Mass Spectrometry and Separation Sciences for Laboratory Medicine 7th Annual Conference

  • Credit: 9.5 ACCENT Credits and 9.5 CME Credits
  • Date: OCT.5.2017 7:00 AM - OCT.6.2017 1:00 PM
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA

Price: $699.00

Member Price: $449.00

Rating: Member Average


As the menu of clinical mass spec-based applications grows, this technology continues to change the way many laboratories perform their everyday testing. The 7th Annual Mass Spectrometry and Separation Sciences for Laboratory Medicine Conference will highlight the diagnostic contributions of this technology today—from designer drug testing to newborn screening—and will address the promise of integrating mass spec in the near future with clinical and anatomic pathology.

Learning Objective

Attendees ranging from clinical chemistry fellows to lab managers and directors will come away with the ability to:

  • Identify and apply best practices in the use of mass spectrometry testing for patient-centered care.
  • Discuss why mass spec-based laboratory tools are a crucial component of clinical decision making in precision medicine programs. 
  • Consult with and advise clinicians on the use and interpretation of test results from mass spec-based lab tools.
  • Identify and communicate new mass spec-based technologies that are influencing clinical laboratory testing and explain their clinical applications. 

The conference will also feature the solutions and expertise of mass spectrometry manufacturers.

As additional benefits to conference registrants, each will receive an offer to take part in the following:

  • One-on-one discussions with FDA representatives during conference October 5-6th. 15-minute appointments will be made on site.
  • Mass Spectrometry Lab Tours and Workshops at University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, or NMS Labs on October 4th, from 1:00-4:30pm. Invitations by email on September 10. Confirmations will follow. NOTES: Attendees to arrange own travel to/from lab. Attendance is limited.
  • AACC Members: An added 40% off enrollment to the AACC online certificate programs Introductory LC-MS for the Clinical Laboratory and LC-MS/MS Troubleshooting for the Clinical Lab. Receive an email with a discount code along with your conference registrant handouts. (If not a member, join when you register!)

Registration Form 

If you are a Student, Resident or Trainee, please register using the 2017 Mass Spectrometry Conference Registration form.

Mass Spectrometry and Separation Sciences for Laboratory Medicine—7th Annual Conference Registration PDF Form


Please feel free to email AACC customer service at with your questions.

Corporate Support

For information regarding corporate partnership opportunities, please contact Teresa Favero at AACC.

Supported, in part, by a grant from the Arnold O. and Mabel Beckman Foundation.
The foundation supports scientific conferences focused on the interface between laboratory medicine and clinical care, with the goal of facilitating communication and understanding among healthcare professionals involved in patient care.

Program (can be subject to change)


8:00 AM - Start of Conference

Exhibit Hall - Breakfast (Included)

Session Hall – Day 1 Introductory Remarks
Program Chair Victoria Zhang, PhD - Welcome
2017 AACC President Michael Bennett, PhD - AACC overview
2017 College of American Pathologists President Richard Friedberg, MD - CAP/Pathology overview

Session I - Metabolomics
Keynote: Newborn Screening and Metabolomics - Michael Bennett, PhD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Pharmacometabolomics and Pharmacogenetics for Pain Management and Opioid Epidemic – Steven Wong, PhD, Wake Forest University

Session II - Toxicology and Clinical Practices
Plenary: The Opioid Crisis and Other Novel Psychoactive Substances: Laboratory and Toxicological Perspectives - Robert Middleburg, PhD, NMS Labs
Troubleshooting Variance in the Clinical Mass Spectrometry Laboratory: Cases from the Frontlines – Judith Stone, PhD, University of California San Diego
Quality Assurance in Clinical Mass Spectrometry: Best Practices and New Approaches – Lorin Bachman, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

Exhibit Hall - Lunch (Included)

Session III – Lessons From Other –Omics to Clinical Practices
Plenary: Lessons From Genomics That can be Applied in Proteomics Testing - John Pfeifer, MD, Washington University in St. Louis
Refinement of Multiplex Proteomics Assays Using Skyline - Michael MacCoss, PhD, University of Washington
Clinical Quality Control for Multiplex Mass Spectrometry – Stephen Master, MD, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical Center

Session IV - The Current Generation Leading Next Generation Scientists
Plenary: Detection of amyloid plaque burden and other neuropathologic hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease using mass spectrometry - Leslie Shaw, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Next Generation Presenter 1
Next Generation Presenter 2
Next Generation Presenter 3

Exhibit Hall - Networking Reception (Included)

*A Morning and Afternoon Coffee Break will be served in the Exhibit Hall.


Exhibit Hall - Breakfast (Included)

Session Hall – Day 2 Introductory Remarks
Mass Spectrometry and Separation Sciences Division Update - Victoria Zhang, PhD

Session V - New Developments in Clinical Practices
Keynote: Phenotyping for Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine - Nigel Clarke, MD, Quest Diagnostics
Automated LC/MS/MS Bioanalysis for Drugs in Dried Blood Spots and Dried Plasma Spots – Jack Henion, PhD, Q2 Solutions
Total, Free and Bioavailable Testosterone – Yusheng Zhu, PhD, Pennsylvania State University

Session VI - Take us to the Moon Through Targeted MS
Applications of Antibodies for Biology - Hasmik Keshishian, PhD, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
MRM Approach for Targeted Mass Spectrometry - Bruce Wilcox, PhD, Applied Proteomics
FDA Aspects of Targeted Mass Spectrometry - Doug Jeffery, PhD, Food and Drug Administration
Open Forum and Audience Discussions - Henry Rodriguez, PhD, National Cancer Institute

CLOSING REMARKS - Victoria Zhang, PhD, University of Rochester Medical Center

1:00PM - End of Conference

*A Morning Coffee Break will be served in the Exhibit Hall.

Call for Abstracts

If you are a student, fellow or trainee, you can present at this highly regarded event by submitting an abstract for the Next Generation Presentations. The Organizing Committee will select three speakers for 15-minute oral presentations as part of the October 5th educational session. All abstracts on mass spectrometry applications for clinical use are welcome.

AACC is pleased to offer each Next Generation Presenter with a complimentary registration to the conference, 2 nights of room accommodations and a travel stipend.

Abstract Submissions Close: Friday, September 8, 2017

IMPORTANT -- Please follow these instructions for Submitting an Abstract and note that you must create an profile or log in to your existing account to submit.

When submitting, please do not check the box declining presentation. If your abstract is selected, presentation is necessary for acceptance. 

Submit Your Abstract

If you have difficulty creating an account, or if you have forgotten your password, please contact AACC’s Customer Service Department at (202) 857-0717 or for assistance.

Target Audience

This conference is intended for laboratory administrators, directors, and managers; pathologists; clinicians; clinical chemistry students and fellows; and IVD industry professionals who are involved in the evaluation, purchase, validation and/or oversight of clinical mass spectrometry systems.

Continuing Education Credits

ACCENT® credits

AACC designates this activity for a maximum of 9.5 ACCENT® credit hours towards the AACC Clinical Chemist’s Recognition Award. AACC is an approved provider of continuing education (CE) for clinical laboratory scientists licensed in states that require documentation of CE, including California, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia. ACCENT® credit is also recognized by several organizations: AAB, ABCC, ACS, AMT, ASCLS, ASCP, ASM, CAP, IFCC, and NRCC.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ The AACC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AACC Customer Service no later than September 9, 2017. Written cancellations received by this date will qualify for a refund, less a $35 processing fee. Cancellations received after this date will not be eligible for a refund; however, a substitute may attend the conference provided a written notice is faxed or sent via email. Please send cancellation and substitution notices to AACC customer service at (202) 887-5093 (fax) or

Hotel & Travel

This conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City, located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia.

Make your hotel reservation as soon as possible by contacting the hotel (see below for contact information). Identify yourself as an attendee of the AACC Mass Spec Conference program to receive the special rate of $209/night (plus tax, single or double occupancy). This rate is effective until September 9, or until the block of special-rate rooms is sold out.

Make Your Reservation

DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City
237 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 893-1600

This downtown hotel is approximately 9 miles or a 20 minute drive from Philadelphia International Airport (link to view directions).


Mass Spectrometry Workshops (Reservation Only)
Wednesday, October 4, from 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Laboratory, Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania Laboratory, Philadelphia, PA
NMS Labs, Willow Grove, PA

Register by September 9, 2017 for an opportunity to enroll in a mass spectrometry laboratory workshop at a clinical lab site. Workshops are set for the afternoon on October 4th, and transportation is the responsibility of the registrant. Attendance slots are limited. On September 10, conference registrants will be emailed an invitation to reserve a spot on a first-come, first-served basis. Instructions will be sent by email, as will confirmation of reservation, and the workshop agenda.

No slot can be guaranteed or reserved in advance of September 10.

Organizing Committee

Steven W. Cotten, PhD (Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center); R. Brent Dixon, PhD (S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control); Saeed A. Jortani, PhD (University of Louisville School of Medicine); John D. Pfeifer, MD, PhD (Washington University School of Medicine); Steven H. Wong, PhD (Wake Forest University School of Medicine); Program Chair - Y. Victoria Zhang, PhD (University of Rochester Medical Center); Yusheng Zhu, PhD (Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine)

Supported By

Arnold O. and Mabel Beckman Foundation
Hamilton Company
Indigo bioAutomation
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Waters Corporation