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Focus: Programme

The annual Training Day will take place on 6 June, followed by an opening evening lecture and reception open to all delegates. The Focus conference programme and exhibition will take place over 7 and 8 June.

Wednesday 6th June 2018 - Training Day

Thursday 7th June 2018 - Focus Day 1

Friday 8th June 2018 - Focus Day 2

Programme highlights are below:

Transatlantic Lecture -  Drug Screening in Paediatrics
Dr Dennis J. Dietzen,  President AACC

Dennis J. Dietzen, Ph.D., DABCC, FACB is Professor of Pathology & Immunology at Washington University where he directs the Core Laboratory and Metabolic Genetics Laboratory at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Dietzen received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Indiana University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University.  Prior to his return to St. Louis in 2002, he was a chemist at DuPont Diagnostics (now a part of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics) and served as Director of Clinical Laboratories at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Dr. Dietzen has served the AACC in numerous capacities.  He was a member of the organizing committees for the 2001-2003 Oak Ridge Conferences and the 2007 & 2010 Annual Meetings. He chaired the 2013 Annual Meeting in Houston.  From 2001-2007, Dr. Dietzen was a member of the ABCC Board of Directors and was newsletter editor for Pediatric-Maternal Fetal Division from 2007-2010, and an original member of the Pediatric Reference Range Committee.
Dr. Dietzen is a member of the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists, the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders and the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.  He serves on the Editorial Board of Clinical Biochemistry and Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and is Associate Editor of The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine.  He is an author/coauthor of more than 90 peer-reviewed publications, monographs, and chapters on wide range of subjects.  Dr. Dietzen was co-editor of the fourth edition of the Biochemical and Molecular Basis of Pediatric Disease published by AACC Press and is the author of the Amino Acid, Peptide, and Protein Chapter in the 6th edition of Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics.
Foundation Lecture -  Increasing access and equity in laboratory diagnostics
Dr Martin Myers,  Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

RCPath Flynn Lecture -  Demand Optimisation: Defining Value in Laboratory Services
Dr Bernie Croal,  Royal College of Pathologists

Parallel Sessions
- Paediatrics for non-specialist/DGH clinical and laboratory teams
- New approaches to clinical problems and drug assays
- 'Point of Care Testing at Focus'
- Access and equity in laboratory medicine
- ACB Medal Award
- Stem cell transplantation
- Horizon scanning
- 'FiLM at Focus'
- Impact of laboratory medicine on patient outcomes
- Clinical cases
Updated 2 January 2018

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