IBMS contributes to Parliamentary pandemic report

Following the IBMS evidence submission and President Allan Wilson’s presentation to an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) coronavirus inquiry, a parliamentary report has been published.

Histopathology qualification funding

The IBMS has announced new funding support for Institute members undertaking IBMS/RCPath histopathology qualifications.

Health Secretary's letter of thanks

At the end of last year Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, wrote a letter of gratitude to Testing Programme colleagues across the UK. It is as follows:

Tech news: January 2021

Thermo Fisher Scientific  
ICP-MS instrument

Detecting bacteria with fluorescent nanosensors

German scientists are behind the technique, which uses fluorescent nanosensors to track down pathogens.

Under the microscope (January 2021)

This month: the camera pill


3D images of tumours in subcellular resolution

Details of their new method called “fast light microscopic analysis of antibody stained whole organs”, or FLASH, highlight how the technique can be used to examine intact tissue and even

Target for aggressive form of lung cancer

The tumours’ molecular change characteristics were surprising to the investigators – they block a type of cell death called ferroptosis.

Rapid finger-prick test accuracy

The results suggest that if 10% of people given the test had previously been infected, around one in five positive test results would be incorrect (false-positive results).

Protein that protects against Lyme Disease

Yale scientists have discovered a protein that helps protect hosts from infection with the tick-borne spirochaete that causes Lyme Disease.

Urgent need for early COVID-19 treatments

Treating people early in the course of infection with SARS-CoV-2 would speed their recovery, reduce the likelihood that they develop severe outcomes and reduce demand on the healthcare sy