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Thursday, March 24, 2011
AACC Announces Launch of Turkish Version of Lab Tests Online®

Washington, DC – March 24, 2011    The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) announces the launch of Lab Tests Online-TR [http://labtestsonline.org.tr], the Turkish version of Lab Tests Online® which is a global network of sites offering patients easy-to-understand information about clinical lab testing.  With this latest expansion, Lab Tests Online is available in 15 countries and 12 languages.

The new site has been developed in partnership with AACC by the Association of Clinical Biochemistry Specialists (KBUD) in Turkey. Led by Dr. Cuneyt Canbulat, KBUD’s team of editors  translated and adapted to Turkish policy and practice much of the content found on the US version of the site. Dr. Canbulat hosted the launch event in Istanbul on March 22, saying that Lab Tests Online helps “lift the curtain” that veils this vital aspect of medical care from patients in Turkey and around the world. 

The event was organized around a symposium on liver function tests offered by Dr. D. Robert Dufour, executive editor of Lab Tests Online. In his remarks during the launch ceremony, Dr. Dufour congratulated KBUD for undertaking such a demanding project, pointing out that the new site was launching with more information available to Turkish users than was available when the original Lab Tests Online site went live.

Launched in 2001 by AACC in collaboration with other laboratory associations, Lab Tests Online today is a leading example for improving the health literacy of patients in the US and globally.  With sites active on five continents and in the native language of almost one-third of the world’s population, Lab Tests Online is a global standard for patient education. In 2010, more than 30 million people visited Lab Tests Online to learn about their lab tests.

This July, Lab Tests Online will celebrate its 10th anniversary at AACC’s Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

For more information about Lab Tests Online 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.