COVID-19 Symposium 2023

Register for the COVID-19 Symposium 2023, held via Teams Webinar.

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16th March 2023
Venue: Attend online via Teams webinar.

Throughout the day, you will hear from healthcare leaders who held pivotal roles during the pandemic and experts from across the wider healthcare sector to learn about the crucial role of scientific research during the pandemic.

As well as a packed programme of talks, the event will feature a panel discussion session with specialists from the NHS, industry and leaders across the profession to explore how these sectors came together to counter the crisis, featuring a live Q&A with our audience.

Be sure to join us for this special online event, co-chaired by David Wells, IBMS Chief Executive, and Andrew Blann, Deputy Editor of the British Journal of Biomedical Science. We look forward to seeing you.





Welcome and introductions - Debra Padgett, IBMS President 


10:35 - 12:30

Morning Session - Chair: Dr Andrew Blann, Deputy Editor of the British Journal of Biomedical Science (BJBS) & IBMS Molecular Pathology Advisory Panel Chair



Putting COVID-19 into perspective: A history of epidemics and pandemics - Professor Tony Rhodes, Editor of the BJBS, International Medical University & University of Malaya, Malaysia 






Testing for SARS-CoV-2 in the laboratory and the community - Dr Sarah Pitt, IBMS National Council Member & Principal Lecturer in Microbiology, The University of Brighton



The UK’s response to the pandemic: establishing a national testing programme – David Wells, IBMS Chief Executive





13:15 – 16:15

Afternoon Session - Chair: David Wells



Panel discussion with Q&A:


Countering the COVID Crisis: How the profession, the NHS and industry responded to the challenge

Nicola Newman, Managing Director, Berkshire & Surrey Pathology Services

Geoff Twist, Managing Director UK & Ireland, Roche

Jane Mills, National Head of Pathology Transformation, NHS England



Treatments for COVID-19: The RECOVERY Trial – Dr Leon Peto, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Population Health






Vaccines and Vaccination – Dr Andrew Blann



COVID-19 induced changes in Blood science parameters from all ethnic groups – Dr Sukhjinder Marwah, Senior Biomedical Scientist, Sandwell General Hospital



Closing Remarks and next steps - Andrew Blann and David Wells



How do I register?

Attend online via Teams webinar

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Please note: Due to planned strike action for Thursday 16th March, we have cancelled the in-person element of this event. If you previously registered to attend in person, please re-register for the MS Teams webinar using the link above.