December 2020

Rapid finger-prick test accuracy

The accuracy of a rapid finger-prick antibody test for SARS-CoV-2 may be considerably lower than previously suggested, finds a study published by The BMJ.

Protein that protects against Lyme Disease

Yale scientists have discovered a protein that helps protect hosts from infection with the tick-b

Urgent need for early COVID-19 treatments

COVID-19 treatments for people with early infection are needed urgently, according to Anthony S Fauci, Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The great big biomedical lockdown quiz: pandemic special

The final instalment of our biomedical science quiz for 2020. This time, we have three rounds testing members’ knowledge of the pandemic. Click on the link at the bottom of the quiz to see the answers.

Introduction of a new in-house mass spectronomy assay

Working in a laboratory often involves implementing a new method to improve the service, writes Specialist Biochemistry Team Manager Madihah Abbas.

My Lab: haematology and blood transfusion

John McNulty, Senior Biomedical Scientist, gives a guided tour of the pathology department St Helens and Knowsley Hospital NHS Trust.

Here to help: Overcoming the challenges of this year

IBMS Education Officer Deborah Vuong looks back over the past year and the achievements made while going virtual.

Supporting biomedical research

The four recipients of IBMS research grants in 2020 explain their projects and the impact they hope their work will have. 

Certificate of Expert Practice - apply now

Applications are open for the Certificate of Expert Practice (CEP) online courses in leadership and management, quality management, molecular pathology, point-of-care testing (POCT), and training, which will commence in January 2021. 

How to... spot medical misinformation in the pandemic

Brian Eggo and colleagues from Skeptics in the Pub give some practical guidance on how to ensure you aren’t misled by unfounded claims in the media.

Reflections on training

We present four reflections on one biomedical science training programme in the south east
of England and how it has coped during the COVID-19 pandemic.