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IBMS Congress 2022: communicating science, celebrating achievement

The biennial IBMS Congress series will return to the ICC in Birmingham in just a few weeks. The focus once again will be on the very best that biomedical science and commercial colleagues have to offer.

SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: lessons to be learned from the pandemic

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee and Health and Social Care Committee have published a report, Coronavirus: lessons learned to date. Here is an overview of the key findings of their deliberations.

Do we need another crisis before changing how biosamples are shared?

What is a crisis? According to dictionary definitions it is a time of great difficulty or danger when problems must be solved or important decisions must be made. Here, Robert Hewitt looks specifically at crises affecting biosample sharing.

Revolution in automation: the modern laboratory and beyond

Since the introduction of Sysmex’s XN-Series in 2011, haematology laboratories have benefitted from its many operational and clinical features. Here, we look at a selection of these benefits and further advances in the field over the coming years.

Near-patient testing in microbiology: experiences/future prospects

A look back at the last BSMT Annual Scientific Conference on COVID-19 and in particular at one of the consequences of the pandemic – the increased demand for near-patient testing.

IBMS Congress: delivering science, celebrating achievement

The delayed fourteenth iteration in the biennial Congress series will return to the International Convention Centre in Birmingham next March. Here, Pathology in Practice provides a brief preview of the four-day event.

Beyond LIS and LIMS: coordinated orders and results management

Extending laboratory reach beyond the hospital works best with the integration of specialised surrounding solutions. Here, in a moderated session, thought-leaders from Sunquest and CliniSys Group explore the benefits of purpose-built technology.

Human papillomavirus: current open-access research interest

Vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) infection has proved to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer by nearly 90%. Research into all aspects of HPV-related disease continues as the following examples illustrate.

Higher-specificity D-dimer scores in health technology assessment

Recent studies have supported a D-dimer assay role in ruling out venous thromboembolism and pulmonary embolism, linking it to health technology assessment savings, as Gillian Eyre explains.

Acute respiratory tract infections: a paradigm shift in diagnosis

Acute respiratory tract infections are a significant burden on healthcare services. Here, Carolyne Horner considers an alternative approach to diagnosis in which a change in human immune response is the focus of detection.

Diagnostics in the UK: building a sector that is fit for the future

Following publication of a report compiled by Roche Diagnostics, three leading experts who contributed to the document discuss the impact that the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has had on the industry, the challenges ahead, and their visions for the future.

Innovation in sepsis management: rapid POC host response testing

Sepsis is a life-threatening reaction to an infection, resulting in the immune system overreacting and the beginning of damage to the body’s own tissues and organs. Here, Charlotte Duncan introduces the latest in point-of-care technology.

SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 disease: current open-access research interest

The coronavirus pandemic has stimulated research effort around the world and has been instrumental in emphasising the importance of open-access peer-reviewed publication. The following examples are all available through PubMed Central (PMC).

Getting cancer services back on track: a diagnostics sector role

Healthcare leaders are calling upon government and health providers to drastically scale-up and improve cancer services in the wake of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. This article provides an insight into some of the key recommendations for a recovery.

ScopioVet digital platform: a service revolutionising veterinary care

One of Europe’s leading medical diagnostics service providers has launched a ground-breaking new veterinary pathology solution that is set to revolutionise pet care across the UK, the Nordic countries and Europe, as two examples of its use illustrate

A rapid, automated HPLC and UHPLC method development system

Thermo Fisher Scientific and software provider ChromSword recently collaborated to launch an automated high-performance liquid chromatography and ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography method development system.

Plenary to placements: a further look at the IBMS Congress 2022

Following specific coverage of the 2022 Biomedical Science Congress in previous issues of Pathology in Practice, this month the magazine looks at plenary aspects and some of those delivering the education, training and management programmes.

And now for something completely different… views from the industry

Recently, Mark Reed canvassed many of his colleagues for their views on how the industry is perceived generally, and what they believe the future holds for the commercial diagnostics sector.

Pernicious anaemia: testing, staging and advances in genetics

Pernicious anaemia is a common cause of vitamin B12 deficiency. Irrespective of the cause of the disease, the most well-defined consequence is disturbed blood cell production and resulting megaloblastic anaemia.

Issues in infection control: a look at the science of safe surfaces

Effective cleaning and disinfection protocols are vital to minimise the risk of cross-infection in hospitals. Kayleigh Cox-Nowak provides an insight into effective protocols to reduce the risk of transmission of healthcare-associated infections.

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