Laboratory Medicine 2011 Congress

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September 1, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg,

The Laboratory Medicine Congress 2011 (LMC 2011) ushers in a new era of cutting edge multi-faceted medical laboratory science in South Africa. It is a culmination of a considerable body of work which will inform, educate and initiate collaboration with the integral professions which make up laboratory diagnostics.

Presentations over the next four days (1- 4 September) is an illustration of the impact this crucial service has on the health of our nation. Providing care and service to patients is the ultimate goal, and early diagnosis, treatment and recovery of patients translates directly into decreased mortality rates and a healthy workforce, which results in a more productive country. Ground breaking research, producing innovative outcomes in the fields of science and technology, with regards to disease management within the global village is paramount, more particularly for the African context.

Mr Sagie Pillay, CEO of the National Health Laboratory Service in South Africa (NHLS), the largest diagnostic Pathology Service in Africa, and the Diamond Partner for this event, stresses the importance of this Congress and its relevance for the industry. Mr Pillay re-affirms the fundamental role that the NHLS and other associations within the diagnostic pathology arena plays in the delivery of healthcare in South Africa. He believes that all role-players committed to supporting the National and Provincial Health Departments in the delivery of healthcare, cannot miss the programme which will increase the understanding of participants through interesting debates, presentations and trends on offer at the congress.
Dr Bruce Dietrichs of the National Pathology Group commented that this event is poised to align South Africa with the international trends.

The professions of Medical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, Pathologists, Medical Scientists and Blood Transfusion Donation Specialists are participating in LMC 2011, unveiling/showcasing the latest scientific developments in the industry either on the main programme or at the congress exhibition.