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Chicago: LMT Lab Day Chicago

LMT Lab Day Chicago bills itself as the largest dental laboratory community gathering in America.  There were over 3,200 laboratory owners, managers and technicians attendees,  comparison shopping with over 230 exhibitors, two full days of education featuring more than 300 clinics, and access to the industry’s top 150 educators in the dental field.  It was the biggest Lab Day yet. Just over 3,500 attendees came to the industry’s busiest, most exciting event of the year, to learn at 367 educational courses, shop an energy-packed exhibit hall with 241 companies, and network and catch up with their peers.  There was more room for education and a spacious new exhibit hall that featured wider walking aisles, an attendee café and a green park-like area that featured benches where attendees could meet and recharge.  Something for everyone to “sink their teeth” into….

Orlando: North American Veterinary Conference – NAVC

NAVC stands for North American Veterinary Conference.  As rewarding as being a veterinarian might be, it is far from easy, we heard. Every day brings new dilemmas. Every case presents new challenges. And every beastly (!) patient deserves the best care that a veterinarian can give.  So vets turn to the NAVC for the insight, information and resources they need to take care of their equine, canine, feline and other patients.  More than 650 exhibitors stood ready to solve problems, and point the way to a smarter and more efficient vet practice. Various NAVC offerings helped visitors to keep skills sharp, techniques current and knowledge fresh. NAVC VetFolio was there to provide the industry’s most comprehensive and innovative online learning platform and community forum.  The NAVC Institute offered intensive, hands-on veterinary training courses, while NAVC Expeditions expanded the world of animal care to the more remote corners of this Animal Planet.  Oh, and the 38 Special band did a gig that was guaranteed to “bring out the animal” in party-minded delegates…  #NAVC2015

San Jose: BIOMED Device San Jose – MDM

MDM is the BIOMED Device show in San Jose, home also to the annual Wireless Medical Devices Conference, plus medtech seminars on a variety of topics.  Delegates could boost their knowledge and understanding of the latest medtech industry innovations and emerging technologies, including 3D Printing, Cleanroom & Sterilization, Contract Manufacturing, Design Services, Electronic Components, Manufacturing Equipment, Medical Grade Materials,  Packaging & Labeling, Testing and QA/QC (that’s quality assurance and quality control).  There was a comprehensive 2-day conference on wireless medical devices, including their design, regulation and interoperability. This, we heard, is the only conference in North America providing thought leadership on both FDA-regulated clinical products, and mHealth consumer products.  BIOMEDevice San Jose provided a wealth of educational opportunities, plus a wide variety of seminars on assorted topics.  Okay, sing along with the Eagles: “We are all just prisoners here, of our own Device…”  #BIOMEDevice

New York City: Greater New York Dental Meeting – GNYDM

This is one of the largest dental congresses in the world, hosting over 50,000 health care professionals at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, and  featuring over 1,500 technical exhibits which demonstrated the newest technology for the dental profession.  There was a high-powered educational program pulled together for 2014, featuring some of the most highly regarded educators in the field of dentistry. There was a choice of full-day seminars, half-day seminars, essays, hands-on glass-enclosed workshops, and a Live Patient Demonstration Area that was sure to fascinate even the most discriminating dentist and his/her staff.  On offer was an expanded Implant Expo, a collection of inspiring seminars and workshops to attract specialists who offer surgical and restorative dental implant treatment to their patients, as well as for the general dentist who incorporates implant tooth replacement in his/her office.  The whole thing was co-hosted with  the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.  Smile!  You’re on implant camera!  #Dental Congress

Chicago: American Heart Association

The American Heart Association likes to put “heart-warming” slogans around the place at their show, so we were seeing a lot of “My American Heart” and “Life Is Why” banners as we toured the show floor.  We were also aware of Big Things:  Big Science, Big Technology, and Big Networking, to name but three.  Scientific sessions like the ReSuscitation Symposium were prominent on the agenda, with sessions titled Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Symposium. Another summit brought together faculty and participants involved in the areas of arrhythmia mechanisms, diagnosis and management, all there to participate in topics devoted to cutting edge research and therapeutic innovation. A diverse range of topics enabled clinicians, basic scientists, biomedical engineers and outcomes experts to participate.   There were show-and-tells on Late-Breaking Clinical Trials including Dual Antiplatelet Therapy (DAPT) and IMPROVE-IT.  Welcoming?  Sure, these guys are all heart….

San Diego: American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences – AAPS

AAPS is the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and it provides a dynamic international forum for the exchange of knowledge among scientists to enhance their contributions to health, offering timely scientific programs, ongoing education, opportunities for networking and professional development. Founded in 1986, AAPS is an individual membership society of approximately 11,000 pharmaceutical scientists who have joined together to serve the public and their own common professional interests. AAPS is not a trade organization but a nonprofit organization that serves as an educational, scientific, and scholarly body.  AAPS members primarily come from a pharmaceutics, biopharmaceutics, or pharmacy field of study. They also represent scientists from complimentary disciplines such as chemistry, biology, engineering, and medicine, involved in the discovery, development, and manufacture of pharmaceutical products and therapies.  And yes, pharmacology IS a science….  #AAPS2014

Philadelphia: American Association of Blood Banks – AABB Annual Meeting

The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) is an international organization with members in 80 countries.  AABB has recently taken on a broader scope to include all of transfusion medicine as well as cellular therapies, specifically those based on hematopoietic stem cells.  The AABB works closely with the US Food and Drug Administration and provides technical input into the development of blood regulations for the USA, and virtually all major blood banks in the United States are accredited.  Speakers at the session described the recommendations of the AABB-CAP interorganizational work group on RHD genotyping, as well as the financial implications of expanding this genotyping. This time around AABB also added a hot topic session on Ebola and transfusion medicine to the Annual Meeting educational program.  The current Ebola outbreak is a major health concern, but other emerging infectious diseases like dengue required close monitoring as well, we heard.  Kind of a transfusion against confusion…  #aabb14