Registration is open for the 68th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, July 31 to August 4, in Philadelphia, with early discounted registration available until June 16. Given the event’s first-rate content, exceptional opportunities to connect with colleagues from across the globe, and chance to see in person the breadth and depth of in vitro diagnostics industry innovation, there’s no better time than now to make your plans to attend.

The scientific aspect of the meeting will be on full display, especially with the distinguished clutch of plenary speakers, according to 2016 Annual Meeting Organizing Committee (AMOC) chair William Clarke, PhD, who also serves as director of clinical toxicology and associate professor of pathology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. “The highlight of the scientific programming for me is the plenary lineup. AMOC member Dennis Lo and the rest of the committee did a terrific job in identifying speakers who are relevant to laboratory medicine and innovators on the cutting edge of science,” he told CLN Stat. Clarke also discussed the plenary sessions in a video.

The meeting will kick off on July 31 with a presentation by John McDevitt, PhD, a pioneer in digitizing biological signatures with programmable bio-nano-chip sensor systems. McDevitt also will receive the Wallace H. Coulter Lectureship Award, which recognizes outstanding individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment and made important contributions to laboratory medicine while significantly advancing education, practice, or research.

The other plenary speakers hailing from both the U.S. and the U.K. will address topics as disparate as the science and use of cannabis and direct mass spectrometric profiling of biological tissues.

The plenary sessions set the tone for outstanding scientific content at the meeting. Clarke explained that AMOC made some changes to better showcase research and clinical practice updates. “This year we have changed the format on Monday to have three 1.5-hour sessions to give more opportunity to get to scientific content before the Expo opens on Tuesday,” he said. “We also reserved spots in the program for late-breaking content, and we hope that this approach will result in getting the most up-to-date science and education to the attendees.”

With more than 200 sessions to choose from, featured topic tracks will enable attendees to concentrate their learning in eight dynamic areas, including point-of-care testing, cancer, endocrinology, mass spectrometry, toxicology, liquid biopsy/circulating DNA, genomics, and prenatal testing.

The 68th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting also features a new simplified fee structure. This year, one inclusive fee will give conference registrants greater access to education sessions. One price will cover all educational programming except AACC University and Brown Bag sessions.

While the 68th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting will be long on educational content, the meeting won’t give short shrift to showcasing the best of the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) industry. At the AACC Clinical Lab Expo, more than 750 exhibitors will display the latest technologies in every clinical lab discipline. New products just coming to market will be on display and there will be live product demos, as well as time to talk one-on-one with IVD representatives and get all the information needed to make smart purchase decisions.

The AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo also provides all the ingredients for great networking: a relaxed, comfortable environment, great events, and enthusiastic, welcoming colleagues from across the globe. With all this plus the charming and vibrant City of Brotherly Love as a backdrop, make your plans now to attend, won’t you?