Contributed by Dr. Ghassan Shannan, SCLA President, IFCC
ArabMedLab2006 was held under the Patronage of H E the
Prime Minister of Syria who was represented by H E the Minister of
The opening ceremony was special this time, as Dr.
Maher Housami, the Syrian Minister of Health together with Dr.
Ghassan Shannan, the President of the Syrian Clinical Laboratory
Association presented Plaques of Appreciation to former and current
presidents of IFCC & AFCB.
From left to right: Dr.
Abdelghafour Guidera (Morocco) AFCB Past President, Dr. Rene
Dybkaer (Denmark) IFCC Past President, Dr.Gerard Siest (France)
IFCC Past President, Dr. Matthew McQueen (Canada) IFCC Past
President, Dr. Mathias Mueller (Austria) IFCC Past President, H E
Dr. Maher Housami, Syrian Minister of Health, Jocelyn Hicks (USA)
IFCC President, Dr. Ghassan Shannan (Syria)SCLA President, Dr.
Fouad Harb (Syria) AFCB Past President, Dr. Yousif Bilto (Jordan)
AFCB Past President.
Professor Eyad Chatty, Professor of Pathology, former Minister
of Health of Syria, presented the opening lecture of the congress.
He presented his vision of "the Changing Role of Pathology in
Management of Disease"
The opening ceremony was followed by Syrian folklore dancing,
which was admired by the audience.
The scientific activity of the congress started at 09:00 hrs
Saturday 29 April 2006 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Damascus, Syria
with a symposium on Bone Disease. The scientific programme included
13 Symposia, 5 Plenary Lectures and 9 Workshops. The topics
included, Infectious Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Application
of ISO Standards in Laboratory Medicine, Allergy & Autoimmune
Disease, Haematology & Coagulation Disorders, Molecular
Profiling of Disease, New Technology & Management in Laboratory
Medicine, Toxicology & TDM and Quality Management &
Training in Laboratory Medicine.
Some 120 Posters were presented; the posters covered a wide
range of topics in Laboratory Medicine.
60 speakers from 24 countries of Europe, Asia, Australia, North
& South America, North Africa and the AFCB region addressed
various topics of Laboratory Medicine. Several IFCC officers
including the current and past presidents, in addition to FESCC
executive board presented their experience through special
The Congress attracted some 1500 participants from 35 countries,
with a sizable number of participants from Tunisia, Sudan and
Palestine. The majority of participants were from the host country
An Industrial Exhibition accompanied this scientific activity.
The exhibition attracted 32 local and international corporate
members. About 2500 visitors visited the exhibition during four
The social programme was so distinct and allowed participants to
explore the Syrian Music, Culture, Heritage, History and Exotic
The President Relaxing - from left to right: Lisa Ionescu (IFCC
Office), Martin Myers (UK), Paola Bramati (IFCC Office), Jocelyn
The congress was well organised and the scientific sessions were
superb. Speakers as well as participants considered the congress a
big success for the Syrian Clinical Laboratory Association; who was
able to demonstrate that they are capable of organizing congresses
with international standards.
The Scientific Division of the IFCC held its annual meeting at
the office of SCLA. FESCC Executive Board and the Editorial Board
of CCLM also held their meetings at the same office.
The General Council of AFCB held a meeting on Monday 1 May 2006
and elected a new Executive Board: Dr. Fouad Harb of Syria,
President, Dr. Yousif Bilto of Jordan, Vice President, Dr.
Abderazzak Hedili of Tunisia, Past President, Dr. Emad Etani of
Lebanon, Secretary, Dr. Halema Al Alami of Morocco, Treasurer.
Egypt, Jordan, Sudan and Morocco competed to host the XIIV Congress
of AFCB. The council voted for Morocco to host ArabMedLab 2012.
The XII Congress of AFCB will be held in Beirut, Lebanon, May