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Jan. 12, 2012
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New Leader Selected for AACC
AACC is pleased to announce that Ms. Lana Vukovljak will become the next Executive Vice President on February 27, 2012. Ms. Vukovljak previously served as the CEO of the American Association of Diabetes Educators where she led efforts to improve global outreach and increase recognition with federal and other non-profit organizations. More.

The Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Nori Jones, AACC Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President of Finance and Administration, as interim EVP from January 1 to February 26, 2012.

W. Greg Miller Takes His Place as AACC President
W. Greg Miller, PhD, DABCC, FACB, has assumed the AACC presidency for a 12-month term. Dr. Miller has been an active member of the association since 1974 and was awarded the AACC Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine in 2007. More.

Other individuals assuming their posts are:

President-Elect: Robert H. Christenson, PhD, DABCC, FACB

Secretary: Elizabeth Frank, PhD

Board of Directors: Steven C. Kazmierczak, PhD, DABCC, FACB and Lori J. Sokoll, PhD, FACB

Top 5 Most Viewed CLN Articles in 2011
In 2011, Clinical Laboratory News covered an array of hot topics affecting the clinical lab community. Here’s a list of the most viewed articles.
  1. A New Approach to Quality Control
  2. Diabetes Direction
  3. The Three Year Outlook for Diagnostics
  4. Proficiency Testing: Making the Grade
  5. Big Changes Coming to Molecular Dx Reimbursement

Are You Eligible for the AACC Clinical Chemist’s Recognition Award?
Deadline: January 31

This award honors AACC members who have demonstrated outstanding attendance at accredited continuing education activities.

Applications for Doctoral Certification
Deadline: April 1

The American Board of Clinical Chemistry offers certification in clinical chemistry, toxicological chemistry, and molecular diagnostics. Applications for the July exam are due |April 1.

Call for Abstracts: CPOCT International Symposium in Prague
Deadline: May 1

Abstracts are invited in the following categories:
  • Benefits and outcomes of tight glycemic protocols in critical care patients
  • Understanding the sources of error and limitations in POCT
  • POCT beyond the hospital
  • Developing effective strategies to achieve quality POCT results
  • New technologies in POCT
Promoting a Culture of Quality and Consistency in Critical and Point-of-Care Testing.
October 4-6, 2012
Prague, The Czech Republic.
Sponsored by the AACC CPOCT Division in cooperation with CSKB, EFCC, and IFCC.

Accuri Cytometers

Get the New Version of Lab Tests Online-Mobile Now
Six months after the successful launch of the mobile version of its award-winning website, AACC has launched version 2 of the Lab Tests Online app for Apple iOS devices and Android devices, including the Kindle Fire. Visit the iTunes, Android, or Amazon stores to learn what’s new in this major upgrade, as well as to download the app. This upgrade is free for owners of version 1.

Traditional Risk Factors for CVD Prevention
In this week’s NACBLOG, Bill Winter, PhD, reflects on findings of the National Lipid Association’s expert panel as reported in AACC’s November 2011 issue of Strategies. Dr. Winter notes that not all patients with cardiovascular disease have a lipid disorder, but 80%—90% of people with CVD have one or more traditional risk factors. What is the best approach to predicting and preventing a multifactorial disease such as atherosclerosis?

Join the conversation.

First Announcement: Webinar on Biomarkers of Heart Failure
This is second of 12 programs in AACC’s “High-Value Tests for High-Impact Diseases” webinar series. During this program, AACC President-elect, Robert Christenson, PhD, will describe how clinicians are currently using markers such as BNP and NT-proBNP to diagnose risk-stratify and manage heart failure patients. Dr. Christenson will also provide an update on other markers used in heart failure diagnosis and management, including mid-region proADM and galectin-3.

Biomarkers of Heart Failure: Current Status and Future Promise-2012
February 14 from 2-3 p.m. EST

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Clinical Lab Strategies

Bio-Rad Laboratories

Assessing Diabetic Ketoacidosis in the Emergency Department
Venous Blood Gas and Serum Chemistry Electrolyte Results Comparable

To listen to a podcast of this issue, click here.

Qualiris by Stago
Qualiris by Stago is a web-based External Quality Assessment program used to provide enhanced confidence for your hemostasis testing. Qualiris provides peer-group, result comparisons from a global to a local level. Stago’s dedicated experts are available 24/7 to help interpret your results. For more information on Qualiris visit www.stago-us.com.

Government Affairs


Joint Commission Seeking Comments on National Patient Safety Goal

Bipartisan Plan Would Allow Medicare Competition

Senators Promote Device Safety

FDA Releases Substantial Equivalence Guidance

SurModics Introduces Two New Products

SurModics® Assay Diluent (Protein Free)
-Reduces matrix interferences, such as HAMA and RF
-Incorporates easily into your assay format
-Provides a protein-free alternative
-Reduces false positive results
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BioFX® TMB Enhanced HRP Membrane Substrate

-Room temperature stability for 2 years
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Looking for a Vitamin D Control?

Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc.
introduces an assayed, tri-level Vitamin D Control containing clinically relevant levels of Vitamin D. This control includes 25(OH)Vitamin D2 and 25(OH)Vitamin D3. MORE

Annual Meeting News

AACC Annual Meeting 2012
July 15–19
Los Angeles, Calif.

Preview the 2012 Program

Submit Your Abstract Today
Deadline: February 27

The 2012 Annual Meeting Organizing Committee invites submissions of abstracts for the poster sessions. Accepted abstracts will be published in the abstract supplement of Clinical Chemistry in October, 2012.

Attention SYCL Members—Domestic Travel Grants
Deadline: February 27

Take this opportunity to apply for a 2012 SYCL Domestic Travel Grant worth $2,000 to attend the annual meeting. Application instructions are online and questions can be directed to Michele Horwitz.

Announcing a New Member Benefit, First Choice of Housing
We want our members to have the first choice of hotels in Los Angeles. That’s why we are giving members exclusive access to our housing service before anyone else. If you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, book your hotel now to ensure that your first choice is available. This is a new benefit for 2012! Member-exclusive access will be available until March 31st.

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Membership News

Announcing Research Grant Opportunities
Deadline: March 15

Applications are being accepted for research grants. Each $5,000 grant is for the 2011-2012 year.
General Research Grant
Critical & Point-of-Care Testing Research Grant
Supported by the
Van Slyke Foundation and the Critical & Point-of-Care Testing Division

Paradigm 3 Quality Control Software

Manage your regulatory compliance system utilizing our Paradigm software. It can be completely managed by the end user with no consulting or IT involvement. Email sales@interaxgrp.com or visit wwww.interaxgrp.com

Events and Meetings

i.C3™ Download • Acknowledge • Access Control
The new i.C3 user interface from Helmer offers constant temperature monitoring, downloading, and access control on i.Series Refrigerators and Freezers via a door-mounted, full-color touchscreen. More info

An Update on Clinical Applications for Vitamin D Assays
January 26 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST

Body Fluid Testing in the Clinical Laboratory
February 8 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST

The Role of Biomarkers of Inflammation in Cardiovascular Disease-2012
March 13 from 2-3 p.m. EDT

44th Annual Oak Ridge Conference
Emerging Technologies for 21st Century Clinical Diagnostics

April 19-20, 2012 in San José, Calif.

Molecular Pathology: Principles in Clinical Practice-2012
May 7-8, 2012 in Chicago, Ill.

Ambient Stable Controls and Reagents

The only completely synthetic matrix used to replace HAS/BSA or human urine. Use for over 30 years. These products are RT stable, no lot to lot variation. More.

From the AACC Store

Select Titles Available from the AACC Store

Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics, 5th Edition
Edited by Carl A. Burtis, Edward R. Ashwood, and David E. Bruns
Product ID 6812

Linne & Ringsrud’s Clinical Laboratory Science: The Basics and Routine Techniques, 6th Edition
Mary Louise Turgeon
Product ID 6282

Mosby’s Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference, 10th Edition
Kathleen Deska Pagana and Timothy J. Pagana
Product ID 6266

Twin Power Solenoid Valve Technology

Burkert’s NEW Type 6624 combines the consistent reliability and industry proven Rocker principle with a highly innovative new actuator. The TwinPower concept of this actuator reduces the size greatly with increased performance on a smaller profile. More.

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49 New CAP Products for 2012
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• DigitalScope™—a new way of viewing whole slide images
• Expanded Program Series—5 new educational exercises that offer more challenging or complex testing
• 7 new Competency Programs developed for added education and periodic competency assessment
• Quality Management Tools—6 new programs to track performance measures

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