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Survey of Platelet Transfusions

Dear Colleague,

This survey is being conducted by NHS Blood and Transplant, Oxford.

We are keen to understand if there is clinical uncertainty about whether to give platelet transfusions in patients on anti-platelet agents with head injury.

The online survey form can be accessed from any computer, tablet, iPad, Smartphone or iPhone and should take you less than 5 minutes to complete

You can complete the survey in one sitting or save and return to it as often as you wish

Can I update the data after the form has been completed and locked?

No, but you can contact John Grant-Casey who will make any changes you wish

Can I have a copy of my responses?

Yes. Email John Grant-Casey and he will send your responses in an Excel spreadsheet

If you need help in accessing the form or have any questions, please email john.grant-casey@nhsbt.nhs.uk or call 07720 275388

COVID-19 Series: For health professionals, by health professionals

Over the last three months, this highly acclaimed series has explored the different topics and challenges that healthcare workers, leaders and the public are facing, and how we are responding. Developed to support and unite all healthcare workers on the frontlines with senior decision makers leading the response in this critical fight against COVID-19, as we navigate the challenges presented by the pandemic.

Episode 25: Thrombotic complications

Date: Thursday 25 June 2020
Time: 12:30pm – 1:00pm BST
Consultant haematologist Dr John Willan speaks to Beverley Hunt OBE, Professor of Thrombosis and Haemostasis at King’s College London, about the thrombotic complications in patients with COVID-19. They will consider whether thrombotic complications are more common for patients with COVID-19, if the rates of these complications can be reduced and if this impacts survival, and whether D-dimer results can be used to determine management.
Register here ►

Episode 24: Medical Journals

Date: Tuesday 23 June 2020
Time: 12:30pm – 1:00pm BST
Professor Sir Simon Wessely will speak to Dr Howard Bauchner, Editor-in-Chief of JAMA, and Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor-in-chief of The BMJ, about the role medical journals play in a global pandemic such as COVID-19. 
Register here ►

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2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Award Winners

Congratulations to the Award Winners at the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting

Scientist in Training Award
Miss Rachel Stapley

INVESTIGATING THE MECHANISMS THROUGH WHICH SLFN14 MUTATIONS CONTRIBUTE TO INHERITED THROMBOCYTOPENIA

Rachel J. Stapley1, Elizabeth J. Haining1, Andrea Bacon2, Steve P. Watson1,3, Neil V. Morgan1
1Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham
2MRC Centre for Immune Regulation, Genome Editing Facility, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK
3Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors, University of Birmingham and University of Nottingham, UK

Best Poster Award
Dr Um-May Sumya

DIETARY INTAKE OF ZINC MODULATES PLATELET INTRACELLULAR LEVELS AND HAEMOSTATIC PARAMETERS

U Sumya, J Beattie, F Thies, NJ Mutch
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, Institute of Medical Sciences, Foresterhill, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD
The Rowett Institute, Foresterhill, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD

Dr Nicola Mutch and Dr Claire Whyte win funding

The PhD studentship jointly funded by the BSH, Lifeblood and the BSHT has been awarded to Dr Nicola Mutch and Dr Claire Whyte from the University of Aberdeen for the following project:

The impact of thrombus composition on regulation of fibrinolysis under flow

Fibrin structure profoundly impacts a clots susceptibility to fibrinolysis with compact networks linked to early onset of coronary heart disease. Shear stress modulates the structure and cellular composition of thrombi in vivo, but most models of fibrinolysis do not account for flow.  This project will develop a novel flow model which allows thrombus formation and lysis to be visualized in a single system.  Using this novel model and our established Chandler model thrombi system, we will assess how shear rates that mimic venous and arterial circulation affect thrombus structure, composition and susceptibility to lysis. Using fluorescent confocal microscopy we will monitor movement of fibrinolytic proteases through thrombi of different compositions. In turn we will analyse how flow modulates lysis by plasminogen activators and clinically relevant thrombolytic agents.

We wish Nicola and Claire every success with this exciting research project!