Contact: Peter Patterson
(202) 835-8718
800-892-1400 ext. 1718
Email: ppatterson@aacc.org

Friday, February 4, 2011
Emory University Doctor to Address AACC Annual Meeting Plenary Session

Washington, DC, February 4, 2011    The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) is holding its 2011 Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo on July 24 – 28 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA. The highlight of each day is the Plenary Session which provides an opportunity to hear from world leaders in the fields of science, medicine and technology.

On Monday, July 25, Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH, will discuss The Obesity Epidemic: Where Are We?  The session starts at 8:45 am and lasts 90 minutes. Currently Vice President for Global Health at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and Director of the Emory Global Health Institute, Dr. Koplan served 26 years at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and was Director from 1998 to 2002. He began his public health career in the early 1970s as one of CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers.  He worked in the United States and around the globe on many major public health issues including smallpox, SARS, pandemic influenza and HIV/AIDS, environmental issues such as the December 1984 Bhopal chemical disaster, and the health toll of tobacco and chronic diseases.  He was the founding director of the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Among his many awards, Dr. Koplan received The Distinguished Service Award, the highest award from the Public Health Service, and was honored with the creation of The Jeffrey P. Koplan Lecture on Global Leadership in Public Health, established in 2002 by the CDC. Most recently, Dr. Koplan chaired the Institute of Medicine committee on preventing childhood obesity and is internationally active in promoting healthy nutrition and physical activity.

Obesity is a major health problem in the United States, leading to conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. AACC invites journalists reporting on this important issue to attend Dr. Koplan’s timely talk. For a complimentary press registration, complete and submit a Press Registration Form. Registration for the Annual Meeting opens in April 2011.  Registered press will have full access to plenary session, symposia, poster sessions and the Clinical Lab Expo. Press will have access to most other events subject to space availability except for ‘Meet the Expert’ sessions which are closed to the press. Journalists can arrange interviews with the Experts and other speakers by visiting AACC’s on-site press office.

For more information about the Annual Meeting or AACC, contact Peter Patterson on either of the above phone number or at ppatterson@aacc.org.

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