissan plant

NPR 7th December 2016

Following a vote to leave the EU, Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, European & International Studies, commented on the impact on businesses in the UK. 'Some companies...have already started to either close all operations, move jobs to other countries in the European Union,' he said.

Brexit vote comes with risks for English city home to Nissan plant

NPR 7th December 2016

Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, European & International Studies, comments on the impact of Brexit on industries in the UK. 'Some companies...have already started to either close all operations, move jobs to other countries in the European Union,' he said.

How I cured my decision fatigue

Daily Telegraph 6th December 2016

Helen Russell looks at the ways that science suggests we can streamline our thinking. Features comment from Dr Benjamin Gardner, an expert in behaviour change at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London.

Your vote does not matter! Lawyers for anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller claim it's 'legally impossible' that the EU referendum gave the decision to the people

Daily Mail 6th December 2016

Theresa May could force a new 'one-line' bill through Parliament to trigger Brexit if judges write off the result of the EU referendum as 'legally irrelevant'. The article quotes a tweet by Professor Andrea Biondi, Law, and mentions Dame Mary Arden who sits on the Advisory Board for the Centre.

Theresa May's policy will cost Britain its single market membership, economists warn

Independent 6th December 2016

Theresa May’s insistence that Britain should impose controls on freedom of movement means the UK will by definition leave the single market, a panel of economists have told MPs. Professor Martin Weale, School of Management & Business, said: ‘I share the view that Britain’s economic interest would be served by remaining in the single market.’

Extremism

BBC1 BBC News 6th December 2016

The Metropolitan Police has welcomed a promise by some of the world's biggest technology companies to work together to stop the spread of extremist content online. Speaking of ISIS, Charlie Winter, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), said: ‘They’ll be looking very closely at how this policy gets implemented.’ He also spoke to BBC Radio 4 (07:15) and BBC Radio 5 live (09:05).

Article 50

Sky News 6th December 2016

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, discusses the Supreme Court appeal on the triggering of Article 50. He said: ‘There are complex legal arguments on both sides.’ Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, also spoke to BBC Radio 5 live (11:08).

Xi Jinping to visit Davos for World Economic Forum

Financial Times 6th December 2016

The World Economic Forum is preparing to welcome Xi Jinping to its annual meeting in January, in what would be the first such appearance by a Chinese president. Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, said: ‘It demonstrates just how much ambition China has to the outside world now, and how Xi is the carrier of that.’

What Theresa May's Christmas plans tell us about her faith

Guardian 5th December 2016

Article on Theresa May’s Christian faith. Dr Eliza Filby, History, said: ‘Margaret Thatcher set out a biblical justification for neoliberal economics. There’s no way May would do that.’

Price of sugary soft drinks could rise by 8p a can when tax introduced

Guardian 5th December 2016

The cost of a can of cola, lemonade or Red Bull is likely to rise by about 8p, while a two-litre bottle of any high-sugar soft drink will go up by 48p, once the government’s sugar levy comes into force. Emeritus Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘Because the increase in cost is so small [6p to 8p per 330 ml], it is highly unlikely to deter consumption among children and young adults.’

Homer's Iliad

BBC World Service Forum 5th December 2016

Professor Edith Hall, Classics, is one of the expert guests on BBC's Forum, discussing why Homer's Iliad is still so important. 'I think it is the dawn of the branch of Greek philosophy that we call ethics. I think that it is 24 amazing books of moral philosophy,' she said.

China fury over Trump’s Taiwan call

Various media outlets 4th December 2016

China has lodged a diplomatic protest with the US State Department after Donald Trump broke with almost four decades of American foreign policy to talk to the president of Taiwan. Speaking to the Times, Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, said: ‘It’s the first real thing that Trump has done and it’s the most incendiary.’ He also commented for BBC News, BBC Radio 5 live (21:02), BBC Radio 4 (17:02) and CNN.

Sturgeon's SNP in race storm as English politician is told to 'go home' by party member

Daily Express 4th December 2016

Nicola Sturgeon's Scottish National Party has been called upon to stamp out increasing hostility after Professor Adam Tomkins, an English member of the Scottish parliament claims he was told to ‘go home’ by a member of the party. It is mentioned that Professor Tomkins used to teach at King’s.

Google, democracy and the truth about internet search

Guardian 4th December 2016

Article about 'fake news'. Dr Martin Moore, Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, said: ‘There’s large-scale, statistically significant research into the impact of search results on political views.’

‘Tis the season of dancing animals - but why do humans love them?

Guardian 4th December 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery Director, explains why humans are captivated by dancing animals. ‘We identify with animal movement because the wiring that connects our limbs to our spines is so similar,’ he said.

Depression genes 'trap generations in poverty cycle'

The Times 3rd December 2016

Poverty is biologically entrenched because people with a tendency to depression have children together and then fail to look after them properly, an academic has claimed. The study comes a year after another lecturer, at King's College London, faced criticism for arguing that the welfare state had created a social class that was genetically and psychologically "employment-resistant". Depression genes 'trap generations in poverty cycle'

Parkinson's: we're looking in the wrong place

New Scientist 3rd December 2016

The disease could start in the gut not the brain, finds Clare Wilson. Sebastien Paillusson at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, Neuroscience, King's College London is quoted. He said: "It could be that having the wrong bacteria in your gut triggers inflammation. We know that inflammation makes synuclein more likely to aggregate."

Books

Financial Times 3rd December 2016

A review of a book by Dr Srinath Raghavan, King’s India Institute.

Turn off that TV and go outside: Getting enough sunshine as a teenager can reduce chance of needing glasses as an adult by a fifth

Daily Mail 2nd December 2016

A study has confirmed that UV light from being outdoors in the sun could notably cut the risk of being short-sighted, by around 20 per cent as a teenager and up to 30 per cent over a lifetime. Study co-author Dr Katie Williams, Diabetes, said: ‘Our study shows that spending more time outside, particularly in younger life, reduces your chance of developing short-sightedness.’

MPs’ mental health

BBC Radio 4 Today 2nd December 2016

MPs are going to be questioned by researchers to assess their mental health. Chief amongst them is said to be Visiting Professor Dan Poulter, Policy Institute, former health minister. He said: ‘I have seen in my time in Parliament colleagues who clearly are struggling.’ Professor Graham Thornicroft, IoPPN, said: ‘There are a number of factors which suggest that people working in these high-pressure jobs may actually face mental health problems more often than the whole population.’ (06:38)

Ten to watch

i 2nd December 2016

TV guide features ‘Finding My Twin Stranger’, a programme on Channel 4 next Wednesday featuring Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology.

King's Health Partners awarded Cancer Research UK Centre status

King's press release 2nd December 2016

King's Health Partners, of which King's is a major partner, has been awarded Cancer Research UK Centre status following a national competition.

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TransCampus Network receives €5million grant

King's press release 2nd December 2016

The TransCampus network between King’s and Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) has been awarded a five million euro grant from the German National Research Foundation for diabetes research. Professor Stefan Bornstein, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, who is the TransCampus Dean, said: ‘We have to seek new avenues in order to sufficiently address this prevalent disease of modern society.’

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Temperatures plunge to -10C as health officials warn sub-zero weather and toxic smog cloud could be deadly over the coldest weekend of the season

Daily Mail 2nd December 2016

Article on the weather mentions that the Environmental Research Group (ERG) described air pollution as 'high' on 30 November due to an area of high pressure over the UK, resulting in calm, settled and cold conditions and poor dispersal of local pollutants. Huffington Post reported that Londoners were warned not to drive on Monday, as air pollution levels in the city soared. According to London Air, an air pollution monitoring site run ERG, the forecast for Monday and Tuesday included moderate air pollution. This was also reported by Independent.

Ed Balls should capitalise on his newfound fame – the country would vote Labour if he were the next leader

Independent 2nd December 2016

Article on Visiting Professor Ed Balls, Policy Institute. He was also featured in Daily Mail, Independent, Guardian and i.

Who is Sarah Olney, how did she win the Richmond Park by-election and how did Zac Goldsmith lose?

Daily Mirror 2nd December 2016

Article on Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Olney, Alumna, who won the Richmond by-election. This was also reported by Financial Times and a separate print piece.

Is it time to ban sales of new diesel cars in London?

Evening Standard 2nd December 2016

Article mentions that according to a recent report by the Institute for Public Policy Research, Greenpeace and King’s, diesel cars are emitting 40 per cent of London’s NO2 and particulate PM10 emissions.

Say goodbye to kale: the superfood trends for 2017 - and five new ingredients to watch

Daily Telegraph 2nd December 2016

Chilean based start-up Not Company is already using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to develop plant-based alternatives to animal products including milk, cheese, mayonnaise and eggs. Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, said: ‘You might be able replicate the textures and forms of foods through AI, but you can’t replicate the function of that food in the body.’

Tiny minority of people with depression get treatment, study finds

Guardian 1st December 2016

Only a small minority of people with depression across the world, just one in 27 in the poorest countries, receive even minimally adequate treatment for their condition, a major study has found. Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (King's College London), Harvard Medical School and the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that even in wealthy countries only one in five people with depression received adequate treatment. Prof Graham Thornicroft from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, who led the study, said: “We call on national and international organisations to make adequate resources available for scaling up the provision of mental health services so that no one with depression is left behind. Our results indicate that much treatment currently offered to people with depression falls far short of the criteria for evidence-based and effective treatment. Providing treatment at the scale required to treat all people with depression is crucial, not only for decreasing disability and death by suicide, but also from a moral and human rights perspective, and to help people to be fully productive members of society.”
Also reported by Voice of America, NDTV, and National Public Radio (NPR).

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A fitting tribute for World AIDS Day

The Psychologist 1st December 2016

Dr Sally Marlow reports from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience LGBT film night.

Parents warned over taking babies outside in London as air pollution levels soar

Evening Standard 1st December 2016

Parents in London have been advised to ‘take care’ when taking their baby outside because of toxic air pollution levels. Yesterday, experts at King’s, using the EU limits, put air pollution at ‘high’ in Brent mid-morning and ‘moderate’ in Sutton, Westminster, the City, Lambeth, Croydon and Ealing. Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, said: ‘If we really want to do more to improve public health we would follow the WHO guidelines.’

Julia Gillard on tackling sexism against female leaders

Times Higher Education Supplement 1st December 2016

Visiting Professor Julia Gillard, Policy Institute, discusses making the internet safe for women and helping universities prepare for change. She said: ‘The original conception of a university meant it had a monopoly that came with place: you went to a university you physically could get to.’

How an 'open relationship' with Israel would serve India well

Daily Mail 1st December 2016

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, has written a piece on India's relationship with Israel. ‘Israel has been a good friend of India but Delhi continues to be shy of demonstrating its friendship,’ he said.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan issues air quality alerts across capital

BBC News Online 1st December 2016

Air quality alerts have been issued across the capital by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan for the first time. King's air quality network describes air pollution in London as ‘high’ due to an area of high pressure over the UK resulting in calm, settled and cold conditions and poor dispersal of local pollutants. Dr David Green, ERG, said: ‘Letting people know about the problem is very important.’ This was reported by BBC News Online, Daily Mail, Telegraph, New York Times, Washington Post and ABC News.

Rauschenberg - Performance, Identity and the Writings of Erving Goffman

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking 1st December 2016

Feature on the concept of self with contribution from Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery director. He said: ‘I think that the thing that reminds us that we are ourselves is our bodies.’ (22:00).

The Investigatory Powers Act

BBC Radio 4 The Briefing Room 1st December 2016

Members of the UK's upper house of Parliament have given final approval to the Investigatory Powers Act, giving Government agencies unprecedented powers to collect user information in bulk and access data about visited websites. Visiting Professor Sir David Omand, War Studies, said: ‘I hope listeners won’t underestimate how seismic a shift this is.’ (20:00). Speaking to Al Jazeera, Dr Mark Coté, Digital Humanities, said: 'No one should be forced to live in full transparency, or be compelled to share our data without control.'

Opec

BBC Radio 4 Today 1st December 2016

Opec has agreed to its first cut in production in eight years. Visiting Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute, said: ‘I think we’ll see the US shale industry reacting to this by keeping production up.’ (17:00)

'Paucity of evidence' behind advice to drink lots of water when ill

Telegraph 1st December 2016

Telling people to drink lots of water when they are poorly is nothing more than an old wives’ tale, according to a case report in the British Medical Journal. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘Patients should be provided with an adequate supply of water by their beds which they should be encouraged to drink or helped to drink.’

As Assad Pushes into Aleppo, Rebellion's Future Unclear

Voice of America 1st December 2016

The Syrian army's push into rebel-held areas of Aleppo continues, and entire districts of Syria's largest city have been returning to government control for the first time in years. Dr Samir Puri, War Studies, said: ‘The loss of eastern Aleppo in its entirety would signal the beginning of the end of the rebellion, definitely.’

Breadth of study

Times Higher Educational Supplement 1st December 2016

Letter regarding the concerns of academics from King's and the University of Cambridge that the return to linear A levels would have a negative impact on the number of girls taking up science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects.

Medical experts' warning over Asperger's 'hacker' Lauri Love

Daily Mail 30th November 2016

The Asperger's suffered by an alleged computer hacker is so acute he is 'not aware of the consequences' of his actions, the country's leading autism expert warns. Another expert, Dr Michael Kopelman, emeritus professor of neuropsychiatry at King's College London, found that Mr Love was clinically depressed, suffering from bouts of 'severe [depression] with some psychotic symptoms'.

Should universities take control of schools? The government thinks so

Guardian 30th November 2016

Article on universities sponsoring schools in exchange for raising fees cites the King’s Maths School as a successful example.

Forest Fringe to take over Somerset House for a weekend of performance and conversation

Evening Standard 30th November 2016

Experimental performance company Forest Fringe will hold a weekend of participatory events at Somerset House next weekend. On the Saturday morning, artists, performers and writers will talk about how we remember performance, with contributions including from Professor Alan Read, English.

Heritage homes to boast about

Evening Standard 30th November 2016

An article on property mentions a mansion in Hampstead that was part of a wider estate later bought by King’s.

Britain’s first ‘three-parent babies’ could be born in 2018

Financial Times 30th November 2016

A final scientific review has given a green light for British doctors to carry out mitochondrial replacement, which creates babies with DNA from three people in order to avoid genetic disease. Member of the review panel Professor Frances Flinter, Medical Genetics, said: ‘We expect the first applications to come from Newcastle University, where they have huge experience looking after patients with mitochondrial disease.’ This was also reported by New Scientist.

Defining feminism

BBC World Service 30th November 2016

Dr Christina Scharff, Culture, Media & Creative Industries (CMCI), discusses the difficulties in defining feminism and what others perceive it to mean. 'I find it really difficult to define feminism, and that's not because I don’t identify as a feminist...but I think there is something to leave the term open,' she said.

Apprenticeships seen as a backwards step

Nursing Standard 30th November 2016

The announcement of nursing degree apprenticeships has been criticised as an 'act of amnesia' by a leading academic. Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Adult Nursing, said: ‘Who is coordinating this policy and assuring quality and safety for the public in developing new routes to registration?’ She was also quoted in Nursing Standard about the impact of Brexit on nursing.

'Hormonal link' between brain and liver may offer new treatment for dealing with problem drinkers

Independent 29th November 2016

A hormonal link between the liver and brain that regulates alcohol consumption may help scientists develop new treatments for problem drinkers, according to new research. Professor Gunter Schumann from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London is quoted. Also reported by the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Sun, Times, Express, Telegraph, Evening Standard and BBC Radio 4.

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What a legal recreational drug market would look like in the UK

Vice 29th November 2016

It's been an eventful month for British drug policy. A couple of weeks ago, the British Medical Journal came out in support of the legalization of all narcotics, saying that "the war on drugs had failed and that there is an imperative to investigate more effective alternatives to criminalization of drug use and supply." Robin Murray, professor of psychiatric research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, once suggested that "we could prevent almost one quarter of cases of psychosis if no one smoked high potency cannabis."

Dina Asher-Smith believes extra muscle can power her into sprinting elite

Guardian 29th November 2016

Article on third-year student and athlete Dina Asher-Smith, History. Speaking about whether she is aiming for a first in her degree, she said: ‘I’m going for it and it’s not unattainable but there’s a lot of juggling and stress so I have to be realistic.’ She also spoke to BBC News and BBC Radio 4 (10:49).

Healthcare clean up of urban environment means tackling pollution at source

Financial Times 29th November 2016

Article discussing air pollution. Speaking about personal pollution monitors, Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, said: ‘Provision of accurate, personal air quality information to the individual is within our grasp in some major cities such as London, where there is knowledge of air pollution at a relatively fine scale.’

Older carers 'risk their own health'

Daily Express 29th November 2016

Looking after sick loved ones is taking its toll on the health of elderly carers, a charity has warned. Jo Moriarty, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, said: ‘Support for carers is predicated on carers not having health problems of their own.’

The 11 UK universities which produce the most employable graduates

Independent 29th November 2016

Article on the Times Higher Education's newly-released ‘Global Employability Index’, a global ranking of universities which produce the most employable graduates. King’s is ranked 4th.

Nicole Kidman interview: 'My new movie is a love letter to my adopted children'

Daily Telegraph 29th November 2016

Interview with actress Nicole Kidman mentions her role in the play ‘Photograph 51’ where she played Rosalind Franklin, Alumna, whose work at King’s led to the discovery of the DNA double helix.

Bus stops designed to fight killer pollution in London

Evening Standard 29th November 2016

Pollution-fighting bus stops have been designed to zap exhaust fume particles and pump out fresh air for pedestrians. Independent tests on the Airlabs system were conducted in Marylebone Road by the Environmental Research Group at King’s.

DNA editing accelerates along controversial healthcare path

Financial Times 29th November 2016

Genome editing vastly increases the speed and efficiency with which scientists can cut and paste DNA in living cells, making it possible to add or remove genes in ways that were impractical with the previous hit-or-miss ‘recombinant DNA’ methods. Professor Karen Yeung, Law, said: ‘Genome engineering may offer the possibility of avoiding the transmission of such diseases by making genetic changes in the early stage embryo.’

Could too much vitamin D be doing you more harm than good? Experts reveal how excessive supplements can make your bones weak

Daily Mail 28th November 2016

The debate over Vitamin D has split the medical and scientific communities into those who believe that one in three of the population is deficient in vitamin D, and sceptics who say supplementation is a 'cure' for an invented disease that doesn't actually exist. Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, said: ‘We are seeing an over-obsession with something that isn't a real disease.’

Ed Balls tipped for House of Commons return by Labour MPs after Strictly Come Dancing exit

Evening Standard 28th November 2016

Article on Visiting Professor Ed Balls, Policy Institute, who has been voted off of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. He also spoke to Times and Daily Telegraph.

Western leaders' cowardly refusal to condemn Fidel Castro brings shame upon our democracies

Telegraph 28th November 2016

Visiting Professor Andrew Roberts, War Studies, has written a piece on the death of Fidel Castro. ‘It is an unmistakeable sign of decadent, disastrous cultural self-hatred when prominent leaders of democratic countries cannot state openly that evil dictators such as the late President Fidel Castro of Cuba were what they undoubtedly were: serial human rights abusers, torturers and tyrants,’ he said.

Claims of IVF rip off

Channel 5 News 28th November 2016

Couples undergoing IVF sometimes spend tens of thousands of pounds on add-on treatments which are a waste of money, according to a research team at Oxford University. Dr Yacoub Khalaf, Women’s Health, said: ‘These interventions are not founded, they are expensive, they don’t add value...’

BBC Radio 4 World at One

Syria conflict 28th November 2016

Over 100 MPs have written to the Prime Minister to ask for immediate air drops of food and medicine to the worst affected civilians in Syria. Dr Shiraz Mayer, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), said: ‘I think we’ve seen over the last four or five years just how difficult it has been for anybody, not just humanitarian agencies, but journalists, any independent third parties, to work in Syria unimpeded.’ (13:22)

The centralising instinct

Hindu 28th November 2016

Dr Louise Tillin, India Institute, writes a piece on Centre-State relations in India. 'The time is right to engage in a deeper debate about Centre-State relations and the operation of federalism,' she said.

Syria

BBC World News 28th November 2016

Dr Shiraz Maher, ICSR, spoke on the latest developments in Syria. 'We've already seen the Syrian conflict in general present one of the greatest displacements of people and one of the greatest humanitarian crises since the Second World War,' he said.

A day in the life of a King's student

BBC World Service (Russian) 28th November 2016

BBC World Service (Russian language) profiled a King's student for a day, filming her at King's, at a Russian Society event, and included her mobile footage of halls and breakfast. They also did a Facebook live with the student, which can be viewed again.

To support veterans, we must stop pitying them

Sunday Telegraph 27th November 2016

Professor Sir Simon Wessely of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, grew up well aware of what combat could do to a person. He is co-director of the King's Centre for Military Health Research.

Eating Disorder Beds

BBC Radio 5 Live 27th November 2016

Professor Ulrike Schmidt is a consultant psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Professor of Eating Disorders at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London joins to discuss what exactly an eating disorder is.

The psychology behind a nice cup of tea

Guardian 27th November 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery director, explains the psychology behind tea. ‘In an experiment, people were asked to rate strangers on how welcoming and trustworthy they thought they were. Holding a warm cup of coffee made them rate the strangers higher on these attributes,’ he said.

Inconvenient truth about your wood-burning stove: They can be bad for the environment AND your health

Daily Mail 26th November 2016

Article on the environmental and health impacts of wood-burning stoves. Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group (ERG), said: ‘There is evidence that good wood-burning stoves produce less air pollution than open fires, because they burn wood more efficiently, but any home burning wood will be creating more air pollution than heating by gas, oil or electricity.’

Dance: Deborah Bull

BBC Radio 3 Saturday Classics 26th November 2016

Deborah Bull, Assistant Principal, presents a selection of classical music. (13:00)

Sixty seconds on…Cryonics

British Medical Journal 26th November 2016

Article on cryonics. Professor Clive Coen, Women’s Health, said cryopreservation of the whole body is ‘just ridiculous and the whole brain is only slightly less ridiculous.’

My London…Kele Okereke

Metro 25th November 2016

An interview with Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, Alumna. He said: ‘I went to university at King’s College London on the Strand and I walked across Waterloo Bridge every day and marvelled at the view from both sides of the bridge - I never got bored of it.’

New target receptor discovered in the fight against obesity

King's press release 25th November 2016

New research by King’s and Imperial College London has discovered the essential role that the receptor FFAR2 plays in the success of fermentable carbohydrates – found in foods such as vegetables, fruit, breads, cereals and pasta - in suppressing appetite and preventing obesity. Dr Gavin Bewick, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘Obesity is currently one of the most serious global threats to human health, determined by genetic background, diet, and lifestyle.’ This was also reported by Metro, India Today and Times of India.

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London’s Waterloo in the limelight as Asian buyers eye new-builds

Financial Times 25th November 2016

Article about building developments in Waterloo mentions the Strand campus.

Backstage power struggles in a long-running Whitehall drama

Financial Times 25th November 2016

Visiting Professor Sir Nicholas Macpherson, Policy Institute, has written a piece on the power dynamic between the Chancellor and the Prime Minister. ‘The authority of the office has been enhanced by the de¬cline of cabinet government and a move to a more presidential system,’ he said.

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives - Omnibus

BBC Radio 4 25th November 2016

Professor Sunil Khilnani, India Institute, presents audio portraits of figures that have shaped the arc of Indian history over two thousand years. (21:00)

Ditch vitamin D pills . . . just get some sun: Healthy lifestyle and diet 'is all most of us need'

Daily Mail 24th November 2016

People should get out into the sunshine rather than rely on supplements to get enough vitamin D, University of Aberdeen experts say. Commenting, Professor Tim Spector, Twin Studies and Genetic Epidemiology, said: ‘Highly convincing evidence of a clear role of vitamin D does not exist for any outcome.’ This was also reported by Daily Express and Sun.

School for teenage codebreakers to open in Bletchley Park

Guardian 24th November 2016

Bletchley Park is planning a new school for the next generation of codebreakers. Dr Tim Stevens, War Studies, said: ‘There’s already the promise of a new government-sponsored ‘virtual’ initiative mentioned in the new UK National Cyber Security Strategy, and this in addition to many degree courses, research groups and, of course, the sovereign capabilities of UK armed forces, intelligence, police and others.’ This was also reported by International Business Times.

Butter is still bad for heart, say scientists

Times 24th November 2016

Swapping butter and meat for olive oil and fish does cut the risk of heart disease, a study has found. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘It is important to focus on replacing saturated fatty acids with healthier unsaturated fats or unrefined carbohydrates, which is in line with current dietary guidelines.’ This was also reported by Sun.

Experts highlight opportunities in 3rd party markets for British, Chinese companies

Xinhua 24th November 2016

Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, commented on UK-China relations. ‘I think the UK would bring analysis and local knowledge to the table, and…it has got very internationalised companies,’ he said. This was also reported by China Daily.

Clinton’s loss is one more nail in the coffin of center-left politics in the West

Washington Post 24th November 2016

Article on the decline of the center-left in politics included comments by Professor Alex Callinicos, European & International Studies. ‘If the left and the center-left don’t get their act together, then we’re looking at a period of very unstable right-wing hegemony,’ he said.

Why frequent dieting makes you put on weight – and what to do about it

Conversation 24th November 2016

Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, has written a piece on dieting in light of new research which has shown why some people are more prone to ‘yo-yo’ dieting and how it can be reversed. He said: ‘The best approach if you really want to lose weight long term is to avoid crash diets and calorie counting altogether, which are doomed to fail.’ This was also reported by i.

Stop England's universities 'dominating' tertiary sector

Times Higher Education Supplement 24th November 2016

Professor Alison Wolf, School of Management & Business, has called for a change of approach to tertiary education in a report published by the Education Policy Institute this week. She said: ‘I don’t know anywhere in the world that is as 'one-size-fits-all' as we are.’

Around the World

Nursing Times 23rd November 2016

Professor Ulrike Schmidt comments on the upcoming Eating Disorders Summit in January 2017. She said: 'Making early intervention for eating disorders a reality needs good leadership and a team approach.'

Three free exhibitions for history of science enthusiasts

Guardian 23rd November 2016

Article on three upcoming exhibitions including ‘Victorians Decoded: Art and Telegraphy’ which draws chiefly on the Victorian art collections of the Guildhall and the historic scientific instrument collection of King’s.

Mosul battle: How the fight against Isis is being reported through victory selfies and Facebook statuses

Independent 23rd November 2016

New trends in frontline ‘victory selfies’ and videos make war more immediate than ever before, providing Iraqi civilians with live updates on frontline action. Dr Jean-Marc Rickli, Defence Studies, said: ‘In war zones, people often use social media as a primary source of information.’

In India, citizens rush to exchange defunct rupee notes

NPR 23rd November 2016

The Indian government has made a sudden move to make 500 and 1,000 rupees ‘worthless’, meaning notes must be traded in at banks for other bills. Commenting, Professor Sunil Khilnani, India Institute, said: ‘It's a massive shock, and it's a very big gamble.’

Virtual Reality video simulates drink driving car crash

BBC News 22nd November 2016

A virtual reality video simulating a drink driving car crash has been released by alcohol maker Diageo. Dr Lucia Valmaggia, head of the Virtual Reality Lab at the Institute of Psychiatry, psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, said: "VR has been shown to trigger a response which is similar to a real life experience."

Coordinated approach essential to care after ICU and hospital discharge, new research finds

King's press release 22nd November 2016

New research by King’s has found inconsistencies in the experiences of patients once they were discharged from hospital, following admission to an intensive care unit (ICU), impacting detrimentally on the continuity of care they received. Suzanne Bench, Adult Nursing, said: ‘Health professionals need an improved understanding of critical illness, and patients and families must be included in all aspects of the information-sharing process.’

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Brexit and the EEA

Times 22nd November 2016

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute for Contemporary British History, has written a letter on Brexit. ‘If, therefore, Britain were to become, after Brexit, a member of the EEA she would be required to accept rules which she has hardly any ability to shape,’ he said.

Global University Employability Ranking

i 22nd November 2016

The Global University Employability Ranking by Times Higher Education is listed, with King’s coming sixth in the UK.

I know all about Oxford's class problem. It starts in schools

Guardian 22nd November 2016

Article about the University of Oxford and social class mentions a King’s study which found that schools in the south-east and London sent nearly 50% more students to Oxford and Cambridge colleges than the national average.

Eat your fibre or face the flesh-eating microbe cannibals

Conversation 22nd November 2016

Professor Tim Spector, Twin Studies and Genetic Epidemiology, has written a piece on the importance of eating fibre. He said: ‘Our own TwinsUK study has recently shown that low fibre eaters gain weight more quickly and have less microbial diversity.’ This was also published by Independent. Professor Spector also spoke to Independent about transforming how we approach eating.

Is this America's best-read general? Viral email from Trump's potential Defense Secretary 'Mad Dog' Mattis shows how he fights using the lessons of history

Daily Mail 22nd November 2016

Article on a viral email by the Marine general who is in the running to become Donald Trump’s Defence Secretary. The exchange of emails by Gen. James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis is mentioned to have been posted on the King’s War Studies ‘Strife’ Blog in 2013.

Fossil fuel divestment soars in UK universities

Guardian 22nd November 2016

The number of British universities divesting from fossil fuels has risen to 43. It is mentioned that King’s has agreed to drop its most polluting investments in September.

In the Mideast, weighing the risks of tough talk

International New York Times 22nd November 2016

Some analysts fear that the appointment of Donald Trump, his views and reliance on cabinet appointees who have expressed anti-Islamic views will be exploited as a recruiting tool by Islamic State. Commenting, Charlie Winter, ICSR, said the views ‘reinforces and ratifies the jihadist worldview.’

Trump's foreign policies

Reuters 22nd November 2016

Trump-branded property could present a target for bombings or other kinds of attacks, according to Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR. ‘From a terrorist’s perspective, it’s a very attractive target,’ he said. This was also reported by Yahoo and Daily Mail.

Clinical research advancements

BBC World Service 22nd November 2016

Discussion on clinical research advancements using model design and craft embroidery. A collaboration between Dr Matthew Howard, Informatics, and a textiles artist is mentioned. They were looking to see if they could make embroidered sensors that could fit inside garments and pick up electrical impulses.

Britain’s top GP: Five-a-day goal is too costly for poorer families

Daily Mail 21st November 2016

Doctors should no longer insist that patients follow official advice to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, says a top GP. Potatoes have been previously debated over whether they should be included as a ‘five-a-day’. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, has said that their exclusion is due to ‘middle-class morality’ and concerns it would encourage people to eat chips.

'I can never forgive the GP who gave my daughter the anxiety pills that she used to take her own life': The anguish of a mum who was kept in the dark about her 16-year-old's prescription

Daily Mail 21st November 2016

Article on GPs giving medication to teenagers mentions a study by King’s which found that 75,000 girls under 16 are being prescribed the contraceptive pill every year — in many cases without their parents' knowledge.

Why shouldn’t your local school be a museum?

Guardian 21st November 2016

Assistant Principal Deborah Bull, has written a piece on the ‘My school is a museum’ project which King’s took part in. ‘Imaginative partnerships could help stretched funds go further,’ she said.

30 fabulous things to do in London this week

Time Out London 21st November 2016

Article on things to do in London this weekend includes the Longplayer Conversation 2016, which will be held at King's.

Facial encounters

BBC Radio 4 Beyond Belief 21st November 2016

A piece that discusses the advantages and dangers of ‘giving religious figures a face’. Professor Ben Quash, Theology & Religious Studies, said: ‘There’s been attempts all through Christian history to try and fix what Jesus might have looked like.’ (16:30)

Meet the new favourite to become the next President of France

Buzzfeed 21st November 2016

François Fillon is favourite to become the next President of France. Dr Alex Clarkson, European & International Studies, discussed Fillon’s foreign policy. ‘Within the French right, going back to de Gaulle, there has always been a sentimental attachment to the notion that the Russians can be ‘civilised’ and turned into a European partner,’ he said.

Terrorism

BBC Radio 4 Sunday 20th November 2016

The German Islamic organisation that calls itself 'True Religion' has been banned after the authorities accused it of recruiting jihadists. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), said: ‘What it is being accused of is to facilitate travel to Syria.’ (07:23)

What about the workers? Oxford students pick ‘classism officer’

Times 20th November 2016

Students at an Oxford college are to appoint a ‘class liberation officer’ to protect working-class undergraduates from insults and hardship. King's is mentioned to have also appointed an officer to support working-class students. This was also reported by Daily Mail in print and online, India Today and Indian Express.

A formula for equality

Times 20th November 2016

Feature about gender equality in the science industries, including an interview with Dr Victoria Sanz-Moreno, Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics. ‘At the research level there are more women, but at the point where a scientist becomes independent, they decide it’s too much,’ she said.

Nostalgia for things that never happened

Guardian 20th November 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery director, explains why we sometimes feel nostalgic for things that have never happened. ‘Indeed those who wanted Trump to make America great again were harking back to a version of the country that never really existed,’ he said.

Will Brexit block EU students from UK law schools?

Financial Times 20th November 2016

Article detailing the effect of the Brexit decision on EU students coming to the UK. Professor Ben Bowling, Law, said that there are no indications yet of a Brexit effect depressing student recruitment at King’s. ‘If you want to practise in the international realm then you need to have some legal knowledge of the common-law systems such as the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore,’ he said.

Emissions

BBC World Service 20th November 2016

The London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for Volkswagen to provide compensation following its recent emissions scandal. The interview mentions research by King’s Environmental Research Group (ERG), which found up to 9,500 people die each year due to long term exposure to air pollution.

A great British asset: Judges who won’t be bribed or told what to do

Times 19th November 2016

An interview with Visiting Professor Rt Hon Lord Igor Judge, Law.

The rise and rise of the referendum

BBC News Online 19th November 2016

Article on the increasing occurrence of referendums around the world. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute for Contemporary British History, said: ‘People feel that indirect democracy keeps them too far away from any influence.’

How exercise can thrwart depression

New York Times 18th November 2016

Exercise may be an effective treatment for depression and might even help prevent us from becoming depressed in the first place, according to three timely new studies. Dr Brendon Stubbs of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London was a primary author on all the reviews.

Beachcomber: 99 years old and STILL admires civilisation

Daily Express 18th November 2016

Article mentions a King’s collaboration with the Helios Collective opera company in which they will put on three short original operas at the end of next week.

The cryonics dilemma: Will deep-frozen bodies be fit for new life?

Various media outlets 18th November 2016

There has been a large amount of public discussion this week, around being cryogenically frozen after death. Professor Clive Coen, Women’s Health, said to the Guardian: ‘The main problem is that [the brain] is a massively dense piece of tissue.’ Professor Coen also called for restrictions on marketing cryonics in a separate Guardian article. He was quoted in another online Guardian article, and a comment piece for the Guardian, as well as in two pieces for i, Times, BBC News Online, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Independent, Evening Standard, Metro and Financial Times. Meanwhile, a Daily Telegraph piece reporting on the preservation process quotes David Farlow, Alumna, who came across the concept as a Computer Science student at King’s.

How can Facebook and its users burst the ‘filter bubble’?

New Scientist 18th November 2016

In the wake of the US election, concerns are surfacing over the filter bubbles that mediate the information people see in their social media feeds. Dr Martin Moore, Policy Institute, said: ‘If this window is filled with highly partisan and, in some cases, false news, then many people will be assessing political candidates and information on the basis of distorted and misleading information.’

I used to live my life in fear of cancer – now it's dementia that worries me most

Independent 18th November 2016

Article about dementia mentions that researchers at King’s believe that there is a ‘genetic signature’ they can identify in people who are ageing well. This was also reported by i.

Do you feel that money is put before safety in your organisation?

Nursing Times 18th November 2016

Article discussing the new ‘nursing associate role’ mentions research undertaken by a variety of academics including Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Nursing Policy, which found that hospitals that employ more nurse assistants relative to the number of professionally qualified nurses have higher mortality rates, lower patient satisfaction, and poorer quality and safety of care. This was also reported in two further online pieces; Nursing Times (1), Nursing Times (2) and a print piece for the same publication.

Patients' role in making care safer

British Medical Journal 18th November 2016

Article looking at the role of patients in improving standards of care. Evidence to support the view that patients and carers raise valid concerns and alerts which health professions rebuff or sideline, has been cited by Nicola Mackintosh, Women’s Health.

Children need our help in the war on weight

Times 17th November 2016

Article on obesity mentions research by King’s which followed more than a quarter of a million obese patients over five years and found that only one in 210 men and one in 124 women reached a normal body weight after dieting.

Race is on to measure your biological age to treat people at risk from growing old prematurely

i 17th November 2016

A study led by a team from Kings claims to have determined a genetic signature of ageing present in individuals that are ageing well.

Broadband speeds

Sky News Sunrise With Sarah-Jane Mee 17th November 2016

New evidence suggests that misleading adverts are making it difficult for customers to understand what speeds they can expect to get from their broadband. Professor Mischa Dohler, Informatics, said: ‘Speed is something really complicated.’ (07:14)

Chinese literature in Africa: meaningful or simply ceremonial?

Conversation 17th November 2016

Dr Catherine Gilbert, English, has written a piece on the distribution of Chinese literature in Africa. ‘If China aims to counter the cultural hegemony of the West, the translation and exporting of its literature plays a vital role,’ she said.

Google Think Tank launches new weapon in fight against ISIS

NBC News 17th November 2016

Developers at a think-tank have developed a pilot project that aims to push web users searching for jihadist information toward content designed to counter tools of terrorist recruitment. Commenting, Dr Shiraz Maher, ICSR, said: ‘For recruiters who are based in conflict zones, they have a unique ability now to reach anybody, anywhere, at any time.’

Ten of the world’s hottest start-ups in 2016

CNBC 17th November 2016

Article discussing 10 of the world’s hottest start-ups in 2016, mentions one that King’s students have been involved in – a biotech start-up which has developed a novel method of tracking the response of cancer to therapy.

‘Fewer women will study engineering’ owing to school exam changes

Times Higher Education Supplement 17th November 2016

Sustained efforts to bring more women into engineering in the UK will be severely damaged by upcoming changes to school qualifications, experts have warned. Speaking at a meeting of the Engineering Professors' Council on 9 November, Professor Peter Main, Physics, said: ‘It is almost inevitable that changes to A Levels will make the gender balance worse.’

Replacing professional nurses with nursing assistants linked to heightened death risk

King's press release 16th November 2016

Replacing professionally qualified nurses with lower skilled nursing assistants is linked to a heightened risk of patient death, as well as other indicators of poor quality care, reveals a study conducted by academics at the University of Pennsylvania, King’s and the University of Southampton. Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Nursing Policy, said: ‘Our study finds that high professional nurse burnout and job dissatisfaction in hospital nursing practice is not alleviated by adding lower skilled workers.’ This was reported by Daily Telegraph and Nursing Times.

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Whitehall’s institutional memory gap

Prospect 16th November 2016

Article on Brexit mentions that the Treasury has gone into partnership with King’s, to create a group whose aim is to strengthen Whitehall's institutional memory.

Scottish ‘passports’ and joining Norway among Brexit plans

Times 16th November 2016

Scottish ministers are considering plans to give Scotland a more Euro-friendly Brexit deal than the rest of the UK, including Scottish ‘passports’. The passport plan would be based on Scotland issuing its own national insurance numbers. Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, commented.

Palliative care

BBC 1 Breakfast 16th November 2016

Professor Irene Higginson, Cicely Saunders Institute, is interviewed about palliative care for people with cancer. ‘Palliative care is the total active care of somebody who’s got a serious or progressive illness,’ she said. (09:08)

Top 100 universities for employability: Which British universities make the world rankings?

Daily Telegraph 16th November 2016

Article on the top 100 universities for employability notes that King’s is ranked highly at 23.

Cannabis should be legal as a medicine, says Clegg

Daily Mail 15th November 2016

Cannabis should be legalised because of its 'medicinal value', Nick Clegg said last night. A major review led by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, in 2014 concluded smoking cannabis is highly addictive, can cause mental health problems and opens the door to hard drugs.

King's academic comment on US election

Various media outlets 15th November 2016

Professor Jennifer Rubin, Policy Institute, has written a piece for Independent on Donald Trump winning the US presidential election. ‘The new President-elect and his voters are feeling emboldened by victory, and they will be feeling validated and encouraged by a prevailing message of “welcome to the fold”,’ she said. Visiting Professor Andrew Roberts, War Studies, spoke to BBC Radio 4 and has also written a piece for Telegraph. ‘If Trump shows a new-found capacity to listen and learn, he might do much better than we think,’ he said. Meanwhile, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, was quoted by BBC News Online. He said: ‘The election of Donald Trump is the most troubling political event in my lifetime.’

Boom in demand for a master’s degree fuels campus expansion

Times 15th November 2016

Article discussing campus expansion for several universities mentions the Strand campus.

Fake news

BBC Radio 5 live 5 live Drive 15th November 2016

The controversy over fake news on Facebook is intensifying after reports that employees at the social media company have formed an anonymous task force to tackle the problem. Dr Martin Moore, Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, director, said: ‘Facebook has an audience of 1.7 billion people worldwide and over half of Americans now rely on it regularly for their news.’ (16:57)

Silver lining

Daily Mail 15th November 2016

Researchers at King's recently found that people who had acne were more likely to live longer than those with perfect skin.

Brexit bulletin: Who will build Britain’s future?

Bloomberg 15th November 2016

Analysts have argued that the stronger the U.K. economy is, the harder the Brexit deal could be. The article includes comment by Professor Anand Menon, European& International Studies.

Narendra Modi set to get tougher on China and Pakistan

Economic Times of India 15th November 2016

Comment on Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s foreign policy. Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, said: ‘There’s been a very overt attempt to use foreign policy as a tool for domestic economic growth.’ These comments were also reported by NDTV. Professor Pant also wrote a piece for The Hindu, on Indian foreign policy, specifically Modi’s recent visit to Japan.

Russian politics

BBC World 15th November 2016

Dr Sam Greene, Russian Institute, comments on the arrest of Russian Minister Alexei Ulyukayev. ‘We haven’t seen anything like this in a lifetime of looking at Russian politics.’

Looking ahead

China Daily 15th November 2016

Article mentions an upcoming law event, where Stephanie Balme will present a talk on Reforming the Judiciary in China (1978-2016).

Link between depression and body inflammation

BBC World Service 14th November 2016

Interview with Professor Carmine Pariante from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London discussing the link between depression and body inflammation.

Are we thinking about depression all wrong?

Telegraph 14th November 2016

Article on research into depression. Dr Valeria Mondelli of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London is quoted.

NUT and King's College London research into Key Stage 4

King's press release 14th November 2016

A new King’s report, commissioned by the NUT, uncovers serious problems with the EBacc, the Government's attempt to steer all schools towards a narrow range of subjects. This was also reported by Guardian.

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How will tonight's moon affect human behaviour?

Telegraph 14th November 2016

Article looking at the supermoon and how it might affect human behaviour. As part of research for his book on the history of mental health nursing, Dr Niall McCrae, Mental Health Nursing, spoke to former nurses who worked at old mental asylums. He said: ‘Anyone who worked in those institutions, old nurses and guards, they will tell you with utter conviction that there was a lunar effect on wards at night.’ This was also reported by Daily Mail and a separate article for Daily Telegraph. He also spoke to BBC Radio 5 live (22:55).

Brexit: What Europe wants

BBC Radio 4 Analysis 14th November 2016

Feature presented by Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, analysing how politics in other EU member states might impact Britain's future with the rest of the EU. (20:30)

England's higher education system 'in tatters'

Financial Times 14th November 2016

England's higher education system is ‘in tatters’, according to a think tank and Professor Alison Wolf, School of Management & Business. A report by Professor Wolf for the Education Policy Institute has found that an increase in university graduates has resulted in ‘an unsustainable’ funding system, while technical qualifications below degree level have suffered a ‘steep decline’ in student numbers. This was also reported by Times.

Anglophone political populism and the cultural rejection of climate change

Conversation 14th November 2016

Professor Mike Hulme, Geography, has written a piece on the cultural politics of climate change in light of Donald Trump winning the US presidential election and Brexit. ‘How climate change is believed in or denied, how it is acted upon or resisted, can only be understood at the level of much deeper beliefs people hold about themselves and about how the world is and should be,’ he said.

Lack of sleep is making our children obese - but help is at hand

Guardian 14th November 2016

Article mentions that researchers at King's have shown that irregular bedtimes and insufficient sleep in childhood may result in increased calorie consumption and obesity.

Brexit Briefing: Too close to Trump, Theresa May?

Financial Times 14th November 2016

Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, argues that we are heading for a hard Brexit thanks both to the relatively good performance of the economy, the intransigence of public opinion about migration and the fact that EU leaders want to deter populist movements.

Niesr Think Tank to run new U.K. statistics office facility

Bloomberg 14th November 2016

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research will run a new branch of the U.K. statistics office. Academics from King’s will be involved in the new centre.

Turkish jets hit al-Bab in push to take ISIL's Raqqa

Al Jazeera 14th November 2016

The Turkish military announced recent gains in the fight against ISIL in northern Syria. Commenting, Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, said: ‘Turkey did not want the YPG or the SDF to take more control of land [in Syria], which is why their military got involved in the first place.’

Climate Change

BBC World 14th November 2016

Professor Mike Hulme, Geography, commented in response to research that suggested an increase in the global temperature. ‘I would say the far more important thing is looking at what particular industries are doing, looking at what cities are doing and individuals are doing. The risks of climate change are risks and are serious,’ he said.

How to use your brain power to fight off a cold

Guardian 13th November 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery Director, explains how we can use our brain power to fight off a cold. ‘Because the nervous system runs from the brain into every organ of the body, what we believe can have a powerful effect on how we respond to illness,’ he said.

Bullied children twice as likely to be obese in later life - regardless of genetic factors

Mail Online 12th November 2016

Children who were bullied at school are twice as likely to be overweight than their popular peers, a new study claims. Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London analysed interviews with 2,000 adults who have been part of a study since they were children in the 1960s. Dr Andrea Danese is quoted: "Bullying is commonly associated with mental health problems, but there is little research examining the physical health of bullied children. Our study shows that bullied children are more likely to be overweight as young adults, and that they become overweight independent of their genetic liability and after experiencing victimisation."
Also reported in the Indian Express, Economic Times, and Deccan Chronicle.

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Article 50 could be reversed, Government may argue in Brexit case

Guardian 12th November 2016

Government lawyers are exploring possibilities of reversing the Article 50 process. Professor Takis Tridimas, Law, said: ‘I know that the issue of revocation is a live issue in terms of the Supreme Court hearing.’

Link between DNA and chronic widespread joint pain

King's press release 11th November 2016

Scientists at King’s, funded by the charity Arthritis Research UK, have found a link between changes in marks on the outside of DNA (epigenetics) and chronic widespread joint pain, one of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia. Dr Frances Williams, Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, said: ‘Fibromyalgia is influenced by genetic factors but there are many complicated steps between gene and disease. Identifying measurable epigenetic links is a major step forward.’

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Opportunities in 3rd party markets for Chinese, British companies: experts

Xinhua 11th November 2016

Analysts give their views on China-Britain relations. Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, said: ‘I think the UK would bring analysis and local knowledge to the table, and the fact that it has got very internationalised companies that have been overseas for a long time.’

The $88m student digs: Homebuying for children of the super-rich

Financial Times 11th November 2016

Article on homebuying mentions the Strand campus.

MOUTHY

ITV London 10th November 2016

Students at King's are exploring methods to control computer games using one’s mouth. (18:21)

‘The job of a historian is to be diagnostic’

The Hindu 10th November 2016

A review of Dr Jon Wilson’s, History, book India Conquered. ‘What motivated me was that we still live in some degree of myth that the British rule propagated about itself,’ Dr Wilson recently said.

Defending Norway

BBC World Service 10th November 2016

Professor Mats Berdal, War Studies, presents the second part of ‘Defending Norway’. ‘In this programme, I’ll be investigating whether the recent cooling in relations between Washington and Moscow does in fact signal a new cold war, where Norway’s high north could be a potential flashpoint for conflict,’ he said.

World War One at Home

BBC Radio 4 9th November 2016

Professor Edgar Jones of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, is interviewed about the treatment of shell-shock during World War One.

Crick Institute receives royal seal of approval

King's press release 9th November 2016

Europe’s largest biomedical research centre under one roof- the Francis Crick Institute was officially opened by HM The Queen on Wednesday. Professor Ed Byrne AC, President and Principal, said: ‘As a founding academic partner King’s is delighted to play a key role in this world-leading institute.’

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Preparation for a crucial role

Nursing Standard 9th November 2016

Dr Corina Naughton, Adult Nursing, has co-written a piece arguing that education must be matched with dynamic career pathways that attract professionals to older people's care. ‘Nurses have expressed frustration at the lack of available opportunities to develop their capabilities to provide age-attuned care,’ they said.

After Trump’s victory, the world is left to wonder: What happened to America?

Washington Post 9th November 2016

Dr Thomas Roulet, School of Management & Business, comments following the announcement that Donald Trump will be President of the United States. ‘Trump said himself that his election would be ‘Brexit plus plus.’ And he was right,’ he said.

China denies complicity in Pakistan’s nuclear missile programme

Various media outlets 9th November 2016

The Chinese Foreign Ministry have responded to a report released by King’s Project Alpha, which investigated Pakistan’s strategic nuclear and missile industries, denying any illicit involvement by China. This was reported by Deccan Herald, China Daily and NDTV.

Trump’s Challenge: The Powerful Women of NATO

Voice of America 9th November 2016

Dr Christine Cheng, War Studies, commented on Donald Trump and NATO. ‘Donald Trump and what he represents to NATO in particular is dangerous. He is going straight at the heart of the alliance.’

Trump’s win signals open season for Russia’s political hackers

Wired 9th November 2016

Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, comments on the relationship between hacking and propaganda. ‘The ground is becoming more fertile for Russia’s influence operations,’ he said.

Why are 250000 lives still being ruined by mothers little helpers

Daily Mail 8th November 2016

Article on benzodiazepine addiction. Professor Malcolm Lader, a psycho-pharmacologist from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, identified so-called benzo dependency syndrome - where patients develop dependence even at lower doses and when taking the drug as prescribed.

Suicide bombers slow Iraqi advance

Times 8th November 2016

Article discussing suicide attackers slowing down an advance by the Iraqi army. Charlie Winter, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), said: ‘I think we are going to see massive instability in Mosul for years to come.’

Staying alive

Daily Mail 8th November 2016

Article on how to minimise the health risks linked to a hospital stay. Professor Kevin Whelan, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘It’s not a time to worry about eating healthily or watching our fat intake.’

Think of the universe as a skateboard park: Supernovas and sphalerons

Guardian 8th November 2016

Article on research at the Large Hadron Collider, mentioning Professor John Ellis, Physics, and Professor Nick Mavromatos, Physics.

Trump vs Clinton is America’s dirtiest election ever - and the poison could infect the whole world

Mirror 8th November 2016

Visiting Professor Dr Andrew Roberts, War Studies, has written an article in the run-up to the US presidential election. ‘Whoever wins tonight will doubtless quickly persuade themselves that they were elected because they were popular, but in this election it simply won’t be true. They will have won because the American people despised their opponent slightly more,’ he said. He also wrote about this in a separate piece for Mirror.

The Make:Shift conference on Craft and Innovation

BBC Radio 4 8th November 2016

Discussion of a new ‘trend’, in which creative craft skills aid scientific research. Dr Kate Dunton, Cultural Institute, is interviewed alongside Shelley James, a glass artist, who has been working with physicists at King's. She said: ‘There didn’t used to be a barrier between art and science.’

UK risks losing global influence if it quits single market, says former civil servant

Guardian 8th November 2016

The UK's global diplomatic and security influence is at risk if it cuts itself off from the single market and continues to denigrate foreigners, a former civil servant has warned. Speaking on Monday at King's, Sir Simon Fraser, said it was inevitable that Brexit would diminish UK influence overseas. This was also reported by Financial Times.

Fight The Fads want to legally protect the term ‘Nutritionist’ to stop unqualified wellness bloggers from using it

Metro 8th November 2016

‘Fight The Fads’, a company headed by three student dietitians at Kings, have launched a Government petition to legally protect use of the title 'Nutritionist'. They said: ‘There has been a recent rise in the popularity of wellness bloggers and nutrition ‘gurus’, and unfortunately this has led to much confusion among the public.’

Looking ahead

China Daily 8th November 2016

Article mentions an event at the Lau China Institute, where Andrew Tylecote spoke about China’s Challenge in High Technology.

Narendra Modi bans India’s largest currency bills in a bit to cut corruption

New York Times 8th November 2016

Narendra Modi has moved to ban India’s largest currency bills; effectively removing 80 per cent of the currency in circulation. Commenting, Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, said: ‘There’s a perception that whatever he has done on the corruption front is not enough.’

Children gain confidence and social skills when schooled in local museum

King's press release 7th November 2016

A new report, published by King’s, shows the findings of four projects that for the first time in the UK placed Nursery, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children in their local museum for extended residencies. Katherine Bond, Director, Cultural Institute, said: ‘The project findings will inspire schools and museums across the UK and contribute to the debate around creative and cultural learning.’ This was also reported by BBC News Online.

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Processed food 'can cause bowel cancer' by changing your body

Daily Mail 7th November 2016

Common additives used in every day foods including bread and sweets may be behind the huge rise in bowel cancer, scientists claim. Emulsifiers, which are added to most processed foods to aid texture and extend their shelf life, alter gut bacteria. Commenting on the study, Emeritus Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘In my opinion, this study has little relevance to human nutrition because the authors induced cancer with a known carcinogen and then exposed the animals to extreme amounts of additives in drinking water.’

New nursing associate role developed too quickly, warn profession's leaders

Nursing Times 7th November 2016

Plans to develop the forthcoming nursing associate role have been drawn up at a ‘helter skelter’ pace and have been ‘rushed’, leaving insufficient time for the profession to scrutinise what the new role will be able to do and how it will be trained, it has been claimed. Professor Jill Maben, Adult Nursing, said: ‘I am concerned. I don’t feel there has been enough engagement with the profession. It feels like quite a quick fix with potentially very big unintended consequences.’

Theresa May in India

BBC World HARDtalk 7th November 2016

Theresa May has visited India in her first trip abroad as Prime Minister. India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman mentioned King’s as a destination for Indian students studying in London. The Delhi summer school opened by King’s is also mentioned in Telegraph regarding Indian students in the UK, and Theresa May’s visit.

After the earthquake: Why the brain gives phantom quakes

Guardian 6th November 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery director, explains why some of the people caught up in the recent earthquakes in Italy will experience aftershocks that are all in the mind. ‘This happens for the same reason as ‘sea legs’ - the swaying feeling you sometimes get when you walk on dry land after time on a boat,’ he said.

Mosul

Al Jazeera 6th November 2016

Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, comments on the military advances made into Mosul. ‘Now you have an enemy who will not just disappear and run away, even if there is just one man standing,’ he said.

May plans to ease ability of Indian businesspeople to travel to U.K.

Wall Street Journal 6th November 2016

Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, comments on Britain’s trade talks with India after Brexit. ‘It would be naïve to think anyone would finalise a deal with us until they know what it means for their ability to use us as a base to reach the European market,’ he said. Professor Menon also commented on this for NDTV.

Making things up

New Scientist 5th November 2016

Article on the nature of hallucinations, mentioning a 1998 King's College London study.

Missile tracking

Economist 5th November 2016

Article on cancer treatment mentions a new technique developed by Dr Rafael de Rosales, Imaging Chemistry & Biology, and Alberto Gabizon of the Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Jerusalem.

Netflix cuts no corners with £30,000 dress

Times 5th November 2016

Article on Netflix series ‘The Crown’ in which Research Fellow Pankaj Chandak, Transplantation Immunology & Mucosal Biology Research Division, was one of the surgical team ‘operating’ on a King George. ‘We used surgical gowns, gloves and instruments from the period and had to adapt our surgery to the time,’ he said. This was also reported by Daily Mail.

Weather Eye

Times 5th November 2016

Weather report cites research from King's, which found that smoke from bonfires contains poisonous carbon monoxide and other pollutants.

BBC Radio 3 Record Review

Mozart 5th November 2016

Professor Cliff Eisen, Music, discusses the most recent box collection of 200 CDs of Mozart. He said: ‘In London, in 1791, there was a widely held view that Mozart was the greatest composer who had ever lived.’ (10:43)

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives – Omnibus

BBC Radio 4 5th November 2016

A continuation of Radio Four's exploration of Indian history, with Professor Sunil Khilnani, King's India Institute.

Bellini's Norma

BBC Radio 3 Opera on 3 5th November 2016

Professor Roger Parker, Music, discusses a new production of Bellini's Norma as well as the historical background of the Viennese opera. ‘There’s this idea of fear and oppression which is built into the very set,’ he said (18:32).

Brexit is jeopardising Britain’s intellectual legacy

The Atlantic 5th November 2016

A group of academics at King’s met to discuss a post-Brexit future for universities. The article mentions Dr Lucia Pradella, European & International Studies, and thoughts of how universities should shape how Brexit happens.

It’s as healthy to eat bugs as it is to eat steak, study says

Fox news 5th November 2016

A recent research paper from King’s looked at nutritional contents of insects versus steak. This was also reported by Huffington Post.

King's College London preofessor explains what Batten disease is

Mail Online 4th November 2016

Jon Cooper, PhD, of King's College London explains in a quick video what Batten disease is - a fatal brain disorder that strikes children.

EU referendum

Various media outlets 4th November 2016

King’s academics continue to comment on the EU referendum. A report from UK in a Changing Europe, an independent group of academics led by Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, was reported by Guardian, Evening Standard, Independent, a separate piece for Evening Standard, Daily Mail and Bloomberg. Professor Menon also spoke to Sky News and was quoted in a separate piece for Bloomberg and CNN online. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, was interviewed for CNN and BBC Radio 4 (13:12), and his comments were reported by Washington Post. King’s Alumn Dominic Chambers, Law, was mentioned in Washington Post to have been on the team of lawyers involved in the High Court case.

Letters to the editor: Treating autism

Daily Telegraph 3rd November 2016

A study by the universities of Manchester, Newcastle and King's College London has shown that early intervention for young children with autism reduces core "symptoms" of the condition (report, October 26).

First UK ‘fixing room’ could be turning point in approach to treating addicts

The Conversation 3rd November 2016

Article on providing safe places for addicts to take drugs. The Glasgow proposal would be the first facility to open in the UK, although as part of a King's College London research study, limited trials in 2007 involved giving heroin to addicts in special clinics in London, Darlington and Brighton.

Rabbi Lord Sacks' Templeton Prize celebrated at King's

King's press release 3rd November 2016

On 2 November the Principal and the Dean hosted a small dinner at King’s to celebrate the award of the 2016 Templeton Prize to Rabbi Lord Sacks FKC, one of our most distinguished alumni. Professor Edward Byrne AC, President & Principal, said: ‘It was a particular delight to host Rabbi Lord Sacks back at King’s. The 2016 Templeton Prize is a wonderful recognition of the respect and esteem in which he is held in contemporary British society and around the world.’

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Smoking a pack a day for a year causes 150 mutations in lung cells

King's press release 3rd November 2016

Scientists have measured the catastrophic genetic damage caused by smoking in different organs of the body and identified several different mechanisms by which tobacco smoking causes mutations in DNA. Professor David Phillips, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, said: ‘The results are a mixture of the expected and unexpected, and reveal a picture of direct and indirect effects.’ This was reported by Guardian and South China Morning Post.

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Back from the dead

Daily Mail 3rd November 2016

Q&A mentioning the artist John Houlston, Alumni. Some of his work is still on display at the university, including Legillium (lectern) in the Strand Chapel which he carved from the base of a 500-year old oak tree that had been blown down in the 1987 storms.

Pious progressives have created a spiral of silence which could yet conceal a Donald Trump victory

Telegraph 3rd November 2016

Article on the US presidential race, by Dr Thomas Roulet, School of Management & Business. ‘Because the partisans of Trump, Brexit, and other seemingly unpopular options, are vilified, and persistently presented as being a minority, they end up believing they are indeed one. This makes them less likely to express their view, and thus less likely to reveal it to pollsters,’ he said.

Columbia University global centres aim to prove university’s ‘relevance’

Times Higher Education Supplement 3rd November 2016

Article discussing how universities can ensure that they stay relevant in an increasingly globalised world. It is mentioned that King's, Arizona State University and the University of New South Wales launched an alliance earlier this year with the goal to collaborate on research to help solve ‘global grand challenges.’

Norway and Russia

BBC World Service 3rd November 2016

Professor Mats Berdal, War Studies, hosts a feature on the historic cross-border relationship between Norway and Russia.

Reaction to court ruling on Brexit vote

BBC News Online 3rd November 2016

Summary of reactions to the High Court Brexit ruling, including that of Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, who spoke to BBC Radio Four. ‘I think the important point is it's not quite as earth-shattering as some people are saying because Article 50 doesn't trigger a trade negotiation with the European Union,’ he said. He also wrote a piece for Times.

Sleep deprivation may cause people to eat more calories

King's press release 2nd November 2016

Sleep deprivation may result in people consuming more calories during the following day, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis led by researchers at King’s. Dr Gerda Pot, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘The main cause of obesity is an imbalance between calorie intake and expenditure and this study adds to accumulating evidence that sleep deprivation could contribute to this imbalance.’ This was reported by Daily Telegraph, Times, Daily Mail, i, Daily Express, Sun, International Business Times UK, Deccan Herald, NDTV, New York Times, Forbes, Hindustan Times, Yahoo and Time.

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The global burden of cancer

King's press release 2nd November 2016

A new research series published in The Lancet has called for international intervention to help reduce preventable deaths from cancer in low- and middle- income countries. Professor Richard Sullivan, Institute of Cancer Policy, was a co-author on the series. This was reported by Reuters, Daily Mail, Deccan Chronicle, Fox Health and Yahoo. Professor Sullivan also co-wrote a piece for Conversation and spoke to Al Jazeera during his attendance at the World Cancer Congress, where the series was announced. ‘We’re really facing a global epidemic here of cancer and a lot of countries don’t appreciate how big a tsunami this is going to be,’ he said.

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Make central London diesel-free to solve air pollution crisis – report

Guardian 2nd November 2016

Ridding inner London of virtually all diesel vehicles would solve the capital's air pollution crisis, says a report by the Institute for Public Policy Research. King’s is mentioned to have been involved in the research.

What is the dark web? Here’s what you need to know

Metro 2nd November 2016

Article on the 'dark web', which has many sites visible via a special browser similar to Firefox and free PC software which takes minutes to install. Up to 57 per cent of the hidden sites accessible via the browser Tor are used for crime, such as drugs, stolen cards and child porn, according to King's researchers.

Mosul

BBC Radio 4 Today 2nd November 2016

Charlie Winter, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), reflects on comments made by Donald Trump on the conflict in Mosul. ‘Donald Trump is a fantastic recruiting sergeant for IS. He repeats many of their narratives,’ he said (06:52). His comments were also reported by Independent and BBC World Service.

These soldiers on Ukraine’s front lines are starting to doubt the war’s value

Huffington Post 2nd November 2016

Article looking at nationalist fighters in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Dr Alex Clarkson, European & International Studies, is quoted.

Syria

Al Jazeera 2nd November 2016

Russia has said it will extend a pause in airstrikes. Dr Samir Puri, War Studies, comments on the conflict in Syria. ‘What the Russians have done is engage a unilateral pause. This is not a ceasefire, this is the next step in Russia’s approach to bolstering Assad’s position,’ he said. Dr Puri also spoke on BBC 4 World News Today.

Foreign policy

O Globo 2nd November 2016

Article looking at foreign policy following the US elections. Commenting on UK-US relations, Professor John Bew, War Studies, suggested that positive relations would continue under Hillary Clinton, but on different terms.

Finding our voice

The Psychologist 1st November 2016

Research assistants (RAs) work in a wide range of different fields in the sciences and social sciences. At the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (loPPN), King's College London (KCL) there are around 228 RAs working across 14 departments.

From Babylab to baby theatre

The Psychologist 1st November 2016

Feature on the behaviour of babies that mentions the Animating the Brain play which was developed by neuroscientists at King's College London, puppeteers and filmmakers.

Streaming instead of dreaming

Mail Online 1st November 2016

A new study suggests that bedtime phone use is causing children to sleep less and be excessively tired the next day, which could have serious repercussions to their health. The researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London reviewed medical literature in the hopes of understanding the effects of smartphone use at bedtime. Also reported in the Telegraph, The Times, The Sun, CNN, Fox News, Washington Post, Daily Telegraph, Reuters, New York Times, Scientific American, Yahoo, Time Magazine, and the Spectator.

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Putin's humiliation: Russia braced for huge cuts to defence as financial crisis looms

Daily Express 1st November 2016

According to a draft budget seen by the Financial Times, President Putin's spending programme on defence is likely to be cut from £50bn to £37bn in 2017. Dr Natasha Kuhrt, War Studies, said: ‘It's not definite yet but clearly with the economic situation being as it is, something has to give.’

Catholic church updates medieval 'guide to dying well' for 21st century

Guardian 1st November 2016

The Catholic church in England and Wales has brought the medieval manuscript Ars Moriendi - The Art of Dying - into the digital age, with a website aimed at helping terminally ill people and their loved ones deal with death. Dr Katherine Sleeman, Cicely Saunders Institute, said: ‘I would like everyone to have a good death but we can’t achieve that unless we as a society stop whispering and start talking about it.’

Sir David Attenborough branded 'elite snob' for saying British people were not wise enough for Brexit vote

Evening Standard 1st November 2016

Article about Sir David Attenborough includes a picture of him attending an event at King's.

Mosul

Al Jazeera 1st November 2016

Professor Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, comments on the military offensive in Mosul. ‘The battle has now entered ground zero, which is the outskirts of Mosul. They’re now actually facing real resistance; prior to that they’ve been fighting in the villages, and now they’re entering into a city that is much more densely populated,’ he said.

Go-ahead given for two King's overseas projects

King's press release 31st October 2016

King's is to lead two innovative new projects supporting overseas higher education, including a programme for Syrian refugees, following confirmation of major government grants. Dr Joanna Newman, Vice Principal (International), said: ‘The SPHEIR project is an excellent initiative and we are delighted that King’s has been selected to lead on the first two of these ambitious projects.’

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King's joins first ever Russell Group delegation to China

King's press release 31st October 2016

King’s has joined the first Russell Group delegation to visit China on a mission to strengthen innovation and collaboration between the UK and China. Professor Kerry Brown, Director of the Lau China Institute who was representing King's said: 'This is the largest ever visit by the Russell Group university consortium to China.’ This was reported by China Daily.

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The costly gridlock: How can we keep our cities moving?

Guardian 31st October 2016

Coverage of a roundtable discussion on urban transport hosted by the Guardian. Commenting as a participant on the roundtable, Professor Frank Kelly, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, said: ‘In London, we have a world class transport system, but it’s still not good enough.’ Professor Kelly was also quoted in a piece for New Scientist and wrote a piece for British Medical Journal.

Fears as apprentice nurses allowed to dispense drugs

Various media outlets 31st October 2016

Apprentice nurses will be allowed to administer controlled drugs to NHS patients, under new plans. Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, King's Learning Institute and Nursing and Midwifery, said: ‘It does not appear to be well thought through and is a recipe for confusion within the nursing profession, the public and other professions such as doctors about who is doing what in clinical practice.’ This was reported by Daily Telegraph, Sun, Daily Mirror and Daily Mail.

Oxford and Cambridge still struggle with an elitist image - will this ever change?

Telegraph 31st October 2016

In a survey by the Sutton Trust released this month, 13 per cent of state school teachers said they would not advise students to apply to Oxbridge because they were concerned they wouldn't be happy, or felt they were unlikely to be accepted. A study from King's found that across both state and private schools, the South East predominates Oxbridge admissions.

Defeating ISIS in Mosul will open door to many challenges

NBC 31st October 2016

Dr Jill Russell, Defence Studies, commented on the conflict in Mosul. ‘If they can liberate Mosul, if they can take care of the civilians who will be affected by the operation, if sectarian violence can be kept at an absolute minimum in the aftermath, then it gives a united Iraq a better chance,’ she said.

Spanish elections

CNBC 31st October 2016

Spain’s parliament has voted for a new Conservative government, avoiding a third general election. Commenting, Dr Emmy Eklundh, European & International Studies, said: ‘The socialist party in Spain has made this very controversial decision to abstain in the vote for a new prime minister.’

Prosecution 'hid' report on extent of Janner's dementia

Sunday Times 30th October 2016

One of the lawyers involved in the prosecution of the late Lord Janner over historic sex allegations is under investigation for allegedly failing to reveal to a court the full extent of the peer's deteriorating mental health. Michael Kopelman, an expert in memory loss and a professor of neuropsychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, told Leicestershire police the previous November that Janner would not be able to understand the proceedings.

Heartburn drugs can TRIPLE young men's infertility risk: Those prescribed the medicine are more likely to have a low sperm count

Daily Mail 30th October 2016

Heartburn drugs prescribed to millions of people on the NHS may be leaving some young men infertile, according to research. Professor Tim Spector, Twin Studies and Genetic Epidemiology, said: 'Our research shows PPIs mess up the gut microbiome, which produce Vitamin B.’

Teething problems: Why brain scans are as inaccurate as dental records for checking age

Guardian 30th October 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery director, explains why brain scans are not accurate for checking age. ‘Recent research has shown the brain continues developing right up until the mid-20s and beyond,’ he said.

Chinese investment and the fight for Australia's largest cattle empire

Telegraph 30th October 2016

Article exploring Chinese investment in Australia. Dr Sam Beatson, Lau China Institute, said: ‘Australia’s political concerns are the same as any other developed country receiving investments from China.’

Obiturary: Gerald Roy Patterson

Lancet 29th October 2016

Obituary of psychologist Gerald Roy Patterson. Sir Michael Rutter, professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, is mentioned.

Thank goodness Theresa May has restored cabinet government – or has she?

Independent 29th October 2016

Article by Visiting Professor John Rentoul, Policy Institute, on Theresa May’s decision to revive traditional collegiate government mentions an event hosted by the Strand group. The article also mentions that Dr Jon Davis, Policy Institute, recently invited Lord Butler, the former cabinet secretary, and Lord Hennessy, constitutional historian, to talk to his class on Prime Ministers and No 10. The event hosted by the Strand group was also mentioned by Financial Times, i and Evening Standard.

‘I've never needed anyone else’: Life as an identical twin

Guardian 29th October 2016

Article about twins mentions the twins research programme at King's.

Climate change is invisible, insidious and urgent. Can the arts help us see it?

Guardian 28th October 2016

Article about climate change mentions a recent study by King's, which revealed that up to 9,500 Londoners die each year due to long-term exposure to air pollution.

1776: Would you like to reconsider?

Wall Street Journal 28th October 2016

Visiting Professor Andrew Roberts, War Studies, writes about the upcoming US election and political system. ‘In 2016, it is no longer sustainable for Americans to say they have the best democratic system in the world,’ he said.

Russia/US relations

Globo 28th October 2016

Dr Ruth Deyermond, War Studies, discusses US relations with Russia, and how this has changed with accusations of hacking during the US elections. ‘I think it is clear Putin would not like Clinton to be President,’ she said.

Research study expects EU gas supply mix to change fundamentally

King's press release 27th October 2016

Research by ewi Energy Research & Scenarios, Cologne and the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS), at King’s, provides a comprehensive assessment of EU options to diversify gas supplies in the coming 20 years and outlines several potential scenarios of future markets. Co-author Dr Adnan Vatansever, EUCERS and King’s Russia Institute, said: ‘The future of the EU’s gas diversification depends on political factors that may be partly exogenous to Europe’s policy-makers.’

Honorary doctorates of King’s

King's press release 27th October 2016

Honorary doctorates of King’s have been presented to four highly distinguished recipients at a special ceremony in the Chapel at King’s. The new King’s honorary doctors are Professor Thomas Jessell FRS, Professor Mona Siddiqui OBE FRSE, the 9th Duke of Wellington OBE DL and Professor Ke Yang.

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Top ten universities conduct a third of all UK animal research

King's press release 27th October 2016

The ten UK universities who do the most world-leading biomedical research have announced their animal research statistics, revealing that they collectively conducted a third of all UK animal research in 2015.

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Advantage Britain: Ruling the education world post-Brexit

Times Higher Education Supplement 27th October 2016

With the right strategies, becoming the leading country for scholarship and science is within the UK's grasp, says educational consultant Jamie Martin. New freedoms around academic selection may make it easier to set up schools focused on priority subjects, a move already taken by King’s with the King’s Maths School.

2016 Woman's Hour Power List

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour 27th October 2016

Professor Susan Bewley, Women’s Health, takes part in a discussion about the 2016 Woman’s Hour Power List. She said: ‘The women pioneers who championed the services for contraception and safe abortion are really critical people.’ (10:19)

Sustainable energy

CNBC Storyboard 27th October 2016

Professor Mischa Dohler, Informatics, discusses developments in technology. ‘We are trying to teleport our human skills from one place to another.’

A mammoth Mozart box set aims at more than ‘complete’

NPR 27th October 2016

A box set of Mozart’s work commemorating the 225th anniversary of his death has been released. The article quotes Professor Cliff Eisen, Music, author of the set’s biography. ‘When we started planning it, I did think of it already as being this kind of universal resource that someone who's really interested in late 18th-century music, or Mozart in particular, or music education, would find worthwhile,’ he said.

Iron deficient? These edible insects pack more minerals than sirloin steak

PBS 27th October 2016

Certain types of edible insects can provide more iron than sirloin steak, new research claims. Lead author Dr Yemisi Latunde-Dada, Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘Iron deficiency is relatively more frequent and pronounced worldwide in populations relying predominantly on plants for their nutrition.’ This was also reported by Wall Street Journal.

How parents can help their children with autism

Time Magazine 26th October 2016

In the new report published in the journal The Lancet, UK researchers looked at the results of a study called the Preschool Autism Communication Trial. Tony Charman, chair in clinical child psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, is quoted. He said: “Sometimes it might be natural for a parent at the beginning of the therapy to not notice that attempt at communication. The therapist can help the parent see that as an opportunity: how can they respond or locate those cues?”. Also reported by Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Maily Mirror, BBC Radio, BBC 1 News, NBC News, CNN, ITV News, the Independent, and India Today.

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Who are you again

BBC World Service 26th October 2016

Interview with Punit Shah, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, about facial recognition disorders.

Were you bullied as a child?

Mail Online 26th October 2016

It has long been considered a cruel and unnecessary blight on too many youngster's childhoods. The study, by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and King's College London, tracked more than 9000 people over 40 years.

Promising drug target for aggressive 'triple-negative' breast cancers identified

King's press release 26th October 2016

Scientists from Breast Cancer Now’s Research Unit at King’s have identified a molecule crucial to the growth of ‘triple-negative’ breast cancers that they believe could now be targeted by drugs to help treat patients resistant to chemotherapy. Professor Andrew Tutt, Director of the Breast Cancer Now Toby Robins Research Centre at the Institute of Cancer Research and the Breast Cancer Now Research Unit at King’s, said: 'It is early days but as PIM1-inhibitor drugs have already been discovered they may give us a new way to hit these cancer genes.’ This was also reported by Daily Mail, Sun, Daily Telegraph and Spectator.

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UK dominates list of top 10 European universities, but US takes top five global positions

City A.M. 25th October 2016

In a new ranking of top European universities by US News & World, King’s features at number eight.

Can an electric blast zap away your gut pain? Tiny implant could treat Crohn's disease by sending small electrical pulses

Daily Mail 24th October 2016

Article mentions that scientists at King's are researching ways to treat and possibly cure Crohn's.

India sets jet suppliers scrambling

Financial Times 24th October 2016

India has kick-started a race for what is likely to be among the world’s most lucrative military aerospace contracts, with international defence companies lining up to pitch for as much as $10 billion’s worth of business supplying fighter jets for its air force. Dr Walter Ladwig, War Studies, said: ‘This is a globally significant deal, whichever way India goes.’

Breaking the ethnic breast cancer taboo

i 24th October 2016

A paper published last month in the BMC Health Services Research journal, written by researchers from the Breast Cancer Care charity (BCC), King's and the University of Surrey was the first study of its kind to consider the patient needs and experiences within BME communities during the early stages of cancer.

BAME Composers

BBC Radio 3 Music Matters 24th October 2016

Programme about BAME composers makes reference to research by Dr Christina Scharff, Culture, Media & Creative Industries. (22:21)

Diabetes type 2: Offer gastric surgery regardless of weight, says surgeon

BBC News Online 24th October 2016

Thousands of patients with type 2 diabetes are being denied the chance of life-saving surgery because they do not fit strict NHS guidelines on weight. Professor Francesco Rubino, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘In patients who have done everything possible - what is the point of not offering it, just because their BMI does not fit the criteria that we have arbitrarily introduced for the treatment of obesity?’ This was also reported by BBC News.

Brexit and the energy sector - the risks of Little Britain

Financial Times 24th October 2016

Visiting Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute, has written a piece on the implications of Brexit. ‘Universities – which face wider proposals from the government to make it harder to attract foreign students – thrive because knowledge doesn’t recognise geographical boundaries. Why should Shell or BP – or the FT or Kings College London – be ashamed of employing someone born in Paris, Tehran or Trinidad?’ he said.

German terrorism case highlights Europe’s security challenges

New York Times 24th October 2016

European security agencies are facing increased scrutiny over their abilities to counter terrorism. Commenting, Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, said: ‘American agencies are Europe’s best counterterrorists…That is the big secret that no one wants to talk about.’

Newspaper review

BBC1 Breakfast 23rd October 2016

Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, discusses the day’s newspapers.

Why your brain makes you hate certain foods

Guardian 23rd October 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery director, explains why our brains makes us hate particular foods. ‘Over time, taste buds are ‘pruned’ to tolerate many new flavours. But a single bad experience can be enough to put someone off a food for life,’ he said.

What I wish I'd known as a junior doctor

British Medical Journal 22nd October 2016

Doctors comment on what they wish that had known when they were junior doctors. Robin Murray and Simon Wessely of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience are contributors.

Men of war

Economist 22nd October 2016

Book review of 'Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an idea' by Dr Shiraz Maher ICSR War Studies.

Brothers in blood: How Putin has helped Assad tear Syria apart

New Statesman 22nd October 2016

Dr Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), has written a piece about the humanitarian crisis in Syria. ‘The conflict has become the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War,’ he said.

The Francis Crick Institute

BBC World Service Our Genetic Future 22nd October 2016

King’s is mentioned in a programme regarding research being carried out at the Francis Crick Biomedical Research Institute.

Book review - The god complex

i 21st October 2016

Professor Ivor Mason reviews the book "Homo deus: A brief history of tomorrow" by Yuval Noah Harari.

Are You Singletasking Yet?

Fox news 21st October 2016

A 2005 study by Dr Glenn Wilson, then at the Institute of Psychiatry, found that workers who are distracted by phone calls, emails and text messages suffer a greater loss of IQ than a person smoking marijuana.

Corporate advisers are the real villains

Financial Times 21st October 2016

Dr Simon Teague, Chemistry, has written a letter about corporate advisors. ‘The Philip Green debate this week saw parliament at its self-indulgent worst. The desire for a pantomime villain is obscuring the role of his corporate financial advisers who provided the financial instruments for such dealings,’ he said.

Act of terror in Sweden? Desperate ISIS claim credit for arsonist attack amid Mosul defeat

Daily Express 21st October 2016

ISIS has claimed that it was one of their jihadi fighters who set a prayer house used by Shia Muslims alight. Hans Brun, War Studies, said: ‘What’s interesting is that the incident has not gained much attention in Sweden or internationally. So the questions remain, how did they gain access to this information.’

Artists are showing how we interact with war and conflict daily with new exhibition at King's College London

Evening Standard 21st October 2016

Article on a new exhibition, Traces of War, currently held at King’s.

ISIS attack in Kirkuk is reality check amid Mosul offensive

NBC News 21st October 2016

Article discussing the ongoing conflict in Mosul. Dr Shiraz Maher, ICSR, commented: ‘As Mosul is being encircled and attacked, ISIS is going to do things like this to pull focus away from their defeats in the heartland and effect huge damage.’

Whowonit? ‘Seismic’ Man Book Prize due next week

New York Times 21st October 2016

Judges of the Man Booker Prize are set to unveil this year’s winner. Dr Jon Day, English, a judge on the panel, said: ‘It is going to be a very long and difficult decision.’ This was also reported by Reuters and Hindu.

Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Groysman

Sky News Sky News with Colin Brazier 19th October 2016

Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, spoke ahead of Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Groysman meeting in Berlin. She said: ‘I think that we are facing a very serious crisis with Russia on many fronts’ (11:30).

Education loses lustre for Indians on Brexit, tough laws

Economic Times of India 19th October 2016

Article discussing the UK as a destination for Indian students following Brexit. King’s is briefly mentioned to not be expecting a drop in numbers. This was also reported by Times of India.

Bollywood becomes India and Pakistan’s latest battleground

International New York Times 19th October 2016

Pakistan has imposed a blanket ban on Indian shows on its television networks and radio stations, a day after one of India’s top film directors vowed not to hire actors from Pakistan. Commenting, Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, said: ‘We have a government that is taking a very, very hard line on Pakistan.’

'Electric shocks stopped my seizures': Pioneering new treatment reduces epileptic fits

Daily Express 18th October 2016

Article about an epileptic girl who has been seizure-free for just over a year, after undergoing a new electrical brain stimulation technique developed at King’s. Dr Antonio Valentin, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said: ‘If a child’s epilepsy cannot be controlled, it can seriously disrupt their lives.’

Fear gets the cold shoulder

Sun 18th October 2016

Opinion article on cold water swimming, mentioning the King's College Twin Research Centre.

EU faces influx of Isis fighters as they flee Mosul offensive, top official warns

Independent 18th October 2016

Violent extremists who left Europe to join Isis now fleeing the US-backed offensive on Mosul who try to come home pose a "serious threat" to European security, the EU's security commissioner has warned. Around one fifth of Isis's total fighters are residents or nationals of Western Europe, a King's study estimated last year.

Can devolution help bridge the skills gap?

Prospect 18th October 2016

Report on the Prospect roundtable discussion "Making devolution work: how can an industrial strategy address the UK's skills and employability gap?" mentions that King’s faced an oversupply of well-educated, middle-class students with four A-levels which meant that medicine was becoming one of the least socially represented degree courses. To tackle this, they recruited a second tier of students with lower grades and provide an extra year of education to bring them up to scratch. This degree programme was also mentioned in an article in British Medical Journal.

Cigarette sales no longer key profit source for UK corner shops

Financial Times 18th October 2016

Cigarettes are no longer a core product for Britain's corner shops and small retailers, according to research from the antismoking group ASH. The report, a joint project with the National Centre for Addiction at King's, argues that selling tobacco requires retailers to tie up their capital in bulky excess stock, which is often placed in prime positions behind the counter despite behind hidden by boardings.

Reimagining BRICS

The Hindu 18th October 2016

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, has written a piece on the eighth BRICS summit that ended in Goa on Sunday. ‘It was clear from the way India shaped the agenda of the Goa summit that Mr. Modi was working towards a different end game this time, looking beyond the immediate BRICS mandate,’ he said.

Healthy mice born from first lab-grown eggs spark calls for debate on future use

Various media outlets 17th October 2016

Scientists have created working mammalian eggs from stem cells and used them to produce healthy offspring. Though the research was conducted in mice, ‘developing similar culture systems in other species should be only a matter of technicality,’ said Dr Dusko Ilic, Women’s Health, who was not involved in the research. This was reported by Guardian, Independent, Times, i and Times of India.

Mosul

Various media outlets 17th October 2016

King’s academics have been commenting on the conflict in Mosul. Charlie Winter, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), was interviewed for BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight and Al Jazeera. He also spoke to Daily Telegraph. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, was interviewed for Al Jazeera and Research by International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) was mentioned in a piece for NBC news. Dr Jill Russell, Defence Studies, was interviewed for BBC News.

REVEALED: King George VI's World War II plot to save Elizabeth in case of Nazi invasion

Daily Express 17th October 2016

Details of a Royal escape plan which would have seen Princess Elizabeth whisked away to another country in the event of Hitler invading have emerged. The hidden archives were uncovered in Windsor Castle by historian Dr Andrew Stewart, Defence Studies, who has detailed them in his new book, ‘The King’s Private Army’. He said: ‘In the worst case and with it looking like the secret location was jeopardised, the two princesses were to be taken out of the country to ensure their safety.’ This was also reported by Daily Mail.

Dogs made me give up hygiene

Times 17th October 2016

Opinion article on the issue of hygiene and immunology, with reference to Professor Tim Spector, Twin Studies and Genetic Epidemiology.

Blocked banking deal hangs over May’s India trip

Times 17th October 2016

Theresa May is to make her first big trade trip to India despite Britain blocking a free-trade deal between the sub-continent and the European Union because of a disagreement over access for UK-based banks and insurers. Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, said: ‘The Indians did not want us taking over their market.’

Why is it so hard to find an effective drug treatment for autism?

Yahoo! News 17th October 2016

Article on treatment for autism. Dr Eva Loth, IoPPN, said: ‘Geneticists have recently identified monogenic forms of autism. Although they only affect a very small number of patients, it has conceptually provided us with a new entry point to understand causes of the disorder and to find treatments that target these causes.’ A piece about autism written by Punit Shah, IoPPN, originally for The Conversation was featured in Independent.

Bankers’ order

Times 17th October 2016

Diary piece with mention of an event on Friday during which Richard Wilson, Tony Blair's former cabinet secretary, addressed students at King's.

Viewpoint: Brics sees rekindling of India-Russia romance

BBC News Online 17th October 2016

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, has written a piece on the Brics summit in Goa. ‘Sino-Indian ties have been going downhill for the last few years and the future of Brics remains tentative at best because of this growing divergence. But it was the other bilateral relationship- the one between India and Russia - that was the focus of the Goa summit,’ he said.

Among Trump’s fans: Hindu nationalists

International New York Times 17th October 2016

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, comments on the small faction of Hindu nationalists in India and the United States who support Donald Trump. ‘What Donald Trump articulates has given them some food for thought,’ he said.

Use-by dates

Al Jazeera 17th October 2016

Dr Sophie Medlin, Nutrition, commented on the use-by and best-before dates on food packaging. ‘Best-before simply refers to quality. So you may not enjoy the product so much…but it is certainly still safe to eat,’ she said.

The Communist party is above all pragmatic

Financial Times 16th October 2016

Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, has written a letter on the Chinese Communist party. ‘Everything we know about Mr Xi shows that he is a political tactician,’ he said.

What makes us think a wine tastes good?

Guardian 16th October 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery, Director, explains what makes us think a wine tastes good. ‘If you think a wine will be good or bad, or red or white, the brain primes itself to taste it in that way, regardless of what the tongue’s sensors tell it,’ he said.

Swiss immigration fig leaf won’t sate hard Brexit believers

Bloomberg 16th October 2016

Commenting on the ongoing discussions around the UK exiting the EU, Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, said: ‘There won’t be a deal to have your cake and eat it.’

Universities challenged

Spectator 15th October 2016

Article on how to improve British universities, mentioning that King's is one of eight British universities ranked in the world's top 100.

Fat mums-to-be are exposing their unborn children to risk of high blood pressure

Sun 15th October 2016

Overweight mums-to-be are exposing their kids to the risk of high blood pressure, kidney disease and early death. Professor Lucilla Poston, Women’s Health, said: ‘We are increasingly aware of the important role played by maternal metabolic and nutritional status in the risk of adulthood disease.’

Stress and anxiety

Huffington Post 15th October 2016

Article on charity venture ‘Music for Mental Wealth’ (MMW) which aims to help people who have struggled with the negative impact of stress and anxiety. MMW infuses music with a scientific formula to improve general wellbeing and are working with King’s on proprietary technology and proving it works.

Broadwater Farm: What’s the future for Britain’s most notorious housing estate?

Daily Telegraph 15th October 2016

Article on Broadwater Farm housing estate mentions ‘Utopia on Trial’, a book written by Emeritus Professor Alice Coleman, Geography.

Crossrail Discovery: London's Lost Graveyard

Channel 4 15th October 2016

A repeat programme that reveals new information about the people who built London by examining the 300-year-old graveyard that was uncovered by engineers from the Crossrail construction project. Dr Ian Mudway, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, discusses the deaths of the children and sets out to try and show that bad chimney design contributed to their deaths. (19:40)

DNA's discovery has twists in its tale

New Scientist 15th October 2016

Letter on the discovery of DNA, mentioning the first clear X-ray diffraction image was obtained at King's in 1950.

Realising the health benefits of sharing data

British Medical Journal 15th October 2016

Article on researchers sharing patient data with each other, by Visiting Senior Research Fellow Elizabeth Pisani, Policy Institute, and colleagues. ‘Data sharing is often asserted to be good for health,’ they said.

Banks and shops have happier customers if they let staff go 'off script'

Daily Express 15th October 2016

Businesses that let sales assistants or customer service personnel chat away under their own initiative leaves customers with higher levels of satisfaction according to researchers from the University of East Anglia, Aston University and King's.

Brain drain has begun . . . and it’s costing millions, academics warn

Times 15th October 2016

A "brain drain" of leading academics has begun already, four months after the Brexit vote, universities have told The Times. Professor Russell Goulbourne, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, said: ‘The college is providing legal advice to people who want to change their citizenship status and also provides interest-free loans to help them through that process.’

Radicalisation

BBC World Service 15th October 2016

Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, comments on his book about radicalisation. ‘It’s not a book about an organisation…I always wanted to write a book about people,’ he said.

Grandmother’s little helper – a new drug problem emerges

The Conversation 14th October 2016

Article on the increase in gabapentinoid addiction, by Tony Rao of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

Exiled prime minister is waiting in the wings

Daily Telegraph 14th October 2016

Opinion piece on the death of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, by Visiting Professor David Martin Jones, War Studies. ‘The succession and its constitutional fallout are likely to provide for both interesting and unstable times,’ he said.

Modi and Putin to meet as longstanding alliance drifts

Financial Times 14th October 2016

Last month about 70 Russian troops arrived in Pakistan for their first joint combat exercise with their south Asian counterparts. Dr Walter Ladwig, War Studies, said: ‘Unlike India’s relationships with other countries such as the US, its close ties with Russia are completely uncontroversial. Even opposition parties accept that Russia has a special place politically for India.’

Clarke laps up the Blues

Evening Standard 14th October 2016

Visiting professor Sir Nicholas Macpherson, Policy Institute, is mentioned in this diary article on a book event by former Chancellor, Ken Clarke.

Is your child a fussy eater? The reason could be in their genes

Guardian 14th October 2016

Research suggests that picky eating and a refusal to try new foods are heavily influenced by a child's genetic makeup. Professor Tim Spector, Twin Studies and Genetic Epidemiology, said: ‘Every kid is different. There is a genetic tendency to be more or less fussy.’

Winnie the Pooh celebrates 90th anniversary with philosophical talking benches around UK

Daily Express 14th October 2016

A new study has revealed that a quarter of the population think Winnie-the-Pooh is the greatest philosopher in the world. To celebrate 90 years of learning from the bear, Disney has created a 'Thotful Spot' bench featuring a talking statue of Winnie-the-Pooh that will tour the UK and Europe, stopping off at places including the gardens of King's.

Educating publisher Pearson bets on online degrees

Reuters 14th October 2016

Pearson, the world’s largest education publisher, is looking to online higher education course following a downturn in its traditional textbooks and marking business. The article mentions a student who is taking a fully online course at King’s. This was also reported by CNBC.

How to save the US economy

CNN 14th October 2016

Visiting Professor Yanis Varoufakis, Political Economy, writes on the US economy. ‘What explains this decline? The answer is simple: investment in the real US economy has been woefully low,’ he said.

People with autism make more logical decisions

The Conversation 13th October 2016

Article written by Punit Shah, a researcher from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, about a recent investigation into autism and decision making. Also reported in Scientific American, The Indian Express, India Today, Deccan Chronicle and the Independent.

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Brain receptor identified as key link between obese mothers and high blood pressure in children

King's press release 13th October 2016

Exposure of babies to high levels of the ‘fullness’ hormone, leptin, in the womb irreversibly activates receptors in the brain that regulate blood pressure, according to a new study by researchers from King’s, part-funded by the British Heart Foundation. Professor Lucilla Poston, Women’s Health, said: ‘This study identifies an exquisite vulnerability of certain cells in the developing brain to metabolic disturbance associated with maternal obesity, and shows how this may contribute to development of high blood pressure in later life.’ Dr Anne-Maj Samuelsson, Women’s Health, said: ‘Our findings need to be verified in human studies to determine if Mc4r is a therapeutic target for hypertension.’ This was reported by Hindustan Times.

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Preventing child obesity in the next generation must start before conception

King's press release 13th October 2016

The key to preventing obesity in future generations is to make (their) parents healthier before they conceive, leading health researchers suggest. They argue that a new approach is needed to motivate future parents to live a healthier lifestyle. Professor Lucilla Poston, Women’s Health, said: ‘A pragmatic solution is required on a global scale, particularly in low-income and middle-income countries where we see a rapidly rising problem.’ This was also reported by Daily Mail.

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Women drive rising demand for law

Times 13th October 2016

Article notes that King's is the eleventh most popular university to read law.

Why DO our mouths water? Expert reveals how just smelling food can make you produce more saliva

Daily Mail 13th October 2016

Article (originally written for Hippocratic Post) by Professor Gordon Proctor, Mucosal & Salivary Biology, on why our mouths salivate when we smell food. ‘Simply looking at food in a magazine won’t make you salivate. This can be demonstrated in all animals except human beings. We don’t appear to salivate when we see a picture of food, but we do salivate when we see and smell food,’ he said.

Julia Gillard warns Theresa May about sexist criticism

BBC News Online 13th October 2016

Visiting Professor Julia Gillard, Policy Institute, has warned Theresa May that she may face sexist criticism as Prime Minister. Speaking of her own time in government, she said: ‘The harder it got, it became more likely that gendered insult would become the political weapon.’

Blood clots are more common (and deadly) than you may think

Huffington Post 13th October 2016

Professor Beverley Hunt, Cancer Studies, has written a piece about thrombosis. ‘While you might know all about blood clots in coronary arteries (heart attack) and blood clots in brain arteries (stroke), much less recognised are blood clots in veins (deep vein thromboses), which can break off and travel through the body to block the blood supply to part, or all of the lungs (pulmonary embolism),’ she said.

World Thrombosis Day: Woman Claims Contraceptive Pill Caused Blood Clot That Nearly Killed Her

Huffington Post 13th October 2016

Article about the link between the contraceptive pill and thrombosis. Professor Beverley Hunt, Cancer Studies, said: ‘The use of any combined contraceptive pill (combined means a combination of oestrogen with progesterone) almost triples the risk of blood clots, though the baseline risk is small.’

World leaders in the arts offered university programme

Times Higher Education Supplement 13th October 2016

King’s has launched an executive programme for international cultural leaders. Aimed at those with at least three years' senior experience in the arts, heritage, culture, cultural education or creative industries sectors, the intensive and immersive seven-day course will be offered for the first time in April 2017.

How to stop city life from stressing you out

CNN 12th October 2016

A meta study found that city dwellers may have a 21% greater likelihood of developing anxiety disorders, and a 39% increased risk of mood disorders. Spending time in, or ideally living close to, green spaces is one way to combat stress, according to Dr. Andrea Mechelli of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. He said: "There is a really strong effect from green spaces, and in general access to nature. We know that people who live near a park, for example, they have less risk of developing depression. Overcrowding, noise and possibly even pollution may have a negative impact," particularly on those who have mental illnesses.

Antidepressants: Drugs make people 'twice as likely to think about suicide' study claims

Express 12th October 2016

TAKING anti-depressants could double the risk of having feelings which could lead to suicide - a controversial new study has suggested. However, Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Professor of Psychological Medicine at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said the study 'changes nothing'.

'The New Crime-Terror Nexus'- link between crime and terror growing closer, says ICSR report

King's press release 12th October 2016

Criminals and terrorists are becoming ever more closely linked due to role of extremist groups such as Islamic State, new research by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), based at King’s, claims. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, said: ‘The lines between crime and terrorism are becoming increasingly blurred and we need to adapt accordingly.’ This was reported by Daily Mail, Independent, Newsweek, a separate piece for Daily Mail, Washington Post, New York Times, Times of India, Hindu, Associated Press, Hindustan Times, Fox News, Economic Times, Deccan Chronicle, ABC News, CBS, and BBC World Service.

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A sparkling waterfront town in Zone 2

Evening Standard 12th October 2016

Article mentions the new King’s campus which will be at Canada Water. This was also reported by Independent.

Screen use can affect your eye health in digital age

Financial Times 12th October 2016

Article on eye health in the digital age. Professor Chris Hammond, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said that despite the increasing use of smartphones and tablets, ‘we are not seeing any epidemics of eye problems related.’

Has big business lost its influence on Westminster?

VICE 12th October 2016

Article on the relationship between business and the Conservative Party, in light of Brexit. Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, said: ‘Big businesses like to think they will have direct access to politicians without necessarily having to lobby in public. In the case of Brexit, they will have tried, ever since the leave vote happened and even before then, to make sure it's done in a way that isn't detrimental to them.’

Scheme failed to boost care time

Nursing Times 12th October 2016

The main legacy of a national productivity programme aimed at nurses has been to improve the ward environment rather than increase time spent with patients, suggests a study by King’s and Southampton University. Professor Glenn Robert, Adult Nursing, said: ‘Although just over half the trusts that ever took up productive ward have now stopped using it in its original modular form, the same proportion told us that the programme had informed their organisation’s quality improvement strategy.’

Radicalisation

BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight 12th October 2016

Interview with Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, on radicalisation. Speaking of the prospect of fighters in Syria coming back to Britain, he said: ‘I don’t think that suddenly 400 people will knock at Britain’s door, some of them will go to other conflicts, some of them will over time try to return to Britain.’(22:18)

Three-person baby 'race' dangerous

BBC News Online 12th October 2016

The race to make babies from three people is a major worry, duping couples and a dangerous experiment on mums and babies, warn scientists and ethicists. Dr Dusko Ilic, Women’s Health, said: ‘The major worry is how technically skilful these clinics are, what quality control measures are in place and what information they provide to desperate patients seeking help.’

UK lawsuit challenges British PM Theresa May on Brexit

Various media outlets 12th October 2016

A financial entrepreneur is bringing a lawsuit against the Theresa May’s government, who may start negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union without an act of Parliament. The case involves an argument that dates back almost 400 years as to whether power rests in the executive or Parliament. Commenting, Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, said: ‘It goes back to the clash between the king and the representatives of the subjects.’ His comments were reported by Washington Post, Associated Press, ABC News and Fox News.

THE ‘Table of Tables’ 2017: Loughborough catching up with elite

Times Higher Education Supplement 12th October 2016

King’s is named as a ‘big riser’ having climbed up four places to joint 25th.

Research Guild aims to strengthens EU ties amid Brexit uncertainty

King's press release 11th October 2016

King’s has joined a pioneering new network of top European research universities. Ed Byrne, President and Principal, said: ‘As a university which has always had a strong international core since its inception and is highly collaborative in its research, I am honoured that King’s is joining this excellent initiative.’

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Non-binary pronouns and what you need to know about the gender politics of ‘they’

Evening Standard 11th October 2016

Article on the use of non-binary pronouns. Tony Thorne, English Language Centre, said: ‘Using 'they' as a neutral pronoun is very old in the English language, Chaucer did it a lot. There are a lot of grammar pedants out there saying it's wrong, but this is nonsense, we've always done this.’ This was also reported by Yahoo! News.

Food for London: Transparency and education are hot topics for our food forum

Evening Standard 11th October 2016

Supermarkets must publish detailed data on the food they throw away to help solve London's food waste and hunger crisis, experts told the Evening Standard food forum. The event held at King's, which drew a 400-strong audience, was organised by the Evening Standard as part of their Food for London campaign which aims to tackle food waste and hunger. This was also reported in a separate piece for Evening Standard and in a piece for Times.

Podcast: Thomas Rid on the ‘Rise of the Machines’

Yahoo US 11th October 2016

Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, spoke on Yahoo’s Cybersecurity Podcast to discuss his new book Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History.

Orchestras should hold blind auditions to increase diversity, says Chineke! Orchestra's Chi-chi Nwanoku

Evening Standard 10th October 2016

Orchestras should hold blind auditions to increase the number of ethnic minority players in major ensembles, according to a leading figure in the music world. An analysis last year by King's found fewer than two per cent of orchestra members in Britain were from BME backgrounds.

Queen criticised for lobbying politicians to make Prince Charles head of Commonwealth

Daily Express 10th October 2016

In 2013 the Queen's private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt flew to Adelaide to try to persuade the then Prime Minister, Visiting Professor Julia Gillard, Policy Institute, that Charles should succeed his mother as the next head of the 53-nation bloc. Speaking at an event, hosted at King’s last week, she said: ‘The upshot of our meeting, which took place in Adelaide…was a clearly worded statement for the public record about how succession works for the role of the head of Commonwealth.’ This was also reported by Daily Mail.

London’s black communities disproportionately exposed to air pollution – study

Guardian 10th October 2016

Black communities in London are disproportionately more likely to breathe illegal levels of air pollution than white and Asian ones, new research shows. A spokesman for the air quality unit at King’s, said: ‘We have known for some time now that poor families end up living in cheaper housing which is often in close proximity to busy roads.’

Would YOU dare find out your body's REAL AGE?

Daily Mail 10th October 2016

Research suggests that the number of candles on your birthday cake might not reflect your body’s age — with implications for your quality of life, and longevity. The GlycanAge test analyses the levels of tiny sugar molecules (called glycans) and is said to be the most accurate method yet of determining our biological age. Professor Tim Spector, Twin Studies and Genetic Epidemiology, who is part of the team behind the test, said: ‘People vary a lot — there can be as much as 25 years’ difference between your chronological and biological age.’

Is it safe to wash my hands, doctor?

The Conversation 10th October 2016

Article on hand-washing and hygiene, by Professor Tim Spector, Twin Studies and Genetic Epidemiology. ‘If you’re healthy you don’t need to wash your hands after going on public transportation, chopping veg, gardening or a walk in the woods. But do be careful around meat, refrigerators, toilets and disease outbreaks,’ he said. This was also reported by Daily Mail and Sun. Professor Spector also wrote about this for i.

Universities told to use postcodes to pick students: Aides want institutions to use applicant’s neighbourhood and school when giving out places

Daily Mail 10th October 2016

Universities should boost numbers of disadvantaged students through more positive discrimination, government advisers have recommended. The article mentions that King's offers a medical degree for state school pupils with BBB A-level grades - much lower than the usual offer.

WikiLeaks releases second batch of 2,086 hacked emails from Clinton campaign chairman

International Business Times UK 10th October 2016

WikiLeaks released more emails reportedly hacked from the personal email account of John Podesta, the chairman of the presidential election campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Article mentions that Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, wrote on Twitter: ‘Hacked & leaked files may – or may not – be altered or forged. Note that WikiLeaks have no way of knowing individual files are doctored or not.’ He also spoke to Financial Times on this topic.

Diesel cars blamed as WHO warns about air pollution

Voice of America 10th October 2016

Dr Martin Williams, Environmental Research Group (ERG), comments on the sources of pollution pedestrians may be exposed to. ‘One of the difficulties of getting the message across to the public at large these days is that air pollution, although it’s a major public health problem, is actually invisible,’ he said.

Russian nuclear missiles

BBC World Service 10th October 2016

Russia has played down concerns over the deployment of nuclear missiles to its Kaliningrad territory. Commenting, Dr Sam Greene, Russia Institute, said: ‘I think these messages are mainly meant to resonate among his core constituencies at home who enjoy seeing this kind of relationship with the West.’

'Mental Health First Aid' for all is a goal of annual observance

VOA News 9th October 2016

Health care professionals and public health advocates worldwide are celebrating World Mental Health Day Monday with an effort to promote awareness of mental-health issues as a factor in first-aid treatment plans. Mental illness does not discriminate among ethnic, cultural or religious groups, says the president of the World Psychiatric Association and King's College London professor, Dr. Dinesh Bhugra.

Letters

Guardian 9th October 2016

Emeritus Professor Jeremy Adler, German, has written a letter on Theresa May’s recent speech. ‘In attacking world citizenship in her dictum…Theresa May is in effect repudiating Enlightenment values as a whole, for cosmopolitanism is the apex and indeed the glory of Enlightenment philosophy, encompassing liberty, equality, fraternity, and all our human rights,’ he said.

Scientists hail new artificial pancreas to treat diabetes

Daily Express 9th October 2016

Article on medical advances in treating diabetes mentions that King’s is pioneering trials on Type 1 diabetes patients to test the therapy designed to stop the body attacking cells in the pancreas that help control blood glucose levels. Professor Mark Peakman, Immunobiology, who is leading the trial, said: ‘If we get in with this early enough we can protect the beta cells in those patients.’

‘The Bitter Taste of Victory’

BBC Radio 3 Private Passions 9th October 2016

Dr Lara Feigel, English, discusses her new book The Bitter Taste of Victory. ‘I think I was drawn to the war in London as an escape from my own family background where the war was fairly unmentionable because one side of the family were Jewish and in concentration camps and the other were in Holland, starving under German occupation,’ she said.

Why lying makes us want to wash ourselves

Guardian 9th October 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery, Director, explains why we want to wash after telling a lie. ‘Recent experiments have shown a connection in the brain between being physically clean and feeling morally cleansed,’ he said.

Time to revise infant eating guidelines to tackle rise in allergies, Hong Kong experts say

South China Morning Post 9th October 2016

The Hong Kong Institute of Allergy has revised its guidelines on peanut allergies following recent research, including the Enquiring About Tolerance (EAT) study conducted by King’s and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. The article also links the LEAP study, also conducted by King’s.

Rules for Drones - Letters to the Editor

Daily Telegraph 8th October 2016

Christopher Kolenda, War Studies, has signed a letter about the arms trade. ‘Now is the time to develop a strong international framework that will leave the world more secure,’ the letter said.

Kids, you can define the space station’s next mission

Times of India 8th October 2016

Nearly 250 students from Delhi are participating in the Mission Discovery India Programme, under the guidance of retired astronaut Steve Swanson. Dr Julie Keeble, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, is reported to be involved in the programme.

After four days of Conservative conference, we still have no idea what Brexit will look like

Telegraph 7th October 2016

Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, has written a piece on Brexit. ‘For all the PM’s apparent clarity about reasserting control over immigration, foreign courts and the like, she left herself significant wiggle room with regard to the ultimate Brexit outcome,’ he said.

The Invention of Angela Carter by Edmund Gordon review — far more than magic

Financial Times 7th October 2016

Review of the biography The Invention of Angela Carter by Edmund Gordon, English. The book was also reviewed by Independent and serialised throughout the week on BBC Radio 4.

UK 'facing wave of jihadi terror even worse than attacks in Paris'

Evening Standard 6th October 2016

A new wave of jihadi terrorism has "only just begun" and risks bringing outrages worse than the attacks in Paris and Brussels, according to a book by Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, which will be published next week.

Petition calling for end to nurse pay rise cap gains 10,000 names in three days

Nursing Times 6th October 2016

A petition demanding an end to the pay rise cap imposed on nurses and other Agenda for Change NHS staff by the government has passed 10,000 signatures in just a few days. The petition was created by Danielle Tiplady, Alumna.

The truth about meritocracy: it doesn't make society fairer

The Conversation 6th October 2016

Article on the concept of meritocracy, by Dr Ye Liu, International Development. ‘Educational meritocracy is a facade that holds little promise of creating an equitable or egalitarian society,’ she said.

How long can humans live?

BBC World Service 6th October 2016

Dr Claire Steves, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, talks about how long humans can live. ‘We’ve had massive increases in life expectancy because of things like cardiovascular disease being much less common.’

Legal complexities present Brexit challenge for devolved British governments

Xinhua 6th October 2016

Article mentions an event at King’s, where an expert from Cardiff University spoke on the legal complexities of carrying British exit from the EU.

King's Entrepreneurship Institute announces new accelerator participants

King's press office 5th October 2016

King’s Entrepreneurship Institute has officially launched the first 20 startups it will support as part of its new accelerator programme. Professor Edward Byrne AC, President & Principal, said: ‘King’s College London has a long history of entrepreneurship, from the discovery of the structure of DNA, to research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar, and we continue to find, develop and support that entrepreneurial spirit today.’

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Professor Sir Simon Wessely announced as Regius Professor of Psychiatry

King's press release 5th October 2016

To mark the Diamond Jubilee in 2013, 12 Regius Professorships were awarded by HM The Queen to universities across the UK for exceptionally high quality teaching and research in a particular discipline. King’s was awarded the first ever Regius Professorship of Psychiatry, with Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), taking up this role from 1 February 2017. He said: ‘I am naturally honoured and a little overawed to be the first holder of the Chair, but the facts are that the award is indeed to the whole of the institution, past and present.’

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Walking out of consent classes... What's wrong with 'snowflake' students these days?

Daily Telegraph 5th October 2016

Comment article discussing Freshers' week mentions an emotional intelligence workshop at King’s that took place during Welcome Week.

How to visit lost worlds: our pick of the UK's palaeontology museums

Guardian 5th October 2016

Article on the UK’s rich palaeontological heritage. The article mentions the Popularising Palaeontology workshop at King's.

‘Seeing’ pollution could save lives

Telegraph 5th October 2016

Technology that allows people to physically see pollution could help educate people about the environment and save lives, says Dr Martin Williams, Analytical & Environmental Sciences. He said: ‘If parents could see what it looks like pushing their child through a band of raw pollution, they’d take preventative action.’ This was also reported by Evening Standard.

From university clubs to World Cup 2016: The journey of England kabaddi team

Hindustan Times 5th October 2016

Article discussing the sport kabaddi, often played at London universities. The article mentions that it is played at King’s.

Keep an open mind

Nursing Standard 5th October 2016

Student Deborah Ayodele, Mental Health Nursing, has written a piece on how using an interpreter helped her to correct a medication mix-up.

India builds underground bunkers on Kashmir frontier as border clashes escalate

Telegraph 4th October 2016

Dr Rudra Chadhuri, War Studies, said: ‘The difference between this situation and peace time is, in peace time, you’d need some clearance from the top. What’s happening now is, there is clearly an order to return each bullet with ten.’ He also spoke to Sky News.

Discovery by design at London’s new science hub

Financial Times 4th October 2016

A feature of the new Francis Crick Institute. King's is one of the primary partners.

The campaigner who caused a stink over London pollution

Financial Times 4th October 2016

Article about air pollution in London mentions research from King's.

Variety adds Wellcome spice to the programme

Times 4th October 2016

Feature on the Wellcome Trust and Elena Gillies, Alumna, who now works there.

If there was a Nobel silver medal, I’d award it to Jeffrey Gordon and our gut microbes

Conversation 4th October 2016

Article on this year's Nobel Prize, by Professor Tim Spector, Twin Studies and Genetic Epidemiology. ‘Although we all have a unique microbiome that is influenced by multiple factors, our diet, our environment, diseases and even our genes, Gordon’s pioneering work has ensured that despite its complexity and our incomplete understanding, humans can now harness this novel microbiome organ to improve our health,’ he said.

HIV researchers edge closer to a cure

Various media outlets 3rd October 2016

A British man could become the first person in the world to be cured of HIV using a new therapy designed by a team of scientists from five UK universities. The ongoing trial is being undertaken by researchers from the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, UCL and King's. BBC News Online reported that all patients were on standard ART so could have had undetectable levels of HIV anyway. This was also reported by The Week, Evening Standard, Times, Daily Express, Independent, Daily Mail, Sun, Telegraph, New Statesman, Hindustan Times, Mashable, Times of India, Deccan Chronicle, NDTV and Indian Express.

A new study shows that the pill is linked to depression - so what should women do?

New Scientist 3rd October 2016

A new study shows that the pill is linked to depression. Researchers at King’s and UCL have banded together to begin trials for a male pill.

Theresa May flags ‘hard Brexit’ but business groups and eurosceptics demand more detail

South China Morning Post 3rd October 2016

Article commenting on the recent Conservative Party conference, and the speech made by UK Prime Minister Theresa May. Professor Anand Menon, European and International Studies, said: ‘The words on migration indicate that May is leaning towards a hard Brexit.’

Ukrainian rebel leaders divided by bitter purge

Washington Post 3rd October 2016

Dr Alex Clarkson, European & International Studies, comments on the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. ‘In eastern Ukraine, military power equals political power...and whoever is in control is fundamentally dependent on patronage from Moscow,’ he said.

Is despair and disbelief all we can offer to the savagery being visited on Aleppo?

Guardian 2nd October 2016

Dr Samir Puri, War Studies, has written a piece on the conflict in Aleppo. ‘Outrage is the only conceivable reaction to the devastation wrought on Aleppo,’ he said. Also mentioned on BBC Radio 4.

After article 50, Brexit will be easy. A trade deal will be anything but

Guardian 2nd October 2016

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written a piece on Article 50. ‘The irony is that, contrary to the hopes of many Brexiteers, leaving the EU will expose Britain to more globalisation, not less,’ he said. Meanwhile, Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, spoke to BBC News about Brexit, in light of Theresa May’s first party conference speech as leader. He said: ‘There’s a long way to go before we have a clear, unified government position.’ This was also reported by BBC Radio 5 live.

How periods really affect a woman’s working life

Guardian 2nd October 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery director, explains how variations in the way women respond to hormonal changes means how ‘sharp’ they feel in relation to where they are in their monthly cycle will also vary. ‘While some might report feeling drained of energy and motivation when their period is due, others find they actually perform better at mental and physical tasks at that time of the month,’ he said.

What people swear they'll never do as parents - until they became parents

Independent 1st October 2016

Mums and dads have revealed the goals they swore they'd stick to as parents, but realised were impossible to keep - sometimes just hours after their little bundle of joy arrived. Dr Matt Woolgar of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London, recently told The Independent that parents need not worry too much about the details of their parenting, as long as they are trying their best. Also reported by Tribune India.

They're single, smart, Russian. And they party like it's 1799

Times 1st October 2016

A feature on young Russian women includes student Maria Polovtseva, Geology.

Ethical challenges of genome editing

King's press release 30th September 2016

Preventing the transmission of inherited genetic diseases, and increasing food production rates in farmed animals are two potential applications of genome editing technologies that require urgent ethical scrutiny, according to a new report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Professor Karen Yeung, Law, who co-authored the report, said: ‘We examined the way in which these technologies are being taken up in the research community and what we found is that, because of a number of advantages which they offer in relation to existing techniques for manipulating DNA, they are having an unprecedented transformative effect on the biological sciences and for that reason they have the potential to change our expectations and ambitions about human control over the biological world.’ This was also reported by Daily Telegraph, BBC News Online, Nature, Financial Times, Guardian. She also spoke to BBC Radio 4’s Today (07:21) and BBC Radio 5 live’s Up All Night (04:07).

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BBC’s coverage of Syrian conflict

BBC Radio 4 Feedback 30th September 2016

Dr Peter Busch, War Studies, discusses BBC media coverage of the conflict in Syria. ‘In social media and new media, everybody has an agenda,’ he said.

Scientists have found having adult kids stuck at home could create health benefits for parents

City A.M. 30th September 2016

Inter-generational living has huge benefits for mental health, according to researchers from King's, LSE and Harvard who looked at data on over 50,000 people.

Strategic restraint and surgical strikes: Modi's 'on again, off again' approach to Pakistan

Daily Mail 30th September 2016

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, has written a piece on the relationship between India and Pakistan. ‘There is a sense at the highest echelons of government in New Delhi that Modi’s overtures towards Pakistani civilian government have not been reciprocated,’ he said.

Gut feeling: New CEO to steer Nestle down uncharted health path

Daily Mail 30th September 2016

A pill for C. difficile containing spores from good bacteria developed by U.S. biotech firm Seres Therapeutics has failed a recent clinical trial. Commenting, Professor Tim Spector, Twin Studies and Genetic Epidemiology, said: ‘It shows we still don't understand enough about how the microbial community really works.’

What people swear they'll never do as parents - until they became parents

Independent 30th September 2016

Dr Matt Woolgar, IoPPN, said that parents need not worry too much about the details of their parenting, as long as they are trying their best. ‘You have to keep telling yourself as a parent you’re doing your best and there are lots of opportunities for change and nothing is definite,’ he said.

True grit: new lessons in life

i 29th September 2016

Feature piece on pesonality in children cites recent research by academics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London that found that "grit" or perseverance did little to boost students' exam results.

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National Institute for Health Research: Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programme

Times Higher Education 29th September 2016

Philippa Garety of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & neuroscience, King's College London wins award of £1,300,255 for a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the outcomes and mechanisms of a novel digital reasoning intervention for persecutory delusions

King's to reduce investments in polluting fossil fuel companies

King's press release 29th September 2016

King’s is to adopt a policy of phased fossil fuel divestment – which will see the university reducing investments in companies involved in the ‘dirtiest’ fuels like tar sands oil and thermal coal and move towards opportunities to support low carbon alternatives. Professor Ed Byrne, Principal, said: ‘King's is a force for good in the many diverse societies it serves and is committed to playing its part in aiding the vital transition to a low carbon economy.’ This was also reported by Guardian.

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Anti-radicalisation strategy lacks evidence base in science

Guardian 29th September 2016

AbdoolKarim Vakil, Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies, is among the signatories in a letter signed by several academics and others, on the Government's anti-radicalisation strategy.

True grit: new lessons in life

i 29th September 2016

Feature piece on personality in children cites recent research by academics at King's that found that "grit" or perseverance did little to boost students' exam results.

Brexit effect yet to be felt, say academics

Xinhua News 29th September 2016

The economic effect of the UK's vote to leave the European Union will not be known until the end of the year it is claimed. The article reports from an event hosted by The UK in a Changing Europe, a think-tank based at King's. Also reported by SINA.

Acne sufferers' cells may be protected against ageing

Various media outlets 28th September 2016

Scientists at King’s have found that people who have previously suffered from acne are likely to have longer telomeres (the protective repeated nucleotides found at the end of chromosomes) in their white blood cells, meaning their cells could be better protected against ageing. Dr Simone Ribero, Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, said: ‘Our findings suggest that the cause could be linked to the length of telomeres which appears to be different in acne sufferers and means their cells may be protected against ageing.’ Dr Veronique Bataille, Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, said: ‘Longer telomeres are likely to be one factor explaining the protection against premature skin ageing in individuals who previously suffered from acne.’ This was also reported by Mirror, Daily Mail, Sun, Telegraph, BBC Newsbeat, Evening Standard, Metro, BBC World Service , Huffington Post and International Business Times.

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Aleppo hospitals are latest casualty in attacks by the Syrian regime

Guardian 28th September 2016

The airstrikes on two Aleppo hospitals in the early hours of Wednesday morning were just the latest in hundreds of attacks on medical centres across Syria over the past five years, a pattern of destruction undermining international protection for doctors and their patients. Dr Samir Puri, War Studies, said: ‘If there is a total collapse of any kind of trauma care, those are the sort of things that can contribute to collapsing morale very suddenly.’ He also spoke to Al Jazeera.

Reporting Terror: A Dangerous Game

BBC Radio 4 28th September 2016

Dr Peter Bush, War Studies, is on the panel discussing the reporting of terrorism. He said: ‘A response to terrorism is up to us all, it’s not just the media.’

Thought the menopause destroys libido? It can actually do the opposite

Daily Mail 28th September 2016

Feature on the menopause and women's libido. The article cites research from Dr Tim Spector, Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology. In studying women’s responses to questions about desire, arousal, orgasm satisfaction and pain during sex over a four-year period both pre and post-menopause, researchers found the rate of sexual dysfunction barely altered. He said: ‘We were surprised by the results. They suggest that menopause has been exaggerated as an excuse for everything.’

We must let Theresa May build more houses - or the rage of the renters could tear Britain apart

Telegraph 28th September 2016

Comment piece on planning laws for residential buildings. The article mentions Mark Pennington, Political Economy, who argues that private covenants, deed restrictions and the establishment of proprietary communities are the best way to give locals control.

World Academic Summit 2017 to take place at King's College London

Times Higher Educational Supplement 28th September 2016

Times Higher Education's World Academic Summit 2017 will be held in partnership with King's next September.

Dark matter: What's the matter?

Nature 28th September 2016

Feature on the theory of dark matter. Professor John Ellis, Physics, is quoted.

World's first baby born of three-parent baby technique

Various media outlets 27th September 2016

The world's first three-parent baby has been born. Scientists revealed the birth of a baby boy, now five months old, using DNA from three parents. Dr Dusko Ilic, Women’s Health, said: ‘The baby is reportedly healthy. Hopefully, this will tame the more zealous critics, accelerate the field, and we will witness soon a birth of the first mitochondrial donation baby in the UK.’ Dusko also spoke to BBC News, while Professor Ivor Mason, Biosciences Education, wrote a piece for i. This was reported by Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Express, Daily Mail, ITV News, Sky News, Mirror, a separate piece for i, Times, Independent, Globo and International Business Times.

Food for London: D&D restaurant group backs our food waste fight

Evening Standard 27th September 2016

Article mentions the ‘Food Forum’, which is being held at King's. A panel of campaigners, chefs and industry leaders will seek solutions to the hot topic of wasted food and hunger in London.

Diesel scrutiny shifts to London's building sites

Reuters 27th September 2016

Volkswagen's admission it cheated pollution law has exposed a wider problem of diesel emissions from thousands of generators belching fumes across building sites and countryside. In London, where the pollution is aggravated by a construction boom, a firm that helped expose the extent of the Volkswagen scandal has shifted its attention to diesel generators and is working with city authorities and researchers from King's to analyze the problem. This was also reported by Daily Mail.

Diesel scrutiny shifts to London's building sites

Reuters 27th September 2016

A piece looking at the impact on air quality of thousands of diesel generators across the country. Mentions the work of King’s Environmental Research Group. Also reported by CNBC & others.

When 'seeing snow' means your eyes are in trouble

Mail Online 26th September 2016

Article discussing eye problems featuring comment from Peter Goadsby, a professor of neurology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (King's College London). He says visual snow is a different and distinct condition to migraine aura. The cause is unclear but brain scans of those affected have found differences in the visual cortex, the area at the back of the brain that processes visual information. He said: "This area is overactive in people with visual snow and it seems to be a disorder of the way in which this part of the brain responds to the information it receives from the eyes. For those affected it can be extremely disabling and affect their work and personal lives."

Study finds link between faecal bacteria and body fat

Various media outlets 26th September 2016

Researchers at King’s have found a new link between the diversity of bacteria in human poo – known as the human faecal microbiome - and levels of abdominal body fat. Dr Michelle Beaumont, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, said: ‘This study has shown a clear link between bacterial diversity in faeces and markers of obesity and cardiovascular risk, particularly for visceral fat.’ This was also reported by BBC News Online, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Metro, Daily Express, Yahoo! News, CNN International , Reuters , Huffington Post , FoxNews , International Business Times, Deccan Chronicle and BBC World Service .

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£160 million Cancer Centre opens at Guy's Hospital

King's press release 26th September 2016

A new £160 million Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital, which has been designed by patients for patients has opened. Professor Peter Parker, Head of the Division of Cancer Studies, said: ‘Expanding our Experimental Medicine Programme will enable us to grow our capabilities in designing and conducting clinical trials for new treatments.’ Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Vice Principal (Health), and Executive Director of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre said: ‘Having clinicians and researchers working side by side will allow us to speed up the journey from discoveries in our laboratories and early clinical trials right through to innovative new treatments and therapies in our clinics.’ This was also reported by Evening Standard.

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Interview: former MP Ed Balls on Strictly, Theresa May and why Labour has lost the plot

Evening Standard 26th September 2016

An interview with Visiting Professor Ed Balls, Policy Institute.

Turkey

BBC Radio 4 Beyond Belief 26th September 2016

Bill Park, Defence Studies, is on a panel of the expert guests discussing the religious background to recent events in Turkey. He said: ‘There’s still a lot to find out about what actually happened in the coup.

The Sunday Times University League Table

Sunday Times 25th September 2016

The Sunday Times league table of UK universities has been released. King’s is ranked 27th overall. King’s features in various accompanying pieces as being one of the best universities for research, one of the best universities in London, having the one of the highest entry requirements, being one of the best universities for jobs and one of the worst for teaching quality and student experience. This was also reported on by a separate piece for Times. A piece for Times about technologically illiterate university lecturers failing modern students also mentions Kings’s ranking.

How the brain knows where we are in bed

Guardian 25th September 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery director, explains how we are able to find what we need in the dark when we are in bed. ‘The answer lies in a part of the brain called the parietal cortex, which contains lots of different virtual maps of your current location,’ he said.

The science of…smog

Observer 25th September 2016

A piece on smog, with reference to a study conducted by King's which found that almost 9,500 early deaths every year can be traced to air pollution in London.

Now’s the time to…

Observer 25th September 2016

Article on ‘Mouthy’, a festival held by the Science Gallery.

Saker Nusseibeh: ‘Most money is indexed. That’s a disaster’

Financial Times 25th September 2016

Interview with Saker Nusseibeh, chief executive of Hermes Investment Management and alumni.

India’s Rafale deal belies strained procurement ability

Financial Times 25th September 2016

More than a decade after they first started talks, India has finally inked an €8bn agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault. There had been an original deal to buy 126 Rafales. Dr Walter Ladwig, War Studies, said: ‘The fact that the deal has been shrunk means the projected numbers of aircraft in each country’s air force are going to continue to tilt in Pakistan’s favour.’

Communist China Looks for Independent Thinking as Problems Loom

Bloomberg 25th September 2016

China faces unprecedented challenges as it restructures its economy away from old-line heavy manufacturing and toward consumption and services. Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, is quoted on the role of think tanks in the country. Also reported in the South China Morning Post.

Releasing patient data from the PACE Trial

British Medical Journal 24th September 2016

Article on patient data in the PACE trial. One of the authors is Trudie Chalder, professor of cognitive behavioural psychotherapy at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London.

Corbyn re-elected as UK Labour leader after bitter fight

Yahoo! News 24th September 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected as Labour Leader. Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, said: ‘Labour is not going to win any elections in the near future.’

Corbyn re-elected as UK Labour leader with 62pc of votes after bitter fight

South China Morning Post 24th September 2016

Left-winger Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected British Labour leader, seeing off a challenge from his MPs but leaving the opposition party deeply divided. Professor Anand Menon, European Studies, is quoted. Originally reported by Agence France Presse& also reported in Times of India, ABC and others.

Assisted suicide

BBC World Service 24th September 2016

Professor Penney Lewis, Law, joins the discussion on the ethics and issues.

Time for Team Kate to get busy! The Duchess of Cambridge's 12-strong staff - including a supernanny, a VERY glamorous stylist and a top hairdresser - touch down in Canada

Daily Mail 23rd September 2016

Profiles of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's entourage during their trip to Canada, including stylist Natasha Archer, alumni. This was also reported in a separate piece for Daily Mail.

The 19 best universities in Europe

Independent 23rd September 2016

King's is ranked 11th in a list of the best European universities.

How London’s Foundling Hospital defied ‘gruel stereotypes’

Financial Times 23rd September 2016

Visiting Fellow Jane Levi, History, is curating a new exhibition at the Foundling Museum called ‘Feeding the 400’. She said: ‘There were three layers of people responsible for how the foundlings were fed — the enlightened governors, the staff who controlled budgets and the servants and cooks. Not all these people had the same attitudes towards the children.’

Bombing of Aleppo

Newshour, Al Jazeera English 23rd September 2016

Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, discusses the Syrian and Russian government’s air strikes upon the rebel-held city of Aleppo and their impact.

Afghan boy's hope of new life in Europe ends in suicide

Reuters 22nd September 2016

Mustafa Ansari's journey ended one April morning in his bedroom in a quiet Swedish village. The young Afghan had committed suicide, a new kind of casualty in Europe's migration crisis. While thousands have died on the journey to Europe, Ansari made it, only to become caught up in an overloaded system. Edgar Jones, a professor of the history of medicine and psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, is quoted. Also reported by Daily Mail, CNBC, and Yahoo News.

Oxford University named best in world - while four London universities including UCL also make the grade

Various media outlets 22nd September 2016

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings have been released, with Kings ranked as 36th. This was reported by Evening Standard, BBC News Online, i, Financial Times and City A.M.

Oxford University condemns ministers' call to open schools as 'insulting' to teachers

Times Higher Education Supplement 22nd September 2016

The University of Oxford will not take part in government plans for leading higher education institutions to set up schools, its vice-chancellor has said. The government's education Green Paper set out plans to encourage high-performing schools and universities to ‘improve the quality of school places in the mainstream state sector’, citing the King's Maths School.
This was also reported by the BBC and Financial Times.

Saudi-led raids 'kill 20' civilians in Yemen port

Daily Mail 22nd September 2016

Saudi-led coalition air strikes killed 20 civilians in a rebel-held port city of western Yemen. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, said: ‘In this case a misguided munition hit a neighbourhood by error, which is densely populated.’

Afghan boy’s hope of new life in Europe ends in suicide

Reuters 22nd September 2016

An asylum-seeker has committed suicide in a refugee centre in Sweden. Professor Edgar Jones, War Studies, commented. This was also reported by Daily Mail.

Kenneth Rainiin Foundation

International Business Times 22nd September 2016

Professor Kevin Whelan, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, is reported to have received a 2016 Breakthrough Award from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

United Kingdom

Nature 22nd September 2016

Feature on young people's career aspirations that cites research from King' which found that most 10-14 year olds find science interesting but those from working class backgrounds rarely see it as a career.

Researchers study table tennis and Alzheimer's

Sky News 21st September 2016

Interview with Dr Matthew Kempton, a senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (King's College London), who is conducting a study on table tennis and Alzheimer's.

World Alzheimer's Day: 3.7 mn suffer from disease in India, will double by 2030, fear experts

Indian Express 21st September 2016

The World Alzheimer Report 2015 led by the Institute of Psychiatry, PSychology & Neuroscience, King's College London found that there are currently around 46.8 million people living with dementia around the world, with numbers projected to nearly double every 20 years, increasing to 74.7 million by 2030 and 131.5 million by 2050. Also reported by NDTV and the Times of India.

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Company views on tattoos 'out of date'

Various media outlets 21st September 2016

Employers have been warned they could be missing out on top staff because they are rejecting candidates with tattoos. Research commissioned by Acas from academics at King's, suggests that tattoos are still considered unacceptable in many workplaces. This was reported by BBC News Online, Sun and The Week.

Letters

Financial Times 21st September 2016

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written a letter about the EU. ‘The truth is that Switzerland has become an irritant to the EU,’ he said.

Voters showing no signs of 'buyer's remorse' over Brexit, according to top pollster

Various media outlets 21st September 2016

British voters are showing few signs of "buyer's remorse" at the decision to leave the EU made three months' ago, one of the country's leading polling experts has said. In a briefing that took place at King's, Professor John Curtice, president of the British Polling Council, said there was "not much evidence of buyer's remorse" over the vote. This was reported by Telegraph, Daily Express, i, Evening Standard and a separate piece for Daily Express.

Margaret Hodge is right - Whitehall needs reform. But will it happen?

Guardian 21st September 2016

Article on reforming civil service culture, a reform that Visiting Professor Margaret Hodge, Policy Institute, has called for. The article mentions a publicity event for her book which took place at the Policy Institute.

How to cut your chances of getting cancer: Expert reveals eight proven ways to help protect against deadly disease

Daily Mail 21st September 2016

Article on lifestyle changes that could allegedly prevent 40 per cent of cancers from ever occurring. A number of studies are now linking gut bacteria to lowered cancer risk. Professor Tim Spector, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, said: ‘Although most of the studies done on gut bacteria and cancer prevention are still on mouse models, the results are positive.’

Russian hacker threat to hit US election must be taken seriously

New Scientist 21st September 2016

Dr Tim Stevens, War Studies, has written a piece on cyberattacks and the US election. ‘It is technically feasible for foreign hackers to disrupt US electoral politics and processes, as recent events demonstrate, but vanishingly unlikely that such interference could directly engineer an election result,’ he said.

Is science only for the rich?

Nature 21st September 2016

Around the world, poverty and social background remain huge barriers in scientific careers. The article references an ongoing study from King's which found that most English 10-14 year olds find science interesting.

Syria

Sky News 21st September 2016

Interview with Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, about the ongoing crisis in Syria. She said: ‘The stakes are extremely high for the regional powers.’ (21:33). Professor John Gearson, War Studies, also spoke to Sky News.

Inside the ruined castle of a Medieval serial killer

Vice 21st September 2016

In an article looking at a historic murder trial in Slovakia, Tony Thorne, English Language Centre, is interviewed on the suspect and the language around serial killers. ‘We use forensic language and police terms. In those days they would've called her a she-demon,’ he said.

Funding for new immunotherapy company

King's press release 20th September 2016

A new immunotherapy company, founded on pioneering work by researchers at King’s and the Francis Crick Institute, has received seed funding from Abingworth, the international investment group dedicated to life sciences.

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Dementia healthcare must adapt to tackle global dementia crisis

King's press release 20th September 2016

A new report from Alzheimer’s Disease International, authored by researchers at King’s and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), reveals that most people with dementia have yet to receive a diagnosis, let alone comprehensive and continuing healthcare. This was reported by Indian Express, NDTV and Times of India.

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New global initiative will engage 30 cities by 2030 to close the mental health gap

King's press release 20th September 2016

King’s is joining a major new initiative aiming to reduce the mental health gap by engaging global and community leaders across private, public and philanthropic organisations.

For the Kremlin, winning a supermajority in the Russian parliament was the easy part

Washington Post 20th September 2016

United Russia, the party founded by Russian President Vladimir Putin, has won a landslide constitutional majority in parliamentary elections. Commenting, Dr Sam Greene, Russian Institute, said: ‘Over the past five years there has been an effort to create an active, mobilised, pro-regime constituency. And while they’ve certainly created a constituency that is not going to vote for the opposition, they don’t seem to have generated a great degree of enthusiasm for United Russia.’

From Buddha to Bollywood

Wall Street Journal 20th September 2016

Review of a book by Professor Sunil Khilnani, India Institute.

Study rebuts Hunt's Claim over weekend deaths

Gaurdian 19th September 2016

Mental health patients admitted to hospital on a Saturday or Sunday are no more likely to die than those who arrive on a weekday, according to a study of how more than 45,000 patients fared in British hospitals. Dr Rashmi Patel, the SlaM psychiatrist and academic at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London who led the research, told the Guardian: "One of the problems with the way the 'weekend effect' has been portrayed is that the secretary of state has selectively chosen to present a few studies which suggest differences in mortality associated with weekend admission and he has ignored others (like our own study) which have shown no significant difference."

Hospital still the most common place of death for children with cancer

King's press release 19th September 2016

Although the number of children and young people with cancer dying in hospices has risen over the past two decades, the most common place of death remains hospitals followed by home, according to a study led by King’s.

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Unilever Framework Agreement

King's press release 19th September 2016

Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, and King’s have signed a Framework Agreement to formalise their long-term partnership.

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Can DNA tests identify litter louts?

BBC News Online 19th September 2016

Article looking at whether DNA evidence can help to identify people dropping rubbish in the UK, featuring experts from King's who attempt to extract DNA from litter to trace people dropping rubbish. Dr Denise Syndercombe-Court, Forensic Science, said: ‘I think it's crazy talking about catching somebody who has dropped litter.’ This was also reported by BBC One.

Fellowship for older person's care to continue in 2017

Nursing Times 19th September 2016

A national fellowship to advance the practice of senior nurses who work with older people is to continue for a third year, but will be expanded to allied health professionals as well. The year-long programme is run by the Florence Nightingale faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at King's and funded by Health Education England.

Debate

City A.M. 19th September 2016

Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, answers ‘No’ to the question ‘Following defections to the Tories and the election of new leader Diane James, is Ukip a busted flush?’. ‘Signs of a prolonged delay in triggering Article 50 may create an opening for a group outside the Conservative Party to exercise pressure on it: in other words, Ukip,’ he said.

Smart cities

Sky News 19th September 2016

Britain’s mobile networks may be left behind in the race to build smart cities. Professor Mischa Dohler, Informatics, comments: ‘5G may be needing half a million base stations in London alone … we need a totally new pioneering approach of rethinking on how we do planning, regulation.’

The top 1% may benefit from a genetic advantage at birth

Mail Online 18th September 2016

Robert Plomin, a professor of genetics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London, is referenced in an article about links between genetic and intelligence.

5 Live Science - GCSE scores and inherited DNA

BBC Radio 5 Live 18th September 2016

Interview with Robert Plomin, King's College London, about GSCE scores and inherited DNA. Starts at 37:00

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Millions of pounds of public money given to charities to be used to help war veterans 'has vanished or been wasted on unproven therapies'

Various media outlets 18th September 2016

Millions of pounds of public money intended to help war veterans has been 'wasted' after it disappeared into unknown charities, the article suggests. Professor Neil Greenberg, IoPPN, commented on the piece. This was reported by Daily Mail, Sunday Times, International Business Times UK and a separate piece for Sunday Times.

What happens to your brain when you faint?

Guardian 18th September 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery Director, explains the science of fainting. ‘Weak and wobbly legs might seem to be caused by the reduction in blood pressure that often results in fainting. But, in fact, this lack of oxygen being pumped around the body does not affect the limbs directly,’ he said.

Who are the Russian-backed hackers attacking the U.S. political system?

NBC News 18th September 2016

Cybersecurity experts and intelligence officials say that the tools and methods the Russian hackers use against American targets are at times extremely sophisticated. Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, said: ‘Russian operators are among the most impressive and disciplined operators that we know of.’ Professor Rid also commented on this for Sunday Times.

Seventeen Indian soldiers in attack on Kashmir army base

Bloomberg 18th September 2016

Seventeen Indian soldiers were killed in Kashmir, in the deadliest militant attack in the area for years. Professor Harsh V. Pant, Defence Studies, said: ‘The scale of the attack threatens to escalate tension between India and Pakistan.’

Mental illness and terrorism

British Medical Journal 17th September 2016

Article on the association of mental illness with acts of terrorism, co-authored by Kamaldeep Bhui and Simon Wessely, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

Belgium minor first 'helped to die'

BBC News Online 17th September 2016

A terminally ill 17-year-old has become the first minor to be helped to die in Belgium since age restrictions on euthanasia requests were removed two years ago, officials say. The rate of euthanasia in the Netherlands has remained fairly stable at 2.8% of all deaths (in 2010), according to Professor Penney Lewis, Law.

Living in worlds that never were

New Scientist 17th September 2016

Review of the exhibition 'Paths to Utopia', which is curated by King's at Somerset House.

Caliphate in peril, more ISIS fighters may take mayhem to Europe

International New York Times 17th September 2016

As Islamic State loses territory in Iraq and Syria, American military officials say the battles to seize Raqqa and Mosul could be underway within the next two or three months. Commenting, Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, said: ‘No one wants to be the last man on the ground whenever the Kurds, Iraqis or Americans arrive.’

Pakistan suspected to be expanding uranium enrichment

Various media outlets 16th September 2016

Research conducted by IHS Jane’s, a defence and security periodical, and King’s, concluded that Pakistan may be expanding uranium enrichment capabilities. Ian J Stewart, War Studies, said: ‘It is disappointing to see Pakistan apparently expand its uranium enrichment capacity outside of safeguards whilst not engaging seriously in discussions or negotiations over a fissile material cut-off treaty.’ This was reported by Times, Daily Mail, AFP, Deccan Chronicle, Economic Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, NDTV, Times of India, Hindu, and Yahoo

The feuds, the faces and the farcical

Times 16th September 2016

Article on Visiting Professor Sir Nicholas Macpherson, Policy Institute.

Laughing off sanctions

Deccan Herald 16th September 2016

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, has written a piece on North Korea’s recent nuclear tests. ‘The latest test was the country’s largest to date, sparking worries that the country is making real progress in its efforts to build a functional nuclear warhead,’ he said.

Crusoe's Island by Andrew Lambert review - Robinson Crusoe as hero to rightwing Englishmen

Guardian 16th September 2016

Review of 'Crusoe's Island' by Professor Andrew Lambert, War Studies.

North Korea challenges the world with its fifth underground nuclear test

Daily Mail 16th September 2016

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, has written a piece on North Korea. ‘The growing geopolitical rivalry between the US and China is manifesting itself in any lack of effective action against Pyongyang,’ he said.

How David Cameron's intervention in Libya is fuelling war and terror around the world

Independent 15th September 2016

A report released by the Foreign Affairs Committee this week held David Cameron “ultimately responsible” for failing to stabilise Libya after the death of Muammar Gaddafi. Dr Amir Kamel, Defence Studies, said: ‘The removal of Gaddafi created an environment where any actor could benefit.’

A brief history of why students go away to uni

The Conversation UK 15th September 2016

Article on students leaving home to attend university, mentions that in the second half of the 19th century, King's was geared towards students who wanted to remain at home while they studied.

Hinkley Point

BBC Radio 5 live Wake Up to Money 15th September 2016

Discussion of the decision to commission a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Visiting Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute, who originally supported Hinkley Point and has since had second thoughts, said: ‘Things have changed and in particular the price of every other form of energy is falling.’ (05:17)

EAIE conference 2016: More money needed on student mental health

Times Higher Education Supplement 15th September 2016

Article on an event which debates how counselling teams can cope with increasing mental health problems among learners. Dr Ann Conlon, Student Services, said: ‘Nowadays, students who don’t get a first are considered failures, and that can be related not only to the marketplace of getting a career; generally there is a lot of anxiety around young people.’

Sports doping

Sky Sports News Good Morning Sports Fans 15th September 2016

Professor David Cowan, Drug Control Centre, is interviewed about the hacking of British athletes’ medical records. He said: ‘I don’t think there’s a risk of someone modifying files on that database.’

Why it’s good for dictators to have dictator friends

Washington Post 15th September 2016

Dr Alexander Schmotz, War Studies, has co-written a piece on dictators. ‘Autocrats are less likely to pester other autocrats about political niceties such as human rights or due process,’ they said.

Russian elections

BBC World Global 15th September 2016

Dr Samuel Greene, Russian Institute, comments on the upcoming legislative elections in Russia. ‘The reality is that the vast majority of Russians know that things are bad…as many as 25 per cent of Russians have seen cuts to their salaries over the last year, as many as 15 per cent have lost jobs. They don’t see much in the way of making a difference in the elections,’ he said.

Shortage of organs for transplantation

Huffington Post 15th September 2016

Dr Silvia Camporesi, Social Science, Health & Medicine, has written a piece on the announcement by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lift the moratorium on research involving chimeric human/non-human embryos. ‘Although it does not state it explicitly, the NIH announcement seems to have been triggered by Harvard professor George Church‘s research on growing humanised organ models in non-human animals, namely pigs,’ she said.

What are you reading?

Times Higher Education Supplement 15th September 2016

Professor Richard Howells, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, is reading Claire Fox’s ‘I Find That Offensive!’ ‘Fox’s short, sharp book makes for a white-knuckle read,’ he said.

Mums of young Muslims enlist in the fight against ISIS

Time 15th September 2016

Nico Prucha, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), commented on a new UK programme that aims to help mothers identify signs of radicalisation. ‘We need to see what resonates in which local community,’ he said.

Brexit risk to equal pay laws, MPs told

BBC News Online 14th September 2016

Equal pay laws in the UK could be put at risk by the country's exit from the European Union, MPs have heard. Asked what Brexit could mean for UK equality laws, Professor Aileen McColgan, Law, said: ‘It would depend on the government of the day.’

The genetic advantage of the (other) 1 percenters

Financial Times 14th September 2016

Article on the genetics of intelligence. Robert Plomin, a professor of genetics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, is quoted.

Brain experiments on primates are crucial, say eminent scientists

Guardian 14th September 2016

More than 400 scientists including two Nobel laureates have signed a letter stating that brain experiments on primates are crucial to medical advances, in response to claims that they are cruel and no longer useful. Scientists at King's College London estimate that around 80% of all drugs for the treatment of Parkinson's were originally tested at the marmoset laboratory there.

Study investigates effects of touchscreen use on toddlers' motor skills

Yahoo 14th September 2016

A new UK study has found that toddlers who use touchscreens may show improved fine motor control abilities. To look further into possible positive or negative effects of the touchscreen trend, researchers from the University of London and King's College London gathered data from 715 UK families with children aged 6 to 36-month-olds using an online survey. Rachel Bedford of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is one of the researchers.

London hospitals boosted by £437m new research grants

Evening Standard 14th September 2016

London hospitals today won the lion?s share of a record £816 million government investment for pioneering new treatments for cancer, dementia and mental health. The South London and Maudsley Trust receives almost £66 million, enabling 50,000 patients to be part of clinical studies over the next five years. Scientists at its partner biomedical research centre, National Institute for Health Research’s (NIHR), at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London have learned how to detect the first signs of Alzheimer's disease, with 85 per cent accuracy, within 24 hours.

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NIHR BRC at Guy's and St Thomas' and King's funding success

Various media outlets 14th September 2016

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has awarded Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s £64.4 million over five years so their Biomedical Research Centre can continue its groundbreaking research into innovative new treatments for patients. Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Executive Director of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre and Vice-Principal (Health), said: ‘The Government’s renewed commitment to funding ground-breaking mental and physical health research is extremely welcome.’ Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has also announced more than £130 million funding for pioneering mental and physical health research in South East London on a visit to South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. This was also reported by Wired-Gov and Evening Standard.

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RADAR-CNS website launches

King's press release 14th September 2016

RADAR-CNS has launched a new project website. RADAR-CNS (Remote assessment of disease and relapse – Central Nervous System) is a major research programme supported by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) and co-led by academics at King’s.

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Ten clean eating myths that you need to stop believing

Evening Standard 14th September 2016

Eve Simmons is the co-founder of Not Plant Based, which is leading the backlash against 'clean-eating'. She enlists experts - including 'Fight the Fads', a group of trainee dieticians at King's - to help bust some of the most popular myths.

The bizarre 1920s plan to merge Africa and Europe into a 'supercontinent' by draining the Mediterranean Sea

Daily Mail 14th September 2016

In 1928, a German architect proposed a plan called Atlantropa, which would involve partially draining the Mediterranean Sea and creating a 'Eurafrican supercontinent'. Dr Ricarda Vidal, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, said: ‘What made Atlantropa so attractive was its vision of world peace achieved not through politics and diplomacy, but with a simple technological solution.’

This Commonwealth visa system could save post-Brexit Britain from obscurity

Independent 14th September 2016

Visiting Professor Andrew Macleod, Policy Institute, has written an opinion piece on Brexit. ‘While some argued for a strong reconnection with the Commonwealth, Britain needs to be careful not to be perceived as trying to restore a neo-colonialist style leadership,’ he said.

London must create a new innovation cluster

Huffington Post 14th September 2016

Opinion piece on the contribution of higher education to London's economy. Four of the capital's universities, including King’s, feature prominently in the world league tables.

Misinformed debates on FGM can harm understanding

British Medical Journal 14th September 2016

A letter on FGM by Professor Susan Bewley, Women’s Health. ‘The febrile atmosphere in which misinformed debates about FGM take place do not aid understanding,’ she said.

An uneasy truce between church and state

New York Times 14th September 2016

Commenting on the relationship between the state and religion, Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, said: ‘Across the Western world, people have tried different ways of dealing with religion, from its prominent role in the United States to French laissez-faire.’

Echo

BBC World Service 14th September 2016

Professor Mischa Dohler, Informatics, discusses Echo- Amazon’s new voice controlled speaker and ‘smart home-hub’. ‘The UK is warming up to these devices. About 40 per cent of households have an internet of things device installed in one way or another,’ he said.

The man who gave it all away

Independent 13th September 2016

Article on theatre director Laura Farnworth's investigation into the life of scientist George Price. Isabel Valli at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, aided her research.

Legalise cannabis for pain relief, say MPs

Daily Mail 13th September 2016

Cannabis should be legalised for 'medicinal' use in the UK, a major report concludes today. The report is contradicted by a major review led by King's College London in 2014, in which academics concluded that smoking cannabis is highly addictive, can cause mental health problems and opens the door to hard drugs.

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Family of teenager with aggressive cance turned to illegal drug as last resort

Mail Online 13th September 2016

Case study illustrating the use of cannabis for pain relief. Professor Wayne Hall, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, is quoted.

Labelling terrorists as mentally ill stigmatises people with mental health problems, experts say

Independent 13th September 2016

Linking terrorist attacks to mental health problems risks stigmatising people who are ill and could dissuade some from seeking help, psychiatrists have warned. The psychiatrists, Professor Kamaldeep Bhui, of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr Adrian James, a registrar at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Professor Simon Wessely of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology a& Neuroscience, King's College London, added that no single diagnosis was associated with 'lone actor' terrorism.

E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit, Review Finds

NBC News 13th September 2016

Electronic cigarettes might help smokers kick the habit, with few side-effects, an independent review has found. "In my view, smokers struggling to stop should try all possible methods, including electronic cigarettes, to help them to do so," said Ann McNeill, professor of Tobacco Addiction at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London. Also reported by Financial Times and Yahoo News.

Legalise cannabis for pain relief, say MPs

Daily Mail 13th September 2016

Cannabis should be legalised for 'medicinal' use in the UK, a major report concludes. The report is contradicted by a major review led by King's in 2014, which concluded that smoking cannabis is highly addictive, can cause mental health problems and opens the door to hard drugs. This was also reported in a separate article for Daily Mail.

Londoners Diary: Clegg and Balls upstaged by Cameron again

Various media outlets 13th September 2016

Visiting Professor Ed Balls, Policy Institute, has launched his new book with an event on the Strand campus. This was reported by Evening Standard, Independent and New Statesman.

Making connections: How Victorian artists plugged into telegraphy

Guardian 13th September 2016

A new exhibition at Guildhall art gallery celebrates telegraphy. The exhibition has been created through a collaboration of art, science and engineering, with the Guildhall gallery working with both King's and the Courtauld Institute.

HMS Terror

Sky News - Sky News with Dermot Murnaghan 13th September 2016

Researchers have discovered what they think are the remains of HMS Terror - which disappeared in 1845. Professor Andrew Lambert, War Studies, is interviewed on the discovery. ‘The ship is in very shallow water. If it was around the UK it would be very easy to dive but often the ice covers that area,’ he said. Professor Lambert also spoke to ITV News at Ten about the HMS Terror.

The new rules on what to eat in pregnancy

Telegraph 12th September 2016

Last month, scientists from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London and the University of Bristol reported that a high-fat, high-sugar diet during pregnancy could alter a growing foetus's DNA, leading to brain changes that raise the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Here, experts explain the latest thinking on what to eat in pregnancy.

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A dietitian put extreme 'clean eating' claims to the test

Independent 12th September 2016

An article on ‘clean eating’ by Sophie Medlin, Nutrition, that was written for Conversation UK, has been published by the Independent.

Islamic State’s most important leader is dead – what will happen now?

New Statesman 12th September 2016

Article on Islamic State by Dr Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR). ‘Although IS has lost ground in some areas, it has gained others. Its fighters will continue to govern, establish redoubts and generate income,’ he said.

What to eat in pregnancy: The new rules according to the experts

Telegraph 12th September 2016

Experts explain the latest thinking on what to eat in pregnancy. Last month, scientists from King's and the University of Bristol reported that a high-fat, high-sugar diet during pregnancy could alter a growing foetus's DNA, leading to brain changes that raise the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Meet the new Student Nursing Times Editors 2016/17

Nursing Times 12th September 2016

Undergraduate student Anna Merrick, Midwifery, will be the midwifery editor in 2016/17 for the Nursing Times. She said: ‘I am beyond privileged to become the first ever editor to represent the branch of midwifery.’ Meanwhile, undergraduate student Anthony Johnson, Nursing, will be a student affairs editor. He said: ‘I took on this role to continue the fight we began with #BursaryOrBust.’

Bullied for being boobless at twelve

Huffington Post 12th September 2016

Article on body insecurities by Larissa Scotting, Alumna, who mentions her time at King’s.

George Price: The altruistic man who died trying to prove selflessness doesn’t exist

Independent 12th September 2016

Article on theatre director Laura Farnworth's investigation into the life of scientist George Price. Dr Isabel Valli, IoPPN, is mentioned to have aided her research. This was also reported by BBC News Online.

Men are allies to the cause of equality for women, says campaigner

Various media outlets 12th September 2016

Article on Promundo, an international organisation that aims to enlist men in the struggle for gender equality. Dr Awino Okech, African Leadership Centre (ALC), said: ‘The narrative is that progress on gender equality hasn't been made because we don't engage with men. This is a flawed argument’. This was reported by Daily Mail, Reuters, New York Times.

Can London mayor’s car ban solve pollution crisis?

CNN 12th September 2016

New Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has a plan to drastically change pollution levels in London. Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, said: ‘In years to come the health benefits will be considerable.’

Modi's focus shifts from investment to foreign policy amid Kashmir, Balochistan troubles

CNBC 12th September 2016

Discussing Indian relations with China and Pakistan, Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, said: ‘Modi has thrown down the gauntlet on China's infrastructure plans for Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit, areas of dispute.’

The ice bucket challenge raised more than a $100 milion

BBC Radio 5 Live 11th September 2016

The ice bucket challenge raised more than a $100 million. Interview with Ashley Jones from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London. Starts at 23:00

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Man-machine symbiosis: So who put the cyber into cybersex?

Guardian 11th September 2016

Article about cybernetics, which includes a discussion of a new book by Dr Thomas Rid, War Studies. His book was also discussed in Spectator.

Me and my motor

Sunday Times 11th September 2016

Article on Katherine Grainger, alumna.

Why is nose picking so appealing?

Guardian 11th September 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery, Director, explains why nose picking is so appealing. ‘One reason humans find nose picking so rewarding is because the parts of the cortex connected to the hand and the face are so close together,’ he said.

The polluting effect of wear and tear in brakes and tyres

Guardian 11th September 2016

Article on wear-particles by Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group (ERG). ‘Increasing amounts of wear-particles have been found in new research from King's,’ he said.

Sixty seconds on... CBT

British Medical Journal 10th September 2016

"People are starting to assume you can get therapy on a smartphone and we won't need CBT to be provided by health services anymore," explained Rona Moss-Morris, who is a professor of psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London.

Abide with Mao

Economist 10th September 2016

In an article about Mao Zedong, founding father of the People’s Republic of China, Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, discusses his rise to power. ‘It was accompanied in the turbulent China of the first half of the 20th century by a moving personal trauma: not only the deaths of so many of his chief colleagues, but also members of his family,’ he said.

Contemporary art and the Church

BBC Radio 3 Sunday Feature 10th September 2016

A discussion on contemporary art and the Church. Professor Ben Quash, Theology & Religious Studies, said: ‘Protestant churches have always been concerned with mission and that means communicating.’

Grammar School revolution to include Universities

Various sources 9th September 2016

Universities as well as grammar schools will be put at the heart of Theresa May's education changes. The article mentions that a number of top universities, including King’s, have already established new free schools or sponsored existing academies. This was reported by Huffington Post, Financial Times and Daily Express.

Candid, current, cutting

i 9th September 2016

Review of a book written by Visiting Professor Ed Balls, Policy Institute, which mentions his teaching at King’s.

The man-machine myth

Wall Street Journal 9th September 2016

Review of the book Rise of the Machines by Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies. The reviewer says: ‘Mr. Rid’s fascinating survey of the oscillating hopes and fears expressed by the cybernetic mythos offers an implicit lesson.’

Theresa May: Universities must set up schools to have higher fees

Times Higher Education Supplement 9th September 2016

Universities in England will be asked to establish new schools, Theresa May has announced. The article mentions the King’s Mathematics School. This was also reported by Wired-Gov, Guardian and New Statesman.

Cumbrian lakes hold a centuries-long flood record

BBC News Online 9th September 2016

Any plan to protect homes and businesses from flooding has to understand the scale of the problem being confronted, a new review suggests. The National Flood Resilience Review wants to see greater use of "information from historic sources". Dr Daniel Schillereff, Geography, is mentioned to be part of a team studying the sediments in four lakes in Cumbria.

Samsung Galaxy Note

Sky News 9th September 2016

Passengers have been warned not to use their Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone during flights, over fears of the devices exploding. Commenting, Professor Mischa Dohler, Informatics, said: ‘Companies like Samsung and Apple are under massive pressure to make these batteries charge very quickly.’

Clothing trade

BBC World Service 9th September 2016

Piece discussing the second-hand clothing trade from the West to Africa and recent discussions to ban the imports. Commenting, Dr Andrew Brooks, Geography, said: ‘I think a gradual plan would be a good idea.’

Brexit doesn't deter EU students from choosing UK

Wall Street Journal 9th September 2016

Paul Teulon, Director, Admissions, commented on the possible impact of Brexit on students. ‘We’ve had no obvious indication at this stage there will be a reduction in the number of EU students,’ he said.

Flow of foreign fighters plummets as Islamic State loses its edge

Washington Post 9th September 2016

The flow of foreign fighters to Islamic State has drastically decreased. Commenting on the decline, Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, said: ‘It’s basically because Islamic State is a failing entity now. The appeal of Islamic State rested on its strength and its winning. Now that it’s losing, it’s no longer attractive.’

Facebook policy

BBC World Service 9th September 2016

In an interview discussing Facebook’s policies on image sharing and what is permitted on the site, Dr Martin Moore, CMCI, said: ‘What makes it particularly difficult in the case of Facebook is that it is such an enormous platform…its rules have a bearing on millions, if not billions of people.’

Trust me I'm a Doctor

BBC 2 8th September 2016

Presenter Michael Mosley explores the effectiveness of hypnosis as a therapeutic tool, in which he interviews Dr Quinton Deeley and Dr Eamonn Walsh of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) on the use of hypnosis as a n intervention for mental health conditions.

Diabulimia: Diabetes and eating disorder service launching in UK

BBC Newsbeat 8th September 2016

The UK's first ever diabetes and eating disorder service is launching at King's College in London. Professor Khalida Ismail from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, leads the largest diabetes and mental health clinic in the UK at King's College in London. She said:
"They never meet patients together and it's an inefficient use of current resources. I would argue we'd actually be saving money by joining up services."

TEF 'unlikely to boost status of teaching against research'

Times Higher Education Supplement 8th September 2016

An article on the Teaching Excellence Framework. Professor Paul Blackmore, Policy Institute, said: ‘Driving a new wedge between research and teaching, as the government is doing, sets up a contest that teaching is bound to lose.’

House of Commons restoration

BBC Radio 4 PM 8th September 2016

A feature looking at the House of Commons, and the upcoming restoration work. Professor Edith Hall, Classics, said: ‘I think it’s a huge opportunity…to actually experiment with different layouts.’

A dietitian puts extreme ‘clean eating’ claims to the test – and the results aren’t pretty

Conversation UK 8th September 2016

Sophie Medlin, Nutrition, has written a piece on ‘clean eating’. ‘When you consider the fundamentals of clean eating as being the sensationalist promotion of non-evidence based, and extremely restrictive, lifestyles that demonise everyday food essentials … you can see where the negativity from healthcare professionals stems from,’ she said. This was also reported by Daily Mail.

The American studies melting pot

Times Higher Education Supplement 8th September 2016

An article on American Studies, mentioning that studies related to the subject at King’s.

Global mental health

BBC World Service 8th September 2016

Dr Dominique Behague, Social Science, Health & Medicine, comments on the global issue of mental health. ‘I think we all have a desire to be able to find a single cause. The reality is that mental health is a complex interaction of factors.’

The debate over GM crops is making history

Nature 8th September 2016

Article on genetically modified crops, by Visiting Professor Vivian Moses, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences. ‘We cannot know in advance what aspects of GM crops will be of interest to future scholars,’ he said.

Sixty seconds on... CBT apps

British Medical Journal 7th September 2016

Professor Rona Ross-Morris of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) gives her thoughts on CBT apps.

Ugly truth

BBC News Online 7th September 2016

Article on British rule in India, by Dr Jon Wilson, History. ‘For 200 years, from the mid 18th Century to independence and partition in 1947, the British presided over a regime that was chaotic, violent, driven by uncontrolled passions and profoundly wracked by anxiety,’ he said. His recent book India Conquered, was also reviewed by Financial Times.

So, what does Brexit mean?

Conversation UK 7th September 2016

Professor Anand Menon, European and International Studies, has written a piece on Brexit. ‘Exiting the EU without a deal would mean reversion to a World Trade Organisation-type relationship that would harm both the UK and the EU. The only alternative, in my opinion, would be for the UK to negotiate some kind of transitional deal with its partners,’ he said. Work co-authored by Professor Menon was also mentioned by Wired-Gov.

The Progress 1000: London’s most influential people 2016

Evening Standard 7th September 2016

Evening Standard have revealed their list of London’s 1000 most influential people in 2016. Dina Asher-Smith, History, features in the ‘Rising Stars’ category. Visiting Professor Ed Balls, Policy Institute, features in the ‘Westminster’ category, Student Naveed Khan, Medicine features in the ‘Equality Champions’ category and Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, features in the ‘Eco-Warriors’ category.

Calais migrant crisis

Sky News 7th September 2016

Professor John Gearson, War Studies, discusses the plans proposed to build a wall between the "jungle" where migrants are living and the city of Calais. He said: ‘There’s a perception among some refugees that Britain provides a better future than some other European countries so the wall will secure the road I’m sure it will but will it stop the attraction that getting to Britain represents?’

Shanghai Ranking 2016: Top universities for life and agriculture sciences

Times Higher Education Supplement 7th September 2016

Two hundred of the best universities for life sciences and agriculture sciences feature in a specific 2016 subject ranking by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. King's is ranked 45.

The country that’s holding its own against Islamic State

Reuters 7th September 2016

Dina Esfandiary, War Studies, co-writes a piece on Islamic State and Iran. ‘Iran actively fights Islamic State – and Tehran’s counterterrorism efforts have succeeded where others have not,’ she said.

New white paper introduces comprehensive approach to managing tooth decay

International Business Times 7th September 2016

Professor Nigel Pitts, Dental Institute, has co-authored a paper about the management of tooth decay. ‘We have outlined evidence-based solutions for dental caries in this white paper. These must be urgently translated into actions at the clinical and policy levels, so that oral health professionals can provide the best possible care to their patients,’ he said.

How old is old?

BBC World Service 7th September 2016

Dr Claire Steves, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, discusses a claim by an Indonesian man that he is 145 years old. ‘145 has not been previously documented. In order to live that long…you’d have to have the best luck possible,’ she said.

Top 100 world universities 2016/17 - QS World University Rankings

Various sources 6th September 2016

King’s is ranked 21 in the Top 100 world universities. This was reported by Telegraph, Guardian, Times, Evening Standard, Daily Mail, Independent, The Week and separate pieces for Independent and Guardian.

India's armed forces will benefit from 'the new bonhomie' in Indo-US relations

Daily Mail 6th September 2016

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, has written a piece on the 'Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement' (LEMOA). ‘India is in the big league today and should start thinking big,’ he said.

Making the grade

Metro 6th September 2016

Of the 20 top-performing state schools in this year's A-level exams, all but four are in London or its surrounding counties, including King's College London Mathematics School.

Beyond the classroom: Empowering parents to help with homework

Huffington Post UK 6th September 2016

British engineer and broadcaster Kate Bellingham is partnering with E.ON to launch its new online learning resources, 'Energise Anything!' Work done by the ASPIRES group at King's shows that the 'science capital' children get from their parents can be a huge boost for their engagement and success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.

Chemical cosh plan for young prisoners

Scottish Daily Mail 5th September 2016

The article discusses a trial to be conducted by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, & Neuroscience (IoPPN), which will be testing an antipsychotic drug to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in young offenders.

Prevent

BBC Radio 5 live Afternoon Edition 5th September 2016

A piece on the government's anti-radicalisation strategy Prevent makes reference to Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.

Office for Students must promote collaboration as well as competition

Times Higher Education Supplement 5th September 2016

Article on the new Higher Education Bill. The article mentions the collaboration between King's and Portsmouth University, where student dentists and student dental nurses are brought together to practise working in real-world teams.

Are Hong Kong’s best days behind it?

CNN 5th September 2016

Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, discusses recent elections held in Hong Kong for the city’s Legislative Council. ‘The outcome so far partly confirms what was already widely suspected: Hong Kong politics has become more divided and more fractious,’ he said.

Why do many South Asians regard mental illness as taboo?

BBC 4th September 2016

England cricketer Monty Panesar has fought a public battle with mental health issues. Professor Dinesh Bhugra of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) says the South Asian population has "a bigger notion of shame" than others in the UK. Many in the community do not consider it a medical issue, but instead put mental illness down to other factors. Part of the problem, he believes, is language. "There is no word for depression in South Asian languages," he says. "The identified causes are usually [put down to] 'life's ups and downs'. So, people say 'what has it got to do with a doctor?'"

Operation lasting 60 minutes could free diabetics from injections

Daily Express 4th September 2016

A non-surgical procedure that takes only 60 minutes could do away with the need for insulin injections or surgery for diabetes sufferers, a new study suggests. Dr Francesco Rubino, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, who helped pioneer the method, said: ‘This could eventually lead us to a cure for Type 2 diabetes.’

A neuroscientist explains: Bargain hunting and how the brain understands numbers

Guardian 4th September 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Director, Science Gallery explains how the brain understands numbers and pricing. ‘Even if you think you’ve got a brilliant price, the brain can easily be influenced to pay more,’ he said.

Opera

BBC Radio 3 Proms 4th September 2016

Professor Roger Parker, Music, and Dr Flora Willson, Music, are the special guests on Proms Extra, discussing Rossini's ‘Semiramide’. (20:57)

Enlightened education policy will lift up the left behind

Financial Times 4th September 2016

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written a piece on why a focus on a technical education would benefit Britain. ‘We do well in educating the elite…But we do much less well, and always have done, in educating those whose skills are technical and vocational rather than academic,’ he said.

G20 summit

BBC World Service 4th September 2016

Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, comments on the G20 summit being held in China. ‘The highest pressure you can deal with as a Chinese official is the US relationship, and protocol is going to be very dense.’ Professor Brown’s comments were also reported by South China Morning Post and he was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 live Sunday Breakfast.

Letter of the week

British Medical Journal 3rd September 2016

‘Letter of the week’ is by Dr Katharina Kieslich, Primary Care & Public Health Sciences. ‘The need for policy makers’ receptiveness of new hepatitis C drugs is vital,’ she said.

Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee by John Bew

Times 3rd September 2016

Review of ‘Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee’ by Professor John Bew, War Studies. This was also discussed in a separate article for Sunday Times.

Beijing seeks to steer summit on growth and development despite gloomy IMF forecast

Daily Telegraph 3rd September 2016

Commenting on the G20 summit held in Beijing, Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, European & International Studies, said: ‘The role that China can play in bringing together developing and developed countries is very important.’ Dr Pardo also spoke to People’s Daily.

A new home for science

British Medical Journal 3rd September 2016

The Francis Crick Institute in London, which scientists start to move into this week, is a building that was designed with collaboration in mind. The Crick is a collaboration of six founding partners: the UK Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, University College London, Imperial College London, and King's College London.

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London air pollution policies are starting to have impact, but more work to be done

King's press release 2nd September 2016

New research by scientists at King’s suggests that air pollution from London’s roads is improving overall but more work may be needed to tackle some sources of traffic pollution. Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group (ERG), said: ‘It is great that evidence shows that policies are starting to have an impact, but we need to expand on these to reduce the health burden from breathing polluted air.’ This was also reported by BBC News, Evening Standard and Metro.

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What actually is the Mediterranean diet – and does it work?

Guardian 2nd September 2016

Article about the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Emeritus Professor Tom Sanders, Nutrition and Dietetics, said: ‘If you are trying to get people to eat a lot of vegetables and salad, it’s quite difficult to do without oil.’

Great expectations for summit

Daily Telegraph 2nd September 2016

An article about the upcoming G20 summit in China. Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, said: ‘The core question will be how to balance meeting people’s expectations towards their living standards, while delivering this sustainably, and sorting out the real worries over stagnant income growth.’

Is urban cycling worth the risk?

Financial Times 2nd September 2016

An article on cycling in the city. London's air pollution, which is caused primarily by traffic and diesel fumes, is responsible for upto 9,500 premature deaths each year, according to a 2015 King’s study.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

BBC Radio 5 live 2nd September 2016

The head of a leading military charity says that PTSD is being exaggerated by some charities as a way to raise money. Ed Parker of Walking with the Wounded is interviewed, and makes reference to research by King’s. This was also reported by Sky News.

'I absolutely loved uni life, and then it was gone'

i 1st September 2016

Feature piece on life after graduation. Dinesh Bhugra, professor of mental health and diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, says: "When you are studying for your degree, everyone tells you that this means you will get a good job and make decent money."

Ten million more Americans smoke marijuana now than 12 years ago

Guardian 1st September 2016

About 10 million more Americans smoke marijuana now than 12 years ago, a new study in the British medical journal the Lancet has found. Amir Englund, a PhD in Cannabinoid Psychopharmacology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, is quoted: “As for the reduction in the perceived risks of cannabis, this needs to be taken into context. Some maybe have previously believed classic cannabis scaremongering such as ‘one toke and you go mad/become a heroin addict. However, it would be wrong to think that cannabis has no risks.”

Simple blood test for Alzheimer's in the offing

Deccan Chronicle 1st September 2016

In a significant step towards the development of a simple blood test for Alzheimer's, scientists have found a set of biomarkers that can predict whether or not an individual would develop the neurodegenerative disease. Researchers from Cardiff University, King's College London and University of Oxford studied blood from 292 individuals.

Trust Me, I'm a Doctor S5 Ep1

BBC 1 1st September 2016

Michael Mosley and doctors get the truth behind health claims. Dr Nick Grey from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is interviewed.

Apple cider vinegar: The new superfood is put to the test

Times 1st September 2016

An article exploring whether apple cider vinegar is as good for you as is claimed. It is mentioned that Dr Andy Webb, Cardiovascular, and some volunteers, helped the author of the article to test claims that eating garlic, beetroot or watermelon can help to reduce blood pressure.

Meet the new generation of Middle Eastern women shaking up London's cultural agenda

Evening Standard 1st September 2016

An article about Middle Eastern women in the cultural industries, including designer Leila Maleki, Alumna.

NOSK: Could this tiny nose filter make cyclists' commutes less polluted?

Evening Standard 1st September 2016

Article on the NOSK air filter for cyclists and pedestrians. It is mentioned that a King's and Healthy Air campaign study found drivers actually breathe the worst air.

Lion of Panjshir's son ready to take up his Afghan destiny

Daily Mail 1st September 2016

An article about Ahmad Massoud, Alumna and son of Ahmad Shah Massoud. He is open to following in the footsteps of his father by taking a political role on the national stage in Afghanistan.

Fast fashion is creating an environmental crisis

Newsweek 1st September 2016

An article discussing recycling clothing mentions comment by Dr Andrew Brooks, Geography. ‘Exporting low-quality clothing that has no value in our own society forges a relationship of dependency,’ he said.

Modi makes moves in China’s backyard

Wall Street Journal 1st September 2016

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a stop in Vietnam on Saturday on his way to the G20 summit in China. Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, writes a piece on the visit, stating: ‘Mr Modi’s visit will also remind Beijing that New Delhi is no longer hesitant to expand its presence in China’s periphery.’

Global Movement for Mental Health

BBC World Service 1st September 2016

Dr Dominique Behague, Social Science, Health & Medicine, discusses the Global Movement for Mental Health, a network of individuals and organisations that aim to improve services for people living with mental health problems and psychosocial disabilities.

How does food affect migraines?

BBC 1st September 2016

Professor Peter Goadsby of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience gives comments on the relationship between food and migraines.

Reviving the 'double jeopardy' hypothesis: physical health inequalities, ethnicity and severe mental illness

British Journal of Psychiatry 1st September 2016

Craig Morgan, one of the co-authors of this study, is Professor of Social Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London.

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard appointed as Visiting Professor

King's press release 31st August 2016

The Hon Julia Gillard, who served as Prime Minister of Australia from June 2010 to June 2013, has joined King’s as a Visiting Professor. She will work closely with the Policy Institute and the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies. ‘I look forward with great enthusiasm to substantive academic engagement with the students and faculty at King's, and to contributing to meaningful discussion of issues of importance to society and the world,’ she said.

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Exclusive: Best and worst UK universities for nursing, as rated by students

Nursing Times 31st August 2016

Data analysis by Nursing Times has revealed the best and worst university nursing courses, based on student satisfaction levels. King’s has a satisfaction rating of 76%.

Who is on Strictly Come Dancing 2016? Full line-up as celebrity contestants compete for chance of winning the glitterball

Daily Mirror 31st August 2016

The final line up for Strictly Come Dancing includes Visiting Professor Ed Balls, Policy Institute. He was also interviewed for Times.

Children as young as three have body image issues while four years olds know how to lose weight, study finds

Telegraph 31st August 2016

Children as young as three have body image issues and some four-year-olds know how to go on a diet, a survey by childcare professionals has found. It comes after research completed last year by King’s along with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Harvard suggested children over the age of eight were displaying signs they were dissatisfied with their bodies.

Killing of Mohammad al-Adnani

BBC Radio 5 live 31st August 2016

Islamic State says one of its longest serving members and most prominent leaders has been killed in Syria. Dr Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), said: ‘The most important thing about him is he was personally planning a lot of the attacks we’ve seen in the West.' He was also quoted by BBC Radio 4 News Briefing, and interviewed on a separate piece for BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight, in addition to appearing on Newsnight and quoted by Al Jazeera.

Japan buys British-made military weapons as tensions over South China Sea row escalates

Daily Express 31st August 2016

Simmering tensions in the South China Sea have led Japan to buy British-made military hardware to prepare for a potential confrontation with China. Professor John Bew, War Studies, said: ‘In undergoing its own ‘pivot to Asia,’ the UK is likely to face dilemmas, as well as great opportunities, which require careful consideration.’

More Americans getting high: Cannabis study

Daily Mail 31st August 2016

A study has found that the number of adult cannabis users in the United States increased by ten million from 2002 to 2014. Professor Sir Robin Murray, IoPPN, said: ‘Cannabis use in Britain has gone down in the last 10 years.’ PhD student Amir Englund, IoPPN, spoke to Guardian. He said: ‘As for the reduction in the perceived risks of cannabis, this needs to be taken into context.’

China’s leadership key to G20 role in boosting global growth

Sina 31st August 2016

Article discussing the upcoming G20 summit, due to be held in Beijing. Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, European & International Studies, said: ‘The role that China can play in bringing together developing and developed countries is very important.’ This was also reported by Xinhua.

Two months after ‘Brexit’ vote, Britain’s push to leave EU is a muddle

New York Times 31st August 2016

Some analysts say that the exit negotiations for ‘Brexit’ could take decades, following uncertainty in discussions by the UK Prime Minister. Commenting on action taken by the government, Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, said: ‘What is interesting, is how little Theresa May has said.’ Professor Anand also spoke to NPR on Brexit.

Breakthrough blood test could predict onset of Alzheimer's disease

Express 30th August 2016

A simple blood test is being developed - and it could be the first of its kind to predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease in people with poor memory. The team, including scientists from Cardiff, King's College London, and Oxford University, studied blood from 292 people with early signs of memory loss but who did not meet the diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer's. Also reported by the Daily Mail.

Is it a problem that I have a drink almost every day?

Vice 30th August 2016

Article on the writer's drinking habits. Dr. Sally Marlow, a Public Enagaement Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, is quoted. She said: "There's no single trait or gene, no single answer that says whether you're addicted ...[alcohol spawns from a] complex interplay between your genetic makeup and the things that happen to you in your life."

Britain still holds the aces in battle for Chinese trade

Times 30th August 2016

An article discussing China-UK trade relations mentions Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, who said that the Chinese authorities will have been upset by Theresa May’s decision to delay the Hinkley Point plant because it was a symbolic deal.

Breakthrough blood test could predict onset of Alzheimer's disease

Daily Express 30th August 2016

A blood test being developed could be the first of its kind to predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease in people with poor memory. The team, including scientists from King's, studied blood from 292 people with early signs of memory loss but who did not meet the diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer's. This was also reported by Daily Mail.

Who killed Mia Ayliffe-Chung and Tom Jackson? Not necessarily a terrorist - even if he did yell Allahu akhbar

Independent 30th August 2016

Visiting Professor Andrew MacLeod, Policy Institute, has written a piece on the killing of a British backpacker in Australia. ‘Not all those who claim that they kill in the name of God are terrorists,’ he said.

Brexit

Sky News 30th August 2016

The French President has made clear that it will be tough for Britain to get the deal it wants once negotiations begin over Brexit. Professor Takis Tridimas, European Law, said: ‘Article 50 does not state that the notification is not revocable. Just as I declare my sovereignty by notifying that I want to withdraw, I can again express my sovereignty by saying I no longer want to withdraw.’

From dream to nightmare: When your sperm donor has secrets

Guardian 29th August 2016

An article about a couple who had a baby by sperm donation, only to later find that the sperm donor had lied about his mental health. He had schizophrenia and a narcissistic personality disorder. Professor Cathryn Lewis, Medical & Molecular Genetics, said: ‘Testing one gene tells us nothing about an individual’s risk of developing schizophrenia.’

UN's $4bn aid effort in Syria is morally bankrupt

Various sources 29th August 2016

Dr Reinoud Leenders, War Studies, has written an article about a Guardian investigation into the UN awarding contracts to individuals associated with the Syrian regime. ‘UN officials argue that given the complex and often dangerous realities in which they are expected to provide aid, some concessions and accommodation of the government’s demands are inevitable. Yet ... the UN’s alleged pragmatism has long given way to troubling proximity to the regime,’ he said. This was also reported by Daily Mail, AFP and Deccan Chronicle and he was also quoted in a separate piece for Guardian.

What next as Dilma Rousseff makes her final stand

CNN 29th August 2016

Professor Anthony Pereira, Brazil Institute, discusses the ongoing impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. ‘Her chances are pretty limited. She’s fighting for her legacy and not for her job,’ he said. Professor Pereira also spoke to BBC World Service on this topic.

Island standoff clouds China-Japan ties in run-up to G-20

Bloomberg 29th August 2016

China has sent more ships near Japanese-administered islets in the East China Sea, triggering protests from Tokyo. Dr Alessio Patalano, War Studies, said: ‘At every step they take in the elevation ladder, Japanese frustration and anxiety grows.’

As FBI warns election sites got hacked, all eyes are on Russia

WIRED US 29th August 2016

The FBI has warned of precautions to be taken against hackers, trying to hack into election board websites. Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, said: ‘Someone is trying to hack these databases, and they succeeded in exfiltrating data, which is significant in itself.’

Stockholm Syndrome

BBC World Service 28th August 2016

Neil Greenberg, Professor of Defence Mental Health at King's College London explains the psychology behind Stockholm Syndrome. Starts at 09:30

‘I’m Muslim, Bangla, British. But most of all I’m a mum’: Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain on how life has changed since leaving the tent

Daily Mail 28th August 2016

An interview with Nadiya Hussain, winner of BBC’s Great British Bake-Off 2015. It is mentioned that Nadiya won a place to study psychology at King’s but chose not to accept the offer as her parents did not want her to leave home.

A neuroscientist explains: How video games stave off dementia

Guardian 28th August 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Director, Science Gallery explains that playing video games can help prevent dementia. ‘This is because if you continue learning to do new things…your brain seems to become better at switching to new ways of doing things and this may slightly delay the onset of some of the more distressing symptoms,’ he said.

Behind the scenes at Saracens: Premiership champions and a European superclub

Telegraph 28th August 2016

An article on the Saracens rugby team. Physics student, Ralph Adams-Hale, is in the academy squad.

Using San Francisco’s public transport to work out the value of research

Times Higher Education Supplement 28th August 2016

Professor John Grant, Policy Institute, and research fellow Alex Pollitt, Policy Institute have written a piece about the value of research, citing San Francisco’s public transport system as an example. ‘Private sector investment is valued more by the general public than researchers, and researchers prefer the training of future academics over the training of future medical professionals, in contrast to the general public,’ they said.

Shakespeare's insults put centre stage by Globe PhD student

Times Higher Education Supplement 28th August 2016

An article about the PhD of Dr Miranda Fay Thomas, Arts & Humanities Research Institute, which was co-supervised by Shakespeare's Globe and King's. Her PhD looked at shaming gestures on the Elizabethan and Jacobean stages. ‘Many of the insulting gestures I looked at are gendered in one way or another,’ she said.

Black Lives Matter

BBC Radio 4 28th August 2016

Report on death of Kingsley Burrell and other cases related to the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK. Professor Ben Bowling, Law, said: ‘[There is] a sense that those deaths have not received the degree of attention which is required.’

Shades of grey: those who confessed to a crime they don’t remember

Financial Times 26th August 2016

Article on the phenomenon of someone confessing to a crime they didn't commit, with comment from Gisli Gudjonsson, a professor of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London. She worked on a Icelandic murder case in 1974.

Surrogacy in India

BBC Radio 4 26th August 2016

The Indian government has unveiled a draft law that could ban foreigners, single parents and gay couples from being able to hire a surrogate. Professor Bronwyn Parry, Social Science, Health & Medicine, said: ‘If you outrightly ban a practice, the most likely outcome is you will drive that practice underground.’ Professor Parry also spoke to BBC World Service on this topic.

Kashmir and Palestine: The story of two occupations

Al Jazeera 26th August 2016

Article on the ongoing siege of Kashmir mentions a paper by Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, published in 2004.

King's joins Rio Olympic celebrations

King's press release 26th August 2016

King’s staff joined Olympic celebrations in Rio, taking part in events at the GB headquarters for the games - British House. Professor Anthony Pereira, Brazil Institute, said: ‘We were honoured and delighted to be asked to join these events and the culmination of what has been a fantastic Games both for Brazil and Team GB – including our own King’s athletes and alumni.’

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500-pound bombs struck their targets in a Syrian village. But who was killed?

Washington Post 26th August 2016

The U.S. government confirmed that 55 civilians have died in more than 11,000 U.S. strikes conducted in Iraq and Syria since 2014. Senior Military Fellow Christopher Kolenda, War Studies, said: ‘The numbers that U.S. Central Command is putting out would suggest an order of magnitude increase in effectiveness.’ This was also reported by NDTV.

Social media giants failing on extremism

Various sources 25th August 2016

Social media companies are consciously failing to combat groups using their services to promote extremism, say MPs. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), was quoted by BBC News Online and spoke to BBC Radio 4 Today. ‘We need to face the fact that you cannot eliminate everything from the internet,’ he said (08:44). Professor Neumann’s comments were also reported by Wired, New Statesman, BBC Two Victoria Derbyshire (10:20), Wall Street Journal, Associated Press and Washington Post.

Lack of Exercise Is a Serious Problem for the Severely Mentally Ill

Vice 25th August 2016

A new study conducted by King's College London and the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust indicated that those with a diagnosis of psychosis were more likely to get less exercise. Dr Fiona Gaughran of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is quoted. She said: "We all find it difficult to exercise," she says. "If you have this illness, you have not just what we call 'positive incidents,' such as hallucination, but there are also negative symptoms, which can include a lack of motivation to get up and get out." Also reported by NDTV, Hindustan Times, and the Deccan Chronicle.

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Psychosis associated with low levels of physical activity

King's press release 25th August 2016

A King’s study, in partnership with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, involving more than 200,000 people in nearly 50 countries has revealed that people with psychosis engage in low levels of physical activity, and men with psychosis are over two times more likely to miss global activity targets compared to people without the illness. Dr Brendon Stubbs, IoPPN, said: ‘Understanding and overcoming these barriers could be an important strategy to help people with psychosis be more active, and potentially to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.’
This was reported by Times of India, NDTV, and Hindustan Times.

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Women's Mental Health 2016 Youth Award Winners

King's press release 25th August 2016

Reports from the winners of the Women's Mental Health (WMH) 2016 Youth Award in Health Research and Science Communication.

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New engagement with an old neighbour

The Hindu 25th August 2016

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, writes a piece on relations between China, India and Myanmar. ‘A consequence of India’s ideological obsession with democracy was that Myanmar drifted towards China,’ he said.

How poverty affects the brain

Newsweek 25th August 2016

Article looking at how poverty affects the brain mentions research conducted by the IoPPN on the incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder in those who have been mugged.

Indian subs more vulnerable after leak, UK experts

Hindustan Times 25th August 2016

Following a leak of sensitive data related to India’s submarine project – Scorpene, Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, said: ‘Given India’s dismal defence procurement system, this will set India back significantly.’

New approach to treating depression, through immune system

BBC Radio 4 24th August 2016

A report focusing on Depression and the lack of new treatment for the condition. The potential of a new approach which targets the immune system is discussed. Carmine Pariante of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London comments. Starts at 45:23. Also reported by BBC World Service and BBC 2, and BBC Newsroom Live.

The Inflamed Mind

BBC Radio 4 24th August 2016

This programme explores the increasing body of evidence that a dysfunctional immune system is responsible for the depression or psychotic illness experienced by hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people in the UK. Prof Carmine Pariente of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is interviewed. He said: "I believe this is one of the strongest discoveries in psychiatry in the last twenty years. It allows us to understand depression no longer as just a disorder of the mind and not even a disorder of the brain, but a disorder of the whole body. It shifts conceptually what we understand about depression."

Swiss model is hardly even suitable for Switzerland

Financial Times 24th August 2016

Letter on Britain's relationship with the EU post-referendum, by Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History. ‘Many policymakers in the EU regard the Swiss model as a broken one,’ he said.

Letters

Evening Standard 24th August 2016

A letter by Sol Gamsu, Geography, on the school system in London. ‘To challenge inequalities between schools we need to end forms of selection that continue to exist, not widen this gap by building new grammar schools,’ he said.

China and the United Nations

Al Jazeera 24th August 2016

Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, comments on the relationship between China and the United Nations. ‘China is unilaterally treating every international organisation from the UN downwards pretty dismissively…It’s not going to take lectures from any organisation.’

Shirley Rodrigues and the Air Pollution Emergency

Times of India 24th August 2016

Article discussing pollution in London mentions research by King’s Environmental Research Group (ERG).

The immune system and mental health

Various sources 24th August 2016

There has been an increasing body of evidence that suggests a dysfunctional immune system is responsible for depression and psychotic illness. Professor Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), speaking to BBC Radio 4 The Inflamed Mind said: ‘I believe this is one of the strongest discoveries in psychiatry in the last twenty years.' He also spoke to BBC Radio 4 Today and was quoted on BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5 live and BBC World Service.

Rio Olympics 2016: Which universities produced the most gold medal winners?

Times 24th August 2016

A list of the Olympics gold medal table, ranked by the number of gold medals won by past and present students at each university. King’s features in the table with one gold medal, won by Paul Bennett, Alumni. Bronze medal winner Katherine Grainger, Alumna, was also the feature of a piece by Daily Mail.

Full Strictly Come Dancing 2016 line-up revealed

Daily Mirror 23rd August 2016

Article on this year's Strictly Come Dancing line-up, which includes Visiting Professor Ed Balls, Policy Institute. He said: ‘Making a speech in Parliament seems a piece of cake compared to this.’ This was also reported by a separate piece in Daily Mirror.

Joe Wicks can 'barely cook' despite having the UK's fastest-selling recipe book

Daily Mail 23rd August 2016

Online fitness and diet guru Joe Wicks has revealed that he can 'barely cook' despite having one of the UK's fastest-selling recipe books. Reflecting on his career highs, he told the Radio Times: 'I feel like I've won the lottery. It's mad. I was invited to an entrepreneurship conference at King's College London the other day.'

Genes are not destiny: Environment and education still matter when it comes to intelligence

Conversation UK 23rd August 2016

Article discussing recent research that suggests academic performance, reading ability and IQ have a genetic basis. It mentions research conducted at King’s, which used genetics to explain a substantial proportion of exam score differences.

Can supplements REALLY make us more beautiful? Collagen pills are 'useless' but vitamin C does protect the skin, experts say

Daily Mail 23rd August 2016

Article on 'beauty pills', which references a study carried out by researchers at King’s that found people with higher levels of vitamin D appeared to age more slowly.

After failed coup, Turkey enjoys rare period of unity

New York Times 23rd August 2016

Following a failed coup in Turkey, the approval rating of President Erdogan has increased up to 68 per cent. Commenting, Dr Simon Waldman, Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, said: ‘Many of the political problems dividing the country before the coup are still present.’

Addressing problems of anxiety and depression in Zimbabwe

BBC World Service 23rd August 2016

Honorary Research Associate Dr Dixon Chibanda, IoPPN, comments on a research project that he has been working on as part of a collaboration with King’s and the University of Zimbabwe. ‘It’s a psychological intervention or talk therapy, which is delivered by health workers who are trained and supervised to deliver low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy,’ he said.

China’s moment in the G-20 sun overshadowed by what lies beneath

Bloomberg 23rd August 2016

The upcoming G20 summit in China will happen amidst increasing economic and political upheaval for many Western governments. Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, said: ‘It’s harder for the rest of the world to criticise China when they’ve got those problems.’

Mainland firms can exploit HK’s advantages for overseas acquisitions

China Daily 23rd August 2016

Dr Sam Beatson, Lau China Institute, has written a piece on Chinese and Hong Kong’s financial markets. ‘China has been emerging as a global business leader for some time now and Hong Kong is long established as a sophisticated global finance leader and international business city,’ he said.

Home Office approved controversial drug trials on children

BBC Radio 4 22nd August 2016

A report on a drug trial at Richmond Hill school for boys in the 1960s which went ahead without the boys parents being consulted. Professor Sir Simon Wessely from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London joins a discussion on the issues related to the controversial trial.

New programme set to start transforming healthcare for children and young people

King's press release 22nd August 2016

Over 190,000 young people in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark will see their local health services transformed by an innovative change programme funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity in partnership with King’s. Dr Ingrid Wolfe, Primary Care & Public Health Sciences, said: ‘It is very exciting and a great privilege to be involved in this enthusiastic partnership, working together to improve child health.’

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Semenya's gold is being tarnished by hormone row

Guardian 22nd August 2016

A letter on the South African athlete Caster Semenya, by Emeritus Professor Peter Sonksen, Endocrinology. ‘She is the Usain Bolt of South Africa and deserves to be respected by her fellow athletes rather than vilified,’ he said.

Drug trials on children in the 1960s

BBC Radio 4 Today 22nd August 2016

A report on a drug trial at Richmond Hill school for boys in the 1960s, which went ahead without any parents being consulted. Professor Sir Simon Wessely, IoPPN, said: ‘[In] ’67 there were no research ethic committees for them to consult…It was on the edge of acceptability at that time.’

Syria

Al Jazeera 22nd August 2016

Dr Jean-Marc Rickli, Defence Studies, comments on the conflict in Syria. ‘Here we are entering a third phase of the conflict; ISIS has been weakened and so all the underlying tensions of other different groups are emerging,’ he said.

Forensic study of 'mutineer' pigtails

King's press release 22nd August 2016

Ten pigtails of hair thought to be from seven mutineers of “Mutiny on the Bounty” fame and three of their female Polynesian companions, purportedly dating back to the pre-1800s will be analysed in a new collaboration between the Pitcairn Islands Study Centre, Pacific Union College and the forensic DNA group at King’s. Dr Denise Syndercombe-Court, Forensic Science, said: ‘The hairs, if from the mutineers, are over two hundred years old and we have no idea what environments they might have been exposed to in the intervening time.’ This was also reported by Times, Independent, BBC News Online, Guardian, Daily Mirror and BBC Radio 5 live.

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Environment and education still matter when it comes to intelligence

The Conversation 21st August 2016

Recent research has suggested that academic performance, reading ability and IQ have a genetic basis. Earlier this year researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London, used genetics to explain a substantial proportion of exam score differences.

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A neuroscientist explains: How to become an Olympic athlete

Guardian 21st August 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Director, Science Gallery explains that innate ability and motivation make little difference in becoming an Olympic athlete as the hours you put in are worth more. ‘Studies show that motivation has almost no effect on how well you can learn to fence or swim… In the end, it’s all about how many training hours you put in,’ he said.

Gadgets to set your heart on

Observer 21st August 2016

An article discussing health devices that can read your heart rate. Dr Satpal Arr, Cardiovascular Clinical Academic Group, said: ‘A certain amount of variability is normal, healthy in fact.’

Baby boomer Brits battle the booze

Independent 21st August 2016

The “baby boomers” are now at risk of becoming problem drinkers in their old age according to a King’s study showing that one in five over-65s who regularly drink alcohol are doing so unsafely. Dr Tony Rao, IoPPN, said: ‘This study shows the need for greater awareness of the potential for alcohol-related harm in older people.’

Payouts to forces veterans for mental health disorders reach record levels

Independent 21st August 2016

Veterans say men and women left with the mental scars of war are left to struggle against a Government scheme determined to give them as little as possible. The article references a 2014 study on PTSD by the King's Centre for Military Health which found that PTSD rates among UK regulars returning from Iraq or Afghanistan ranged between 1.3 per cent and 4.8 per cent.

Viewpoints: Is addiction a disease?

Conversation UK 21st August 2016

Article for and against the classification of addiction as a disease. Dr Femke Buisman-Pijlman, IoPPN, argues the case for. ‘Dependence is not like a virus or infection, but more like a chronic disease. You may have a predisposition to it, but it will not manifest itself until it is triggered,’ she said.

Author Jon Wilson’s book, India Conquered, is an objective take on why the British flourished in India

India Today 21st August 2016

Review of a book by Dr Jon Wilson, History, looking at accounts of British Rule in India. The reviewer comments: ‘Wilson gives us food for real thought.’

Exclusive: Deadly elite Foreign Legion force could be about to be unleashed on ISIS

Daily Express 20th August 2016

French Foreign Legion ‘killing machines’ could be deployed in the fight against terror in the Middle East in a bid to defeat ISIS. Dr Jean-Marc Rickli, Defence Studies, said: ‘Right now the French army’s abilities are limited. They are overstretched with troops in the Middle East and on French soil and I think it is unlikely they would deploy a large Foreign Legion element.’

Child poverty continues to rise in the UK

Lancet 20th August 2016

The number of children living in poverty in the UK has risen since 2011. Dr Ingrid Wolfe, Primary Care & Public Health Sciences, said: ‘If the UK had Sweden’s child survival rate, there would be about five fewer children’s deaths each day, that is 1900 per year.’

Faster drug approval sets the bar too low

British Medical Journal 20th August 2016

Dr Courtney Davis, Social Science, Health & Medicine, has co-written an article about drug regulation. ‘Health advocacy groups are concerned that adaptive pathways advance a deregulatory agenda,’ she said.

The man helping you get about town

South China Morning Post 20th August 2016

Interview with King’s Alumni Paul Chan Mo-lim, who developed a system for a commonly used electronic card in Hong Kong: The Octopus card. Mo-lim mentioned his time at King’s in the piece.

No more serfs. So that's all right. Or perhaps it isn't.

Financial Times 19th August 2016

Professor Michael Singer, Law, has written a letter about Uber’s employment model. ‘We can expect Uber to be an early adopter of [driverless car technology] and thus, within a few years, there may no longer be Uber drivers suffering feudal employment conditions…be careful what you wish for,’ he said.

How to win the fight against air pollution

CNN 19th August 2016

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that air pollution is responsible for up to seven million deaths each year. Article mentions comments from Andrew Grieve, Environmental Research Group (ERG), and a recent report by the same group.

Top North Korean diplomat in UK defects to South Korea

Various 19th August 2016

A senior North Korean diplomat based in London has defected to South Korea. Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, European & International Studies, said: ‘This could prove very valuable to South Korea, the US and other countries.’ Dr Pardo’s comments were also reported by Al Jazeera, Associated Press, Fox News, CBS News, The Week and Washington Post.

Is jailing Anjem Choudary the best idea?

Spectator 19th August 2016

An opinion piece on Anjem Choudary and radicalisation within jails mentions a 2010 study from the ICSR. In a separate article by the Independent, Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, said that putting Islamist terrorists together would give them the chance to create a military command structure that they would not be able to maintain if dispersed. He was also quoted in a separate piece for Independent.

Rio 2016 Olympics: Team GB track and field athletes in danger of missing medal target

Evening Standard 19th August 2016

Olympics coverage mentions King’s History student, Dina Asher-Smith, who said: ‘We work really hard and we know we are mentally strong so the final shouldn’t be a problem.’ She was also featured in a separate article about young Olympics athletes for i.

Night Tube: Londoners hail arrival of 24-hour Underground service launching tonight

Evening Standard 19th August 2016

Londoners have expressed their delight as the Night Tube finally launches. King’s Theology student, Victoria Clore, said: ‘I’m so excited to be getting on the Tube after a party. It’s so much quicker than the bus.’

Dirty air

BBC News Online 19th August 2016

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, unveiled a plan to deal with London's pollution problems last month, where he mentioned research from King’s.

Top grades add up to 100% at the school for maths prodigies

Various sources 19th August 2016

Article on the first set of A-level results from King's College London Mathematics School. Headteacher, Dan Abramson, said: ‘We’ve got great teaching but the most powerful element is the community and the way in which they push each other.’ An article about apprenticeships by Times mentioned Nathalie Moore who has left the school with A*AC in her A-Levels and will be undertaking an apprenticeship with Dyson. Professor Alison Wolf, School of Management and Business, has also written a piece on the school for Spectator. ‘Great teaching delivers. Our school deliberately and of necessity, hired teachers who are excellent mathematicians,’ she said.

Scientists study link between unhealthy pregnancy diet and ADHD

Guardian 18th August 2016

Experts from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (King's College London) have found that a diet high in fat and sugar during pregnancy may be linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children with behavioural problems early in life. Also reported by The Times, Yahoo news, Mail Online, KCBS-LA radio, NDTV, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, India Today, The Financial Express, The Week, CNN and the Times of India.

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Baby boomers are 'drinking themselves into an early grave'

The Conversation 18th August 2016

Article on the drinking habits of 'baby boomers', by Tony Rao of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London. Also published on the Mail Online and the Independent.

Amy's Place opens in memory of Amy Winehouse to help women with drug and alcohol addictions.

BBC Radio 4 18th August 2016

A new centre has opened in London called Amy's Place which is for female only addicts. Dr Sally Marlow of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London interviewed.

Gap between graduate and non-graduate wages 'shows signs of waning'

Guardian 18th August 2016

Article mentions that King’s nearly quadrupled the number of young people with BTecs it took in between 2008 and 2015. This was also reported by Financial Times.

Are Clearing places for Medicine degrees a sign of a recruitment crisis in the NHS?

Buzzfeed 18th August 2016

Article discussing clearing places for prospective medical students and their potential tuition fees. Jack Haywood, KCLSU Vice-President for Education (Health), said: ‘The higher-education bill going through parliament at the moment indicates that if a student enters medicine paying £9,000 a year, they could end up paying £10,500 by their sixth year. This is astronomical and inaccessible for many.’

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide rankings 2016

Times 18th August 2016

King’s is featured at number 27 in the 2016 rankings.

ONS expands its economic capability: Appointment of the new Economic Experts Working Group

Wired-Gov 18th August 2016

Professor Martin Weale, Economics, is joining the new Economic Experts Working Group at the Office for National Statistics.

Midwives win grants to further reproductive research

Nursing Times 18th August 2016

Lucy November, Nursing & Midwifery, has won an international fellowship award. The grants are funded by research charity Wellbeing of Women, Royal College of Midwives and Burdett Trust for Nursing, and offer financial support to nurse-led projects.

Jeremy Clarkson raises spirits of A-level students with inspirational tweet

Evening Standard 18th August 2016

An article mentions that actor Craig Charles posted online to say that his daughter has secured a place to study English at King’s. This was also reported by i.

Sharing genetic information

BBC Radio 4 Inside the Ethics Committee 18th August 2016

A panel of experts discuss the ethics of sharing genetic information with family members. Jonathan Roberts, Education and Professional Studies, said: ‘Experiencing challenges in communication with families is relatively common but for there to be complete non-disclosure is relatively rare.’

The land of Genghis Khan is having an epic economic meltdown

Bloomberg 18th August 2016

Mongolia is facing huge economic difficulties, with a slowdown in demand for its reserves of copper, iron, coal and gold. Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, said: ‘That all spells bad news for Mongolia, which doesn’t have an easy Plan B.’

King's Maths School reigns supreme

Various 18th August 2016

Students at King's College London Mathematics School (KCLMS) celebrated their A-level results with 100% receiving an A* or A grade in Mathematics, including 83% gaining an A*. Head Teacher Dan Abramson, said: ‘I’m proud to have worked with such bright young dynamic minds, who no doubt will go on to great things.’ This was also reported by Times, BBC News Online and BBC News.

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Nobodies and their diaries

Times Higher Education Supplement 18th August 2016

Dr Rivka Isaacson, Chemistry, is featured in the 'What are you reading?' section. ‘This book [The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws] is inadvertently full of imagery relating to my group’s research in structural biology, where we try to piece together small parts of the molecular jigsaw puzzle of life within each cell,’ she said.

Gene that helps mammals tell if they are too warm or too cold is found

Daily Mail 17th August 2016

Researchers have discovered a gene that plays a key role in the ability of mammals to determine if they are too hot or too cold. Professor Peter McNaughton, a biochemist at the Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases, IoPPN, King's College London, told MailOnline: 'There are variations in heat sensation between people - most notably, women tend to prefer a warmer temperature than men, which can lead to problems in designing buildings.'

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ADHD in Women

BBC Radio 4 17th August 2016

Dr Jessica Agnew-Blais from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) was interviewed on Woman's Hour about the diagnosis of ADHD in women.

Banning diesel cars is essential to tackling London’s pollution crisis

City A.M. 17th August 2016

Article discussing restricting diesel cars to limit air pollution mentions research from King’s.

There is a case for talking to Isis – but Owen Smith can't make it while running for the Labour leadership

Independent 17th August 2016

Visiting Professor John Rentoul, Policy Institute, has written a piece on why it was unwise for Owen Smith to suggest that we should talk to ISIS. ‘By talking about talking to terrorists in the heat of the hustings, Smith …made it too easy for his views to be caricatured, and for Corbyn supporters to call him a hypocrite,’ he said.

Counter-terrorism: How Britain is fighting terrorism

Economist 17th August 2016

An article about how Britain is fighting against terrorism. Dr Frank Foley, War Studies, said that Britain has been subject to fewer coordinated terrorist attacks than France.

Fair advice call for A-level results

BBC News Online 17th August 2016

A social mobility charity is sending volunteers to help provide advice to state school pupils receiving their A-level results this week. The charity, MyBigCareer, wants state pupils to have fair access to personal advice about their options for university places or apprenticeships. Universities including King's have helped to provide volunteers.

The Dalits of India are finding new ways to fight the caste system

The Conversation UK 17th August 2016

Dr Kriti Kapila, India Institute, has written an article on the caste system in India. ‘Dalits have felt completely alienated from most other political parties because of the fundamentally upper-caste dominance within them. Caste as an issue seems to be ignored and the upper-caste appear to be in denial about its impact,’ she said.

How the cyber age gave peace a chance

New Scientist 17th August 2016

An article about Rise of the Machines: A cybernetic history, a book by Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies.

‘Shadow Brokers’ claim to have hacked the NSA’s hackers

NPR 17th August 2016

A group has claimed to have stolen code from the Equation Group – a team of hackers who have been tied to the National Security Agency. Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, commented on those responsible for acquiring and leaking the code.

Humans may not be naturally optimistic after all

Express 16th August 2016

For decades experts have believed it is normal to expect good things to happen in the future and under-estimate the possibility of bad outcomes - a trait known as "irrational optimism bias". But a new study by KCL, UCL and Birkbeck, University of London suggests this assumption may be based on flawed research. Co-author Punit Shah, from the MRC SGDP of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, is quoted. He said: "There is ample evidence for optimism bias in various real-world situations - England football fans for example - but these instances simply show that certain people might be optimistic in certain situations; not that they are generally optimistic." Also reported by the Independent, Mail Online, i, Newsweek Europe, the Sun, and LBC radio.

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Essex

BBC Radio 4 The River 16th August 2016

A documentary feature presented by Professor Alan Read, English, who talks about the time he spent growing up by the riverine estuary of Essex. ‘While we existed on dry land, and swam in the river, we lived for the sea,’ he said.

Syria

BBC Radio 4 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 16th August 2016

Discussion of the use of napalm in the war in Syria. Dr Martin Navias, Defence Studies, is interviewed. ‘There’s been reports of attacks on Aleppo…I think the general consensus is – while one can’t confirm those pictures, there seems to be some sort of incendiary device,’ he said.

Modi sends warning shots to China, Pakistan on territory spat

Bloomberg 16th August 2016

In a recent speech Indian prime minister Narendra Modi referenced disputed territories in Pakistan-controlled areas of Kashmir, a key transit point in the ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’ (CPEC). Commenting, Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, said: ‘You may be investing a lot in Pakistan, and think that CPEC is a done deal, but without India’s approval you might find it difficult to follow through.’ Professor Pant also wrote a piece on this topic for Wall Street Journal.

Schools in the South-East of England dominate access to Oxbridge

Various 16th August 2016

Elite state schools in London and the South-East of England have become ‘feeder schools’ to Oxbridge, increasing inequality in access to England’s top universities, according to new research by Sol Gamsu, Geography. He said: ‘Not only are elite state schools contributing to inequality in access in their local areas, they show a clear geographical bias towards London and the South-East, the causes of which will not be addressed if the grammar system is expanded.’ This was also reported by BBC, City A.M., Daily Mirror, ITV Lunchtime News, Independent, and Sina.

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Rio Olympics - Week 2

Various 16th August 2016

Katherine Grainger, King’s Alumna, spoke to Daily Mail in light of her retirement after her success at Rio. She also featured in a separate piece for Daily Mail. History student, Dina Asher-Smith, was interviewed by BBC Two. ‘I’ve got to make sure that I do the best with my degree but at the same time I can’t not focus on my athletics either,’ she said. She was also quoted in Evening Standard, Daily Express, Telegraph, Times and a separate piece for Evening Standard. Dina was also the feature in the TV listings for Daily Mail, and a Guardian article on Rio mentioned that she had made it through to the 200 metre semi-finals. Elsewhere, it was reported in Sunday Telegraph that Zoe Lee, Alumna, won silver in the women’s eight rowing final.

Renowned Researcher, Veena Kumari, Ph.D., Named Chief Scientific Officer at Sovereign Health

International Business Times 15th August 2016

Sovereign Health has appointed Veena Kumari, Ph.D. Chief Scientific Officer. She most recently served as the Professor of Experimental Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London.

Teachers fear A-level results after year of curriculum change

Guardian 15th August 2016

Teachers awaiting A-level results on Thursday are bracing themselves for turbulence as the impact of sweeping changes to the curriculum begin to be felt. In light of Brexit, Paul Teulon, Director of Admissions, said: ‘For this summer, I think we’re in a relatively sound position. I think the challenge will come when we start to see application numbers in October, November, December the following year. That will depend on what the government is able to confirm in that interim period.’

Why healthy people shouldn’t be taking vitamin D pills

Spectator 15th August 2016

Professor Tim Spector, Genetics and Epidemiology, has written a piece about why healthy people should not take Vitamin D pills. ‘Unless essential, we should avoid artificial chemicals with adverse effects — even if they come disguised under the friendly name of vitamins,’ he said.

The intellectual roots of ISIS

Wall Street Journal 15th August 2016

Article discussing elements of Salafi-jihadism reviews a book written by Dr Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR).

Shanghai Ranking: Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016 results announced

Times Higher Education Supplement 15th August 2016

The top universities in the world featured in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University ARWU league table are listed. King’s is in 50th place.

A neuroscientist explains: How route planning boosts brain power

Guardian 14th August 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Director, Science Gallery, discusses how changing our travel route can improve our brain power. ‘Scientists have found that the enlarged part of [taxi drivers] brain [are] most active when they plan their route before setting off and while on the road,’ he said.

Bitter pill: The truth about antibiotics

Daily Express 14th August 2016

Article discussing new research into antibiotics. Professor Tim Spector, Genetics and Epidemiology, said: ‘There’s enough evidence for us to think carefully before begging our GP for a prescription for a marginal case like ear infections or flu.’

ISIS forces Pakistan and Iran to forge uneasy partnership

NBC News 14th August 2016

Dina Esfandiary, War Studies, commented on mounting fears that ISIS is expanding its operational reach across the Middle East and South Asia. ‘Iran is the country in the region that feels the ISIS threat most acutely,’ she said.

Lost boys leave women to rule at university

Sunday Times 14th August 2016

Article mentions the gender ratio of students at King’s. This was also reported by Daily Mail.

Mail Online and People's Daily strike up unlikely partnership

Financial Times 13th August 2016

Publications MailOnline and People’s Daily of China have agreed a content sharing deal. Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, said: ‘It certainly is an unholy marriage. MailOnline is full of lots of gossip and things the People’s Daily would regard as capitalist degeneracy.’

Ethical questions raised in search for Sardinian centenarians' secrets

Guardian 13th August 2016

DNA samples from residents of an area in Sardinia have been sold to research firm Tiziana. Dr Mario Falchi, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, commented on the consent issues around such samples.

Rare Shakespeare folios on display at University of London

BBC News Online 13th August 2016

A collection of 30 rare Shakespeare texts on display at University of London offer an insight into how his work has evolved in the four centuries since his death. Professor Sonia Massai, English, said that Shakespeare's plays were purged of regional accents which contributed to the establishment of a standard English accent.

A time to reassess options

Various 13th August 2016

An article on the clearing process. It is mentioned that a number of Russell Group universities accept students through clearing and King’s is one such university. A separate Guardian article stated that last year, the 19 Russell Group universities used clearing, including King’s. Daily Mail reported that 64 courses were available through clearing this year, while Telegraph and Guardian stated that Russell Group universities including King's had some 3,900 courses available for applicants starting this year.

Cambridge exam arm to develop tests for university students

Times Higher Education Supplement 12th August 2016

The University of Cambridge’s examinations arm has been tasked with developing a standard test to measure the ‘learning gain’ of students at English higher education institutions. Professor Alison Wolf, School of Management and Business, has warned that standardised tests were ‘completely unable’ to measure university performance since some disciplines would be ‘far more closely related’ to what the test was measuring than others.

Are coconuts actually any good for us at all?

Metro 12th August 2016

An article on the alleged health benefits of coconuts. Dr Scott Harding, Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘There is nothing special about coconut fat and it should be treated like all other saturated fats when consumed in the diet.’ This was also reported by Telegraph.

Jeremy Corbyn BBC bias concerns detailed in letter from academics

Huffington Post 12th August 2016

Fourteen academics from nine British universities have written to James Harding, the Director of BBC News, requesting a meeting with senior management over concerns about its coverage of Jeremy Corbyn. Dr Martin Moore, Policy Institute, has signed the letter.

Rio 2016 Olympics - Week 1

Various 12th August 2016

Katherine Grainger, a King’s Alumna, has won a silver medal in the women’s rowing at the Rio Olympics. This was reported by Sky, Daily Mail, Mirror, Metro, Sun, Daily Express, Guardian, Times, Daily Telegraph, New York Times, Washington Post and Yahoo. History student Dina Asher-Smith spoke to Sun, ahead of her competing in the Games. ‘Sometimes I’ll get feedback for an essay and a lecturer will say ‘well done or good luck in Amsterdam or Rio’. It’s really cute,’ she said. She also spoke to BBC Newsbeat, and Telegraph. Professor David Cowan, Drugs Control Centre, was quoted in CNN and interviewed for Globo. Dr Silvia Camporesi, Social Science, Health & Medicine, wrote a piece for The Conversation UK, which was also published in Newsweek, and commented for CNN.

Russian military strikes

Al Jazeera 11th August 2016

Dr Martin Navias, Defence Studies, commented on Russia airstrikes in Syria. ‘Next month, the Russians have major military manoeuvres planned,’ he said.

Is the conflict in Ukraine about to escalate?

Al Jazeera 11th August 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of carrying out a border raid in Crimea that allegedly killed two Russian servicemen. Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, commented: ‘I don’t think either side is really interested in a military escalation…it doesn’t really benefit either of the sides.’

Premature babies

BBC Radio 4 Inside the Ethics Committee 11th August 2016

Professor Susan Bewley, Women’s Health, discusses the health issues faced by prematurely born babies. ‘What’s happening in growth restriction is that the baby has got a smaller waist and a bigger head because the blood is being diverted to the brain,’ she said.

Sixth formers fear losing university places after assessment error

Guardian 11th August 2016

A class of sixth formers at a school in North London fear they have lost their university places after they were taught to the wrong standard for almost two years. Many of the 20 students taking the course were expecting to start university in September after getting conditional offers to study subjects such as child nursing, psychology and biomedical science at universities including King's.

Austerity has caused young men to turn into 'spornosexuals'

Independent 11th August 2016

Dr Jamie Hakim, Digital Cultures, has written a piece about ‘spornosexuals’ - men who go to the gym in order to share eroticised images of their toned bodies on social media. ‘In an economic climate in which the opportunity for young men to become high-paid decision makers has become more out of reach, many have turned to working on their bodies in order to feel valuable,’ he said.

Plato

BBC Radio 4 Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics 11th August 2016

Professor Edith Hall, Classics, discusses Plato on the programme. ‘Plato is the first unbelievably great prose artist in philosophical thought,’ she said.

Appointments

Times Higher Education Supplement 11th August 2016

Professor Karen O'Brien, Vice-Principal (Education), has been named Head of the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford from September 2016. Professor Ian McBride, History, has been appointed to the Foster Chair in Irish History, from 1 October 2016, also at the University of Oxford.

Your mental health is making you poor

Vice 10th August 2016

Article on the connection between mental health and personal debt. Professor Dame Til Wykes, a specialist in psychosis at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London, is quoted. She said: "Chronic mental health makes people poor, because it can mean they lose their job and they're dependent on benefits. Discrimination can make it difficult to get another job."

G20 summit

Xinhua 10th August 2016

Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, European & International Studies, commented on the upcoming G20 summit, which will be held in the city of Hangzhou, China. ‘The UN 2030 agenda marks a significant change from the previous development goals,’ he said.

Terrorism

BBC Radio 4 Frightened of Each Other’s Shadows 10th August 2016

A programme looking at contemporary British society, asking if the threat of a terrorist attack is changing the way we relate to each other. Includes an interview with PhD student Maryyum Mehmood, War Studies, who recounts stories of people she has spoken to for her research. Speaking of one Muslim girl she spoke to, she said: ‘She would prove that she is normal by smiling excessively.’

TEF is an unreliable test for university teaching

Guardian 10th August 2016

Letter expressing the disquiet of students' unions over the proposed Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), signed by several individuals including Ben Hunt, KCLSU President, and Jack Haywood, KCLSU Vice-President for Education (Health).

Meet the speakers at this year's first WIRED Security event

WIRED 10th August 2016

Professor Sir David Omand, War Studies, will be speaking at an upcoming event on cybersecurity.

Labour leadership

BBC Radio 4 Today 10th August 2016

Jeremy Corbyn's campaign team has accused the deputy leader of the party, Tom Watson, of spreading baseless conspiracy theories, notably that the party has become infiltrated by Trotskyists. Professor Alex Callinicos, Political Theory, said: ‘The idea that this is a movement that has been manipulated by a small number of people is absurd.’

Anger at violence against women in Peru spills over into protest

The Conversation UK 10th August 2016

Dr Jelke Boesten, International Development Institute, has written a piece about violence towards women in Peru and the protests against it. ‘According to national surveys, almost 40% of Peruvian women experience physical and sexual violence in their lives. If psychological and verbal abuse is included, the number increases to 70% in both rural and urban areas, and in all social strata,’ she said.

Steel Production

BBC Radio 4 Making History 9th August 2016

Professor David Green, Geography, gives the presenter a guided tour of one of Britain's earliest and most important centres of steel production. Showing her an old map of the steel workshops, he said: ‘One really concerning thing for London, having just been burned down, was fire. So for insurance purposes it was really important to know where that kind of industry was taking place.’

The mysterious eye condition of 'visual snow'

Guardian 8th August 2016

Visual snow is a poetic name for a strange visual anomaly. An expert in migraine and a director of the Wellcome Trust's National Institute for Health Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, Peter Goadsby became interested in the condition due to an overlap in the perception of visual snow as a form of migraine aura.

Chain reaction: Will nuclear plant decision herald tougher times for Sino-British ties?

South China Morning Post 8th August 2016

Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, commented on UK-China relations. ‘It’s clear under May that there is a cooler attitude towards China. It is no longer ‘investment at any cost’ which seemed to be the approach under Cameron and Osborne,’ he said. Professor Brown also commented for Yahoo UK.

The new Russia by the old Russia

Huffington Post 8th August 2016

King’s MA student Karlijn Jans, European & International Studies, reviews a new book by Mikhail Gorbachev.

Washington Post, 08 August 2016

Washington Post 8th August 2016

Article looking at the impact of Brexit on free movement between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Professor Ian McBride, History, commented: ‘I assume there’ll be a common sense solution to this.’

Student digs developer agrees £350m refinancing deal

Telegraph 8th August 2016

Student accommodation developer Urbanest has agreed a £350m refinancing deal as it pushes forward to almost double its London-based portfolio over the next five years. The article mentions a partnership between Urbanest and King’s.

Strictly Come Dancing confirms Ed Balls on the line-up in true Ed Balls fashion

Metro 8th August 2016

Visiting Professor Ed Balls, Policy Institute, is to appear on TV show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. He said: ‘Making a speech in Parliament seems a piece of cake compared to this.’ This was also reported by BBC News.

NICE proposes guidance change on 'team midwifery'

Nursing Times 8th August 2016

National guidance on the care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth may be updated in favour of more midwife-led provision. The Cochrane team, led by Professor Jane Sandall, Women’s Health, said that women who received midwife-led continuity of care were less likely to have an epidural and fewer women had episiotomies or instrumental births.

Should you be brushing your teeth THREE times a day? After flossing is declared pointless, dentists reveal the dos and don'ts of oral hygiene

Daily Mail 8th August 2016

Article offering oral hygiene advice, mentioning a new treatment called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation (EAER), which has been developed by researchers at King's. EAER uses a tiny electric current to push minerals present in saliva and food into the deepest layers of the tooth. This helps the tooth to heal and strengthen.

The hiccupping girls of Old Salem

Buzzfeed US 7th August 2016

American officials investigated an outbreak of chronic hiccups in 24 teenagers. Professor Simon Wessely, IoPPN, commented: ‘It’s a very difficult situation for public health officials to handle. When it is over, the students get better, and the symptoms generally don’t come back.’

A neuroscientist explains

Guardian 7th August 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Director, Science Gallery, discusses hydration. ‘You might think you should avoid salty food when it’s hot. But actually, snacking on a few peanuts or pretzels in the sun can help to keep you hydrated,’ he said.

Iran executes nuclear scientist who returned to country from US

Guardian 7th August 2016

An Iranian judiciary confirmed the execution of a nuclear scientist who it claims was a spy. Dina Esfandiary, War Studies, commented: ‘Following the reported revelations in the Clinton emails, Amiri was executed for spying. In the Iranian judiciary’s mind, it’s a necessary signal to the US that Iran is aware of their activities in Iran and that this is what is done to those who help the enemy.’

Elite universities cut place offer by two grades for pupils from poorer backgrounds as they try to meet diversity targets

Daily Mail 6th August 2016

Some universities are lowering place offers by up to two grades for pupils whose parents have no degree as part of efforts to fulfil Government diversity targets. The Realising Opportunities Programme (ROP), which King’s participates in, allows pupils to receive conditional offers of two grades lower than the standard offer.

Playing us for fools: This man signed up for jihad in Syria. Yet he's free to roam the streets of Robocop UK. Why ISN'T he under arrest?

Daily Mail 6th August 2016

A British student who skipped bail while awaiting trial for rape, fled to Syria to join Islamic State, according to secret documents discovered by Mail on Sunday. Dr Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), said: 'The sheer size and volume of the documents are too big for them to be forged. Also, IS have executed a number of people they suspected of leaking these papers, which would suggest the documents are genuine and from IS.’

King's Maths School

Times Magazine 6th August 2016

The King’s Maths School was covered in a feature piece for Times Magazine. Professor Alison Wolf, School of Management and Business, said: ‘I think it’s really disappointing how few universities are doing it.’ The piece also featured a set of Maths questions provided by the school and interviews with some of the students.

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Letters to the editor: Met Police is more stretched than ever

Evening Standard 5th August 2016

Professor Anthony Pereira, Brazil Institute, wrote a piece for the Evening Standard, arguing that the Olympic Games are a great opportunity for Rio.

Not so gung-ho

Economist 4th August 2016

Speaking to Economist, Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute Director, explained that the decision to delay approval of Hinkley Point, due to be part-funded by Chinese investment, means the golden era of UK-China relations could be over before it has begun. He also commented for Financial Times.

King's awarded ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership

King's press release 4th August 2016

King's, with partners Imperial College London and Queen Mary University of London, have announced a new London ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership, specialising in training the next generation of social science researchers, giving them the necessary skills, curiosity and creativity to be truly innovative. Professor Vivienne Jabri, International Relations and Director of the ESRC LISS DTP, said: 'This partnership represents a fantastic opportunity to build on the diverse strengths of our respective organisations.’

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Steerable catheter to treat cardiac arrhythmia

King's press release 4th August 2016

King’s has worked with design and technology consultancy Cambridge Design Partnership to develop a novel steerable catheter which King’s researchers have designed. The catheter is designed to improve the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia – a range of conditions which can lead to stroke or heart failure. Professor Kawal Rhode, Biomedical Engineering, said: 'We have been delighted with the results of Cambridge Design Partnership’s work on this project.’

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Private positives

Times Higher Education Supplement 4th August 2016

A letter on private investment in universities that mentions the prominence of King's in university league tables.

Appointments

Times Higher Education Supplement 4th August 2016

A round-up of academic appointments includes Professor Gillian Douglas who has been appointed the new dean of the Dickson Poon School of Law. She said: ‘I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as dean, and look forward to working with colleagues in such a successful and dynamic academic environment.’

Budgets and racial diversity top challenges for UCLA

Times Higher Education Supplement 4th August 2016

Worldwide higher education news that mentions that Malcolm Gillies, King's alumni, is to become temporary head of the school of Music at the Australian National University.

Top tips on how to improve your memory and train your brain

Mirror 4th August 2016

An article on how to improve your memory cites a study at King's that found that middle-aged smokers performed less well on memory tests compared with those without the tobacco habit.

Cancer Research chief urges London to draw in top worldwide scientists post-Brexit

Evening Standard 4th August 2016

Sir Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, has warned London to retain its ability to hire the world's best scientists as he hailed the completion of the Francis Crick Institute, the biggest biomedical research facility in Europe. The institute is a partnership between the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, UCL, Imperial College and King's.

Lord David Willets joins 2U as strategic advisor

International Business Times 4th August 2016

2U, a company that partners with higher education institutes to deliver online degrees, has announced that Visiting Professor David Willetts, Policy Institute, will be a strategic advisor to the CEO.

Lord David Willets joins 2U as strategic advisor

International Business Times 4th August 2016

2U, a company that partners with higher education institutes to deliver online degrees, has announced that Visiting Professor David Willetts, Policy Institute, will be a strategic advisor to the CEO.

Newsweek’s foreign service podcast: Putin the puppet-master

Newsweek 4th August 2016

Podcast looking at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempts to influence political processes in Europe and the U.S. Dr Heather Williams, War Studies, was a guest panellist on the show.

Meet the Team GB girls to watch as the countdown to Rio Olympics begins

Various media outlets 3rd August 2016

History student Dina Asher-Smith, who will be competing at the Games, has featured in articles about Team GB athletes for Mirror, Sun and the Spectator.

Get ready for the coming wave of technologically enhanced athletes

Guardian 3rd August 2016

Dr Silvia Camporesi, Bioethics and Society, commented in a Guardian article discussing whether it would be fair for technologically augmented athletes to compete against able-bodied athletes

Am I getting enough contact hours at university?

Huffington Post 3rd August 2016

English Language and Literature student, Jennifer Creery has written an article, arguing that less contact hours at university does not necessarily mean less work. ‘The canny student will maximise university resources by finding opportunities to learn outside of fixed hours,’ she said. History student, Amir Azam, said: ‘the money they save on my contact hours should go elsewhere to benefitting me’.

Terrorism threat

BBC Radio 4 3rd August 2016

Dr Shiraz Maher, ICSR, discussed plans for a more visible armed police presence in London. ‘Having armed response units like this that are spread out across the city, that are themselves moving, it shortens essentially the amount of time, that a gunman would be allowed or be capable of operating unchallenged and unchecked,’ he said.

UK desperately short of trade experts to lead Brexit talks

Associated Press 3rd August 2016

Visiting Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute, commented on the challenge the UK faces following the EU referendum. ‘It is multi-dimensional chess. This will take longer, it will be less simple, and the outcome will be more clouded and politically less satisfying,’ he said.

The China-Africa honeymoon is over

Huffington Post 3rd August 2016

Article discussing Chinese-African relations, mentions Visiting Fellow Jonathan Paris, ICSR, who is carrying out research looking at the changing geopolitical landscape of the two regions.

Usain Bolt has apparently never run a mile

Washington Post 3rd August 2016

Professor Steve Harridge, Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences, commented on the muscle structure of athletes. ‘To be a great sprinter you need leg muscles that are dominated by fast-twitch muscle fibers because they shorten the muscle quickly and generate power,’ he said.

UK desperately short of trade experts to lead Brexit talks

Associated Press 3rd August 2016

Visiting Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute, commented on the challenge the UK faces following the EU referendum. ‘It is multi-dimensional chess. This will take longer, it will be less simple, and the outcome will be more clouded and politically less satisfying,’ he said.

The China-Africa honeymoon is over

Huffington Post 3rd August 2016

Article discussing Chinese-African relations, mentions Visiting Fellow Jonathan Paris, ICSR, who is carrying out research looking at the changing geopolitical landscape of the two regions.

Usain Bolt has apparently never run a mile

Washington Post 3rd August 2016

Professor Steve Harridge, Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences, commented on the muscle structure of athletes. ‘To be a great sprinter you need leg muscles that are dominated by fast-twitch muscle fibers because they shorten the muscle quickly and generate power,’ he said.

DNA linked to depression

BBC Radio 4 2nd August 2016

Dr Gerome Breen from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) joins the show to discuss the genetic basis of depression following the discovery that DNA is linked to depression in people of European descent. Interview commences at 02:42:30.

Rio Olympics: IOC head defends decision not to ban entire Russian team

Various media outlets 2nd August 2016

Professor David Cowan, Drugs Control Centre, has commented for a number of outlets regarding anti-doping at the Olympics including: NBC, CNN and CNN.

We asked an expert if Theresa May will call a snap General Election

VICE 2nd August 2016

An interview with Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, about the possibility of Theresa May calling a snap general election. ‘She initially said she wasn't going to do it, so if she does it might look a bit opportunistic, that she is blatantly exploiting the difficulties of the Labour Party when the country has other problems to think about. On the other hand, the temptation must be enormous; Labour's not in a serious position to mount an election campaign at the moment,’ he said.

What is arthritis? Treatments, relief and how to overcome the pain

Mirror 2nd August 2016

An article on treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis mentions research by King’s which found that eating plenty of garlic could lower your risk of developing osteoarthritis.

How London was built: From Tower Bridge to the South Bank – in pictures

Guardian 2nd August 2016

An article of photographs showing the construction of landmark London buildings and infrastructure projects. A photo of King’s Waterloo campus, pictured in 1951, is featured.

DNA and depression

BBC Radio 4 2nd August 2016

A new US study shows a possible link between genes contributing to our risk of depression. Dr Gerome Breen, IoPPN, said: ‘It shows us that like other complex disorders, that once we can achieve a large enough sample size…that we can discover interesting things about the genetic basis… of risks for depression.’

Isis using kittens and honey bees in bid to soften image in Dabiq propaganda magazine

Independent 2nd August 2016

ISIS has attempted to show a softer side by publishing photos of its fighters cradling kittens and images of honeybees in its online magazine. Dr Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), said: ‘Although we've grown accustomed to the ultra-violence of Islamic State, videos and images of that nature are only well known because their shock value makes them viral. Islamic State has actually been messaging to Muslims, and particularly Arabs, for years with softer images.’ This was also reported by Daily Express.

PARALLEL UNIVERSE THEORY: Staggering claims that there could be INFINITE versions of YOU

Daily Express 2nd August 2016

It is yet to be proven, but some scientists strongly believe that the infinite universe theory is probable. The article quotes Dr Eugene Lim, Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology, who has previously written that we need to be looking for cosmic signatures that are left behind if or when these universes have collided. ‘These signatures are actively being pursued by scientists. Some are looking for it directly through imprints in the cosmic microwave background…others are looking for indirect support such as gravitational waves,’ he said.

Sports Psychology

BBC Radio 4 2nd August 2016

The programme explores why spectators enjoying watching sport and includes interviews with Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Galley director and Professor David Papineau, Philosophy. Professor Papineau said: ‘We admire people who are beautiful, intelligent and we admire people who have exceptional physical skills.' Dr Glaser said: ‘Even if you’re completely stationary, you’re using the bit of the brain that would control your body if you were moving, to help you see the movements of others.’

BBC Staff Salaries

BBC Radio 5 live 2nd August 2016

A report by MPs says the public should be told which BBC stars are earning more than the Prime Minister. Includes an interview with Dr Andrew Blick, Politics and Contemporary History. He commented: ‘For me the real question here is not the exact figure, I think the question is ‘Is this an appropriate benchmark against which to measure the principle of transparency?’

Child Genius

Channel 4 2nd August 2016

A 'child genius' is quizzed by presenter Richard Osman and Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Nursing Policy, about Florence Nightingale.

Brazil shoots for Olympian heights at a time of political lows

The Conversation 1st August 2016

Professor Anthony Pereira, Brazil Institute, wrote a piece for the Conversation UK, discussing political conflict that underlines the Rio 2016 Olympics. This was also picked up by Newsweek.

Professor Janice Rymer elected a Vice President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

King's press release 1st August 2016

Professor Janice Rymer, Women's Health and Medical Education, has been elected as one of the five new Vice-Presidents of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. 'Whilst working as a clinical academic at King’s I have always tried to promote Obstetrics and Gynaecology as a career and to support our trainees,’ she said.

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New fellows of King's College London

King's press release 1st August 2016

The fellowship and honorary fellowship of King’s has been presented to 14 distinguished individuals at graduation ceremonies this summer. The fellowship of King’s dates back to 1847 and marks contributions by exceptional individuals to King’s and/or to wider society.

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Is your gut making you sick?

Guardian 1st August 2016

New research suggests that the range and quantity of microbes that live in our guts could have a powerful effect on a range of conditions including depression, MS and obesity. Professor Tim Spector, Genetic Epidemiology, said: ‘Variations in the gut microbiome explain why our kids are getting fatter and why some individuals gain more weight.’

Syrian Civil War

BBC News 1st August 2016

A Russian military helicopter has been shot down in Syria. Dr Samir Puri, War Studies, is interviewed about the situation in Syria. ‘The Russians have tried to take a very public role in opening humanitarian corridors out of Aleppo’, he said.

Clothes that highlight air pollution are coming to London

Time Out 1st August 2016

An article about Human Sensor, a high-tech fashion range designed by media artist and environmentalist Kasia Molga, in collaboration with academics from the Environmental Research Group (ERG) at King's. As the wearer breathes, sensors embedded in the material collect data on the quality of the air, then LED lights flash white or blue if the air is clean, and danger zone red with high levels of PM2.5, meaning that the wearer can avoid highly polluted areas.

Russian military helicopter shot down in Syria

NBC 1st August 2016

A Russian military helicopter was shot down over Syria, killing all five people on board. Article includes a tweet by Eliot Higgins, War Studies, who commented on photographs of the wreckage.

China against the world: A tale of pride and prejudice

South China Morning Post 1st August 2016

Article mentions a new book by Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, quoting his comments on Chinese politics. ‘We may live in an age of openness and information, but the inner workings of the Chinese political system…remain one of the few bastions of opacity,’ he said.

Russian military helicopter shot down in Syria

NBC 1st August 2016

A Russian military helicopter was shot down over Syria, killing all five people on board. Article includes a tweet by Eliot Higgins, War Studies, who commented on photographs of the wreckage.

China against the world: A tale of pride and prejudice

South China Morning Post 1st August 2016

Article mentions a new book by Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, quoting his comments on Chinese politics. ‘We may live in an age of openness and information, but the inner workings of the Chinese political system…remain one of the few bastions of opacity,’ he said.

Struggling to understand killers

Guardian 31st July 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Director, Science Galley, explains the human desire to understand the motivations of a killer. He said: ‘Our desire to understand the motivations of a killer involves a particular part of the brain called the ‘temporo-parietal junction’.’

Gulen

BBC Radio 4 31st July 2016

An interview with Bill Park, Defence Studies, on Gulenist organisations in Turkey and Central Asia. ‘They tend to be a bit coy about their links with the Gulen movement,’ he said.

Baby Health

BBC Radio 5 live 31st July 2016

iFIND, a new method of detecting problems in the health of babies before birth, is currently being developed by researchers at King's and Guy’s and St Thomas’s hospital. Dr David Lloyd, Clinical Research Fellow, said: ‘We are essentially looking to revolutionize how we detect problems before birth.’

Graduate wages don't justify university fees, unless you're a doctor or go to Oxbridge

Daily Mail 31st July 2016

Student debt payments wipe out the benefit of higher 'premium' earnings for most graduates who don't attend top universities, according to a new report. King's is included in the article in a list of Russell Group universities.

Why women really drink

Telegraph 30th July 2016

Young women staggering out of nightclubs still clutching bottles of vodka might be the archetypal image of Broken Britain. Includes comment from Dr Sally Marlow, addiction researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. She said: "Ladette culture began to emerge in the 1980s and 1990s, when today's middle-aged women were in their 20s. It coincided with women having the freedom to do what they want with their bodies, having their own careers and the financial freedom to spend on whatever they wanted, including alcohol."

Hinkley Point

Various media outlets 29th July 2016

Plans to build the UK’s first new nuclear plant in decades have been under discussion this week. The main financer, French utility company EDF signalled they would be proceeding with investment, which has since been followed by an announcement by the British Government that they are delaying the final decision. Visiting Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute, has been commenting on the story for Daily Mail, BBC News online and Times. He also spoke on BBC Radio 4 Today, BBC Radio 5 and BBC News.

The IVF con: Women are being pushed into clinics despite remaining fertile until they are 45 - fertility expert Lord Winston says

Various media outlets 29th July 2016

Almost a third of women who don't conceive through IVF end up becoming pregnant naturally, research shows. The research was carried out by Imperial, King’s and Greenwich NHS Trust. This was also reported by Telegraph.

A flickering flame: Is the Olympic Ideal dead?

BBC World Service 29th July 2016

In a panel discussion, Dr Silvia Camporesi, Social Science, Health & Medicine, commented on the present and future of the Olympics. ‘I think sport reflects our society…we are going to see increasingly the kind of cases of refugees or of athletes who don’t want to compete under the banner of their own countries,’ she said.

King's hosts 10th World Shakespeare Congress

King's press release 29th July 2016

Over 800 Shakespeare scholars from almost 50 countries will gather at King’s next week as the university co-hosts the 10th World Shakespeare Congress to explore and honour the Bard’s life and work. Professor Gordon McMullan, London Shakespeare Centre Director, said: ‘At King’s we look forward to welcoming delegates from around the world to share in a range of cultural and intellectual opportunities in the places where Shakespeare was born, acted, wrote and died.’ This was also reported by Guardian.

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Women being wrongly pushed into IVF treatment by private clinics, says UK's leading fertility expert

Telegraph 29th July 2016

Britain's leading fertility expert Robert Winston has said women remain fertile until they are 45 and are being pushed into having IVF too early by private clinics. His comments come as new research finds that one in three women will still become mothers even after IVF treatment has failed them. Scientists at Greenwich NHS Trust, Imperial College and King's followed couples in the six years after they had undergone fertility treatment. This was also commented on in a separate piece for Telegraph.

Want an antidote to chaos in the world? Maybe Barack Obama has the answer

Guardian 29th July 2016

The University of Texas has devised a scale to measure the personality trait they call "the need for drama", or NFD. Research by King’s into boredom and political views is mentioned.

What drove Syria's Nusra Front to detach itself from al-Qaeda?

BBC News 29th July 2016

An article by Dr David Roberts, Defence Studies, on the Nusra Front group operating in Syria. ‘Al-Qaeda is simply evolving to a more locally-focused and decentralised modus operandi. And, ultimately, if Jabhat can use this rebranding to subsume smaller groups along with their fighters, the basic al-Qaeda tenets will stand a better chance of being propagated still further,’ he said.

Film Review

BBC Radio 5 29th July 2016

An email from Dr Simon Kaye, Political Economy, about the Bourne movies, is read out. ‘They take themselves too seriously,’ he said.

Russia has motive, capability and form for U.S. email hack

Various media outlets 29th July 2016

The Kremlin denied accusations of involvement in the hacking of U.S. Democratic Party emails. Dr Samuel Greene, King’s Russia Institute, commented on Russian international relations. ‘Clearly the Kremlin feels it should and can insert itself into domestic politics in other countries in much the same way it believes the United States and Europe insert themselves into Russian politics,’ he said. His comments were also reported by South China Morning Post, Times of India and Daily Mail. Research by King’s in cyber-attacks was also mentioned in an interview on MSNBC. Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, also spoke to Times and Guardian on this topic.

Pearson

Bloomberg 29th July 2016

Pearson CEO John Fallon is interviewed on the current financial status of Pearson. He makes reference to the partnership with King’s. This was also mentioned in the Times.

Russia has motive, capability and form for U.S. email hack

Reuters 29th July 2016

The Kremlin denied accusations of involvement in the hacking of U.S. Democratic Party emails. Dr Samuel Greene, King’s Russia Institute, commented on Russian international relations. ‘Clearly the Kremlin feels it should and can insert itself into domestic politics in other countries in much the same way it believes the United States and Europe insert themselves into Russian politics,’ he said. His comments were also reported by South China Morning Post, Times of India and Daily Mail. Research by King’s in cyber-attacks was also mentioned in an interview on MSNBC. Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, also spoke to Times and Guardian on this topic.

Pearson

Blooomberg 29th July 2016

Pearson CEO John Fallon is interviewed on the current financial status of Pearson. He makes reference to the partnership with King’s. This was also mentioned in the Times.

A flickering flame: Is the Olympic Ideal dead?

BBC World Service 29th July 2016

In a panel discussion, Dr Silvia Camporesi, Social Science, Health & Medicine, commented on the present and future of the Olympics. ‘I think sport reflects our society…we are going to see increasingly the kind of cases of refugees or of athletes who don’t want to compete under the banner of their own countries,’ she said.

French attacks

Various media outlets 28th July 2016

Following recent attacks in Europe, King’s academics have been commenting in the media. Frederic Ischebeck-Baum, War Studies, commented for BBC World News. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, spoke about the attacks also for BBC World News, BBC Radio 4 World at One and three times for Sky News. Dr Frank Foley, War Studies, commented in the i and for BBC News online. Dr Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, spoke on BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight, BBC 1 Breakfast and BBC 2 Newsnight.

Such short-sightedness over apprenticeship levy

Financial Times 28th July 2016

Professor Alison Wolf, School of Management and Business, has written a letter on a recent push by employers to abandon or delay an apprenticeship levy.

Breathtaking: Air-quality indices make pollution seem less bad than it is

Economist 28th July 2016

Article discusses acute and chronic exposure to air pollution. It mentions research by the Environmental Research Group (ERG) at King’s, which suggested air pollution could shorten lives in London by up to 16 months.

Inside Science

BBC Radio 4 28th July 2016

Professor David Cowan, Analytical & Environmental Sciences discusses anti-doping tests in advance of Rio 2016. Commenting on London 2012, when King’s ran the anti-doping labs, Professor Cowan said: ‘There was no such thing as an average day, other than being extremely busy all the time.’

Universities

BBC Radio 4 28th July 2016

Professor Alison Wolf, School of Management and Business, discusses her views on whether education matters and how that affects the labour markets, as a special guest expert in this comedy lecture programme.

London overtaking Oxbridge domination

BBC News Online 28th July 2016

London universities, including King's, are breaking up the traditional dominance of Oxford and Cambridge, according to official figures on research excellence.

The 'human sensor' making Manchester's air pollution visible

Guardian 28th July 2016

Media artist Kasia Molga has joined up with researchers at King's to develop clothing that reacts to particles (PM2.5s) emitted mainly by diesel engines. Andrew Grieve, ERG, said: ‘The big challenge we have is that air pollution is mostly invisible. Art helps to makes it visible.’

Rise of China boosts emerging economies’ share of world’s top earners

China Daily 28th July 2016

Dr Paul Segal, International Development Institute, commented following a new study that showed more of the world’s top-earning 1 percent are from emerging economies than in previous decades. ‘Although China is now, roughly speaking, the joint biggest economy in the world, it still has a much smaller share of the global top 1 percent than the United States, but it's clearly increasing, and it's increasing rapidly,’ he said.

Mental health research 'being short-changed'

Times Higher Education Supplement 28th July 2016

Mental health research 'being short-changed' Times Higher Education Supplement, 28 July 2016
Universities will lose out on tens of millions of pounds as a result of a change to the way mental health research is funded, researchers have claimed. Chris Mottershead, Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation), said: ‘Our principal concern is that mental health is being treated differently from physical health.’

Climate of confusion

Times Higher Education Supplement 28th July 2016

Climate of confusion Times Higher Education Supplement, 28 July 2016
Letter on open access to data, from Professor Mike Hulme, Climate and Culture. He said: ‘This principle of openness does not “damage science”, however inconvenient it may be to act upon it.’

Despite growth, no major India rise in global rich 1%: New UK study

Hindustan Times 28th July 2016

Research conducted by King’s and the University of Oxford looked at the global distribution of income. It noted that India has made ‘no significant incursions’ in the top 1% global rich, despite rapid economic growth over the past few decades.

Despite growth, no major India rise in global rich 1%: New UK study

Hindustan Times 28th July 2016

Research conducted by King’s and the University of Oxford looked at the global distribution of income. It noted that India has made ‘no significant incursions’ in the top 1% global rich, despite rapid economic growth over the past few decades.

Rise of China boosts emerging economies’ share of world’s top earners

China Daily 28th July 2016

Dr Paul Segal, International Development Institute, commented following a new study that showed more of the world’s top-earning 1 percent are from emerging economies than in previous decades. ‘Although China is now, roughly speaking, the joint biggest economy in the world, it still has a much smaller share of the global top 1 percent than the United States, but it's clearly increasing, and it's increasing rapidly,’ he said.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has just funded an 'exciting' ALS breakthrough

Telegraph 27th July 2016

Researchers have just discovered a new gene associated with the disease and experts are hopeful it could lead to new treatments in future. The ALS Association donated $1 million of the total amount raised by the Ice Bucket Challenge to UMass Medical School's Project MinE who has just announced the findings. Prof. Ammar Al-Chalabi from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is quoted. He said: "By working together, ALS researchers across the world, patients and the public have successfully driven the discovery of these new ALS genes. This study shows that there are more ALS genes to find, and tells us they can only be discovered using the latest technology of whole genome sequencing". Also reported on BBC World News, BBC World Service Radio, Channel 5 news, ITV news, and reported in The Times.

Tube station attacker was 'clearly psychotic'

Independent 27th July 2016

An Isis sympathiser who went on a bloody rampage at a London Underground station could be given a hospital order rather than a prison sentence because of his mental health. Defence witness Dr Nigel Blackwood, a senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), and consultant psychiatrist at HMP Wandsworth, said Mire's extremism was "intimately associated" with mental illness. Also reported by the Mirror and the Express.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has just funded an 'exciting' ALS breakthrough

Telegraph 27th July 2016

Scientists from institutions in 11 countries, including King’s, have been involved in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (AML) research, funded by donations from the viral ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’.
Commenting on a recent breakthrough, Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi, IoPPN, said: ‘This study shows that there are more ALS genes to find, and tells us they can only be discovered using the latest technology of whole genome sequencing.’ This was also reported by Times and the Sun.

Leytonstone Tube stabbing sentencing: Recap as court told psychotic ISIS fanatic thought Tony Blair was 'guardian angel'

Mirror 27th July 2016

A trial is underway following a knife attack in Leytonstone Tube station. Dr Nigel Blackwood, Forensic & Neurodevelopmental Sciences, is mentioned as being interviewed as a defence witness in the case. This was also reported by Independent and Scottish Daily Express.

Should the City be worried about the EU's new Brexit negotiator?

City AM 27th July 2016

Michel Barnier has been appointed to lead the European Commission’s negotiations with the UK over the terms of Brexit. Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies said: ‘It is a relatively provocative appointment.’

Play these games. Your brain will thank you

The Times 26th July 2016

Putting your brain through a daily workout can improve the fitness of your grey matter in "spectacular" fashion, according to scientists reporting on a new study this week. Just 15 minutes a day spent playing the games was shown by London Metropolitan University to prompt the growth of new brain cells, while a study last year by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London, funded by the Alzheimer's Society, said that computerised games could hold "significant" benefits for older people.

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How warming yourself up could banish the blues

Daily Mail 26th July 2016

Heating the body may be a new way to treat depression. In a trial, U.S. psychiatrists found patients who spent 2.5 hours in a heated chamber experienced a significant drop in symptoms after a single session. Commenting on the research, Carmine Pariante, a professor of biological psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said: "This is a very important study. It confirms the notion that depression is not just a disorder of the mind or, indeed, of the brain, but actually a disorder rof the whole body, which is at the core of much research on depression today."

American Psychologist and geneticist who radically changed the view of schizophenia

The Guardian 26th July 2016

Obituary of clinical psychologist and behaviour geneticist Irving Gottesman, who has died aged 85. His recent awards included honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and King's College London.

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Is there such a thing as 'bore out'?

BBC 26th July 2016

A Frenchman is suing his former employer for "bore out" - boredom's equivalent of burnout - which he says turned him into a "professional zombie". But is "bore out" real? Wijnand van Tilburg, assistant professor in psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is quoted.

Statins improve birth outcomes for mothers with an autoimmune disorder

King's press release 26th July 2016

Statins could prevent a deadly complication in pregnancy that affects 50,000 women a year, according to new research from King’s. Professor Guillermina Girardi, Women's Health, said: ‘We found that a drug which has been widely used in the general population to prevent cardiovascular disease appears to help prevent pregnancy complications in women with antiphospholipid syndrome.’ This was reported by Daily Mail.

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UK response to serial drug company misdemeanour—no action, no shame

British Medical Journal 26th July 2016

Professor Susan Bewley, Women’s Health, has co-authored a letter in the BMJ commenting on the suspension by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) of pharmaceutical company Astellas.

We're wrong to think 1980s is all about Thatcher, says TV historian

Daily Express 26th July 2016

Article mentions a new documentary series hosted by Dr Dominic Sandbrook, History, which will explore the 1980s. The series starts on Thursday August 4 on BBC 2 at 9pm.

Dolly’s clones ageing no differently to naturally-conceived sheep, study finds

Guardian 26th July 2016

Twenty years on from the birth of genetically cloned sheep Dolly, researchers have been studying other clone sheep, some of which are copies of Dolly. Commenting on the developments in technology, Dr Dusko Ilic, Women’s Health, said that cloning has been surpassed by iPS cell technology as a means of making stem cells.

Bank of England's Martin Weale hints at interest rate cut next week

Daily Mail 26th July 2016

Article references comments made by Martin Weale, currently a policymaker at the Bank of England. The article mentions that he will be joining King’s later in 2016 in an academic capacity. This was also reported by Financial Times.

Do so-called superfoods really work?

Various media outlets 25th July 2016

Professor Tim Spector, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, discusses how some experiments have been used to evaluate the benefits of superfoods. ‘Scientists might drop large amounts of these chemicals on cancer cells in a Petri dish and if they slow the rate of cancer growing, they may say it could slow the rate of tumour growth, but you would have to eat huge amounts to get the same effects,’ he said. Professor Spector also commented on healthy eating on BBC Radio 5 live.

Comment: The Suez crisis should have taught us brutal dictators are the real threat to world peace

Telegraph 25th July 2016

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written a piece on lessons learned from the Suez crisis. ‘Suez…raises a large issue, one that has still not been resolved, of how international order is to be maintained in a post imperial world,’ he said.

London students pay up to twice as much in living costs as those elsewhere in the UK

Evening Standard 25th July 2016

A recent study has looked at living costs for London students compared to their counterparts elsewhere in the UK. The article mentions that the most expensive London university to study at is SOAS, with UCL second and King's third.

As Donald Trump pulls ahead in the presidential race, will 2016 be seen as the high water mark for globalisation?

CITY AM 25th July 2016

Professor John Bew, War Studies, presents the ‘yes’ side of a debate questioning whether we are seeing the last days of globalisation. ‘The world has never been more interconnected but globalisation has not been the happy process that many presumed,’ he said.

How warming yourself up could banish the blues: Two hours in a heated chamber may help reset chemicals in the brain

Daily Mail 25th July 2016

A research trial in the U.S. suggests that heating the body may be a new way to treat depression. Commenting on the research, Professor Carmine Pariante, IoPPN, said: 'This is a very important study.’

A new depression treatment shows promise

TIME 25th July 2016

A collaborative team of researchers including those from King’s have worked with clinical services to investigate the cost effectiveness of behavioural activation (BA), a possible new alternative to cognitive behavioural therapy. Researchers include Professor Sarah Byford, IoPPN.

A new depression treatment shows promise

TIME 25th July 2016

A collaborative team of researchers including those from King’s have worked with clinical services to investigate the cost effectiveness of behavioural activation (BA), a possible new alternative to cognitive behavioural therapy. Researchers include Professor Sarah Byford, IoPPN.

No NHS bed in 300 miles for our anorexic daughter

Sunday Times 24th July 2016

Article discussing access to healthcare for anorexic patients. Ulrike Schmidt, a professor of eating disorders at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments of the allocation of funding from the government and that long waiting lists are "toxic".

What happened at Aston Hall

BBC Radio 4 24th July 2016

Prof Sir Michael Rutter of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience is interviewed in relation to Ashton Hall Hospital having experimented with the so called 'truth serum' on children. Interview starts at 17:00.

Clinton campaign – and some cyber experts – say Russia is behind email release

Various media outlets 24th July 2016

Officials in the Hilary Clinton campaign have accused the Russian government of releasing damaging information to aid the campaign of Donald Trump. Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, is mentioned to have communicated with the entity that claimed to release the email cache to WikiLeaks. This was reported in Washington Post, NDTV ,Wired and Telegraph. Professor Rid also wrote a piece on the hacking for Vice Motherboard and spoke to PBS Newshour.

How to remember for the future

Observer 24th July 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Director, Science Gallery, explains how we remember things for the future. ‘The way the brain works makes it much more difficult to remember to do something at a later moment, something known as prospective memory,’ he said.

No NHS bed in 300 miles for our anorexic daughter

Sunday Times 24th July 2016

A piece on the issues one family found in finding NHS treatment for their ill daughter who had battled with anorexia. Professor Ulrike Schmidt, IoPPN, described long waiting lists as ‘toxic’ for patients with anorexia, and that those above 18 could wait a significant time for treatment.

Like mother, like child: Mother’s DNA may affect ageing

Deccan Chronicle 24th July 2016

A research study suggests that a tiny repository of DNA inherited from one’s mother may be the key for healthy ageing. Commenting on the study, Dr Dusko Ilic, Women’s Health, said the results were ‘fascinating and mind-boggling’. This was reported by AFP and NDTV.

Hong Kong may gain from the Brexit fallout

China Daily 24th July 2016

Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, has written a piece on the impact of Brexit on Hong Kong. ‘Hong Kong is a natural partner in many areas for London...London has been positioning itself as a principle international centre for Chinese currency trading,’ he said. Professor Kerry was also quoted on this subject for the Financial Times.

Terrorist or disturbed loner? Munich attack reveals shifting labels

International New York Times 24th July 2016

Article discussing the recent shootings in Munich mentions research by Raffaello Pantucci, ICSR, who looked at the Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik who killed 77 people in 2011.

Like mother, like child: Mother’s DNA may affect ageing

Deccan Chronicle 24th July 2016

A research study suggests that a tiny repository of DNA inherited from one’s mother may be the key for healthy ageing. Commenting on the study, Dr Dusko Ilic, Women’s Health, said the results were ‘fascinating and mind-boggling’. This was reported by AFP and NDTV.

Hong Kong may gain from the Brexit fallout

China Daily 24th July 2016

Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, has written a piece on the impact of Brexit on Hong Kong. ‘Hong Kong is a natural partner in many areas for London...London has been positioning itself as a principle international centre for Chinese currency trading,’ he said. Professor Kerry was also quoted on this subject for the Financial Times.

Terrorist or disturbed loner? Munich attack reveals shifting labels

International New York Times 24th July 2016

Article discussing the recent shootings in Munich mentions research by Raffaello Pantucci, ICSR, who looked at the Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik who killed 77 people in 2011.

'Simple but effective' treatment for depression gets impressive results in Devon study

Plymouth Herald 23rd July 2016

A simple and inexpensive therapy is equally as effective at treating depression as the "gold standard" of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a largescale study has concluded. Behavioural Activation (BA) is relatively simple, meaning it can be delivered by more junior staff with less training, making it a cost-effective option. A collaborative team of researchers from the Universities of Exeter, York, Kings College London and Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust worked with clinical services, to investigate the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of BA. Researchers include Prof Sarah Byford of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. Also reported in Time.

Should grit be taught and tested in school?

Scientific American 23rd July 2016

Article about children in gaining 'grit'. A recent study conducted by Kaili Rimfeld of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and her colleagues found that grit had only a small effect on how well 16-year-old twins performed on standardised tests given in England and Wales.

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What happened to the contraceptive pill for men?

Guardian 23rd July 2016

Article commenting on research into the male contraceptive pill. It mentions research by Dr Nnaemeka Amobi, Life Sciences & Medicine, who has been developing a non-hormonal ‘instant male pill.’

BHS

Sky 23rd July 2016

The remaining 114 BHS stores will close in the next four weeks, with more than 5,000 jobs expected to go. Commenting on calls to revoke former owner Sir Philip Green’s knighthood, Dr Andrew Blick, Politics and Contemporary History, said: ‘The word ‘honour’ means something, therefore the idea that it can simply be reversed on a whim is not one that is particularly palatable.

Letters to the Editor

The Times 23rd July 2016

A letter by Yacine Belhaj-Bouabdallah, President of KCLSU’s Future Society, has been published regarding a recent decision by Theresa May to abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change. She said the decision was ‘particularly disappointing as many nations are using their climate change departments, and their growing focus on climate action, to involve millennials, those most likely to be affected by climate change.’

Some interesting facts about the average penis size

GQ 23rd July 2016

Article mentions a research collaboration between King’s and the NHS. Titled ‘Am I Normal?’, the collaboration collated the penis length and girth of 15,521 men from 20 worldwide projects.

Turkey coup attempt: Gülen's UK followers 'threatened'

BBC 23rd July 2016

Accusations have been directed towards the Gülen movement, a movement led by Turkish Islamic theologian and preacher Fethullah Gülen, following a failed military coup in Turkey. Bill Park, Defence Studies, commented on organisations who are connected. ‘They tend to be a bit coy about their links,’ he said.

Moving to No 10: What the PM should expect

BBC 23rd July 2016

Following the move of Theresa May into her new home at Number 10 Downing Street, researcher Jack Brown, Policy Institute, discussed the changes she might make to the property. His comments were also reported by BBC Radio 5 live.

Air pollution

CNN 23rd July 2016

Professor Martin Williams, ERG, discusses the global threat of pollution. ‘There are well-known studies that show that pollution can travel on high level winds, that transfer pollution across the atmosphere from China through to the US and across to Europe,’ he said.

Air pollution

CNN 23rd July 2016

Professor Martin Williams, ERG, discusses the global threat of pollution. ‘There are well-known studies that show that pollution can travel on high level winds, that transfer pollution across the atmosphere from China through to the US and across to Europe,’ he said.

Are Methylphenidate effects in children with ADHD really uncertain?

British Medical Journal 22nd July 2016

Emily Simonoff, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience is the lead author of a response letter to the editor of the British Medical Journal.

The link between weed and violence

askmen 22nd July 2016

Article highlighting the research into the relationship between smoking cannabis and violent behaviour. A study published by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN, King's College London) is mentioned.

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When does Brexit mean Brexit - Could the UK change its mind?

Reuters 22nd July 2016

Since entering Downing Street as Britain's new prime minister last week, Theresa May has quickly dispelled hopes that the UK might change its mind about leaving the European Union." Brexit means Brexit," she said in her inaugural speech. Professor Keith Ewing, Law, believes there is no provision for revoking Article 50. Reported by Yahoo!, CNBC and others.

Dina Asher-Smith at Rio 2016

Various media outlets 22nd July 2016

King’s History undergraduate student Dina Asher-Smith, who will be competing in Rio 2016 Olympics, has been mentioned in a number of media outlets. Dina was quoted in the Evening Standard twice. Dina was also mentioned on BBC World Service, with reference to her recent achievements at the European Championships.

Blood disorders cost €23 billion to European economy

King's press release 22nd July 2016

Healthcare costs per patient with blood cancers are two times higher than average cancer costs, due to long hospital stays and complex treatment and diagnosis. This is according to two new studies conducted by a team of researchers, including those from King’s.

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White working-class boys in HE: No definition ‘prevents progress’

Times Higher Education Supplement 22nd July 2016

In light of a recent report by researchers at King’s and the think-and-action-tank LKMco, Sam Baars, Director of Research at LKMco, told a conference that universities will struggle to make significant progress on increasing the number of white working-class boys in higher education until that group is better defined. This research was also mentioned in Huffington Post.

Your genes can help predict how well you’ll do in school – here’s how we cracked it

Conversation 22nd July 2016

PhD student, Saskia Selzam, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), has written a piece following the publication of research from King’s that showed almost 10% of differences in exam results at 16 can be explained using an individual’s DNA. This research was also reported by Metro.

What are my options if I do better than expected at A-level?

Telegraph 22nd July 2016

An article discusses options for prospective university students if they receive higher than expected A Level results. It includes a case study of a current King’s student, who had approached King’s on receiving higher than expected results. King’s has also been mentioned in a Times Higher Education Supplement article discussing UCAS clearing.

When does Brexit mean Brexit: Could the UK change its mind?

Various media outlets 22nd July 2016

Since entering Downing Street as Britain's new prime minister last week, Theresa May has tried to dispel hopes that the UK might change its decision about leaving the European Union. Professor Keith Ewing, Law, commented that there is no provision for revoking Article 50. ‘It is not foreseeable that the British government will change its mind,’ he said. This was also reported in Reuters.

New Dean of Law

King's press release 21st July 2016

Professor Gillian Douglas, has been appointed as the new Dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s, replacing Professor David D. Caron who stepped down from the position earlier this year following his appointment to the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal (IUSCT). Commenting on her appointment, she said: ‘I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as Dean of the Dickson Poon School of Law, and look forward to working with colleagues in such a successful and dynamic academic environment’.

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Letters: Saluting Ed Vaizey, a true friend to the creative industries

Telegraph 21st July 2016

Letting paying tribute to Ed Vaizey, the outgoing Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, for his service to the arts and creative industries, signed by several individuals including Deborah Bull, Assistant Principal.

The Chilcot report: the longest work of academic history ever?

Times Higher Education Supplement 21st July 2016

The Chilcot Report's deep meditation on foreign policy makes it more than an inquest into the failings of individuals and institutions in the conduct of the Iraq War, argues Glen Rangwala. The Iraq Inquiry committee consisted of five members, including Sir Lawrence Freedman, emeritus professor of war studies.

Don’t get hacked off; get your message out there

Times Higher Education Supplement 21st July 2016

An article by Fern Riddell, PhD History, that explains that talking to the media isn't a minefield, but a manageable opportunity and a civic duty

How William Burroughs's drug experiments helped neurology research

Guardian 21st July 2016

Sixty years after William S Burroughs journeyed into the South American rainforests and took the hallucinogenic infusion yagé, the respected neuroscientist Andrew Lees has written a memoir revealing how, with colleagues at King's, he began to examine whether yagé could reverse the signs of Parkinson's disease in artificially afflicted marmosets, and to plan a possible clinical trial.

What's behind the global rise in short-sightedness?

The Conversation 21st July 2016

An article on the rise of myopia, by Professor Chris Hammond, Ophthalmology and Dr Katie Williams, Clinical Research.

The UK is pursuing French-style policies on extremism – but it may lead to more frequent terror attacks

Independent 21st July 2016

An article on the French approach to counter-terrorism, by Dr Frank Foley, War Studies. ‘My research indicates that the UK’s response to jihadist terrorism has generally remained more proportionate than that of the French – and arguably with better results’, he said.

Attempted abduction of RAF serviceman

BBC Radio 5 live 21st July 2016

Professor John Gearson, War Studies, is interviewed regarding the attack on an RAF serviceman as police investigate possible terrorism links. ‘What’s interesting about this particular incident is not that it’s happened but that it doesn’t seem to have been intelligence which has warned of a particular attack.’

Can universities help make government better?

Independent 21st July 2016

An article by John Rentoul, Policy Institute, looks at the ‘Blair Years’ course taught alongside Dr Jon Davis.

Britain needs Brexit debate, says woman behind legal challenge

Reuters 21st July 2016

Many British voters were fooled into voting to quit the European Union without realising there was no credible plan for an exit, so lawmakers must decide how and whether to leave, said the investment manager behind a Brexit legal challenge. ‘What MPs are desperate to do is to avoid voting on this at all costs,’ said Professor Anand Menon, European Politics. Also reported by CNBC and others.

An epic treatise on the folly of war

Various media outlets 21st July 2016

Article discussing the recently published Report of the Iraq Inquiry (also referred to as the Chilcot Inquiry). It mentions that the Inquiry committee consisted of five members, including Emeritus Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies. Professor Freedman was also interviewed on BBC Radio 4 The Norma Percy Tapes discussing the Iraq War.

Garden Rescue

BBC2 20th July 2016

The Greenwood Theatre, features in this programme as it is now a landmark because of its vibrant exterior and urban garden. (15:25)

Appointment of Director

Financial Times 20th July 2016

The Directors of Calamos Global Funds plc wish to announce the appointment of Dr. Laura Calamos Nasir as a Director of the Company. She earned BSN and MSN degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her PhD in Health Research from King's.

From the Cockpit to the Operating Theatre

BBC Radio 4 20th July 2016

Why lessons learned from aviation psychology are starting to save lives in hospitals. Includes interview with Professor Nick Sevdalis, Professor of implementation science and patient safety at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London.
Starts at 18:57.

King's College London Archives achieves national accreditation

King's press release 20th July 2016

King’s College London Archives and the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives have been awarded Archive Service Accreditation. Robert Hall, Director of Library Services, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted that our Archives and Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives have been recognised by the National Archives through their Accreditation Award scheme.

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Bringing up Britain: Children and gender

BBC Radio 4 20th July 2016

Mariella Frostup discusses gender identity with Professor Patrick Leman, IoPPN. He said: ‘We want to distinguish sex and gender, and sexual orientation as well. So sex usually picks out those biological characteristics associated with boys and girls. Gender picks out the more social process, the things that boys and girls, men and women pick up from being part of society...’ (01:01)

From the Cockpit to the Operating Theatre

BBC Radio 4 20th July 2016

Why lessons learned from aviation psychology are starting to save lives in hospitals. Includes interview with Professor Nick Sevdalis, IoPPN. (18:57)

After Brexit, Britain's place in the world as at America's side, looking to Asia

Telegraph 20th July 2016

Comment piece by Professor John Bew, War Studies, about Britain’s place in the world in light of the EU referendum. Professor Keith Ewing, Law, also commented for Daily Mail, on Article 50. And Ian McBridge wrote about the impact on British-Irish relations for Guardian.

Rift over move to 'generic' courses

Nursing Times 20th July 2016

A rift among the mental health nursing community has emerged over education reforms that could see a move towards more generic nursing degrees, an investigation by Nursing Times can reveal. Professor Ian Norman, Mental Health Nursing, said: ‘general nursing and mental health nursing draw in rather different sorts of people and that is one of the problems with having a single portal’.

Bringing Up Britain

BBC Radio 4 20th July 2016

Programme about the issues involved in parenting today. Includes interview with Professor Patrick Leman, Psychology about gender identity. (09:00)

Is Momentum a 'Cult of Dangerous Thugs'?

Vice 20th July 2016

An article looking at campaign group Momentum. Dr Andrew Blick, Politics and Contemporary History, said: ‘It's difficult to know how it will all play out, but the way things are going, Momentum could accelerate a split in the Labour Party’.

Turkish democracy has a tough road ahead

Hindustan Times 20th July 2016

Opinion column on the current situation, post attempted coup in Turkey, by Professor Harsh Pant, Defence Studies.

See the Clothing That Shows How Bad Smog Is in Your Neighborhood

Yahoo! News 20th July 2016

Article on the Human Sensor, a set of high-tech garments that light up and change colour depending on the air quality around the person wearing them. Media artist Kasia Molga spent the past year designing the Human Sensor in collaboration with researchers at King's Environmental Research Group.

What went on at the hospital that 'experimented' on child patients?

BBC 19th July 2016

Article on the treatment of children in the 1960s and 1970s at the now-closed psychiatric hospital Aston Hall. Prof Sir Michael Rutter from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "As far as I knew nobody was using [sodium amytal] with children at that time."

Scientists pinpoint genes that could predict human intelligence

Daily Mail 19th July 2016

New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), and supported by the Medical Research Council, suggests the possibility of predicting academic achievement by using a new genetic scoring technique. First author, Saskia Selzam (IoPPN) said: "We believe that, very soon, polygenic scores will be used to identify individuals who are at greater risk of having learning difficulties. Through polygenic scoring, we found that almost 10 per cent of the differences between children's achievement is due to DNA alone. Ten per cent is a long way from 100 per cent but it is a lot better than we usually do in predicting behaviour. For instance, when we think about differences between boys and girls in maths, gender explains around one per cent of the variance." Prof Robert Plomin is also quoted. He said: "We are at a tipping point for predicting individuals' educational strengths and weaknesses from their DNA. Polygenic scores could be used to give us information about whether a child may develop learning problems later on, and these details could guide additional support that is tailored to a child's individual needs. We believe personalised support of this nature could help to prevent later developmental difficulties."
Also reported by Financial Times, Metro, BT News, TES, Daily Express, Huffington Post, Deccan Chronicle, The Hindu, The Conversation, NDTV, Economic Time (India), the Sun, and the Mirror online.

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The young men risking their health for the perfect physique: As this TV doctor finds out in a new documentary it’s not just super athletes using banned drugs...

Daily Mail 19th July 2016

An article on the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Professor David Cowan, pharmaceutical toxicology, who runs the UK Drug Control Centre laboratory said: ‘People are making injectable substances in garages. This means someone may be injecting a load of bacteria that can cause nasty infections or even kill’. Professor Cowan was featured in a BBC Horizons documentary on doping.

What went on at the hospital that 'experimented' on child patients?

BBC 19th July 2016

An article on the treatment of children in the 1960s and 1970s at the now-closed psychiatric hospital Aston Hall. Professor Michael Rutter, Child Psychiatry, said: ‘As far as I knew nobody was using [sodium amytal] with children at that time.’ Also reported by BBC Radio 4.

The Search For The Lost Manuscript: Julian Of Norwich

BBC4 19th July 2016

A programme discussing Julian of Norwich which features an interview with Dr Sarah Salih, English. (21:00)

Human skin bag is the real McQueen

Times 19th July 2016

An artist wants to make a leather handbag using the designer Alexander McQueen's skin. Dr Dusko Ilic, Women’s Health, said: ‘Maybe in the future we can re-synthesise the whole genome based on partial information from a degraded DNA, though not with the technology today’.

A few mouthfuls of oily fish each day 'can reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by 70%'

Various media outlets 19th July 2016

Eating oily fish once a week may help bowel cancer patients significantly boost their chance of survival, research suggests. Emeritus Professor Tom Sanders, Nutrition and Dietetics, said: ‘This study… does support the notion that eating oily fish once or twice a week is good for health especially if it replaces red and processed meat’. This was also reported by Telegraph.

Turkey coup: Erdoğan’s tightening grip will test relations with the West

The Conversation 19th July 2016

An article on the recent failed coup in Turkey looks at the impact on international relations, by Dr Bill Park, Defence Studies.

How stress can damage your body

Daily Telegraph 18th July 2016

Dr Valeria Mondelli of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments on the physiology of stress and it can impact our health. She said: "Cortisol and other stress hormones are important because they prime our bodies to react to threat, but when our cortisol is too high for too long, it can lead to physical and mental health problems in many areas of our bodies." She added, "High cortisol can affect the transmission of dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter linked to our reward system. That makes us more susceptible to seeking rewards by eating more and leads to increased cravings."

Doctor's diary: there's another side to the closure of children's heart surgery wards

Telegraph 18th July 2016

Article discussing children's heart surgery services, and the data obtained from research. Tim Rakow of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is noted as a collaborator in the development of the website, 'Understanding Children's Heart Surgery Outcomes' which aims to increase understanding of how the NHS monitors children's heart surgery; survival rates; and other published data.

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Representation of white working class boys in HE

Various media outlets 18th July 2016

A report by LKMco and commissioned by the Widening Participation Department, explores why so few white working class boys progress to higher education and how this can be addressed. Anne-Marie Canning, Director of Widening Participation, said: ‘This important report is essential in helping schools and universities improve the progression rates for white working class pupils to higher education’. This was reported by Times, Daily Mail, i, Times Higher Education, Independent, Huffington Post UK, Fox News and others.

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Call for Sadiq Khan to ban all diesel cars from Londons roads

Evening Standard 18th July 2016

All diesel cars might have to be banned from London's roads to meet legal air quality obligations, a report found today. New modelling carried out by air quality experts at King's found that they would have to be phased out over the next decade if London had any chance of achieving safe and legal levels of air pollution.

London is still open for business despite Brexit: Mayor launches #LondonIsOpen campaign

Evening Standard 18th July 2016

Leading figures from the arts, business, sport and politics joined Sadiq Khan to launch a global campaign to encourage visitors and investment to London in the wake of the Brexit vote. Education leaders from a number of universities gave their backing, including King's. Also reported by the BBC.

Analysis: A Subversive History of School Reform

BBC Radio 4 18th July 2016

Professor Alison Wolf, Public Sector management, presents a programme on the story of post-war school reform in England. (20:30)

The big clean: how to protect your skin from London's air pollution

Evening Standard 18th July 2016

Fresh research says pollution is taking its toll on our skin - and our wellbeing. The article also mentions research from King's that showed Oxford Street has the worst pollution levels in the world.

The UK-EU battle over free movement and terms of trade

Guardian 18th July 2016

A letter arguing for the freedom of movement within the EU, signed by Dr Lucia Pradella, International Political Economy, among others.

Team GB athletes reveal what it takes to get an Olympic body ahead of Rio 2016

Daily Mail 17th July 2016

Profile of the UK's Olympic hopefuls, including second-year History student Dina Asher-Smith. Dina has also been interview by BBC Radio 5 Live.

Trident vote

Various media outlets 17th July 2016

Professor Andrew Dorman, Defence Studies, wrote for New Statesman, ahead of the vote on the renewal of Trident. He was also interviewed by 5 live Drive (18:43). Professor John Gearson, War studies, was also interviewed by Sky News. With reference to the fact that each submarine can carry up to 16 missiles, which can each have a number of warheads that can be fired at up to 12 different targets, Tim Collins, a doctoral candidate studying Trident, said to Mirror: ‘In practice we’ve never deployed that many’. Dr Grant Christopher, Policy Institute, joined a panel discussion on Al Jazeera English on Trident’s merits and weaknesses.

How do we judge the passing of time?

Guardian 17th July 2016

An article on how human brains judge time, by Dr Daniel Glaser, Director, Science Gallery.

Pienaar’s Politics

BBC Radio 5 live 17th July 2016

Dan Poulter MP says he will be doing a study with King's later this year on the mental health of MPs. (11:47)

Cancer, sea life, mental health: the UK research will be hit by Brexit

Guardian 16th July 2016

Prof Dame Til Wykes of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience comments on the impact of Brexit on UK research. She said: "It is pretty straightforward. If Brexit goes ahead, then scientists here might not be able to attract European Union research grants in future. And if you are coming here to take up a professorship for the next 10 years of your life, the prospect of losing a major source of grant money in the process looks a pretty poor bet. Frankfurt or Paris suddenly look much better shots."
Also reported by The Observer.

Chilcot: physical and mental legacy of Iraq war

British Medical Journal 16th July 2016

Editorial on the psychological consequences of combat for service personnel, by Neil Greenberg (King's College London), Simon Wessely (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neruoscience, King's College London) and Anthony Bull (Imperial College London).

Powerful refugee artwork opens in Cathedral

ITV 16th July 2016

Chichester Cathedral is staging an exhibition by acclaimed sculptor and artist Ana Macheco, looking at the plight of refugees. A lecture by Christopher Wintle, Honorary Senior Research Fellow/Emeritus Senior Lecturer, Music, is being staged in support of the event.

Brexit and junior doctors' contracts: the real threats to the NHS

Lancet 16th July 2016

On July 6, junior doctors in England's National Health Service (NHS) voted 58 per cent to 42 per cent to reject the final contract offer from the UK Government. Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, nursing policy said: ‘While every other OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) country has been increasing nurse training places over the last decade or so the UK has been cutting training places’.

Irene Tracey: seeing pain for what it is

Lancet 16th July 2016

Profile of Professor Irene Tracey. Sherrington Professor Stephen McMahon, Physiology, said: ‘She’s at the forefront, both for her personal work in understanding pain and pain mechanisms and for her part in establishing an infrastructure that has enabled others to make contributions’.

Hyperfocus: The other side of adult ADHD

CNN 15th July 2016

Article discussing the phenomena of 'Hyperfocus', an aspect of ADHD. Recent research from Brazil and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is mentioned, stating that ADHD is not only a childhood problem - it occurs in adults too.

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Terrorist attack in Nice

Various media outlets 15th July 2016

In response to the attack in Nice, a number of King’s experts have spoken to the media. Dr Frank Foley, International Relations, spoke to BBC World, BBC News Channel and BBC One. Professor John Gearson, National Security Studies, spoke to Sky News, BBC News Channel and BBC World. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence, spoke to Today Programme and BBC News, Associated Press and others. Dr Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation spoke to NBC, New Statesman and Daily Mirror.

What David Cameron's departure means for India and the UK

Daily Mail 15th July 2016

An article on how the result of the EU referendum may affect the UK's relationship with India, by Professor Harsh V Pant, International Relations and India Institute.

Two King's Professors Join British Academy Fellows

King's press release 15th July 2016

Professor Ewan Ferlie, Management and Business, and Professor Patrick Wright, Literature and Visual & Material Culture, are two researchers from King’s College London elected as fellows of the British Academy. Professor Ferlie said: ‘I am delighted to have been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy and I look forward to working with my colleagues and supporting other Fellows’. Professor Wright said: ‘I look forward to joining my colleagues at the British Academy in defending the cause of independent critical enquiry at this time of grave political uncertainty’.

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After Brexit - What next?

Prospect 15th July 2016

Prospect is organising a post-referendum debate on the future of the UK outside the European Union. Professor Anand Menon, European Studies and Foreign Affairs, will be on the panel. Professor Menon also commented in an article for Prospect on the outcome of the EU referendum. Professor Menon also commented for Daily Mail.

A modern tragedy told by the ‘Queens of Syria’

Financial Times 15th July 2016

Feature on an all-female cast of Syrian refugees performing at the Young Vic. King's provided free accommodation for the cast for 10 days.

David Cameron’s legacy: the historians’ verdict

Guardian 15th July 2016

A feature regarding the Prime Ministerial career of David Cameron discusses his effect on modern Britain, with issues including inequalities and Scottish independence discussed by academics. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History (ICBH), provides his opinion.

'GUN – GET DOWN': Petrified British schoolchildren dived to the floor in Ataturk airport after getting trapped in Turkish coup that has left thousands of holidaymakers stranded

Daily Mail 15th July 2016

British tourists in Turkey have been ordered to stay away from public places and remain vigilant after a failed military coup that left 90 dead. Research associate Eliot Higgins, War Studies, said: 'And to think, I came to Turkey on holiday to get away from all the conflict stuff I do'. He was also quoted in Daily Mail.

Antibodies may have role in preventing Type 1 diabetes

King's press release 14th July 2016

People with a rare autoimmune disorder produce autoimmune antibodies that appear to be linked to a reduced occurrence of Type 1 diabetes, King’s research has found.

Romana Kazmi is King's first woman Muslim Chaplain

King's press release 14th July 2016

Romana Kazmi joins King’s as the university’s first woman Muslim Chaplain. Romana will work closely with the Dean, Reverend Canon Professor Richard A. Burridge, and College Chaplain, Reverend Tim Ditchfield and all the other Chaplains on each of the campuses to provide pastoral and spiritual support to all King's students and staff. In particular, she will minister alongside Abdul Choudry, the university’s other Muslim Chaplain and Dr Ehsan Khan, Muslim Staff Adviser.

Oxford Street to become pedestrianised by 2020

Independent 14th July 2016

Vehicles are to be banned from the busiest shopping street in Europe in a bid to tackle air pollution and congestion, the Mayor of London has announced. In 2014, researchers from King’s found Oxford Street was ‘the most polluted place on Earth’, even exceeding pollution levels in Beijing.

Genetics: An incomplete mosaic

Nature 14th July 2016

Although genetics studies have so far failed to revolutionize pain treatments, some researchers think that a host of discoveries are just around the corner. Pain-genetics researchers have pursued two main avenues of inquiry, says neuroscientist Professor Stephen McMahon, Physiology.

FGM campaigner Fahma Mohamed awarded honorary doctorate at 19

Independent 14th July 2016

A teenager is set to become one of the youngest doctorate-holders in the UK. Nineteen-year- old Fahma Mohamed, who has yet to begin her BA in biomedicine at King's in September, will be given the Doctor of Laws on Friday by the University of Bristol in acknowledgement of her campaign work to end and assist victims of female genital mutilation.

Court Circular

Daily Telegraph 14th July 2016

The Earl of Wessex, President, Sport and Recreation Alliance, attended the Annual General Meeting at the Strand campus.

A Step Closer to 5G Technology That Evokes Connected Cars, Virtual Surgery

ABC 14th July 2016

The Federal Communications Commission Thursday carved out a chunk of the wireless spectrum for use by 5G technology, which is the next iteration of wireless broadband systems that promises to bring far quicker internet to your mobile phone and other devices. Professor Misha Dohler, Centre for Telecommunications Research, said that 5G would enable ‘the internet of skills.’

Here's How Junior Doctors Reacted To Jeremy Hunt Keeping His Job

BuzzFeed 14th July 2016

Junior doctors were left disappointed on Thursday when it was confirmed that Jeremy Hunt was keeping his job as health secretary despite early reports that he'd been sacked in Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle. Danielle Tiplady, a student nurse at King's College London, said she felt "deflated" by the news, but also hoped the new government might mark a fresh start from Hunt and nurses.

Nice terror attacks

Various media outlets 14th July 2016

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), was quoted in Daily Express, Daily Mirror and i and said: ‘Nice, as well as other parts of southern France and Paris, have become ‘jihadist breeding grounds’. He was also quoted in Daily Mail and offered comment to BBC Radio 4 Today (07:35) World at One (13:21) the New York Times, CNN International and others. ‘The fact that this attack occurred when security measures were supposedly in place makes this very different from previous attacks,’ said Professor Neil Greenberg, IoPPN, on the psychological impact of the attacks in the Daily Mail. His comments to Associated Press were also reported by ABC News (US), New York Times , Washington Post, and many others.
Professor John Gearson, War Studies, commented on the attacks to BBC Radio 4 (18:12) and was also interviewed for Sky News, BBC News and the World Service. Dr Frank Foley, War Studies, talked to BBC Radio 4 (17:36) about why France has had so many attacks recently and penned editorials for the Washington Post and The Independent. Dr Shiraz Maher, ICSR, commented on Channel 4 News, MSNBC and NBC News.

Genetics: An incomplete mosaic

Nature 13th July 2016

Although genetics studies have so far failed to revolutionize pain treatments, some researchers think that a host of discoveries are just around the corner. Stephen McMahon of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: "Pain-genetics researchers have pursued two main avenues of inquiry."

Theresa May becomes Prime Minister

Various media outlets 13th July 2016

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, joined the BBC coverage to discuss Theresa May becoming the new Prime Minister of the UK. He also appeared on BBC Radio 4,BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Two Daily Politics, and BBC World Service, commenting on David Cameron's premiership and Theresa May becoming the new Prime Minister, in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Daily Mail, Bloomberg, the Week and others. Professor Anand Menon, European Studies, was quoted by Fox News, Washington Post, AP, ABC, CBS, and the New York Times. Dr Andrew Blick, Contemporary History was interviewed by CNN and Dr Jon Davis, Policy Institute, was quoted by Associated Press, Washington Post, South China Morning Post, Fox News, Daily Mail and others.

Scotland's Einstein: James Clerk Maxwell

BBC 4 13th July 2016

A programme on James Clerk Maxwell which makes reference to his time at King's

Long Lost Family

ITV 1 13th July 2016

A programme on the search for long lost families features Dr Denise Syndercombe-Court, Forensic Science and is filmed on Waterloo campus.

Theresa May: How does the new Prime Minster vote on student and young people’s issues?

Independent 13th July 2016

Cameron's government has been committed to 'widening participation' in higher education, a scheme that aims to help those from lower socio-economic groups into universities and other higher education schemes and into placements. The scheme has been adopted by many of the UK's top universities including Edinburgh and King's.

Students with children will be hardest hit by fees

Nursing Standard 13th July 2016

Nursing students with children could lose more than £100 a month under government plans to change healthcare education funding, new research suggests. Nursing and midwifery society president Anthony Johnson said: ‘It is not surprising parents will be affected, considering the extra outgoings they have’.

NFL stars visit London to urge young players to speak out on domestic abuse

Evening Standard 13th July 2016

Top NFL players have urged young Londoners to speak out against domestic abuse in the wake of a series of allegations that have dogged American football. Harry-Jack Searle, Biomedical Science, took part in the class and said: ‘A lot of other programmes just teach that domestic violence is bad but this one opens up how you think about it’.

Towards a continental shift

Hindu 13th July 2016

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, writes a piece about a recent trip by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to some South and East Africa states. ‘This sustained and systematic outreach to all parts of Africa is a welcome move after years of only intermittent attention to a continent where some of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies are located, and with which India shares old historical ties,’ he said.

Is it time to rethink the toys we're giving our boys and girls?

Made for Mums 13th July 2016

Professor Patrick Leman who is Dean of Education, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London is quoted in an article about children and gender tropes. He said: "Human are hard-wired to find the differences between people, because this tells us who we are. Parents naturally do this as soon as children are born and children learn from a very early age that they are a boy of a girl."

David Cameron To Step Down As British Prime Minister On Wednesday

NPR 13th July 2016

Dr Andrew Blick, Political Economy, discusses the resignation of David Cameron.

Assessing Nord Stream 2

King's press release 12th July 2016

A new natural gas pipeline from Northern Russia to Europe could strengthen European gas markets, increasing competition between suppliers and provide more choice for consumers, but only if Europe simultaneously increases its own infrastructural and regulatory capacities, a report from the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) and King’s Russia Institute argues.

The management of savagery

New Statesman 12th July 2016

Dr Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) reviews two books about Isis and the Iraq War.

The hacks that make air travel less painful

BBC 12th July 2016

An article exploring the scientific remedies that can make flying less frustrating. Professor David Gradwell, Centre for Human and Aerospace Sciences (CHAPS) said: ‘Thermal comfort on board the aircraft is generally controlled in the cabin as a whole or by zones, but some may feel it to be too warm or too cool’. If you are at risk of DVT, you should consider wearing compression stockings. It is important, though, that they are the correct size, properly fitted and put on correctly, says Michael Bagshaw, CHAPS.

To drop 1400 calories, take a hot bath

Times 12th July 2016

An article discussing how hot baths can burn calories, which mentions Professor Jamie Timmons, Precision Medicine.

An alleged victim of British colonial abuse in Kenya testifies in London — six decades later

VICE 12th July 2016

James Mugo Kibande has testified in London about the torture and mistreatment that he allegedly suffered at the hands of British colonial officers in the 1950s. ‘End of Empire is a nasty period,' Dr Nicholas Lloyd, Defence Studies, has argued. ‘Trying to judge it from a modern human rights perspective is meaningless. It doesn't tell us anything. Or, it tells us what we want to hear — that these people were evil’.

Forget single honours, forget joint honours, the liberal arts are back

Telegraph 12th July 2016

An article on the increasing popularity of liberal arts degrees, which mentions King's.

Sky News With Dermot Murnaghan

Sky News 12th July 2016

The organisers of the Rio Olympics have promised to employ much tougher anti-doping tests than were previously utilised. The Drug Control Centre at King's features as part of Sky's report. Professor David Cowan is interviewed.

Sadiq Khan should be radical to cut deadly air pollution - IPPR

Wired-GOV 12th July 2016

IPPR - in partnership with Greenpeace, ClientEarth and King’s– is undertaking a significant piece of new research to explore how the Mayor might design his new air pollution policy to save as many lives as possible.

Politicians Like Smriti Irani Use Feminism When Convenient

NDTV 12th July 2016

Dr Kriti Kapila, India Institute, writes about feminism in politics. ‘While a number of women today hold public office simply or primarily because of their gender…others…expediently use their status qua woman to fend of the opposition, and are seldom rooted in feminist politics,’ she said.

Why you shouldn’t compare Theresa May to Margaret Thatcher

Newsweek 12th July 2016

Discussing the recent news that British Home Secretary Theresa May will be the UK’s new Prime Minister, Dr Eliza Filby, History, commented on comparisons between the new leader and former PM Margaret Thatcher. ‘In times of national anxiety, Britain tends to look to strong women to steer the ship through choppy waters,’ she said.

The question about gender that science finds difficult to answer

Guardian 11th July 2016

Qazi Rahman of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments on the science behind gender and LGBT psychology. Rahman said: "We know much more about how nature shapes sexual orientation, and my view of the science is that nurture does very little, if any, shaping of sexual orientation. We know next to nothing about how people come to feel transgender."

Existing smoking cessation therapies are 'more effective than e-cigarettes'

Mail Online 11th July 2016

New research suggests that existing treatments for smoking cessation are more effective than e-cigarettes, and that there is no strong evidence to suggest that e-cigarettes are safe. The new commentary served as a counterpoint to a paper in the same journal issue by Professor Ann McNeill, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, that suggests e-cigarettes are a less harmful way for smokers, including those trying to quit, to use nicotine.

South China Sea: China's charm offensive in the foreign media

BBC 11th July 2016

With a UN court set to rule on China's territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea, Chinese ambassadors have been on a flurry of charm offensives in foreign media over the last few months. Professor Kerry Brown, Lau China Institute, said: ‘In the past, there were such media pushes, but usually only to accompany visits of Chinese leaders to specific countries. It is rare to see this sort of global approach’.

US takes the lead for having the most top universities in the world, according to CWUR

Independent 11th July 2016

The CWUR listed King’s as one of the top 10 universities in the UK, coming in at seventh place.

Comment: Freedom of movement is a noble aspiration, but we must admit mass migration brings massive social costs

Telegraph 11th July 2016

An opinion column on immigration and the EU, by Mark Stanford, teaching fellow in the International Development Institute.

Peer criticises government on private providers after QAA report

Times Higher Education Supplement 11th July 2016

Fresh questions have been raised about the government's ability to ensure oversight of private colleges as a for-profit institution was stripped of its right to receive public funding after a damning quality watchdog report. The QAA's inquiries prompted a written question in the House of Lords from crossbench peer Professor Alison Wolf, Management.

Common medicines including cold and flu remedies, indigestion pills and ibuprofen 'make heart conditions worse'

Daily Mail 11th July 2016

Ibuprofen, cold and flu remedies and indigestion pills may worsen a heart condition which affects millions of people, experts warn. They are also urging patients with heart failure to avoid green tea, grapefruit juice, liquorice and some herbs as this may also weaken the heart. Professor Tony Fox, Pharmaceutical Science, said: ‘While heart failure patients should not be alarmed, this statement emphasises a few common sense things.’ This was also reported in the Guardian.

Doctors should NOT recommend e-cigarettes to smokers - existing treatments are more effective and safer, experts say

Daily Mail 11th July 2016

E-cigarettes should not be recommended to smokers who are trying to quit their habit, experts today said. The new commentary served as a counterpoint to a paper in the same journal issue by Professor Ann McNeill, IoPPN, that suggests e-cigarettes are a less harmful way for smokers, including those trying to quit, to use nicotine.

Seven reasons why clever people like Love Island

Telegraph 11th July 2016

An article on the ITV2 programme Love Island. King's graduate Simon, says: 'You could probably make an argument that it's all about gender/society, but personally I think people like it because it's junk TV and they're sexy.'

The BSP is showing signs of a tentative political revival in UP

Hindustan Times 11th July 2016

PhD student Ravi Jayaram, India Institute, writes a piece on the current political situation in India. ‘Uttar Pradesh exemplifies the hurdles and real challenges holding back India’s progress. India’s most populous state has been the crucible for political change over the past two decades,’ he said.

UK Anti-Doping sends investigators to Kenya in light of doping allegations

Daily Mail 10th July 2016

UK Anti-Doping has sent two investigators to Kenya following allegations of doping at a training camp that is used by British athletes. The King's Drug Control Centre, which is currently the only laboratory in the UK accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to analyse urine samples from sports competitors, will be undertaking the testing on behalf of UK Sport in the run up to the 2016 Olympic Games and the Paralympics.

Is the air ageing you?

Sunday Times 10th July 2016

An article about anti-pollution skincare ranges mentions research by King’s which found that Oxford Street had the worst nitrogen dioxide pollution in the world.

A neuroscientist explains: Daniel Glaser on how whooping increases your enjoyment

The Guardian 10th July 2016

In light of the Euro 2016 final, Dr Daniel Glaser, director of Science Gallery, has written an article explaining how shouting when watching a football match increases our enjoyment of the match.

They're tired, crying

People 10th July 2016

Danielle Tiplady, a student studying adult nursing gives her views on the scrapping of the NHS bursary. She said: ‘People who have this passion, I look and see how upset they all are, and how tired they are, and they’re crying. They feel like they can’t do their job’.

Gender identity and the big questions that have yet to be answered

Guardian 10th July 2016

Why a person feels male when they are biologically female, or vice versa, remains uncertain. Qazi Rahman, a lead investigator into LGBT mental health at IoPPN said: ‘We know much more about how nature shapes sexual orientation, and my view of the science is that nurture does very little, if any, shaping of sexual orientation. We know next to nothing about how people come to feel transgender.”

Brain inflammation may lead to depression in MS patients

Economic Times 9th July 2016

Research led by Alessandro Colasanti of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) suggests that depression in MS patients may be associated more generally with elevated inflammatory markers and hippocampal pathology. The lead author, Alessandro Colasanti said: "We also discovered that more inflammation was associated to more severe symptoms of depression. This study, combining two advanced complementary brain imaging methods, suggests that the inflammation of the hippocampus affects the brain function and causes depression."


The case for Scottish independence suddenly looks a lot stronger

Financial Times 9th July 2016

Visiting Professor, Nicholas Macpherson, Policy Institute, has written an article about Scottish independence in light of the EU referendum result. This was also commented on in the Times, Sun, Sunday Times and BBC.

Summer beauty: take your look beyond the beach

Financial Times 9th July 2016

A beauty feature which mentions a skincare range inspired by King's research.

Cannabis users who put tobacco in joints 'more likely to be addicted'

Guardian 9th July 2016

Cannabis smokers who mix tobacco in their joints are more likely to have symptoms of dependence, according to UCL research. Professor Michael T Lynskey, IoPPN, said: 'Given a changing legislative environment surrounding access to cannabis in many jurisdictions, increased research focus should be given to reducing the use of routes of administration that involve the co-administration of tobacco.’

No need for drugs

New Scientist 9th July 2016

People do not experience more serious health problems when family doctors are stricter about prescribing the drugs for conditions such as coughs, colds and sore throats - a finding that should help stop the spread of antibiotic resistance. Professor Martin Gulliford, Primary Care & Public Health Services, and his team studied 610 general practices in the UK.

Trainee nurses depend on food banks and payday loans to survive as unions warn of NHS 'timebomb'

Mirror 9th July 2016

Trainee nurses are increasingly turning to food banks and payday loans as they struggle to afford their training. Anthony Johnson, president of King's College London Nursing and Midwifery Society said: ‘We all struggle to survive. My bursary in combination with my student loan does not pay for my maintenance costs.’ This was also reported by People.

Music matters

BBC Radio 3 9th July 2016

Cole Porter was born 125 years ago last month and his works are discussed. Professor Cliff Eisen, Music, takes part in a feature discussion. Also broadcast again on Radio 3 on 11 July.

Burning mouth? You need a laser for shoulder pain: Treatment is latest weapon to tackle mystery condition

Daily Mail 9th July 2016

Medical lasers used to treat joint pain are to be used for burning mouth syndrome (BMS). King’s is providing the laser treatment for its patients for the first time. Professor Tara Renton, Dental Institute, said: ‘BMS is a difficult condition to treat…There is no cure, and patients often exist on bland diets of milk and porridge to minimise their discomfort’.

The Chilcot Inquiry

BBC Radio 4 9th July 2016

Interview with John Rentoul, chief Political Commentator for the Independent and visiting Professor at King's Policy Institute, about the Iraq war inquiry.

Exchange of the week

The Week 9th July 2016

A letter on the result of the EU referendum, from Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History.

Brain inflammation may lead to depression in MS patients

Economic Times of India 9th July 2016

Research led by Dr Alessandro Colasanti, IoPPN, suggests that depression in MS patients may be associated more generally with elevated inflammatory markers and hippocampal pathology. ‘This study… suggests that the inflammation of the hippocampus affects the brain function and causes depression,’ he said.

Gain a global understanding

Hindu 9th July 2016

Article exploring international relations and what this might look like in higher education courses. The article mentions a King’s Masters student, Devjyot Ghoshal, who explained why he chose his course. ‘I realised International Relations had the flexibility to be able to branch out to a number of career paths,’ he said.

Oxford gets into China history act

China Daily 8th July 2016

Interview with Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom from the University of California, mentions an event he did at King’s with Professor Sunil Khilnani, India Institute.

NATO

CNBC 8th July 2016

Dr Samir Puri, War Studies, discussed Britain’s military relationship with Europe and NATO, particularly after the EU referendum result. ‘The British government will be under massive pressure to demonstrate commitment in the other multi-lateral forums that Britain is part of,’ he said.

A perfect feast: The healthy way to celebrate Eid

CNN 8th July 2016

Article discussing what to eat following the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research & Epidemiology, said: ‘A fast is a good way of regenerating your microbes, so that will increase certain beneficial species that you want to keep going through the times when you’re not fasting.’

China crackdown on lawyers

New York Times 8th July 2016

A year on from the Chinese government’s largest-ever crackdown against human rights lawyers and activists, Dr Eva Pils, Law, comments. ‘There is a new assertiveness in the Xi era with the claims that we're running the legal system our way,’ she said. This was also reported by Washington Post, Daily Mail and Associated Press.

Durham University graduate Eliza Cummings-Cove gets first-class degree with dissertation on the Kardashians

Independent 8th July 2016

A student at Durham University will be graduating with a first after completing her dissertation on the Kardashian family. In previous years, other unusual dissertation topics have included ‘the possibility of unicorns’ for which a King’s student received a 2:1.

Boredom can lead to more extreme political views

King's press release 8th July 2016

Boredom may be contributing to a widening of political views among voters, according to a new study by researchers from King’s and the University of Limerick. Dr Wijnand van Tilburg, IoPPN, said: 'Boredom puts people on edge - it makes them seek engagements that are challenging, exciting, and that offer a sense of purpose. Political ideologies can aid this existential quest.' This was also reported by CNN who asked if it has affected the Donald Trump campaign and also the Hindustan Times , Huffington Post and the Deccan Chronicle.

Scientists say tedium can lead to our views becoming extreme

Mail Online 7th July 2016

Researchers from King's College London and the University of Limerick have found evidence to suggest that boredom may be responsible for a widening of political views among voters. They carried out one experiment and two surveys in the Republic of Ireland. Wijnand van Tilburg from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said: "'Boredom puts people on edge - it makes them seek engagements that are challenging, exciting, and that offer a sense of purpose. Political ideologies can aid this existential quest.’
Also reported by i, New Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Deccan Chronicle, Huffington Post, CNN, and Economic Times (India).

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Dina Asher-Smith becomes first British woman to win 200m European title

Various media outlets 7th July 2016

King’s undergraduate history student Dina Asher-Smith has won gold in the women's 200m at the European Championships in Amsterdam, making her the first British woman to win the 200m European title. This was reported by BBC Sport, Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Mail.

King's alumni, including 92 year old Dr Francis de Marneffe, row at Henley

King's press release 7th July 2016

On Saturday 02 July, a boat with a crew comprised of current King’s students and esteemed Alumni took to the water at the Henley Royal Regatta in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the 1946 Wyfold Cup Win. Amongst this crew was alumni Francis de Marneffe (Medicine 1950), aged 92 and still rowing strong.

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Bloated or suffering from IBS? New app uses life-changing diet proven to reduce symptoms to help avoid 'problem' foods

Daily Mail 7th July 2016

A new app has been designed with researchers at King’s, which aims to make it easier for people with IBS to follow restrictive diets. Dr Miranda Lomer, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: 'The app follows our three stage process to manage and track the patient’s symptoms’. Professor Kevin Whelan, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: 'Clinical trials have shown that avoiding foods that contain FODMAPs is one of the best dietary approaches to alleviate IBS symptoms.’

Was there ever a golden age for junior doctors?

British Medical Journal 7th July 2016

Emeritus Professor Harold Ellis, Anatomy, is interviewed about what life was like as a junior doctor in the 1950s, in light of the recent changes to junior doctor contracts.

Personalised medicine: The way forward?

Huffington Post US 7th July 2016

Article on personalised medicine mentions research conducted by a team at the IoPPN, who developed a blood test to accurately and reliably predict whether depressed patients will respond to common antidepressants.

The Road to Brexit: Britain faces uncharted territory

Economic Times of India 7th July 2016

Following the EU referendum, Britain will be the first member state ever to leave the EU. The article quotes Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, who said: ‘The referendum did not give a choice on what kind of relationship with the EU Britons wanted.’ This was reported in Yahoo and Foreign Policy.

Dina Asher-Smith becomes first British woman to win 200m European title

Various media outlets 7th July 2016

Second-year History student Dina Asher-Smith has become the first British woman to win the 200m European title, after competing in the European Championships in Amsterdam. This was reported in Guardian, Daily Mail, BBC Radio 5 Live.

Chilcot inquiry published

Various media outlets 6th July 2016

King’s academics commented following the publication of the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War. Dr John Bew, War Studies, was interviewed by AFP, with his comments pick up in Daily Mail, Yahoo and South China Morning Post; Dr Jon Davis, Policy Institute, was interviewed for BBC news throughout the whole day and for BBC Radio Five Live; Visiting Professor John Rentoul, Policy Institute, commented on BBC Radio 4 Moral Maze; Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, was interviewed for Sky News and Financial Times; an article in the Times mentioned Emeritus Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies; Professor Christopher Dandeker, War Studies, discussed mental health implications for the Guardian; and Frederic Ischebeck-Baum, War Studies, was quoted by USA Today.

Universities move to protect academics from racist abuse

Times 6th July 2016

Vice-chancellors have expressed concern at a rise in xenophobic abuse since the vote to leave the European Union and pledged to protect their students and academic staff. Several academics have spoken about their experiences of anti-immigrant abuse triggered by the referendum. Professor Jonathan Grant, Policy Institute, is mentioned in the piece. This was also reported by Daily Express.

Electric Avenue

Times 6th July 2016

Article mentions research by King’s that found up to 10,000 deaths are caused by pollution in London each year.

Mametz Wood and the 38th: The Welsh at the Somme

BBC 6th July 2016

Visiting Professor, Lieutenant-General Jonathan Riley, War Studies, has written an article on the Battle of the Somme.

Is the LHC finally set to reveal the secrets of the universe? Dark matter breakthrough and fifth fundamental force could be revealed as researchers prepare to publish latest findings

Daily Mail 6th July 2016

Scientists at Europe's physics research centre CERN are preparing to reveal new data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Discussing the potential discovery of a whole new set of particles, Professor John Ellis, Physics, said: ‘It would be something completely beyond the Standard Model, and the tip of an iceberg of a large new set of particles if it exists!'

Mixing cannabis with tobacco 'increases risk of addiction': Smoking drug 'makes you 60% LESS likely to want to quit'

Daily Mail 6th July 2016

Smoking cannabis with tobacco increases the risk of dependence on the drug, a new study claims. Professor Michael Lynskey, IoPPN, said: 'Our results highlight the importance of routes of administration when considering the health effects of cannabis'. This was also reported by Hindustan Times and Times of India.

Mayor Sadiq Khan must act on his pledge to clean up London’s filthy air

Evening Standard 6th July 2016

Article discussing levels of NO2 in London mentions research by academics at King’s. Research from the ERG is also mentioned in the Financial Times and Bloomberg.

Why do we need a social psychiatry?

British Journal of Psychology 6th July 2016

An article on social psychiatry co-authored by Professor Dinesh Bhugra, IoPPN.

Nursing Times editorial advisory board

Nursing Times 6th July 2016

Professor Jill Maben and Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Nursing, are listed as part of the Nursing Times editorial advisory board.

'Extreme concerns' over bursary removal risks laid out

Nursing Times 6th July 2016

Community nurses and NHS trusts are the latest groups to raise further concerns over the government’s plans to axe bursaries for student nurses and switch to a loans system next year. King’s and a group of foundation trusts had previously raised fears that the recruitment of students – in particular postgraduate – could be ‘adversely affected’ in the short term.

The health risks of butter

BBC Radio 4 6th July 2016

Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, discusses the health risks associated with butter. (06:53)

Who is on Celebrity MasterChef 2016? The full line-up and verdict so far

Telegraph 6th July 2016

Reverend Richard Coles, who studied theology at King's, is a contestant in Celebrity MasterChef 2016. This is also mentioned in Daily Express.

Mother’s DNA may affect ageing

Yahoo 6th July 2016

Researchers have suggested that a tiny repository of DNA inherited only from one’s mother may be key for health ageing. Dr Dusko Ilic, Women’s Health, described the results as ‘fascinating and mind-boggling’. This was reported by the Daily Mail and New Scientist.

India seeks reserved bank

Wall Street Journal 6th July 2016

Professor Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, commenting on the departure of India’s central-bank governor, Raghuram Rajan. ‘The government is looking at the next year, and hoping to drive growth ahead of coming elections,’ he said.

Stem cells save lives

Sun 5th July 2016

Short summary feature of how stem cells are being used in medicine, including research by scientists from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London have found a technique that allows neural stem cells to help the brain recover after a stroke.

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Mixing cannabis with tobacco 'increases risk of addiction'

Daily Mail 5th July 2016

Smoking cannabis with tobacco increases the risk of dependence on the drug, a new study claims. Michael Lynskey, professor of Addictions in the National Addictions Centre of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London says: 'Our results highlight the importance of routes of administration when considering the health effects of cannabis,' He added: 'Given a changing legislative environment surrounding access to cannabis in many jurisdictions, increased research focus should be given to reducing the use of routes of administration that involve the co-administration of tobacco.' Also reported by The Guardian, Times of India and Hindustan Times.

Cutting back on antibiotics 'does not put patients at risk': Surgeries that handed out the fewest pills do not have higher rates of serious illnesses

Various media outlets 5th July 2016

A new study at King’s has found that reducing antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract is not linked to an increase in the most serious bacterial complications. Professor Martin Gulliford, Primary Care & Public Health Services, said: ‘Overuse of antibiotics now may result in increasing infections by resistant bacteria in the future.’ This was reported by Sun, Daily Express, New Scientist, Daily Mail and BBC London.

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New study examines Freud's theory of Hysteria

King's press release 5th July 2016

New research from King’s has studied the Freudian theory that Hysteria, a disorder resulting in severe neurological symptoms such as paralysis or seizures, arises in response to psychological stress or trauma. Dr Tim Nicholson, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said: ‘The fact that we found more stressors in CD patients compared to controls supports their relevance to the onset of the disorder.’

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Genetic mutations linked to cases of multiple bowel tumours

King's press release 5th July 2016

Researchers from King’s have identified genetic mutations affecting the immune system which may lead to the development of more than one bowel tumour at the same time and increase the frequency of independent cancer-initiating events. Senior author Dr Francesca Ciccarelli, Cancer Epidemiology & Population Health, said: ‘Between two and five per cent of all bowel cancer patients develop more than one primary tumour … Now we know that these tumours are as different as cancers from two different people and patients inherit mutations in genes of the immune system that potentially have damaging effect.’

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Apply now to become a new world leader, all in one-year

Guardian 5th July 2016

An article about the Schwarzman Scholars programme, which selects exceptional candidates aged between 18 and 29 and provides support for them to live and study together for a year in China. The article mentions that a King’s student has successfully graduated from the programme.

Stem cells save lives

Sun 5th July 2016

An article about stem cells and how they can be used to treat various conditions mentions a technique developed by researchers at King’s that helps treat stroke victims.

A Brexit Bargain

Metro 5th July 2016

An article about a luxury apartment for sale in a building which was formerly part of King’s.

Meal portion guide reveals 80% of parents overfeed their children

Independent 5th July 2016

A meal size guide for children and toddlers has been launched to encourage parents to cut portions, as nutritionists warn more pre-school children are at risk of obesity than ever before. The article references research by researchers at King’s, which looked at timings of eating dinner and obesity in children.

Dementia research

BBC Radio 5 live 5th July 2016

Former British Formula One racing driver, Sir Jackie Stewart, has launch a charity to raise funding for dementia research. Sir Stewart mentions research by King’s into the disease.

EU fallout

Sky 5th July 2016

Interview with Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, about the political fallout following EU referendum.

Most of what we eat is ‘processed’ food. Here’s why we should be worried

Spectator 4th July 2016

Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research & Epidemiology, has written an article warning of the dangers of eating processed food. ‘We should be very concerned about what food manufacturers are getting away with,’ he said.

The FT’s summer books 2016

Financial Times 4th July 2016

A book by Dr Srinath Raghavan, India Institute, is included in a list of the Financial Times’s summer books 2016.

Why so-called Islamic State chooses to bomb during Ramadan

BBC 4th July 2016

Dr Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), has written an article about recent Islamic State bomb attacks during Ramadan. He also commented for the BBC, and was quoted in Yahoo.

The FTSE indices will respond to Brexit in good time

Prospect 4th July 2016

George Magnus writes a comment piece on the potential outcomes of the UK's vote to leave the EU. At the foot of the article a note indicated that Prospect will host a 'Brexit Debate' on Tuesday 19 of July, featuring Professor Anand Menon, European Politics.

Letters: EU citizens who have already settled in Britain must be made to feel welcome

Telegraph 3rd July 2016

Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, is among signatories on a letter discussing the impact of the EU referendum on EU citizens already living in the UK.

It was so natural to create organic remedies that Gwyneth loves

Times 3rd July 2016

Article about the company Organic Pharmacy. The founder studied at the Chelsea School of Pharmacy, which is now part of King’s.

No hiding place: players face more drug tests after Maria's downfall

Times 3rd July 2016

An article on the world of anti-doping mentions the Drug Control Centre at King’s, the UK’s only WADA accredited anti-doping laboratory.

Out of this fractious upheaval, a new Toryism will emerge

Guardian 3rd July 2016

Dr Eliza Filby, history, discusses the future of the Conservative Party in this opinion piece. ‘As Cameron and Osborne lick their wounds, they may at least reflect on how they have protected their one-nation legacy and finally closed the chapter on Thatcherite Conservatism,’ she said.

Citizen science: How the net is changing the role of amateur researchers

Observer 3rd July 2016

Article discussing how non-professional scientists are pioneering medical research. Professor David Edgerton, History, said: ‘The great bulk of scientific activity takes place in large commercial enterprises, government laboratories and universities but there have always been people who have done scientific research off their own bat.’

Sharpen your mind in the learning pit

Financial Times 3rd July 2016

Article looking at how we develop resilience and mental agility. Professor Guy Claxton, Education, discusses how understanding a period of disorientation, where we try to process conflicting ideas, can be extremely beneficial.

The benefits of planning ahead

Observer 3rd July 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, director of Science Gallery at King's has written an article about the benefits of planning in advance, in light of the UK referendum result.

Baghdad attacks

BBC News 3rd July 2016

Dr Martin Navias, War Studies, comments on a recent bomb attack in Baghdad, which killed more than 125 people. ‘The Iraqi government has been trying to create a secure perimeter around Baghdad for years, but Islamic State appears able to penetrate it with ease.’ Dr Navias was also interviewed for BBC World News, BBC London Live and BBC Radio 2.

Universities have credit ratings cut over funding fear

Times 2nd July 2016

Eight leading British universities have had their credit status downgraded as a result of the EU referendum. S&P Global Ratings agency cut its rating for King’s from AA to AA-.

UK and Greek literature

BBC World Service 2nd July 2016

Professor Edith Hall, Classics, is interviewed about comparisons between the current political situation in the UK and classical Greek literature, comparing it to the Trojan War. ‘You’ve got an awful lot of Greeks fighting on one side but fighting each other…with the same in the Trojan camp,’ she said.

'But the patient is lost'...

The Psychologist 1st July 2016

Dr Sally Marlow, Public Engagement Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) reviews the iconic play, Blue/Orange, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Play.

One on one... with Professor Dame Til Wykes

The Psychologist 1st July 2016

Column by Dame Til Wykes, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London.

Prosopagnosia: How face blindness means I can't recognise my mum

BBC 1st July 2016

The article discusses face blindness, and features a questionnaire developed by Dr Punit Shah of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Why do we need a social psychiatry?

British Journal of Psychiatry 1st July 2016

Article on social psychiatry, co-authored by Dinesh Bhugra of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Thousands march through London against Leave vote

Various media outlets 1st July 2016

Thousands of demonstrators marched through central London to protest against the referendum vote to leave the EU. The article quotes the rally organiser as King’s graduate Kieran MacDermott. This was reported in Independent, Daily Mail, Reuters, Daily Express, Evening Standard, Vice, Huffington Post, New York Times, Hindustan Times, India Today, Newsweek, Times of India, CNBC and Economic Times of India.

Who Are You Again?

BBC Radio 4 1st July 2016

This programme looks at prosopagnosia, more commonly known as face blindness. Sufferers have problems perceiving or remembering faces. Punit Shah, IoPPN, is interviewed for the programme. (11:15). A questionnaire devised by Punit, along with Dr Richard Cook, Tissue Engineering & Biophotonics, is also mentioned by BBC online.

Letters to the Editor

Daily Telegraph 1st July 2016

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, responds to a letter directed at an opinion piece he had written for the paper. ‘Sir William Cash misunderstood my Comment piece,’ he said.

The soup kitchen putting London's air quality on the menu

Guardian 1st July 2016

A pop-up kitchen is serving free soup, which will change in colour daily according to air pollution leveIs. Information boards with data and research from air quality experts at the Environment Research Group (ERG) will also be there.

Brexit and science: Seven days later

Nature 1st July 2016

In the wake of Brexit, scientists immediately voiced fears over jobs, funding and collaborations. Comments by Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Vice-Principal (Health) are included in the article.

Boris Johnson won’t run for British prime minister but may be able to run for U.S. president

Washington Post 1st July 2016

Boris Johnson has withdrawn from the campaign to become the next conservative leader – and consequently is out of the running for British prime minister. Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of contemporary British History, commented on Boris’s dual U.S.-UK citizenship, stating that whilst there are no formal requirements for the position of prime minister, no former leader has held dual citizenship.

Britain can find opportunities beyond Hinkley

Financial Times 1st July 2016

Visiting Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute, has written for Financial Times, in light of the postponed Hinkley Point power station. He said: ‘For the UK government, it is essential to ensure the electricity that Hinkley was supposed to provide can be replaced from other sources. This is not impossible, but will require a degree of planning not evident in UK energy policy in recent years.’ Professor Butler was also interviewed for BBC World Service.

You don’t have to be mad to be a comedian, but it might help

Huffington post 29th June 2016

Dr James MacCabe of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments on research that looked at psychotic traits in comedians. He notes: “this study tells us some interesting things about the differences between comedians and actors but not about the link with psychosis”.

Parent's fear children's mental illness disgnosis

Evening Standard 28th June 2016

The article mentions a study of 2,000 adults by YouGov which found nearly one in seven thought funding should be increased to 20 per cent of the UK’s medical budget. Professor Dame Til Wykes, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience said: “The money we are spending on research is nowhere near that of other health conditions.”

We shall overcome

Independent 27th June 2016

Michael Rutter (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, IoPPN) comments on a feature article which discusses children who are victims of violence and neglect. He said: "The findings were surprises all along the line. There was no increase in the ordinary emotional and behavioural problems. Another surprise was that if the children were adopted out of care early enough - within six months - then they seemed to go on to develop well."

Superfoods: The Real Story

Channel 4 27th June 2016

Dr Sandrine Thuret from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) was interviewed about how resveratrol - a substance found in red wine - could help with growing new brain cells. Begins at 19.12.

Why the depressed are more likely to develop diabetes

Daily Mail 27th June 2016

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has shown that depressed patients are up to 60 per cent more likely to develop diabetes. The study (the largest ever study of its kind involving 160,000 pairs) found that a genetic link existed between the two illnesses. Dr Carol Kan said: ‘These findings go some way towards explaining why diabetes and depression sometimes occur together, although further research is needed to explore the effect of gender in this interplay between genetic factors and environmental influences, such as diet and lifestyle. A better understanding of the mechanisms underlying these disorders and why they sometimes exist in tandem could one day provide useful biological targets for therapeutic interventions.’

Science says Wi-fi allergies are fake - but people are still sick

Newsweek 26th June 2016

James Rubin of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments on an article which discusses the scientific dismissal of Wi-Fi allergies. His surveys of the science led him to believe exposure to electromagnatic rays are not to blame. He said: "They have physical symptoms; the quality of life they have can be appalling sometimes; they’re in desperate need of help".

Science says wi-fi allergies are fake - but people are still sick

Newsweek 26th June 2016

Dr James Rubin of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments on electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS). He says about sufferers: “They have physical symptoms; the quality of life they have can be appalling sometimes; they’re in desperate need of help”. But his surveys of the science led him to believe exposure to electromagnetic rays is not to blame.

Academics fear new Brexit - a brain exit - after referendum vote

The Independent 24th June 2016

Following the referendum vote to leave the EU, universities in the UK are voicing concerns that academics from the EU may decide to leave. Professor Simon Wessely from the IoPPN says, "I fear that the consequences for both health and science will be serious over the coming year unless we take firm and decisive action now."

How to stop the Brexit Drain

Newsweek 24th June 2016

Professor Sir Simon Wessely of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discusses the impact of Brexit on research in the UK. He notes: "Science by its nature is about collaboration. No other EU country leads on as many collaborations as we do. I have lost count of the number of scientists this morning lining up to say strong research partnerships with EU-based scientists will be essential for the future of British science—it would be easier to list those who haven’t. At the moment we are unclear how to sustain these in the new world that we are moving to, but sustain we must."

Do prisoners without a clear release date have a higher likelihood of harming themselves while in custody?

BBC Radio 4 23rd June 2016

Prisoners who are kept in custody without a clear release date are often driven to despair; a sense of hopeless accompanies lack of a clear end in light. This leads to dramatic levels of self harm. Dr Nigel Blackwood, clinical senior lecturer at the IoPPN, says that the prisoners need to have access to mental health programmes, to help understand and manage their risks.

Some kids have all the pluck

The Independent 23rd June 2016

A team of researchers are investigating the development of "high risk" children, with aims to predict which maltreated children will go on to develop difficulties. Michael Rutter, a professor at the IoPPN who ran a study in the 1990s assessing how orphans settled into new adoptive families said "Development involves both change and challenge and also continuity, so to see the norm as stability is wrong."

Agony of trying to be Little Miss Perfect: Straight As aren't enough for today's schoolgirls - they also have to be pretty, slim and popular

The Daily Mail 22nd June 2016

Due to a fear of failure, pursuit of perfection and largely, social media - teenage girls are constantly in competition to be the smartest, the prettiest, the most popular. This behaviour fuels depression, eating disorders and self harm. Professor Janet Treasure, director of the Eating Disorder Unit at the IoPPN says "In the past it was about being morally good and religious - social media has changed that focus. Now it’s objectification of the self."

Making NHS data public is not the same as making it accessible – we can and should do better

The Guardian 21st June 2016

A team of psychologists led by Dr Tim Rakow of the IoPPN have been working with the National Institute of Health to make statistics on children's heart surgery more available and accessible to all.

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Science superpower

The Times 20th June 2016

Sir Simon Wessely (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience) and several other academics have written a letter discussing Britain's science sector and the implications of a Brexit. Other authors include Sit Tom Blundell (University of Cambridge), Sir Paul Nurse (Francis Crisk Institute), and Sir John Ball (University of Oxford).

Tunisia-style trauma survivors 'can feel more distress on event anniversaries'

Guernsey Press 19th June 2016

Professor Neil Greenberg, president of the UK Psychology Trauma Society, and Professor of Defence Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) explains that the anniversary of a traumatic event such as the attach on UK holidaymakers in Tunisia can increase the distress for survivors. He said: "Many people who have been exposed to traumatic events find that when particular reminders of the event come up they make them feel more distressed. A year down the line, it'd really common that the first anniversary after someone had died or moved house or (gone through) a traumatic event brings up some of the distress that you might have felt when the actual incident was happening."

What science has taught me about raising girls

Motto 19th June 2016

Professor Judith Dunn of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments on an article which focuses on the gender-based behavioural difference in children. She says: "Because girls know each other so well, they can be devastating teasers and bulliers. They know just what upsets the other."

The talent trap

New Statesman 18th June 2016

Review of the book 'Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance" by Angela Duckworth. The review mentions a study led by Robert Plomin of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London.

It could be you

New Scientist 18th June 2016

In an article about how to improve the wrongful conviction rate, Gisli Gudjonsson, an emeritus professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, adds a comment. He believes that many adults simply struggle to cope with the reality of being locked up in a cell. He says: "A common feature is that they believe that everything is going to be sorted out - that no one will believe their confusion and the truth will somehow come out; unfortunately, in most cases it doesn't."

Blood test for best-fit antidepressants

The Week 18th June 2016

Scientists from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) have devised a blood test which predicts which patients will respond to which antidepressants, personalising depression treatment for the first time.

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Howard Cohen and Ian Cumming discuss Lies, Deception and Malingering ahead of conference at IoPPN

BBC Radio 4 17th June 2016

Barrister Howard Cohen (Farrar's Building) and Dr Ian Cumming (SLaM NHS Foundation Trust) discuss the sophisticated techniques used to assess lying and malingering in patients ahead of the Lies, Deception Conference taking place at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) that day. and Interview begins at 02.40.17.

A-level subject choice is strongly influenced by genes, scientists say

The Guardian 16th June 2016

A new study published in Scientific Reports suggests that up to 80% students’ choices of A-level subjects is down to genetic influence with environmental factors such as home life, accounting for 23% of the choice at most. First author of the study, Kaili Rimfeld from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London says: "We are really arguing that individuals can actively choose and create their own educational experiences partly based on their genetic propensities." Also reported in the Daily Mail and Mail Online.

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How an aggressive interrogation can make you a murderer

New Scientist 15th June 2016

Gisli Gudjonsson, an emeritus professor at King’s College London who has worked on UK cases involving false confessions, believes many adults simply struggle to cope with the reality of a police interrogation or being locked up in a cell. He said: “A common feature is that they believe that everything is going to be sorted out – that no one will believe their confession and the truth will somehow come out; unfortunately, in most cases it doesn’t.”

Mother with bipolar disorder lost her entire life savings in manic spending sprees

Mail 13th June 2016

A report published by the charity Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) suggests that you’re up to six times more likely to have debt problems if you have a mental health issue such as depression. Dame Til Wykes, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), is advising the MMHPI and explains that people with mental health issues experience financial difficulties before, during and after an episode. She says: "People with depression may think they don’t have a future so may give away their worldly goods, or stop paying their mortgage because they can’t see past the next day or two. Those with bipolar may have different problems. They may feel so happy when they are in a manic state that they want to give their money away to make others happy. They may sign disadvantageous loan agreements or spend outrageously on goods they can’t afford. These decisions affect their whole life, their friendships and families."

Queen's Birthday Honours 2016: Full list of great and the good awarded for services to their country

Mirror 11th June 2016

Knighthoods were awarded to Richard Treisman, research director of the Francis Crick Institute, for services to biomedical science and cancer research and Professor John Strang, director of the National Addiction Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), Kings College London. Professor Peter McGuffin (MRC Centre Director and Professor of Psychiatric Genetics, IoPPN) is listed as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to Biomedical Research and Psychiatric Genetics. The Honours list is also reported by BBC News, Times, and the Times Higher Education.

Profile. George Patton: global leader in adolescent health

Lancet 11th June 2016

Anthony Mann, Emeritus Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) recalls how he introduced George Patton (Chair of the Lancet Commission on adolescent health and wellbeing) to the epidemiological approach. He said: "I was able to introduce George to the epidemiological approach, supervising his doctorate on the outcome of abnormal eating patterns in a cohort of local schoolgirls. As a result, he learned the practical difficulties in engaging adolescents in data collection. He has obtained regular funding and provided leadership for over 20 years for this study, authoring leading publications on mood disorder and substance abuse in this age group."

Scientists at King's College are now leading research into the benefits of ping pong on Alzheimer's disease

BBC1 London 10th June 2016

Nearly a million people in the UK are suffering from various stages of Alzheimer's. Scientists at King's College are now leading research into the benefits of ping pong on the disease. Includes comment from Dr Matt Kempton (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience). Broadcast on BBC1 London Regional News and Weather at 18:34:14

Secret to a successful life is all in your polygenes

Metro 9th June 2016

Professor Robert Plomin from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN, King's College London) comments on the recent research published in Psychological Science which suggests that higher polygenic scores were more successful in later life. He said: "A low polygenic score doesn't mean a kid can't learn, but we should recognise that it might take more efforts." Also reported in New Scientist.

Cardiff University confirms race equality review after medical student 'dons blackface' in play

Independent 8th June 2016

Professor Dinesh Bhugra from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), will be leading a review into issues of racial inequality at Cardiff University after an alleged incident which involved a reportedly racist play by it's medical students. Also reported by BBC News, ITV News, The Express, Telegraph, Mail, and The Times.

Could Your Child Be a Psychopath?

Huffington Post 8th June 2016

The article reports on the correlation of childhood behavioural patterns and adult psychopathy. Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN, King's College London) found reduced amygdala activity in young boys with callous-unemotional traits compared with controls.

New Tool to Burst Twitter Rumours

Yahoo 8th June 2016

SWI swissinfo.ch is working closely with developers of the tool as part of an innovative EU-funded project, named Pheme. By tracking and verifying information in real-time, the tool will allow journalists to keep pace with the huge volume of viral stories circulating online, and separate fact from fiction. King's College London is listed as a partner in the project.

Blood test could identify patients that benefit from antidepressants

The Guardian 7th June 2016

Scientists at King’s College London have developed a blood test that accurately and reliably predicts whether depressed patients will respond to common antidepressants. Professor Carmine Pariante from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London and senior author of the study, said: ‘The identification of biomarkers that predict treatment response is crucial in reducing the social and economic burden of depression, and improving quality of life of patients. Also reported by BBC Radio 4 Today, BBC World Service, BBC News Channel, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC World TV, BBC News Online, Mail Online, Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Reuters, Forbes, Sky News, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, inews, Al Jazeera, The Times of India, Sina, Globo, Yahoo News, Washington Post, iflscience, Wired, ABC News, Spectator, Huffington Post and Republicca.

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Genetic test predicts your success in life, but not happiness

New Scientist 7th June 2016

Robert Plomin from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments on recent research in genetics, which shows that polygenic scores influence success in life. He said: "You wouldn’t have predicted social mobility based on genetics. I think it'd a heartening sign." This research builds on Robert Plomin's previous study of genetic influence on GCSE results. Also reported in the Metro.

Dinners

Daily Telegraph 7th June 2016

President & Principal, Professor Edward Byrne, is mentioned as a guest at the London Law Trust dinner.

Great news for fatties: it's really not your fault

Spectator 4th June 2016

Mary Wakefield publishes an opinion piece on the causes of obesity, discussing research carried out by King's College London, University College London, and the Medical Research Council that looks into the variations of the FTO gene and the impact on obesity.

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Guidelines cause UK health charities to be silent on Brexit

Lancet 4th June 2016

Sir Simon Wessely, speaking as a clinician and head of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London, comments on the Charity Commission's latest guidelines of banning the political activity of UK health organisations. He said: “Medical bodies have always felt free to provide information about their areas of expertise in the run-up to a major national ballot, but this time
they have said very little since the Commission issued its new guidance in March”

Stem cell injection gives ‘jump start’ to stroke victims

The Times 3rd June 2016

Professor Jack Price from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments on recent findings from a trial of stem cell therapy for stroke patients in the US.

Air raids and the crowd - citizens at war

The Psychologist 1st June 2016

Edgar Jones, Professor of the History of Medicine and Psychiatry at King's College London explores how British people responded to air raids during the Second World War, and what this tells us about coping under extreme stress.

The problem of drug driving

BBC Radio London 1st June 2016

Professor David Taylor, Professor of Psycho Pharmacology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is interviewed about the problem of drug driving. Begins at 01:22:10

Adolescent Mental Health

LBC Radio 29th May 2016

Dr Jennifer Lau of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discusses the rise of Mental Health in young people and the barriers to getting appropriate support. Interview starts at 7.07.

British medical student who starred in ISIS video used to drink beer, smoke marijuana and was part of a banned 'Fight Club' at £18,000-a-year private school

Daily Mail 27th May 2016

An article looking at the background of a British medical student who appeared in an ISIS propaganda video urging Muslim medics to join him in Syria mentions that he was offered a place to study at King’s but chose not to accept.

Novel treatment for anorexia

BBC The One Show 26th May 2016

Angellica Bell visits the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) to find out more about brain stimulation as a potential new treatment for anorexia nervosa (begins at 3.15).

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'Make Google and Facebook pay levy to support journalism' – academic

Guardian 26th May 2016

A think tank has called for Google and Facebook to pay for the news they take from other media outlets and then promote on their own websites. It mentioned research from King’s that found that by and large, the print and broadcast media followed the same stories during last year’s general election campaign and largely on the lines put out by the parties.

Which universities would lose out from Brexit?

Times Higher Education 26th May 2016

Dr Camille Kandiko Howson, King’s Learning Institute, comments on allegations that universities have unfairly influenced the National Student Survey. She said: ‘I still think that the sector can have confidence in the data, but I think there is a worrying trend.’

Which universities would lose out from Brexit?

Times Higher Education 26th May 2016

Eighteen UK institutions face the prospect of more than half their research funding from competitive grants being wiped out if the country votes to leave the European Union, new data show. Article highlights between 30 and 25 per cent of King’s funding comes from the EU.

Impact of global economic crisis on cancer deaths

King's Press Release 26th May 2016

Unemployment and reduced public-sector health spending following the 2008 global economic crisis were associated with increased cancer mortality, according to a new study led by academics at King’s College London and Imperial College London. Professor Richard Sullivan, Director of the Institute of Cancer Policy, King’s Health Partners Comprehensive Cancer Centre who was an author on the study, added: ‘Unemployment does not just affect lives, it also dramatically affects health.’ This was reported by the Independent.

EU Referendum

Various media outlets 26th May 2016

King’s experts have continued to comment on various issues relating to the referendum. Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History (ICBH), discussed the difference between the EU referendum in 1975 and 2016 for BBC Two Daily Politics (47.00). ‘From the perspective of 1975, the European Economic Community looked more like a free market venture,’ he said. Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, commented on Turkey’s membership in the EU for BBC Radio 5 Live and said: ‘We’ve pushed for Turkish membership as we think that increasing the size of the market would be good.’ Professor Menon also wrote about what happens if the vote is to leave for The Week and commented on undecided voters for CNBC. The UK in a Changing Europe project was also mentioned in the Guardian. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, ICBH, comments on learnings from the 1975 referendum for BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine and said: ‘The first things that we learnt is that project fear actually works. The debate wasn’t quite as rational as others suggested.’ (31.49)

Diabetes patients should be offered option of metabolic surgery

various media outlets 26th May 2016

In a joint statement endorsed by 45 international organisations, published in the journal Diabetes Care, diabetes clinicians and researchers are calling for metabolic surgery to be recommended or considered as a treatment option for some people with Type 2 diabetes. ‘Surgery represents a radical departure from conventional approaches to diabetes. The new guidelines effectively introduce one of the biggest changes for diabetes care in modern times,’ says Professor Francesco Rubino, Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences. This was also reported by Daily Mail, London Evening Standard, Guardian, Daily Mail, Telegraph, BBC News Online, ITV, Times, Sun, Mirror, Daily Mail, Sky News, Huffington Post, Channel 4 News, BBC London (01.17.00) BBC Radio Scotland, Globo, CBS, Xinhua, Deccan Chronicle, Times of India, CNBC, TIME and New Scientist.

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Why Aren't More Graduates Considering Careers With Start-Ups?

Huffington Post UK 25th May 2016

Alice and Fleurette of Attollo Lingerie are featured in a piece considering why start-ups are not a more attractive career choice for graduates. Alice and Fleurette met at King’s and co-founded Attollo lingerie to solve the problem of dowdy, uncomfortable and unflattering D+ lingerie.

The 7 diet myths YOU probably believe - and are stopping you from losing weight...

Daily Mail 25th May 2016

Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, says mixed messages by doctors and experts can be confusing for dieters and what we eat is more important to health than counting calories in a piece examining popular diets.

European Fashion

BBC Radio 4, Europeans-The Roots of Identity 24th May 2016

Professor Evelyn Welch, Vice-Principal (Arts & Sciences), discusses the history and evolution of European Fashion. ‘One of the oddest things we now take for granted is that from around the world 1600 to 1630, men across Europe started shaving their heads and wearing someone else’s hair, she said. (Interview starts at 17.30)

Bloated or suffering from IBS? Try the FODMAP diet: Revolutionary plan 'significantly reduces symptoms'

Daily Mail 24th May 2016

A study shows that the FODMAP diet can significantly reduce symptoms of IBS. Research Dietician, Lee Martin, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘Reducing your intake of one or more foods could affect your nutritional balance and have an impact on the levels of beneficial bacteria in your gut.’

Research facilities at risk of shutting down if UK leaves the EU, former minister warns

Telegraph 23rd May 2016

Rt Hon David Willets, Policy Institute, warns that leaving the EU will put research and development facilities at risk of shutting down. ‘The argument has been focused too far on the financial returns…I see it above all about free movement of students and academics,’ he said. This was also reported by London Evening Standard.

Four steps to rebuild trust in biology

Guardian 23rd May 2016

Dr Filippa Lenztos, Social Science, Health & Medicine, has written a piece on why the reputation of biomedical science is at risk. ‘Scientists and innovators assure us that biological technologies will ultimately be beneficial, but trust in biologists is currently in a precarious state,’ she said.

Four steps to rebuild trust in biology

Guardian 23rd May 2016

Dr Filippa Lenztos, Social Science, Health & Medicine, has written a piece on why the reputation of biomedical science is at risk. ‘Scientists and innovators assure us that biological technologies will ultimately be beneficial, but trust in biologists is currently in a precarious state,’ she said.

University guide 2017: university profiles index

Guardian 23rd May 2016

King’s is featured in the Guardian’s University Guide 2017 for prospective students with key information including student demographics and information about fees and accommodation. The Independent reported that King’s is in the top ten for graduate career prospects.

Professor Geoffrey Waywell

Times 23rd May 2016

An obituary for Professor Geoffrey Waywell, Classics, who joined King’s in 1968 and passed away in February.

London areas with hard water linked to babies getting eczema

London Evening Standard 23rd May 2016

High levels of water hardness in the home may be linked to the development of eczema early in life, according to a new study led by King’s. Dr Carsten Flohr, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, said: ‘Our study builds on growing evidence of a link between exposure to hard water and the risk of developing eczema in childhood.’ This was also reported by Express.

BBC Horizon: E-Cigarettes: Miracle or Menace

BBC Two 22nd May 2016

In this documentary, Michael Mosley investigates the dramatic rise in e-cigarettes and what 'vaping' really does to your health. Professor Ann McNeill of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience shares findings from research.

Public Health England: Advice to eat more fat 'irresponsible'

BBC News 22nd May 2016

Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, discusses a report by the National Obesity Forum, which suggests that eating fat could help cut obesity and type 2 diabetes. Professor Sanders notes: ‘The harsh criticism of current dietary guidelines meted out in this report is not justified as few people adhere to these guidelines anyway.’ This was also reported by Daily Mail, Express, Times and BBC Radio 5 Live.

How our brains tell the difference between real and fake

Guardian 22nd May 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Director, Science Gallery, wrote about how our brains can tell the difference between real and fake. ‘With practice, the brain can spot distinctions so subtle they’re impossible to describe.’

Heston Blumenthal: from brink of bankruptcy to giant of gastronomy

Daily Telegraph 21st May 2016

The article focuses on Heston Blumenthal’s career in gastronomy following an event at King’s at which he inspired an audience of entrepreneurs with his own experiences.

Does city life pose a risk to mental health?

Scientific American 20th May 2016

The article covers research conducted by Dr Helen Fisher of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). Using 2,232 twin children in the UK, her analysis revealed that growing up in the city nearly doubled the likelihood of psychotic symptoms at age 12, and that exposure to crime along with low social cohesion (that is, a lack of closeness and supportiveness between neighbours) were the biggest risk factors.

Cardiff University dementia genes study breakthrough hope

BBC News 20th May 2016

The article mentions statistics from King’s which shows the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease in Wales.

Building a choir from scratch

BBC News 20th May 2016

The article focuses on a choir commissioned by King’s to be part of Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility – a programme inspired by the 500th anniversary of Sir Thomas More's book, Utopia.

Adults can get ADHD

Daily Mail 19th May 2016

People can develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as adults without having shown any signs of the condition as children. It has been thought that ADHD always develped in childhood and became more severe with age. Scientists at King's College London found however, that 67.5 per cent of those aged 18 with the disorder did not meet the diagnostic criteria for the condition as children. Also reported by Times, BBC Radio Five Live, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Daily Beast, Hindustan Times, Times of India, O Globo, Scientific American and Quartz.

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Chronic fatigue may prompt you to suppress emotions

Times of India 19th May 2016

Research carried out by Dr Kate Rimes of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) has shown "Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome often tell us that stress worsens their symptoms, but this study demonstrates a possible biological mechanism underlying this effect". Also reported by Hindustan Times.

Mental illness blights Asian nations

The Guardian 19th May 2016

New research published in the Lancet has found that one third of the world's cases of mental illness occur in India and China, where millions of people go untreated. Less than 1% of the national health budget in either country is allocated to mental health care. Graham Thornicroft, professor of community psychiatry (Centre for Global Mental Health, King's College London) comments, "...the under-treatment of people with mental illness is a major scandal and governments must recognise not just the direct impact of mental illness, but also the indirect ways it harms people's lives."

Do our genes 'remember' pain?

The Washington Post 19th May 2016

Franziska Denk from the Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience shares findings from recent research published earlier this month in Cell Reports, “We already knew that chronic-pain patients have nerves that are more active, and we think this is probably due to various proteins and channels in those nerves having different properties. We want to know why these proteins and channels should maintain their altered function over such a long period of time.” Denk and her colleagues found that certain crucial proteins were “being replaced by malfunctioning versions of themselves.”

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Grant winners – 19 May 2016

Times Higher Education 19th May 2016

Dr Federico Caprotti, Geography has been awarded a grant to research urban transformation in South Africa through co-designing energy services provision pathways.

Times Higher Education pay survey 2016

Times Higher Education 19th May 2016

Times Higher Education have ranked universities by the pay of vice-chancellors and detailed any increases in pay. King’s is mentioned in the article.

There are more connections in the human brain than there are stars in our Milky Way Galaxy...

Huffington Post UK 19th May 2016

Professor Nikolas Rose, Social Science, Health & Medicine, discusses the complexity of the human brain and the historic debate on mind vs. brain. ‘The debate on mind vs. brain has figured prominently in the recent public press. But the debate is misleading: few dispute that mental life is grounded in the complex circuits of connections between neurons (brain cells) and in their constant interaction with the world outside,’ he said.

ADHD may emerge after childhood for some people

Various media outlets 18th May 2016

While it is well established that childhood ADHD may continue into adulthood, new research by King’s suggests that for some people the disorder does not emerge until after childhood.
Dr Jessica Agnew-Blais, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), said: ‘We were very interested by this large ‘late-onset’ ADHD group, as ADHD is generally seen as a childhood-onset neurodevelopmental disorder. We speculated about the nature of late-onset ADHD: the disorder could have been masked in childhood due to protective factors, such as a supportive family environment.’ This was also reported by Times, Daily Beast, Hindustan Times, Times of India, O Globo and Quartz.

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Hard water linked to risk of eczema in infants

Various media outlets 18th May 2016

High levels of water hardness in the home may be linked to the development of eczema early in life, according to a new study led by King’s. Eczema affects around a fifth of children in the UK. Skin barrier impairment and dry skin are thought to be triggers of eczema in early life, partly through genetic predisposition. Dr Carsten Flohr, lead author from St John’s Institute of Dermatology at King’s, said: 'Our study builds on growing evidence of a link between exposure to hard water and the risk of developing eczema in childhood. This was also reported by Mirror, Hindustan Times, Times of India, Xinhua and Sina.

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Environmental Research Group (ERG)

Various media outlets 18th May 2016

Dr Ben Barratt, ERG, discussed on ITV an air pollution report that London Mayor Sadiq Khan has accused Boris Johnson of hiding. ‘Back in 2010 nitrogen dioxide levels were at their peak and certainly air pollution across the whole London Borough was well above legal standards,’ he said. Andrew Grieve, ERG, also discussed this topic on BBC Radio 4 where he used an air pollution monitor to test air pollution on a busy road in London. ‘On the day people were asking drivers to switch their cars off, peaks we saw in the data were lower and there were less levels of air pollution,’ he said. Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, discussed in the London Evening Standard Sadiq Khan’s new plans to introduce a charge for vehicles which emit the most toxic fumes. ‘The new Mayor, Sadiq Khan’s, announcement…is very welcome news,’ he said. A study by the ERG group has also been mentioned in the Guardian, which showed that a third of primary and secondary schools in London are situated in areas where nitrogen dioxide levels are above the legal limits.

Unconventional entrepreneurs inspire an audience at King's

King's Press Release 18th May 2016

Heston Blumenthal, Jo Malone MBE, Joe Wicks (‘The Body Coach’) and EatAbout Co-founders, Philip Källberg and Felix Bråberg, inspired an audience of budding entrepreneurs last night, at a panel event hosted by King’s Entrepreneurship Institute as part of their Enterprise Connect series of events for entrepreneurs. Speaking before the event about the importance of entrepreneurship at King’s, Professor Edward Byrne, President and Principal said: ‘Entrepreneurship is people having the ambition and energy to follow their dreams. To come up with something great, which is going to work in the market place and build a business that will make life better for people and hopefully be successful to those who develop it.’

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Eating too many potatoes 'raises the risk of high blood pressure'

London Evening Standard 18th May 2016

New research published in the British Medical Journal suggests that eating potatoes four times a week raises blood pressure. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, who was not involved in the study, said: ‘I don't think this study should be used to discourage people from eating potatoes. They make an important contribution to the intake of vitamin C and potassium.’ This was also reported by Independent, Mail Online, Telegraph and Sun.

World insight: Think beyond ‘narrow academic pursuits’ to tackle global problems

Times Higher Education 18th May 2016

Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University (ASU), has written a piece calling for universities to take responsibility for the betterment of society. President Crow mentions the recent collaboration, the PLuS Alliance, between King’s, ASU and University of New South Wales, as an example of a commitment to collaboration. ‘This multidisciplinary endeavour allows us to extend the range and depth of brain power by tapping into qualified learners from around the world,’ he said.

Teenage alcohol poisoning

BBC Radio 4 Today 17th May 2016

Dr Sally Marlow from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) was interviewed about adolescent drinking following a sharp rise in alcohol poisoning over the past 20 years. Dr Marlow discussed the causes of excessive drinking among adolescents, saying it could be a manifestation of 'adolescent distress' and a form of self-harm. Begins at 02.48.22.

There are more connections in the human brain than there are stars in our milky way galaxy...

Huffington Post 17th May 2016

Professor Carmine Pariante of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discussed the link between the mind and the neurons of the brain.

No link between eating dinner after 8pm and obesity in children

Various media outlets 17th May 2016

Researchers at King’s have found no significant link between eating the evening meal after 8pm and excess weight in children, according to a paper published this month in the British Journal of Nutrition. The lead author of the study, Dr Gerda Pot, Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences Division, said: ‘The findings of our study are surprising. We expected to find an association between eating later and being more likely to be overweight but actually found that this was not the case. This may be due to the limited number of children consuming their evening meal after 8pm in this cohort.’ This was also reported by Independent, CNBC, Times of India and Deccan Chronicle.

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Inaugural visiting professorship to give insight into unique UK historic archive

King's Press Release 17th May 2016

Historian and award-winning winning author Andrew O’ Shaughnessy has been appointed as the first Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Visiting Professor at King’s to contribute to the Georgian Papers Programme. Dr Joanna Newman Vice Principal (International) said: ‘We are so pleased to have Professor O’ Shaughnessy join us on this fantastic project.’

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Medieval kings were no wielders of absolute power

Guardian 17th May 2016

Professor Dame Janet Nelson, History, has written a letter on the power of medieval kings. ‘Medieval kings were constrained by formal oaths and by the need to keep the consent of aristocrats and gentry, churchmen, city councils, and defenders of local customs – all with rights and privileges, which, over time and with multiple inputs including not least those of lawyers, grew into human rights,’ she said.

Book interview

BBC Radio 4 Front Row 17th May 2016

Professor Edith Hall, Classics, reviews an exhibition called ‘Sunken cities’ at the British Museum. ‘The exhibition brings to life extraordinary ancient culture in the Mediterranean where civilisations flourished and fed off each other to produce a new hybrid art form,’ she said.

The battle for Rio

The i paper 17th May 2016

Professor Mariano de Carvalho, Brazil Institute, discusses the consumption of crack cocaine in Rio de Janeiro. ‘It’s a very cheap drug. Dependence on crack easily moves into physical violence and addicts robbing people to buy drugs. People will see that on the streets,’ he said.

Panic Attack

Guardian 16th May 2016

Nick Grey from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discusses the rise of anxiety and that people are more attuned to it in terms of recognising it as a problem.

South Korean author Han Kang wins Booker international book prize

Financial Times 16th May 2016

South Korean author Han Kang is the winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her novel The Vegetarian. Dr Ruth Padel, English, was one of the judges who selected the winner.

No straight people allowed: Students share views on LGBT-only halls

Guardian 16th May 2016

The article discusses homophobia in higher education and whether universities should introduce LGBT-only halls. Travis Alabanza, King’s LGBT President, said: ‘For LGBT students, particularly those on the margins of that community, LGBT-specific housing gives them an accessible way to attend university, meet other queer students, and feel like they are in a safe environment.’

Gordon Brown could knock out Boris Johnson in a Brexit bout

Guardian 15th May 2016

The article mentions an event at King’s, where the Irish ambassador, Dan Mulhall, gave a lecture. He discussed the economic impact to Northern Ireland should the UK exit the EU.

The beauty of blindsight

Guardian 15th May 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Director, Science Gallery, has written an article about a woman in America who regained her sight after she fell and hit her head. ‘Different neural pathways in the brain are responsible for our perception of what something is, and our sense of where something is. Sometimes if only one of these pathways is damaged, a rare phenomenon known as ‘blindsight’ can occur,’ he said.

Maths school has Oxbridge’s number

Times 15th May 2016

The article focuses on King’s Maths School, which has 11 students going to Oxbridge. Professor Alison Wolf, School of Management & Business, said: ‘This is a place where you can bring together incredibly bright kids. Maths is like music: by the time someone’s in their early teens it’s clear if they’re going to be really good at it.’

The beauty of blindsight

Guardian 15th May 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Director, Science Gallery, has written an article about a woman in America who regained her sight after she fell and hit her head. ‘Different neural pathways in the brain are responsible for our perception of what something is, and our sense of where something is. Sometimes if only one of these pathways is damaged, a rare phenomenon known as ‘blindsight’ can occur,’ he said.

Gordon Brown could knock out Boris Johnson in a Brexit bout

Guardian 15th May 2016

The article mentions an event at King’s, where the Irish ambassador, Dan Mulhall, gave a lecture. He discussed the economic impact to Northern Ireland should the UK exit the EU.

World's last survivor from 19th century puts long life down to raw eggs

Guardian 13th May 2016

Professor Karen Glaser, Institute of Gerontology, comments on the death of Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world’s oldest person who died at the age of 116. ‘One hundred years of research shows if you’re married, you’re more likely to live longer than if you’re not married,’ she said.

China deploys amnesia on 50th anniversary of Cultural Revolution

Financial Times 13th May 2016

Professor Kerry Brown, Director, Lau China Institute, discusses the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution in China. ‘The Cultural Revolution has always sat uneasily in Chinese popular memory, partly because there has never really been a credible historical assessment of this bizarre period,’ he said. Professor Brown has also written a piece for the Conversation.

Why a nap is bad for you

Express 13th May 2016

Article looking at the possible health risks associated with sleeping in the day. Professor Adrian Williams, Allergy, Respiratory, Critical Care, Anaesthetics and Pain Therapies Clinical Academic Group, said: ‘Daytime napping suggests possible nocturnal sleep disruption, most commonly obstructive sleep apnea, which is known to cause hypertension.’

Gaining in confidence to boost your job chances

Daily Mail 12th May 2016

Dr Jennifer Lau of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), who produced the report 'Social Intelligence and the Next Generation, says: 'online interaction is positively linked to a young person's social intelligence, but is no substitute for real life'

Why DOES chronic pain exist? Study investigates why agony persists long after the injury has gone

Daily Mail 12th May 2016

Chronic pain leads to an overly sensitive nervous system which responds much more than it normally would. Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) examined immune cells in the nervous system which are known to be important for the generation of persistent pain, and found that nerve damage changes epigenetic marks on some of the genes in these immune cells. Dr Franziska Denk, lead author, said: 'Cells have housekeeping systems by which the majority of their content are replaced and renewed every few weeks and months - so why do crucial proteins keep being replaced by malfunctioning versions of themselves? Our study is the very first step towards trying to answer this question by exploring the possibility that changes in chronic pain may persist because of epigenetics. We hope that future research in this area could help in the search for novel therapeutic targets.'

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As seen on screen: Collaborative efforts

Times Higher Education 12th May 2016

Article discussing the Creativeworks London Festival, which was held at King’s in April.

Hamza bin Laden: Could Osama's son be the future leader of al-Qaeda?

Independent 12th May 2016

After months of silence, Osama bin Laden’s son has resurfaced in an audio message, urging Syrian jihadist groups to unite and liberate Palestine. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies said: ‘Although his father still has a prominent role in jihadist circles as a mastermind, godfather and inspiration, Hamza has not yet done anything of prominence.’ Dr Krieg’s comments were also reported in USA Today.

King’s College London fight for pay secrecy costs £250,000

Times Higher Education 12th May 2016

The article focuses on the disclosure of senior salaries at King’s and the cost of the three-year appeal process.

Gaining in confidence to boost your job chances

Daily Mail 12th May 2016

Social skills are considered highly important when students apply for jobs. Dr Jennifer Lau, IoPPN, said: ‘Online interaction is positively linked to a young person’s social intelligence, but is no substitute for real life.’

Science in the news

BBC Radio 4 12th May 2016

Dr Malcolm Fairbairn, Physics, discusses science events which take place in bars and pubs across the UK and other countries. ‘It is a lot of fun and a great way to meet people who you wouldn’t normally meet and are interested in science,’ he said. Interview starts at 25 minutes.

Do you inherit your parent's mental illness?

BBC News 11th May 2016

Professor Cathryn Lewis of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discusses the genetic basis of mental health illnesses. She notes: It's really hard to identify the genetics for mental health disorders. We learn at school about simple Mendelian [relating to the laws of Gregor Mendel] diseases - like Huntington's or cystic fibrosis - where there is the gene, a single gene that contributes to it. Mental health disorders are not about a single gene but about a collection of genes. We need to start thinking about this as a cumulative loading of genetics."

Link between weekend hospital staffing and patient deaths represents 'major oversimplification'

King's Press Release 11th May 2016

The ‘weekend effect’ – that patients admitted to hospital over the weekend are at an increased risk of death – overshadows a much more complex pattern of weekly changes in quality of care, which are unlikely to be addressed by simply increasing the availability of hospital doctors on Saturdays and Sundays, according a study led by King’s and University College London. Lead author Dr Benjamin Bray, Health & Social Care Research, said: ‘Much of the current discourse on reducing the weekend mortality effect has occurred in the absence of a detailed understanding of why changes in quality of care occur.’ This was reported by Buzzfeed, Telegraph, Independent, Mirror, ITV Online and i Paper.

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Top 10 universities for getting a job

Telegraph 11th May 2016

King’s is named as one of the top universities with a high employment rate for graduates.

The Rev Prof Dennis Nineham, scholar – obituary

Telegraph 11th May 2016

Article notes that Reverend Professor Dennis Nineham, formerly the chair of Biblical and Historical Theology at King’s, has passed away.

The Queen's China comments: Unanswered questions

BBC News 11th May 2016

Professor Kerry Brown, Director, Lau China Institute, discusses recent comments made by the Queen about visiting Chinese officials. ‘In terms of the atmospherics between diplomats in China and the UK, it is not an easy relationship and that comes through in the emotion that was in her comment,’ he said. This was also reported by Financial Times, BBC Radio 4 Today, Sky News, Daily Mail, BBC, Huffington Post, Washington Post and Sina.

Historical perspective on EU Referendum

King's Press Release 11th May 2016

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, spoke to an audience at King’s, considering the historical context of the EU referendum in comparison to 1975. This was reported by Times.

King's Open Doors project launched

King's Press Release 11th May 2016

King’s has launched its new Open Doors Project, a visual display of some of the university’s Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) staff and students and their achievements on door panels across King’s campuses. The project is led by the Diversity and Inclusion team. Debbie Epstein, Diversity & Inclusion Manager said: ‘We hope that public recognition of the achievements of those featured will inspire both existing and future staff and students as well as allowing us all to benefit from an insight in to their contributions and experiences.’

Pacific Islands disappeared

Sky News 10th May 2016

Dr Helen Adams, Geography, comments on five Pacific Islands which have disappeared due to rising sea levels. ‘I think it is important to look at it in the bigger context. Although you have lost five islands and one is rapidly eroding, there are actually 33 islands and so only a third of it is eroding,’ she said.

The best ways to stop a wildfire

Guardian 10th May 2016

Professor Bruce Malamud, Geography, suggests the best way to stop wildfires. ‘You need to remove one of the following: the heat of the fire, the fuel that feeds the fire or the oxygen that allows combustion to take place,’ he said.

Damaged Environment

BBC Radio 4 Today 10th May 2016

Professor Martin Wooster, Geography, discusses the effects that wildfires in Alberta, Canada will have on the environment. ‘Fires when they move through forests, consume lots of biomass in the trees or in the forest floors. Half of that biomass is made up of carbon. Rough calculations suggest that this fire is two thousand squares kilometres and might have burnt 10 million tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere,’ he said. Interview starts at 02:49:00.

Royal Ballet

BBC Radio 4 Today 10th May 2016

Deborah Bull, Assistant Principal (London), comments on an article by a Principal dancer of the Royal Ballet, who received negative comments on his appearance. ‘If you read the article, what he is talking about is what happens to an artist as you grow up and start to accept who you are. So the dancer is saying that he has put to bed his own concerns about being different and that it is a shame other people have not,’ she said. Interview starts at 02:55:14.

King's Historian receives prestigious A.H. Heineken Prize

King's Press Release 10th May 2016

Professor Judith Herrin, Arts & Humanities Research Institute, has received the 2016 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for History awarded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences for her outstanding contribution to historical research. Professor Herrin received the prize in recognition for her research into Medieval cultures in Mediterranean civilisations and for establishing the crucial significance of the Byzantine Empire in history.

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What you need to know about vaping

Buzzfeed 9th May 2016

Professor Ann McNeill of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) discusses vaping, following the Cochrane Review which found that there was evidence to say that e-cigarettes help people stop smoking. Professor McNeill's research found that vaping was much less harmful than smoking tobacco. Cigarette smoke contains about 7,000 constituents and about 70 are known to cause cancer,” said McNeill. “E-cigarettes have a much smaller number of constituents – it’s largely glycerin, propylene glycol, nicotine, and flavourings".

Impeachment in Brazil

Various media outlets 9th May 2016

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff will face trial after senators voted to impeach and suspend her. Academics from King’s have been discussing the issue. Speaking to Al Jazeera, researcher Diogo Costa, Political Economy, said: ‘To restore economic trust is the main challenge for this government. The big challenge is to boost productivity, restore growth and also to fight unemployment,’ he said. He also spoke to BBC Mundo. Professor Anthony Pereira, Brazil Institute, commented in US news. ‘I don’t think the grounds for impeachment are very robust. That worries me. The bar is too low and may subject future presidents to impeachment for similar reasons,’ he said. Professor Pereira also spoke to Globo about the relationship between the US and Brazil.

Environmental Research Group

Various media outlets 9th May 2016

Academics from the Environmental Research Group (ERG) have commented widely in the media this week. Dr Gary Fuller, discussed diesel car emissions for the Guardian. ‘Compared with stricter standards applied to petrol cars, the average diesel sold between 2009 and 2015 emitted 19 times more nitrogen oxides,’ he said. Dr Fuller also commented for the Guardian in another article about particulate matter (PM). ‘A lot of PM2.5s has a long residence time in the air, a week or more, therefore it’s not just what you generate locally, it’s all the other cities around you,’ he said. This was also reported by Times. Professor Frank Kelly, spoke to the Independent about harmful microplastics in the environment. ‘There’s a real possibility that some of those microparticles will be entrained into the air and they will be carried around and we will end up breathing them,’ he said. Professor Kelly also commented in Express on whether eco-cars produce as much air pollution as diesel cars, which was also reported by Guardian and London Evening Standard. An article in the Guardian mentions a study carried out by a number of universities, including academics from ERG, which looked at the impact of a type of paint on the reduction of nitrogen dioxide. London Mayor Sadiq Khan cited research by the ERG, which was reported by Bloomberg.

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Buzzfeed 9th May 2016

A recent review has suggested that e-cigarettes help people stop smoking. Comparing e-cigarettes versus cigarettes, Professor Ann McNeill, IoPPN, said: ‘Cigarette smoke contains about 7,000 constituents and about 70 are known to cause cancer. E-cigarettes have a much smaller number of constituents – it’s largely glycerin, propylene glycol, nicotine, and flavourings.’

Eight proven ways to prevent cancer

Telegraph 9th May 2016

Research suggests that small lifestyle changes can lower the risk of cancer by up to 40 per cent. Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, comments on the role bacteria plays in lowering the risk of cancer: ‘Microbes help break down some of the toxins in the gut that might normally cause cancer, and they keep the immune system in great shape generally so it beats off cancer cells,’ he said.

Asia business leaders in fundraiser celebrations

King's Press Release 9th May 2016

A series of exclusive events across the Asia Pacific region are being held to celebrate an illustrious group of Hong Kong and Asia business leaders who have helped fund a ground-breaking fundraising campaign for King’s. The global campaign has enabled the university to achieve some significant milestones in neuroscience and mental health, cancer, child health, society and international relations. The group of major donors has helped King’s to substantially surpass its original £500million target. This was reported by South China Morning Post.

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Prof. Greenberg speaks at Invictus Games 2016

King's Press Release 9th May 2016

Professor Neil Greenberg, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), joined figures from the worlds of royalty, sports, entertainment and politics, to speak at an international Invictus Games symposium hosted by the Bush Institute in Orlando, Florida. ‘The biggest challenge facing our communities is finding ways to encourage those affected by mental health problems to take the courageous step to seek treatment in the first place,’ he said. This was reported by Fox.

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Mixed response as university declares Wednesdays 'lecture-free'

Independent 9th May 2016

Goldsmiths University of London’s students’ union announced that there will be no lectures between 12-5pm on a Wednesday at the university. The article mentions King’s as being one of the universities which does not have Wednesday afternoon lectures.

Why picturing yourself winning is important in sport

Guardian 8th May 2016

Dr Daniel Glaser, Director, Science Gallery discusses the importance of imagining yourself winning in order to succeed. ‘Neuroscientists and sports psychologists agree that the way a team imagines itself performing is just as important as the strength of the players,’ he said.

Juicing is a health risk, say experts

Daily Mail 6th May 2016

Experts warn that there are risks associated with juicing. Professor Kevin Whelan, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘There are many juicing books and it is widely promoted on social media as an approach to promote health, induce weight loss and flush 'toxins' from the body. Clearly removing food from the diet can potentially help with weight loss, but juicing is not a sustainable and sensible approach to doing so,’ he said.

'Guys and gals: The European dating market will still be open post-Brexit'

Telegraph 6th May 2016

First year Politics student, Jack Elsom, has written a piece on the uncertainty surrounding the EU referendum. ‘Nobody really knows what Britain’s future would be like… and trying to conjure up an exact model of what a Brexit would look like is pointless, in the same way one can’t predict the future,’ he said.

Robotics at King’s

Various media outlets 6th May 2016

There have been a number of pieces about robotics research conducted at King’s. Dr Thrish Nanayakkara, Informatics, spoke to the Financial Times about how industries can benefit from a robot assisted workforce. BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio London also reported on the robotics training centre at King’s, where urologists, along with some help from robots, can treat patients with severe bladder conditions and prostate cancer.

London’s new mayor needs to lobby for more powers – or risk being left behind

The Conversation 6th May 2016

Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written a piece about the mayoral elections. ‘Whoever has won will gain command of a budget worth £17 billion to be spent mainly on fire services, transport and policing. They will also take on responsibilities for culture and the environment, addressing health inequalities, urban regeneration and development,’ he said.

Islamic students hid guests’ radical links

Times 6th May 2016

The article mentions comments made by David Cameron about controversial speakers on university campuses. King's is mentioned.

Air pollution warnings issued as UK temperatures set to soar

Guardian 6th May 2016

Air pollution warnings have been issued with temperatures forecast to climb towards 27C (80F) in south-east England and the Midlands this weekend. Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, said: ‘As spring is moving towards summer the sun is getting stronger, and able to drive chemical reactions between pollutants that cause ozone to be formed, along with the particles [of unburned fuel].’

Ketamine could hold key to side-effect free antidepressant, scientists reveal

Independent 5th May 2016

Dr James Stone of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) comments on new research showing that ketamine can relieve the symptoms of depression faster than commonly prescribed drugs. He notes: "This paper predicts that it would have a similar very rapid onset of action and efficacy against treatment resistant depression to ketamine, but that it would lack some of the undesirable side effects such as perceptual distortion and addiction potential. Although these findings are very promising, clinical trials in patients with depression are required".

Weight loss happens in your head, not your stomach

Huffington Post UK 5th May 2016

The article mentions a study by Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, which showed that the key to losing weight is to keep the microbes in our gut healthy.

'Perfect storm' of El Niño and warming boosted Alberta fires

BBC News 5th May 2016

Professor Martin Wooster, Geography, comments on El Nino not being the only factor increasing the likelihood of fire in Alberta. ‘Some of the changes can be ascribed to improvements in reporting but there are datasets which show the fire season has lengthened,’ he said.

The week in higher education

Times Higher Education 5th May 2016

The article discusses an invitation sent from a student society to Boris Johnson, but since purportedly rescinded. This was also reported by Huffington Post UK , Times Higher Education Supplement and Guardian.

Why Brexit would make the UK less secure

Telegraph 5th May 2016

Professor Christoph Meyer, European & International Studies, discusses the implications for the UK’s security and foreign policy if it leaves the EU. ‘Outside of the EU, the UK would still bear the consequences of EU policies without being at the table when they are formulated,’ he said.

UK universities slip in world rankings - is your old uni in the top 100?

Mirror 5th May 2016

King’s is ranked in the top 100 in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rakings. This was also reported by BBC Online, Independent, Times Higher Education Supplement, Huffington Post UK, Times, Telegraph, Times Higher Education, London Evening Standard, Express, Times Higher Education, Xinhua and People’s Daily.

Having an overactive immune system may prime you for depression

New Scientist 4th May 2016

A new King’s College London study reveals why some - but not all - people have depression that appears to be caused by blood inflammation.
These insights could help researchers to develop novel treatment strategies for the many depressed patients who do not get better using current antidepressants. Professor Carmine Pariante from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience was interviewed by New Scientist and Metro.

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Care discussion

BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour 4th May 2016

Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Nursing, discusses the role of nurses within the NHS and the role played by nurses from overseas. ‘Nurses from overseas were needed before the 60’s because the viability of the NHS was threatened by the shortage of nurses. Therefore, the officials from the National Labour Service recruited from abroad,’ she said.

Celia Coburn interview

BBC Radio 2 4th May 2016

Former King’s staff, Celia Coburn, discusses her life and employment at King’s after 25 years. ‘I spent 25 years at King’s because I liked working with students and enjoyed it,’ she said.

Scientists make test tube embryo breakthrough

Financial Times 4th May 2016

New research has found a technique that scientists say may allow the study of human embryos for 14 days instead of seven. Professor Peter Braude, Women’s Health, said: ‘The research demonstrated that good science still can be achieved within the limits set by the UK parliament.’

Guidelines cause UK health charities to be silent on Brexit

Lancet 4th May 2016

Sir Simon Wesseley, speaking as a clinician and head of psychological medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), K