Conference Program

From Plenary Sessions featuring world-renowned scientists to intimate Roundtable sessions geared for lively discussion on hot topics, the 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo offers something for everyone in laboratory medicine.

More than 200 educational sessions in a variety of settings will give you the knowledge you need to advance professionally and develop adaptive solutions for today's complex, challenging healthcare environment.

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Plenary Sessions

The 2020 lineup of plenary speakers is a who's who of scientific discovery and clinical innovation. The five sessions—offered Sunday through Thursday—offer insights not only into the future of healthcare but also current practices that are making a difference in medicine today.

Sunday: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Included in full, daily, or guest registration.

Scientific Sessions

Scientific Sessions cover a broad range of subjects at basic, intermediate, or advanced levels of practice. These sessions, presented by highly regarded speakers in traditional lecture format, cover the gamut of laboratory medicine topics, from analytical challenges to emerging technologies and testing methods.

Morning: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Mid-Day: 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Afternoon: 2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday
Morning: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Afternoon: 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Morning: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Included in full, daily, or guest registration.

Roundtable Sessions

Offered twice daily—early morning and at lunchtime—the Roundtable sessions (previously called Brown Bag sessions) are limited to 10 participants, giving attendees the opportunity to pose questions without the pressure of a large audience. Expect lively discussion, active exchange, and even debate. Food will be available for purchase near these sessions.

Monday-Wednesday: 7:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m - 1:30 p.m.

Roundtable sessions are ticketed events and sell out quickly. For best availability, register early. Fee: $25

Meet the Experts

After their presentations, our plenary speakers and other invited experts join in informal, in-depth conversations in an intimate setting that encourages questions-and-answers and free-form dialogue.

Monday-Thursday: 10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Included in full, daily, or guest registration. Seating is limited to 75 people, first come, first served.

Chair’s Invited Session

Each year the chair of AACC's Annual Meeting Organizing Committee develops a special session of particular importance to laboratory medicine. This year’s presentation is, “Pandemic Preparedness: The Role of Clinical Laboratories and Public Health in Controlling Outbreaks Representing a Global Health Threat.

Monday: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Included in full, daily, or guest registration.

President’s Invited Session

Every year, AACC's President organizes a session that covers a topic of professional interest and relevancy to the clinical laboratory field. More information will be coming soon on this year’s session.

Included in full, daily, or guest registration.

Past President’s Invited Session

New this year, AACC's Past President organizes a session that covers a topic of professional interest and relevancy to the clinical laboratory field. This year’s presentation is, “Mass Spectrometry Troubleshooting and Validation – Dealing with Your Daily Problems.”

Wednesday: 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Included in full, daily, or guest registration.

AACC University

AACC University courses are a great option if you don't have the time to attend the full conference. This collection of sessions, held exclusively on Sunday before the official start of the annual scientific meeting, enables participants to catch up on best practices and emerging science without committing to more than one day. As a bonus, AACC University participants are invited to attend the Sunday Plenary Session and the AACC Opening Mixer & Division Networking Event.

Morning: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Afternoon: 12:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Full Day: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

AACC University sessions are ticketed events. You can either attend half-day courses in the morning and/or afternoon or a full day course. View fees here.

Special Sessions

A special session at this year’s meeting will cover how algorithms can help providers utilize laboratory testing results and significantly enhance the value of the clinical laboratory. Especially when these models also draw on other data in the electronic health record, applications of machine-learning can have a major impact on patient outcomes. This approach has shown promise in many areas of patient care, including sepsis and acute kidney injury, and can support many others. During this session, two investigators who participated in the evaluation of a machine-learning algorithm trained to estimate an individual patient’s likelihood of myocardial infarction will discuss the challenges and benefits of implementing computational testing in the clinical laboratory.

Sunday: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

In AACC’s Disruptive Technology Award session, diagnostic developers will present data on innovative personalized medicine testing solutions to a panel of expert judges, who will then choose the winning testing solution based on feasibility and performance.

Monday: 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

New Virtual Options Added to Live Meeting

We are excited to announce that AACC will provide a virtual platform in which select education sessions, access to exhibitors, and other networking events will be available.

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