WASHINGTON – Join the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) and leading experts in laboratory medicine and diagnostic testing for a discussion of how laboratory medicine is driving the future of personalized medicine and the policies to support these new technologies.

Speakers will address:

  • Using the Right Test to Choose the Right Treatment: The Promise of Precision Medicine
  • The Promise and Pitfalls of Ordering Your Own Medical Tests: Empowering Consumers through Direct-to-Consumer Testing
  • Ensuring Consistent Test Results Across Labs: Accurately Monitoring Patient Care Over Time

Advances in laboratory testing science and technology are providing new opportunities to personalize medical decisions, resulting in better patient outcomes. Better understanding the underlying biology and unique genetics of how specific patients will respond to treatments will mean that health care professionals can avoid the “trial and error” of prescribing treatments which may only work in a small fraction of patients (for example, 43 percent of patients don’t respond to commonly prescribed drugs for diabetes).

When: Lunch Briefing: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Where: Room 2168, Rayburn House Office Building


  • Moderator: Dr. James Nichols, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
  • Dr. Roland Valdes, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY
  • Dr. Carmen Wiley, PAML National Reference Laboratory, Spokane, WA
  • Dr. Stephen Master, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY

RSVP: Email Christine DeLong at [email protected].


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 www.myadlm.org.