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Friday, October 14, 2011
AACC announces Plenary Session Speakers for 2012 Annual Meeting

Washington, DC, October 14, 2011   The American Association for Clinical Chemistry’s (AACC) 2012 Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo takes place July 15 – 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. The 2012 Annual Meeting Organizing Committee has started work on the program of educational events and has already selected five outstanding speakers for the Plenary Session, the highlight of each day’s program:

Sunday, July 15, 2012
Eric Green, MD, PhD
Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD
The Wallace H. Coulter Lectureship Award
ENTERING THE ERA OF GENOMIC MEDICINE: RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

Winner of AACC’s 2012 Wallace H. Coulter Lectureship Award, Dr. Green is Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a position he has held since late 2009. He received MD and PhD degrees from Washington University in 1987 and, during residency training in clinical pathology (laboratory medicine), he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Maynard Olson, where he launched his genomics research program. Since the early 1990s, Dr. Green’s research program has been at the forefront of efforts to map, sequence, and understand eukaryotic genomes.  His work has included significant involvement in the Human Genome Project. More recently, Dr. Green established a program in comparative genomics that involves the generation and comparative analyses of sequences from targeted genomic regions in multiple evolutionarily diverse species. Dr. Green has authored and co-authored over 250 scientific publications.

Monday, July 16, 2012
Robert Roberts, MD
President & CEO, University of Ottawa Heart Institute &
Director of The Ruddy Canadian Cardiovascular Genetics Centre
Ottawa, ON, Canada
9P21 DNA VARIANTS ASSOCIATED WITH CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE RISK

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Arthur Caplan, PhD, Michael Christman, PhD, and Robert Cook-Deegan, MD
THE ETHICS OF HUMAN TISSUES IN RESEARCH

This unique Plenary Session features three speakers who will address the ethics of human tissues in research as related to informed patient consent and broader use of genomic information in clinical medicine. Chaired by Arthur Caplan, PhD, the Emmanuel and Robert Hart Director of the Center for Bioethics and the Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, the session features Michael Christman, PhD, President and CEO of the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, NJ, and Robert Cook-Deegan, MD, Director of the Center for Genome Ethics, Law, & Policy at Duke’s Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy in Durham, NC.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Elaine R. Mardis, PhD
Associate Professor of Genetics & Molecular Microbiology
Co-director, The Genome Center
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO
WHOLE GENOME SEQUENCING IN THE CLINICAL SETTING

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Alice H. Lichtenstein, D.Sc
Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science & Policy, Friedman School, and
Director & Senior Scientist, Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA
Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA)
Tufts University
Medford, MA
DIET AND CVD PREVENTION, WHERE SHOULD THE EMPHASIS BE?

For more information about the these Plenary Sessions and the program for AACC’s 2012 Annual Meeting, visit the meeting’s program page.  Registrations for the Annual Meeting will be accepted from about April 2012 and AACC will issue another release at that time inviting journalists to register.

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