Millennials and the Changing Face of Plastic Surgery

Millennials and the Changing Face of Plastic Surgery David Ward, Emeritus Consultant Plastic Surgeon and current president of BAPRAS, informs us about the changing trends in plastic surgery, the difficulties faced by the profession and how standards can be maintained.      Recent figures from the USA and UK illustrate that, not only is the popularity of cosmetic surgery at an unprecedented high, but there has been a shift in the procedures requested by patients, and in the patients themselves. Many more men are now seeking cosmetic surgery, with face and neck lifts, male liposuction and gynaecomastia reduction being the most common…

Improving student engagement based on a sample of n = 1 = me

Early experiences of primary care at medical school solely acted to solidify Dr Jodie Blackadder-Weinstein’s ambition to become a plastic surgeon. However, now a Portfolio RAF general practitioner enjoying her career more than ever, Jodie explains the inspirational chance encounter that changed her path, and encourages others to open their eyes to all possible career options; namely one in general practice. Having just finished swiping through last night’s magical photos of the aurora borealis, I sit in a medical centre in the Norwegian Arctic Circle, with mile upon mile of perfectly white snow outside of my clinic window, preparing all…

Licensed to Kill: Priming the Immune System to Kill Cancer

The following is a two-part collaborative piece by Dr Alexander Gray, Chief Medical Officer for IDEA Pharma and UCL alumnus, and Gordon Weng-Kit Cheung, a researcher at the UCL Cancer Institute. The article highlights the promise and potential of immunotherapy in the fight against cancer, featuring the early pre-clinical development happening right here at UCL. In the article that follows, Gordon WengKit Cheung outlines the evolution of one of the most exciting developments in cancer treatment: immunotherapy, specifically CAR T-cell therapy. Back in 1989, as a fresh-faced medical student starting at UCL, the idea that you could transplant targeted immune…

AIDS: A Thing of the Past?

As the World Health Organisation unveils its ambitious plan to end the AIDS epidemic completely by 2030, we discuss the path that HIV has ravaged throughout the last several decades of human history, and why hope is now finally on the horizon. In the newly emerging capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1920s, a hunter kills and eats a chimpanzee infected with Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV), allowing the virus to pass onto him.This is not a rare occurrence; such a type of lentivirus that is able to attack the immune system of monkeys and apes has been…

UCL Medical School Change Day

UCL Medical School Change Day took place on 8th June, and was a successful push to involve the wider public in the training of medical students. The event was organised as a joint effort between students, staff and members of the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) team at UCL Medical School. The day merged medical student training with public expectation through the hashtag,“#DesignMyDoctor”. This innovative thought process acknowledges that the public should be able to influence their future generation of doctors by expressing which qualities they value most in a doctor. Part of the event was aimed at addressing the…