American Association for Clinical Chemistry
Better health through laboratory medicine
Sorin Giju

Being a Gallwas Member offers me and my colleagues many opportunities. I have the opportunity to receive the “Clinical Chemistry” free. Normally in Romania I can not buy it. “Clinical Chemistry” publishes all the news in my field of interest and I share this news with my colleagues.

I was an International Travel Grant Winner for two years – 2006 and 2006. In 2005, I was an International Travel Grant Winner with financial support from Sandy and Jerry Gallwas and in 2006 my grant was supported by the AACC’s Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology Division.

In the USA, I saw new techniques and new ideas that I try to apply in my lab from Romania. For example, I try now to introduce the quantitative assays for Troponin T. The elevation of Troponin T in non-heart attack ESRD patients has been described in numerous papers over the last decade and perhaps for a longer time. There appears to be no doubt that the elevated Troponin T in the ESRD patients is a significant risk factor for cardiac mortality. There are also quite a few studies showing an increase (but a lesser one) of Troponin I in ESRD patients who do not have heart attacks. In Romania we are in the beginning to these studies.

Very important for me and for my lab colleagues was the visit to Exhibit Hall. There I saw the last generation of lab instruments. Now, our laboratory is negotiating with the hospital administration the purchases of one for the automation analysis of urinary sediment. I saw this instrument in two great laboratories in Chicago, IL in 2006. This fact convinced me to try to make in my country what I saw in the USA.

A great facility for me as a Gallwas Member is receiving free the books, the revues and the CD’s with the news in our field of interest. I presented this news to my colleagues and to my residents. In 2005 and in 2006, I participated at AACC Annual Meeting as an accepted poster presenter. My participation at Poster Session permitted me to know what is new in my field of interest and to change opinions with colleagues from all around the world.

Finally, a great advantage for me was the fact that in 2006 I became an Associate Fellow of National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB). So I made many professional relationships with scientists from all around the world.