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NACB President's Report – December 2009

Seems that the older we get, the faster each year flies by. That definitely applies to my past year in which I’ve had the privilege and pleasure to serve as President of NACB. It seems like there was so much in planning, so many activities to transpire and then, amazingly quick, it’s time to turn over the reins to the next  incoming NACB President. >>

NACB Award Nominations Due in December

Nominations for NACB awards, given out at the AACC Annual Meeting, are due the week of December 13.  Take a moment and send a nomination today to

What is Clinical Lab Medicine?

NACB Fellow and 2009 Grannis Award winner Dr. Christopher McCudden has produced a video presentation to explain laboratory medicine to young scientists who may be interested in pursuing a career in laboratory medicine. The presentation is part of his efforts as a member of AACC’s Society of Young Clinical Laboratorians (SYCL) and is based on the work of several SYCL members who have participated in career day events at their alma maters. >>


NACB Board Approves Four New Practice Guidelines and Archives Policy

2009 was a banner year for Laboratory Medicine Practice Guidelines (LMPGs). Four guidelines were published on the NACB web site and in Clinical Chemistry: Use of Tumor Markers in Clinical Practice: Quality Requirements and Use of Tumor Markers in Testicular, Prostate, Colorectal, Breast, and Ovarian Cancers, both edited by Catharine M. Sturgeon and Eleftherios P. Diamandis; Follow-Up Testing for Metabolic Diseases Identified by Expanded Newborn Screening Using Tandem Mass Spectrometry edited by Michael J. Bennett; and Emerging Biomarkers for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke edited by Gary L. Myers. >>

CME Credit Available for E-Learning Program on Diabetes Testing

This fall AACC and NACB introduced the Laboratory Support for Diabetes Testing certificate program. NACB Fellow William E. Winter, MD at the University of Florida chaired the program and led other faculty members in its completion. >>

NACB Symposia included in 2010 AACC Annual Meeting

Three NACB symposia will occur at the 2010 AACC annual meeting in Anaheim, CA. Congratulations to those who were were chosen. We hope you’ll attend! >>


Free Podcast on Biomarkers For Prevention of
Cardiovascular Disease

In this brief presentation, Dr. Gary L. Myers, editor of the NACB LMPG on Emerging Biomarkers for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, summarizes the guideline recommendations and explains why high sensitivity C-reactive protein is the only biomarker among those evaluated to meet all criteria for risk assessment in primary prevention. >>

NACB Collaborates with AACC and NIST on Harmonization Meeting

In October 2010, AACC will host an invitation-only conference on harmonization with NACB and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD. The meeting is chaired by NACB Fellows Greg Miller and Gary Myers, and Fellows Mary Lou Gantzer and Stephen Kahn are serving on the planning committee. >>

NACB Takes Leadership Role in Association Evidence-Based Medicine Initiatives

In 2010, NACB will take a leadership role in AACC’s evidence-based medicine initiatives.  The new Evidence-Based Laboratory Medicine Committee (EBLM) will integrate AACC and NACB efforts related to obtaining evidence-based assessments and promoting evidence-based research. >>

NACB Officers

Stephen E. Kahn
Loyola University Medical Center

Robert L. Murray
Midwest Diagnostic Pathology

John R Petersen
University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals

Kenneth E. Blick
University of Oklahoma

Past President
Susan A. Evans
Agencourt Bioscience

Stanley F. Lo
Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin

Patricia M. Jones
Children's Medical Center

Gary L. Myers
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Salvador F. Sena
Danbury Hospital

Lori J. Sokoll
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

William E Winter
University of Florida

Penelope Jones, AACC

Addition Resources

NACB membership has grown from 381 in 1999 to 575 in 2009. The Academy welcomes doctoral level scientists with professional certification and a commitment to advancing the science and practice of laboratory medicine.

NACB Membership Chart