Purpose

Proteomics is the field which strives to analyze the complete pattern of expression of proteins in an organism, tissue, cell type, organelle, or other compartment. Methods have evolved rapidly for the simultaneous analysis of many proteins by two-dimensional electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, protein arrays, multidimensional chromatography, and combinations of techniques.

Although these methods have found limited application in the clinical laboratory previously, analysis of proteins and the diagnostic application of these analyses logically fit into the field of Clinical Chemistry. Unfortunately, most research and development, even in diagnostic applications of proteomics, has been conducted by groups outside of Clinical Chemistry.

AACC’s Proteomics Division will assist Clinical Chemists in education in this field and in establishing communication with scientists outside the field. It is the goal of the Proteomics Division to introduce AACC to scientists and companies outside the traditional field of Clinical Chemistry.

Objectives of the Proteomics Division

The Proteomics Division will work with the National Office, Local Sections, and other Divisions of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry toward the following objectives:

  

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To provide a forum for sharing of knowledge, ideas, experience, and strategies for diagnostic applications of proteomic methods.

  

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To provide continuing education on issues and developments in proteomics through conferences, programs, workshops, roundtables, newsletters, and by electronic means.

  

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To promote communication among clinical laboratory workers, clinicians, basic scientists, manufacturers, and regulators regarding diagnostic applications of proteomics.

  

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To promote awareness of issues relating to diagnostic applications of proteomics, including scientific, clinical, financial, administrative, standards development, and regulatory aspects.

  

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To encourage participation in AACC membership and activities by scientists and companies in the field of proteomics who previously have not participated in AACC activities.

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