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Meeting Report - 12th Annual Bergmeyer Conference

 
Alex J. Rai, PhD, DABCC, FACB

The 12th Annual Bergmeyer Conference took place from March 1-3, 2010, at the Eibsee Hotel, at the base of the tallest peak in the German Alps—The Zugspitz—in front of Lake Eibsee, near Grainau. There were approximately170 participants, from all over the world, in attendance for the conference. This year’s topic was Novel Biomarkers: From Discovery to Clinical Application.

It was an excellent meeting. With participants from academia, industry, and government, there were experts from all disciplines sharing their knowledge. The small conference size allowed the opportunity for intimate discussions with meeting participants and organizers, members of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry (IFCC) Scientific Board. The coffee breaks, planned dinners, and setting were conducive to a great exchange of information, and there was ample time worked into the schedule for panel discussions between the expert presenters and the audience members.

This meeting covered various aspects of this exciting field—defining the various types of biomarkers, considerations for biomarker studies, tools of the trade, issues in standardization, clinical applications with concrete examples, challenges and opportunities for new markers, translation into clinical practice, and avenues for regulatory approval.

For additional details, including the program, visit the conference web site: http://www.ifcc.org/pdf/BC_Homepage_information.pdf. There will also be a special issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Clinical Laboratory Investigation dedicated to this meeting. It will include manuscripts from many of the experts who presented during this conference—look for it soon as it will most likely be published during the summer months.

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