The theme of Focus 2006 is ‘the future’ and it is therefore appropriate that we have included several cutting-edge topics. The conference is being organised in partnership with UK NEQAS, and this year it is a particular pleasure to be hosting a session organised by the Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists.

Summary Programme

Monday 15th May


09.30 - 16.00

Training Day

12.00 - 16.15

Update Sessions

Tuesday 16th May



Breakfast Workshops


Opening Ceremony


Dabe Behring Planary Lecture


Forensic Toxicology


Endocrinology Update


Joint Symposium with the Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists


Attend Poster Session


Genomics and Metabolomics


SAS Symposium: Endocrine Update


Biochemistry and the Law

Wednesday 17th May



Roche Diagnostics Award


Clinical Practice Update


"Fiddle Factrs"


Oral Presentations


Grand Round


Attend Poster Session


Hot Topics in Clinical Chemical Pathology


Bayer Award Competition


Issues in General Chemistry


AACC/ACB Transatlantic Lecture


Meeting of the Clinical Practice Section of the ACB

Thursday 18th May



Professors Prize Lecture


Paediatric Biochemistry


UK NEQAS at point-of-care


Oral Presentations from abstracts


Attend Poster Session


ACB Foundation Lecture


Future Provision of Laboratory Medicine Services


Closing Ceremony

Oral Presentations

There will be two sessions for oral presentations; a free communication session of selected abstracts submitted by all delegates and a session of papers submitted by members of the Association of Clinical Biochemistry, under 35 years of age. All oral presentations must also be presented as posters.

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions will be held on all three days of the conference. Poster topics will be coordinated with the scientific programmes of the day. Selected posters will be introduced by the presenting authors and reviewed daily in a lunch time poster workshop.

Clinical Practice Sessions

These sessions will include ‘Hot Topics in Clinical Biochemistry’, an interesting medical case presented in the format of a ‘Grand round’ and a debate on a contentious issue in medical practice.

Published Abstracts

Abstracts that are accepted for presentation at the meeting will be published in the Proceedings of the National Meeting of the Association of Clinical Biochemists as a special issue of the Annals of Clinical Biochemistry.

Bayer Award

 The Bayer Award is made on the basis of an oral communication presented by a Member of the Association under 35 years of age at the time of the competition. The winner will receive a Silver Medal and a cheque for £500. Entrants should submit abstracts for this Award via the web site and should tick the relevant box to indicate that the abstract should be considered for the award.

DPC Poster Prize

DPC (UK) Ltd annually award prizes for the 3 best posters presented at Focus. The aim of the awards is to ‘Promote innovation in clinical laboratories’. The prizes are bursaries which may be used to further develop the presented work or to help fund attendance at additional scientific meetings. Bursaries are awarded on condition that either a report of the further work or a report of the additional meeting is prepared for DPC (UK) Ltd and the ACB Clinical Sciences Reviews Committee. This report may be submitted to ACB News for publication.

If you wish your poster to be considered for the DPC poster prize please indicate in the tick box provided on the abstract submission form.

Professors Prize

This is awarded by the UK Heads of Academic Departments of Clinical Biochemistry to an individual under 40 years of age who has made an outstanding scientific contribution to the field.  

CPD Accreditation

focus 2006 will be fully accredited for the CPD schemes of the Royal College of Pathologists and the Institute of Biomedical Science.