BSHT 2022 ASM report

Dr Nikki Mutch, President of the BSHT and the BSHT committee were delighted to welcome back 110 attendees to their BSHT Annual Scientific meeting in person held at P&J Live in Aberdeen from 26-28 January 2022.

For the first time we organised an ECR event on the night preceding the conference.  We delivered an insight into various stages of the academic career path, including applying for postdoc and fellowship positions, applying for grants and forming collaborations.

The main conference included 6 plenary talks. Professor Steve Watson gave an excellent description of novel platelet GPVI ligands. Dr Nicola Curry, gave a fascinating insight into the dysregulation of the haemostatic system during trauma induced coagulopathy. Dr Catherine Bagot gave a timely overview into the development of COVID-19 vaccine-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis. Dr Matthew Harper enthusiastically described the development of a model of thrombus formation under flow, Professor Helen Philippou presented on novel inhibitors of the contact activation coagulation pathway and Professor Beverly Hunt gave an insightful update on coagulopathy in COVID-19. 

Highlights included an ‘emerging fellows’ talk by Dr Fraser Macrae on the formation and protective role of fibrin films on blood clots and a talk by Megan Simpson on the hypofibrinolytic state induced in COVID-19 patients which correlates with disease severity. This timely research won the Biochemical Society sponsored Scientist in training prize. An exciting theme throughout the conference were the topical presentations on COVID-19 and vaccine related thrombotic pathologies, their underlying mechanisms and treatment strategies being developed to tackle them. 

Overall, the BSHT 2022 delivered highly interesting, timely and impressive research from across the UK and provided ECRs from the society an excellent platform to present their research and develop their careers.

BSHT 2022 attendees
BSHT2022 attendees
Awardees of the Scientist in Training Award: 
BSHT2022 Scientist in Training presenters

(photographed left to right)

HSP47 regulates collagen structure and synthesis by megakaryocytes  
Gemma Little (Reading)

Fibrin Film and its Interactions with Red Blood Cells and Platelets   
Ghadir Alkarithi (Leeds)

Neutrophils and NETs Produce Clots with Different Types of Fibrin Fibers 
Yu Shi  (Leeds)

Shear-induced platelet reactivity in native blood assessed at the point-of-care correlates with thrombin generation in patients with myocardial infarction 
Rahim Kanji (London)

Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 and its cofactor vitronectin induce a hypofibrinolytic state in COVID-19 disease which correlates with disease severity 
Megan Simpson  (Aberdeen)

Winner of the poster prize
BSHT2022 poster winner - Louis de Bernard 2jpg

Tranexamic acid has a direct impact on the structure of the fibrin network
Louis de Bernard (Oxford)

Poster runner up prize
BSHT2022 poster runner up - Safa Gayes

Using CRISPR/Cas9 to investigate the structure/function relationship of PLC𝜸2 in platelets
Safe Gayes (Reading)