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Obesity: how prejudiced is the NHS?

On Tuesday 11th May 2017 bat 21.00 hrs. Professor Rachel Batterham will be presenting the programme "Obesity: how prejudiced is the NHS?" on BBC2

Britain has a serious problem with obesity - and the medical cost is threatening to bankrupt our health service. Professor Rachel Batterham, head of the obesity services at University College Hospital and a research scientist, presents this current affairs documentary. In it, Rachel explores whether there is 'fat prejudice' against obese patients within parts of the NHS that is stopping them accessing a potentially cost-effective surgery, even when recent scientific research supports it.

Professor Batterham considers obesity to be a disease that needs specialist treatment, including weight-loss surgery, whereas many others contend that it is a lifestyle choice. She meets several NHS patients who say they were made to feel 'not worthy' and were denied life-changing bariatric surgery and other routine operations. This seems to show evidence of a bias within the health service. She also speaks to others who have tried to use the NHS weight management services, with one admitting it actually made her gain two stone. Professor Batterham speaks to bariatric surgeon Chris Pring and people that have had weight loss surgery to examine the dramatic effect gastric bypasses can have on person's lifestyle and overall health - and how it can even cure other weight-related illnesses.

In the programme, she also meets patients who are successfully using the diet and lifestyle programme called Tier 3 services, which the NHS require them to do for two whole years before being considered for surgery. Could weight loss surgery actually be a more cost-effective method of treatment for the NHS?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08mf976

Published: Apr 6, 2017 2:04:34 PM

Wellcome Images Award

Ben Caplin (UCL Centre for Nephrology) was featured in an Observer article accompanying a Wellcome Images Award winning photograph highlighting the kidney disease affecting the rural population of Nicaragua.

Over the past two decades, there has been a marked increase in deaths from kidney failure across Central America due to an unknown cause. This condition, termed Mesoamerican nephropathy, is reaching epidemic proportions. It is now the leading cause of death amongst working age men in Nicaragua and is devastating the rural communities in the region where treatments for kidney failure such as dialysis or transplantation are unavailable.

Published: Mar 29, 2017 11:25:20 AM

H2020 Success for UCL & Division of Medicine

 UCL researchers have been awarded a prestigious EU H2020 TEAMING grant, in collaboration with a consortium of Portuguese Universities led by Prof Rui Reis at the University of Minho. The UCL team is led by Prof Jonathan Knowles, UCL Eastman Dental Institute. The other UCL investigators include Richard Day (Division of Medicine), Ivan Wall (Department of Biochemical Engineering), Giampietro Schiavo (Institute of Neurology), Andreas Schätzlein (School of Pharmacy), Vivek Mudera (Division of Surgery), Tim McHugh (Division of Infection and Immunity), Jane Kinghorn (Translational Research Office). The total value of the EU H2020 grant is €15M, of which UCL have been awarded €5.1M as part of the scheme. Portuguese partners will leverage additional national funding to an impressive total of around €100M over the 7 years duration of the grant. A key overarching focus for the TEAMING award will be to capture and accelerate clinical, innovation and enterprise activities.

Published: Jan 10, 2017 1:56:32 PM

Maximizing the health benefits obtained from bariatric surgery

 Professor Rachel Batterham has been awarded the prestigious Sir Jules Thorn Award for Biomedical Award (£1,423 625) for 2016. This award supports a 5-year programme of translational biomedical research and was awarded following a competition among applicants sponsored by leading UK medical schools and NHS organisations.  Rachel’s programme of research entitled “Maximising the health benefits of bariatric surgery”  will utilise a precision medicine based approach to managing people with obesity based on deep phenotyping coupled with ‘omics’. Given the associated surgical risks and the severely restricted access to surgery the UK (<1% of eligible patients), maximizing the health benefits obtained from bariatric surgery is a key area of unmet clinical need. Rachel’s work will address this by undertaking clinical studies to

Published: Jan 10, 2017 1:52:19 PM

Professor David Isenberg ACR Master 2016

We are pleased to announce that Professor David Isenberg has been recognised as a Master of the American College of Rheumatology.  

Published: Sep 1, 2016 12:30:20 PM

Medicine Seminars and Events

DoM BBQ 8th June 2017

Save the date for the Division of Medicine Summer BBQ.

Starts: Jun 8, 2017 7:00:00 PM