Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the UEMS Section of Laboratory Medicine, I’m delighted to welcome you to the 5th joint European Congress run under the joint auspices of the Union of European Medical Specialists and the European Federation of Laboratory Medicine. We continue with the successful theme of previous meetings and focus on the role of Laboratory Medicine at the clinical interface, thus emphasising the essential role of the laboratory in underpinning high quality patient care.

My colleagues on the organising and scientific committees have put together a comprehensive programme spanning much of clinical medicine, ranging from specialty-specific sessions to molecular diagnostics, genomics and personalised medicine. It provides just the right mix of reviews of current practice, a focus on recent advances and a look to future trends in laboratory medicine which should appeal to both generalists and specialists.

In keeping with the Congress theme of collaboration at the clinical interface, many of the speakers will be practising clinicians reflecting about the appropriate use and transformative impact of laboratory tests on clinical outcomes.

I believe that active participation in this congress will be of great benefit not only to the continuing professional development of colleagues but also ultimately translate in to improved patient care. I commend this meeting and warmly encourage colleagues to attend.

Very best wishes

Siraj Misbah

President, UEMS Section of Laboratory Medicine

Lead Consultant in Clinical Immunology

Oxford University Hospitals