October 2022

My lab: A bespoke state-of-the-art lab

Alix Costello gives a guided tour of the laboratory facilities at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Here to help: funding to help IBMS qualifications

Chris Ward, IBMS Head of Examinations, explains how employers can access grants to support staff who undertake IBMS qualifications.

Sourcing information

The third instalment of an occasional column by Biomedical Science Programme Leader Dr Lynne Lawrance, for training officers and others supporting students undertaking degrees.

Race and equality: positive change

Aneela Arshad, Biomedical Scientist and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Network Co-Chair, discusses the founding of the network.

UKAS andrology accreditation

Dave Sanders, John Ringrow and Al Bryant from UKAS give an update on the examination and processing of human semen.

Clinical laboratory sustainability: an evolving picture

Sheri Scott, a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science at Nottingham Trent University, looks at the latest developments.

Laboratory errors in transfusion

Anne Lockhart and Nicola Swarbrick explain the results in the latest annual Serious Hazards of Transfusion report.

Covid and neurological risk

Professor Paul Harrison discusses his cutting-edge research into COVID and risk of dementia, brain fog and psychosis.

“Neighbouring cells could make tumours benign”

Schwann cells are known to protect and repair nerve cells. Until now, however, it was not known that they themselves take over functions of certain immune cells during nerve healing.

“Thermal imaging could help assess hand hygiene”

Findings from a pilot study suggest that portable thermal imaging cameras might provide a new approach to assessing and improving hand-hygiene practices among healthcare professionals (HCPs).