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Simonne Weeks

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20192020

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Research interests

Simonne holds both Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration as a Senior Biomedical Scientist and a Fellow for the Higher Education Academy.  Drawing on 20 years of multidisciplinary pathology experience she has worked in both the NHS and private sector. Over the past four years she has divided her time between biomedical science practice and lecturing for University of Brighton (UoB). Now as a full-time academic, Simonne has redesigned the biomedical science training programme that has been praised by IBMS professional body for its ability to withstand COVID-19 pandemic pressures.

Simonne has a wide scope of research interests:

  • Covid-19 Research team with Universities of Oxford, Glasgow, Shefield and Lincoln who are building on the success of a published work which uses artificial intelligence to help the early detection of coronavirus.
  • In science communications she was awarded the opportunity to be one of the biomedical advisors for a Wellcome Trust funded research project titled ‘Blood Culture’ (https://www.blood-culture.com/credits.html).
  • As an early career researcher, she have developed research interests in blood and organ donation that spans various disciplines - social science, education, health science and media as well as biomedical science. Currently she is collaborating with Kings College, London and BSUH NHS Trust on an organ donation and transplant education intervention pilot study.
  • As a practicing biomedical science for the private and public sector, Simonne is interested in developing and evaluating quality improvement interventions within the patient-care pathway that involve multi-disciplinary teams that ultimately improve health outcomes for patients. Specifically, there is call for more action in reducing the errors that occur during the transfusion pathway as indicated by the latest SHOT (Serious Hazards of Transfusion) report.

Approach to teaching



Simonne is involved in a number of Biomedical Science research engagements such as:

  1. She is an active member of the Applied Biosciences Research and Enterprise Group (REG) within PABS. Within this research support network she develops grant proposals for external funding which enhances her research profile. In turn, her revised proposals are effectively translated into undergraduate and postgraduate research projects. Such as investigating the ‘Effects of storage on RBCs for efficacy for transfusion’ . This research was modified to incorporate and build on the laboratory skills her students have experienced throughout their degree.

  2. Awarded Wellcome Trust funding for a student to work with her in the laboratory over summer 2018 on an Infection Prevention research study.

  3. She currently supervises a diverse range of research topics which enable her students to learn research skills in:

  • Tissue Culture labs e.g., ‘Growth inhibition and apoptosis progression in human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma by the isothiocyanate sulforaphane’

  • Microbiology labs e.g., ‘Evaluating the Antimicrobial Capabilities of Manuka Honey by accessing the inhibitory response of Staphylococcus aureus

  • Biosciences meta-analysis.g., ‘Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML); a review of its origin, genetics, clinical progression, and current treatment strategies.’

4. Awarded Research Investment Fund (PABSRIF) funding to attend conference NAEP (The National Association of Educators in Practice) titled ‘Learning in Practice: a critical perspective'. This has enabled her to secure a collaboration research partners with Kings Hospital University NHS trust and BSUH NHS Trust to design, implement and evaluate a 'Organ donation and transplantation' education intervention.

The number of pedagogical developments she has designed and implemented include:

  1. A peer-assessment element to laboratory assessment: providing immediate feedback that has enhanced student learning and reduced the marking burden. More importantly this addressed a key area in the NSS and BSS survey of student’s unsatisfactory response to feedback.

  2. Participation in a university pilot study that was published on Edublogs in 2015 using apps like Nearpod when teaching and learning in large cohorts.

  3. Nominated for ‘Innovative Teaching’ Award for University of Brighton

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Brighton

Award Date: 1 Jul 2017

Bachelor, Queensland University of Technology

Award Date: 11 Jan 1999

External positions

Senior Biomdical Scientist , Nuffield Health Hospital

Senior Biomedical Scientist, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Keywords

  • Q Science (General)
  • RB Pathology
  • LF Individual institutions (Europe)

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Projects

BAME Workshop: NHS Blood & Transplant UK Organ Donation

Weeks, S.

NHS Blood and Transplant

1/10/1930/06/20

Project: Research Councils / Government Depts.

Research Output

Use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to predict SARS-CoV-2 infection from full blood counts in a population: Use of ML and AI to predict SARS-CoV2 without PCR

Banerjee, A., Ray, S., Vorselaars, B., Kitson, J., Mamalakis, M., Weeks, S., Baker, M. & Mackenzie, L. S., 16 Jun 2020, In : International Immunopharmacology. 86, 106705.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Covid-19: New training programme

    Weeks, S., 9 Oct 2020

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