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The Genomic and Microbiology Revolution: In Technology We Trust?

Last year’s annual conference of the BSMT took place in May as a webinar, inevitably on COVID-19. This year the BSMT decided to postpone the conference until July 2022 to maximise chances of holding a face-to-face event. Here, Mark Wilks, on behalf of the BSMT, provides a preview.

IBMS Congress 2022: some examples of leadership at all levels

Summaries of lectures on the comprehensive Biomedical Science Congress programme are requested from individual speakers. In a final review of this important biennial event, Pathology in Practice dips into the education, management, support staff and seminar programmes.

Large-scale soft tissue sarcoma study: introducing a veterinary partnership

The Veterinary Pathology Group – a member of SYNLAB UK and Ireland – has announced that it is partnering with Fitzpatrick Referrals to conduct a canine soft tissue sarcoma study to improve clinical practice and subsequent patient outcomes.

Genomic and microbiology revolution: a commercial preview of the exhibition

The Annual Microbiology Conference hosted by the British Society for Microbial Technology has been the beneficiary of support and sponsorship from a range of relevant companies. With this year’s return to a face-to-face event, the following commercial colleagues have grasped the opportunity to attend this important event.

Haemophilia: some research reported in the current literature

Haemophilia is a rare condition that affects the blood's ability to clot. It is usually inherited and most people who have the disease are male. The following is a selection of research interest in the current literature.

New liver fibrosis marker for psoriasis patients on methotrexate

Methotrexate is used to treat patients with severe psoriasis, but is associated with hepatoxicity. Here, Nicola McDonagh undertakes verification and evaluation of the Siemens ELF Profile test as a marker of the degree of liver fibrosis in such cases.

Looking forward: another preview of BSMT’s Annual Microbiology Conference

The 37th Annual Microbiology Conference of the BSMT will be the organisation’s first full face-to-face meeting for over two years. Here, BSMT committee member David Westrip previews the conference

Advances in surgical specimen management across North Wales

In order to optimise and standardise handling of surgical specimens, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board adopted an innovative vacuum-packing solution across its three main hospital sites in North Wales, reducing formalin use, improving quality and cutting costs.

Expression of PRAME in melanocytic lesions: significance and evaluation

Immunohistochemistry is a vital tool in the classification of melanocytic skin lesions. Here, Karolina Wojcik and colleagues assess PRAME expression as a new marker in recognising and distinguishing the malignant melanomas from atypical naevi.

IBMS Congress 2022: from microbiology via POCT to virology

Summaries of lectures on the comprehensive Biomedical Science Congress scientific lecture programme are requested from individual speakers. In this second review, Pathology in Practice selects highlights from alphabetically microbiology to virology.

Impressions and reflections of the IBMS Congress 2022 event

The IBMS Congress held in Birmingham in March was a welcome return to face-to-face conference normality. Siobhan Brown from Roche Diagnostics provides an overview of the company’s experiences at the 14th iteration of this important biennial event.

Exotic parasites: a look at the importance of testing in imported pets

Screening and testing of imported pets is not only crucial to the health of the animals and to their owners where there is zoonotic risk, but also to maintain UK biosecurity. Here, Lisa Martin provides an overview based on a recent HORIBA webinar on the subject.

Microscopy of cutaneous malignancies: an H&E subtype evaluation

Frozen section and H&E staining are an integral part of the support for patients undergoing Mohs micrographic surgery. Here, Jeyrroy Gabriel and colleagues report on a focused assessment of haematoxylin staining sensitivity and specificity.

Future-proofing diagnostic testing: examples of innovation

A specialist NHS laboratory, hosted by Newcastle Hospitals, is helping to accelerate the development of new, cutting-edge COVID-19 tests, as well as technologies that could give an early warning of virus threats.

Back to the future: a brief history of the BSMT and a conference preview

The British Society for Microbial Technology has adapted to changing circumstances throughout its 37-year existence. Evolving from its origins in multipoint technology, it now organises annual microbiology conferences covering a wide range of topics.

Twenty first-century Lean tissue processing: LOGOS customer experiences

A new era of optimal tissue processing has been introduced, offering xylene-free ultra-rapid protocols. Here, Menarini Diagnostics provides an overview and reports on a trio of customer experiences using the system.

Reducing the volume of single-use plastic: an award-winning solution

As the exclusive partner for Shuttlepac in the UK and Ireland, here Alpha Laboratories provides the context and background to an award won by the cost-effective, user-friendly and UN3373-compliant ShuttlePouch range of leakproof pouches.

Sickle cell disease: papers with a genetic focus in the literature

he recent reporting in the media of one man’s gene editing treatment to reverse the effect of his sickle cell disease has thrust this condition into the limelight. The following are examples of open-access coverage of sickle cell genetics in the current literature.

Change to anti-Xa from APTT in heparin monitoring: clinical benefits

Recent developments in anti-Xa technology have resulted in a coagulation test that can easily be part of the core coagulation laboratory repertoire. Here, Stago compares and contrasts two methods for monitoring heparin therapy.

SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and COVID-19 disease: a pandemic story update

Pathology services continue to face challenges to detect the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Here, Sarah Pitt provides a further update on the virology, epidemiology, testing and treatment of this mutating agent of pandemic disease.

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POCT Innovators: The Power to Disrupt Series

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