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It is a pleasure to welcome you all to Focus 2016 in the heart of Shakespeare’s county. 

Focus has always been about the value and relevance that is offered to the attendees. Leading up to the meeting we hope you will see that we have a fantastic programme, excellent facilities with an great networking opportunity.

In close proximity to the University are the historic towns of Warwick, Coventry, Stratford upon Avon and Leamington Spa, each bringing their own highlights to this diverse area. These include the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Warwick Castle, Leamington Spa Pump rooms, Coventry Cathedral and Coventry Transport Museum.

We are fortunate in being able to hold Focus 2016 at the University of Warwick, a large Russell Group campus University, with an international reputation in Medicine, Business and Innovation. We have been keen to align
those strengths with the Focus meeting strengths of scientific excellence, clinical relevance, healthy debate and networking, to create a meeting that is innovative, informative, clinically relevant and fun. The University is easily accessible by car or public transport, however once on site we hope you will stay on campus as there is an incredible variety of interests to pursue, in addition on site accommodation is available for all.

The meeting itself will be held at Warwick Arts Centre, across three theatres and a large exhibition space. This will be the first paperless Focus, you will be able to download all relevant material to your PC or Laptop, then, transfer the relevant material to your tablet or phone. This will include the conference handbook and abstract book. It is surprising to see how many international meetings are seamlessly organised in this way but still it will be a first for UK Pathology.

Focus 2016 has an excellent scientific programme around three parallel sessions, including FiLM at Focus, Metabolic medicine, IEM, Inflammation, Endocrinology of cancer, New technologies, Preanalytics, Education, training and management, Clinical cases and case based clinical conundrums and a contentious debate.

On behalf of the organising committee I look forward to extending our welcome to you for Focus 2016, we are proud to be hosting this great meeting at the University of Warwick, so please join us in making this meeting a great success.

Neil Anderson
Chair, Focus 2016 Organising Committee

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