Want to know more about antipsychotic therapeutic drug management? Biotin? Clinical Lab 2.0? Droplet Digital PCR? Industry Workshops, Hotel Industry Workshops, and Industry Lecture Series at the 70th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Chicago offer a veritable alphabet soup of clinical lab-related topics.

Located on-site at the Expo’s exhibit hall or off-site in hotels, these brief sessions offer a nice change of pace, if you’re looking to take a break from the scientific sessions at the conference.

Most of the workshops will take place on July 31 and August 1, with one industry workshop scheduled for August 2. This year’s agenda will feature 11 industry workshop theaters , nine  hotel workshops and seven lecture series theaters. Some things to note: All of the workshops are an hourlong while the lecture series sessions are just 20 minutes each. Some industry workshops may offer CE credits.

Industry Workshop Theaters

Tuesday, July 31

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Point of Care—A Retrospective Of The 3rd Largest Publicly Owned Hospital System In The U.S.; Huntsville Hospital

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Enabling data driven decisions to impact change

12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

High-Sensitivity Troponin Implementation Begins with the Partnership between the Lab and Clinicians

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Healthy Mother/Healthy Baby: Optimal pregnancy outcomes through proper infectious disease testing

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Implementation of ROTEM®-guided blood management in your institution

Wednesday, August 1

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

How Advances in Rapid Point-of-Care Technologies Are Enabling Ultra-High Sensitivity Detection of Biomarkers

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sepsis to Stewardship: Right Answer, Right Treatment, Right Outcome

12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Antipsychotic Therapeutic Drug Management (TDM): A Tool for Adherence and Dose Optimization

2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Joining the Clinical Lab 2.0 Vision

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Recent Advancements in Autoantibody Detection in Autoimmune Neurological Disorders, Myositis and Systemic Sclerosis

Thursday, August 2

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Key Considerations for Successful Implementation of Cost-Effective PGx Testing in Clinical Laboratories

Hotel Industry Workshops

Tuesday, July 31

7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Addressing New Industry needs Involving Biotin: Key Trends, Concerns, Clinical Implications and Mitigation Strategies to Ensure Patient Safety

Medical Added Value of an Hb A1c Separation Technique for Better Management of Diabetes Patients

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Small Dense LDL—Its Significance and Benefit to Laboratory and Physician in Clinical Practice

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Aspects of Software to Monitor Myeloma Patients

Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) Solutions to Streamline Cancer Research and Testing

Wednesday, August 1

7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Closing the seronegative gap in Autoimmune testing

New Clinical Laboratory Practice Recommendations for the Use of Cardiac Troponin in Acute Coronary Syndrome

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

LDL Particle Measurement by Electrophoresis

Multiplexed Biochip Arrays Aimed at Early Chronic Kidney Disease Diagnosis

Lecture Series

Tuesday, July 31

10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

Application of a Novel Direct isolation Platform for Monitoring Response to Immuno-Oncologics in NSCLC Using Serial Measurements of Plasma cfDNA

10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

Smart clinical trial design strategies for effective product launch

11 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

The Economic Impact of Rapid Multiplex PCR testing for Meningitis/Encephalitis

11: 20 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

Rapid blood culture pathogen identification: a piece of the antimicrobial stewardship puzzle

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Assessing and Preventing Acute Kidney Injury in Sepsis Patients

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lab Business Growth Amid PAMA And MACRA: Revenue And Reimbursement Strategies

Wednesday, August 1

11:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Droplet Digital PCR: A Gold Standard Quantification and Liquid Biopsy Disease Monitoring

In addition to the standard workshops, several other industry-sponsored events feature at this year’s conference.

On July 31, you can earn 1.5 ACCENT credits by attending Strategically Transforming Molecular Testing Today: Centralization of Routine Testing and Decentralization of Urgent Testing, a tutorial in consolidating and streamlining routine molecular testing platforms and laboratory operations. 

Another session on August 1 is a must-attend for those interested in cardiac medicine. Developed in partnership with AACC and on behalf of Abbott, Beckman Coulter, ET Healthcare Inc., Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Roche Diagnostics, and Siemens Healthineers, the special session will discuss new expert recommendations for the use of cardiac troponin in acute coronary syndromes including their impact to emergency medicine, cardiology, and laboratory medicine, and will offer guidance on using high-sensitivity cardiac troponin assays in clinical practice. An interactive panel discussion will seek to engage the audience on hot topics in cardiac medicine.

Make the most of your time at the Expo by attending some of these special industry-and hotel-sponsored events.