Dear Colleagues and Friends
It is a great pleasure to welcome you in Zurich! This year’s Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society of Clinical Chemistry will be joined by our colleagues from Germany and Austria. Held under the motto «From Biomarker Discovery and Technology Development to Evidence-based Laboratory Medicine» this tri-national congress will take place at the Kongresshaus in Zurich from November 2nd to 4th 2011. The Scientific Committee, which has been composed of three representatives of each country, has brought together a highly attractive and up-to-date scientific and educational programme covering research and development as well as clinical practice. About 30 internationally well reputed scientists have been invited as speakers to share their expertise with us.
The congress will be opened by a keynote lecture held by Professor Nader Rifai, who is the Director of the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory at the Children’s Hospital in Boston as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Chemistry, the most important scientific journal of our discipline. In his lecture entitled «Inflammation and cardiovascular disease: the evolution of a story» he will share his extensive knowledge of risk markers of coronary heart disease and shall hopefully allow us to draw parallels to the scientific and medical needs for the discovery and validation of novel biomarkers also in other diseases. The subsequent scientific programme consists of 6 symposia covering infectious diseases, epigenetics, inflammatory diseases, thrombosis and haemostasis, the cardio-renal syndrome as well as the future of laboratory medicine. Moreover, 3 workshops have been dedicated to mass spectrometry and its various clinical applications. In an industry sponsored lunch symposium, a user will discuss experiences with automation and workflow optimisation in his clinical laboratory.
After successful abstract calling, I am also very pleased to announce eight free communications as well as an extensive poster exhibition. The best poster presentations will be awarded with young-investigator-prizes. Finally, the president of the Swiss Society of Clinical Chemistry, Prof. Katharina Rentsch, will present the winner of this year’s SSCC award for the best publication from a young clinical chemist working in Switzerland.
In addition to this interesting scientific and educational programme, ample time is foreseen to come together and share thoughts and ideas among colleagues and friends. Our well-known exhibitors’ evening will take place on Wednesday evening – giving you the exclusive opportunity to meet selected exhibitors within the industrial exhibition. On Thursday evening the congress dinner will take place. Don’t miss this pleasant gathering at the unique waterfront restaurant Acqua in Zurich – enjoying delicious food and musical entertainment.
I hope we have thought of everything and I am looking forward to meeting you in Zurich in November to a tri-national congress both enriching and unforgettable.
Prof. Arnold von Eckardstein, MD