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IFCC Task Force Young Scientists: Recent activities



Interview to Dr. Pradeep Dabla, chair of the IFCC TF-YS, broadcasted on El Microscopio -15 February 2018- 9AM EST

Click here to listen to the interview:

 "Integration and impact of High Sensitive Troponin Testing in Improving Patient Care" 
IFCC-TFYS activities- let's join hands together


IFCC TF-YS Symposium at 

 ACBICON - 4-6 Dec 2017, KGMC, Lucknow, India

 Leadership Skills: Essential for Career & Organisational Succes

Prof Maurizio Ferrari (President IFCC)
Dr Bernard Gouget (IFCC NC Chair)

Preparing for Leadership: new challenges and responsibilities   
Prof Howard Morris (President Elect, IFCC)

Developing Strong Presence for Women 
Prof Tomris Ozben (Treasurer, IFCC)

Critical Thinking: Building Good Judgement
Dr Praveen Sharma (Chief Editor IJCB & EB-ACBI, APFCB)

Leadership & Team Development: Success Toghether 
Dr. Pradeep K Dabla (Chair, IFCC TF-YS)


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ACBI-IFCC TFYS Awards 2017:

The ACBI-IFCC TF-YS Awards were novel idea of joint efforts of ACBI & IFCC-TFYS. So, this 3rd Award competition is chosen to provide young researchers an opportunity to focus on and develop interest in « Research ». The ultimate aim of this program is to foster and secure excellent young researchers since ACBICON-2015.

5 Young Scientists (YS's) will be selected on to the basis of original papers submitted and be given oral presentation in award session.  They will be granted cash Rs.5000/- & Certificate as award with the kind support of Congress Organising Committee. 

For instructions to apply please visit the page at:

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Watch The First AFCC LabMed Internet Radio Vedio 
produced by H.Maronga and AFCC LabMed Internet Radio Team.

 IFCC WorldLab 2017- Durban (ZA)
October 22-25, 2017

The IFCC Task Force for Young Scientists invites you to attend Symposium 14 

Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 10:45-12:15



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Many Young Scientists from developing countries received Sponsorship to participate at WorldLab 2017, Durban: 
courtesy WorldLab Congress Organizers & Associations

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Young Scientists as Volunteers in support of the

IFCC-EML Congress in Athens


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 The EuroMedLab 2017 Congress Organizing Committee promotes a volunteer programme for young scientists attending the 22nd IFCC-EFLM European Congress of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine - EuroMedLab 2017 to be held in Athens on 11-15 June 2017. Click here to see all the details

We are excited to announce that the selected volunteers are:

Akinwumi Ogundajo

ACCN - Nigeria

Anna Velts

Estonian Society for Lab Medicine- Estonia

Basanta Gelal

Nepalese Ass for Clinical Chemistry (NACC) - Nepal

Giulia Sancesario

Società Italiana di Biochimica Clinica e Biologia Molecolare Clinica - Italy

Gabriel Lima Oliveira

SOCIEDADE Brasileira de Analises Clinicas - Brazil

Geraldine Dayrit

Philippine Association of Medical Technologists

Itai Chitungo

ZACB - Zimbabwe

Martí María Belén


Schroeder Maria Eugenia

Asociación Bioquímica Uruguaya

Pijanovic Marina

Society of Medical Biochemists of Serbia (SMBS)- Serbia


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EuroMedLab Athens 2017:  Special Event for Young Scientists!
Tuesday June 13 night - Starting at 20.00

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The event is organized jointly by the IFCC Task Force of Young Scientists TF-YS) and the International Society of Enzymology (ISE). It combines a scientific presentation by Dr. Nader Rifai, Editor in Chief of “Clinical Chemistry”, entitled “Communication of Scientific Information” and a musical performance of the well-known Mikis Theodorakis Orchestra.

A Get Together Dinner, kindly offered by the GSCC-CB,  overlooking the Acropolis and the Parthenon, awaits for you! The evening will continue in a friendly musical atmosphere.

The event is free for the first 100 Young Scientists registered to the Congress who confirm the participation!

Venue: Gazarte, 32-34 Voutadon Str.- Gazi, Kerameikos Station.

Do not miss this opportunity to learn and network with other Young Scientists coming from all over the world!

Click here to Register!

 (registrations open on May 20, 2018

The Young Scientists Night is open to all other delegates but they need to purchase a ticket (80 euros per person) by writing to Amanda Goddard ( Space is limited and tickets will be sold on a first-come first-served basis.

… and mark in your agenda also the other events addressed to Young Scientists:

  • “Meet the Experts” Sessions: six interactive sessions (on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) have been organized by the Scientific Congress Committee in collaboration with the Young Scientists Division of IFCC covering subjects of general interest. An interesting opportunity to join a small group of interested colleagues for an intense and interactive discussions. Sessions are open to all delegates but require a free pre-registration as the seats’ availability is limited for practical reasons. For more details visit and download the scientific programme.

  • Open meeting & Quiz of the IFCC Task Force for Young Scientists:  Tuesday June 13 from h. 9.00 to 12.30 at the Hilton Hotel – (Meeting room: Santorini 4-5-6) – Young Scientists like surprises -Prizes for Quiz winners;


To confirm the presence, please contact:

The IFCC Task Force for Young Scientists presents an interview with

Jorge Díaz-Garzón, IFCC Professional Management Exchange Programme (PSEP) participant,

and Dr. Fred Apple, his USA mentor.

Click here to read the interview


Medlab 2016, Harare, Zimbabwe
16 June 2016, 2-4PM
"Scientific Writing"

by: Itai Chitungo
Country representative-TFYS

ZACB 2016 IFCC TFYSParticipants at the session on “Scientific Writing”, organized by IFCC Task Force for  Young Scientists

On the 17th June 2016, an IFCC-ZACB-TFYS educational and networking event was successful held in Harare at the Rainbow Towers. The theme of the event was ‘Scientific Writing’. The event drew a diverse attendance from students in various disciplines and also professionals in both public and private sectors. The student comprised undergraduates in medicine (4), pharmacy (5), laboratory sciences (4) and nutritional science (6) and postgraduate students in chemical pathology (8) and medical microbiology (2). In attendance was also Prof Howard Morris (The IFCC-VLP for ZACB 2016).Prof. Hilda Matarira (ZACB President and AFCC Secretary) chaired the event. Click here to read the Session Programme

Prof. Matarira gave the opening remarks on scientific research by highlighting the application of scientific method to the investigation of relationships among natural phenomenon, and in solving a medical or technicalproblem. The results of scientific research need to be documented and disseminated. The workshop will help young scientist on developing, documenting and dissemination of scientific research results. A panel of experienced academics and researchers will lead the workshop. The purpose of the workshop was two folds: first is to give students a sequential approach to writing the research paper from selecting a topic, doing the research, organizing the materials, and producing the finished document. Secondly, to prepare future researchers to meet the demands and rigors of college writing and research. She concluded by opening the workshop and introducing the speaker, Dr. Maramba (Hematology Lecturer for Department of Medical Laboratory Science).

Dr. Aaron  Maramba began his presentation onthe topic “Developing an idea” where he highlighted that ideas for scientific writing  are apparent in our everyday work, conversation with colleagues or strange places. Since ideas are everywhere, the first step is to document them for future reference and exploration.  In that regard, a notebook shall be a researcher’s constant companion. These ideas can then further explored through research and discussions with colleagues and seniors to refine it further.


The next segment of the presentation was on “Manuscript writing.” The success of manuscriptwriting hinges of careful planning and implementation. In planning a manuscript, it is essential to draft each section of the investigation in different headings and subheadings. The headings and subheading are translated into goals.  These goals will give the research milestone to pursue and achieve in a given timeline. Attainment of the milestones will result in satisfactory manuscript.Prof Morris weighed in with his contribution by pointing out that writing is the difficult aspect of a research and getting started is the hardest part. His advice was that it is easy to start with the results and methods section followed by the discussion, conclusion, introduction, references and title, leaving the abstract until last.

“Importance of Journal Selection & Submission.” Selecting the best target or right fit journal for your research is a critical step. It can save you considerable time and effort by avoiding rejection. It will help other researchers in your field to find your work and aid in improving visibility. Prof. Howard Morris advised that authors should state in the cover letter that is included with the manuscript what the article is all about and why it should be added in the journal of interest.

Omolara Popoola (Core Member, IFCC-TFYS) led the Introduction to IFCC-Task Force for Young Scientists’ Session with a welcome address on behalf of the IFCC-TFYS Chair, Dr. Pradeep Kumar Dabla. She then gave a presentation on the Vision and Activities of IFCC-TFYS,which captivated the audience. The young scientists were particularly interested in the exchange program and how they could be involved in the future IFCC events.


Itai Chitungo gave the closing where he challenged the YS of Zimbabwe to start planning and organizing a strong contingent to attend WORLDLAB in Durban next year by getting their projects started for submission of posters and raising funds to hire a bus to take the contingent to Durban.


“WASPaLM  - IFCC TF YS Joint Session, CANCUN 2015”

18th November 2015, 8.00AM-11.00AM

Young Specialists in Lab Medicine of the Future – Preparing Together

WASPaLM in conjunction with Mexican Federation of Clinical Pathology and the Federation of Pathology of Mexico organised the XXVIII World Congress WASPaLM-2015 from 18to 21 November 2015 in Cancun. Cancun is a beautiful city located on the Caribbean Sea in south eastern Mexico near the center of the Mayan Civilisation.

This joint session of WASPaLM and IFCC was conducted on 18 November 2015 as a clinical pathology course (CPC9). The goal of the session was to bring young scientists from both sides of the Atlantic together on the same platform for discussion, networking and exchange of ideas in the rapidly changing world of healthcare; both in terms of technology and economic pressures.Medical tests impact patient health by influencing clinical management and decisions. Thus, in addition to their role in diagnosis, clinical laboratories are now increasingly becoming involved in assisting physicians make therapeutic decisions. Laboratories therefore may need to develop different implementation strategies for their hospitals, general practitioners or other clinician clients to increase awareness, thus facilitating adherence of recommendations through acceptance and adoption designs.

TF YS 2015 Cancun

Persons in the center, from left to right:
Dr Michael Oellerich (Former President WASPaLM), Dr Rosa Sierra-Amor (EB-IFCC), Prof Maurizio Ferrari (President IFCC), Dr Lai-Meng Looi (President WASPaLM), Dr. Tjin-Shing Jap (Organizing Committee ASCPaLM 2016), Dr Pradeep Kumar Dabla (Chair IFCC-TFYS)

The session was opened with welcome addresses by Dr Lai Meng Looi, President of WASPaLM, and Dr Maurizio Ferrari, President of IFCC, coordinated by Dr Rosa Sierra-Amor, EB-IFCC. These were followed by a short introduction to the IFCC-Task Force on Young Scientists (TFYS) by Dr Pradeep Kumar Dabla, Chair IFCC-TFYS. The first talk of the session was given by Dr Michael Oellerich, Director for Europe, WASPaLM, titled “Future of Laboratory Medicine- Challenges & Opportunities”. He discussed the major current forces driving clinical laboratory organization and the opportunities of personalized diagnostics. He concluded that despite all challenges we should be optimistic because the new technologies and advances in Molecular Diagnostics provide an environment in which Laboratory Medicine has a chance to grow as an academic profession. The next talk was given by Dr Roberto Ruiz-Cordero, a young WASPaLM scientist doing a fellowship at Anderson Cancer Center, USA. The title of his talk was “Healthcare & Medical Laboratory- State of Major Transformations” where he summarized the financing, work environment and key delivery issues and how to tackle them. The third talk was given by Dr Pradeep Kumar Dabla, Chair IFCC-TFYS, entitled “Interface Linking Laboratory Medicine & Clinical Medicine - Two sides of same coin”. He emphasized that the role of the laboratory in patient management should be improved by adding value to laboratory tests through the use of appropriate test requests and utilisation that meet changing testing needs. He explained that the laboratory-clinical interface is of fundamental importance to ensure that the patient is given high quality care. Lastly Dr José Francisco Muñoz-Valle, Professor at the Universidad de Guadalajara, discussed “Education & Training Programmes Opportunities – Preparing Lab work force” in which he gave a clear view of the requirements and different educational programmes available in different parts of Mexico for young laboratory scientists.

The meeting ended with a vote of thanks from Dr Rosa Sierra-Amor and the commitment by Senior Leaders of both societies to again conduct such joint educational and networking activities in the near future.

The TFYS would like to thank all Senior Members of WASPaLM, IFCC and the participants for their attendance and support. The session was successful in contributing to the understanding of the current trends inLaboratory Medicine and in allowing young scientists to be aware of future challenges and opportunities.

For information & Queries:
Dr. Pradeep Kumar Dabla


ACBICON-2015, Chandigarh, India,
25-28 November 2015

The Association of Clinical Biochemists of India (ACBI) is supporting the IFCC-TFYS educational sessions since 2010. In continuation Organising Committee of 42nd National Conference of ACBICON-2015, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India supported the TFYS sessions 2015, India. The sessions were designed especially for Young Scientists (YS) included Pre-conference “Medical Writing CME” and first time conducted “ACBI-IFCC TFYS Young Scientist Award2015” fully supported by Organizing Committee. The conference was held in Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). PGIMER,Chandigarh was conceived in 1960 as a center of excellence to develop patterns of teaching in postgraduate medical education and attempt to produce specialists in several disciplines of medicine with intensive research in the field of health.

Click here to read the report
and the Young Scientists experiences of participating in & attending “ACBI-IFCC TFYS” Young Scientist Award- 2015

 TFYS At Abicon 2015


Quito (EC), 24-26 September 2015

Click here to read the report


  The Opening Ceremony

El Microscopio, the Web Radio

Webinar organized by the
Croatian Society for Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CSMBLM)

on 17th September 2015

Workshop at IFCC Euromedlab Paris (FR) on Monday 22 June 2015

Workforce Preparation- Invitation to Contribute

The TF-YS Workshop was attended by 30 young scientists (YS) from around the world. The session was moderated by Dr. Graham Beastall (IFCC Past President). Click here to download the report.

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The TF-YS meeting in Paris during the EuroMedLab Congress, 21-25 June 2015

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 The TF-YS session in Paris during the EuroMedLab Congress, 21-25 June 2015

IFCC Euromedlab Paris on 23 June 2015

Collaborating Industry with Research & Laboratory-two sides of the same coin "HAVE YOUR SAY"

Date: Tuesday, June 23rd 2015

Time: 12.30 - 14.30

Room: Room Maillot 2

Venue: Le Palais des Congrès, 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, F-75853 Paris - Cedex 17,  France

Chairperson: Dr. Pradeep Dabla, Chair of IFCC Task Force Young Scientists (TF-YS)   

IFCC Euromedlab Paris on 23 June 2015

"The Youth EuroMedLab network"

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 The TF-YS members at the Social evening on the Bateau Mouche in Paris
on occasion of the EuroMedLab Congress, 21-25 June 2015


Interviews with El Microscopio, May 2015

Listen  to the interviews at the "El Microscopio" radio: and following link:

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AFCC Congress, Harare, (ZW) 29 April 2015

Summary Report of AFCC-IFCC TFYS session

 Click here to download the report


IFCC Euromedlab Congress, Paris (FR),

June 21-25 2015

See a short movie about the TF-YS and the next EuroMedLab Congress, taking place in Paris in June 2015!


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IFCC Task Force for Young Scientists (TF-YS)
at IFCC WorldLab in Istanbul (TR) - June 2014

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The TF-YS members meeting in Istanbul during the WorldLab Congress, 21-26 June 2014


 ACBICON-2014, Jodhpur, (IN)

Educational Symposium

The TF Young Scientists session was landmark in its own. Following it, IFCC & APFCB Senior members volunteered to write a guide to "Writing Research Activities and projects for YS"

Click here to read the article appeared on the IFCC eNews on the Young Scientists contribution


The TF-YS members meeting in Jodhpur during ABICON 2014


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