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George Grannis Award for Excellence in Research and Scientific Publication

Scientific and research excellence by clinical chemistry students and trainees is recognized through the Grannis award. The late George Grannis was the second President of the Academy. A man of great curiosity, profound thinking, and creativity, Dr. Grannis’ interests and published research included findings in the areas of protein biochemistry in health and disease, normal and abnormal blood coagulation, proficiency evaluation of clinical laboratories, biochemistry of aging, and quality control of enzyme analyses.

This award includes a guest lectureship at an Ohio Valley Local Section meeting during the year of the award. All current and past students in undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral clinical chemistry training programs who were enrolled sometime during the three-year period prior to the year of the award will be considered candidates for this award. The student must have published a paper indexed in Index Medicus during this same time period. Names of students from ComACC-accredited programs may be submitted by the program director. Names of students from non-ComACC-accredited programs may be submitted by their mentors. The nomination should include a letter of nomination, a list of papers authored by the student, and a copy of the trainee's curriculum vitae. Literature references should include sufficient information to locate the papers; links to PubMed abstracts are suitable.

Sponsored by AACC Academy and the Ohio Valley Local Section.

Congratulations to This Year's Winner!

Gabrielle Winston-McPhersonGabrielle Winston-McPherson, PhD

Dr. Winston-McPherson is associate director of chemistry, overseeing the core automation laboratory, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. After receiving her doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Wisconsin, she completed a postdoctoral clinical chemistry fellowship at the University of Washington Medical Center. Her research interests include health equity, laboratory management, and automation. Dr. Winston-McPherson has published 16 peer-reviewed journal articles and a book chapter describing the detection of methotrexate by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Some key areas of clinical chemistry that her publications cover include the detection and reduction of laboratory errors, the development of several novel test methods, and the determination of the microbiome and laboratory reference intervals for transgender patients. She has presented 10 abstracts and co-holds one patent. For her work demonstrating that minority patients are underrepresented in large next-generation sequencing oncology tests for cancer predisposition and precision oncology, she received the Strandjord Young Investigator Award from the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists.

Previous Winners

2018 - Phedias Diamandis, MD, PhD
2017 - Roy Peake, PhD
2016 - Joe El-Khoury, PhD
2015 - Mark A. Marzinke, PhD
2014 - Andrei Drabovich, PhD

AACC Academy Designation

Fellows of AACC Academy use the designation of FAACC. This designation is equivalent to FACB, the previous designation used by fellows of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, which became AACC Academy in 2016.