BALM - what does it mean?
Baltic Association for Laboratory Medicine (BALM) is a non-profit association of the parent national organizations: the Estonian Society for Laboratory Medicine (ELMÜ, abbreviation of the association’s name in Estonian – Eesti Laborimeditsiini Ühing), the Latvian Society of Laboratory Specialists (LSB, abbreviation of the association’s name in Latvian – Latvijas Laboratorijas speciālistu biedriba), the Lithuanian Society of Laboratory Medicine (LLMD, abbreviation of the association’s name in Lithuanian – Lietuvos Laboratorines Medicinos Draugija).
The aims of BALM are to co-ordinate the advancement of laboratory medicine as a profession in the republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the enhancement of professional knowledge and level of education among members of member organizations and research in the field of laboratory medicine among members of member organizations
BALM had organized the IX Baltic Congress in Laboratory Medicine, September 18 – 20, 2008 in Jurmala, Latvia. Main topics of the Congress were: advances in the laboratory medicine, hematology/ oncology, diagnosis of inherited and acquired metabolic diseases and conditions, advances in diagnosis of infectious diseases, diagnosis of autoimmune diseases, management of clinical laboratory, application of molecular diagnostics. There were 29 oral presentations, satellite symposia, 41 posters. Number of participants: 460.
The X Baltic Congress in Laboratory Medicine has been held in September 16-18, 2010 in Tallin, Estonia.
Current BALM Board Members are: Piret Kedars and Karel Tomberg from Estonia, Aigars Skrupskis and Dzintars Ozolins from Latvia, Dalius Vitkus and Zita Kucinskiene from Lithuania.