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Training Day


The Focus Training Day is aimed at both scientific and medical members of the profession who are preparing for FRCPath examinations.

The programme aims to cover topics which are traditionally not well taught in text books, or for which practical experience is required, and is delivered in interactive, hands-on sessions. It is also a great opportunity to meet and share experiences with trainees from across the country and at different stages of training.


Morning Session
(Organised by Sense About Science)

Making sense of science and evidence

Every day, we are faced with claims that are based on misrepresentations of science. Sense about Science is an independent campaigning charity that challenges the misrepresentation of science and evidence in public life. They advocate openness and honesty about research findings, and work to ensure the public interest in sound science and evidence is recognised in public discussion and policy making. They focus on socially and scientifically difficult issues where evidence is neglected, politicised or misleading.

The workshop will be led by Sense about Science's Dr Hamid Khan, who leads the Voice of Young Science (VoYS) programme in the UK, a unique and growing network of over 3,000 early-career researchers who are committed to playing an active role in public discussions about science. He will share some of the organisation's inspiring experiences of working with scientists to challenge misrepresentations in healthcare and medicine as well as agriculture and climate.

Misrepresentations of medical evidence can spread undue fear or can lead to unrealistic expectations. So how can professionals communicate effectively to improve understanding of diagnostic tests and treatments? How can you explain scientific uncertainty? In the second, interactive part of the workshop, through small group discussions participants will reflect on how they can effectively communicate complex or sensitive information, for example, on health screening or diagnostic tests. Through the workshop participants will gain practical insights into how to engage the public, based on Sense about Science’s unique public engagement guide. We will discuss, step by step, how researchers and practitioners can effectively communicate evidence with patients or in public outreach, with a focus on risks and benefits.




Afternoon Session
(Organised by the ACB Education Committee in partnership with the Immunology Professional Committee)

Help! Do I need a Biochemist or an Immunologist?

The afternoon, delivered in a more traditional lecture format, will be dedicated to topics which intersect the laboratory boundaries between Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology. We will focus on tests which may be undertaken by either discipline or where input from both specialities is required in order to make a diagnosis or monitor patients appropriately. This session is aimed at trainees in both Biochemistry and Immunology specialities who should come away with a better understanding of the work being undertaken over the laboratory wall.

1400-1500  'The role of the laboratory in the diagnosis of autoimmune liver disease' - Dr Adrian Heaps

1500-1600  'Immunoglobulins: why we test them and how to interpret them' - Dr Elizabeth Bateman

1600-1700  'The differential diagnosis of type 1 diabetes: auto-antibodies and beyond' - Prof Ewan Pearson

Registration Fees:
ACB Member - £100
Non-Member - £175

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Updated 30 April 2019

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