About the Video

Haematology and Immunology

Haematology and immunology crop up in all kinds of texts that medical translators are called upon to translate, such as lab reports, clinical trials, SmPCs, adverse drug reactions, and published articles. Focusing on topics that generate the most questions on medical translation forums, the speaker looks at:

  • Haematology (including coagulation) tests used to diagnose disease and to evaluate safety in clinical trials
  • Anaemia and its various causes
  • The different types of white cells, antibody classes, and cytokines
  • Allergy (including serious drug reactions), autoimmunity, and transplantation

Targeting translators who already work with medical texts, the webinar is partly scientific, to familiarise them with concepts and terminology, and partly practical, using examples from French to English translation to discuss pitfalls and false friends.


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Dr. Helen Genevier

Dr. Helen Genevier is a freelance French to English biomedical translator who came to translation from a science background. She obtained a BA Honours in Zoology from the University of Oxford, then moved to Paris for two years to learn French. Returning to the UK, she spent 11 years in various hospital and research labs: a haematology and blood transfusion lab of a London general hospital, the clinical immunology lab of Great Ormond Street children’s hospital, and finally the immunology department of the Institute of Child Health, doing research on primary immunodeficiencies. During this time, she obtained an MSc in Applied Immunology and a PhD from University College London. Helen started a new career in medical translation in 2002 after moving back to France in 1997. She’s a member of the SFT, the ITI Medical and Pharmaceutical Network, MET and EMWA and a regular translator for the French medical journal Prescrire.


1 hour

Who should watch it?

Both new and established translators working with medical texts.

What are the benefits to you?

This video presents concepts and terminology to help you tackle medical texts, as well as discussing pitfalls and false friends.

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  1. Maia Figueroa

    We have collected some of the comments from the webinar viewers from the previous site. Here are some of them!

    Fantastic and thorough. Will definitely refer back to this presentation again and again.
    I thought the content and the delivery were excellent.

    I attended a course on immunology before but felt I had forgotten everything. This was an excellent refresher! Thank you, Helen!

    Great presentation, with lots of useful resources.