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Task Force on Geriatric Laboratory Medicine (TF-GLM)


Name Position Country Term Time in Office
C. Balion Chair CA 1st 2016 03 - 2018 12
G. Lippi Member IT 1st 2016 03 - 2018 12
F. Sagin Member TR 1st 2016 03 - 2018 12
L. Shaw Member US 1st 2016 03 - 2018 12
G. Sypniewska Member PL 1st 2016 03 - 2018 12


The TF-GLM aims to improve knowledge and understanding of key changes in physiology and pathophysiology that occur in elderly subjects and the impact that these may have on laboratory medicine parameters.



1. To conduct a literature review of laboratory medicine in geriatric populations
2. To write and publish a review article on the impact of ageing on laboratory medicine parameters
3. To undertake three specific literature based projects of importance to laboratory medicine in geriatric subjects. These projects will be selected in association with a partner clinical organisation and may include:
      • Reference intervals for key laboratory medicine parameters
      • The impact of drugs commonly prescribed to geriatric subjects on metabolism and the consequences for laboratory medicine parameters
      • New biomarkers of ageing and/or specific disorders found in geriatric subjects
      • Clinical guidelines for the investigation of one or more disorders occurring in geriatric populations 


The TF-GLM will seek to collaborate with an international clinical organisation. The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) has been approached to be a partner for TF-GLM



1. TF-GLM will publish a general review on the impact of ageing on laboratory medicine parameters
2. TF-GLM will publish a scientific article at the conclusion of each specific project
3. TF-GLM will seek to provide speakers and symposia an international congresses of laboratory medicine and geriatric medicine
4. TF-GLM will produce simple educational support materials (e.g. on-line learning module) to assist trainees in laboratory medicine to understand the impact of ageing



The TF-GLM will report to the Executive Board through the President.


List of Corresponding Members, nominated by National Societies

Name Full Member Society
Shu-Ping Hui Japan Society of Clinical Chemistry (JSCC)
Ram Vinod Mahato Nepalese Association for Clinical Chemistry
Abdullah Mainasara Association of Clinical Chemists Nigeria (ACCN)
Saman Peduru Hewa Association for Clinical Biochemistry, Sri Lanka


List of addresses



Dr. Cynthia Marie Balion
Department of Laboratory Medicine
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
50 Charlton St. East
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 4A6


Prof. Giuseppe Lippi
Full Professor of Clinical Biochemistry
Section of Clinical Biochemistry
University of Verona

Prof. Grażyna Odrowąż-Sypniewska
Chair and Department of Laboratory Medicine
Collegium Medicum Bydgoszcz
Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń
ul. M. Skłodowskiej-Curie 9
85-094 Bydgoszcz

Ferhan G. Sagin, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry
Ege University, Faculty of Medicine
Department of Medical Biochemistry
35100 Bornova, Izmir

Dr. Leslie M. Shaw
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
7.103 Founders Pavilion
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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