AACC New York Upstate Local Section Spring Virtual Meeting

May 13 – 14, 2021

Hosted by The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC). 

The event is free to attend, but you must register in advance.

Agenda: Thursday, May 13, 2021

9:00-9:15 am: Welcome and announcements

Dr. Dan Beriault, Program Chair, New York Upstate, AACC

Dr. Peter Kavsak, Chairperson, New York Upstate, AACC

Drug overdoses and Drug Checking Programs

9:15-9:50 am: The current state of drug overdoses and a pilot drug checking program in Toronto. Dr. Dan Werb, Director of the Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation, Toronto

9:50-10:25 am: DoseCheck: A rapid street drug identification technology. Dr. Drew Hall, University of California, San Diego

10:25-10:45 am: Coffee and yoga break

General Clinical Chemistry

10:45-11:15 am: Biomarkers of Acute Kidney Injury. Dr. Joe El-Khoury, Yale-New Haven Health, Yale University

11:15-11:45 am: Usefulness of Estimated Average Glucose (eAG) in patient care. Dr. Yu Chen, Dalhousie University

11:45-12:15 pm: Improving serum protein electrophoresis and immunofixation utilization in a community setting. Dr. Tracy Morrison, Lifelabs Ontario

12:15-1:10pm: Lunch

Young Investigators Corner

1:10-1:35 pm: Lipid Disorders in Adolescent Obesity: Markers of Inflammation in the Postprandial State. Siobhan Wilson, Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto

1:35-2:00 pm: Investigation of macro-troponin in patients receiving immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy. Dr. Ashley Di Meo, University of Toronto

2:00-2:15 pm: Coffee and stretch break

2:15-2:40 pm: Validating a new LDL-C equation: Does it add up? Dr. Victoria Higgins, St Michael’s Hospital and University of Toronto

2:40-3:05 pm: To skim or splice? The advantages and challenges of switching M protein quantification to tangential skim. Dr. Jessica Miller, University of Toronto

3:05-3:30 pm: SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance in School Children and Adolescence in the Greater Toronto Area: Potential Value of Rapid Antigen and Antibody Testing. Mary Kathryn Bohn, Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto

3:30 pm: Judges convene for Young Investigator Award

Agenda: Friday May 14, 2021 

COVID-19 Session

8:40-9:15 am: Quantity and Quality of Antibody Responses to SARS-CoV-2: The Importance of Timing and Age. Dr. Zhen Zhao, Weill Cornell Medicine

9:15-9:50 am: Implementation of Molecular and Serological Tools for COVID-19 Patient Management: A GENCOV Study. Dr. Jennifer Taher, Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto

9:50-10:05 am: Coffee and stretch break

10:05-11:40 am: Meeting the Challenges of COVID-19 Diagnostics in the U.S. Dr. Richard Montagna, Senior Vice President, Rheonix Inc.

11:40-12:00 pm: Announce Young Investigator Award, Concluding Remarks. Drs. Pete Kavsak and Dan Beriault

12:00-1:00 pm: Annual membership meeting