January 2019

One step ahead of cancer

In the UK, one in two of us can expect to get cancer in our lifetimes. With such a high disease burden, efforts to prevent cancer are at least as important as efforts to treat it. 

The Lewis Blood Group System and Secretor Status

Malcolm Needs CSci FIBMS, formerly of the NHSBT, delves into the history and science of a notable blood group system.

Clopidogrel and CYP2C19 genotyping: a genomic perspective

Ibrahim Nakibingé looks into one of the first generation of adenosine diphosphate receptor antagonists.

Reflecting on success

As we leave the old year and enter the new Jocelyn Pryce, IBMS Deputy Executive Head of Education, looks back on some of the Education Team successes of 2018.

President’s prize winners

These prizes are awarded to students graduating from IBMS-accredited BSc (Hons) programmes who have achieved academic distinction.

IBMS council: president elect

Allan Wilson has been voted by IBMS Council members as the new IBMS President Elect.

IBMS members win Team of the Year

The laboratory team at Hull andEast Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust was awarded Quality Team of the Year at the 2018 International Quality Awards.

Discovering the double helix

A look back in time to the history of the discovery of DNA and its structure – work which would change medicine and science forever.

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. 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

My Lab: Paediatric microbiology

Deputy Manager of Microbiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Francis Yongblah, gives a guided tour of his lab.

Editorial: Who cares?

Sarah May, IBMS Deputy Chief Executive, asks if enough is done for those with complex care needs.