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COVID-19: the infection challenging the world – report on a webinar

The 35th Annual Scientific Conference of the BSMT took place online on 11–14 May. Not surprisingly, the focus was on one topic, COVID-19, with a particular focus on laboratory aspects of the pandemic. Mark Wilks reports on behalf of the committee.

Emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants: a great challenge of the pandemic

Mutations to the SARS-CoV-2 genome, particularly to those sequences responsible for the spike protein on the viral surface, are causing concern. Recent research has looked at the findings of studies undertaken over the past 12 months.

Qualitative method comparisons: examining a binary transformation

In this penultimate article in his series on method comparisons, Stephen MacDonald moves on from difference analysis and the contribution of Bland and Altman to consider qualitative methods and also the role of McNemar, Yates and Cohen.

Andrology in the pandemic: open-access current research interest

In addition to the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection on the major organ systems of the body, there may also be reproductive consequences that go beyond the capacity to survive a viral attack from this pandemic agent of disease.

Improvement in quality performance: a solid working partnership

An important partnership between Beckman Coulter and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has resulted in the equipping of hospitals in the trust with up-to-date laboratory solutions at the cutting edge of analyser technology.

Breaking transmission of SARS-CoV-2: the effective use of biocide

Adrian Gee-Turner discusses the survival of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus on surfaces, the risk in transmission of this latest agent of disease, and also importantly the efficacy of hypochlorous acid in killing the virus.

Precision medicine for cancer treatment: role of optimised workflow

Precision medicine is revolutionising diagnostics and treatment by targeting mutations specific to various diseases. The Institute of Pathology and Neuropathology at Essen University Hospital is looking for biomarkers of key malignancies.

Paediatric diabetes: an exemplar of care in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

Dr Carrie Mackenzie describes the experience of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital diabetes team in delivering effective and innovative care for children and young people during the pandemic, embracing and overcoming the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Fetal red cell and platelet antigen genotyping: progress and pitfalls

Non-invasive fetal genotyping has greatly improved the care of pregnancies at risk of haemolytic disease of the newborn, with mass screening also being cost-effective for targeted anti-D prophylaxis. Edwin Massey and colleagues provide an overview.

A service that simplifies ISO15189 compliance and UKAS inspections

An introduction to a ground-breaking toolkit now available that aims to ease the burden of the many standards with which laboratories must comply, and reduce the stress associated with the regular accreditation visits

Rapid antibody testing: a tool in understanding COVID-19 prevalence

Detection of a serological response to SARS-CoV-2 is an integral part of the UK’s testing strategy. Here, Carolyne Horner considers the application of rapid SARS-CoV-2 antibody detection and how it could navigate the UK out of lockdown and beyond.

Plasma viscosity testing: an important role in COVID-19 disease

Plasma viscosity is significantly increased in patients testing positive for SARS-CoV-2. This fast, inexpensive and accurate test can aid in the identification of positive cases and potential to monitor disease progression, as Dan Gleghorn explains.

Method comparisons with quantitative data III: difference plots

In this latest article in his series on method comparisons, Stephen MacDonald moves on from covariance, correlation and regression, and the interpretation of results, to focus on difference analysis and the contribution of Bland and Altman.

COVID-19: The Infection Challenging the World – speakers and moderator

The forthcoming BSMT webinar series on COVID-19 will be held over four days (11-14 May). A total of eight presentations will be delivered by expert speakers, moderated by four members of the BSMT who will coordinate a Q&A session following each talk.

Primary warm autoimmune haemolytic anaemia: trial and case study

Jessica Johnson reports on potential findings in a virtual patient suspected of being anaemic, and investigates the process and results of a multicentre clinical trial comparing the use of monoclonal antibody treatment versus placebo.

Telomeres and telomerase: research on the genetic arrow of time

A search of the current scientific literature published in 2021 on this important element of chromosome structure, and its complementary enzyme, illustrates the diverse effects they have in health and disease.

Method comparisons with quantitative data II: a look at statistics

In this fifth article on method comparisons, Stephen MacDonald moves on from data collection and the application of basic graphing techniques, to focus this month on covariance, correlation and regression, and the interpretation of results.

How to stay out of lockdown: a personal view of the future

What does the future of healthcare’s response to pandemics look like? How can healthcare responses be changed, to avoid a repeat of the consequences experienced while trying to protect health services? Andrew Kemp considers the issues.

Tracked HbA1c: added value in diabetes diagnosis and monitoring

Improving laboratory processes for HbA1c analysis through integration within mainline haematology systems is finding favour in laboratories across Europe, as Sysmex illustrates in this overview and Danish exemplar.

Hepatitis C: looking at progress in the fight to achieve elimination

The momentum gained in tackling hepatitis C, before COVID-19, should not be lost, says Steve Ryder. Here, he provides an insight into the latest developments in the fight to eliminate hepatitis C, and issues a call to action.

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