Contact: Peter Patterson
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Email: ppatterson@aacc.org

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Washington, DC – July 5, 2011 The 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), being held July 24 – 28 at the Georgia World Congress Center, features 17 speakers from Atlanta institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Emory University, Emory University Hospital, and The Emory Global Health Institute, addressing medical ‘hot topics’ such as obesity and cancer.

Obesity in children and adolescents in the US has become an epidemic of alarming proportions: data indicate the prevalence of obesity in this population group has increased from 5% in 1980 to 19% in 2008. Childhood/adolescent obesity has both immediate and long term effects leading to higher risk for associated adult health problems and increasing healthcare costs. On Monday, July 25, Jeffrey Koplan, MD, MPH of The Emory Global Health Institute, and formerly Director of the CDC, addresses obesity in his Plenary Session talk The Obesity Epidemic: Where Are We? where he will discuss the reasons for the growing obesity epidemic as well as presenting solutions based on scientific data with an emphasis on the societal and health problems of inactivity and obesity among U.S. children. Immediately after the Plenary Session, he will again address the issue in a Meet the Expert session. Also on July 25, Heidi Blanck, MS, PhD of the Obesity Prevention & Control Branch of CDC, and Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH, and Stephanie Walsh, MD, MS, FAAP, both of Emory University and Children's Health Care of Atlanta will participate in a Full Day Symposium Pediatric Obesity: A Growing Epidemic addressing respectively Policy and Environmental Strategies to Address Target Behaviors, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: A Common Complication of Childhood Obesity, and the Effect Of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Wellness Initiative on Childhood Obesity Prevention in Georgia.

Cancer is a major health issue in the US. Approximately 220,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer alone each year. On July 25, a symposium, Beyond PSA: Molecular Markers of Prostate Cancer, will review our current understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of cancer. As part of this important session, Ross Molinaro, PhD, MT(ASCP), DABCC, FACB, Assistant Professor/Medical Director Core Labs, Emory University Hospital Midtown, will discuss Molecular Advances in Prostate Cancer: XMRV Infection. On July 26, Corinne Fantz, PhD, Associate Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at Emory University, will moderate an Afternoon Symposium What’s Novel in Biomarkers?, which will include discussions on biomarkers for prostate and ovarian cancers.

AACC invites Atlanta journalists to attend these and other sessions. A complimentary press registration can be obtained by completing and submitting a Press Registration Form. Registered journalists will have unrestricted access to most educational sessions (some are restricted by space availability and AACC’s Media Registration Policy), as well as to AACC’s Clinical Lab Expo, the largest event of its kind in the world. For more information about the Annual Meeting, the Clinical Lab Expo, or AACC, contact Peter Patterson by email or on either of the above phone numbers.

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