UZ sci­en­tists for WorldLab 2017

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FARMING/SCIENCE - Gil­bert Munetsi

SCI­EN­TISTS from the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe School of Health Sci­ences will be part of his­tory when South Africa brings the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Clin­i­cal Chem­istry (“WorldLab 2017”) to the con­ti­nent for the first time ever from Oc­to­ber 22 to 25.

The past two con­gresses were held in Ber­lin and In­stabul, and WorldLab 2017 in Dur­ban will fo­cus on raising aware­ness of the im­por­tance of lab­o­ra­tory medicine to health­care in Africa, as well as show­cas­ing the sta­tus of lab medicine on the con­ti­nent with a thrust to sup­port­ing its de­vel­op­ment.

Zim­bab­wean sci­en­tists will vie for three poster awards val­ued at 300 eu­ros each to be given to the best oral pre­sen­ta­tion by sci­en­tists aged 40 and be­low on any topic on pae­di­atric lab­o­ra­tory medicine.

Ac­cord­ing to the pro­gramme availed by the sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the African Fed­er­a­tion of Clin­i­cal Chem­istry, which is co-host­ing the event with the IFCC, mat­ters will be pre­ceded by the 16th In­ter­na­tional Congress of Pae­di­atric Lab­o­ra­tory Medicine.

“This open­ing congress will fo­cus on the lat­est sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal achieve­ments in all as­pects of pae­di­atric clin­i­cal and di­ag­nos­tic lab­o­ra­tory medicine. We be­lieve that all par­tic­i­pants will be en­thused by the ses­sions,” said the SG, Prof Hilda Matarira, who is also pres­i­dent of the Zim­babwe As­so­ci­a­tion of Clin­i­cal Bio­chem­istry and found­ing Vice-Chan­cel­lor of Great Zim­babwe Univer­sity.

She goes to Dur­ban hav­ing re­cently se­cured fund­ing for stu­dio equip­ment for es­tab­lish­ment of Africa’s first ra­dio for lab medicine and sci­ence, which will feed into a Paris-based chan­nel, El Mi­cro­sco­pio.

Congress ses­sions will fo­cus on ge­net­i­cally de­ter­mined dis­eases in chil­dren, meta­bolic dis­or­ders, new­born screen­ing, al­lergy test­ing, nu­tri­tion, en­docrinol­ogy, pae­di­atric ref­er­ence in­ter­vals, in­fec­tious dis­eases, challenges of the pae­di­atric lab­o­ra­tory and oth­ers ar­eas.

Prof Matarira said WorldLab 2017 would pro­vide a plat­form for del­e­gates to as­sess the range of equip­ment and di­ag­nos­tic prod­ucts avail­able.

Part of the WorldLab 2017 will fo­cus on the lat­est sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal achieve­ments in all as­pects of pae­di­atric clin­i­cal and di­ag­nos­tic lab­o­ra­tory medicine

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