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Focus: Programme

The traditional Training Day will take place on 3rd May followed by a busy 2-day Focus conference programme and exhibition taking place on 4th & 5th May 2017.
Detailed programme information; Training Day (3rd May), Focus Day 1 (4th May) and Focus Day 2 (5th May). Programme highlights are below:


Plenary Sessions

Transatlantic Lecture
Prof Mike Bennett

Prof Mike BennettMichael J. (Mike) Bennett Ph.D., FRCPath, DABCC, FACB, is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Chief of Laboratory Medicine and Director of the Metabolic Disease laboratory at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He holds the Evelyn Willing Bromley Endowed Chair in Clinical Laboratories and Pathology. He obtained his Ph.D. at Sheffield University School of Medicine in 1976.

A member of AACC since 1993, he has also been a member of the ACB since 1975. Mike was active with the Texas Section AACC, and served many roles on the committee including Chair, Nominating Committee Chair and Membership Chair. At the AACC Division level, he is an active member of the Pediatric, Maternal Fetal Division where he has also served in numerous capacities on the Division Committee including Chair, Scientific Program Committee member and Chair, Nominating Committee member and Chair of the Committee. He is the immediate past-chair of the Proteomics and Metabolomics Division. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors and President of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (The Academy of AACC). He is a past elected Board member and Treasurer of AACC and is currently AACC President.

Mike has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Clinical Chemist Award, Texas section AACC, the award for Outstanding Contributions to Pediatric Clinical Chemistry, Pediatric and Maternal-Fetal Division, the Distinguished Scientist Award of the NACB, and the AACC award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Selected Area of Research. He has given a number of named lectures, most recently The Weinberg Lecture at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Mike has published over 320 peer-reviewed scientific papers, reviews and book chapters on topics related to pediatric clinical chemistry and metabolism. He reviews manuscripts for more than thirty Medical and Scientific Journals and is on the editorial boards of Annals of Clinical Biochemistry (Associate Editor), Clinical Chemistry Journal (Associate Editor), Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, and Journal of Inherited Metabolic Diseases (Communicating Editor).

Foundation Lecture
Dr William Bartlett

Dr William BartlettDr Bill Bartlett is Joint Clinical Director of the Diagnostics Group, Clinical Lead for Blood Sciences within NHS Tayside. He has worked as a Clinical Scientist within the NHS laboratories since 1979 in London, Birmingham and Dundee.  More recent roles have include that of  Lead Clinician for the Scottish Clinical Biochemistry Managed Diagnostic Network  and Subject Matter Expert for the NHS Scotland  Laboratories Programme within the NHS Scotland  Shared Services Health Portfolio. He is currently an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Division of Medicine in Dundee, and has held honorary academic appointments at the Universities of Birmingham and St Andrews.

Dr Bartlett has had many interests in a career spanning some 37 years within the NHS. These have included a specific interest in renal disease and more generally an interest in the development of models for delivery of laboratory services that will see them viewed as an investment that underpins delivery of healthcare rather than a cost to healthcare.   An early focus within PhD studies in Dundee, and more recently as chair of an EFCCLM Working Group,  has been biological variation. He remains a member of that group as an Expert/Consultant and is a member of the Biological Variation task and finish group under the EFCCLM Global Analytical Quality Specifications Task Force.

Flynn Lecture
Dr Suzy Lishman
Dr Suzy LishmanDr Suzy Lishman is a histopathologist at Peterborough City Hospital and is in her third and final year as President of the Royal College of Pathologists.

In Peterborough Suzy leads the cellular pathology department and has a particular interest in colorectal pathology and cancer screening.

As President of the College, Suzy provides leadership for pathologists and scientists in the UK and beyond. Suzy’s priorities as President have included greater transparency around College processes and increasing engagement with members, other specialist societies and policy makers. Suzy has raised the profile of the College with broadcast and print media coverage of issues including medical examiners, antimicrobial resistance, the role of post-mortems, cancer diagnosis and the investigation of stillbirths.

As Registrar and Vice-President of the College Suzy led the development of the College’s public engagement programme, including National Pathology Week and International Pathology Day, something that remains dear to her heart. She can still be found performing virtual autopsies and talking to school groups in between presidential duties.


Parallel Sessions

- Service Organisation Impact on Access, chaired by Dr Deepak Chandrajay & Dr Adrian Miller

- Game Changers, chaired by Dr Mick Henderson & Dr Carys Lippiatt

- Delivering Patient Oriented Services, chaired by Dr Nuthar Jassam

- Managing Professional and Patient Knowledge, chaired by Dr Mike Bosomworth

- Metabolic Medicine, chaired by Dr Karen Mitchell & Dr Maurice O'Kane

- Clinical Cases, chaired by Dr Danielle Freedman

- Research symposium, chaired by Dr Chris Chaloner & Dr Ian Watson

- ACB Medal Award, chaired by Dr Gwyn McCreanor, ACB President

Focus 2017 will also feature attended poster sessions, industry sponsored workshops and exhibition

Please use the links on the left-hand side of the page or download the Invitation to Participate for detailed programme information.

We look forward to seeing you in May! 
Updated 14 March 2017

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