Thousands of healthcare professionals integral to the fight against COVID-19 gather at the 2021 AACC annual scientific meeting to share their knowledge on the pandemic |


ATLANTA, September 30, 2021 / PRNewswire / – At the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting and Clinical Laboratory Expo 2021, September 26-30, the AACC was proud to welcome thousands of laboratory medicine professionals, all of whom have been on the front lines of COVID-19 testing. The meeting gave the laboratory medicine community a well-deserved opportunity to come together safely and in person to share the lessons learned from the pandemic to date and to find out what lies on the horizon for diagnosis. and the treatment of COVID-19.

From Wednesday September 29, nearly 7,500 people had registered for the meeting. Through months of health and safety planning by AACC members, staff and partners, all participants enjoyed the unparalleled benefits of an in-person meeting, while feeling confident in be safe on the meeting campus. Other participants are expected today, the last day of the conference.

“I am delighted to have had the opportunity to have an annual in-person meeting,” said Khushbu Patel, PhD, director of clinical chemistry at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia cream. “The ability to network and make meaningful connections with colleagues could only happen at such an event. I had a great time meeting old and new friends at the meeting.”

The participants were treated to an incredible program of educational sessions, including five plenary lectures presented by scientific luminaries. In the opening speech, Regina Barzilay, PhD, winner of the 2021 AACC Wallace H. Coulter Lecture Award, described how her experiences as a cancer patient have led her to recognize the treasure trove of patient data that is not fully utilized, and how she is using artificial intelligence to change that.

Monday’s plenary speaker, Marguerite Liu, MD, DSchc, MDhs, FISV, discussed the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and our efforts to combat it, stressing that COVID-19 countermeasures must continue to adapt rapidly to the evolution of the virus. During the plenary session on Tuesday, Bonnie ramsey, MD, recounted her scientific journey in developing a therapy for cystic fibrosis known as CFTR modulators, and Caley Mauch, a cystic fibrosis survivor, explained to participants how these modulators changed her life. Wednesday, Holden thorp, PhD, editor-in-chief of Science family of journals, gave its unique perspective on the effects of the pandemic on the scientific workforce and the ability to build public confidence in science. And in today’s closing speech, Wilbur A. Lam, MD, PhD, discussed microsystem-based COVID-19 diagnostics, as well as his own lab’s recent advancements in miniaturization of diagnostic platforms.

The AACC Clinical Lab Expo 2021 showcased revolutionary technology from all disciplines of laboratory medicine. Although this year’s Expo was smaller than usual, the AACC was pleased that the exhibitor / attendee ratio was comparable to previous years. Overall, the Expo has once again proven to be a valuable way for IVD companies to educate laboratory medicine professionals about the latest diagnostic technologies, in areas ranging from COVID-19 testing mass spectrometry and automation.

Jean Sperzel, Chairman and CEO of T2Biosystems said: “Laboratory medicine and diagnostic testing have taken center stage and attendees at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting have been very engaged. We commend the leaders of the AACC for their efforts to maintain a safe environment for all participants.

For those who were unable to attend all the sessions they were interested in on-site, the plenary and other selected scientific sessions and abstracts will be available for viewing on demand via November, 1st on the AACC digital meeting platform. The press can register for digital access here, and members of the general public can register here.

“The AACC 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting and Clinical Laboratory Exhibition was not only a great showcase for the latest innovations in diagnostics, it was also a testament to the strength and perseverance of the people behind these innovations. Said the CEO of AACC. Mark J. Golden. “It took an extraordinary effort to ensure that this meeting could take place safely and in person. At AACC, we are so proud of the way the laboratory medicine community has come together for this event, and we look forward to seeing even more community at next year’s conference.

The AACC 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting and Clinical Laboratory Exhibition will be held at Chicago of July 24-28, 2022.

About the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting and Clinical Laboratory Exhibition

The AACC Annual Scientific Meeting provided 5 days filled with opportunities to learn about the exciting science of September 26-30. Plenary sessions explored COVID-19 vaccines and the evolution of the virus, research lessons learned from the pandemic, artificial intelligence in the clinic, miniaturization of diagnostic platforms and improvements in cystic fibrosis treatments.

At the AACC Clinical Lab Expo, more than 400 exhibitors filled the Georgia World Congress Center show in Atlanta with displays of the latest diagnostic technologies including, but not limited to, COVID-19 testing, artificial intelligence, mobile health, molecular diagnostics, mass spectrometry, point of care and automating.

About AACC

Dedicated to improving health through laboratory medicine, AACC brings together more than 50,000 clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, researchers and business leaders from around the world focused on clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, mass spectrometry, translational medicine, laboratory management and others. areas of progress in laboratory science. Since 1948, the AACC has strived to advance common interests in the field, delivering programs that advance scientific collaboration, knowledge, expertise and innovation. For more information visit

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