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Friday, February 21, 2014
AACC Announces 2014 Award Winners; Celebrates Achievements in Laboratory Medicine

WASHINGTON – AACC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 AACC Awards. Each year, AACC recognizes individuals from around the world for their superior contributions to the field of laboratory medicine with its awards program, which aims to encourage excellence within the profession and raise awareness about the importance of clinical laboratory science to improving healthcare.

The academy of AACC, the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB), is also pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 NACB Awards. Through its annual awards program, NACB honors colleagues who have made significant contributions through scholarship and service to the profession of clinical laboratory medicine.

2014 AACC Award winners:

Eric J. Topol, MD                              
The Scripps Research Institute
Wallace H. Coulter Lectureship Award
Charles D. Hawker, PhD                 
ARUP Laboratories, Inc.                    
Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Michael L. Astion, MD, PhD              
Seattle Children's Hospital
Outstanding Contributions in Education
James C. Boyd, MD                         
University of Virginia Health             
Outstanding Contributions Through Service to the  Profession of Clinical Chemistry
Peter A. Kavsak, PhD                                 
Juravinski Hospital and Cancer         
Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator
James L. Wittliff, MD, PhD                
University of Louisville Health                       
Sciences Cente
Morton K. Schwartz Award for Significant Contributions in Cancer Research Diagnostics
Robert H. Christenson, PhD              
University of Maryland Medical
AACC Past President's Award


2014 NACB Award winners:

Mario Plebani, MD
University Hospital of Padova                      
AACC-NACB Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Selected Area of Research
Stanley F. Lo, PhD                            
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin       
NACB Professor Alvin Dubin Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession and the Academy
Andrei Drabovich, PhD                     
University of Toronto                         
NACB George Grannis Award for Excellence in Research and Scientific Publication


"Congratulations to this year's award winners, whose commitment to and groundbreaking work in the field of laboratory medicine has been integral to driving the profession forward," said AACC CEO Janet Kreizman. "Thanks to their achievements in research, service, and education, clinical laboratory medicine continues to play a vital role in improving patient health." 

The 2014 AACC and NACB Award winners will be recognized during the 2014 AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo at the Opening Plenary Session at Chicago's McCormick Place on Sunday, July 27 in Chicago.

AACC and NACB would also like to thank Abbott Diagnostics, BD Diagnostics – Preanalytical Systems, Beckman Coulter, Inc., and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics for sponsoring the 2014 Awards Program.

About AACC
Dedicated to achieving better health through laboratory medicine, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) brings together more than 50,000 clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists, and business leaders from around the world focused on clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, mass spectrometry, translational medicine, lab management, and other areas of breaking laboratory science. Since 1948, AACC has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing programs that advance scientific collaboration, knowledge, expertise, and innovation. For more information, visit www.aacc.org.

Founded in 1976, the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry's mission as the academy of AACC is to elevate the science and practice of clinical laboratory medicine by promoting research, education, and professional development in clinical biochemistry.

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