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Monday 27th March 2023

8:30: Panel Discussion: Procurement in the Laboratory

A panel discussion where Industry, HSE and Laboratory Representatives can explore the challenges of the procurement process

Discussion Moderator: Colin Mac Hale, Sales Director, Distribution, Partner and Programmes at Intel Corporation and Chair of HealthTech Connect

9.30 – 11.00 Early Career Scientists Forum:  Scientists as Leaders

Cryobiology – Dr Nicola Gardner, Chief Medical Scientist, Cryobiology, St James’s Hospital

Management/Leadership – Pat Mulhare, Programme Manager, National Clinical Pathology Programme

Histopathology – Réiltín Warner, Chief Medical Scientist, Molecular Oncology, Cork University Hospital

IT Systems (Laboratory) – Thomas Walsh, Laboratory Programme Manager, HSE

12.00 – 13.00 Opening Ceremony and Plenary Session

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD Invited to Open and Dr Colm Henry invited to give the Keynote Address

Scientific Sessions 14:30 – 16:30

Clinical Chemistry & Immunology Session

Research on immunological biomarkers for Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome – Dr Eliana Lacerda – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Development and Validation of salivary biomarkers utilising Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spec, Dr Keith Mulready, Chief Medical Scientist, Mass Spectrometry, Mater University Hospital.

Title to be Confirmed – Eoin Begley Chief Medical Scientist Clinical Chemistry TUH

Hyperparathyroidism – Dr Kevin McCarroll. Consultant Physician & Geriatrician, Bone Health Unit, St James’s Hospital, Dublin

National Office of Clinical Audit – Jennifer Keogh CNM2, Naas General Hospital

Transfusion and Transplantation Science

Recent Developments in Blood Components – Barry Doyle, Head of Manufacturing and Issuing, IBTS

Patient Blood Management – the Consultant Haematologist’s perspective – Dr Joan Fitzgerald, Consultant Haematologist, St Vincent’s University Hospital

Patient Blood Management – the role of the Specialist Medical Scientist – Margaret-Ann Connaughton, Specialist Medical Scientist, St Vincent’s University Hospital

President’s Reception

Tuesday 28th March 2023

8:30: Panel Discussion – Recruitment and Retention in Laboratory Medicine

A Panel discussion where laboratory managers and chiefs, and HSE key personnel can discuss and share facts, experiences and opinions and explore solutions to the Crisis in Recruitment and Retention of Medical Scientists

Moderator: Anne Nee, Facilitator, Mediator, Workplace Investigator and Conflict Coach. Formally the Employee Relations Manager in the HSE South East

Plenary Session 12:00-13:00: “Molecular Diagnostics – Molecular Pathology – Genomic Medicine:

A Genetics and Genomic Strategy for Ireland.

Professor Owen Smith, Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Consultant Paediatric Haematology at CHI@Crumlin and Chief Academic Lead to CHI Group.

10:00 – 12:00 Haematology Session

The laboratory investigation of suspected platelet function disorders, Dr Keith Gomez, Consultant and Associate Professor in Haematology, Haemophilia Centre and Thrombosis Unit, Royal Free London, President of the British Society of Haemostasis and Thrombosis

An overview of the implementation of ‘Blood Sciences’ in three large hospitals – Speakers from University Hospital Waterford, University Hospital Limerick and Cork University Hospital

Advanced practice for Medical Scientists in haematology – Nicki Lawrence, Principal BMS Advanced Practitioner in Morphology at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

14:30 – 16:30 Microbiology & Virology Session 

Acute hepatitis of unknown aetiology in children, Speaker TBC, National Virus Reference Laboratory

Emerging Viral infections , Speaker TBC

National C. difficile reference service, Dr Anne Carroll, C diff Reference Laboratory.

Detection of Environmental CPE from an Acute Hospital with Endemic CPE, Conor Mulchrone, Medical Scientist, University Hospital Limerick

14:30 – 16:30 Cellular Pathology Session            

Introduction of a managed service contract for Cellular Pathology in University Hospital Limerick, Deirdre McCrae, Chief Medical Scientist, UHL

The Future of Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: Combining Tissue Responsive Probes, AI, and Machine Learning to Transform Medical Care – Dr. Niall Mulligan, Consultant Histopathologist, MMUH


Workshops will be held throughout the two days. Registration for the workshops will open in mid-January at . As places will be limited, it will be on a first come first served basis for Medical Scientist members. 

Medical Science

Scientific Writing – Presenting your laboratory findings for publication

Cellular Pathology

Accreditation in Cellular Pathology – Discussion/advice on flexible scope, validation, training etc.

H&E and BMT Slide review – Workshop for the screening of H&E and retic stains  – Presented by NEQAS BMT assessors

Diagnostic Cytology


Blood Morphology – Nicki Lawrence

Microbiology and Virology


Laboratory investigation of meningitis with case studies

Demand management in microbiology

Transfusion and Transplantation Science

ISO15189 New Release 2022 – Seán Naughton