A new literary tool is at your fingertips to help you discover and adopt new solutions to patient health problems. AACC in mid-2016 plans to unveil The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine: An AACC Publication (JALM), an international, peer-reviewed publication which will highlight applied research on important clinical laboratory topics, and provide commentary on topics related to clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine.

JALM aims to expand on cutting-edge research by focusing on applied laboratory medicine studies, and provide a forum for discussing policy and regulatory issues relevant to laboratory medicine. The journal also plans to consider submissions on laboratory methods, management, best practices, and appropriate test utilization. In fact, JALM already is accepting submissions. Interested authors should contact the JALM editorial office at jalm@aacc.org.

As JALM’s editor-in-chief, former AACC president Robert Christenson, PhD, DABCC, FACB, will be playing a key role in its launch, working with AACC staff to prepare for the first issue’s release in the second quarter of 2016. Christenson is clinical director of core laboratories and medical director of point-of-care services at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and brings to this role in-depth knowledge of the translational research that JALM will feature.

Christenson also has extensive experience as an editor of and contributor to scientific literature, serving on editorial boards and as a reviewer for medical publications, including AACC’s flagship journal, Clinical Chemistry. In addition, for two decades, Christenson served in various editorial capacities with the journal Clinical Biochemistry.

Over his 5-year term, he will guide JALM’s efforts “to drive progress in clinical testing and patient care by highlighting applied laboratory medicine studies at the forefront of the field,” according to a statement issued by AACC.

“I am honored that AACC has selected me to serve as editor-in-chief for The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine,” said Christenson. “I have many ideas on how to develop the journal into an evidence-based, reliable, and valuable resource for healthcare professionals seeking to share or learn about the latest translational laboratory medicine research. Working collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary board of editors, I will commit myself to ensuring the journal provides high quality insights into important clinical issues.”