NACB President's Report
I am honored and humbled to have been given the opportunity by our membership to govern the Academy. The year has passed quickly and I firmly believe we are moving in the right direction. I have been fortunate to have had a number of individuals who have been instrumental in assisting/advising/mentoring me this past year. In particular, I would like to specifically thank Ms. Penny Jones for her many wonderful skills and talents. She has been instrumental in guiding the Academy through many transitions for many years this year included, and has been critical to the success of our Academy. Thank you Penny!
Congratulations to the 2012 AMOC for a wonderful meeting! It was a pleasure to observe the presence of our Academy within the educational component of the meeting. Thanks to Ken Blick and Mary Lou Gantzer for organizing their symposia and thanks to Dave Koch and the Awards committee for recognizing distinguished abstracts and for working with the AMOC to create topic-specific oral presentations. I look forward to seeing additional topic-oriented oral abstract presentations in future meetings.
The Academy is excited to have two LMPGs underway. The first one addresses Laboratory Analysis of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin in Clinical Practice and is being led by Niki Baumann. The second addresses evidence in the area of Pain Management and is led by Loralie Langman and Paul Jannetto. In concordance with the development of our new SOP for LMPGs, we will be working with the AACC Clinical Societies Collaboration Committee to enlist the expertise of other clinical societies in their development.
Penny Jones and her NACBLOG committee continue to provide many interesting subjects for discussion in our NACBLOG. One of its challenges is finding new subjects and new authors for these blogs. Here’s a great opportunity for our membership to submit new ideas for feedback, to address controversial issues for the clinical lab, and to shed light on topics that are rarely discussed. Please contact Penny if you have ideas or suggestions.
Our White Papers continue to move forward as Ron Whitley authors his paper addressing thyroid function testing during pregnancy. In addition, a second topic has been approved for development. Catherine Hammett-Stabler will lead a group in authoring a white paper on future research needs in serum free light chain testing. We look forward to seeing the publication of these new products in the near future.
The Academy continues to have productive discussions with AACC. Greg Miller, Ann Gronowski and Rob Christensen have been very supportive in assisting the Academy in establishing its role within AACC. Mike Bennett will soon undertake the leadership role of the Academy and I have no doubt that he will continue to improve our role beyond its current status. As I have received enormous support this past year, please continue your generous support for Mike and the Academy!