Dr. Irene Regan is a fellow of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM) and the Royal College of Pathologists UK (FRCPath). She is currently the Scientific Lead of Coagulation at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Dublin with her main interests being in paediatric bleeding disorders in both service provision and research. Dr. Regan is a Clinical Research Fellow with University College Dublin and is engaged in lecturing. As an active member of a MDT and involved in clinics, parent and patient days, and clinical trials Dr. Regan has first-hand experience of the need for a safe and quality service for patients and their families.
For the past four years Dr. Regan has acted as President of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine , which is the professional body and competent authority for Scientists working in clinical laboratories in Ireland. She is now Vice President of the ACSLM. Dr. Regan is currently a member of the Health and Social Care Professional Advisory Group where her remit is Research, Advanced Practice and CPD. She is an advocate for patient safety and a quality service as evidenced by best practice, with that in mind she is a member of many committees including Clinical Programme in Pathology, Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety, a joint initiative between the Health Services Executive (HSE) and the Royal College of Physicians Ireland (RCPI).
Dr. Regan has developed close working links with the Faculty of Pathology in Ireland and the Association of Clinical Biochemists Ireland through working groups such as Joint Working Group on Laboratory Accreditation. Internationally, she has been a mentor with the Royal College of Pathologists (UK) initiative to improve the Technical, Quality, Leadership and Research Skills of Diagnostic Services in five countries (20 public sector laboratories) in Africa (LabSkills Africa).
Title: Laboratory Medicine – The Times They Are A-Changin’
Professionals that work in laboratory medicine are leaders and are to the forefront of innovation, accreditation and excellence. The talk will focus on the key challenges and opportunities of laboratory medicine and address pertinent issues of the day. The 3 I’s concept will be examined; investing in individuals, investing in ideas and investing in infrastructure in order to deliver a modern and up to date laboratory medicine ecosystem of excellence.
A vision for the future will be presented in relation to re-structuring of laboratory based disciplines taking into account the key challenges that face us today and in the future including; laboratory infrastructure, technology trends, global harmonisation of IVDs, health informatics, e-health, connected health, precision medicine, lab in the home and international competition in healthcare. This vision will be presented keeping in mind the need to ensure high quality and reliability of services.