Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is my great pleasure to announce that the 22 nd IFCC-EFLM European Congress of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine “EuroMedLab Athens 2017” will be held in Athens, Greece, June 11 th – June 15 th and to invite you to participate to this very interesting conference. Whether you work in a hospi- tal, a university, in private practice or in the diagnostics indus- try “EuroMedLab Athens 2017” will be the place to come. The chance to combine leading world experts with the unique art treasures of Athens represents a valuable opportunity to promote Art and Science meeting and to allow people coming from all over the world to gather and exchange ideas. This will be a special conference held in the excellent at Megaron – the Athens Congress Center in the wonderful city of Athens. EuroMedLab 2017 will cover all the scientific, doctrinal and technological aspects of Laboratory Medicine. We are expect- ing thousands of participants from all over the world and a great contribution from exhibitors. A well calibrated program of oral and poster presentations, and dedicated workshops, will guarantee an efficient exchange of ideas and allow pro- ductive discussions. The organization of the congress is already completed. I am certain the organizing did an outstanding job in delivering a program of high quality and interest containing innovative ideas and of direct relevance to modern laboratory medicine. The accompanying industrial exhibition will provide informa- tion and advice on the most up to date equipment, diagnos- tics, informatics and professional practice. These are exciting times in the world of laboratory medicine. Therefore, laboratory medicine specialists and the diagnostic industry have a responsibility to work together to convert data into knowledge which can be used to add value to patients health.
I look forward to welcoming you in Athens,
Prof. Maurizio Ferrari
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is indeed a great pleasure to welcome you to Athens and to Euromedlab 2017. We organise these conferences for many reasons. Most important to disseminate new information that we hope can contribute to improved patient care in the short or in the long run. Secondly, to meet people and to exchange ideas and experiences. This is as important since implementation of new ideas needs communication between laboratory professionals. We also need to bring the information from conferences back to our hospitals where we must engage in dialogue with our clinical colleagues. They must learn about how to interpret laboratory tests, how much can they trust them, what are the uncertainties, what are significant changes between serial results. We have to learn about the consequences of laboratory results, how do clinicians use them, how do they benefit patients. We are living in a time with huge changes also for laboratory medicine and we have to be informed of these changes and the possibilities to be able to transform our laboratory and our hospitals in an efficient way. So – these are your tasks in Athens: To learn, to be inspired, to start – and to facilitate cooperation, to meet old friends and to get new friends and to be part of an international network in laboratory medicine. EFLM, the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine welcomes especially its 40 member societies, representing more than 22 000 specialists in laboratory medicine, to this event. EFLM wants to stimulate the scientific, regulatory, professional and clinical aspects of laboratory medicine in Europe. I do look forward to seeing you during the conference.
Prof. Sverre Sandberg
On behalf of Balkan Clinical Laboratory Federation it is a great pleasure to welcome you all to the 22nd IFCC-EFLM European Congress of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine and 25th BCLF Meeting. Looking at the final program it is obvious that Athens from June 11-15 2017 will be a place of utmost importance for all the European and international community of specialist in laboratory medicine. The organizers have taken a great effort to fulfill broad range of demands for an up to date scientific program that will further contribute to the future of promising development of laboratory medicine. Planed innovations will give all of us the opportunity to actively participate in finding solutions for common challenging areas of our profession. As a regional organization, BCLF gathers laboratory medicine specialists from the entire Balkan region with the aim of improving clinical laboratory practice in each of the Balkan countries. Our joined efforts result in close collaboration, establishment and encouragement of high professional standards in clinical laboratory science and its service to humanity. EuroMedLab Athens 2017 is another exciting opportunity for us to get together, strengthen friendship and cooperation with colleagues from other countries, as well as stay abreast of the latest developments in clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine. Athens procured a significant part of the foundations of modern democracy, science and medicine, but it is also a place of outstanding hospitality and friendliness. This ancient and modern city, with equal measurements of grace and strength, will ensure an exquisite location for our meeting with countless opportunities for an exciting social program. I sincerely hope that EuroMedLab Athens 2017 will be remembered as an excellent and exhilarating scientific event that will bring us new knowledge, ideas for research and improve the quality of work delivered by our medical laboratories.
We sincerely hope to see you in Athens in June of 2017.
Prof. Najdana Gligorovic Barhanovic