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40 years of looking through the microscope

28 April 2017
Graham Gatward, Chief Biomedical Scientist for Electron Microscopy (EM) in Histopathology, has retired today after 40 years of service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Graham is one of only a handful of specialist electron microscopists in the country and has been almost solely responsible for the EM service here for many years.

Graham Gatland, who has retired after 40 years service at Addenbrooke'sHis work has been vital for the provision of regional specialist histopathology services at Addenbrooke’s, especially renal histopathology, neuropathology and paediatric pathology, in which electron microscopy plays an essential part in diagnosis.

An electron microscope is capable of much higher magnifications and a greater resolving power than a light microscope, allowing it to see minute detail within cells, including structural components, organelles, and microorganisms such as viruses. This detail allows the identification of abnormalities which are not discernible by light microscopy and which would otherwise be impossible to diagnose with certainty.

Graham will be much missed by the department when he goes and Dr Sathia Thiru, Dr Meryl Griffiths and Dr Vicky Bardsley, consultants in renal histopathology paid tribute to their colleague.

“Graham’s expertise in EM has contributed particularly to the renal histopathology service, including the transplant service, at Addenbrooke’s and other hospitals in East Anglia,” they said.

“We are very grateful to him for all his excellent work, which has allowed us to provide a high quality diagnostic service.”

We all wish him well in his retirement.