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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
AACC Announces 29th Arnold O. Beckman Conference

Washington, DC, March 7, 2011        The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) announces its 29th Arnold O. Beckman Conference which is being held on April 12-13, 2011 at the Omni Hotel in San Diego, CA. The conference is being held in conjunction with the 2011 Annual Meeting & Clinical Congress of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). The subject for this year’s Beckman Conference is Glycemic Control in the Hospital: Evidence, Issues, and Future Directions

There is evidence to suggest that many of the long term complications of diabetes are a result of years of elevated blood sugar (or glucose) levels and good glycemic control has become an important goal of diabetes care.  AACC has assembled an expert international faculty for the conference who will address issues such as the benefits and risks of glycemic control, patient safety and glycemic control, whether glucose meters are up to the task of tight glycemic control, whether continuous glucose monitoring has a future in the hospital, and more.  A detailed program for the conference is available here.  Joining AACC in presenting this conference are AACC’s National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the American Diabetes Association, the Clinical & Laboratory Standards Institute, the College of American Pathologists, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.  AACC’s Critical & Point of Care Testing Division is also participating in the development of this conference.

With more than 42 million Americans estimated to have diabetes and, of that number, 40 percent undiagnosed, the detection and management of the disease is one of the greatest health challenges facing the US today.  AACC invites journalists reporting on diabetes to register for this important event by completing and submitting a Press Registration Form.  For information about the conference or AACC, contact Peter Patterson on either of the above phone numbers or at ppatterson@aacc.org.

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AACC is a leading professional society dedicated to improving healthcare through laboratory medicine. Its over 9,000 members are clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists, and others involved in developing tests and directing laboratory operations. AACC brings this community together with programs that advance knowledge, expertise, and innovation.