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Northern California Local Section Events

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October 17

Metabolic Syndrome is an Inflammatory Disorder

Ishwarlal Jialal, MD, PHD

Hong Kong East Ocean Restaurant
3199 Powell St.
Emeryville, CA 94608

6:00-6:30 pm - Networking
6:30-7:30 pm - Dinner
7:30-8:30 pm - Presentation

Deadline: Friday, October 11

$30 includes dinner & presentation
$20 for active CLS & MLT professionals
$10 for fellows, trainees, and CLS/MLT students

Payment (cash/check only, no credit cards) may be made at the meeting

Register here or email Barbora Chindarkarova at norcalaacc@gmail.com

This event is worth one hour of Category 1 ACCENT credit.

May 17

Spring Fling 2019 - Past Registration Page.

February 21

Can You Solve These 11 Cases That Concern Hemoglobin A1c?

William Winter, MD

January 16

Immunoassay Interferences and Their Impact On Patient Care

Carmen Wiley, PhD
Chief Clinical Officer, Veravas

Hong Kong East Ocean Restaurant
3199 Powell Street
Emeryville, CA 94608

6:00-6:30 pm - Networking
6:30-7:15 pm - Dinner
7:15-7:30 pm - Local Section Awards
7:30-8:30 pm - AACC Update by Janet Kreizman
7:45-8:45 pm - Presentation

Deadline: Friday, January 11

$30 includes dinner & presentation
$20 for active CLS & MLT professionals
$10 for fellows, trainees, and CLS/MLT students

Payment (cash/check only, no credit cards) may be made at the meeting.

Register here or email Barbora Chindarkarova at norcalaacc@gmail.com

This event is worth one hour of Category 1 ACCENT credit.


May 10

Biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease: Current Perspective and Future Trends
M. Laura Parnas, PhD, DABCC
Sr. Scientific Affairs Manager, Non-Cardiac
Roche Diagnostics Corporation

Learn more.

March 15

The Importance of Getting Fit: How Clinical Lab Scientists Can Help
James Allison, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine Emeritus
Department of Medicine
University of California

Learn more.

PLEASE RSVP BY Friday, March 9, 2018 to Barbora Chindarkarova or call 510-231-5415 (leave a message).


October 27

Current Advances in Clinical Diagnostics

AACC Member $80 | NonMember $100 | Fulltime Student $10
RSVP for the best rates by Friday, October 13. Email: Nandu Chindarkar

8:30 – 8:45 am Welcome – Opening
8:45 – 9:30 am John Mills, Mayo Medical Laboratories
Mass spectrometry-based detection of monoclonal immunoglobulins

9:30 – 10:15 am

Adam Barker, ARUP Laboratories

MALDI-TOF for microbiology

10:15 – 10:30 am


10:30 – 11:15 am

Sarina Yang, Quest Diagnostics

Laboratory testing of heavy metals in blood by ICP-MS

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Theo deVos, Epigenomics

Epi proColon: a methylated SEPT9 plasma DNA test for colorectal cancer screening

12:00 – 1:00 pm


1:00 – 1:45 pm

Rajesh Shinghal, Sutter Health (MagArray)

Delivering novel autoantibody diagnostic solutions for prostate cancer

1:45 – 2:30 pm

Stuart Kim, Stanford University (23andMe)

Genetic markers for sports injuries in elite athletes

2:30 – 2:45 pm


2:45 – 3:30 pm

Timothy Schwartz (Roche Diagnostics)

AVENIO ctDNA Analysis: NGS Liquid Biopsy for Oncology Research

3:30 pm



November 16

Hands-On Development and Validation of LC-MS/MS Assays for Clinical Research
Dr. Deborah French, Danielle Moore, Dr. Xiang(Kevin)

Assistant Director of Chemistry and Director of Mass Spectrometry at University of California Clinical Laboratories, San Francisco, Phenomenex, Senior Staff Scientist, SCIEX
1201 Radio Rd, Redwood City, CA 94065
Program Information

October 27

Evaluation of New BD Vacutainer Tubes
Dr. Alan Wu, Dr. Sol Green, Dr. Robert H. Christenson

Professor University of California, San Francisco, Director, Medical Affairs BD Life Sciences Preanalytical Systems, Professor of Pathology University of Maryland School of Medicine
University of California-San Francisco
1221 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA 94404

June 9

Real-time Toxicology Analysis and Case Discussion by the California Poison Control Center
Annie Arens, Craig Smollin, Howard Horng, Kathy Vo, Xander Van Wijk

University of California-San Francisco
Zuckerburg San Francisco General Hospital
Room H4009
1001 Potero Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110
Program Information

April 7

Clinical Toxicology and Medical Toxicology: Partners in Poisonings
Robert L. Fitzgerald, PHD, DABCC

Professor, Department of Pathology
Director, Toxicology and Associate Director, Clinical Chemistry University of California-San Diego

Crowne Plaza, Foster City Hotel
1221 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA 94404
Program Information

March 10

Early Recognition of Infection via Molecular Pathogen Detection and Sepsis Biomarker Testing
Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto
1919 Fourth St
Berkeley, CA 94710
Program Information

January 20

Pediatric Clinical Chemistry: What Makes it Different?
Hong Kong East Ocean Restaurant
3199 Powell Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
Program Information


December 10

On-Vivo Laboratory Testing
Basque Cultural Center
599 Railroad Ave
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Program Information

November 18

Updates on the Management of Multiple Myeloma and Related Plasma Cell Dyscrasias
Shiva’s Indian Restaurant
800 California St. #100
Mountain View, CA 94041
Program Information

September 18

BayChem 2015: Novel Biomakers for Disease Diagnosis and Prognosis
Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Boulevard,
San Leandro, CA 94579
Program Information

March 25

Promoting the Value of Clinical Laboratory Testing
David Koch PhD
Professor of AACC
Alan Wu
Chair, AACC Northern California Local Section

AACC National Office update
Janet Kriezman
Chief Executive Officer AACC
3199 Powell Street
Emeryville, CA 94608

Program Information

January 15

Pathogenesis and Diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes
William E. Winter, MD
Professor of Pathology & Pediatrics

Annual Awards Presentation
Alan H.B. Wu PhD
2014 Awards Chair

Basque Cultural Center
599 Railroad Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94080

Program Information


November 5

New Method for Detection of CSF Xanthochromia
Andrew Smith MS, CLS
San Francisco General Hospital

Next-Generation Sequencing for Cystic Fibrosis Testing
Martina Lefterova, MD, PhD
Stanford Health Care

Shiva’s Indian Restaurant & Bar
800 California St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Program Information

September 18

New Methods and Controversies in Monoclonal Gammopathy Evaluation
David F. Keren, MD
Professor of Pathology
Director, Division of Clinical Pathology
The University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems

Trader Vics
9 Anchor Dr
Emeryville, CA 94608

Program Information

June 10

Can Glucose Meters Be Used for Critically Ill Patients? A Pro/Con Debate
Jim Faix, MD
Director, Clinical Chemistry & Immunology and POCT
Stanford University Medical Center
Palo Alto, CA

Tim Hamill, MD
Director, Clinical Laboratories
University of California San Francisco Medical Center
San Francisco, CA

599 Railroad Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94080
Tel: 650-583-1867

Program Information

May 29-31

Lab Medicine 2014 Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists 49th Annual Meeting
Hosted by: University of California San Francisco, Department of Laboratory Medicine
Title: Emerging Technologies for the Clinical Laboratory

Keynote Speaker:
Dr Richard Caprioli, Vanderbilt University, TN
"Molecular mapping beyond the microscope"

Cotlove Award Lecture:
Dr Garry Nolan, Stanford University, CA
"A structure for immunity and cancer at the single level"

Special Guest Speaker:
Dr Henry Lee, University of New Haven, CT
"Lessons learned from high profile cases"

And many more great speakers!

Grand Hyatt San Francisco
345 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Cost: $350 registration (includes breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, reception on Thursday night and banquet dinner on Friday night); CLS students: free for all scientific sessions ($50 for reception and $150 for banquet)

BY Wednesday, May 7th.

Program Information

Eleven hours of Continuing Medical Education Credit or Continuing Education ACCENTcredit given.

April 22

Technologies and Trends Shaping the Future of Laboratory Medicine
Larry J. Kricka, DPhil, FACB, CChem FRSC, FRCPath
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Director, General Chemistry Laboratory and Critical Care Laboratory
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Philadelphia, PA

Il Fornaio
302 South Market Street
San Jose
Tel: 408-271-3350

6:00-6:30 pm SOCIAL
6:30-7:30 pm DINNER

Program Information

February 20

Hands-On Development and Validation of LC/MS/MS Assays for Clinical Research Lecture and Hands-On Workshop
Seyed Sadjadi
Phenomenex, Torrance, CA
Xiang (Kevin) He, Ph.D.
Clinical and Toxicological Applications Specialist, ABSCIEX, Redwood City, CA

Kara Lynch, Ph.D., DABCC
Associate Chief of Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology
San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA

1201 Radio Road
Redwood City
CA 94065

8:00AM- 5:00 PM (lunch will be provided)
Cost: AACC Members: $59
Non-members: $99
Students: $35
BY Saturday, February 15th.
Eight hours of Continuing Education ACCENT credit given

Program Information

January 22

Annual Award Presentation Dinner
Pharmacogenomics and Pharmacometabolomics for Personalized Medicine
Steven H. Wong, Ph.D., DABCC(TC),
President of AACC
Professor of Pathology, Director of Clinical Chemistry
Co-Director, Clinical and Translational Mass Spectrometry Center
Department of Pathology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC, USA

National AACC Update
Janet B. Kreizman
Chief Executive Officer of AACC

Hong Kong East Ocean Restaurant
3199 Powell Street
Emeryville, CA 94608

6:00 - 6:30 PM SOCIAL

Recap of the January 2014 meeting