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

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Washington, DC – September 19, 2011         With the final count of attendees and exhibitors complete, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) announces that its 2011 Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo in Atlanta, GA, July 24 – 28, attracted more than 17,500 attendees.  Although lower than the 2010 Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA, attendance was in line with the 2009 Chicago and previous years’ meetings.  The Clinical Lab Expo attracted almost 700 exhibitors in over 2,000 booths surpassing Anaheim, itself a record breaking year. 

Anthony Killeen, PhD, Director of Clinical Labs at the University of Minnesota, and Chair of the 2011 Annual Meeting Organizing Committee commented, “Given economic issues facing the US and other countries, it is gratifying that the number of attendees for the meeting held up so well.  It is a testament to the importance of the AACC meeting to those in the field of laboratory medicine and the quality of the program prepared by my colleagues on the organizing committee.  It was also encouraging to see the increase in booths sales overall as well as in the number of companies exhibiting for the first time, and also an increased international presence at the Clinical Lab Expo.”

AACC’s Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo maintain their position as the leading event worldwide for clinical laboratory professionals.  Confirming this, the Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association placed AACC’s 2010 meeting at #14 in its Top 50 medical meetings held in the United States that year: up from #19 for the 2009 meeting.

AACC’s 2012 Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo will take place July 15 – 19 in Los Angeles, CA.  AACC invites journalists reporting on the latest trends and advances in laboratory medicine to attend.  Registration is expected to open in April 2012.  Registered press will have full access to plenary sessions, symposia, poster sessions and the Clinical Lab Expo.  Access to most other sessions is subject to space availability except for ‘Meet the Expert’ sessions which are closed to the press.  To register, complete and submit a Press Registration Form.

For more information about the AACC’s Annual Meeting or AACC, contact Peter Patterson by email or on either of the above phone numbers.

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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.