President’s Invitation

Dear Colleagues,

We are very happy to welcome you to IFCC-WorldLab 2014, in Istanbul, one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Istanbul is not a city only joining Europe and Asia geographically but it is also the meeting point of different cultures. Independent of their original country, I am sure each participant of WorldLab 2014 will feel that their ancesters were here before.

IFCC WorldLab 2014 differs from the preceding IFCC Congresses because for the first time, in the history of IFCC, all the sister societies are together; AACC (American Association of Clinical Chemistry), AFCB (Arab Federation of Clinical Biology), AFCC (African Federation of Clinical Chemistry), APFCB (Asia-Pasific Federation for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine), BCLF (Balkan Clinical Laboratory Federation), COLABIOCLI (Latin America Confederation of Clinical Biochemistry), EFLM (European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine) and WASPaLM (World Association of Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine) and they are contributing to IFCC WorldLab/Istanbul Congress with a symposium.

We are happy to state that many colleagues from all over the world had joined us. We are sure that this congress will be one of the unforgettable IFCC WorldLab Congresses. Istanbul will host a large delegation of the international medical laboratory scientists for the main happening of the year and we are ready for this big event. Many of you have done your best by submitting an abstract to the IFCC WorldLab 2014 Istanbul Congress. We are grateful that we received more than 1600 abstracts, which is a record for the IFCC WorldLab Congresses. All participants are encouraged to visit the poster area and use the opportunity to obtain new ideas.

The Scientific Program includes: One outstanding Opening Lecture; 4 Plenary Lectures, from the world’s most renowned scientists; 26 Congress Symposia covering the most attractive topics; 42 Oral Communications selected from the abstracts; 1552 posters displayed; 8 Symposia organized by contributing sister Federations/Societies; 5 IFCC Sessions; 23 Industry‐Sponsored Workshops; 3 Satellite meetings (XIII. ICPLM, PoCT, LC-MS/MS in Clinical Chemistry); An education workshop by the IFCC – FEBS – ORPHEUS education committees on “PhD training in Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Biochemistry, and Laboratory Medicine: Where are we heading?”; 3 poster lunch sessions.

There will be enough science for everyone during the day. During the evenings, a rich social program providing the frame for relaxation and cultural stimulation has been developed for attendees, families and friends. Opening ceremony with an “Opening Lecture” followed by Cihat Aşkın orchestra and solist clarinet Göksun Çavdar will be and the welcome cocktail. A course on EBRU, unique art for Turkish culture, is organised on the 23rd and 24th of June, 2014, between 13:00 – 17:00 hours. Particularly, we would like to draw your attention to the Cultural and Social Evening on Wednesday (25th June, 2014) at the historic mansion “The Marmara Esma Sultan Palace” so, please do not hesitate to register for this major social event of the WorldLab2014 Istanbul Congress.

On behalf of the Organising Committee, it gives us great pleasure to welcome you in Istanbul, and we wish you a fruitful, interactive and enjoyable Congress. Enjoy, also, the beauties of Istanbul and Turkey!

Warm Regards,

Professor Nazmi ÖZER, PhD, MedSp
President, IFCC WorldLab Congress