May 2018

The greatest pandemic in history

A hundred years after Spanish influenza, which is thought to have killed more than 40 million, biomedical scientist and university lecturer Sarah Pitt looks back at the pandemic.

Unexpected detection

Deputy Lab Manager Francis Yongblah looks at unexpected detection of vancomycin-resistant enterococci as a consequence of enhanced carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae screening.

Change for blood transfusion inspections

Chris Elliott, Chair of the IBMS Specialist Advisory Panel (Transfusion), discusses changes in the MHRA assessment and inspection regime for hospital blood transfusion laboratories. 

Ticking time bomb

With global mobility drastically increasing over recent years, Sally Cutler, Professor in Medical Microbiology, looks at the growing threat posed by tick-borne infections.

How to... collaborate

Stem cell scientist Loriana Vitillo explains the collaboratory Dish Life project that was presented at the launch of the Pint of Science festival, which is taking place in May.

Biomedical Science Day 2018

Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural event and in line with our new strategy, Biomedical Science Day 2018 aims to raise public awareness of biomedical science.

CSO award winners

The Chief Scientific Officer’s (CSO) 2018 Healthcare Science Awards, took place at The Royal Society in London. 

Obituary: Christine Mary Barker

The Institute received notification recently of the death of Vice President Christine Barker, aged 78. 

Growing brains

They may only be small collections of cells at present, but neurological surgeon Ben Waldau believes that brain organoids could have a big impact in the future.

Members celebrate Biomedical day

IBMS members took part in International Biomedical Laboratory Science Day, which was held in April.