Technologies and Innovations in Clinical Biochemistry

7/4/2014

The participants, experts in a wide range of occupations, including science and technology, medical diagnosis in hospitals, laboratory managers and staff, the "next generation" of laboratory technicians, attended the international conference, organized by Dr. Jacob Mullerad, Head of the Biochemical Laboratories at the Ziv Medical Center.

Mr. Thomas Gathelier, an expert who arrived from France, representing the worldwide company SEBIA, presented the innovative technology recently implemented in the Biochemical Laboratory at Ziv, which, by means of a regular blood test, enables a diagnosis as to whether a person is addicted to alcohol, irrespective of the rate of alcohol in his/her blood at the particular moment of the testing.

Dr. Mullerad explains "the new technology will enable us to support psychological diagnoses and laboratory tests in order to give quick and accurate diagnosis of alcoholics in order to map treatment for their detoxification and follow-up as to the success of the treatment. Israel is witnessing a significant growth in the number of alcoholics and it is well documented that there is a direct connection between drunken driving and fatal car accidents. Alcohol dependency is considered to be a disease, with the consumption of alcohol damaging a person's physical and/or mental health. Long term heavy consumption of alcohol leads to heart and liver diseases, cancer and neurological damage. There is a 10% - 15% probability of alcohol dependency among men and 8% among women in Western societies. An alcoholic's life span is significantly reduced following long-term alcohol consumption." I hope that we will be able to make wide use of this important examination in the near future in order to combat the problem of alcoholism in the country in general and the northern region specifically, for both the health and the safety of the population" says Dr. Mullerad.

The Technologies and Innovations in Clinical Biochemistry Conference, a first conference of its kind in the northern part of Israel, was initiated in response to the growing need expressed by doctors, researchers and lab technicians for learning opportunities in which they can exchange information and ideas about new technologies and updates in diagnostic science, in the field of clinical biochemistry and automated machines in laboratories.

The conference focused on lectures and discussions as a platform for updates and direct learning from leading experts from Israel and abroad in the different fields of science and technology, currently used for medical diagnosis in hospitals as well as scientific and technological companies working on the development of innovative technologies.

The conference organizers received positive feed-back, with many of the participants expressing their support for additional conferences in the future.