Societies’ Invitation

Dear Colleagues,

I have great pleasure in welcoming you to IFCC-WorldLab Istanbul 2014. Istanbul is one of the most exciting cities in the world standing at the gateway between Europe and Asia. It has both an historical and a contemporary influence on science, culture, politics and society. There is much to see and do in the city itself and much to learn from the dynamic and positive approach to the future.

IFCC-WorldLab occurs only once in every three years. As the name suggests it is the global, showpiece international congress for clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine.

The scientific program contains high quality science coupled with a strong focus on how important laboratory medicine services are to clinical medicine and the wellbeing of patients and the public. The way in which we deliver and add value to those services is also a highlight of the programme. There is ample opportunity for individual participants to present and discuss their work with their peers.

Our profession is in a growing partnership with the clinical diagnostic industry. The exhibition of equipment, diagnostics, software and the industrial seminars are at the sharp end of discovery and delivery and will encourage participants to consider new and exciting ways to improve the laboratory medicine services that they provide.

However, above all else congresses are about people. At IFCC-WorldLab Istanbul 2014 participants will see established colleagues and meet new friends from across the globe. They will find individuals who share scientific and clinical interests and they will have the opportunity to establish long lasting research and clinical practice networks. We can all learn from the experience of others and there is no better place to do this than at a dynamic congress.

I am confident that IFCC-WorldLab Istanbul 2014 will be a highly successful congress with a strong emphasis on a positive future. It will also be hugely enjoyable. Your presence will add to that success and that enjoyment.

Graham H Beastall
IFCC President
International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine