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Mass Spectrometry and Separation Sciences for Laboratory Medicine 8th Annual Conference

  • Credit: 9.5 ACCENT Credits
  • Date: OCT.4.2018 7:00 AM - OCT.5.2018 1:00 PM
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA USA

Price: $699.00

Member Price: $449.00


The 8th Annual Mass Spectrometry and Separation Sciences for Laboratory Medicine Conference will engage laboratory scientists, from trainees in clinical chemistry to laboratory directors and pathologists, on current and future clinical applications for mass spectrometry. Expert scientists, scholars, and clinical professionals will share their practical expertise in applying this platform in day-to-day clinical practices, highlight the diagnostic contributions of this technology to patient care today, and address its promising integration in the very near future with clinical and anatomic pathology. Best practices for using these powerful analytical tools will also be addressed from the technical, clinical, and regulatory perspectives.

This conference will prepare attendees 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 new mass spec-based technologies that are influencing clinical laboratory testing and explain their clinical applications.

Corporate Support

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.

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

Call for Abstracts - Next Generation Presentations

If you are a Student, Fellow or Trainee in laboratory medicine, submit an abstract for the Next Generation Presentations. (An AACC login is required to submit - if you do not have an existing login, this is free to create on AACC.org)

Abstracts on mass spectrometry applications for clinical use are welcome and may be selected for oral presentations. Note that the purpose of this call for abstracts is not to display a poster but to be considered for a 20 minute speaking slot in the program. There will be up to three speaking slots awarded.

AACC will offer each selected Next Generation Presenter with a complimentary registration to the conference, up to 2 nights of lodging at the conference hotel, and a travel stipend.

Abstract submission deadline extended to: Thursday, August 30, 2018

If an abstract is selected for a talk, authors will be notified by AACC staff no later than Sept 5, 2018.

Conference Program

Program is subject to change.

Oct 3 Wednesday

1:00 - 4:00pm Pre-conference Clinical Lab Tours and Workshops (Itineraries)

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Palmieri Metabolic Disease Laboratory
    • Welcome and introduction (M. Bennett, PhD)
    • Mass spectrometry in the field of glycomics (M. He, MD)
    • Lab tour
    • Big data from mass spectrometry (S. Master, MD)
    • GC-MS as still a useful tool (M. Bennett, PhD)
  • University of Pennsylvania Hospital - Toxicology Laboratory, Dept. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
    • Welcome and introduction (L. Shaw, PhD)
    • Implementation history and overview of mass spectrometry in the Toxicology Laboratory at UPenn (L. Shaw, PhD)
    • Pain Management drug testing in the Toxicology Laboratory at UPenn (M. Milone, MD PhD)
    • Lab visit and tour, overview of HPLC/MSMS (J. Gardiner, MS, T. Le, MS, K. Chauchan, BS, and staff)
  • Temple University Proteomics and Metabolomics Lab - Temple University School of Pharmacy
    • Welcome (C. Barrero, MD)
    • Proteomics overview
    • Targeted Metabolomics overview
    • Lab visit and tour
  • NMS Labs*
    • Welcome and introduction (R. Middleberg, PhD)
    • The Role of the Clinical Laboratory in a Public Health and Safety Crisis - The Administrative Response
    • The Role of the Clinical Laboratory in a Public Health and Safety Crisis - The Analytical Response
    • The Center for Forensic Science and Research - Overview and Programs
    • Divided lab tours
    • Note*: The workshop location is in Willow Grove, PA. A complimentary shuttle service and lunch will be provided for this workshop, courtesy of NMS Labs. Due to incorporating travel time to/from NMS Labs, this workshop have a longer itinerary.

Limited seating. On August 31, registered conference attendees will receive an invitation email to RSVP. Transportation to/from events will be responsibility of attendees. Time and duration may vary slightly.

Oct 4 Thursday

7:00 am Breakfast (Ormandy Hall East)

8:00 am Opening Remarks

  • Program Chair, Victoria Zhang, PhD, University of Rochester
  • AACC President, Dennis Dietzen, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine

Session 1: Personalized/Precision Medicine and Metabolomics

  • Targeted Metabolomic Profiling of Maternal-Fetal and Pediatric Pathology - Dennis Dietzen, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Clinical Mass Spectrometry for Optimizing Cancer Therapy - William Clarke, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
  • Mass Spectrometry for Precision Medicine: A Penn Experience in Metabolomics and TDM - Ping Wang, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Session 2: Toxicology and Innovative Clinical Practices

  • Rational Pharmacometabolomics and Pharmacogenomics for Pain Management and Opioid Addiction - Steven Wong, PhD, Wake Forest University
  • Mass Spectrometry-based Detection of Newly Emerging Psychoactive Drugs - Kenichi Tamama, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • You're Doing it Wrong: Rethinking the Application of Available Mass Spectrometry Technologies for Toxicology - Frederick Strathmann, PhD, NMS Labs

12:00 pm Lunch (Ormandy Hall East)

Session 3: Bringing Next Generation Clinical Mass Spectrometry to Next Generation Scientists

  • Advancing Microsampling for Next Generation Diagnostics - Russell Grant, PhD, LabCorp
  • Next Generation Presenter 1
  • Next Generation Presenter 2
  • Next Generation Presenter 3

Session 4: Harvesting Pearls for Clinical Mass Spectrometry

  • Troubleshooting for Mass Spectrometry - Brian Rappold, LabCorp
  • LC-MS/MS Laboratory Developed Tests: A New York State Reviewer's Perspective - Zhimin (Tim) Cao, PhD, NY State Department of Health
  • Disruptive Clinical Applications of Mass Spectrometry - Panel Discussion

5:00 pm Networking Reception (Ormandy Hall East)

Oct 5 Friday

7:00 AM Breakfast (Ormandy Hall East)

8:00 AM Industry Perspective with Thermo Fisher

Session 5: Tissue Imaging for Next Generation Clinical Mass Spectrometry

  • Imaging Mass Spectrometry: Molecular Microscopy for the New Age - Richard Caprioli, PhD & Jeremy Norris, PhD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • CAP Checklist for Tissue Imaging - Frank Schneider MD, Emory University
  • FDA Overview of the Process for Clearance and Approval of Mass Spectrometry-based In vitro Diagnostic Devices - Doug Jeffery, PhD, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Session 6: Proteomics - A Landing for the "Cancer Moonshot"

  • The Increasingly Important Role of Proteoforms in Human Health and Disease - Neil Kelleher, PhD, Northwestern University
  • Clinical Proteomics: A Thyglobulin Case Study - Andrew Hoofnagle, MD, PhD, University of Washington
  • Integrated Cancer Research and International Data Sharing-Cancer Moonshot Activities - Henry Rodriguez, MBA, MS, PhD, National Institutes of Health

12:10pm Closing Remarks


Hotel Information

The conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City, in the heart of downtown and close to restaurants, theaters, and local attractions.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

237 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107

Make your room reservation by contacting the hotel at 1(800) 222-8733 and identify yourself as an attendee of the AACC Mass Spectrometry Conference to receive the special room rate of $209/night (plus tax, single or double occupancy). You may also make online reservations directly with the conference hotel here. This rate is effective until September 12, 2018 or until the special rate rooms are sold out.

Registration Form

We regret that Trainee Member registration is not able to be processed online. Trainee Members, please use a registration form to obtain the trainee $295 registration rate. (PDF format)

Obtaining Your Employer's Support

Are you interested in attending the conference but unsure how to persuade your employer to fund your participation? A few simple steps that you can take to prepare a request to your employer can include (1) pinpointing the biggest challenges that your lab or organization faces, particularly those that relate directly to your position; (2) identify sessions or lectures that address the issues you're facing; (3) create a succinct proposal for your boss that explains why sending you to this conference will benefit your organization and the role you serve; (4) include a formal request by letter - we've written a Request for approval to attend AACC Mass Spec Conference 2018 Philadelphia for your needs; and (5) offer to hold a post-conference briefing with relevant lab staff to share what you learned and the resources obtained, and develop a strategy for putting this new knowledge into action.

Organizing Committee

Committee Chair: Victoria Zhang, PhD, Vice Chair Clinical Enterprise Strategy, University of Rochester Medical Center 

A Khan Committee Member: Adil Khan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology,Temple University and Episcopal Hospitals

R Middleberg Committee Member: Robert Middleberg, PhD, Laboratory Director and Senior Vice President Quality Assurance, NMS Labs

S Wong Committee Member: Steven Wong, PhD, Professor of Pathogy, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Continuing Education

The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

ACCENT® credit hours will also be available. ACCENT® credit is accepted in all states where documentation for continuing education is required, including the following states: California, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AACC Customer Service no later than September 14, 2018. 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 custserv@aacc.org.


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