Conference Program

From Plenary Sessions featuring world-renowned scientists to intimate Brown Bag sessions geared for lively discussion on hot topics, the 70th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo offers something for everyone in laboratory medicine.

More than 200 educational sessions in a variety of settings will give you the knowledge you need to advance professionally and develop adaptive solutions for today's complex, challenging healthcare environment.

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Plenary Sessions

The 2018 lineup of plenary speakers is a who's who of scientific discovery and clinical innovation. The five sessions—offered Sunday through Thursday—offer insights not only into the future of healthcare but also current practices that are making a difference in medicine today.

Sunday: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 8:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Included in full, daily, or guest registration.

Scientific Sessions

Scientific Sessions cover a broad range of subjects at basic, intermediate, or advanced levels of practice. These 1, 1 ½, or 2 ½-hour sessions, presented by highly regarded speakers in traditional lecture format, cover the gamut of laboratory medicine topics, from analytical challenges to emerging technologies and testing methods.

Monday
Morning: 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Mid-Day: 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Afternoon: 2:30 - 4 or 5 p.m.
Late Afternoon: 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday
Morning: 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Afternoon: 2:30 - 4 or 5 p.m.

Thursday
Morning: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Included in full, daily, or guest registration.

Brown Bag Sessions

Offered twice daily—early morning and at lunchtime—our Brown Bag sessions are limited to 10 participants, giving attendees the opportunity to pose questions without the pressure of a large audience. Expect lively discussion, active exchange, and even debate. Food will be available for purchase near these sessions.

Monday–Wednesday: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Brown Bag sessions are ticketed events and sell out quickly. For best availability, register early. Fee: $25

Meet the Experts

After their presentations, our plenary speakers and other invited experts join in informal, in-depth conversations in an intimate setting that encourages questions-and-answers and free-form dialogue.

Monday–Thursday: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Included in full, daily, or guest registration. Seating is limited to 75 people, first come, first served.

Chair’s Invited Session

Each year the chair of AACC's Annual Meeting Organizing Committee develops a special session of particular importance to laboratory medicine. This year’s presentation is, “Clinical Lab 2.0: How Laboratories Can Support Value Based Care, Optimize Patient Outcomes, and Reduce Total Cost of Care in Acute and Chronic.

Monday: 2:30 – 5 p.m.

Included in full, daily, or guest registration.

President’s Invited Session

Every year, AACC's President organizes a session that covers a topic of professional interest and relevancy to the clinical laboratory field. This year’s presentation is, “A View from the Trenches of the Opioid Epidemic: How Do We Win the War?

Monday: 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Included in full, daily, or guest registration.

Oral Abstract Presentations

The authors of particularly noteworthy abstracts will give 15-minute presentations highlighting their research in global health, mass spectrometry, molecular diagnostics and genomics, and more.

Monday
Global Health: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Clinical Applications: 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Tuesday
Mass Spectrometry: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Molecular Diagnostics and Genomics: 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Wednesday
Emerging Biomarkers in Technology: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Hot Topics in Lab Medicine: 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Oral abstract presenters will also display posters during the Poster Sessions, which will feature all accepted abstracts on Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Included in full, daily, or guest registration.

AACC University

AACC University courses are a great option if you don't have the time to attend the full conference. This collection of sessions, held exclusively on Sunday before the official start of the annual scientific meeting, enables participants to catch up on best practices and emerging science without committing to more than one day. As a bonus, AACC University participants are invited to attend the Sunday Plenary Session and the AACC Opening Mixer & Division Event.

Morning: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Full Day: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

AACC University sessions are ticketed events. You can choose between half-day courses in the morning and/or afternoon or a full day course. View fees here.

Special Sessions

A special session at this year’s meeting will explore why it is essential for startups to move carefully when introducing new diagnostic technologies so that the accuracy of clinical laboratory testing is not at risk.

Sunday: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

In AACC’s inaugural Disruptive Technology Award session, diagnostic developers will present data on innovative testing solutions to a panel of expert judges, who will then choose the winning testing solution based on feasibility and performance.

Monday: 4:30 – 6 p.m.