The Asia Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (AAMLS) held its 4th Congress in Singapore from 2 to 4 October 2013, with the Singapore Polytechnic Auditorium as the Congress venue. The four-yearly event was organised by the Singapore Association for Medical Laboratory Science (SAMLS) in conjunction with its Annual Scientific Meeting for 2013. The Congress drew some 300 delegates from the Asia-Pacific region. With education as its primary objective, the event also saw attendance by Biomedical Science students from various polytechnics.
Topics covered at the Congress were broad and varied. They ranged from improving laboratory and staff management, the implementation of environmental policies in the laboratories, managing POCT programs, the development of proficiency testing in clinical chemistry to the adoption of next-generation sequencing as part of molecular diagnostics. Addressing a captive audience, and generally agreed by all as a Congress highlight, A/Prof Cuthbert Teo from the Health Sciences Authority described the use of ancillary investigations in forensic medicine. There was also a concurrent trade exhibition showcasing new products and instruments for medical laboratory testing.
From SP’s own Biomedical Science course, there was good participation by staff (as invited speakers) and students in the form of oral and poster presentations. Logistics and management of the Congress facilities were in the capable hands of the Biomedical Science students.
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Student volunteers from Singapore Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic’s Biomedical Science course with the Congress Organizing Committee at the close of the 4th AAMLS Congress.