National Reference Laboratory experts to share international best practices and latest innovations in clinical laboratory testing at Arab Health and MEDLAB 2018

Published on : 28 January 2018
Location : Abu Dhabi, Dubai


National Reference Laboratory, the largest network of laboratories in the Middle East accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), is demonstrating its commitment to increasing knowledge and awareness of high-quality laboratory processes and methodologies among healthcare professionals in the region by leading and participating in key educational events in 2018, including Arab Health and MEDLAB.

Abu Dhabi, January 28 2018 - National Reference Laboratory (NRL), part of Mubadala Investment Company, will continue its successful delivery of educational seminars for laboratory professionals and other healthcare practitioners at two of the largest upcoming healthcare events in the region – Arab Health and MEDLAB. During MEDLAB, taking place in Dubai from February 5-8, a number of NRL’s laboratory experts will present eight lectures on the development of laboratory services to improve standards of care and patient outcomes in the UAE and regionally. NRL will also lead two workshops: one focused on genetic testing; and, one focused on laboratory accreditation and international quality assurance standards.

“In line with our strategic commitment to bring advanced laboratory testing to the region, with the support of our USA partner LabCorp®, we have invested significantly to further increase our in-country specialized testing capacity by establishing multiple centers of excellence. In this respect, MEDLAB and Arab Health provide excellent forums for our experts to share their scientific knowledge and to increase awareness of the high-quality diagnostic testing now available to patients through NRL laboratories,” said Abdul Hamid Oubeisi, CEO of NRL.

Dr. Basel Altrabulsi, Chief Medical Officer of NRL, commented: “NRL has become the largest network of laboratories in the Middle East accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) because we strongly believe in the importance of accreditation and international standards in medical laboratory services. During 2017, we hosted a successful CAP Inspectors Training Workshop and a number of other educational sessions on a variety of laboratory medicine subjects as part of our mission to educate healthcare professionals and raise awareness. We also contributed to the scientific program of numerous conferences. We look forward to delivering an even more ambitious plan of educational activities in 2018, starting with our Laboratory Accreditation Workshop and our Genetics Workshop at MEDLAB.”


Presentations of NRL Experts at MEDLAB

The Role of Quality Assurance Programs in Optimizing Laboratory Cost-Management

Faisal Ibrahim, Director - Quality Assurance, NRL

5th February, 10:00 – 10:30, Track: Laboratory Management


Glycated Albumin: More than a Biomarker of Glycemic Control

Dr. Shereen Atef, Consultant Clinical Pathologist, NRL

5th February, 11:30 – 12:00, Track: Lab Testing and Management of Diabetes


Molecular Classification of Endometrial Cancers

Dr. Basel Altrabulsi, Chief Medical Officer, NRL

6th February, 12:30- 13:00, Track: Obs-Gyne Oncology


Laboratory Dashboards and Performance Management

Gagan Goel, IT Director, NRL

6th February, 11:30 – 12:00, Track: Laboratory Informatics


Pre-analytical Challenges & Advanced Coagulation Testing

Dr. Jay Murthy, Technical Director, NRL

6th February, 14:45 – 15:30, Track: Haematology


Liquid Biopsy – Introduction and Overview

Dr. Basel Altrabulsi, Chief Medical Officer, NRL

7th February, 12:30 – 13:00, Track: Tumor Markets


Revolution in Bacterial Identification and Microbiology Efficiencies – MALDI-TOF

Albarah El Khani, Director - Technical Operations, NRL

7th February, 17:00 – 17:30, Track: Clinical Microbiology


Challenges in the Interpretation of Radiologically Detected Breast Lesions

Dr. Suhaila Alameeri, Consultant Anatomic Pathologist, NRL

8th February, 14:00 – 14:20, Track: Histopathology


NRL Workshops at MEDLAB

Genetics Workshop

6th February, 14:00 – 17:30

'Hereditary Cancers Screening', Dr. Clay Gipson, Ph.D, Vice President, LabCorp/ Integrated Oncology (USA)

'The Role of Genetic Counseling in the Era of Personalized Genetic Medicine', Rifaat Rawashdeh, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor, National Reference Laboratory (UAE)

'Genetic Testing in a Post Genome World: A User’s Guide', Dr. Marshall Summar, Director, Rare Disease Institute, Children’s National Health System (USA)


Laboratory Accreditation Workshop 

7th February, 13:30 – 17:00

'Globally Recognized Standards and the Medical Laboratory', Patrick Mateta, Vice President, CLSI Global Health Partnership, USA

'The Role of the National Accreditation System in the UAE Healthcare', Dr. Rehab Al Ameri, Director, Emirates National Accreditation System, UAE

'Pre-analytical Quality Improvement', Dr. Bruce William, President, The College of American Pathologists, USA

'Test Method Validation', Faisal Ibrahim, MBA, MT (ASCP), Director - Quality Assurance, National Reference Laboratory, UAE

'Blood and Urine Contamination Rates', Dr. Elizabeth Wagar, Medical Director, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA


Arab Health will run from January 29 to February 1, 2018, in the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center, Dubai, UAE. For more information please visit:


MEDLAB will run from February 5-8, 2018, in the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center, Dubai, UAE. For more information please visit: