Bernadette Jackson, President of the Academy

It is a great honour to accept the role of President of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine.
The Academy – representing Medical Scientists – those unseen, largely unknown scientists, working in Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Services, who provide analyses, results, diagnoses and expertise to support the patient across many laboratory medicine disciplines.

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The Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine, the professional body representing medical scientists in Ireland. Medical scientists are a regulated profession.

The Medical Scientists Registration Board at CORU established its register on 31 March 2019. As and from this date the Medical Scientists Registration Board is designated as the Competent Authority for the profession of Medical Scientist under the relevant legislation.

The vision of the Academy is “To support excellence in clinical science and laboratory medicine, and in doing so, enhance patient outcomes”.


There will be no notary services from the Academy office with the current restrictions in place.


At the Academy AGM (2020), Past President, Dr Brigid Lucey, highlights the need for more Medical Scientists in our hospitals

Covid-19 shows that the required expertise is available in Medical Scientists, but capacity and infrastructure are sadly lacking. There is an urgent need for more Medical Scientists working in hospitals, as all hospital laboratories face serious recruitment and retention challenges.

Academy statement


Webinar: “Lean in the Lab”, Friday, 19th February, 1pm.

Speakers: Paudy O’ Gorman (CMS POCT), Anna Purcell (SMS Cellular Pathology),  Louise O Sullivan (CMS Microbiology) and Aine Lennon (SMS Haematology).  Topics include: Introduction to Lean concepts/terminology and Discussion on Lean Projects with Q&A session.

ACSLM Members free, Non-Members €30.  Registration is now open.
Registration information click here.


Webinar: Beyond the Batchelors – Wednesday 17th February 6pm. 

Take the opportunity of hearing from a number of speakers highlighting some of the many further educational opportunities available to biomedical scientists after graduating. This will be a great opportunity to inform students about the various opportunities available to them following graduation due to the lack of events such as in-person open days in these challenging times.

The event is hosted by UCC Biomedical Science Society.

Speakers include: Fabian McGrath, Prof Gerard Boran, Dr Declan McKenna and Alison Malkin.

For more information and registration – click here

Double Webinar: Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11th February 2021.

Join Dr Anne Mac Lellan, FACSLM, Surveillance Scientist, Connolly Hospital, Dublin speaking on “Barriers to Women in Research” and Clíona O’Shea, BSc, MACSLM, Medical Scientist, Molecular Microbiology, Children’s Hospital Ireland at Crumlin, winner of the President’s Prize 2020 from Cork Institute of Technology (now Munster Technological University) talks about “Investigation of the ability of the bacteriocin nisin to inhibit coagulase negative Staphylococci”.

For more information click here

To Book: go to, click CPD tab, Click Events tab, members Login. (non-members create a non-member account & Login).
Booking open Tuesday 9th February 11am. Queries to CPD officers at:   This webinar is free of charge to all.


Free Webinar: RCSI’s Annual Charter Meeting will take place virtually from Tuesday, 2 February to Saturday, 6 February 2021. Webinar videos available now (see below).

The theme of Charter Week 2021 is ‘Charter Goes Global’. The meeting will be delivered in a virtual programme that includes 120 speakers from five continents. This event has passed but the entire programme is available on video. Click here to view. 


Biomedica 2020

The Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine wish to sincerely thank all the speakers and chairs who took time to present during the week. Also thanks to Stepex, Hugh and Kirsten and especially you, the attendees who registered and attended the webinars. We hope you enjoyed the week of Medical Science and the webinar videos are available in the On-Demand section of Biomedica, Click here.    Happy Christmas all from the ASCLM Team.


New COVID-19 Laboratory Testing Equipment for Galway University Hospitals Results in Quicker Test Results

The laboratory at Galway University Hospitals has begun COVID-19 testing using a new high-throughput molecular PCR machine. Read the article released 2nd November by Saolta. Click here for full article.


VTE DUBLIN 2020 – Podcasts/Videos now available

Thrombosis Ireland is a patient organisation that aims to enable all people on anticoagulation therapy to live the best possible lives. They are running a patient conference webinar on sept 30th and Oct 1st 2020. Click here for podcasts/videos

Marie Culliton talks to Katie Hannon on RTE Radio 1

Marie Culliton talks to Katie Hannon on RTE Raduio 1: Saturday with Katie Hannon. Marie discusses the staffing crisis that currently exists in laboratories nationwide, possible solutions and is asked by Katie about recent MLSA action.

Click here to listen to the podcast. It’s 8 minutes long and contains only Marie’s interview



Medical Science: 2020 Vision

The Academy held 3 webinars on the 25th May/26th May. Full program accompany’s each webinar. Each webinar has at least 4 speakers.
First: Engagement and Advancement Advisory Body – Early Career Scientists Forum
Second: Cervical Cytology: Updates and Opportunities in Cervical Cytology
Third: Covid-19 Updates
Click Here for videos


Webinar video: ‘Scientific Writing Workshop’ – Part 1 

View the Scientific Writing Workshop Webinar video. This workshop was aimed at 1st & 2nd year students. Joint presentation by the ACSLM, CIT and UCC Biomed. Scient. Soc.  Click here for video

WEBINAR video: ‘Scientific Writing Workshop’ – Part 2

Format: This workshop is geared towards 3rd and final year students who are preparing to start their final year projects. It will be run as a questions and answers session, so that the students can get the most out of it. We will be asking students to submit their questions in advance via a google form ( CLICK HERE ) and also through polls on our social media channels. Róisín Spriggs  will chair the session and ask the questions, acting as the voice of the students. Dr. Brigid Lucey & Katie O’Brien will answer questions. Click here for video

CPD Opportunities are available – where to find them!

Go to  CPD tab,  Login,  Members Area,   Hover over “Members CPD Area”  or MCQ’s
Don’t forget CPD/Reflective Learning resources with self-awarding CPD credits information and past ACSLM webinar videos “buttons” above on this page. These contain CPD learning opportunities. Queries to

See the Academy’s Webinar Calendar: Click here

The ISTH 2020 Virtual Congress abstracts. 

The ISTH 2020 Virtual Congress abstracts are now live on the online program as well as available via the convenient, searchable database at, or the RPTH addendum of abstracts here and late-breaking/covid abstracts here.

Marie Culliton talks to David McCullagh on Wednesday Six One News, 16th September. 

If you missed the interview on COVID testing, you can pick it up on the web HERE
This is the RTE SIX ONE News, the programme is 46 minutes long but Marie’s interview starts at 25 minutes 28 seconds into the programme.


Marie Culliton talks to Business Post’s Susan Mitchell: explaining the differences between the various types of Covid-19 tests that are currently being deployed and more (3rd June 2020)
Listen to podcast here


The Blood is the Life – A Golden Age in Irish Blood Transfusion 1865 – 1879. John O’Loughlin, Laboratory Manager – Rotunda Hospital. Click Here to read

Pat Mulhare talks to Matt Cooper
on Laboratory Testing (Tuesday 28th April). Podcast is approx. 8 min. long. Click Here to listen.

demy Statement Regarding Covid-19
Covid-19 Statement

New HSE Laboratory Reporting Guideline 

Monday 27 January, the HSE and RCPI launched a new guideline for communicating critical lab results to patients

Infectious disease expert Professor Martin Cormican
1) Q & A session on RTÉ’s Liveline with Joe Duffy to answer questions from worried callers
2) Link to the actual podcast of Joe Duffy’s RTE Radio 1 programme, Friday 13th March

AMRIC Newletter: January 2020, Edition Number: 5
Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control Team – HSE January 2020, Edition Number: 5

CPD Certificate in Molecular Cervical Cytopathology (Level 9)
Joint Programme of the School of Biological and Health Sciences, Technological University Dublin, and the Cellular and Molecular Cytopathology Training School, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital in partnership with CervicalCheck.

Absolute Confidence
Legal implications for Medical Scientists of “Absolute Confidence”, Fitness to Practice and Professional Liability. Mary Seery Kearney, BL.

Statutory Regulation for Medical Scientists
Mr. Colm O’Leary, (Ex-Head of Regulation), CORU


Coru Register
Medical scientists register opened on Sunday 31st March 2019. The Academy will ensure that this process is as simple as possible for its members.


CORU – Regulating Health + Social Care Professionals – CORU FAQ’s: 


The Cross Judgement “Absolute Confidence”
Listen to Academy Council member, Marie Culliton, speak on The Cross Judgement “Absolute Confidence”

Privacy Notice
The Academy is committed to protecting and safeguarding your personal data. In compliance with the EU general data protection regulations (GDPR) we have recently updated our privacy policy. The notice can be viewed here.

Professional Code of Conduct
The document is available here.

Non-ACSLM Events/Information  Click Image 

We invite you to a Webinar for Rare Disease Day 2021 on 26 February. Our guest public lecture by Prof. Chas Bountra, University of Oxford: Lesson from 2020: Together we can do the Impossible. Register here: #RareDiseaseDay

Is your LIMS programmed to allow the assigning of antenatal serology rules to male patients?

Alex Liversidge of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust & Leeds Beckett University joins us next week to discuss all things transgender in transfusion.

Reg here:

I am honoured by the unanimous decision today, of the Foreign Ministers of the 27 Member States, to extend my mandate as EU Special Representative for Human Rights for a further two years. #EU4HumanRighrs

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