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Editor-in-chief
Maria Stella Graziani

Deputy Director
Martina Zaninotto

Associate Editors
Ferruccio Ceriotti
Davide Giavarina
Bruna Lo Sasso
Giampaolo Merlini
Martina Montagnana
Andrea Mosca
Paola Pezzati
Rossella Tomaiuolo
Matteo Vidali

International Advisory Board Khosrow Adeli Canada
Sergio Bernardini Italy
Marcello Ciaccio Italy
Eleftherios Diamandis Canada
Philippe Gillery France
Kjell Grankvist Sweden
Hans Jacobs The Netherlands
Eric Kilpatrick UK
Magdalena Krintus Poland
Giuseppe Lippi Italy
Mario Plebani Italy
Sverre Sandberg Norway
Ana-Maria Simundic Croatia
Tommaso Trenti Italy
Cas Weykamp The Netherlands
Maria Willrich USA
Paul Yip Canada


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Biomedia srl
Via L. Temolo 4, 20126 Milano

Responsible Editor
Giuseppe Agosta

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Andrea di Bello
Biomedia srl
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email: biochimica.clinica@sibioc.it

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ISSN print: 0393 – 0564
ISSN digital: 0392- 7091



Articoli con TAG: medicina di laboratorio

Il percorso comune europeo per la formazione degli specialisti in Medicina di Laboratorio: un traguardo sempre più vicino
Biochimica Clinica ; 17(1)
Editoriale - Editorial
 
Il Percorso Comune di Formazione per Specialisti in Medicina di Laboratorio secondo la Direttiva Europea 2013/55/EC (Il riconoscimento delle qualifiche professionali)
A proposed common training framework for specialists in laboratory medicine under EU directive 2013/55/EC (The recognition of professional qualifications)
<p>European Union (EU) Directive 2013/55/EC (The Recognition of Professional qualifications) allows Member States to decide on a common set of minimum knowledge, skills and competences that are needed to pursue a given profession through a Common Training Framework. To be adopted the framework must combine the knowledge,skills and competences of at least one third of the Member States. Professionals who have gained their qualifications under a Common Training Framework will be able to have these recognised automatically within the Union. Thebackbone of the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine&rsquo;s (EFLM) proposed Common Training Framework for non-medical Specialists in Laboratory Medicine is outlined here. It is based on an Equivalence of Standards in education, training, qualifications, knowledge, skills, competences and the professional conduct associated with specialist practice. In proposing the recognition of specialist practice EFLM has identified 15 EU Member States able to meet Equivalence and in whom the profession and/or its training is regulated (an additional EU Commission requirement). The framework supports and contributes to the Directive&rsquo;s enabling goals for increasing professional mobility, safeguarding consumers and ensuring a more equitable distribution of skills and expertise across the Member States. It represents EFLM&rsquo;s position statement and provides a template for professional societies and/or competent authorities to engage with the EU Commission.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 17(1)
Documenti SIBioC - SIBioC Documents
 
Presentazione del Supplemento
Biochimica Clinica ; 44(4) 000-000
COVID-19 - COVID-19
 
Il valore della medicina di laboratorio nella pandemia da SARS-CoV-2
The value of laboratory medicine in SARS-CoV-2 outbreak
<p>Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) represents a challenge to all heathcare systems. It represents, however, a formidabile opportunity to highlight the value of laboratory medicine. Laboratory tests, in fact, play a key role in allowing the etiological diagnosis thanks to the reverse transcription-plymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) to detect the virus in nasopharingeal specimes as well as in other samples collected by using a flocked swab. The second essential contribution that laboratory tests are providing encompasses staging, prognostication and therapeutic monitoring of COVID-19. Finally, serological tests play a central role for surveillance purposes, for using plasma containing antibodies from recovered patients as experimental treatment and for better understanding the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 to eventually address vaccine developments.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 44(4) 001-002
COVID-19 - COVID-19
 
I Big Data e la Medicina di Laboratorio
Biochimica Clinica ; 45(1) 013-014
Editoriale - Editorial
 
Impatto dell’emergenza COVID-19 nei laboratori: esperienze e opinioni dei SIBioC Young Scientists
The impact of COVID-19 emergency in clinical laboratories: experiences and opinions of SIBioC Young Scientists
<p>The recent pandemic status declared worldwide for the spreading of the new coronavirus-SARS-CoV-2 has emphasized the key role of the Laboratory Medicine in the health care process. In this context, the clinical laboratories needed to rapidly reorganize the internal workflow to face the emergency and to continue ensuring rapid and accurate responses. This has been possible only thanks to the contribution of all the personal working in the laboratory, including administrative staff, nurses, technical staff, and clinical chemists. The competence and the commitment of the Young Scientists (YS), can be considered an essential contribution to the efficient and successful management of the pandemic in clinical laboratories.<br />This paper reports the experiences and the opinions of some of the members of the SIBioC YS Study Group, who have been involved in the clinical laboratory management of the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper is focused to present and discuss the use of the molecular and serological tests for the screening and diagnosis of COVID-19, the reorganization of laboratories, the development of panels of biochemical markers for organ damage and cardiovascular involvement diagnosis. Finally, issues are addressed regarding the importance of safety procedures for biohazard containment, and of future research and development perspectives, thanks to the availability of biological specimens from patients affected by COVID-19, safely and correctly stored in biobanks, together with the associated clinical data.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 44(4) 021-022
COVID-19 - COVID-19
 
Introduzione ai Big Data e all’Intelligenza Artificiale in Medicina di Laboratorio
Introduction to Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in Laboratory Medicine
<p>Currently, thanks to the growing computing capacity and the increasing availability of digital data, Data Science is playing an important role in the future development of Laboratory Medicine. However, the concepts of Big Data (BD) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) can still be interpreted in various ways. Clinical laboratories are certainly among the health care organizations producing an important number of data that can be considered BD and it is certainly not a coincidence that they are among the first health organizations to have implemented computer systems within their workflows. Through a process called Data Mining it is possible to extract useful information from BD using automatic or semi-automatic methods that must be preceded by Data Cleaning in order to ensure the cleanliness and correctness of the data themself. Regarding Data Analysis, several Machine Learning or Deep Learning techniques based on different algorithms or on the functioning principle of neural networks can be used; for the development of these techniques, R and Python programming languages are really useful. Although many applications can be useful in Laboratory Medicine, there are still some obstacles to overcome, including poor harmonization of data or fragmentation of sources; moreover, the issue of data accessibility must be managed considering patient&rsquo;s privacy as a priority. Finally, there is an increase apprehension related to the awareness of the inevitable innovation in the Laboratory Medicine field in the near future, because of these new approaches. To face these challenges, it is necessary that these topics become familiar to the professionals of Laboratory Medicine. Aim of this Document is to share information about BD and AI in order to contribute to the introduction and development of these methodologies in the field of Laboratory Medicine.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 45(1) 057-067
Documenti - Documents
 
La Medicina di Laboratorio nella pandemia da SARS-CoV-2
Biochimica Clinica ; 44(2) 115
Editoriale - Editorial
 
Gestire, integrare e comunicare l’informazione di laboratorio: il futuro della medicina di laboratorio
Biochimica Clinica ; 44(3) 217-218
Editoriale - Editorial
 
Il futuro della Medicina di Laboratorio: un Manifesto per i suoi professionisti
Future of laboratory medicine: a Manifesto for laboratory professionals
<p>In the last decades, the landscape of clinical laboratories has experienced monumental changes due to both technological developments and new challenges. Laboratory medicine has been strongly influenced by technological developments, but also by a wide range of other issues such as the healthcare system organization, medical practice and, more recently, patient empowerment. In the coming decade, many and different trends will intersect, interact, and over lap each other, and with current laboratory practices. These dramatic innovations make of critical importance for leaders to prepare for a future with the understanding of possible collisions between linear trends and nonlinear external forces. The aim of the present paper is to discuss the future of clinical laboratories according to two different approaches: technological and professional viewpoints. In particular, a revised version of the &ldquo;ten points manifesto&rdquo; for the future of laboratory professionals is described, with a focus on the main drivers and efforts that should be done to demonstrate the added value and true role of laboratory medicine in modern health care systems. The main goal of the manifesto is to emphasize the central role and the vital contribution of clinical laboratories and their professionals to improved health care, patient safety and clinical outcomes.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 44(3) 263-269
Opinioni - Opinions
 
Medicina di Laboratorio e Medicina d’Urgenza: il connubio continua
Laboratory medicine and emergency medicine: a perpetual relationship.
<p>The essential goals that laboratorymedicine shall pursue to adequately fulfill clinical needs can be summarized in delivering high quality information,availability of clinically usable tests and turnaround time. The governance of urgent laboratory testing encompassesa harmonious integration of clinical needs and laboratory organization. Clinical laboratories shall hence be morefocused on the pre-preanalytical phase, be involved in proactive efforts for standardizing pre-analytical and analyticalprocedures, optimize the post-analytical and post-post-analytical phases, thus providing a complete information andallowing the achievement of favorable outcomes. Throughout this ample and multifaceted process, the strictcooperation between laboratory professionals and emergency physicians is pivotal. As rationale follow-up of thecollective article published concomitantly with the first joint Academy of Emergency Medicine and Care (AcEMC) -Italian Society of Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology (SIBioC) meeting, this new collective paperaims to summarize the topics discussed during the second joint event &ldquo;Laboratory Medicine and EmergencyMedicine: a resumed link&rdquo;, specifically including the governance of urgent tests, acid-base disorders, venousthromboembolism, acute heart failure, trauma, acute intoxications, viral diseases and other emerging infections.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 43(3) 296-304
Documenti - DOCUMENTS
 
Il “Libro Bianco” dei Giovani Professionisti di Medicina di Laboratorio in Italia: risultati dell’indagine del Gruppo di Studio SIBioC Young Scientists
The "white paper" of young Laboratory Medicine professionals in Italy: results from a survey by the SIBioC - Young Scientists Working Group
<p>Introduction: Laboratory Medicine is continuously changing because of the advent of new technologies and perspectives, such as automation, Big Data and omics sciences. Professionals&rsquo; profiles are changing concurrently, developing the new technological, clinical and management skills required nowadays. In order to assess training needs as well as education and working conditions, the SIBioC Young Scientists Working Group (YS-WG) promoted a questionnaire directed to professionals &le;40 years old.<br />Methods: the questionnaire was prepared using Survey Monkey and was sent to the 587 SIBioC members &le;40 years old; it was also diffused via the YS-WG social media pages, and through personal e-mails with the help of Specialty School Offices. The questionnaire included 54 questions examining different aspects: participation in SIBioC activities, scientific interests, working conditions, evaluations of training and education experiences, expectations for the future professional life.<br />Results: during three months, 282 responses have been collected. The most represented professionals are Biologists (PhD) (46%), followed by Medical Doctors (24%). 33% of participants has an open-ended contract, 15% temporary, 17% freelance and 17% has a scholarship/research grant; 46% of them do not receive any remuneration. Around 60% work in public institutions (Universities or Hospitals); 52% are involved in clinical area, 29% in research. Residents&rsquo; evaluation on educational quality of Specialty Schools is rather heterogeneous. Among the 193 SIBioC members, 35% is actively participating in at least one of the society&rsquo;s Working Group. Most of the participants are regular readers of the SIBioC official journal (Biochimica Clinica), consult LabTestsOnline web site, and participate to SIBioC scientific events and/or to the Society e-learning courses.<br />Conclusions: the results of the survey are a key point for the Society, allowing to understand the young laboratory professionals needs, so that they can be accompanied and encouraged in a full development of their future professional life.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 44(4) 351-358
Contributi Scientifici - Scientific Paper