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23rd - 26th May 2011, Harrogate

Chairman's Welcome 2011

Welcome to Harrogate

I am delighted to invite the scientific community to join us in Harrogate for Focus 2011. This is the first time that Focus has been held in Yorkshire, so delegates will be able to look forward to some brand new experiences. Yorkshire folk are renowned for having short arms and long pockets, but do not expect to be short-changed at Focus. Harrogate, and Focus 2011, have much to offer, from Bettys café to cutting edge scientific advances.

The strapline - Focus on Change - is more apt than ever before, particularly for UK delegates, as we anticipate major changes in the way we deliver pathology services. This does not mean that the whole meeting is directed towards this topic. Professor Eric Kilpatrick and the Scientific Programme Committee have created a very exciting and wide-ranging programme that addresses changes not only in service provision, but also in scientific knowledge and application.

The idea of a new style Focus has been discussed for many years, and the Focus format has changed with the times. Focus 2011 will see a move away from a large commercial exhibition, and will see Corporate Members becoming more involved in sponsoring and supporting the scientific programme. This is a development that was requested by the companies and the local organising committee is delighted to be able to incorporate the new ideas. Change indeed.

I cannot remember a time when pathology services ever stood still. New assays, technologies and methodologies; phone calls from clinicians wanting to discuss interesting patients; new knowledge in our understanding of disease processes and treatment of patients; the way we train our juniors. We live in a world with changing scenery and this, to me, is what makes our jobs so varied, interesting and rewarding. It is also what contributes to improving patient care.

Yorkshire is a varied county. It has spectacular scenery, wild moors, rugged coastline, holiday resorts, large centres of law, arts and academia. Yorkshire even has it’s own tongue-in-cheek song about cannibalism on Ilkla’ (Ilkley) Moor. There are wonderful museums and places to visit. Something for everyone, just like Focus 2011.

So we look forward to welcoming you to Harrogate, and we predict you will have a hugely enjoyable and informative meeting.

Steve Goodall
Chair, Focus 2011 Organising Committee

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