Abu Dhabi, UAE

3 days / 22 lectures
8 tracks / 20 speakers
The 1st time in Middle East!

March 22-24, 2018
Conference

Schedule

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Day 1

Thu, March 22, 2018



Exhibit Hall Hours

11:00 – 17:00 | Pre-Function Area


Registration

08:30 – 09:20 | Registeration Desk – Pre-Function Area


Morning Symposium: Capillary Electrophoresis: A powerful new tool for clinical labs

Moderator: Hisham Shams, Chief Medical Officer at Al Borg Medical Laboratories
09:30 – 11:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Samia Sobki, MBBS, MSc, FRCPath, Consultant and Head of Clinical Chemistry Division, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, KSA

1- Serum Protein Electrophoresis: A clinical overview with case studies

09:30 – 10:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Hisham Shahin, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology, NCI, Cairo University, Head of Hematology Unit, Al Borg Medical Laboratories, KSA

2- Capillary Electrophoresis: A screening tool for Haemoglobinopathies

10:00 – 10:30 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Panel Discussion

10:30 – 11:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Coffee Break/Exhibit Hall Opens

11:00 – 13:00 | Pre-Function Area


Opening Ceremony

Moderator: Rania Bedair, Head of Molecular Diagnostics and Newborn Screening Units at Al Borg Medical Laboratories, KSA
13:00 – 13:30 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Sameh El Sheikh, MBBS, CEO, Al Borg Medical Laboratories

1. Welcome and Introductory Remarks

13:00 – 13:10 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Janet Kreizman, CEO, American Association for Clinical Chemistry

1. Welcome and Introductory Remarks

13:10 – 13:20 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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David Grenache, PhD, DABCC, Chief Scientific Officer, Tricore Reference Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

2. Scientific Conference Introduction and Overview

13:20 – 13:30 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Session I: The Importance of Quality Management: Impact on Clinical Decision Making

Moderator: Nashat Nafouri, Saudi Quality Council (KSA), Chair (Healthcare Interest Group) & Executive Officer
13:30 – 15:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Nikola Baumann, PhD, Co-Director Central Clinical Laboratory and Central Processing, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

1. Ensuring Quality in the Clinical Laboratory: How to Respond when Laboratory Errors Occur

13:30 – 14:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Joe El Khoury, PhD, DABCC, FAACC, Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Co-Director, Clinical Chemistry Laboratory, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2. Impact of Quality Systems on Laboratory Performance: Development and Utilization of Quality Indices to Manage Clinical Laboratory Performance

14:00 – 14:30 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Panel Discussion

14:30 – 15:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Evaluation

15:00 – 15:05 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Closing Remarks

15:05 – 15:10 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Lunch/Exhibits/Networking

15:10 – 17:10 | Pre-Function Area

Day 2

Fri, March 23, 2018



Exhibit Hall Hours

10:30 – 17:30 | Pre-Function Area


Registration

07:30 – 08:45 | Registeration Desk – Pre-Function Area


Session II: Bridging the Gap Between Lab Medicine and Clinical Decision Making

Moderator: Laila Abdel-Wareth, Chair, Clinical Pathology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE
08:45 – 10:15 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Ann Gronowski, PhD, DABCC, FAACC, Professor of Pathology and Immunology and Medical Co-Director, Clinical Chemistry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

1. Thyroid Testing in Pregnancy

08:45 – 09:15 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Luca Giovanella MD, PhD, Head of Nuclear Medicina and PET/CT Centre Director – EOC Thyroid Diagnosis and Therapy Centre Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland – Bellinzona/Lugano (Switzerland)

2. Clinical Aspects of Thyroid in Pregnancy

09:15 – 09:45 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Panel Discussion

09:45 – 10:15 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Coffee Break

10:15 – 10:30 | Pre-Function Area


Session III: Knowing Your Assay: Is Your Assay Performing to Meet Clinical Needs?

Moderator: Fayha S. Ahmed, MBBS, MSc (London), FRCPath, CCT, IFCAP, Consultant and Head of Routine Biochemistry Unit Pathology & Genetics Department, Dubai Hospital, UAE
10:30 – 12:30 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Lamia Mansour, MD, PhD, Professor of Clinical and Chemical Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt

1. Interpretation of Lab Results: Treading a Tricky Path

10:30 – 11:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Ola Elgaddar, MD, PhD, MBA, Medical Director, Al Borg Medical Laboratories, UAE

2. Harmonization of the Total Testing Process

11:00 – 11:30 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Anwar Abdullah Borai, PhD, Assistant Prof. King Saud University for Health Sciences – Research Scientist King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, KSA

3. A Multicenter Nationwide Reference Intervals Study for Common Biochemical Analytes in Saudi Arabia

11:30 – 12:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Panel Discussion

12:00 – 12:30 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Prayers/Lunch/Exhibits/Industry Workshops

12:30 – 15:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Industry Workshops (Unaccredited)

14:00 – 15:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd.
Sponsored by: Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd.

Industry Workshop: Vitamin D: Current Status and Future Directions

14:00 – 15:00 | Mezzon Ballroom 1

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Roche Diagnostics
Sponsored by: Roche Diagnostics

Industry Workshop: Interference in Lab Testing

14:00 – 15:00 | Chairman Suite

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Abbott Diagnostics
Sponsored by: Abbott Diagnostics

Industry Workshop: Laboratory Informatics Optimization: Improving Lab Efficiency and Profitability

14:00 – 15:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom 2


Session IV: Hot Topics in Laboratory Medicine 2018

Moderator: Mahir Al Hilali, Director of Laboratories and Clinical Head of Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Mediclinic Middle East
14:30 – 17:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Baiju Parikh, Global Sales Lead, IBM Watson for Genomics

1. Is Laboratory Medicine ready for Artificial Intelligence?

14:30 – 15:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Tracy Ellison, PhD, CSsi, FIBMS, Head of Clinical Laboratory Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Department, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, KSA

2. Digitalization in Laboratory Medicine

15:00 – 15:30 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Laila Abdel-Wareth, MBBCh, FRCPC, FCAP, EMHCA, MD, Chair, Clinical Pathology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE

3. The Diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma

15:30 – 16:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Nikola Baumann, PhD, Co-Director Central Clinical Laboratory and Central Processing, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

4. Biotin Interference in Laboratory Testing: Raising Awareness

16:00 – 16:30 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Panel Discussion

16:30 – 17:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Evaluation

17:00 – 17:05 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Closing Remarks

17:05 – 17:10 | Mezzoon Ballroom

Day 3

Sat, March 24, 2018



Exhibit Hall Hours

10:30 – 14:30 | Pre-Function Area


Registration

07:00 – 08:00 | Registeration Desk – Pre-Function Area


Session V: Emerging Diagnostic Technologies: Looking to the Future

Moderator: Brad Davis, Managing Director, Quest Diagnostics, USA
08:00 – 10:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Susan Evans, PhD, FAACC, BioDecisions Consulting

1. Emerging Technologies and Highlights from AACC’s 2017 Emerging Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostics Conference

08:00 – 08:30 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Andrea Ferreira-Gonzalez, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Division of Molecular Diagnostics, Department of Pathology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2. Next Generation Sequencing in Clinical Practice

08:30 – 09:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Joe El-Khoury, PhD, DABCC, FAACC, Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Co-Director, Clinical Chemistry Laboratory, Yale University, New Haven, CT

3. Mass Spectrometry: What is next for Mass Spec?

09:00 – 09:30 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Panel Discussion

09:30 – 10:00 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Coffee Break

10:00 – 10:15 | Pre-Function Area


Session VI: Precision Medicine and Molecular Oncology

Moderator: Mouza Alsharhan, Head of Pathology, Dubai Hospital, Dubai Health Authority and President of Emirates Medical Association, UAE
10:15 – 11:45 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Andrea Ferreira-Gonzalez, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Division of Molecular Diagnostics, Department of Pathology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

1. Next Generation Sequencing in Clinical Oncology Practice

10:15 – 10:45 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Rick Pesano VP, Chief Medical Officer, Global Market and Precision Medicine, Quest Diagnostics, Nichols Institute SJC

2. Genetic Risk and Testing for Breast Cancer

10:45 – 11:15 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Panel Discussion

11:15 – 11:45 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Lunch/Exhibits/Industry Workshops

11:45 – 13:45 | Pre-Function Area


Industry Workshops (Unaccredited)

12:45 – 13:45 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Quest Diagnostics
Sponsored by: Quest Diagnostics

Industry Workshop: Personalized Medicine: How Targeted Therapies and Pharmacogenetics Individualize Cancer Treatment

12:45 – 13:45 | Mezzon Ballroom 2

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Snibe Diagnostic
Sponsored by: Snibe Diagnostic

Industry Workshop: New Trends in Clinical Lab Testing

12:45 – 13:45 | Mezzon Ballroom 1


Session VII: Maternal, Fetal, and Newborn: Laboratory, Diagnostics, and Screening

Moderator: Ola Elgaddar, Medical Director, Al Borg Medical Laboratories, UAE
13:45 – 16:15 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Susan Evans, PhD, FAACC, BioDecisions Consulting

1. AMH: Anti-Mullerian Hormone Clinical Utility and Measurement

13:45 – 14:15 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Ann Gronowski, PhD, DABCC, FAACC, Washington University School of Medicine

2. The Measurement of hCG in Normal Pregnancy

14:15 – 14:45 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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David Grenache, PhD, DABCC, TriCore Reference Laboratory

3. From Fertility to Delivery: Complications of Childbirth

14:45 – 15:15 | Mezzoon Ballroom

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Rania Bedair, MD, PhD, Head of Molecular Diagnostics and Newborn Screening Units, Al Borg Medical Laboratories, KSA

4. Newborn Screening Programs: A Road to a Healthy Future

15:15 – 15:45 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Panel Discussion

15:45 – 16:15 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Evaluation

16:25 – 16:30 | Mezzoon Ballroom


Closing Remarks

16:30 – 16:35 | Mezzon Ballroom

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CEO, Al Borg Medical Laboratories

Sameh El Sheikh, MBBS

16:30 – 16:35 | Mezzon Ballroom

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CEO, American Association for Clicnical Chemistry

Janet Kreizman

16:30 – 16:35 | Mezzon Ballroom

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