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On the Scene: AACC Annual Meeting

Published July 20, 2009 3:35 PM by Kelly Graham

Your ADVANCE reporters are arriving on scene to the AACC Annual Meeting in Chicago, and the McCormick Place Convention Center is bustling with attendees eager to check out a variety of sessions before the exhibit hall opens tomorrow.

The conference is also the time that important leaders in the field of clinical laboratory medicine are recognized. This year's award recipients are:

  • The Wallace H. Coulter Lectureship Award-Jerome E. Groopman, MD, the Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chief of experimental medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
  • Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine-Christopher P. Price, PhD, FACB, an independent consultant focused on outcomes research, a visiting professor in clinical biochemistry at the University of Oxford, and clinical director of the Cumbria and Lancashire Pathology Commissioning Network.
  • The Morton K. Schwartz Award for Significant Contributions in Cancer Research Diagnostics-Catharine M. Sturgeon, PhD, FRCPath, FACB, a consultant clinical scientist in the department of clinical biochemistry at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, director of the National External Quality Assessment Service’s proficiency-testing center, and an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Award for Outstanding Contributions through Service to the Profession of Clinical Chemistry-Donald S. Young, MD, PhD, FACB, acting director of clinical chemistry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Award for Outstanding Contributions in Education-Michael Laposata, MD, PhD, professor of pathology and medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and pathologist-in-chief and director of clinical laboratories at Vanderbilt University Hospital.
  • Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Selected Area of Research-Fred S. Apple, PhD, DABCC, medical director of clinical laboratories, clinical chemistry, toxicology, and POCT at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, professor of laboratory medicine and pathology and of kinesiology at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, and a forensic toxicology consultant for the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office.

Dr. Groopman also delivered the opening plenary session titled "How Doctors Think," based on his recent book of the same title, discussing how physicians diagnose and prescribe treatment to patients and how misdiagnosis can occur.
Hot topics at the conference will be familiar to readers of ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory: Vitamin D testing, cardiac biomarkers, improving methods for diabetes diagnosis and management, and personalized medicine and pharmacogenomics.

Stay tuned for coverage of these topics and many more!

posted by Kelly Graham

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