A successful chapter in a continuing journey: a 40-year celebration

In September, Lorne Laboratories will celebrate four decades of support predominantly to those working in transfusion science, as this company profile illustrates.

Fluorescence microscopy in the pathology laboratory

From the visualisation of acid-fast bacilli labelled with auramine and the detection of autoantibodies, to the labelling of specific markers, cytoskeleton and nucleus, fluorescence microscopy is used widely across pathology.

Innovative solutions deliver operational savings: a view from Europe

A collaborative, long-term approach to the innovative delivery of operational savings has paid dividends for Beckman Coulter and a flagship European medical complex.

Autoimmune help to meet the new ISO 15189:2012 laboratory standards

Meeting the requirements of the ISO 15189 standards is currently occupying the thoughts of laboratory personnel. Here, Julie Chatman provides an overview of the help available from Instrumentation Laboratory.

Company Members update: report from a commercial perspective

Company Members represent a proactive and supportive class of IBMS membership. Here, Mark Reed reports on a post-Congress meeting held to investigate how the symbiotic relationship between the profession and commerce could be enhanced.

Process management: sharing ideas and knowledge in pathology evolution

Lean methods were at the heart of a two-day Siemens meeting held last year at The Crystal in London, the focus of the event being the evolving pathology landscape.

Innovation in pathology: from concept to realisation

A case study focusing on how a Roche Optimall Managed Pathology Service agreement has allowed the North Bristol NHS Trust to achieve its aims for modernisation and innovation.

Corporate social responsibility: examples of impact on society

From helping disadvantages youngsters to taking part in a gruelling endurance challenge, Sysmex UK is taking its social responsibilities very seriously, as Simon Kimber explains. (Image: Banavie)

Faecal elastase: testing for pancreatic exocrine insufficiency

Great strides have been made over the past 25 years in testing for pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, as Ivor Smith explains. However, the test has a wider role in diagnosis than once thought.

Sexual health: benefits of point-of-care testing

A recently published study highlights the benefits of point­of­care nucleic acid amplification tests for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in genitourinary medicine. Here, some of the authors highlight the advantages over traditional immunoassay techniques.

Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans: slow Mohs procedures in the diagnostic laboratory

Mohs surgical procedures are achieving greater prominence in the clinical management of a range of skin tumours. Here, in focusing on one lesion, Guy Orchard and Mohammed Shams outline an optimal complementary laboratory method.

Quality and productivity improvements: partnership drives innovation

Partnership working between Beckman Coulter and pathology staff in Chester once again has demonstrated what connectivity and a small footprint can achieve, as Martin Langan explains.

Alzheimer’s: record number of risk genes discovered in largest ever study

Recent research led by a team in Wales has revealed 11 new genes linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Trial of lymphoma treatment: a Cancer Research UK update

Cancer Research UK’s Drug Development Office has launched a new clinical trial to treat lymphoma patients using the body’s own immune system to attack cancerous B cells. (Image National Cancer Institute/Louis M Staudt) 

Studying hypoxia: blood gas analysis at Everest’s peak

Point-of-care test has now become a familiar feature of 21st medical practice. Beyond the ward, GP surgery and local pharmacy, once again it has travelled to the very roof of the world to aid in hypoxia research.

Wireless blood glucose system enhances safety at Dorset County Hospital

The complete Roche point-of-care glucose testing solution, including wireless connectivity, data management, training and support, has helped Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to change smoothly from one system to another and to benefit from unique safety features.

Point-of-care haemoglobin measurement in the acute care setting

Haemoglobin measurement at the point of care has been the source of some concern. Here, Barbara De la Salle and colleagues from UK NEQAS for Haematology explain the steps taken to assess the current situation.

Total 25(OH) vitamin D: a new assay that delivers diagnostic confidence

Standardisation of vitamin D assays is essential to improving patient health, and the introduction of a new test aims to improve the laboratory detection of deficiency, as Heather Harper explains.

Mycobacterial identification: a comparison of molecular detection methods

Molecular techniques have improved the turnaround time of test to identifying mycobacterial organisms. Here. Ann Barrett and colleagues assess the strengths and weaknesses of several methods. (Image: CDC/Dr George P Kubica)

A haematology landmark: the Kettering experience

A milestone event for haematology automation took place in Kettering recently, but to the biomedical scientists this represented so much more than simple numerical success, as Simon Kimber explains.