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CDID mixer report

by Evan Ntrivalas, CDID Communications Officer

The CDID mixer was held on Tuesday, July 30 at 5:30 pm, followed by the business meeting at 6:30 pm. This was a networking event in which CDID members had the opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones.

Left to right: Dr Vernon Mustoe, Beckman Coulter representative;
Dr Gyorgy Abel; Dr Eleftherios Diamandis

The CDID mixer is also the place where individuals are recognized for their contribution in their field. One of these awards is the Carl R. Jolliff Award for Lifetime Achievement in Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology. This award was instituted in 2006 by the CDID in memory of Carl R. Jolliff. Carl had an exemplary career in both clinical service and education and this award recognizes a member of the AACC with an outstanding achievement in either of those areas.

The 2013 Carl Jolliff Award was given to Dr. Eleftherios Diamandis. Dr. Diamandis is division head of Clinical Biochemistry in the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital; biochemist-in-chief at the University Health Network and Toronto Medical Laboratories, and division head of Clinical Biochemistry in the department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. He extensively contributed to immunodiagnostics with cancer biomarker discovery and immunoassay development; taught and mentored scores of students, fellows, and other young colleagues nationally and internationally; has served for decades as laboratory director, and provided leadership and service on multiple committees and panels over the past three decades.

Lastly, CDID offers annually two poster presenters an award for outstanding research in clinical and diagnostic immunology. This year the winners of this competition were:

Left to right: Dr Julia Drees; Dr Steve Binder, CDID chair; Dr Lori Millner

Julia Drees from Kaiser Permanente Regional Laboratories, Berkeley, CA for her work "Four Commonly Utilized Immunoassays Fail to Detect TSH in a cohort of Euthyroid Patients: Are TSH Assays Hyper-Selective?"

Lori Millner from University of Louisville, Louisville, KY for her work "A Highly Sensitive and Specific Method for Characterization of Circulating Tumor Cell Sybtypes in Breast Cancer Patients"

The CDID mixer ended with the business meeting where CDID Officers presented the current happenings and future initiatives of the Division.

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