Medical laboratory professionals gather in St. John's for national conference, June 21 - 24

    HAMILTON, ON, June 16 /CNW/ - Cancer biomarkers, 'superbugs,' the HPV
virus, pandemic planning - these are just some of the topics that will be
presented at LABCON2009, the National Congress of Medical Laboratory Science,
June 21 to 24 at the Delta Hotel and Convention Centre in St. John's,
Newfoundland and Labrador. The congress, which is sponsored by the Canadian
Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS), is expected to draw 600
delegates, speakers and exhibitors from across the country.
    Organized by a core committee of volunteers from St. John's, the congress
program features experts in medical laboratory science, pathology, and allied
health. "This congress has been four years in the planning and we're excited
to be hosting this prestigious national event in St. John's," says Congress
Chair Terry Gulliver.
    "Medical laboratory professionals - technologists, assistants and
scientists - play a vital role in Canada's health care and public health
systems. Factors such as the rapid pace of growth in scientific knowledge, the
emergence of new infectious diseases such as the H1N1 influenza virus and the
growing shortage of medical laboratory technologists have created new
challenges for our profession," says Mr. Gulliver. "Educational events like
this provide us with an excellent opportunity to update our skills and learn
from experts in the field of medical laboratory science."

    CSMLS is the national certifying body for medical laboratory
technologists and assistants, and the national professional society for
medical laboratory professionals. It represents 14,111 members, 482 of whom
are from Newfoundland and Labrador. Since 2001, three of the society's
presidents have been citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador. The current
president-elect, Goldie Fagan, is a resident of Conception Bay South.
    The opening ceremony starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 21 in the Ballroom
of the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre. The Honourable Ross Wiseman,
Minister of Health and Community Services and His Worship Dennis O'Keefe,
Mayor of St. John's will bring greetings to the delegates, followed by a
keynote address by Rex Murphy.

    The complete congress program is available at

For further information:

For further information: Alana Fontaine, Telephone: (613) 233-8906,
Cell: (613) 299-4017; or Kurt Davis, CSMLS Executive Director, Cell: (289)
440-2361, email:, Delta Hotel, (709) 739-6404, after June 16,

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