Haematology has seen many significant advances thanks to research and major clinical trials. The discoveries being made today will continue to transform care.
In the words of our Past Presidents
‘…I think British haematology needs to be proud of their activity in clinical trials in some diseases.’
Alan Burnett, BSH President 1997 - 1998
‘…the actual highs of exhilaration come with seeing the results of your research and your ideas pan out in the laboratory and then move into the clinic.’
David Linch, BSH President 2009 - 2010
‘…we did the first trial in the world silencing a gene, the Bcl-2 gene, to good effect in patients with follicular lymphoma.’
Finbarr Cotter, BSH President 2010 – 2011
‘The UK has probably punched above its weight in haematology research…’
Michael Greaves, BSH President 2001 – 2003
Highlights from the haematology timeline
Our haematology timeline highlights many examples of pioneering research, including:
- 2010 Tranexamic acid used to stem bleeding in many different situations
- 2000s Transfusion: major advances in red cell genotyping
- 1990s A decade of development of imatinib therapy for CML
- 1984 Cloning and expression of factor VIII
- 1973 First reported bone marrow transplant for aplasia
- 1960s Development of anti-D immunoglobulin prophylaxis for haemolytic disease of the
fetus and newborn (HDFN)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 in the second half of 2019 and the start of 2020, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.