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