A sincere thank you to all NACB Members for being part of the Academy. For me personally, it is an honor to be a Fellow of NACB and represent our colleagues on the Board of Directors (BOD). Patti Jones, our immediate Past President of NACB and current President-Elect of AACC, did a terrific job of continuing the development of LMPGs and ensuring that the LMPG process has strong support from clinical associations.
The BOD recently met to plan activities that will benefit our Members and contribute to the broader scope of Laboratory Medicine. Among the Academy's objectives is to provide, through its Members, expertise through education and to serve as a resource for AACC and our colleagues. A recent survey was sent out to our Members requesting that they provide information regarding their areas of expertise. The response rate was 40% (exceeding expectations) and AACC Staff have already tapped our Members for a variety of Committees, to seek advice, participate in educational opportunities, provide insight and review guidelines which are in development, advice on CLSI documents, input into scientific website content, and more. If you have not already provided your feedback, please access the brief NACB survey (see link below message).
Dr. Allison Woodworth, the Editor of NACB's Scientific Shorts (previously the NACB Blog), has developed a list of topics and authors to write timely, brief articles on topics of interest to our colleagues. For 2015, career development has been the focus of one series of articles . In a related project, NACB plans to work with SYCL to produce summaries of new clinical practice guidelines published by professional societies, discuss their relevance to clinical chemistry, and post these as Scientific Shorts.
Committees are actively working on two LMPGs: one on pain management and the other on current cardiac markers. We are also developing a process using a more streamlined approach that could make practice guidelines available more quickly. Another area in development is writing Opinion Papers, with the focus on providing information that is practical and timely.
This year at the annual meeting in Atlanta, NACB is co-sponsoring a Symposium entitled “Challenges and Opportunities in Post-Translational Glycosylation”, a Short Course on “Recently Approved Biomarkers of Acute Kidney Injury, and a Brown Bag on “Molecular Causes of Pheochromocytoma”. NACB Awards will be announced on Wednesday before the Plenary Session and at the NACB Awards Luncheon and Membership Meeting at 12:30pm on Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency. We hope you will attend. NACB Distinguished Abstracts will be presented Tuesday through Thursday at the Convention Center. Please check the program for locations.
We value your opinion and feedback regarding topic selections, educational and resource materials we can provide, ideas on how we can better network and communicate among our Members, and website offerings.
Barbara M. Goldsmith, Ph.D., FACB
NACB President, 2015