In This Issue...
Mixers: The Great Elixir
Starting the Annual Meeting off right, with laughter
In addition to learning about best practices and seeing all the ingenious products the in vitro diagnostics industry has to offer, AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo attendees consistently say this annual gathering is about networking; seeing old and meeting new friends, as well as lining up potential collaborators and mentors. So in the meeting's hustle bustle, give yourself a much-needed and no doubt very welcome break to relax and socialize. There are multiple opportunities to do so, and the grandest is the Opening Mixer, which kicks off immediately after the opening plenary session on July 27. This mixer takes place at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place right across the street from McCormick Place Convention Center; our shuttle busses will be available afterwards to drop off excited revelers at their hotels.
But the mixers even start before then. For attendees arriving on Saturday the Management Sciences and Patient Safety Division is holding its 19th Annual Management Sciences and Patient Safety Leadership Seminar. Though not all mixer, this educational event, during which the division will give its annual award, starts with a reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
The mixers keep coming on Monday July 28 with more division-sponsored events, which are excellent venues for attendees to keep updated on the latest practices in these fields while also expanding their personal networks. The Endocrinology Division meeting and mixer starts that evening at 5:30 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Also at that time at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, three divisions—Pediatric Maternal Fetal, Clinical Translational Medicine, and Laboratory information Systems and Medical Informatics—are combining forces to present their awards and co-sponsor an exceptional event. As CLN Spotlight previously reported, the Latin American Working Group Mixer kicks off that same evening at 7:00 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
With an educational meeting thrown in as well, the Lipoproteins and Vascular Diseases division will be sponsoring its annual dinner meeting on Monday starting at 5:30 p.m. In addition to an awards presentation and reception, this event will feature Dr. Michael Davidson of the University of Chicago as the keynote speaker.
The meet, greet, and eat opportunities continue Tuesday evening July 29 when three divisions will hold their mixers and/or business meetings or symposia. A prior issue of CLN Spotlight highlighted the Critical and Point-of-Care Testing's Division membership meeting and mixer, which starts at 6:00 p.m. In another Hyatt Regency Chicago room, the Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology Division's business meeting and mixer kicks-off at 5:30 p.m. The Nutrition Division also will combine education and levity with its networking symposium, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Drs. Irina A Kirpich of the University of Louisville in Kentucky and Edgard Delvin of McGill University in Montreal will discuss non-alcoholic fatty liver disease during this event.
With so many excellent choices to enjoy the company of fellow laboratorians, the only difficult decision is which ones to choose!
Industry Workshops: Insights, Enlightenment
Getting the scoop from industry experts
Industry Workshop programming at this year's AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo remains as vibrant as ever, with 19 organizations presenting 27 sessions. These educational events take place at either the Hyatt Regency Chicago or Fairmont Chicago, either bright-and-early at 7 a.m. on July 29 or 30, or early evening at 6 p.m. on those dates. The range of topics is as broad as the in vitro diagnostics industry itself, but some themes are evident.
Quality and quality management figure prominently, with at least four sessions exploring this topic, including Got Sigma? Are you really getting the Right Results, First Time, Every Time? presented by Abbott Laboratories; Population-management informatics: Managing Chronic Disease Risk and CMS Quality Metrics, presented by Siemens; Preanalytical Quality Indicators for Laboratory Testing, Efficiency, and Accreditation: How Laboratories Can Improve Their Role in Quality Assurance jointly presented by BD and the College of American Pathologists; and Should I change how I do QC? New Regs, New Rules, IQCP and More given by Thermo Fisher Scientific.
The nexus between quality and productivity will be explored in at least two sessions, including Transforming your laboratory and building a competitive advantage through process innovation, presented by Beckman Coulter; and LEAN and Efficient Urine Processes: One Laboratory's Efforts to Enhance Productivity with Lean/Six Sigma and Automation, jointly hosted by BD and Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Florida. A session sponsored by Bio-Rad Laboratories will explore how quality (or lack of it) relates to labs' finances in Understanding the Impact of Poor Quality on the Bottom Line.
The new, emerging, and down-to-earth practical aspects of mass spectrometry are on the agenda for several sessions, including How to Set Up LC/MS/MS in the Clinical Lab and How to Justify LC/MS/MS to Lab Administration, presented by AB SCIEX; Get MORE from your Clinical Research Mass Spec Applications-New HPLC and Mass Spectrometers for Your Lab by Thermo Fisher Scientific; Simplified Sample Preparation in the Simultaneous Measurement of Zinc, Antimony, Bismuth, and Manganese in Whole Blood using ICP-MS, jointly presented by Agilent Technologies and ARUP Laboratories; Automation and Integration of LC/MS/MS At Last! A Highly Selective Technique for Lipid Biomarker Analysis by AB SCIEX; and Free Hormone Measurement Using Sensitive LC/MS/MS Methods: Are we approaching the optimal way to diagnose, treat patients with endocrine disorders? presented by IONICS Mass Spectrometry.
Cardiovascular disease-related measurements, both existing and emerging, will be the subject of three sessions, including New Frontiers in Lipid Testing by Helena Laboratories; NT-proBNP: Analytical and Clinical Considerations for Improving Patient Care by Roche Diagnostics Corporation; and Celebrating 20 years of achievement in cardiac disease diagnostics – The HyTest Cardiac Award nominees and a brief history of cardiac research by Hytest Ltd.
Like CVD, diabetes is one of the most significant causes of morbidity and mortality, and the key measurement of diabetes control, HbA1c, still poses analytical challenges for labs and diabetics. Three Industry Workshop sessions will look at HbA1c measurements and more, including Hemoglobin A1c – Seeking Accuracy and Efficiency in Clinical Practice by Roche Diagnostics; Early Intervention: Biomarkers Improve Quality of Life by Abbott Laboratories; and Hemoglobin A1c: Quality and Automation by Bio-Rad Laboratories.
Two sessions will examine women's health-related issues, including HE4: A novel marker for the management of ovarian cancer by Roche Diagnostics; and Androgen Excess Syndromes and Chemotherapy-induced Cardiotoxicity: Important Issues Impacting Women's Health presented by Siemens.
Autoimmunity-related testing will be the subject of three sessions, including Thermo Fisher Scientific: Update on Autoimmunity Diagnostics; The Promise of New Autoimmune Diagnostics for Improved Outcomes by INOVA Diagnostics; and Advantages of Early Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Anti-CCP Marker by Siemens.
Toxicology will be on the agenda in a session sponsored by Randox Laboratories, Development of multiple immunoassay solutions in response to the rapidly changing market for New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), and their application in routine laboratory workflow.
Plexus Corporation will take a look at Leveraging partnerships to optimize time-to-market and total cost of ownership for diagnostic systems from conceptualization through volume manufacturing; Samsung will consider Point of Care Testing, while Abbott Laboratories will present a session titled Children are not small adults: The need for Pediatric Reference intervals Abbott Laboratories.
These topical, convenient, and free programs reflect the outstanding science and innovative solutions of the IVD industry!