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The Priory strengthens links with Imperial College, London

On Monday 22nd June, Dr Alan Fenwick, Professor of Tropical Parasitology at Imperial College visited the school to talk to our students about his pioneering work as director of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI).

On Monday 22nd June, Dr Alan Fenwick, Professor of Tropical Parasitology at Imperial College visited the school to talk to our students about his pioneering work as director of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI). It was fascinating to hear how the parasites infect their hosts and the damage that they cause, leading to restricted lives and premature death amongst millions of people in Africa. Professor Fenwick explained how he and his colleagues have developed a simple and effective treatment with 100% success rate, which is being rolled out in many countries and saving countless lives. With the generosity of the pharmaceutical manufacturers, who provide 200 million doses for free, and Bill Gates and others who pay for the logistical support, SCI have already saved the lives of around 100 million people, and they hope to do much more in the future.

 

On the following Thursday, fifteen Year 12 students visited Imperial College in London, as part of the Open Day activities. They were able to investigate the opportunities available in a wide range of Science and Technology subjects, attending presentations across the college site in South Kensington.  There was also a special presentation and tour by an ex-Priory LSST student, Chris Payne, who is completing his PhD in Medical Robotics.  He was able to demonstrate current research and the latest innovations in robot-assisted surgery, including brain surgery and nano-bots.