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National Pathology Week Success

5-11 November 2018


DHEZ Academic hosted a series of public and staff engagement events in November to mark the Royal College of Pathologists National Pathology Week : 5-11 Nov. 2018.

We welcomed over 60 guests, ranging in age from 16 – 80 years old to our recently built fully equipped DHEZ Academic building.  We ran 6 ‘What happens to my biopsy doctor?’ events for different audiences and played host to Yorkshire Cancer Research and their supporters, University of Bradford staff and students, and A’ Level students from local schools and community. 

It was very much a team effort.  Dr Samar Betmouni led the visits with support from University staff Darren Brown and Anisha Mistry.  Our MSc Biomedical Sciences students also took a very active part in the events  by demonstrating the digital pathology processes to visitors.

Each session gave visitors an introduction to the role of pathology in diagnosis and research, a digital pathology demonstration, and a tour of laboratory processes including:

  • receipt of a tissue sample in a laboratory
  • tissue processing
  • embedding
  • sectioning and staining
  • production of tissue on a glass slide

Pathology is involved in 70% of all diagnoses made in the NHS. The events highlighted the importance of pathology’s role in patient care and how pathology in research is providing greater understanding of how diseases like cancer develop.  A better understanding of how diseases develop is the foundation of discovering new and better treatments. 

Our guests reported that the sessions improved their understanding of the role played by pathologists and biomedical scientists, and that they were particularly interested in how new technologies will impact on the delivery of diagnostic services in the future.  Here’s what they said they learnt: 

  • “New technology improving early pathology (faster).  Pathology is part of the multi-disciplinary team”
  • “Learned how digital pathology works.  Will be sharing with family and friends.”
  • “The use of digital imaging and how this can be shared so easily.  Use of algorithms fascinating for diagnostic use.”
  • “That more funding is required”
  • “High standard of lab work, great responsibility of staff”
  • “a more in-depth view of what biomedical scientists and pathologists do in the lab - e.g. making slides, scientists”
  • “The importance of team work in pathology, the hard work biomedical scientists do to prepare sample and amazing new innovations like the Philips Ultra Scanner”
  • “That pathologists play a very important role in the NHS”
  • “How lengthy the procedure is and the detail taken to ensure a valuable sample is optimised for diagnostic purposes”
  • “How labour intensive it is to process samples for examination”
  • “I learnt that there is a lot of technological advancement that are helping to shape and make diagnosis more accurate and precise”

If you’d like to find out more about our events, visit our facilities, or get involved with our research, please get in touch.

pathology laboratory demostration

MSc Student (Pavlos Trus) explaining the process of digital pathology to our visitors

Students in pathology lab

MSc Students Al-Hareth Mahdi (left) and Anandhree Naidoo (centre) with Faculty of Life Sciences Technician Anisha Mistry (right)