The International Biology Days 2011 8/9/10 November 2011 at the CNIT Paris La Défense in France

AT THE HEART OF EUROPEAN MEDICAL BIOLOGY CHALLENGES

The 56th JIB (International Biology Days) will bring together the key stakeholders in European medical biology. This annual meeting is dedicated to private and hospital biologists, biomedical engineers, researchers, laboratory technicians, secretaries and hospital pharmacists, and provides an outstanding platform for meetings and discussions. It combines an exhibition, involving closely 200 companies showing everything from in vitro diagnostics to cutting edge innovation and laboratory services, with a scientific congress featuring leading speakers in the field of medicine. The show and congress will take place simultaneously this year from Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th November 2011 and will highlight the topic of ageing and the associated biological mechanisms as well as the future projections of the Young Scientists Task Force, an International IFCC network (International Federation of Clinical Chemistry). Other highlights of the event will be the welcome for Switzerland as the country of the year and the establishment of the European Laboratory States General.

In 2010, the JIB event welcomed 9,271 visitors (28.14% coming from 63 countries) who could discover 196 innovations of exhibiting companies, suppliers of medical laboratories.

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Reform underway: a new era for biology
The progressive reform of French biology is a root and branch reorganisation of the entire profession. For Jean Benoit, President of the JIB, “this active phase in the restructuring of laboratories places the emphasis on the medical aspect of the profession, which is known for its high level of expertise backed up by state of the art technology.” 60 to 70% of medical diagnoses are based on biology. “At the dawn of a new era, these Days are an excellent platform for meetings where biologists can come together with suppliers showing their innovative solutions, as well as providing them with an opportunity to develop their knowledge and to exchange experiences with their peers by taking part in the profession’s major congress.” Mandatory accreditation, another element in the French reform, will also be treated in depth during these days.

A restructured congress
In order to give the congress an educational and practical edge, the session programme has been restructured in order to improve the dissemination of knowledge, to encourage the sharing of experiences and feedback about the practice of the profession of biologist within a laboratory. Access to practical information relevant to day-to-day activities in the laboratory will be made easier by means of Practical Study Cases sessions complementing scientific talks with the emphasis on promising content.

The biology of ageing, one of the major themes of the congress and the Scientific Days of the SFBC (French Clinical Chemistry Society)
The biology of longevity will be one of the headline sessions of the Congress and will deal with the genetic and historic aspects of research strategies in this field, with a view to our aged populations enjoying good health as they age. The agenda for this theme will also include sessions devoted to the biology of cardiovascular pathologies and vitamins and dietary mineral deficiencies in elderly patients. The congress will also devote considerable time and space to current concerns. A subject such as ‘Financing innovation in biology’, organised by the SDB (union of biologists) will provide a platform for high quality talks.

“Think the unthinkable”: Focus on the “young biologists and scientists” session.
Another of the important meetings at the congress will be the ‘Young Scientists’ session, and the presentations of the work of this international network. « Think the unthinkable » will set the tone! Set up by the IFCC, the goal of this working group is to involve more young biologists and scientists in laboratory medicine, to assist in their training, to encourage exchanges and to promote the sharing of their experience with other health professionals from around the world. One entire session will be devoted to this group at the JIB. Presentations and round tables will be organised to consider subjects such as “The role of multi-disciplinary work groups”, “What future for laboratory medicine?” or “Interaction between the laboratory and clinicians.

The European Laboratory States General: improving understanding of the European biology professions
In order to help understand the challenges facing biology at a European level, the JIB event is organising the ‘European States General’ with the assistance of societies, associations and federations involved in clinical labs. These will take the form of round tables at which stakeholders will discuss various problems facing their respective professions with their counterparts. This event will reinforce the opening up of the JIB towards Europe (+33.54% increase in the number of European visitors between 2009 and 2010).

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Switzerland, Guest of honour
In pursuit of this spirit of collaboration and openness, the JIB are welcoming Switzerland as the country of the year in 2011. As well as a Swiss presence at the event, there will be a dedicated scientific session organised with the Swiss Association of Medical Analytical Laboratories (FAMH) and the Swiss Union of Laboratory Medicine (SULM/USML) which aims to provide an overview of biology and the health professions in Switzerland, and foster dialogue with their French counterparts. The session will be organized in collaboration with the Swiss Society of Clinical Chemistry, the Swiss Haematology Society, the Swiss Society of Allergology and Immunology, the Swiss Microbiology Society and the Swiss Society of Medical Genetics.

The International Biology Days (JIB) are organized by the Federation of Biologists (SDB) and the French Clinical Biology Society (SFBC) stages its National Scientific Meetings as part of the congress. The SFBC administers the scientific committee in conjunction with the following societies and historical partners: the Lariboisière Biology Days (JBL), Inserm, the Francophone Vitamins and Bio-Factors Society (SFVB), the Francophone Society for the Study and Research into Toxic and Trace Elements (SFERETE) and Molecular Biology Initiatives (BioMI). The congress is staged under the auspices of the lFCC (International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine), with the support of the EFCC (European Federation of Clinical Chemistry

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