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King's College (Wessely ex-home) Strategic Partnership with UCSF

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by shrewsbury, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. shrewsbury

    shrewsbury member

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    Tom Kindlon's post to CO-CURE Dec 31 09

    Bay area people (and all of us) - maybe you want to keep an eye on this?? Know anyone at UCSF?

    Kings Health Partners recently announced: Strategic Partnership with UCSF

    November 12th, 2009 Kings Health Partners has agreed to a pursue a strategic partnership with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to explore opportunities for scholarly interaction, cooperative research, faculty and student exchange and other forms of academic collaboration (more at: http://www.kingshealthpartners.org/khp/2009/11/12/strategic-partnership-with-ucsf/#more-681)
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    Innovation Expo 2009 18 - 19 June 2009

    Kings Health Partners presented a seminar at the Innovation Expo on 18 -19
    June 2009 at the Excel Centre, London Docklands, which saw over 5,000 visitors over the two day event.

    Our seminar was led with presentations examining three aspects of Academic Health Science Centres from;
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    Professor Matthew Hotopf, Head of General Hospital Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London
    The whole person: mental and physical health

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    Appendix 1

    http://www.kingshealthpartners.org/

    Kings Health Partners is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the worlds leading research-led universities and three of Londons most successful NHS Foundation Trusts.

    Our driving purpose is to continually seek and bring about swifter and more effective improvements in health and well-being for our patients in London and people everywhere. Combining the best of basic and translational research, clinical excellence and world-class teaching to deliver groundbreaking advances in physical and mental healthcare.
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    http://www.kingshealthpartners.org/khp/about-us/

    A world-leading Academic Health Sciences collaboration for London

    Combining the research, clinical and teaching elements of one of the worlds leading research-led universities and three of Londons most successful NHS Foundation Trusts; Kings Health Partners is a pioneering global collaboration whose driving purpose is to continually seek and bring about swifter and more effective improvements in health and well-being for
    our patients in London and people everywhere.

    Our comprehensive clinical, academic and research portfolio, mental health services, health schools and related disciplines gives Kings Health Partners a unique focus on advances in health and well-being for the mind and body.

    From our multiple locations at the heart of London, we serve a local population of two million people and a wider catchment area for specialist services of up to five million. We are uniquely well placed to translate ground breaking research into direct patient benefits for the population of one the worlds largest and most diverse cities.

    We are one of the largest employers in our community and with a combined turnover of over 2 billion we have the scale to compete on the world stage, attracting the best academics, clinicians, staff and students to pioneer world-leading advances in health and well-being.

    Key facts
    ■One of top 25 Universities in the world
    ■Three of the UKs leading NHS Foundation Trusts
    ■Seven hospitals
    ■Over 150 community based services
    ■2 million patients each year
    ■25,000 employees
    ■19,500 students
    ■2 billion annual turnover


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  2. Koan

    Koan Be the change.

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    This seems like a situation where an Action could be organized if there are enough people in the Bay Area who could pull it off.

    If 20 people, who are either well (friends, family, partners, etc.) or well enough to risk it, made some pertinent signs and simply created a presence at, or near, UCSF it would have a good shot at getting media attention.

    One of the big problems is trying to figure out where to go and protest. This seems made to order.
  3. starryeyes

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    Good point Koan. Sure wish I was well enough to protest or new people who would do it for us. I might as well be living in Siberia though. I sure hope some PWC who are able to will protest, that would be great.
  4. Koan

    Koan Be the change.

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    Is there a way to mobilize healthies in that area? How can we use the internet to connect enough dots to get 10 people out?

    10 people, with placards, mobilized around something no-one knows anything about will get way more coverage than same old/same old.
  5. PoetInSF

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    I'd say, save the effort for real causes lest we'll come across as an angry and hysterical group of people and therefore lose credibility. This is not even about CFS or Wessely. UCSF, btw, is the home of Jay Levy, a renowned retrovirologist with a long history of involvement with CFS, and DeRisi who co-discovered XMRV. There are some real scientists over there and they may not appreciate a media stunt or protest to influence research.
  6. Dolphin

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    I agree that I don't think it would be worth the effort of a protest at this stage. My main point was to highlight the slides. I'm not 100% sure what King's Health Parnters is but CFS is only a very small part of their activities (although it was one of three presentations it made when plugging itself at the expo).

    If something happens in the CFS direction in UCSF or another place Kings Health Partners might team up with, of course it might be worth looking at the situation then.
  7. Koan

    Koan Be the change.

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    I heard you and I totally agree.

    What this little exercise made me realize, though, was that getting 20 people out on a street with placards is something I've been involved in doing all my adult life and it's not actually rocket science. My illness makes everything related to it seem impossible and considering this situation allowed me to pop out of that. It was very useful for me to consider that it is possible!

    But, yes, I totally agree with your, and Tom's, assessment of the situation and now stand down and will stop brainstorming chants :D
  8. Dolphin

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    Regarding protests, there have been protests over the years in the UK, all or nearly all that I can think of were in London. For example, there was one outside a Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) conference in 2008 - there are videos on this on YouTube. They have had some difficulty getting numbers sometimes but some committed people do turn up. Part of the problem can be the length of the day i.e. some people may be able to do an hour or two or a bit more but with the ME wouldn't be able to do all day. But protests have been arranged. But London is a big city. I think for some places it might be hard to get the numbers.
  9. Dolphin

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    Brainstorming is good - good ideas can come from brainstorming.

    ETA: Ah, know what you're saying now. Yes, probably not worth brainstorming chants for SF just yet, IMHO.
  10. Koan

    Koan Be the change.

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    Hey Tom,

    Yeah, I am aware and admiring of the history of activism in the UK.

    It was really interesting to realize that I would know exactly how to mobilize people to support Tibetan refugees or First Nations or... but it was revelatory to me that I could do the same thing re ME.

    doh

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