From the Editor

From the Editor

Welcome to the April Bulletin.

From the President

From the President

Hello and welcome to the April edition of the Bulletin.

Celebrating our specialties

The UK’s contribution to the diagnosis and management of antibody deficiency

'Standing on the shoulders of giants you can see further…’ The advances in clinical immunology have been a collaborative effort with clinicians and scientists building on the work of others to bring about innovation. Here, Dr Kumararatne provides a personal account of some of these advances.

The journey to a greener pathology laboratory

Reducing the environmental impact of pathology laboratories while maintaining high standards is a balancing act that requires further exploration. In this article, we hear from the newly established BSVP Green Team and their work to improve sustainability in veterinary laboratories.

Improving anaesthetic care through collaboration: the Anaesthetic Allergy Working Party

Anaesthetic-related allergy is a rare but potentially life-threatening condition that can occur before, during or after an operation. The Anaesthetic Allergy Working Party was set up to improve patient care in this area and Dr Tomaz Garcez explains the need for standardised care and the role of immunologists and stakeholders such as RCPath.

Investigating fatal anaphylaxis

Immunologists are doctors and scientists who deal with the study, diagnosis and management of patients with disordered immune systems that are a result of acquired and inherited conditions or some blood cancers. They also advise on conditions in which immunological treatment forms an important part of therapy and/or prevention. Some immunologists specialise in treating allergies. Here, Dr Tomaz Garcez discusses fatal anaphylaxis and the role of the UK Fatal Anaphylaxis Registry.

Fatal call: getting away with murder

Forensic pathologists perform medico-legal post mortem examinations to determine the cause of death, including cases where a crime is suspected. They provide scientifically objective expert reports for the police, coroners, procurators fiscal and solicitors and give expert evidence in crown, family and coroners' courts among others. This section features an article by Home Office forensic pathologists, Dean Jones and Martin Allix.

The key role of veterinary pathology in public health

Veterinary pathologists work in animal disease surveillance, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. They play a key role in the development of safe and effective medicines and animal vaccines, and contribute to animal conservation and protection. In this article, SAC Chair Professor Roberto La Ragione explains the vital role of veterinary pathologists and microbiologists in developing a greater understanding of disease processes and treatments that not only help animals, but also humans.

Improving care following sudden infant death and sudden unexplained death in childhood through collaborative learning

Paediatric pathologists investigate illnesses affecting children up to 18 years of age. They are experts in diseases of childhood. Perinatal pathology includes the study of disorders of the placenta, problems affecting the development of unborn babies, and causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death. Here, Professor Marta Cohen and Dr Eleanor McTaggart provide an overview of learning from the SIDS and SUDC: past, present and future conference.

Report on the 15th International Congress on Paediatric Laboratory Medicine 2021

Paediatric pathologists investigate illnesses affecting children up to 18 years of age. They are experts in diseases of childhood. Perinatal pathology includes the study of disorders of the placenta, problems affecting the development of unborn babies, and causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death. Dr Charles van Heyningen reports on the 15th International Congress on Paediatric Laboratory Medicine 2021.

Medical microbiology and medical virology: ever-evolving specialties

Medical microbiologists oversee the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness caused by microorganisms (bacteria, fungi and parasites).Virologists oversee the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients with viral infections. In this article, we discover more about the key achievements in these specialties and the challenges they are facing, including emerging pathogens and antimicrobial resistance.

Mental health and wellbeing

Not another article about wellbeing and mental health

Dr Chris Tiplady is a consultant haematologist in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. He has a master's in clinical education and is an Executive Coach and Mentor as well as workplace mediator there. Here, Dr Tiplady discuss the importance of reflecting on your own mental health.

So much hides behind a smile

In this personal account about her own mental health and wellbeing, Claire Bowen highlights the need for better support for doctors.

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