Medical Science in Britain

BritishCouncil bcifunit at solomon.technet.sg
Wed Oct 27 03:09:58 EST 1993

- An Update from the British Council (Singapore)
  October 1993

Content of a Selection of the Recent Press Releases from the London Press
Service's `Science and Technology News'

* En Route to a Leprosy Vaccine?
  Mucosal immune responses that are important in defending the body against
  infection in the nose, lung and gut, may hold the key to a leprosy vaccine,
  according to scientists at Dundee University in Scotland.

* Britain's Growing Clinical Research Initiative 
  Five new clinical research centres are to be established by Britain's
  Medical Research Council at a cost of Pds 15.6 million. This is the latest 
  development in an initiative to bring scientists and clinicians together
  to tackle major problems in this field.

* CamNet Offers Diagnosis at a Distance
  People will soon be able to have medical attention from a specialist many
  kilometres away - via telephone or space satellite.

* Imaging System Solves Endoscope Problem
  Scientists believe the successful trials of a new British endoscope system,
  whose path inside the body can be viewed, could pave the way for the 
  screening of conditions such as cancer of the colon.

* Britain's New Institute for Environment and Health
  Britain is to establish an Institute of Environment and Health at Leicester
  University in the English Midlands. Its work is likely to focus on the
  effect of airborne pollutants on human health.

* Harnessing Cannabis Without Its Psychoactive Effects
  Researchers have taken a major step towards finding a way of utilising
  the medicinal effects of marijuana without drugging patients' brains at
  the same time.

* London Success for Foetal Heart Surgery
  A baby that heart surgery in London while still in the womb is now a
  healthy two-year-old.

* Now 3D Viewing Through the Surgical "Keyhole"
  Three dimensional television used for remote control operations in the
  nuclear industry is now being developed to help surgeons improve keyhole

* Diet May Be Key to Beating Cancer
  British cancer experts, who are playing a major role in the world's 
  largest in-depth investigation into diet and cancer, now believe that diet
  may cause 35 per cent of all cancers and probably plays a part in breast,
  bowel and most other common cancers.

* Gene Therapy for CF Goes on Trial
  Gene therapy has started in Britain to combat cystic fibrosis, a common
  genetic disease that causes lung damage and often leads to death at an
  early adult age.

International Courses and Seminars in Britain

The British Council in London organises and coordinates short courses in 
a wide range of subjects including medicine, management of the arts, 
sciences and even government administration.  The courses are run by people 
eminent in their field who bring together a pool of British and sometimes 
European expertise.  The participants always speak of their experience.

We have listed below some of the forthcoming courses, but this is by no
means the full prospectus.

* Paediatric Cardiology: Current Concepts and Recent Advances
  9 - 16 March 1994

* Scientific Advances in Medical Virology
  20 - 26 March 1994

* Quality Assurance in Clinical Laboratories
  11 -22 September 1994

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