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It’s my privilege to invite you to Glasgow for Focus 2019. The conference will be held at the Scottish Event Campus (previously known as the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre), an internationally recognised venue.

The scientific programme aims to have something for everyone. We’ll have a “Focus on Service and Science” with two themed streams running through the programme. The “Focus on Service” theme will include discussion on current challenging issues, including accreditation, external quality assessment and personal proficiency testing, as well as looking at demand optimisation, standardisation, IT issues and configuration of laboratory services. Meanwhile, “Focus on Science” will include some challenging scientific issues and an update on areas of clinical interest, including obesity, lipids and nutrition. Regular favourites such as the ACB Medal Award, the Clinical Cases session, the ACB-AACC Transatlantic Lecture, the ACB Foundation Lecture and the RCPath Flynn Lecture will, of course, be appearing as well. Thanks to Bernie Croal (Scientific Committee Chair) and the Scientific Committee for their work in putting together such an enticing programme.

When the programme ends on Friday afternoon, you might want to stick around and explore all that Glasgow has to offer. Officially the world’s friendliest city, Glasgow has something for everyone. Whether you’re into art galleries and museums, shopping, exploring the West End or eating out, I’m sure you’ll be impressed. If that isn’t enough, step outside of Glasgow and there is some stunning scenery within a short distance – Loch Lomond is always worth a visit.

So we’re very much looking forward to welcoming you to Glasgow. Come and join us for what we anticipate will be a great conference.

Kevin Deans

Chair, Focus 2019 Organising Committee



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Updated 15 April 2019

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