Southern California Local Section Events

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May 14, 2024

4:30 - 8:00 PM PST

"Sepsis: Laboratory Medicine's Collaborative Role in Risk Stratification, Early Detection, and Positive Patient Outcomes"
Octavia M. Peck Palmer
ADLM President
Division Director, Clinical Chemistry
Vice Chair of Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Associate Professor of Pathology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

The Cafe Conference Room at Quest Diagnostics
8411 Fallbrook Avenue
West Hills, CA 91304

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March 19, 2024

4:00 - 8:30 PM PST

"Advancements in Traumatic Brain Assessment"
Leslie Saxon, MD
Executive Director, USC Center for Body Computing
Professor, Medicine, Clinical Scholar
Keck School of Medicine, USC

"Point of Care Connectivity and the Importance of Post-Analytical Efficiency"
Omai Garner, PhD, D(ABMM)
Section Chief, Clinical Microbiology
Director, Point of Care Testing
Vice Chair, Clinical Laboratory Affairs
Division Chief, Laboratory Medicine
Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

City Club Los Angeles
555 S Flower Street 
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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September 19, 2023

5:00 - 9:00 PM PST

"Breaking the Condom: Reducing Barriers too STI Testing Access"
Barbara Van Der Pol, PhD, MPH
Professor of Medicine & Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham

222 E Huntington Dr
Suite 100
Monrovia, CA 91016

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May 16, 2023

5:00 - 9:00 PM PST

"Challenges in the detection and diagnosis of HIV with increasing use of antiretroviral treatment and prevention: Lessons from donated blood screening"
Brian Custer, PhD, MPH
Vitalant Research Institute and UCSF

"High Sensitivity Troponin-l Test Implementation: A Survival Guide"
Janetta Bryksin, PhD, DABCC, FADLM
Emory University Hospital

City Club Los Angeles
555 Flower St.
51st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Registration and parking information is included in the Program Information flyer

March 21, 2023

6:00 - 8:30 PM PST

"Biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases: Current Challenges and Future Trends"
Laura Parnas, PhD, DABCC, FADLM
Roche Diagnostics Corporation

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John Stauffer A & B
4650 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

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January 17, 2023

5:00 - 9:00 PM PST

“Mass Spectrometry in Microbiology - A radical shift for clinical laboratories”
Cristina Costales, MD
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

“Assessment of a 60 protein biomarker health surveillance panel (HSP) on whole blood from remote sampling devices by targeted LC-MRM-MS and DIA analysis”
Stephen Whelan, PhD
Cedars-Sinai Precision Biomarker Laboratories

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Phenomenex Building 8 Conference Room
570 Madrid Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501

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November 15, 2022

5:00 - 6:30 PM PST

Improving Clinical Laboratory Operational Performance through Data Analytics
ADLM President Shannon Haymond, PhD, DABCC, FADLM

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March 22, 2022

5:00 - 6:30 PM PST

Big Data and AI in Laboratory Medicine: Progress and Challenges
ADLM President Stephen R. Master, MD, PhD

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January 21, 2019


Mass Spectrometry's Worst Kept Secret, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Separations
Alan Rockwood, PhD, DABCC
University of Utah School of Medicine (Emeritus)

The Whole Immune Picture With Universal Serology - Cancer, Autoimmunity, Infection, and More From a Single Universal Assay
Patrick Daugherty, PhD
CSO, Serimmune Inc.

570 Madrid Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
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This event is free thanks to generous support from Phenomenex.

January 15, 2019

Beyond the Clinical Laboratory Director: Careers for Clinical Chemists
Carmen Wiley, PhD, DABCC, FADLM
Chief Clinical Officer
Veravas, Inc.

Sepsis as a Critical Concern in the Laboratory
Thomas K. Bane, PhD, PPM
Global Medical & Scientific Affairs
Beckman Coulter Diagnostics

Beckman Coulter, Inc.
250 S Kraemer Blvd
Brea, CA 92821


September 29

Albert Nichols Symposium: Precision Oncology: Diagnosis and Treatment Advances
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In Honor of Dr. Nichols, Mrs. Tricia Nichols and the Nichols Trust are sponsoring the 2nd annual Albert Nichols Symposium (ANS) organized by the Southern California Section of Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (formerly AACC).

January 16

Detecting Child Abuse and Neglect with Laboratory Medicine
Dennis Dietzen, PhD, 2018 ADLM President

High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin - A Test That Offers High Expectations for Laboratories, Clinicians and Patients
Peter Kavsak, PhD


October 7

Albert Nichols Symposium


January 19

What Leads to Type-2 Diabetes?
Peter Butler, MD
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center

Pediatric Reference Intervals
Patricia Jones, PhD, DABCC
Director, Chemistry and Metabolic Disease Lab
Children's Medical Center, Dallas TX

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November 17

Clinical Toxicology And The Emergency Department: Partners in Poisoning
Robert L. Fitzgerald, Ph.D
Director of Toxicology and Associate Director of Clinical Chemistry
UC San Diego

What Is This LDT Thing All About? (And Who Will Make The Final Decision?)
Steven R. Binder
Senior Director of Technology Development
Bio-Rad Laboratories

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Speaker's Presentation

September 15

What Element is Atomic Number 26 and What Happens If You are Deficient?
William E. Winter, MD
Professor of Pathology and Pediatrics
University of Florida

Adventures in Clinical Genomics
Wayne W. Grody, MD, PhD
Professor in the Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics, and Human Genetics
UCLA School of Medicine

CE Credit Available

March 24

Circulating BioMarkers in Alzheimer's Disease
Raj Pandian, PhD
Director of Scientific Affairs, Pan Laboratories

The Case of Uncertain Quality
David Koch, PhD
President, ADLM Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Emory University/Grady Memorial Hospital

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January 20

When and Why FAT Becomes Trouble?
Zhaoping Li, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Medicine,
Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition at UCLA

Salivary Biomarkers for Oral & Systemic Disease Detection
David Wong, D.M.D., D.M.Sc.
Felix & Mildred Yip Professor, Associate Dean of Research, Director of UCLA Center for Oral/Head & Neck Oncology Research

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November 18

MALDI-TOF MS in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

Jennifer Dien Bard, PhD, D(ABMM), FCCM
Director, Microbiology, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology, Keck School of Medicine of USC

MassArray - a High-Throughput Multiplex Solution for Targeted Somatic Mutation Profiling
Anders Nygren, PhD
Director of R&D, Agena Bioscience

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September 16

Facilitating the Laboratory Diagnosis of Alpha 1-Antitrypsin Deficiency

Dina Greene, Ph.D. DABCC
Scientific Director, Chemistry
Regional Laboratories
Northern California the Permanente Medical Group

Immunogenicity Testing in Biopharmaceutical Development
Michael Moxness, Ph.D, DABCC
Scientific Director of Clinical Immunology, Amgen

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May 20

Sports Drug Testing Laboratories: Catching the DopersDr. Anthony Butch, Ph.D. DABCC, FACB, MT(ASCP)
Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine
Director of UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory

Pharmacogenetic Testing in Clinical Practice: Current State of The Art, Evidence for Utility and Future Directions
Dr. Naissan Hussainzada, Ph.D
Director of Pharmacogenetic Testing Clinical Strategy
Millennium Laboratories
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy
University of Maryland, Baltimore

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April 10

Southern California ADLM/Thermo Fisher Clinical Biochemistry Conference on ProcalcitoninHoliday Inn Torrance
19800 S. Vermont, Torrance, CA, 90502

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March 18

Toxicology! Because What You Don't Know Can Kill YouAlan Wu, Ph.D., DABCC
Professor of Lab Medicine at UC San Francisco
Chief of Clinical Chemistry Laboratory at San Francisco General Hospital

Single Molecule Array(SIMOA™) for Ultra-high Sensitivity Detection of Biomarkers
Bryan Klekota, Ph.D.
Business Development Manager
Quanterix-Lexington, MA

Hotel Irvine-Jamboree Center
17900 Jamboree Road
Irvine, California, USA, 926144:00 – 5:30 PM Board Meeting
5:30 – 6:00 PM Mixer
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 PM Speakers

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January 21

Pharmacogenomics & Pharmacometabolomics For Personalized MedicineSteven H. Wong, Ph.D.
ADLM President
Professor of Pathology & Director Clinical Chemistry & Toxicology
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

ADLM Headquarters Report
Janet Kreizman
Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (formerly AACC) (AAAC)

Beckman Coulter, Inc
250 So. Kraemer Blvd
Brea, CA 928214:00 – 5:00 PM Board Meeting
5:00 – 6:00 PM Mixer
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 PM Speakers

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November 19

Southern California Section MeetingMolecular Profiles of Lung Cancer: New Strategies for Detection, Prediction, and Treatment
Lee Goodglick, Ph.D., MBA
Professor – Dept. Pathology, Assistant Director - UCLA CA Nanosystems Inst.,
Co-Director, UCLA EDRN
UCLA School of Medicine

Salivary Biomarkers for Detection of Oral & Systemic Disease
David Wong, DMD, DMSc
Professor - Felix & Mildred and Associate Dean of Research
UCLA School of Dentistry

411 Madrid Ave
Torrance, CA, 905014:00 – 5:00 PM Tour of Phenomenex
4:00 – 5:00 PM Board Meeting
5:00 – 6:00 PM Poster Session/Mixer
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 PM Speakers

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Abstract Submission Information

Abstracts Deadline: November 8, 2013

September 17

The Landscape of Next Generation Sequencing; Challenges and Opportunities for the Clinical LabJamie Platt, PhD
Scientific Director, Advanced Sequencing
Quest Diagnostics

Biomarkers in Prostate Cancer
Monet N. Sayegh, MD
Senior Clinical / Medical Consultant
Siemens Healthcare DX

Kaiser Permanente Regional Reference Laboratories
11668 Sherman Way
North Hollywood, CA, 916054:00 – 5:30 PM Board Meeting
5:30 – 6:00 PM Mixer
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 PM Speakers

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May 21

Southern California Section Meeting Holiday Inn LA Intl Airport
9901 La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

David F. Schaffner Ph.D., M.T. (ASCP)
Medical Affairs Manager
Beckman Coulter, Inc.

Charles Strom M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.M.G., H.C.L.D.
Senior Medical Director, Genetics
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute4:00 – 5:30 PM Board Meeting
5:30 – 6:00 PM Mixer
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 PM Speakers

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March 19

Southern California Section MeetingBeckman Coulter, Inc,
250 S. Kraemer Blvd
Brea, CA 92821

Robert H. Christenson, Ph.D.
President of ADLM
Professor of Pathology and Professor of Medical and Research Technology
University of Maryland Medical Center

Gary L. Myers, Ph.D., FACB
Interim CEO of ADLM
Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (formerly AACC)
4:00 – 5:00 PM Board Meeting
5:00 – 6:00 PM Mixer
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 PM Speakers

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January 15

Southern California Section MeetingHoliday Inn Los Angeles International Airport
9901 La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Raj Pandian, Ph.D.
Senior Laboratory Director-Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute

Ruben Bonilla Guerrero, MD, DABMG, FACMG
Director, Clinical Biochemical Genetics-Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute4:00 – 5:00 PM Board Meeting
5:30 – 6:00 PM Mixer
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 PM Speakers

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