College graduate in medical conference success

May 2011

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Lizzie Bannister, Writtle College student from 2006-2010, who now works for Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, has recently had her work presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the British Society for Haematology.

Lizzie, as second author of the poster entitled ‘High Incidence pseudothrombocytopenia post cardiopulmonary bypass’, collated and managed the data, statistics and graphs for the piece which was specifically compiled for one of the Haematolgy Doctors at Addenbrookes Hospital. The abstract for the piece has been published in the British Society for Haematology Journal (vol. 153).

During her studies at Writtle College Lizzie, who is hearing impaired, received note-taking support from the Communicator team in the Learner Services department. She started her studies at Writtle with a BSc (Hons) Conservation and Environment and later went on to complete an MSc in Conservation and Environment. Lizzie, who is a well-known and popular student at the College, is a shining example of a student determined not to let any disability hold her back.

Commenting about her co-authored medical research poster for Addenbrookes Lizzie said: “We have started to bring this project forward into an even bigger study, which has been officially recognised by the Pathology Department at Addenbrookes, where I am named as 'the study designer'. The more in-depth study involves us comparing our routine laboratory analyser with a new haematology analyser that is better at detecting platelet clumps and helps to tell truer platelet counts. I am already writing up text for our report, which may also at some stage turn into a scientific paper.”

Talking about her career since leaving Writtle College Lizzie went on to say: “So far I am really enjoying my time working for Addenbrookes Hospital. I am hoping to stay in the health care profession - the options are so vast! Biotechnology is a theme I am enjoying working with at the moment, but in the future I may be interested in combining my medicine experience with my academic experience of conservation science.”

The Annual Meeting of the British Society for Haematology was held at the Brighton Centre in early April.