Autoimmunity symposium

To celebrate the launch of the Zenit PRO, Menarini Diagnostics hosted an Autoimmunity symposium. This was attended by scientific staff from across the country despite very challenging weather conditions. The following is an account by Ms Amani Elhouderi of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; reflecting on the day’s events.

Is depression genetic?

Andrew McIntosh discusses an international research study, which analysed genetic data from more than two million people.



Apprenticeships opening doors

The blending of vocational learning and academic education is commonplace within biomedical scientist education, and so the recent emergence of the degree apprenticeship agenda offers exciting opportunities, write Ian Davies and Katie Berger.

The sun does not set

After last year’s article on a CPD trip to Antarctica, Pathology Services Manager Sue Alexander sets sail again, this time for the Arctic.

War on cancer PT 1: the development of chemotherapy to 1950

A review of the early historical development and use of chemotherapy to treat different cancers. The phrase “war on cancer” refers to the recognition of cancer as a major cause of death and the need to act, resulting in increased funding, clinical trials and the development of more effective treatments.

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New genomics centre to open

Cancer Research UK and AstraZeneca have announced that they are opening a new centre in the UK, dedicated to realising the full potential of functional genomics in the discovery and development of new drugs for patients with cancer.

Under the microscope: bioelectronic medicine

This month: Bioelectronic medicine

Protocol 3 automated colony counter

Synbiosis, a long-established, expert manufacturer of automated microbiological systems, is pleased to announce its ProtoCOL 3 automated colony counter is being used at a major teaching hospital in London.



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My lab: molecular pathology services

Clinical Scientist and Molecular Pathology Lead Siobhan Taylor gives a guided tour of the laboratory at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Here to help: realistic expectations

Alan Wainwright, IBMS Executive Head of Education, asks the question: “What are the realistic expectations of a new biomedical science graduate?”

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