AACC-Russian Collaboration

For the past seven years, AACC has collaborated with the Russian Association for Medical Laboratory Diagnostics (RAMLD). As part of this collaboration, AACC has awarded Gallwas membership grants and travel grants to Russian laboratory physicians, and there have been a number of AACC-sponsored educational sessions at RAMLD conferences.

Although the collaboration is truly a joint venture, on the Russian side, it was initiated by Laboratory Specialists from St. Petersburg, Russia. This regional branch of the RAMLD (SPbRB RAMLD) is an official, professional organization of specialists in the field of laboratory medicine located in the Northwestern region of the Russian Federation.

SPbRB RAMLD has common purposes with RAMLD. SPbRB RAMLD was established in 1995 under the leadership of the Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics Department of Pavlov State Medical University. Its main goal is to develop healthcare laboratory services in the region through joint member participation in determining practical and scientific tacks of laboratory medicine. SPbRB RAMLD also participates in the development and realization of state programs devoted to laboratory services. Other goals of SPbRB RAMLD include: training and educational programs, employment assistance, scientific investigations for development of new technology, organization of exhibitions, conferences and schools for laboratory staff and development of international collaborations with other professional medical organizations. The official journal of SPbRB RAMLD is Clinical Laboratory Consilium.

During the nine-year collaboration between SPbRB RAMLD and AACC, nine laboratory physicians have attended the AACC Annual Meeting through AACC travel grants and ten laboratory specialists from the Central and Northwest regions of the Russian Federation have received Gallwas membership grants. One Gallwas grant awardee has been appointed to the AACC’s VSF Membership Awards Group. SPbRB RAMLD has submitted information about its activities to AACC for posting on its web site. Professor Vladimir Emanuel (Chair of Board Committee), Dr. Lina Khorovskaya (member of Board Committee) and Dr. Denis Cherednichenko (Director)constantly interact with AACC and develop AACC-sponsored sessions at RAMLD conferences.

 Leaders of SPbRB RAMLD: Professor Vladimir Emanuel, Dr. Denis Cherednichenko and Dr. Lina Khorovskaya

Leaders of SPbRB RAMLD: Professor Vladimir Emanuel,
Dr. Denis Cherednichenko and Dr. Lina Khorovskaya 

Russian Congresses in Moscow

AACC and RAMLD have had many joint sessions at the Russian congresses in Moscow and St. Petersburg. This has created a bridge between AACC and RAMLD. Eight AACC speakers have given presentations at different symposia in Moscow and St. Petersburg since 2005.

Professor Vadim Menchikov (Sechenov’s Medical Academy, Moscow) established AACC sessions at the All Russian Congress in Moscow National Days of Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Carl Garber was the first AACC speaker who visited the Russian Congress in October 2005. His plenary lecture about CLIA ‘88 brought an understanding to Russian attendees about quality systems in the U.S. Dr. Leroy Mell devoted his presentation in 2006 to financial aspects of laboratory service. His presentation opened a very timely question for Russian attendees, especially those who are modernizing their laboratory service and need to evaluate economic aspects.

October 2007 was outstanding for RAMLD because it organized a pioneering  seminar, Reference Intervals in St. Petersburg, as a satellite symposium of the All Russian Congress at Moscow National Days of Laboratory Medicine (Oct 10-12, 2007).  Chairman Alexei Moshkin (Moscow) organized this symposium, which was held in the historical Pavlov Auditorium at Pavlov State Medical University in St. Petersburg. Three AACC speakers participated in the conference, Dr. James Boyd (US), Dr. David Koch (US) and Dr. Anders Kallner (Sweden). After this seminar the speakers traveled to Moscow to continue the discussion at the National Days for Lab Medicine with Russian and European leaders. AACC speakers participated in several sessions and met laboratory specialists from all regions of the Russian Federation. Drs. Boyd and Koch exchanged some ideas on laboratory medicine with 

 National Days of Laboratory Medicine

 National Days of Laboratory Medicine

AACC members Drs. James Boyd (US), David Koch (US) and Anders Kallner (Sweden) in auditorium in congress “National Days of Laboratory Medicine”, October 2007, Moscow.

Dr. David Koch (US), Walter Guder (Germany) and Svetlana Kovalevskaya (Russia) in Moscow during congress “National Days of Laboratory Medicine”, October 2007.

Professor Vadim Menshikov, Professor Dmitryj Saprygin, Professor Alexander Gilmanov from Russia and Professor Walter Guder from Germany. Abstracts of AACC presentations were published in Central Russian journal for lab medicine “Clinicheskaya Laboratornaya Diagnostika.”

Professor Areg Totolian (Pavlov State Medical University, St. Petersburg) included an AACC session at the annual meeting of the Russian Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (SPb RAACI).

Immunology Days in St. Petersburg

In 2006, Drs. Pauline Lau, Steven Wong and Robert Dvorchak conducted well-received presentations at the Annual Congress, Immunology Days, in St. Petersburg, on personalized medicine and molecular pathology. Dr. Gary Myers gave a brilliant plenary lecture about cardiac markers at the same symposium in St. Petersburg in 2007. During this congress, Dr. Myers awarded four Gallwas membership grants to Russian Laboratory Specialists on behalf of the AACC.

 Immunology days in St.-Petersburg - 2007

Dr. Gary Myers and Gallwas Grant recipients in conference “Immunology days in St.-Petersburg - 2007”: Sergej Khaidukov (Moscow), Tatiana Lobachevskaya (St.-Petersburg), Areg Totolian (St.-Petersburg) 

This summer brought us a new level in AACC-RAMLD collaboration at the SPbRB RAMLD conference Dialog between Clinicians and the Laboratory Specialists Near-Patient Testing on June 10, 2008 (at Pavlov State Medical University, SPb), with a plenary lecture from Dr. James H. Nichols, “Managing Quality Point of Care Testing.” It was the first conference devoted to POCT in Russia. Dr. Nichols’ presentation provided a real education about POCT, not only for laboratory specialists but for clinicians. The auditorium consisted of 230 lab specialists and staff from physicians’ offices from different regions of Russia (St. Petersburg, Moscow and Siberia) and Kazakhstan. Dr. Nichols received many questions from lab specialists and practicing physicians. Natalia Voevodina (head of the lab, Nikolaevsky Hospital, St. Petersburg) asked if we could trust patient POCT equipment or should we repeat it in the hospital setting. Dr. Elena Ivazova (Medical Director of St. Petersburg State University Physician’s office “Delor”) was interested in interpretation of test results received by POCT and the core laboratory in the post-analytical stage. Hospitals and physicians’ offices in Russia have now started to think about the development of POCT in their practices.

Dr. Nichols also had a meeting with AACC Gallwas grant recipients attending the conference They discussed actual problems of POCT. Dr. Liudmila Ivanova shared her experience in quality management in one of the biggest medical centers in St. Petersburg, the Centre of Evidenced Based Medicine. Dr. Olga Chernichuk and Dr. Lina Khorovskaya started a new research study devoted to quality of POCT in clinical practice. This study is directed at analysis of quality specifications of POCT equipment that are distributed in Russian lab markets and interpretation of the results of laboratory investigations.

 

 Dialog Between Clinicians and the Laboratory Specialists Near-Patient Testing

Gallwas Grant Recipients Liudmila Ivanova ( St.-Petersburg, Russia) and Olga Chernichuk (city Khanty-Mansyisk, Siberia, Russia) and Dr. James Nichols in conference “Dialog Between Clinicians and the Laboratory Specialists Near-Patient Testing” in June 10, 2008 (Pavlov State Medical University) 

AACC member Dr. David Berry (The Medical Toxicology Unit, Guys & St Thomas’ Hospital Trust, United Kingdom) presented at the same  conference, Dialog Between Clinicians and the Laboratory Specialists Near-Patient Testing (June 10, 2008, St. Petersburg), devoted to drug abuse testing with POCT. This question is acute in modern healthcare and clinicians need this type of information to develop their lab services. Dr. Berry is a member of the AACC TDM division. He visited our conferences in St. Petersburg in 2007 with lectures devoted to different aspects of drug monitoring. His article was published in the journal of our association, Clinical Laboratory Consilium.

The official journal of SPbRB RAMLD, Clinical Laboratory Consilium invites AACC members to submit articles for publication. We will translate articles into Russian and publish it bilingually. The editorial contact addresses are: 

AACC and SPbRB RAMLD initiatives have led to the interpretation and printing of an NACB document, Biomarkers of Acute Coronary Syndrome and Heart Failure, in the summer issues of the Journal (Publishing office Terra Medica in St. Petersburg) Labornaya Diagnostika in St. Petersburg.

We are planning a new AACC session in Moscow at the congress National Days of Laboratory Medicine in October 7-9, 2008. This meeting will be devoted to innovative technologies in laboratory medicine (analytics, diagnostics, management and education). The Chair of this congress, Professor Vadim Menshikov, invites AACC members to participate in this meeting.

The AACC-Russian collaboration continues to progress. AACC and Russian leaders have prepared a Memorandum of Understanding devoted to collaborative science exchange between the AACC and SPbRB RAMLD.  This memorandum will be signed at the 2008 AACC Annual Meeting in Washington. The primary activity proposed in this memorandum is the organization of a bilingual symposium supported by AACC and SPbRB RAMLD to be held in conjunction with the schedule of conferences and seminars of SPbRB RAMLD and RAMLD on the topic of laboratory medicine.

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