The IBMS Biomedical Scientist of the Year award celebrates an exceptional biomedical scientist who has advanced practice in an innovative and impactful way, making a real difference to patients’ lives and inspiring those around them. It is one of the most prestigious categories at the annual Advancing Healthcare Awards, which took place on 21 May.
As well as being Principal Lecturer in Brighton's School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Dr Pitt has been the IBMS's leading expert in virology during the pandemic, sharing fact-checked information about COVID-19 for the benefit of the public. She has become a trusted interviewee with a host of leading media outlets, noted for combining professional expertise, measured responses and reassuring pragmatism.
Dr Sarah Pitt is credited with having a major positive impact on public safety and patient care during the pandemic. In addition to writing many well-researched but easy to understand articles for the public, she has provided valuable insights into the virology of COVID-19, and helped produce guidance documents to assist laboratory staff in hospitals, the public and schools involved in lateral flow testing. This work included helping to script an animated video explaining the testing process to the public.