With 11 conferences and more than 4,673 delegates and 120 international and regional speakers, Medlab Middle East Congress is the only multi-disciplinary CME accredited medical laboratory congress in the region.Day one of the Congress saw the launch of its inaugural Artificial Intelligence (AI) Conference. Exploring the potential for AI to transform the medical laboratory industry in the UAE, the conference also assessed how diagnosis can be revolutionised through futuristic tech such as data robots and “bloodless blood tests”.Speaking during the conference, Dr. Alain Pluquet, Director of Innovation, Institut Merieux, Lyon, France, said: “AI is playing a huge role in microbiology and there are several commercial applications that are already bringing medical and economic benefits to the industry.”
The Immunology Conference also made its debut at the show. The conference provided a space for discussion on the latest trends and important issues concerning the widespread utilisation of immunological techniques for healthcare advancement. Regional and international pioneers within immunology and relevant fields presented their research and shared novel case-based knowledge throughout the exclusive scientific programme.
Other featured topics included microbiology, molecular diagnostics and genetics, laboratory informatics, haematology and blood transfusion, point of care testing (POCT) and cytogenetics and IVF.
A report titled “In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) & Fertility in the MENA region”, by Colliers International, revealed that compared to 10 per cent worldwide, infertility in the MENA region is 15 per cent or higher, with male infertility a growing problem occurring in approximately 50 per cent of the cases in the GCC and Middle East due to lifestyle, diabetes, obesity and genetics related factors, as GCC countries have one of the highest diabetic and obesity rates in the world.
According to the report, new innovations and improved testing techniques are gradually creating paradigm shifts in the field of assistive reproductive technology. These were visible at the Cytogenetics & IVF conference that shed light on topics such as pre-marital screening for consanguineous (relatives) couples and the development of new genetic tests for screening of the embryos that can greatly improve the chance of minimising certain genetic diseases common in this region.
The conference also emphasised advances in molecular cytogenetic diagnostic tests, which includes karyotyping, Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) testing and advanced Chromosomal Microarray testing (CMA) to help improve services in the growing number of fertility centres and genetic labs in the region.