Special Events

AACC Divisions, AACC's Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians (SYCL), AACC Academy, and other groups all will host special events at the 71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo. Many of these events require advanced registration and registration fees, and in some cases, registration is limited. You can register for these special events when you register for the meeting.

AACC Opening Mixer & Division Networking Event

Sunday, August 4, 6:45–8 p.m.
Anaheim Convention Center, Grand Plaza (outside the entrance doors)

Supported by Sekisui Diagnostics

AACC’s Opening Mixer is a fun, informal kickoff to the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, offering ample networking and socializing opportunities along with hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Open to anyone with a full conference registration, a Sunday daily registration, or a guest/spouse registration, the Opening Mixer will be held immediately after the opening plenary session. Attendees will also be able to get to know AACC divisions better by meeting with division officers and learning more about the 20 divisions’ activities. This Division Networking Event will also include games and activities with chances to win special prizes.

SYCL Workshop and Mixer

Creating Value From Data: Tools and Strategies to Drive Your Lab Forward

Saturday, August 3, 1–5:30 p.m. (Mixer 6–8 p.m.)
Anaheim Marriott

The 2019 SYCL Workshop will focus on data analytics and the role it plays in the laboratory. Topics to be covered include an overview of how data usage has evolved, quality improvements by using data, different types of lab data management and analysis software, and predictive analytics. The half-day session will also foster group problem-solving activities with practical exercises and case studies.

Attendees will interact with each other and have ample opportunity to ask questions.

The annual SYCL mixer will immediately follow the workshop. Light fare and beverages will be served along with a raffle to raise funds for SYCL Domestic Travel Grants. Donations will be accepted at the door. Enjoy the festive atmosphere at this year’s California Dreamin'-themed networking reception.

Registration: AACC member/non-member, $50. Includes the workshop and mixer.

Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to register early.

AACC Academy Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, August 7, 12-2 p.m.
Hilton Anaheim, Pacific AB

The AACC Academy awards program is supported by Siemens

AACC Academy will celebrate its fellows and their accomplishments during the Academy's Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Luncheon. Academy fellows are invited to attend to learn about the Academy’s activities and hear scientific presentations from the Academy’s award and distinguished abstract recipients.

Registration: AACC member/non-member, $45

24th Annual Management Sciences and Patient Safety Leadership Symposium

Key Strategies for Real Change: Lessons From the Front Lines

Sunday, August 4, 12–1:30 p.m.
Hilton Anaheim, Huntington Room

Supported by BD, Greiner Bio-One and the AACC Management Sciences and Patient Safety Division

Paula Santrach, MD, will be the featured speaker at the 24th Annual Management Sciences and Patient Safety Leadership Symposium. Dr. Santrach is the chief quality officer at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and as Chair of the Clinical Practice Quality Oversight Committee, she oversees and monitors patient care-related quality activities. She also serves as a consultant in Mayo’s Division of Transfusion Medicine. Her interests include hemostatic abnormalities and transfusion therapy in cardiopulmonary bypass surgery, point-of-care testing, perioperative blood salvage, blood utilization practices, and autologous blood practices.

Dr. Santrach received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Her post-graduate training included a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a fellowship in transfusion medicine at the Mayo Clinic. She is certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, and blood banking/transfusion medicine by the American Board of Pathology.

Registration: AACC member/non-member, $20

Annual LVD Division Poster Reception, Dinner Lecture & Awards

Monday, August 5, 5:30–9:30 p.m. 
Anaheim Marriott, Orange Salon 2-4

Supported by the AACC Lipoproteins and Vascular Diseases (LVD) Division

LVD division members are invited to this annual awards celebration and scientific session on current topics in cardiovascular disease. A one-hour reception and poster viewing period will be followed by an awards presentation, a three-course dinner, and a scientific presentation.

Registration: AACC member/non-member, $50

Registration includes a reception, awards presentation, and dinner followed by scientific presentation.

Joint Divisions Luncheon: Implementing Precision Medicine in an Academic Medical Center

Tuesday, August 6, 12–2 p.m.
Anaheim Marriott, Grand E Room

Supported by AACC’s Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology, Molecular Pathology, Personalized Medicine, and Tumor Markers and Cancer Diagnostics Divisions

This talk will include an overview of Penn’s Center for Precision Medicine activities, with particular focus on implementation of precision medicine approaches into routine clinical practice.

Speaker: David B. Roth, MD, PhD, Simon Flexner Professor and Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Director, Penn Center for Precision Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Registration: AACC member/non-member, $15

Mass Spectacular

Tuesday, August 6, 6–8 p.m.
Hilton Anaheim, Pacific D Room

Supported by Agilent, MSACL, SCIEX, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waters Corporation, and the AACC Mass Spectrometry and Separation Sciences (MSSS) and Proteomics and Metabolomics Divisions

Join us for a reception and networking with MSSS and Proteomics and Metabolomics Division members and affiliates.

Registration: AACC member/non-member, $10

Nutrition Division Symposium

Signatures of Steatohepatitis: Potential Biomarkers and Therapeutic Targets

Tuesday, August 6, 6–9:30 p.m.
Anaheim Marriott, Platinum 8 Room

Supported by the AACC Nutrition Division

This session will discuss the discovery of novel biomarkers, molecular targets, and therapeutic strategies for steatohepatitis, a hepatic disorder characterized by hepatocellular injury and inflammation that may further progress to both cirrhosis and end-stage liver disease. The hepatic disorders associated with steatohepatitis are projected to become the most common indications for liver transplantation. The prevalence of both non-alcoholic and alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH and ASH) is rapidly increasing worldwide. Although liver biopsy is the gold standard for diagnosis and monitoring liver injury, there is a great demand for reliable non-invasive biomarkers, as well as novel therapeutic targets.

Irina A. Kirpich, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Registration: AACC member/non-member, $20

17th Annual Point-of-Care Coordinators Forum

Point-of-Care Testing: From Research to the Clinical Setting

Thursday, August 8, 7:30–10 a.m.
Anaheim Convention Center, Ballroom E

Supported by Abbott, Abbott Diagnostics, Instrumentation Laboratory (IL), MediaLab Inc., Nova Biomedical, TELCOR, Whitehat, and the AACC Critical and Point-of-Care Testing Division

The process to take a product from research and development through to market will be explored, including the legal and regulatory issues that must be navigated during that process. Challenges point-of-care coordinators and staff face when implementing new products will be discussed, along with how to work more effectively with vendor partners. Learn more.

Registration: AACC member/non-member, $20