June 2019

Blood test for colon cancer?

If caught early, nearly all cases of colon cancer are curable. However, colon cancer screening suffers from a combination of low compliance rates and over-diagnosis.

What’s in a name?

The role of the biomedical scientist has evolved, but more work is needed to change public awareness.

Scientists grow perfect human blood vessels

Scientists have managed to grow perfect human blood vessels as organoids in a petri dish for the first time.

Virus reactivation after transplantation

A new study challenges long-held theories of why a common virus can reactivate and become a life-threatening infection in people with a compromised immune system, including blood cancer patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation.

What is encephalitis?

A nuts-and-bolts guide to the inflammatory brain condition, by Dr Ava Easton, the Chief Executive Officer of the Encephalitis Society.

June news in numbers

A breakdown of science news this month, in numbers.

Biomedical Science Day across the four nations

As part of this year’s Biomedical Science Day celebrations on Thursday 20 June, we have asked a hospital in each of the four nations to take the lead in promoting the excellent work of our profession. Each hub will showcase a laboratory and inform the public, patients and other hospital staff about their work at the heart of healthcare.

Discussing the heart of the matter

Dr David C Gaze looks at the history and issues surrounding adopting high-sensitivity cardiac troponin testing.

British Journal of Biomedical Science, Issue 2 2019 – a synopsis

Editor Andrew Blann outlines the content of the Spring issue of the journal.

Encoding and transmitting data

Robert Simpson, IBMS representative on the Royal College of Pathologists Informatics Group, with the latest developments on sharing pathology data.

IBMS members win award

IBMS members Claire Cameron, Sarah Smith and Lynne Taylor won the Scottish Government Award at the Advancing Healthcare Awards (AHAwards).