June 2018

A life-threatening condition

Clinical Scientist Matthew Hopkins gives a primer on fetal/neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia and the screening and treatment options available.

A controversial life

As he turns 90, Leonard Hayflick talks to George F Winter about his life.

Tropical medicine through the ages

Stephen Mortlock goes global and analyses the rich history of tropical medicine.

Using PCR to Diagnose Aspergillus: A Change in Clinical Practice

Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a life-threatening Invasive Fungal Disease (IFD) affecting immunocompromised patients. Aspergillus spores are common throughout the environment and with the capacity to invade via the lung, cause a spectrum of disease. IA is difficult to diagnose, as symptoms are non-specific and the sensitivity of traditional techniques – such as respiratory culture – is poor and slow. Delayed diagnosis leads to an increased morbidity and mortality rate, highlighting the urgent requirement for a rapid, sensitive diagnostic method.

Antibiotic resistance and microwaves

Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology Tina Joshi looks at the detection of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in the timeframe of a doctor’s appointment.

June: Journal-based learning

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. JBL exercises may be completed at any time until the published deadline date. Please select your choice of correct answers and complete the exercises online at: www.ibms.org/cpd/jbl.

How to… make the most of placements

Bamidele Farinre, Specialist Biomedical Scientist, advises on how students and employers can get the most out of work placements.

Marking a milestone

The Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences (HUCBMS) has this year celebrated a milestone anniversary.

Annual General Meeting

The seventy-sixth annual general meeting of the Institute of Biomedical Science will be held at the Stormont Hotel, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3LP, Northern Ireland on Saturday 9 June 2018 at 11.30am.

The Big Question: Modernising scientific careers

Has modernising scientific careers (MSC) delivered what it promised?

IBMS Fellow scoops award for quality

Great Ormond Street Hospital held its annual staff awards on 14 May 2018.