September 2017

Congress: this is it!

With Congress 2017 now upon us, IBMS Deputy Chief Executive Sarah May gives a taster of some of the presentations.

40 years of biomedical science degrees

How and why was the first biomedical science degree created? The man behind it, Dr Ray Jones, explains all on this landmark anniversary.

Serious Hazards of Transfusion

The Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) scheme collects and analyses anonymised information reported 
in the UK about serious adverse reactions and events (SAE) related to blood transfusion, then makes recommendations to improve patient and transfusion safety.

Analysing dementia risk

A new study maps out the exact percentage risk of developing dementia posed by nine factors. John Windell looks at the methodology behind the mathematics.

A balanced approach to infection control

Mitchell Reed, a Microbiology Services Manager, discusses bringing previously outsourced microbiology tests back in-house.  

President's prize: Keele

Keele University’s IBMS President’s Prize winner for 2017 is Maureen Ekong, who graduated from the School of Life Sciences with a first-class BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science in July. 

Presidents prize: Salford

David Scannali recently graduated with a first-class degree from the BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science course at the University of Salford, Manchester.

Celebrating the profession

The first ever Biomedical Science Day was held on 19 July, in honour of the birthday of IBMS founder Albert Norman. 

Blood health awareness

The IBMS has been involved in a new campaign organised by Media Planet to promote blood health awareness. 

Journal-based learning exercises

Each article’s contents should be read, researched and understood, and you should then come to a decision on each question. The pass mark is 17 out of 20 questions answered correctly.

My lab: on a rapid path of improvement

Debra Padgett, Pathology Quality Manager at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, gives a guided tour of her labs.