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The show also played host to the 5th Middle East Diabetes Conference, led by Dr Nader Lessan, Consultant Endocrinologist, Imperial College London, Diabetes Centre, who gave regional insights into diabetes care. The conference, which is normally held at Arab Health, is now part of MEDLAB to improve the relationship between the laboratory and clinicians when diagnosing and treating diabetes.


MEDLAB Exhibition & Congress took place this February, bringing together the most advanced laboratory and clinical innovations and breakthroughs.


STANDALONE MEDLAB


SUCCESS FOR FIRST


The first standalone edition of MEDLAB Exhibition & Congress, the world’s largest laboratory event, was officially inaugurated by His Excellency Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director General of the Dubai Health Authority.


Following 15 years of success alongside the region’s flagship healthcare event, Arab Health, the laboratory show is now a standalone event, which took place from 6th - 9th February 2017 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


12 | Tomorrow’s Laboratories


Spanning over six exhibition halls, the show accommodated more than 700 international exhibitors, over 400 medical laboratory products and services, 11 CME-accredited conferences and welcomed over 30,000 laboratory and trade professionals.


With MEDLAB looking at bridging the gap between the laboratory and clinical settings, the congress focused on two key topics - laboratory management and cardiac markers (measurement of heart functions), with healthcare leaders addressing topics varying from the risks of the use of social media in healthcare, to how to improve cardiac testing.


During the four-day congress, MEDLAB unveiled the industry’s latest updates on laboratory testing and developments in clinical diagnostics. Within its new scientific programme, comprising 11 multi-disciplinary conferences, the congress introduced three new tracks, including blood transfusion medicine, laboratory informatics, and clinical diagnostics of cardiology and diabetes, in addition to the more established laboratory management, microbiology, immunology and clinical chemistry tracks.


Offering delegates the chance to earn up to 28.0 credits of Continuing Medical Education (CME), the conferences were spearheaded by regional and global industry leaders, who presented the latest research, innovations, and drive discussions on best practice in laboratory medicine.


Simon Page, Managing Director of Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, the organisers of MEDLAB, explained how important the show is in bringing healthcare professionals together to improve the provision of healthcare in the region.


Simon said: “MEDLAB provides access to hundreds of laboratory innovations and insights into medical breakthroughs that will help improve healthcare, both in the Middle East and globally.


“The congress has been designed to foster collaboration and encourage the sharing of knowledge and skills between two pillars of healthcare – the laboratory and clinicians - to ultimately improve patient care outcomes, particularly in this part of the world.”


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