Laboratory Medicine Conference

14 - 15 October | Gallagher Convention Centre

13 - 15 October 2020

Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Laboratory Medicine Conference

The Laboratory Medicine Conference is back at Africa Health, with a new concept. Spread across two days, the first day will be focused on clinical pathology, with the second on anatomic pathology.  Using these two streams, this conference will feature several well-rounded sessions targeted towards all professionals in the field.  The program will bring together experts from around South Africa and the greater region to ensure necessary discussions that will lead to further research and development in key diagnostic areas.  

Track 1:

Focuses on laboratory and quality management with emphasis on the growing challenge of non- communicable diseases in Africa such as Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes and Prostate Cancer. Little is known about Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young on the African continent and delegates will have the unique opportunity of hearing about it from a leading researcher. Point of Care Testing and its challenges in Africa on improving patient outcomes feature prominently. It further delves into the important role of connectivity in managing and integration of POCT results. Ebola and other pathogens have attracted global attention and their propensity to be highly contagious and this will be discussed by a leading authority on the African continent as a plenary lecture.

Track 2:

Infections and antibiotic resistance continue to plague Africa and this will be the focus of this track. Great advances are being made in the field of microbiology using molecular techniques and will be discussed in the session on Medical Microbiology and followed up by a slide seminar on Infectious Diseases. Syndromic Testing is gaining widespread attention and delegates will be informed on how this is making an impact in laboratory diagnostic testing. Glandular lesions of the cervix are encountered frequently and need to be diagnosed early and will be addressed from both a cytology and histology perspective. The final talk in this track will be on preanalytical errors that can lead to diagnostic errors and how these errors can be prevented will be discussed.

 

Scientific committee

Conference chair:

Prof Rajiv Erasmus,
President, African Federation of Clinical Chemistry (AFCC), Emeritus Professor, Division of Chemical Pathology, Tygerberg Hospital, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Director, Quality First Training Academy, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa


Scientific committee

  • Professor Akin Abayomi, Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, Lagos, Nigeria 
  • Professor Andrew Whitelaw, Head of Department, Medical Microbiology, Stellenbosch University, Cape
    Town, South Africa 
  • Hilary Lumano, Senior Technical Advisor, USAID Safe Project, Lusaka, Zambia 
  • Professor RG Wiseman Pinto, Head, Department of Pathology, Goa Medical College, Goa, India
  • Professor Jaya George, Head of Department, Chemical Pathology, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

Key sessions:

Track 1:

  • Keynote: Increasing Africa’s resilience to pathogens of high consequence
  • Laboratory ethics and quality
  • Connectivity solution to managing POCT in Africa: Aga Khan experience
  • Digital pathology: its impact on healthcare
  • Emerging biomarkers for prostate cancer 

Track 2:

  • Infectious diseases: slide seminar
  • Challenges of developing a laboratory test
  • Molecular diagnostics in microbiology – is there a role in Africa
  • Next generation sequencing in microbiology – clinical applications
  • How effective is HIV viral suppression: experience from Zambia

What’s new?

  • For 2020, the lab track will be split in order to get the maximum number of attendees as possible. There will be a day 1 and a day 2 focus.
  • We have a chair from the beginning, who not only has a strong presence in SA, but also the rest of Africa to ensure that there is good representation from doctors all over.

Key topics:

Track 1:

  • Laboratory and quality management
  • Point of care testing
  • NCDs and clinical chemistry
  • Haematopathology

Track 2:

  • Microbiology and molecular diagnostics
  • Anatomical pathology and cytology


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