Image: Genome editing with CRISPR-Cas9 offers the potential to treat human genetic disease (Photo courtesy of Feng Zhang).
Registration has opened for the 2017 annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, which has promised novel and interesting sessions that will highlight emerging science, practices, and technologies across the spectrum of clinical laboratory medicine.
The 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo will be held in San Diego, CA, USA, from July 30 to August 3. In addition to a strong lineup of plenary speakers, which will be headed by Dr. Jennifer Doudna, professor of chemistry and molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley (USA) – who will be speaking about advances in CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology – there will be a mock courtroom session and two quiz games.
The mock trial session will illustrate the importance of expert witness testimony in resolving litigation associated with toxicology and clinical laboratories. One quiz game will pit the AACC leadership against members of the Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians. The teams will contest various laboratory medicine topics such as oncology and cardiovascular biomarkers, molecular testing, point-of-care testing, therapeutic drug management/toxicology, and over-utilized or outdated tests.
The second quiz game will engage the audience on topics addressing Zika virus, mass spectrometry, antimicrobial resistance, and other infectious disease issues and diagnostic solutions.
A highlight of the conference will be the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE special session. Two participants in this $10 million global competition to develop devices capable of diagnosing at least 13 health conditions and continuously monitoring five vital signs, all with a consumer-friendly interface and weighing no more than five pounds (2.27 kilograms), will present their innovations.
AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo
University of California, Berkeley