Large centralised regional solution for digital pathology

International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra is pictured signing a five-year contract with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust for the delivery of a regional digital pathology solution to the Northern Cancer Alliance. The solution will span the 10 separate trusts of the consortium and aims to improve cancer care workflows through enabling pathologists to instantly access and share images and information between departments and locations.

HUCBMS 2019 in Dublin

The 27th Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences (HUCBMS; Annual Conference (HUCBMS 2019) will take place on Tuesday 3 – Wednesday 4 September at the Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin). The conference is relevant to all delegates with an interest in policy and practice developments in higher education and research.

Multi-site installation of a modular automated haematology platform

HORIBA UK, Medical has announced the go live of the first multi-site installation of its new HELO high-throughput fully automated haematology platform within the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. The new system is already delivering laboratory efficiencies across Cardiff in line with NHS requirements through the next-generation haematology analysers installed at the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) and University Hospital, Llandough. Both sites are fully UKAS accredited to ISO 15189 and networked together by a single virtual server to facilitate highly efficient and secure cross-city working.

Molecular diagnostics solutions to detect antibiotic resistances

Since the discovery of the first antibiotic more than 70 years ago, antimicrobial drugs have treated bacterial infections successfully. However, antibiotics have been widely prescribed as a first-line treatment of infections, without always fully understanding and identifying their underlying cause. Overuse of antibiotics has resulted in multidrug-resistant organisms, making antibiotics less and less effective. A simple case of routine bacterial infection can then lead to a medical emergency, in the absence of effective drugs for treatment.

Consolidating and automating faecal testing

Faecal testing plays an important role not only in the diagnosis of a wide range of clinical conditions, ranging from mild gastroenteritis to inflammatory bowel disease, but also a key role in potentially avoiding unnecessary invasive and costly diagnostic procedures. Furthermore, effective containment of infectious pathogens often requires rapid result turnaround in order to avoid costly ward outbreaks and closures.

Haemoglobin analyser supports anaemia study in resource-limited West Africa

EKF Diagnostics has announced details of the highly successful use of its US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared DiaSpect Tm (Consult Hb in the USA) point-of-care haemoglobin analyser to study iron-deficient anaemia in a remote region of Ghana, West Africa.

Visualise No Malaria

At this year’s recent World Malaria Day event, the non-profit health organisation PATH announced a $4.3 million technology contribution to the Visualise No Malaria project over the next three years. It will build on the success that the project has achieved using data visualisation to prevent malaria and target aid in Zambia since 2015, and apply those learnings and processes to help protect an estimated 60 million at-risk people in neighbouring countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Highlighting cleanroom microbiology solutions

Cherwell Laboratories, a specialist in cleanroom microbiology solutions for the pharmaceutical, healthcare and related industries, attended the Cleanroom Technology Conference last month. It offered expert knowledge and demonstrated its comprehensive range of specialist environmental monitoring and process validation products specifically developed for the management of controlled environments and processes.

Microbial technology: commercial support at the BSMT conference

The Annual Scientific Conference of the British Society for Microbial Technology, held recently in London, offered delegates a high-class programme and access to some of the leading commercial suppliers supporting microbiology.

The future of training in pathology

As Head of Scientific Training at Health Services Laboratories, Wendy Leversuch consider training to be crucial to pathology. Training is often the solution to so many challenges within the laboratory; it fits into recruitment and retention strategies, career progression, CPD, and at its core it ensures our workforce is highly skilled and able to deliver a high-quality service.

Pipette supplier wins SelectScience Reviewers’ Choice award

SelectScience has presented Integra Biosciences with the prestigious Reviewers’ Choice Life Sciences Company of the Year award. Integra was chosen in recognition of the quantity of positive feedback it has received from customers sharing their opinions on the SelectScience website over the past year.

ExpertCor: verification, validation and cross-site comparability of coagulation analysers

Stago UK has launched ExpertCor, a set of fresh frozen plasmas designed to significantly improve laboratory compliance, by simplifying the validation and verification of coagulation analysers. For the first time, UK laboratories will have a method comparison solution which can be used on any manufacturer’s coagulation system. The kits cover all common coagulation parameters (PT, INR, APTT, fibrinogen, D-dimer, UFH and LMWH), with values across the whole working range.

Improved prediction of response to treatment in breast cancer

Agendia has announced the publication of study results for BluePrint, its 80-gene proprietary molecular subtyping test, in the journal Nature Breast Cancer.

International tuberculosis symposium: a two-day event in London

The 1st International Blizard/QMUL Tuberculosis Symposium is to be held on 26– 27 June 2019 in Whitechapel, London. The event offers a really impressive programme supported by national and international speakers.

Action urged after half a million children miss measles vaccination

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is warning against complacency in the fight to maintain the successes of the UK’s vaccination programme, in the wake of new findings from Unicef that 527,000 children in the UK missed out on the first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017. According to analysis released last month by Unicef, the UK has the third highest number of children unvaccinated for measles among all high-income countries, behind France and the United States.

Expanded portfolio of standardised IVD reagents for flow cytometry

Beckman Coulter is launching the ClearLLab 10C System for the clinical flow cytometry laboratory. The new system is the first 10-colour in vitro diagnostic (IVD) panel of immunophenotyping reagents cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for both lymphoid and myeloid lineages. The four dry pre-mixed antibody tubes use the company’s DURA Innovations technology, eliminating the need to pipette antibodies, improving efficiency while reducing potential for human error.

Biomedical and health scientists elected to Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship

The Academy of Medical Sciences has elected 50 of the UK’s leading figures in biomedical and health sciences to Fellowship. The new Fellows have been selected for their outstanding contributions to advancing medical science, cutting-edge research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and wider society.

Respiratory Microbiology – A Day of Inspiration

The next British Society for Microbial Technology (BSMT) Annual Scientific Conference, entitled Respiratory Microbiology – A Day of Inspiration, is just a few weeks away (Thursday 16 May 2019) and will be held at the RAF Museum Hendon.

Multi-application imaging at Anglia Ruskin University

Syngene has announced that its G:BOX Chemi XRQ multi-application imager is being used at Anglia Ruskin University as both a teaching tool and as part of research to analyse genes and proteins associated with diseases.

Lab Innovations wins prestigious Exhibitions News award

Lab Innovations, the UK’s only trade show dedicated to the laboratory industry, has won the prestigious ‘Best Trade Show’ Exhibition News award. One of the key awards of the exhibition industry, recognition by the Exhibition News (EN) Awards underscores the quality and value of attending Lab Innovations for visitors and exhibitors alike. Lab Innovations beat a strong field of 12 shortlisted shows, including the Farnborough International Airshow.