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AACC Honors 2021 Award Winners for Advancing Laboratory Medicine and Patient Care

WASHINGTON – AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to better health through laboratory medicine, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 AACC and AACC Academy Awards. Through this annual awards program, AACC strives to support laboratory medicine professionals in all stages of their careers and to build awareness of the essential role that clinical laboratory testing plays in improving patient health.

2021 AACC Award Winners

Wallace H. Coulter Lectureship Award
Regina Barzilay, PhD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Marilyn A. Huestis, PhD
Institute for Emerging Health Professions
Huestis & Smith Toxicology, LLC

Outstanding Contributions to Education in Clinical Chemistry
Elizabeth L. Frank, PhD, DABCC, FADLM
University of Utah Health
ARUP Laboratories

Outstanding Contributions Through Service to the Profession of Clinical Chemistry
Salvador F. Sena, PhD, DABCC, FADLM
CTI-Clinical Trial Services, Inc.

Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator
Maria Alice Willrich, PhD
Mayo Clinic

AACC Past President’s Award
Carmen L. Wiley, PhD, DABCC, FADLM
Incyte Diagnostics

2021 AACC Academy Award Winners

AACC Academy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Selected Area of Research
Qing H. Meng, PhD, DABCC, FADLM
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

AACC Academy Professor Alvin Dubin Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession and the Academy
Angela Ferguson, PhD, DABCC, FADLM
The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Children’s Mercy Hospital

AACC Academy George Grannis Award for Excellence in Research and Scientific Publication
Christopher Farnsworth, PhD, DABCC, FADLM
Washington University in St. Louis
Barnes Jewish Hospital

“I commend this year’s award recipients for the outstanding contributions they’ve made to clinical laboratory testing and healthcare,” said AACC President Dr. David G. Grenache. “Their tremendous accomplishments have strengthened the ability of lab experts to provide crucial insights so that patients get the care they need—which is more important than ever as the coronavirus outbreak enters its second year, and lab experts continue to work heroically on the pandemic’s frontlines.”

The 2021 AACC and AACC Academy Award winners will be recognized during the opening plenary session of the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center on Sunday, September 26.

About AACC

Dedicated to achieving better health through laboratory medicine, AACC brings together more than 50,000 clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists, and business leaders from around the world focused on clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, mass spectrometry, translational medicine, lab management, and other areas of progressing laboratory science. Since 1948, AACC has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing programs that advance scientific collaboration, knowledge, expertise, and innovation. For more information, visit

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