Westbury scientist wins 50-year medalWestbury scientist wins 50-year medal

June 27 2017

Westbury–on-Trym resident and biomedical scientist Stephen Clarke received a medal by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) for 50 years of dedicated service and membership.

Westbury–on-Trym resident and biomedical scientist Stephen Clarke received a medal by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) for 50 years of dedicated service and membership. 

Stephen worked as a Chief in Steroids and Reproductive Endocrinology at Southmead General Hospital until his retirement in 2007. His work involved the introduction of the service for phenylketonuria screening for the South West and the expansion of this service to include a wider range of investigations. 

 On receiving the award, Stephen said: “I was very pleased to receive this award. It’s been a very enjoyable career I’ve had, I’ve been very lucky. I have worked with some wonderful people, with the setup and examinations for the Institute.” 

Stephen joined the Institute in 1966, when it was formerly known as the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology (IMLT). He became a Fellow of the IBMS in 1971 and a Chartered Scientist in 2004. Stephen has also lectured at Bristol Polytechnic and was a member of the Institute’s specialist advisory panel in clinical chemistry, as a specialist advisor and Chief examiner. 

His research with John Foster on the development of portable Point of Care instruments to measure blood glucose levels was published in ‘A History of Blood Glucose Meters and their role in the Management of Diabetes’, and featured in the history exhibit on diabetes at the 2013 IBMS Congress, a massive professional conference dedicated to the latest advancements in biomedical science. 

Stephen has a strong interest in the history of biomedical science and has been a very active member of the Institute’s history committee since 2003. 

History Committee Chairman Dr David Petts said: “Stephen has given long service both to the Institute and the profession of biomedical science as a whole.  This medal is a token of recognition of his valuable contribution to science, education and the history of biomedical science.”

 Stephen writes extensively on the history of biomedical science and often contributes articles to the Institute’s monthly magazine for professionals, The Biomedical Scientist. He is also a keen amateur thespian.