November 2021

June Almeida: virus imaging pioneer

Beginning her career as a junior hospital technician, Dr June Almeida completed it as a world-renowned virologist whose techniques revolutionised diagnostic electron microscopy. She was also the first person to see a human coronavirus. Here we look back over her life.

Accreditation agility

Ben Courtney, the Healthcare Section Head at UKAS, outlines the service’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shining a light ...on lighthouse laboratories

We look back over the history of the lighthouse labs and whether better quality control and tighter regulation are needed.

Building confidence in LFDs

New research has used a mathematical formula to clarify how lateral flow devices are more effective than sometimes portrayed. Professor Iain Buchan, Executive Dean of Liverpool’s Institute of Population Health, explains the findings.

The big question: Better recognition

This month, we ask: “How can biomedical scientists get better recognition for what they contribute to healthcare?”

Tech news: November

This month's top tech news stories

Blood marker for peripheral artery disease

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have shown that high levels of a specific protein circulating in the blood are an accurate marker for a severe type of peripheral artery disease that narrows the arteries in the legs and can raise the risk of heart attack.

Under the microscope: HeLa cells

In November's Under the Microscope, we focus on the HeLa cell line.

Long Covid – first evidence of inflammatory micro clots

New research indicates that an overload of various inflammatory molecules “trapped” inside insoluble microscopic blood clots could be the cause of some of the lingering symptoms of long COVID.

Here to help: CPD audit – a short guide

Alan Wainwright, the IBMS Executive Head of Education, revisits the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD audit.

Product regulation

Steve Lee from the Association of British HealthTech Industries looks at the potential impact on medical laboratory services.