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Dear colleagues and friends,

On behalf of the Organizing and Scientific Committee it is our great honour and pleasure to invite you to the 9th Congress of the Croatian Society of Medical Biochemistry and laboratory medicine (CSMBLM) with International Participation that will be held in Zagreb from the 9th to the 12th of May, 2018 in a beautiful modern multifunctional conference and business centre – the Kraš Auditorium.

Zagreb will host again our largest and most important professional scientific meeting, 25 years after the first historical national congress. We wish to present a program with the latest scientific advances in the field of medical biochemistry and laboratory medicine, trying also to satisfy the wishes of our society members and other professionals and scientists in the field of laboratory medicine.

One of the novelties is the presentation of the results and guidelines provided by CSMBLM Committee for the scientific professional development. In the pre-congress symposium the Committee will present all published national guidelines as a result of investigation provided by specific working groups in last three years.

The general scientific program consists of 6 Symposia that will cover the latest achievements and advances in laboratory diagnosis and harmonization in haemostasis, laboratory diagnosis of chronic diseases, molecular diagnostics, application of new biomarkers, diagnostic tests in extravascular fluids and laboratory management. Keynote lectures will be delivered by distinguished international and national experts involved in the field.

The scientific program also offers some innovative contents. We are pleased to announce the Meet the expert interactive sessions that will be organized in the morning of each congress day, before the Symposia. The basic idea was to organise small groups with specific interest, which will have the opportunity to ask and discuss specific problems with the experts working in selected specialized fields of medical biochemistry and laboratory medicine.

For the first time, we are introducing 6 distinct Oral poster presentation sessions in the CSMBLM congress program schedule. Due to these sessions, more participants will have the opportunity to present selected top rated abstracts as oral communications. Therefore we encourage and invite you to submit your abstracts, as we plan to award two poster prizes, one for the best poster and one for the best oral communication.

Numerous sponsored industrial workshops and large accompanying exhibition of our industrial partners will provide up-to-date information on achievements regarding the latest laboratory equipment, reagents and accessories.

Along with the congress we also celebrate the 65th anniversary of the CSMBLM and the 30th anniversary of its independent activity. We hope that you will not miss the opportunity to join us at this jubilant congress and to contribute to the quality of the scientific program, making it a congress to remember.

We look forward to welcoming you in Zagreb.

Désirée Coen Herak
President of the Organizing Committee
Daria Pašalić 
President of the Scientific Committee