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Dubai to host IFCC World Lab 2024 in May

by Madaline Dunn

Dubai is gearing up to host the IFCC World Lab 2024, a global conference convening laboratory professionals and scientists worldwide, from 26 to 30 May, marking the first time the event is held in the MEA region and the first time outside Europe. 

The event will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Chairman of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association (UAEGDA), and will be located at the Dubai World Trade Centre. 

The conference will feature speakers and exhibitors from 107 countries, with 227 speakers from 67 nationalities.

The speakers include 63 from the Middle East, of which six are Emirati. There are also eight speakers from South America, 63 from North America, 16 from Africa, 83 from Europe, nine from Australia, and 75 from Asia.

The details of the event were shared at a press conference hosted by the Dubai Press Club, where it was outlined that the conference will serve as a platform to facilitate the free and open exchange of information on the science and technology of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine in the academic, clinical, and industrial settings.

The conference will feature five events, including:

  • The 26th International Summit on Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine IFCC World Lab 2024; 
  • 17th Arab Union Summit for Biochemistry; 
  • The 10th Conference of the Saudi Society for Biochemistry; 
  • The 8th International Conference on Genetic Disorders 2024; and 
  • The 3rd edition of the UAE Award for Genetic Disorder Reduction.

The press conference was attended by Ahmed Al Jumairi, Senior Manager, Dubai Business Events; Dr. Mariam Mohammed Matar, Founder and President of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association; Dr. Fareeda Al Shemali, Deputy Chairperson of the UAE Award for Genetic Disorder Reduction; Dr. Rachel Stratton, Head of the Scientific Program of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association; Hamoud Al Mahmoud, Chief Content Officer of the MAJARRA Platform; Saif Al Rahmani, Founder and President of the ‘Thank You for Your Giving’ volunteer team; and Salah Jafer, CEO of ESG Mena, which is the event’s strategic partner.

The conference will, for the first time, highlight clinical practices in regenerative medicine and healthy aging, and conclude with a scientific discussion conducted in Arabic, covering all topics addressed during the summit.

Further, a panel of selected clinical specialists will engage in a comprehensive dialogue on the advancements and insights shared during the event.

The summit will commence with a lecture on genomics in the Middle East presented by Prof. Fouzan Sami Al Kuria, Professor of Human Genetics at King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia.

At the press conference this week, Dr Fareeda Al Shemali, Deputy Chairperson of the UAE Award for Genetic Disorder Reduction, announced the launch of the third edition of the UAE International Genomics Awards, which will focus on the future of medicine. 

The award aims to recognise and promote cutting-edge advances in crucial areas of medical science, and invites nominations from an array of fields including genomic medicine, artificial intelligence, machine learning, precision medicine, precision health, regenerative medicine, nanotechnology, and microbiome.

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