25th May 2004
The Royal College of Pathologists was honoured to present Her Majesty The Queen with a ‘low-allergy’ posy at their stand during the Royal visit to the Chelsea Flower Show. Ten-year-old Annabel MacLachlan, daughter of Ken MacLachlan who works for Sweden Diagnostics, market leader in vitro allergy diagnostics, presented Her Majesty with a posy of pink peonies.
Annabel said, “I was really excited and a bit nervous to meet Her Majesty The Queen. I think it’s really nice that she took the time to come to the College’s stand to find out about how pathologists are involved in allergies.”
Professor James Underwood, President of The Royal College of Pathologists added, “We were delighted to be given this special opportunity to explain the work of immunologists at our stand. The College’s exhibit is part of our mission to improve the public understanding of the work of pathologists.”
At The Royal College of Pathologists’ exhibition, ‘The Chelsea Pathology Laboratory’, visitors can find out how pathologists diagnose, treat and manage allergies. With the aid of state-of-the-art equipment used in the investigation of allergies, pathologists will be on hand to explain the biological mechanisms leading to allergic disease, and how laboratory and clinical investigations help to identify the specific causes of allergic symptoms in patients.
Her Majesty The Queen is Patron of The Royal College of Pathologists.
Annabel MacLachlan is ten years old and attends Wimbledon High School. She lives with her parents in Chiswick, West London. Annabel’s step-mother is a Member of The Royal College of Pathologists and is an immunologist specialising in paediatric allergies at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children.
Founded in 1962, the College is a professional membership organisation committed to the excellence in the practice of pathology.
Its 7700 Members and Fellows work in hospital laboratories, universities and industry worldwide.
The main specialties of pathology are clinical biochemistry, cytopathology, forensic pathology, genetics, haematology, histocompatibility and immunogenetics, histopathology, immunology, microbiology, neuropathology, paediatric pathology, toxicology, transfusion medicine, veterinary pathology and virology.
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26 March 2004