The British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS) annual conference took place in Brighton earlier this month. Bringing together delegates from across the world, BBTS 2018 provided a packed programme of talks, presentations, workshops and networking opportunities for transfusion professionals.
HSL was pleased to be exhibiting for the second year running. With videos showcasing HSL’s state of the art laboratories and information highlighting its fantastic reputation for training within transfusion science, the stand proved popular throughout the three day conference.
As well as the exhibition, BBTS hosted a number of social events including a gala dinner and awards ceremony. Malcolm Needs won the prestigious Gold Award for his career-spanning work in blood group serology and red cell immunohaematology. Now officially retired, Malcolm remains busy delivering training at HSL, lecturing at various universities in London and working as chief examiner in transfusion science for the IBMS. “I was delighted and shocked to receive the Gold Award,” Malcolm says. “It’s an honour to be recognised by the BBTS in this way.”
Malcolm has had many highlights in his career but is particularly proud of his role working in hospital blood transfusion during five major London incidents: three bombs and two rail crashes. “They were high pressure, adrenaline-filled situations,” he says. “But knowing that my work in the laboratory was helping to save people’s lives was an incredible feeling of achievement.”
Over the course of his career Malcolm has contributed to numerous books and teaching materials, and his research has discovered new blood group antigens and antibodies, including new variants of the Rh D antigen. He’s an inspiration to all those working in transfusion science and a well deserving winner of the BBTS Gold Award.