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Scientific scholarships are available to members for the progress of relevant projects with the aim of training in Research and Development
Members of the Association are eligible to apply for educational bursaries to attend scientific meetings and training courses. Regional committees also award bursaries for attendance at meetings
Awards from the CP Stewart Memorial Fund are available to enable members to fund the advancement of scientific knowledge and education by providing financial support to enable scientists to visit laboratories within the United Kingdom or elsewhere for the purposes of learning specialised techniques or to obtain first hand knowledge from a recognised expert in a field that would assist them in their studies. Enquiries should in the first instance be addressed to the Company Secretary
Applications are considered from members for disbursements from the Benevolent Fund in case of hardship
There are a number of categories of Membership that give access to the benefits and activities of the Association and allow participation in national and regional meetings and training courses.
Ordinary Membership: This category of Membership is open to health professional with an interest in Clinical Biochemistry and/or Laboratory Medicine in the UK or republic of Ireland. Admission to membership is at the discretion of Council and the decision of Council is final.
Overseas Membership: Individuals fulfilling the criteria for Ordinary membership (see above) but working overseas may be elected to membership at the discretion of Council. In addition to the application form they must provide copies of certificates or other proofs of qualifications. They will receive the benefits of Ordinary members.
Federation Membership: This category of membership is open to individuals engaged in the practice of laboratory medicine (other than clinical biochemistry, immunology or microbiology since membership of the Federation is included in Ordinary membership) or allied disciplines in the NHS e.g. cytogenetics. They must hold academic qualifications equivalent to those required for Ordinary membership and wish to be represented by the Federation of Clinical Scientists although wider participation as Ordinary members of the Association would be inappropriate. (Federation Members do not receive Annals of Clinical Biochemistry or Venture publications books).
Student Membership: This category of membership is available to under graduates or wholly grant supported post graduate research students resident in the UK and who are not subject to UK income tax. Student membership will cease on the 31st December in the year of completion of studies but on gaining permanent employment the person may, at the discretion of Council apply for another category of Membership.
Retired Membership: This category of membership is available to Ordinary members retiring after 10 years or more continued Ordinary membership. There are no annual dues for this category, at present, however journals may be purchased at subsidised rates.
Categories of Membership given by the Association
Honorary Membership: Persons who have made a distinguished contribution to clinical biochemistry at international level may, following the recommendation of the Council and by a majority of at least two-thirds of those voting at a General Meeting, be elected Honorary Members of the Association.
Emeritus Membership: Persons who have been Ordinary members for at least 10 years and have retired from full time employment and who have made an exceptional contribution to the objects of the Association may following the recommendation of the Council and by a majority of at least two-thirds of those voting at a General Meeting, be elected Emeritus Members of the Association.
Fellow Membership: Persons who have been Ordinary or Affiliate Members of the Association for at least ten preceding consecutive years and have retired from full-time employment may, on the recommendation of Council and by a majority of at least two-thirds of those voting at a General Meeting, be awarded the title of Fellow.
There are a number of Awards currently in the gift of the Association that Members are eligible to apply for or to nominate individuals for.
ACB Foundation Award: This Award, initiated by the Association in 1990, is presented annually to a Member of the Association who has made an outstanding contribution to clinical biochemistry. The recipient is invited to present the Foundation Award Lecture at the Association's National Meeting and receives a suitable memento and honorarium.
ACB Medal Award: This Award was first donated in 1971 by Miles Laboratories Limited, Ames Division and later by Bayer Diagnostics UK Limited and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. Since 2012 The Award has been sponsered by Beckman Coulter. The Award is made on the basis of an oral communication presented by a Member of the Association at the Annual National Meeting (Focus). The winner receives a silver medal and a bursary for £1000. The runner-up receives a bursary for £500. The bursaries are intended to help attendance at a scientific meeting, or to fund research work.
Siemens Award Lecture: This Award was first donated in 1981 by Kone Diagnostics, then by Dade Behring and now by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. The Award comprises a certificate and honorarium and is given to recognise work that has been of major importance to clinical biochemistry – in practice, research or in education – leading to improved international co-operation between workers in the speciality, particularly those within Europe.
Siemens Poster Prizes (Formerly DPC Analytical Bursary): Two bursaries of £500 and £250 for the two best clinical case posters are funded by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. These prizes were initiated in 1998 by Diagnostic Products Corporation (DPC) UK Limited. The original emphasis of the Prize was on posters describing analytical techniques, but as laboratories moved towards more commercial methods and fewer in-house methods this was changed to “promoting innovation in clinical laboratories”. In 2008 the emphasis was again changed, such that the Prize was for posters that described clinical cases. The bursaries are intended to help attendance at a scientific meeting, or to fund research work.
Roche Diagnostics Award: The Roche Diagnostics Award (formerly the Boehringer Mannheim Award) is a generous donation. It will be used by the Association to finance the visit of an international lecturer.
AACC Transalantic Lecture: The AACC Transatlantic Lecture was inaugurated in 1998 when the ACB National Meeting was held in Glasgow. This was the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the AACC. The procedure for selecting the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (AACC) Transatlantic Lecture has evolved over this time. The speaker’s expenses will be met by the Association and will cover travel expenses (economy fare) and accommodation for the duration of the conference as well as full delegate registration at the National Meeting. The speaker is also presented with an engraved crystal glass bowl.
Professors' Prize: The Professors of the Academic Forum for Clinical Biochemistry (formerly the Heads of Academic Clinical Biochemistry Departments in the United Kingdom) have established a prize, which is a prestigious research award for general achievement within the field of Clinical Biochemistry. The prize lecture will be presented at a session of the ACB National Meeting and will consist of an engraved decanter plus expenses for one night at the meeting.
President's Shield: The President's Shield is awarded by the current President of the Association for Clinical Biochemistry to mark an outstanding contribution to the Association.
Clinical Practice Section: Raise the profile of clinical practice within clinical chemistry community Inform healthcare community of the medical work within clinical chemistry Support best clinical practice by clinical biochemists
Education Committee: Professional overview of training and continuing professional development (CPD) for clinical biochemists (both scientists and medical) at a national level Regional Tutors who monitor the training provision to pre-registrant trainees and higher specialist trainees ACB national training course, training day, update and management sessions at Focus Disbursement of education bursaries and CP Stewart Memorial Fund.
National Meetings Committee: Organisation of the ACB National Meeting and major scientific equipment exhibition, FOCUS Further information from www.focus-acb.org Co-ordination of regional scientific meetings with themed topics and members papers
Publications Committee: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry: six issues per annum ACB News: 12 issues per annum Venture Publications: series of monographs on areas of laboratory medicine CAL Discs: Computer aided interactive learning The Web Site: www.acb.org.uk Lab Tests Online UK Other ad hoc publications of the Association: Members' Handbook, Proceeding and Handbook for Focus Meeting, Annual Report
Scientific Committee: Commissioning of review articles on clinical and analytical aspects of laboratory medicine Monitors and advises on standards and quality issues Development of clinical science through Scientific Scholarships Chartered scientist status through the ACB
Trainees Committee: Communication between the trainees
Work Force Advisory Committee: Monitors and advises on Manpower planning
Regional Committees: Organisation of Scientific Meetings Social events for Members and guests
Representation on varies bodies: The ACB has representatives on national, European and international bodies relating to science, accreditation, standards and education. A complete list of current representation is available on request from the administrative office
Chartered Scientists (CSci): The ACB is a member body of the Science Council, awarded licensing status for Chartered Scientist (CSci). To be eligible you must meet the criteria for the Chartered Scientist and also be a member of the ACB (not available to trainees). Full details can be found at http://www.acb.org.uk/site/membership.asp
Fill in an application form and return it together with any relevant documentation to:
The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine 130-132 Tooley Street LONDON SE1 2TU
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On receipt your application form will be processed by the Administrative Office and an acknowledgement will be sent to you. Your application will then be presented to the next meeting of the Association Council for consideration and you will be duly informed of the outcome. Please note that it can take up to eight weeks approved by the Association Council