Trends in medical laboratory science technology
A Young Scientists session organized during
the 33th Tunisian National Congress of Clinical Biology
By Dr Manel Chaabane
Associate Professor of Hematology
National Blood Transfusion Center of Tunisia
General Secretary of the STBC
National Corresponding member for IFCC TF YS
The 33th National Congress of the Tunisian Society of Clinical Biology (STBC) was held in the Mediterranean city of Hammamet on 25-27 April 2019. An IFCC Task Force Young Scientists session was organized by the STBC executive board (EB) in collaboration with Task Force for Young Scientists (TF YS) of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) and IFCC EB, within the framework of the congress.
Young scientists from India, Italy, Turkey and Tunisia have participated to the session which was chaired by young scientists from Tunisia.
Chairs: Nabila BEN REJEB, Aida ARGOUBI, Mouna SASSI
The first conference entitled “IFCC TF YS: A short presentation” was presented by Dr. Manel Chaabane (TN) and was dedicated to the aim, objectives and activities of the IFCC TF YS. At the end of the presentation, Dr. Manel Chaabane recalled that the STBC EB is about to create of the Tunisian Young Scientists Working Group in order to reinforce the contribution of Tunisian young professionals to the promotion of laboratory medicine at both national and international level.
Dr. Giulia Sancesario (IT), IFCC TF YS member and coordinator of the Young Scientists Working Group of the Italian Society of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Biology (SIBioC), presented a lecture about “New technology in pre-analytical phase” focusing on the importance of standardization and monitoring of this phase for laboratory efficiency and operational costs reduction.
The "Advances in analytical phase" were presented by Dr. Sedat Abuşoğlu (TR), who highlighted the role of nano-materials and mass spectrometry technology in the improvement of diagnostic tools. The role of point of care testing (POCT) devices in the development of the interaction between the patient and the clinician was also raised.
|Dr. Manel Chaabane (TN)||Dr. Giulia Sancesario (IT)||Dr. Sedat Abuşoğlu (TR)|
Dr. Pradeep Kumar Dabla (IN), chair of IFCC TF YS, attended the session via video conference from Delhi and gave a lecture about "Advances in post analytical-phase". He provided substantive information about the requirements of the ISO15189 standards, reference limits and laboratory quality indicators defined by the IFCC working group on laboratory errors and patient safety.
An interesting debate chaired by Dr. Nabila Ben Rejeb (Associate Professor of Biochemistry), Dr. Mouna Sassi (Associate Professor of Hematology) and Dr. Aida El Argoubi (Associate Professor of Virology) followed each presentation and new issues were raised in relation with limited resources at the disposal of developing countries, the controversial role of POCT etc.
The session was attended by more than ninety participants. They found the lectures very informative and they were very interested in the activities of the IFCC TF YS.
This event was one of the most successful collaborations that has been established at the occasion of the young scientists meeting during the 1st IFCC Conference “Laboratory Medicine: Meeting the needs of Mediterranean Nations” held in Rome-Italy from 2nd to 4th July, 2018.
We hope that more important links will be created between Tunisian young scientists, IFCC TF YS and national young scientists working groups in order to share experience and promote innovation.
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23 February 2019
Young Scientists Session "Exchanging Young Scientists Experience"
A successful session for Young Scientists in Laboratory Medicine, took place in Egypt at the Annual International Conference of The Chemical Pathology Department, MedicalResearch Institute - Alexandria University, in collaboration with The African Federationof Clinical Chemistry (AFCC). The conference was held on the 22nd and 23rd of February2019, in the charming Mediterranean city of Alexandria, with participation of many international speakers including many eminent IFCC members.
The Young Scientists session in the conference had the title:
"Exchanging Young Scientists Experience"
Session“Opportunities and Challenges”
Congress Speakers and participants
Many Congratulations to Ramy Assaad Khalil Lecturer (MD/PhD) of Chemical Pathology - Alexandria University Corresponding Member IFCC TF-YS for organising session.
Conducting Research in Laboratory Medicine
an Online Interactive Session via ZOOM with the Experts
13th March, 2019 - the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
By Dr. Sibtain Ahmed (Clinical Chemistry, AKU)
An interactive Zoom session was organized by the section of Clinical Chemistry, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, The Aga Khan University (AKU) Karachi, Pakistan under the auspices of Pakistan society of Chemical Pathology (PSCP) and IFCC on 13th March, 2019 from 10 am to 12 pm. The agenda of this virtual podium was to ensure collaboration between IFCC senior members and young scientists from Pakistan. The session was structured in order to share the vast experience of well renowned scientists and senior members from PSCP and IFCC; alongside their overall vision related to research methodology to the budding scientists and Chemical Pathologists in the region at various levels of their profession and career.
Participants connected via ZOOM Dr. Graham Beastall delivering his presentation
Participants from Karachi assembled at AKU whereas more than 70 participants, from 25 different centers across 14 cities in Pakistan were connected through ZOOM. The program began with an introductory and welcome note by Dr. Sibtain Ahmed (Senior Instructor, Clinical Chemistry AKU). The first talk was delivered by Dr. Ashlin Rampul (Core member IFCC task force for young scientists). He gave an overview of the aims and vision of the task force and encouraged young scientists from the region to activity support and participate in the initiatives of this group. He further emphasized on the importance of conducting research in Laboratory Medicine and provided guidance for the selection of appropriate research project based on certain parameters. The next presentation was the highlight of the program, it was delivered live by eminent scholar Dr. Graham Beastall (Former President IFCC). He gave an introduction to the IFCC research guide available free of cost on the IFCC webpage; followed by a detailed and comprehensive lecture on formulating a research plan, conducting the study and analyzing findings. The two talks were followed by 15 minutes of question and answer session, the two speakers especially Dr. Beastall responded to the queries pertaining to funding opportunities and low cost research projects for the under developed regions.
Participants from Bahwalpur Participants from Lahore
Participants from Karachi gathered at AKU
The final one hour of the virtual session was facilitated by presentations from senior faculty of Clinical Chemistry in Pakistan. Focusing on dissemination of research findings which is the high need of time, Dr. Imran Siddiqui (Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, AKU) gave some golden tips to ace the poster and oral presentations at various platforms. Dr. Lena Jafri (Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, AKU) enlisted the pearls and key steps in write-up of a manuscript and submission for publication. As selection of journals for publication along with adequate impact, authenticity and indexing is vital, this topic was addressed by Dr. Aysha Habib Khan Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, AKU) an eminent and devoted scholar. Most of the young trainees in Pakistan, enrolled in fellowship of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan in Clinical Chemistry face the dilemma of deciding between dissertations in comparison to publication of research articles in order to sit the exam. Dr. Adnan Zubairi (Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Ziauddin Medical University Karachi) compared to the two, highlighted the pros vs cons and encouraged the need of quality research publications from the country.
The program was highly informative and aimed on building strong collaboration between centers across Pakistan and globally with the eminent scholars. Dr. Adnan Zubairi concluded the session with a note of thanks and appreciation. Feedback from participants was centered at the need of more such virtual sessions in the region as they proved to be highly beneficial especially for trainees working in far flung areas. Dr. Beastall appreciated Dr. Sibtain Ahmed and commended PSCP; for the vision to hold this event and for making the arrangements. Speaking on the utility of such sessions he commented ‘the ability to hold national and international meetings at virtually no cost is clearly a model that will be adopted widely.’
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
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)
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: http://www.acbicon2017.com/images/ACBI-IFCC%20TFYS%20Award%202017.pdf
The IFCC Task Force for Young Scientists invites you to complete the Survey: "YS training & career".
Brought to you by the IFCC Task Force Young Scientists, this survey aims to acquire preliminary information of young colleague’s education, training, career path, research interest, field of work and association with TFYS. This will enable us to share and focus our energies to find support for base programmes that are needed.
Kindly find here the link to complete the survey: IFCC TF-YS Survey: YS training & career
All the young colleagues are encouraged to participate in the activities of IFCC-TFYS!
Watch The First AFCC LabMed Internet Radio Vedio
produced by H.Maronga and AFCC LabMed Internet Radio Team.
The IFCC Task Force for Young Scientists invites you to attend Symposium 14
Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 10:45-12:15
ACCN - Nigeria
Estonian Society for Lab Medicine- Estonia
Nepalese Ass for Clinical Chemistry (NACC) - Nepal
Società Italiana di Biochimica Clinica e Biologia Molecolare Clinica - Italy
Gabriel Lima Oliveira
SOCIEDADE Brasileira de Analises Clinicas - Brazil
Philippine Association of Medical Technologists
ZACB - Zimbabwe
Martí María Belén
SOCIEDAD ARGENTINA DE INVESTIGACION CLINICA - Argentina
Schroeder Maria Eugenia
Asociación Bioquímica Uruguaya
Society of Medical Biochemists of Serbia (SMBS)- Serbia
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.
(registrations open on May 20)
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 (email@example.com). 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 www.athens2017.org 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;
ALL DELEGATES ARE INVITED!!
To confirm the presence, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
by: Itai Chitungo
Participants 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.
Click on the title to see the presentation
by Dr. Pradeep Kumar Dabla
“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.
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,
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.
XXII COLABIOCLIClick here to read the report
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.
The TF-YS meeting in Paris during the EuroMedLab Congress, 21-25 June 2015
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"
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: http://www.infobioquimica.com/ and following link: http://www.infobioquimica.com/radio/2015_05_28/program-may-15
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AFCC Congress, Harare, (ZW) 29 April 2015
Summary Report of AFCC-IFCC TFYS session
IFCC Euromedlab Congress, Paris (FR),
June 21-25 2015
YEAR 2014 ACTIVITIES
IFCC Task Force for Young Scientists (TF-YS)
The TF-YS members meeting in Istanbul during the WorldLab Congress, 21-26 June 2014
ACBICON-2014, Jodhpur, (IN)
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"
The TF-YS members meeting in Jodhpur during ABICON 2014