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AACC News

Get the latest on conferences, webinars, publications, the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, as well as governance, awards, and other association news.

AACC Announces 2020 Election Candidates
Anthony A. Killeen, MD, PhD, AACC Secretary, has announced the slate of candidates for the 2020 AACC elections. The 2019 AACC Nominating Committee selected these outstanding candidates from a large number of highly qualified nominees.

In Memoriam: Dr. Carl A. Burtis
It is with great sadness that we announce that Carl A. Burtis, PhD, President of AACC in 1989 and a member since 1972, passed away on November 15, 2019 at the age of 82.

AACC’s Fall 2019 Committee Weekend
AACC’s Fall 2019 Committee Weekend brought together key association leadership groups for the opportunity to network, exchange ideas, and collaborate on AACC’s strategic priorities.

In Memoriam: Dr. Howard Morris
Howard Morris, PhD, FAACB, FFSc(RCPA), president of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC), passed away suddenly on April 18, 2019. An AACC member since 2009, Dr. Morris had been elected to serve as president of the IFCC from 2018-2020, and was the first person outside of the U.S. or Europe to hold this position.

AACC Congratulates First Certified Point-of-Care Testing Professional Diplomates
In 2018, AACC launched the first ever U.S. certification for healthcare experts who perform diagnostic tests outside the central laboratory. The association is now pleased to announce the first 17 diplomates who have received AACC’s Certified Point-of-Care Testing Professional designation through this program.

New AACC Nominating Committee Members Elected to Serve in 2019
AACC is pleased to announce that the association membership has elected Patricia Jones, PhD, DABCC, FAACC, Amy K. Saenger, PhD, DABCC, FAACC, and Joely Straseski, PhD, DABCC, FAACC, to serve on AACC’s Nominating Committee from January 2019-July 2022.

AACC Remembers Past President Dr. Norbert W. Tietz
Norbert W. Tietz, PhD, an AACC member since 1955 and author of the seminal textbook “Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry,” passed away on May 23, 2018 at the age of 91.

AACC Remembers Past President Dr. Kurt M. Dubowski
Kurt M. Dubowski, PhD, LLD, DABCC, DABFT, a pioneer in alcohol and substance abuse testing, passed away on October 23, 2017 at the age of 95.

FDA Defers Decision on LDT Guidance
Last Friday’s announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it would not finalize guidance regulating laboratory developed tests (LDTs) provides a reprieve to the laboratory community.

In Memoriam: Dr. Richard Donald Krause
Richard Donald Krause, PhD, DABCC, a long-time AACC member and committed researcher and clinical laboratorian in his native Alberta, Canada, died on October 25, 2016.

Lab Tests Online Honored With 2016 Digital Health Award
AACC’s public resource on lab testing received merit award among consumer website.

CLN, CLN Stat Recognized With Healthcare Industry Publication Awards
AACC news publications honored in three editorial, graphics categories.

CLN, CLN Stat and AACC Artery Honored With Prestigious International Awards
AACC publications and online member community recognized in eight Hermes Creative Award categories.

AACC Remembers Past President George N. Bowers Jr., MD
George N. Bowers Jr., MD, passed away at the age of 89 on August 16. Dr. Bowers served as AACC president in 1974, and was considered one of the leaders of his generation in the field of laboratory medicine.

AACC President Dave Koch's Letter on Governance
As the premier organization for research, education, and advocacy for practitioners of laboratory medicine, AACC has changed and grown since its founding in 1948 along with the field. The current governance structure developed organically, growing with the organization to fit the needs at the time. With a renewed emphasis on strategy and forward thinking, we have undertaken a review of the governance with an eye to devise a system that works for the modern AACC and the needs of today’s laboratory professionals. We want to be sure that our structure aligns with the Strategic Plan of AACC and supports its ambitious goals.

How Human Resource Management, Quality and Risk Management Strategies Affect Patient Safety
Two faculty members of AACC’s Patient Safety Essentials for Laboratory Professionals online certificate program recently spoke with CLN Stat about how risk management and quality improvement strategies and effective personnel management can go a long way toward improving patient safety.

A Primer on Designer Drugs
A new guide available through AACC Press offers laboratorians a quick reference tool for identifying so-called “designer drugs.” The moniker applies to the compounds created by “modifying structures of abused drugs to circumvent legal restrictions and evade detection,” according to a synopsis of the Quick Guide to Designer Drugs.