Editorial Article: The Institute of Biomedical Science Congress 2015

Biomedical scientists from around the world congregate at the IBMS Congress

28 Sep 2015

The IBMS Congress 2015 will be held on September 29-30 at The ICC, Birmingham, UK


The ICC is one of Europe’s most high profile conference centres, welcoming over 350 events and more than 300,000 delegates each year.

The IBMS Congress is a key conference for Biomedical Scientists around the world. As usual, this year's congress is offering an action packed schedule of over 250 activities for scientists working in all fields of Biomedical Science. This article highlights from of the items from the IBMS agenda.


Cellular Pathology

This year's scientific programme is designed to look at the link between personal, professional and service development including a focus on histological reporting, the benefits of ISO 15189 as well as the rapidly developing fields of molecular diagnostics and next-generation sequencing.

Clinical Chemistry

The clinical chemistry programme this year is focusing on the hottest topics around for clinical chemists. Topics to cover include personalized medicine, obesity and diabetes, how to pass the IBMS specialist portfolio and much, much more.


The immunology programme has something for all Immunologists including sessions on novel uses of flow cytometry, cytokine measurement, immunodeficiency classification as well as discussions on change management and LEAN processing. 


The popular morphology session returns again this year as well as sessions on parasitology, hemoglobinopathy, direct oral anticoagulation, disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) diagnosis and hereditary thrombophilia.


Transfusion scientists will be kept busy with a full programme including advances in blood components, genotyping using molecular diagnostic technology and laboratory management of transfusion reactions. 


Sessions for Virologists include the topics of Ebola, dried blood spot testing, discussion on the merits of the Virology Higher Specialist Diploma and a review of the Measles outbreak. 


The Microbiology Advisory Panel has outlined a programme designed to address the changing educational and diagnostic climate affecting microbiology laboratories. Topics to be covered include antibiotic resistance, use of procalcitonin for the management of sepsis and whole genome sequencing. 


Cytologists can attend talks on the future of cervical screening,  sessions on routine and specialized andrology and non-gynae cytology. There will also be sessions on further education options for cytologists, including changes to the Advanced Specialist Diploma in Gynae Cytology . 

View the full IBMS programme here.


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