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On behalf of the scientific and organizing committees, I would like to warmly welcome you to the 10th International Palestinian Conference of Laboratory Medicine (IPCLM-10), which will be held in Ramallah (April 18th-21st, 2018). This conference has been existing for the past 18 years in Palestine in the aims of sharing scientific updates and building collaborations with the broader community of laboratory medicine professionals in its various sectors. As it has entered its 10th round, the IPCLM conference is coinciding this year with The 15th Arab Conference of Clinical Biology and Laboratory Medicine (AFCB-15). This is an exciting opportunity to engage with our international partners as we continue to remain adaptable, motivated and responsive to the challenges of our profession, as well as to explore the updates of the various fields of laboratory medicine. It is our pleasure to host this international event, and are very thankful to you for participating in this initiative.

To give you a brief update on where we are today, I would like to mainly highlight the main recommendations that were concluded after our last conference, which lead our activities afterwards, and would be the starting point for this conference. First, to establish an advisory council with the Palestinian ministry of health and the PMTA with the academics and researchers from Palestinian universities. It was recommended that the focus for future projects should be on applied research, that results be used for the development of the Palestinian medical laboratory field. A method for achieving this would be by encouraging research at academic, national, and international levels.

Following from our gratification with the outcomes of our recent collaborations, I would like to give you an idea of what you can expect and what we hope to achieve throughout these 4 days of the 10th IPCLM.Firstly, I would like to highlight the efforts we put in order to produce a dynamic and engaging schedule that acknowledges the various fields of laboratory medicine, through proposing challenging questions that will accentuate the collaborative efforts between different professionals, international communities, and laboratory medicine sectors. This will be possible through holding cross-disciplinary sessions, which will allow us to focus on certain highlights in specific topics that interact with each other. You can see from out list of ‘Abstract Topics’ of this year that we have attempted to be all-inclusive of the various themes, therefore enriching this experience for all laboratory medicine professionals. Our partners have continued to identify and meet the challenges in our field, and despite the limitations, we are very excited to where we are headed today.

Excitedly this year, we are very happy to announce the conference location and to invite you to Ramallah, as we have added a few social events that seek to promote the interaction between the different professionals. The conference will be held in a comfortable, modern facility in a great location. In addition to some social events that infiltrate our IPCLM conference that aim to enhance the networking experience. Our host city, Ramallah, is also a lively, cultural meeting point for the conference. You can view some of the main attractions and tours in the ‘About Ramallah’ and ‘social events’ section. It is needless to say that Ramallah and surrounding Palestinian cities are a culturally and historically rich, which we hope will complement your experience and visit to the conference.

Before I close, I would like to express my gratitude for everyone attending the conference and gathering their experience and expertise with us. We very much look forward at this event as a platform for the exchange of ideas and experience for all professionals working in the medical laboratory fields. With the spirits of professionalism and friendship, the scientific and the organizing committees of the conference cordially invites you to the conference and look forward to welcoming you in Ramallah, Palestine, on April 18th-21st, 2018.

Best Wishes,
Osama Najjar
Conference President