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21 July 2017

posted Jul 20, 2017, 11:49 PM by Beck Lockwood   [ updated Jul 21, 2017, 2:14 AM ]

NIHR DEC Leeds at ACB FOCUS 2017

The Association for Clinical Biochemistry (ACB) FOCUS 2017 National Meeting was held in the Royal Armouries, Leeds. The conference included key note presentations on ‘Metabolic and Molecular Bases for Congenital Hyperinsulation’ by Professor Mike Bennett and ‘Autopsies Save Lives’ by Dr Suzy Lishman. 

“We had an excellent scientific programme at this year’s event, ranging from clinical translation of metabolomic profiling, laboratory medicine for transgender patients and research collaborations with the young scientists of the European Federation of Laboratory Medicine,” said Dr Carys Lippiatt, Vice Chair of the Focus 2017 Organising Committee. “200 posters were presented , leading to lively discussion at lunchtime poster ward rounds."

NIHR DEC Leeds presented two posters at the event. The first focussed on the Quality Assessment of Measurement Procedures (QAMPs)  framework, which sets out methods of reducing uncertainty in measurement procedures applied to diagnostic testing. Presented by Dr Gemma Jones, the poster offered a case study for applying the framework to publications examining use of the biomarker NGAL in diagnostic testing for Acute Kidney Injury.

The second poster, presented by Dr Mike Messenger, aimed to encourage the next generation of clinical biochemists and laboratory professionals to take part in research.

“By highlighting the wealth of research opportunities available through the National Institute for Health Research, we hope to inspire the clinical research leaders of the future,” said Dr Messenger.