By taking pride in their work, the haematology community can continue to inspire medical students and health professionals in the field. With their mentorship, the next generation will continue to transform haematology as they advance in their careers.
In the words of our Past Presidents
‘I have had a number of people who I have looked up to who've been great mentors. Not always necessarily haematologists, but I think that having people that you can discuss things with who have your best interest at heart is important.’
Finbarr Cotter, BSH President 2010 - 2011
‘Well, I was lucky enough to work as a houseman for a guy, a really remarkable man called David Weatherall, who was not only a brilliant scientist, a real innovator in genomics, it was really walking around the wards with Sir David, that made me realise how important the human contact and how important it is for patients to feel that you're really prepared to do anything for them, go the extra yard and nobody could have expressed that better than Sir David. So he really was the inspiration, not just for me, but for many, many people.’
Charles Craddock, BSH President 2017 - 2018
‘In this great morass of science and clinical care, you need a mentor, or more than one.’
Anthony Goldstone, BSH President 2000 – 2001
Highlights from the haematology timeline
Our timeline includes many examples of inspiring others, including:
- 2010s Increased awareness of genetic haemochromatosis
- 1980s Advances in bone marrow transplantation for many indications
- 1974 Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Registry established
- 1969 Founding of the MRC Leukaemia Unit
Browse the full timeline for more examples using the link below or in the right-hand menu.
Reflections from the haematology community
In preparation for our 60th anniversary, we invited members of the haematology community to share with us their thoughts and reflections.
Find out more about our anniversary video contributors.
It is not too late to participate – please send your story to [email protected].
The views expressed in the material filmed for the anniversary are those of the participants involved and do not necessarily represent the views of the British Society for Haematology.
Filming took place during the second half of 2019 and the start of 2020, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.