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New York Upstate Local Section

New York Upstate Local Section

Upstate New York and Metro New York Local Sections Joint Annual Spring Meeting

May 9-10, 2019 | Rochester, NY

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Registration includes attendance at the one and a half day education program, lunch on Thursday, and coffee/soft drink/refreshments provided during breaks. Friday lunch vouchers available on request. Prices in USD.

AACC/CSCC/CLMA Member: $95 Online / $130 Onsite
Non-Member: $150 Online / $175 Onsite 
Trainee: $30 Online / $45 Onsite 
Reception & Dinner (Thursday): $35 Online / $50 Onsite


Thursday, May 9, 2019 (Day 1)

7:30-8:45 a.m. - Registration and breakfast

8:45-9:00 a.m.
Welcome and announcements
Dr. Amy Chan, Program Chair, New York Upstate Local Section, AACC
Dr. Lusia Sepiashvili, Chair, New York Upstate Local Section, AACC

9:00-10:00 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: CLIA Requirements for Proficiency Testing: Past, Present and (proposed) Future
Dr. Rex Astles, Health Scientist for Informatics and Data Science Branch, Division of Laboratory Systems, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, Office of Public Health Scientific Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

10:00-10:15 a.m. - Coffee and refreshment break

10:15-10:55 a.m.
Proposed 2019 CLIA Proficiency Testing Limits: A Retrospective Review of Laboratory Performance Using Current and Proposed Criteria of Acceptability
Dr. Robert Rej, Wadsworth Center, New York State Dept. of Health and School of Public Health, State University of NY at Albany

10:55-11:35 a.m.
Cost of Quality in the Lab: Overview and Pre-analytical Examples
Dr. Leonard Dunikoski, BD Life Sciences

11:35 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Lunch

1:00-1:40 p.m.
When Vitamin D Has Lost Its Shine, Reducing Unnecessary Tests Now Is the Time
Dr. Paul Yip, University Health Network and University of Toronto

1:40-2:20 p.m.
High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin Testing Outside the Acute Coronary Syndrome Setting
Dr. Peter Kavsak, McMaster University

2:20-3:00 p.m.
Keys to Successfully Conducting Biological Variation Studies
Dr. Paul Johnson, Upstate Medical University

3:00-3:15 p.m. - Coffee and refreshment break

3:15-3:35 p.m.
Unlocking the Power of Laboratory Medicine Data
Dr. Dustin Bunch, Yale University

3:35-3:55 p.m.
Assessment of Bias Between Total Hemoglobin Measurements from epoc, RAPIDPoint 500, and Sysmex XN-1
Dr. Zahraa Mohammed-Ali, University of Toronto

3:55-4:55 p.m. - NY Upstate Membership Meeting

6:00 p.m.
Wine and cheese reception at The Genesee Valley Club
Address: 421 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

6:30-9:00 p.m. - Dinner and award presentation

Friday, May 4, 2018 (Day 2)

8:00-9:00 a.m. - Breakfast

9:00-9:40 a.m.
The Laboratory’s Role in Combating the Opioid and Synthetic Cannabinoid Crisis
Dr. Joe El-Khoury, Yale University

9:40-10:20 a.m.
Emerging Role of Clinical Proteomics in Laboratory Medicine
Dr. Vathany Kulasingam, University of Toronto

10:20-10:35 a.m. - Coffee and refreshments

10:35-11:15 a.m.
Trends in Mass Spectrometry in Clinical Chemistry
Dr. David Borts, Thermo Fisher Scientific

11:15-11:55 a.m.
LC-MS/MS Method Validation – An Update on Issues Identified via LDT SOP Reviewing Process
Dr. Zhimin (Tim) Cao, New York State Dept. of Health

11:55 a.m. - Concluding remarks


University of Rochester Conference Center
Class of '62 Auditorium
School of Medicine & Dentistry Entrance
415 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642


Hilton Garden Inn Rochester/University & Medical Center (located in College Town Rochester)
30 Celebration Dr, Rochester, NY 14620, USA
$129.00 USD/night (single or double room rate)

Rooms are limited. Reserve your hotel by April 24 and use Group Code: NUA1.


The New York Upstate Local Section serves AACC members in northern New York and Canada.

In this section you will find information regarding upcoming events, newsletters, and awards that are sponsored by this local section, and other groups supporting clinical chemistry. You will also find information regarding events held in the previous 2 years for historical purposes.

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