Biomedical Sciences student wins Mitchel Lewis prize

Biomedical Sciences 5 December 2017

Olivia Martins

Olivia Martins who completed her MSc in Biomedical Sciences (Haematology) with a Distinction in October this year, has won the Mitchel Lewis prize for best poster at the NEQAS(H) 20th Annual Participants meeting in October held in Manchester at Old Trafford.

Olivia’s project supervised by Liz Buckland, Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences explored techniques for the accurate quantitation of anti-D antibodies following foetal-maternal haemorrhage during pregnancy. 

About the prize

Dr S. Mitchell Lewis was a consultant haematologist working at the Hammersmith Hospital who founded UK NEQAS in collaboration with Professor Tom Whitehead (a clinical chemistry consultant) in 1969. This followed work Dr Lewis undertook on the performance of Haemoglobin measurement in the late 1960s. This work also led to the development of the Haemoglobincyanide reference standard under the guidance of the International Committee for Standardisation in Haematology (ICSH). Dr Lewis was Chair of the ICSH from 1982 to 1994. Dr Lewis was Director of UK NEQAS Haematology until his retirement in the mid-1990s and was a regular attendee at the UK NEQAS Annual Participant’s meeting when these were established in 1996. When he finally retired from his emeritus position at the Hammersmith (around 2010), the then Director (Professor Keith Hyde) established the Mitchell Lewis poster prize, which is given to the winning poster at the Participants’ meeting each year.

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