SEQC Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine

Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine

Clinical laboratory professionals defend their role in improving health outcomes

On October 24, 25, and 26 Bilbao will host the main national scientific event for Laboratory Medicine, the National Clinical Laboratory Congress (LabClin 2018)

  • Organized by the Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine (SEQCML), the Spanish Association of Medical Biopathology-Laboratory Medicine (AEBM-ML) and the Spanish Clinical Laboratory Association (AEFA)
  • More than 100 speakers and moderators will participate in the various scientific activities of the Congress, such as pre-Congress courses, symposia, workshops, communications, posters, and conferences
  • Autoimmunity, allergy, and immunology; genetics and molecular techniques; reproductive pathology and prenatal diagnosis; endocrinology and hormones; infectious diseases, medications and drugs of abuse, quality assurance and cardiac and tumour markers, are just some of the topics that will be addressed at this gathering

In October, Bilbao will host the XII National Clinical Laboratory Congress (LabClin 2018), organized by the three national clinical laboratory societies, the Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine (SEQCML), the Spanish Association of Medical Biopathology-Laboratory Medicine (AEBM-ML) and the Spanish Clinical Laboratory Association (AEFA), which will allow for a Congress in which the interests of all laboratory professionals come together.

The importance of this Congress is that it represents the principal national scientific event for laboratory medicine, which together with the multiple and varied training activities provided by each of the scientific societies and by the professionals themselves, makes it a scientific reference for the field and reflects the enormous professional stimulation of the laboratory specialties.

Dr. Mercedes Martinez-Novillo González, president of the Congress Organizing Committee, affirms that at the present time "the clinical laboratory area is being recognized as a field of knowledge whose leadership and visibility we must defend and proclaim, highlighting the role of the laboratory professional as a key figure in the current healthcare model, which is focusing increasingly on the patient, and reinforcing the role of Laboratory Medicine in improving health outcomes for citizens".

High scientific level

The purpose of the Congress is to be a professional meeting point of the highest scientific quality, which encourages the assistance of expert professionals-in-training, to facilitate the updating of knowledge and the approach to new challenges in the laboratory, as well as to constitute a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experiences of enormous value, which facilitates collaboration between different working groups.

For this, the scientific content and format of the Congress is key. Dr. Antonio Buño, president of the Congress Committee of the Spanish Society of Laboratory Medicine, explains that the creation of the scientific program involved specialists of recognized prestige, both nationally and internationally, in each of the areas addressed".

Specifically, the scientific program is based on 13 thematic areas: autoimmunity, allergy and immunology; genetics and molecular techniques; reproductive pathology and prenatal diagnosis; endocrinology and hormones; infectious diseases and microbiology; technical evaluation, point-of-care testing (POCT); medications and drugs of abuse; renal and digestive function; pre-analytics; quality assurance, information technology and management; haematology and haemostasis; cardiac markers, and lipid and tumour markers.

Thanks to this variety of areas of knowledge, the Congress will cover most of the fields that nowadays concern Laboratory Medicine specialists. In addition, given that "laboratory professionals are increasingly involved in hospital life, it is important to have knowledge of a broad range of disciplines, such as quality, management, research and teaching, innovation, etc., so these subjects also have their place in the scientific program, "says Dr. Martínez-Novillo.

"The official activities of the Congress program, such as pre-Congress courses, symposia, and other sessions, are combined with workshops. All of this means that there are more than 35 different activities in total, and this ensures a broad coverage of the different clinical laboratory disciplines in a way that enables the continuous training of the attendees (among whom are future specialists who are currently carrying out their periods of specialized training), and provides updates on hot topics in our specialty," says Dr. Buño.

New this edition

Throughout the three days of the Congress (October 24, 25, and 26) there will be numerous scientific activities - endorsed by the excellent results obtained in previous editions -, such as 4 pre-Congress courses and 10 symposia, not counting the close to 15 workshops organized by in vitro diagnostic companies (DIV), conferences, and the presentation of communications and posters, among other activities in which more than 100 speakers and moderators will participate.

Among the novelties of this edition, it is worth highlighting the introduction of a debate session format, presenting a current topic that will be the subject of debate between two positions. This new approach will allow us to provide new ways of sharing professional opinions, framed in the current healthcare situation.

Likewise, for the first time, communications in English may be presented, with the aim of allowing us to receive work by professionals who are interested in participating in the Congress but who cannot do so in Spanish.

In addition, the DIV companies will present their latest news on both technical and knowledge fronts in this high level forum, contributing the criteria of innovation in the latest trends. "This platform represents a forum of interest for everyone, and in addition the participation and ongoing collaboration of these companies represents an endorsement of the specialties of Laboratory Medicine", concludes the president of the Organizing Committee of the Congress.