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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
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 www.acslm.ie . As places will be limited, it will be on a first come first served basis for Medical Scientist members.
Scientific Writing – Presenting your laboratory findings for publication
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
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