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From the Chairman

It is a privilege to invite you to attend our Annual National Meeting – Focus 2004. We return to the magnificent ICC with our two main conference hotels just a short walk away down Broad Street. This is an action-packed meeting in an exciting environment and we encourage as many delegates as possible to attend the whole conference.

Focus is nothing without excellent science and Andrew Day and his Bristol-based Scientific Programme Organising Committee have produced a stimulating scientific programme. We encourage you to submit abstracts for poster presentation and oral communication. The early morning workshops will renew an emphasis on interaction and our meeting will see the return of 'poster rounds' at lunchtime. We welcome the input of the UK NEQAS Clinical Chemistry meeting, which is integrated into our scientific programme.

Our national meeting is a time to build on relationships with commercial partners. This year sees magnificent support for Focus, with eight corporate sponsors of the meeting. The packed exhibition will be an important place to spend some time and look at choices for equipment and reagents for your laboratory.

I look forward to welcoming you to Birmingham where we will stimulate your mind for three days, then send you back home re-invigorated and better equipped to take modern clinical laboratory services forward in your locality.

Jonathan Berg
Chairman, Focus 2004 Organising Committee