Press Release

AACC Announces 2014 Award Winners; Celebrates Achievements in Laboratory Medicine

WASHINGTON – AACC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 AACC Awards. Each year, AACC recognizes individuals from around the world for their superior contributions to the field of laboratory medicine with its awards program, which aims to encourage excellence within the profession and raise awareness about the importance of clinical laboratory science to improving healthcare.

The academy of AACC, the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB), is also pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 NACB Awards. Through its annual awards program, NACB honors colleagues who have made significant contributions through scholarship and service to the profession of clinical laboratory medicine.

2014 AACC Award winners:

Wallace H. Coulter Lectureship Award
Eric J. Topol, MD
The Scripps Research Institute

Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Charles D. Hawker, PhD
ARUP Laboratories, Inc.

Outstanding Contributions in Education
Michael L. Astion, MD, PhD
Seattle Children's Hospital

Outstanding Contributions Through Service to the  Profession of Clinical Chemistry
James C. Boyd, MD
University of Virginia Health System

Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator
Peter A. Kavsak, PhD
Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

Morton K. Schwartz Award for Significant Contributions in Cancer Research Diagnostics
James L. Wittliff, MD, PhD
University of Louisville Health Sciences Center

AACC Past President's Award
Robert H. Christenson, PhD
University of Maryland Medical Center

2014 NACB Award winners:

AACC-NACB Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Selected Area of Research
Mario Plebani, MD
University Hospital of Padova

NACB Professor Alvin Dubin Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession and the Academy
Stanley F. Lo, PhD
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

NACB George Grannis Award for Excellence in Research and Scientific Publication
Andrei Drabovich, PhD
University of Toronto

"Congratulations to this year's award winners, whose commitment to and groundbreaking work in the field of laboratory medicine has been integral to driving the profession forward," said AACC CEO Janet Kreizman. "Thanks to their achievements in research, service, and education, clinical laboratory medicine continues to play a vital role in improving patient health." 

The 2014 AACC and NACB Award winners will be recognized during the 2014 AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo at the Opening Plenary Session at Chicago's McCormick Place on Sunday, July 27 in Chicago.

AACC and NACB would also like to thank Abbott Diagnostics, BD Diagnostics – Preanalytical Systems, Beckman Coulter, Inc., and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics for sponsoring the 2014 Awards Program.

About AACC

Dedicated to achieving better health through laboratory medicine, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (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 breaking 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

Founded in 1976, the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry's mission as the academy of AACC is to elevate the science and practice of clinical laboratory medicine by promoting research, education, and professional development in clinical biochemistry.

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