School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
New guidelines aim treat brain tumours more effectively
A University of Portsmouth academic has helped to develop European guidelines to treat brain tumours more effectively.
Geoff Pilkington, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Neuro-oncology and one of the UK’s leading brain tumour specialists, was one of only three UK academics who devised the European Association for Neuro-Oncology (EANO) guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of adult patients with astrocytic and oligodendroglial gliomas, including glioblastomas.
The guidelines provide guidance for diagnostic and management decisions, while limiting unnecessary treatments and costs. They are a resource for professionals involved in the management of patients with glioma, for patients and caregivers and for health-care providers in Europe.
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The School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences hosted its first combined careers conference for Biomedical Science and Pharmacology undergraduates. Building upon the successes of our original Biomedical Science conference and appealing to a wider audience, the day revolved around a variety of external speakers, many of whom were School alumni, representing a diverse range of careers. Spanning careers in biomedical and clinical science, clinical medicine, research, medical sales and the pharma industry, students were able to learn about careers directly associated with their own degree pathways. Valuable careers advice was available during a dynamic ‘ask the guest’ session, expertly compèred by the Pharmacology course leader Dr. David Laight. To add some variety, and broaden student horizons, a publishing editor, biotech innovator and teacher also enhanced the day, ensuring there was something on offer for everyone.
Gavin Knight wins Royal Society of Biology Undergraduate Textbook Prize for co-authored Book
A textbook co-authored by Gavin Knight from the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (with Gary Moore and Andrew Blann, titled ‘Fundamentals of Biomedical Science: Haematology’ – 2nd Edition, published by Oxford University Press) has won the Royal Society of Biology Undergraduate Textbook Prize at the ceremony held on the 13th October in London. The prize is awarded for an outstanding life sciences textbook for undergraduate students. Congratulations Gavin (and co-authors) on the excellent outcome and for writing what is clearly an invaluable resource for students.
Please follow the link below and move down the page to see the comments from the judges.
Laboratory insight for Science Week visitors
University of Portsmouth scientists opened up their laboratories to the public as part of a series of free events organised to celebrate National Science Week.
Members of the Solent branch of The University of the Third Age (U3A) visited the Faculty of Science OPENLabs event yesterday, and enjoyed talks by experts and tours around the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences.
The 43-strong group heard a talk by Professor Geoff Pilkington – who heads the Brain Tumour Research team at Portsmouth. He spoke about the latest advances and challenges in the fight against brain cancer.
Guests then enjoyed a series of lab tours around the school, which included visits to the brain tumour research labs, pharmacy practice, cell imaging facilities, chemical biology labs, and muscular dystrophy research labs.
Pharmacy scheme offers real-life learning
Pharmacy students at the University of Portsmouth are to work regularly with real patients in a new community partnership which is only the second of its kind in the country.
The Healthy Living Pharmacy Live initiative was given a special launch event yesterday, attended by Minister for Portsmouth Mark Francois, leader of Portsmouth City Council Donna Jones, and President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Ash Soni.
The University has joined forces with Lalys Pharmacy, in Guildhall Walk, in an initiative designed to put academic theory into practice through work experience sessions for every student in every year of their course.
All 550 students across the four-year master’s degree course will take part in the scheme – developed with University College London, which pioneered the first initiative – which will allow them to advise and support patients in the pharmacy and use specially adapted rooms as a learning space.
New group embraces technology enhanced learning
A new group exploring Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is looking at the best way to bring technology into your day-to-day teaching.
Gavin Knight, Principal Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, is behind the initiative. He said: “By sharing ideas, best practice and identifying new ways of using old technology, we aim to innovate within our teaching roles and to identify and report on new and exciting ways of improving the quality of education for all.”
Since its inception in September 2015, the group has met three times, with each meeting supported by the Department of Quality and Curriculum Enhancement (DCQE), faculty online developers and the TEL team.