DUBAI / Emirates Business
The first standalone edition of MEDLAB Exhibition & Congress, the worldâ€™s largest laboratory event, was officially inaugurated on Monday 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 regionâ€™s flagship healthcare event, Arab Health, the laboratory show is now a standalone event and runs from February 6-9 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition
Centre in the UAE.
Spanning over six exhibition halls, the show accommodates more than 700 international exhibitors, over 400 ground breaking medical laboratory products and services, 11 CME-accredited conferences and welcomes over 30,000 laboratory and trade professionals.
With MEDLAB looking at bridging the gap between the laboratory and clinical settings, the congress today 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 will unveil the industryâ€™s latest updates on laboratory testing and developments in clinical diagnostics. Within its new scientific programme, comprising 11 multi-disciplinary conferences, the congress will introduce 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 are spearheaded by regional and global industry leaders, who will present 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.
â€œMEDLAB 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 â€“ the laboratory and clinicians – to ultimately improve patient care outcomes, particularly in this part of the world,â€ he said.