An infectious disease is a clinically evident disease resulting from the presence of pathogenic microbial agents, including pathogenic viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, and aberrant proteins known as prions. Infectious diseases are usually qualified as contagious due to their potential of transmission from one person or species to another. Transmission may occur through diverse pathways such as contaminated objects, airborne inhalation, sexual contact or through vector-borne spread.
The European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFCC), the European Union of Medical Specialists – Specialist Section and Board of Medical Biopathology (UEMS-MBS&B) and Jornadas Internacionais da Qualidade em Laboratórios de Análises Clínicas (JIQLAC) are organising the First European Joint Congress of EFCC and UEMS with the 1st Portuguese Joint Congress of Laboratory Medicine, entitled “Laboratory Medicine in Healthcare”. This conference aims to be “different” by having sessions and speakers focusing on clinically oriented topics that highlight the importance of the interface between clinical and laboratory medicine. This aim is reflected in our conference slogan as well: “Laboratory Medicine at the Clinical Interface”. This conference intends to be “different” in other ways too, as we wish to learn your views and opinion as well by making the majority of the conference sessions interactive. To achieve this, there will be “Pros and Cons” Sessions that present opposing views on contradictory topics and which are expected to generate professional debates in relation to the use of diagnostic tests in clinical practice.