Deadline for Proposals is September 26, 2015

Keep up with the latest trends and advances in the profession..... take time to interact with colleagues, peers and experts from around the world ..... keep current on the continuing changes in the lab and healthcare environment... changed that directly affect you!

You 'll do all that and more during the 2016 AACC Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo. You 'll be able to design and educational program that suits your individual professional needs.

You'll be able to see science and new technology at the largest Clinical Lab Exposition in the World! Come to Philadelphia to visit even more exhibitors in more booths than ever before. In addition, you will see more products in every clinical lab discipline than at any other meeting. We expect greater than 650 companies to occupy more than 2000 booths.

The complete program will be available on-line in April, 2016 at http://www.aacc.org. The 2016 Exhibitor list will be available on the website in March, 2016 and continuously updated thereafter.

How to Submit a Proposal

The Annual Meeting Organizing Committee (AMOC) for the 2016 AACC Annual Meeting is soliciting high quality, innovative proposals (speakers, topics and formats) for the Meeting's Education Sessions.

We welcome submissions on all aspects of laboratory medicine. We welcome innovated proposals in the following areas: Traumatic Brain Injury and Neurologic Disease; Prescription Drug Abuse or Misuse; Value Driven Laboratory Testing and Patient Centered Care; Precision Diagnostics including Liquid Biopsy; Massively Parallel Sequencing; Infectious Disease Diagnostics; Advances and Controversies in Coagulation Testing; Alternative Matrix Testing; and Diabetes Biomarkers

Please note the following important points:

  • Educational sessions for the 2016 Annual Meeting will include Symposia, Short Courses, and Brown Bag sessions. All sessions will require handouts to be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the meeting so that attendees can download the materials prior to arriving to the annual meeting.
  • Any session requiring an interactive component should be classified as a Short Course.
  • Acceptance of proposals is at the discretion of the AMOC and will be based on relevance and quality. In the interests of providing a balanced educational program, the AMOC reserves the right to make modifications to any proposal, including speakers, content, and session format.
  • Please indicate the target audience: Lab Director, Lab Supervisor/Manager, Lab Technician or Industry Scientist.

Session Topic Selection

The AMOC is soliciting proposals for sessions in the following categories:

  1. Allergies
  2. Animal Clinical Chemistry
  3. Antibodies
  4. Automation
  5. Behavioral Disorders
  6. Bio Repository
  7. Biomarkers
  8. Blood Gases
  9. Bone
  10. Bone and Mineral Metabolism
  11. Calibration
  12. Cancer
  13. Cancer Genetics
  14. Cancer/Tumors
  15. Cardiovascular Disease
  16. Chronic Diseases
  17. CLIA Regulations
  18. Coagulation
  19. Companion Diagnostics
  20. Consultative Clinical Chemistry
  21. Critical Care
  22. Delivery Methods
  23. Diabetes
  24. Direct to Consumer Testing
  25. Drug Abuse
  26. Electrolytes
  27. Emergency Preparedness
  28. Emergency Response
  29. Emerging Technology
  30. Endocrinology
  31. Enzymes
  32. Ethics
  33. Evidence-based Medicine
  34. Factors Affecting Test Results
  35. Flow Cytometry
  36. Forensics
  37. Gastrointestinal Disease
  38. Genetics and Genomics Disorders
  39. Genomics
  40. Geriatrics
  41. Global Health Issues
  42. Government/Regulatory
  43. Guidelines
  44. Harmonization
  45. Hematology
  46. Hematology
  47. History
  48. Homeostasis
  49. Hormones
  50. Immunoassay
  51. Immunology
  52. Infectious Diseases
  53. Informatics
  54. Instrumentation
  55. Integrated Diagnostics
  56. Kidney Disease
  57. Lab Information Systems
  58. Lab Management
  59. Lean/Six Sigma
  60. Legal Issues
  61. Lipids/Lipoproteins
  62. Liver Disease
  63. Markers
  64. Mass Spectrometry
  65. Maternal-Fetal
  66. Mathematics
  67. Metabolites
  68. Microbiology
  69. Middleware
  70. Molecular Pathology
  71. Molecular Diagnostics
  72. Multiplex Lab Test
  73. NeurologicalDiseases
  74. Non-invasive
  75. Nutrition
  76. Obesity
  77. Particles
  78. Patient Safety
  79. Patient Types
  80. Pediatrics
  81. Personalized Medicine
  82. Pharmocogenomics
  83. Point-of-Care Testing
  84. Policy Issues
  85. Proteins
  86. Proteomics
  87. Pulmonary Disease
  88. Quality Assurance
  89. Sequencing
  90. Specializations
  91. Standardization
  92. Statistics
  93. TDM
  94. Technology
  95. Testing Methods
  96. Thrombosis
  97. Thyroid Disease
  98. Toxicology
  99. Transplantation
  100. Tumor
  101. Tumor Markers
  102. Urinalysis

All proposals must be submitted electronically at: www.aacc.org/2016am by 5:00pm Eastern Time, on September 23, 2015. Please double check your submission to ensure all necessary information is provided. Proposals missing required information will result in delay and may lead to rejection. The electronic submission system will not allow storage of partial submissions.

Incomplete electronic submissions will be lost and the applicant will have to start the submission process from the beginning.

When you submit your proposal, pay careful attention to NEEDS ASSESSMENT and LEARNING OBJECTIVES. These characteristics define the session and are used by the AMOC to evaluate proposals. Please consult the FAQ section of this Call for Proposals for more information on how to write appropriate Learning Objectives.

It is ESSENTIAL that all session faculty are contacted and agree to participate as proposed prior to the submission of your proposal with the understanding that the invitation is not necessarily an acceptance of the session, speakers or format. Failure to meet this requirement will result in rejection of your submission.

If the educational session has been developed in cooperation with an AACC division or other organization, the proposal must include the title of the division or organization, the name and contact information of the division or organization officer(s) who were involved, and a brief description of how the division or organization assisted in the development of the session proposal. Proposals developed in cooperation with other clinical organizations must be submitted to the AACC Clinical Societies Collaboration Committee prior to September 1, 2014. These proposals will be evaluated and then the moderator will be given feedback prior to September 14 so that the proposal can then be submitted.

New for 2016: Monday only - There will be three 1-1/2 hour symposia and short courses instead of 1-1/2 hour and 1 2-1/2 hour symposia and short courses. See individual session type for schedule.

SESSION TYPES:

  • SYMPOSIA
  • SHORT COURSES
  • BROWN BAGS
  • AACC UNIVERSITY (Short Courses, AM only or PM only- selected by the AMOC for Sunday-only presentation). AACC University is an opportunity to attend pre-meeting

Short Courses without paying the general registration fee. There will be a registration fee, however, for each session. See SHORT COURSE description for more information regarding proposals. The AMOC reserves the right to choose which proposals will be placed within AACC University.

Session Descriptions & Requirements

The AMOC will balance the Annual Meeting program with respect to topics and speakers. The AMOC reserves the right to solicit proposals, substitute speakers or modify formats.

SYMPOSIA

Monday-Thursday

Morning Symposia 1.5 hours: 2 speakers

Monday Mid Day 1.5 hours 2 speakers

Monday Afternoon 1.5 hours – 2 speakers

Tuesday and Wednesday Afternoon Symposia 2.5 hours: 3 speakers

Thursday: Afternoon session on ly (2.5 hours); Faculty: up to 3

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

AM -10:30am -12Noon

AM -10:30am -12Noon

AM -10:30am -12Noon

AM -10:30am -12Noon

Mid-Day 12:30am – 2:00pm

PM 2:30 – 4:00pm

PM 2:30pm – 5:00pm

PM 2:30pm – 5:00pm

PM 2:30pm – 5:00pm

SYMPOSlA are educational sessions grouped by topic and presented by experts actively involved in the field. The educational mode is traditional didactic lecture. The discussion and debate between presenters is encouraged. SYMPOSIA are therefore the best choice for proposals with broad appeal designed to give a n overview of a subject, for example, state of the art of cardiac marker testing, pharmacogenomics practice guidelines, or molecular oncology testing. SYMPOSIA may be considered for basic, intermediate and advanced audiences but these levels should not be mixed with in the session. In other words, if the intent is to provide an introduction a long with practical examples for a given subject, then all speakers should consistently maintain that theme. More intensive, expert-level material may be more appropriate for a SHORT COURSE.

SYMPOSIA are presented in rooms that can accommodate many hundreds of attendees. Rooms will be arranged theater style. Question and answer sessions are generally short and saved for the end of the lecture. Speakers are therefore encouraged to provide their contact information to the audience as not all audience members may have an opportunity to ask a question.

Faculty: Speakers will receive travel if made through the AACC Official Travel Agency, Globetrotters. Up to 2 days per diem (rate yet to be determined) and a complimentary basic conference registration. Moderators do not receive complimentary conference registration or any reimbursement of travel and per diem. There are no honoraria associated with these sessions.

SYMPOSIA are generally not repeated each year. Speakers must provide their presentations electronically (CD; website; FTP) at least six days before the Annual Meeting begins. This allows AACC to organize all presentations in advance. Additional information will be provided in acceptance letters

Course materials are expected and essential. Course materials must be uploaded to a website where participants will be able to download or print out the handouts 30 days prior to the meeting. Details will be provided in acceptance letters. Speakers who do not upload their handouts will not receive their per diem for the meeting.

SHORT COURSES

Sunday (AACC University) and Monday-Wednesday

Morning Short Course 1 .5 hours: 2 speakers

Monday Mid-Day Short Courses 1.5 hours: 2 speakers

Monday Afternoon Short Courses 1.5 hours 2 speakers

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Afternoon Short Courses 2.5 hours 3 speakers

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

AM 10:30AM – 12noon

AM 10:30AM – 12noon

AM 10:30AM– 12noon

AM 10:30AM– 12noon

Mid Day – 12:30PM – 2:00PM

PM – 1:30PM– 4:00PM

PM 2:30PM – 4:00 PM

PM 2:30 PM -5:00PM

PM 2:30PM – 5:00PM

SHORT COURSES differ from SYMPOSIA in several important ways:

  • SHORT COURSES are presented to a smaller, more targeted audience (75) who pay an additional fee to attend.
  • In SHORT COURSES, interaction is strongly encouraged. For example, through the use of Audience Response Systems (provided by AACC upon request) or discussion groups.
  • SHORT COURSES are focused on a particular subject. For example, while a SYMPOSIUM might cover the topic of new cardiac markers, a SHORT COURSE could be limited to a comparison of BNP vs. N-terminal pro-BNP.
  • Course materials are expected and essential. Course materials must be uploaded to a website where participants will be able to download or print out the handouts 30 days prior to the meeting. Details will be provided in acceptance letters. Speakers who do not upload their handouts will not receive their per diem for the meeting.
  • SHORT COURSES may be repeated in subsequent years, however a proposal must be submitted each year.

Faculty: Speakers will receive travel if made through the AACC Official Travel Agency, Globetrotters. Up to 2 days per diem (rate yet to be determined) and a complimentary basic conference regi stration. Moderators do not receive complimentary conference registration or any reimbursement of travel and per diem. There are no honoraria associated with these sessions.

Speakers must provide their presentations electronically (CD; website; FTP) at least six days before the Annual Meeting begins. This allows AACC to organize all presentations in advance. Additional information will be provided in acceptance letters.

BROWN BAGS

Monday- Wednesday (scheduled each morning at 7:30am-8:30am and each afternoon at I2:30pm- I:30pm).

Faculty: One speaker per BROWN BAG SESSION. Accepted sessions will be given twice on the same day by the same speaker. There is no travel reimbursement, per diem, registration waiver, or honorarium provided. A meal voucher will be provided for the speaker at the morning and the afternoon sessions.

ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS are small discussion groups meant to provide an opportunity for intimate and active exchange between an individual knowledgeable in the field and up to 10 registrants. In addition, this provides a great opportunity for first-time presenters to participate in an international meeting. Young laboratorians are particularly encouraged to submit proposals. Course materials are expected and essential. Course materials must be uploaded to a website where participants will be able to download or print out the handouts 30 days prior to the meeting. Details will be provided in acceptance letters. Speakers who do not upload their handouts will not receive their meal vouchers for their sessions.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

AM 7:30AM – 8:30AM

AM 7:30AM – 8:30AM

AM 7:30AM – 8:30AM

PM 12:30PM – 1:30PM

PM 12:30PM – 1:30PM

PM 12:30PM – 1:30PM

Speakers are encouraged to draw participants into focused discussions and to stop often for Q&A, dialog, learning exercises, and debate.

 

GENERAL: Proposals should indicate the level of material to be presented to help potential attendees determine if the programming is appropriate for their level of background knowledge and experience.

Basic: Content should be appropriate for participants whose previous training or experience in the subject is minimal.

Intermediate: Content should be appropriate for participants with general knowledge and training in theory and application of the subject.

Advanced: Content should be appropriate for participants with extensive knowledge of current theory and practice who wish to refine and enhance their skills or to learn the newest principles and techniques.

Call for Abstracts for Poster Presentations

In attempt to promote the presentation of basic and or translational research, starting in 2016, we are soliciting abstracts for consideration of a 30 minute oral presentation. Those that are not selected will still be considered as a poster and or selected as 15 minute oral presentation. All selected abstracts must be presented as a poster.

The abstracts for all accepted and presented posters will be published in the October Abstract issue of Clinical Chemistry. Outstanding abstracts will be recognized for their excellence in the Abstract Recognition Program organized by the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry. Abstracts selected for recognition will be identified in the poster area at the meeting. In addition, several abstracts will be selected for 15 minute oral presentations during the meeting. Each poster session will take place all day on Tuesday and Wednesday. See the Call for Abstracts in early October for more information.

All abstracts must be submitted using AACC's on-line submission systems that will be available on the AACC website in November, 2015. The last date for submission will be Thursday, February 26, 2016.

 


Begin the Session Proposal Process for the 2016 Annual Meeting