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October 2008 Clinical Laboratory News: From the Podium


October 2008: Volume 34, Number 10 

2008 Annual Meeting Highlights
From the Podium

Cokie Roberts, political analyst for ABC News and NPR senior news analyst, gave an engaging presentation titled “How Healthy is the Healthcare Debate?” at the third annual Olympus Partnership Awards Presentation. Roberts, a native of New Orleans, chose the city’s St. Thomas Community Health Center to receive the donation, in recognition of their “valiant work” in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Mark Perkins, PhD, founded the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) in 2003. As part of the meeting’s focus on global healthcare, Perkins’ plenary talk discussed how improved diagnostic technologies can overcome the obstacles imposed by weak health systems in developing countries.

Acclaimed for his evolutionary genetics research that revealed a significant overlap of genetic variations between populations, Lynn Jorde, PhD, spoke about the accuracy of phenotypic and genetic markers of race and how many genetic markers are necessary to classify human populations in his plenary lecture.

Known for his former role as CEO of Merck & Co., Roy Vagelos, MD, said in his plenary lecture that he believes the pharmaceutical industry is entering an important new age of discovery in functional genomics and personalized medicine. Vagelos was honored with AACC’s Lectureship award.