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SSIEM 2018 Academy
23rd - 24th April 2018, London

The 2018 SSIEM Academy will be taking place in London, United Kingdom on the 23rd-24th April 2018.

The topics of the Academy are lysosomal storage disorders, peroxisomal disorders and purine & pyrimidne disorders.

Full details can be found on the SSIEM Academy webpage

ERNDIM 2017 Workshop and participant meeting
21st and 22nd November 2017, Manchester, UK

The annual ERNDIM participant meeting, including the workshops of the five diagnostic proficiency testing schemes is usually held at the annual symposium of the SSIEM. This year there will be no SSIEM meeting and we expect that not very many ERNDIM participants will be able to attend the ICIEM meeting in Rio de Janeiro. Therefore the ERNDIM Board decided to hold a separate meeting to include the DPT discussions and scientific workshops. This will be similar to the very successful meeting we held in Basel in 2009.

The meeting will take place November 21st and 22nd, 2017 in Manchester. The scientific programme of Nov 21st, contains a session on Novel diagnostic approaches and treatment of Lysosomal Storage Diseases. On Nov 21st also the Diagnostic Proficiency Testing schemes meetings will be held and we will organise a social dinner. On Nov 22nd workshops on lysomal enzyme testing, neurotransmitters in CSF, acylcarnitines in DBS and organic acids will be organised as well as a session on current and future developments in Biochemical Genetics testing and external quality assurance.

The scientific programme can be found below.  The fees and details of how you can register will be announced soon by email and on the ERNDIM website.

ERNDIM 2017 Workshop Programme

XIV International Congress of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine (ICPLM)
20th-22nd October, 2017; Durban, South Africa

The Congress will focus on the latest scientific and technological achievements in all areas of paediatric, clinical and diagnostic laboratory medicine and we are certain that all participants will be enthused by the program.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the XIV International Congress of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine (ICPLM) and the Task Force on Paediatric Laboratory Medicine (TF-PLM) of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC), we invite you to the Congress in Durban, South Africa on October 20th-22nd 2017. 

The Congress will be organized in cooperation with the African Federation of Clinical Chemistry.

Taking place immediately before the IFCC World Lab Durban 2017, the congress offers you the unique opportunity to gather the latest information in laboratory medicine for children as well as for adult patients.

The scientific program will cover a wide range of topics and includes sessions on genetically determined diseases in children, metabolic disorders, newborn screening, allergy testing, nutrition, endocrinology, paediatric reference intervals, infectious diseases, challenges of the paediatric laboratory, and many other topics. We would also like to encourage you to submit your latest scientific research results to be presented in scientific poster sessions.

The program will attract a wide variety of participants including laboratory physicians, scientists and technologists, as well as practicing clinicians in paediatrics, neonatology, infectious disease and family medicine.

Detailed information about the 2017 ICPLM Durban and its program can be found at the following link:

Durban which is the third largest city in South Africa is a natural paradise known for its gorgeous,safe swimming beaches and subtropical climate, warm Indian ocean, variety of restaurants and rich cultural diversity. Durban is situated on the eastern coast of Africa in Kwa-Zulu Natal province where summer is all year long.

Please save these dates in your calendar – we look forward to hosting you in Durban in October 2017. 

The Society for the Study of Inborn Errors of Metabolisms ( have kindly offered 10 travel grants of 500 euro to support individuals with an interest in inherited metabolic diseases to attend the XIV International Congress of Pediatric Laboratory Medicine

The criteria for the grants are described below:
Applications for the grants will be considered by a sub-group of the organising committee of the ICPLM. There will be five grants available to applications from the African continent and 5 grants to the rest of the world. Application will be welcomed from those that have shown an interested in inherited metabolic diseases. Grants are open to all regardless of age, position or seniority providing that the individual is a member of the IFCC member society of their country.

If it is necessary to distinguish between applicants priority will be given to those who are to present oral or poster presentations at a meeting, those who have particular financial difficulties and those whom at the discretion of the Committee have shown commitment to the furtherance of the management and study of metabolic disease.
Application deadline is fixed on 15th June 2017.

XIV ICPLM 2017 preliminary programme