November/December 2020 EuroLabNews

7. News from EFLM National Societies

7.1. 31st Symposium of the Croatian Society of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine

Over three decades, the Croatian Society of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CSMBLM) has been organizing an annual symposium covering new and interesting topics in clinical chemistry. This year in October, we held the first ever virtual Symposium organized by the Northwestern branch of CSMBLM.
The main topic of this year's Symposium was "Hemodialysis - clinical and diagnostic challenges".
The Symposium consisted of 6 lectures which were presented by MDs and specialists in laboratory medicine. After an introductory lecture held by Igor Zabic, MD, on methods of substituting kidney function and pathophysiological basis of laboratory parameter changes, Tihana Herceg Brlek emphasized pre- and postanalytical problems in the analysis of hemodialysis patients' samples. Alen Androvic, MD, discussed mineral metabolism monitoring in secondary hyperparathyroidism with a very interesting case report.
Hematological parameters in samples of dialysis patients were presented by the President of the Scientific Committee, , while Ana Matisa and Sonja Podolar explained the value of biomarkers of cardiovascular changes. The Symposium concluded with a presentation on monitoring the nutritional status of patients undergoing chronic dialysis held by Valentina Kutnjak Flac. The abstracts of the lectures were published in the October issue of Biochemia Medica journal. 
The Symposium was attended by 166 participants from Croatia and neighboring countries. Virtual education impressions and experience were rated as very good in on-line polls.
Reported by Anamarija Rade
and Željka Kelava, Medical Biochemistry Laboratory, General Hospital Varazdin,
Varazdin, Croatia

Lecturers of the 31th Symposium of the CSMBLM