Professor John Fa's latest paper comparing Pygmy and non-Pygmy hunting groups in the Congo Basin

 

Senior JICAS Research Fellow Professor John Fa's latest paper Distribution and Numbers of Pygmies in Central African Forests

 

Recognition for Dr Andrew Mitchell at European Heart Rhythm Summit

Dr Andrew Mitchell is Consultant Cardiologist at Jersey General Hospital, Honorary Consultant at Oxford Universities Hospital and Senior Research Fellow at JICAS. Andrew has an interest in the diagnosis and management of heart rhythm disorders, the development of new cardiovascular screening techniques and the application of novel digital health technologies.

In 2013 his team studied the effectiveness of a hand-held smartphone device to detect heart conditions in nearly 1000 people in Jersey. The results showed that the AliveCor device could diagnose conditions such as atrial fibrillation in otherwise asymptomatic persons. The work was presented this summer at the European Heart Rhythm meeting in Nice and has been accepted for publication in the British Journal of Cardiology.

More recently, Andrew’s work in digital health has been highlighted locally by Gallery magazineWellbeing World, and also internationally in an article for the European Society of Cardiology article on Digital Health.

For 2015, Dr Mitchell and his team at Jersey General Hospital are planning new research into community and sports heart screening and are recruiting participants into several international trials and registries in areas of arrhythmia management and cardiac imaging. New research projects are being considered in the interesting field of pre-biotics and cardiovascular health.


Royal Medal for Emeritus Professor Morris FRS

JICAS friend and consultant, Professor Howard Morris FRS, has been recently awarded a Royal Medal for pioneering work in biomolecular mass spectrometry, including major contributions to strategy and instrument design. 

The award also recognises his entrepreneurial endeavors in accelerating the release of new medicinal products by characterising biopharmaceutical molecules. Professor Morris is currently Professor Emeritus of Biological Chemistry at Imperial College London and owns Biopharmaspec in Jersey, Channel Islands.

The Royal Society medals are awarded annually by Her Majesty The Queen.


Research Grant Awarded to Professor John Fa

JICAS Senior Research Fellow Professor John Fa has recently been awarded a grant to study the Pygmy population of Africa. 

Shaping effective policy and improving management of tropical forests for people and wildlife: Hunter-gatherers groups in the Congo Basin forests.

Professor Fa has put together a multi-disciplinary team that includes anthropologists, ecologists, biogeographers and human rights campaigners that will work together to produce not only empirical information on Pygmies in Africa, to increase public understanding of these groups, but also evaluate their current and future ecological, social and political situation. The project’s ultimate goal is to generate expert analysis to help policy makers and practitioners shape effective programmes.