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Through its annual awards program, NACB, the Academy of AACC, celebrates the achievements of colleagues who have made significant contributions through scholarship and service to the profession. Chaired by Dr. Loralie Langman, the NACB Awards Committee wishes to thank the sponsors of these awards and to congratulate the 2009 Academy award winners.

For Outstanding Research Advances in the Field of Clinical Biochemistry
Sponsored by Siemens Health Care Diagnostic, Inc. and NACB

David B. Sacks, MD, MB, ChB, FRCPath, FACB

David B. Sacks, MD, MB, ChB, FRCPath, FACB, is a Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of POCT & Clinical Chemistry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. His primary clinical focus is on diabetes mellitus, with an emphasis on the interface between the clinical laboratory and patient care. He chairs the National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program steering committee and serves on several other national and international diabetes committees. Dr. Sacks has lectured extensively and has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has served on the editorial board of Clinical Chemistry since 1995 and is currently an associate editor. He has also served or currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, American Journal of Pathology, Clinical Proteomics, Clinical Biochemist Reviews, American Journal of Clinical Pathology, and Biochemical Journal.

For Outstanding Contributions to the Profession and the Academy
Sponsored by Abbott Diagnostics

Mary F. Burritt, PhD, FACB, HCLD

Mary F. Burritt, PhD, FACB, HCLD is Professor of Laboratory Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine; and Clinical Chemist at Mayo Clinic Arizona. She previously held the positions of Medical Co-Director, Central Clinical Laboratory and Director of the Metals Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.  She was also the Associate Dean of the Mayo School of Health Sciences. Dr. Burritt has served the AACC in many roles since becoming a member in 1978, and served as President of the Association in 1996.  She was a member of the Board of Directors of the NACB from1998-2002, and served as President of the Academy in 2005.  Dr. Burritt has also been active in the CLSI where she served as Chair of the Area Committee on Clinical Chemistry, and the IFCC where she served as the Vice Chair of the Education and Management Division.  Her research/clinical interests include calcium metabolism, cardiac markers and trace/heavy metals.

For Excellence in Research and Scientific Publication
Sponsored by AACC Ohio Valley Section and NACB

Christopher R. McCudden, PhD, DABCC, FACB

Christopher McCudden received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario, in London, Canada.  After graduate school, he did postdoctoral research at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in the Department of Pharmacology.  He then spend a year at Duke studying non-enzymatic posttranslational protein modification in osteoarthritis before starting the ComACC Fellowship program in Clinical Chemistry at UNC.  Dr. McCudden joined the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine faculty at UNC as an Assistant Professor in 2008 and serves within the McLendon Clinical Laboratories at UNC Hospitals as the Associate Director of the Core Laboratory.  His current research interests include the analysis of endocrine hormones and metabolites, evaluation of new in vitro diagnostic technology, and the effect of preanalytical variables on blood gas and critical care analysis.  Dr. McCudden has received several awards over the course of his career including the J.D. Detwiler Thesis Dissertation Award from the Department of Biology, University of Western Ontario and a Post Doctoral Research Fellowship from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

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