John Savory, PhD

In July 2023, we changed our name from AACC (short for the American Association for Clinical Chemistry) to the Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (ADLM). The following page was written prior to this rebranding and contains mentions of the association’s old name. It may contain other out-of-date information as well.

984 AACC Lectureship Award

John Savory won the 1984 annual lectureship award for the annual meeting in Washington, DC.

1983 Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry

John Savory will receive the 32nd AACC Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry through Research. The award is sponsored by the Ames Co.

Dr. Savory was born in Lancashire, England, in 1936. He received a B.Sc. honors degree in chemistry (1958) and the Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry (1961) from the University of Durham, England.

He trained in clinical chemistry at the University of Washington, Seattle, from 1964–66 under the direction of Dr. Alex Kaplan. From 1966–72 he was director of clinical chemistry and microscopy at the University of Florida College of Medicine, where he held the academic appointments of instructor, assistant professor, and finally associate professor of pathology. From 1972–77 he was director of clinical chemistry and radioassay-endocrine laboratories and professor of medicine, pathology, and biochemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, he is director of clinical chemistry and toxicology and professor of pathology and biochemistry at the University of Virginia.

A member of AACC since 1965, Dr. Savory has served on the Board of Directors and the Editorial Board. He was secretary-treasurer of ABCC for six years and currently is the secretary of the IUPAC Commission on Toxicology. He is a past-president of the Association of Clinical Scientists. He is a member of the editorial boards of Analytica Chimica Acta, Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science, and Clinical Physiology and Biochemistry, and is co-editor of Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

His research interests have encompassed a variety of methodological and clinical areas, resulting in the authorship or co-authorship of approximately 180 publications.

Early work involved protein assays, particularly the development of nephelometric immunochemical methods for specific proteins. His research group first described the use of forward light scattering with a laser light source for these assays. He also has developed numerous methods for the centrifugal analyzer and is co-editor of an AACC book, Methods for the Centrifugal Analyzer. A continuing interest has been trace metal metabolism, and he was one of the pioneers in the use of electrothermal AA for metal measurements in biological materials. His present interest is focused on aluminum toxicity. His second major research interest is in the development of a GC/MS procedure for prostaglandins and in the application of these techniques to studies of the role of prostaglandins in hypertension and cancer.

Dr. Savory has had an active training program in clinical chemistry for the past 16 years and has provided training for approximately 40 individuals.

Dr. Savory is a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry since 1967. His awards include the 1977 Clinical Scientist of the Year from the Association of Clinical Scientists and the Bernard F. Gerulat Memorial Award from the AACC New Jersey Section 1982.