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6th Annual Conference & Exhibits

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

San Diego, CA

March 1-5, 2014

MSACL 2014 US Conference Program

Program Description

The MSACL Conference provides a forum for discussion of developments in the clinical application of mass spectrometry. While immunoassay methods have dominated clinical analyses, mass spectrometric methods are now providing analytical results more rapidly and with less-expense. MSACL brings together experts in the field with those driven to explore and understand clinical mass spectrometry, with the goal of facilitating mass spectrometry's adoption as a health care tool and accelerating the realization of improved patient care and reduced health care costs.

MSACL's mission is educational and the organization provides several levels of Travel Awards to support conference attendance:

  1. Translational Mass Spec Award: Have you applied mass spectrometric analysis to clinical diagnosis and/or treatment? Tell us about your success(es)! Applicants must submit a short application.
  2. Young Investigator Awards: Young investigators, in the first four years of their academic position, who submit an abstract which is accepted for presentation (poster/podium) at the annual conference. Applicants must submit a short application.
  3. Trainee Awards: Lab Directors-to-be interested in learning more about what mass spectrometry is and how it could potentially improve results and reduce costs in their clinical laboratory are not required to submit an abstract, but must submit a short application.
  4. Lab Director Awards: Current Lab Directors interested in learning more about what mass spectrometry is and how it could potentially improve results and reduce costs in their clinical laboratory are not required to submit an abstract, but must submit a short application.

It's the abstracts that make the meeting. Are you working in clinical mass spectrometry and have compelling results that you want to present at the most focused clinical mass spec meeting in the world? Submit your abstract for the MSACL Conference.

MSACL focuses on topics including pain management, microbiology, chemistry/toxicology, proteomics, metabolomics, tissue imaging, and regulations and standards. A comprehensive list is below. Let us know if there is another topic area that you think should be added.

Expected Topics for MSACL 2014

*Note: Abstracts are solicited for the topics listed below, however, if no abstracts are submitted and accepted on any given topic then it will not be covered at the conference.

  1. Disease Markers
  2. Fundamentals : General
  3. Fundamentals : Metabolomics
  4. Fundamentals : Microbiolgy
  5. Fundamentals : Proteomics
  6. ICP-MS
  7. Imaging
  8. Inborn Errors of Metabolism
  9. Metabolomics
  10. Microbiology/Virology
  11. Molecular Diagnostics
  12. New Advances
  13. Occupational and Environmental Health
  14. Pain Management
  15. Proficiency Testing
  16. Proteomics
  17. Regulations & Standards
  18. Sample Prep & Automation
  19. Small Molecule Analytes
  20. Tissue Analysis
  21. Tobacco Exposure
  22. Toxicology
  23. Translational Mass Spec
  24. Various OTHER


At the conclusion of this activity, the participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the problems of using indirect methods such as immunoassays for analyzing complex biological fluids when making diagnostic decisions
  • Review the strategies available for sample preparation to optimized mass spectrometry analysis
  • Contrast the optimal methods for quantitation when employing LC/MS/MS techniques
  • Differentiate the strategies of toxicology analysis to best fit the clinical requirements
  • Appraise the use of mass spectrometry for applications of molecular diagnostics
  • Discuss the future of mass spectrometry in clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, tissue mapping, newborn screening
  • Examine the application of mass spectrometry for the development of metabolomic disorders
  • Evaluate the applications of new technologies to the clinical laboratory
  • Review the dynamic regulatory environment (FDA) and assess how mass spectrometry may play a role in the clinical laboratory

Target Audience

The target audience for this program includes pathologists, clinical laboratory directors and scientists, mass spectrometry and automated sample processing providers as well as laboratory diagnostic providers. This program will be beneficial to healthcare administrators, laboratory quality control and standards scientists, as well as those responsible for implementation of clinical analyses for emergency response due to terrorism or accident.

Needs Assessment

The content of this education program was determined by rigorous assessment of educational need and includes surveys, program feedback, expert faculty assessment, literature review and new laboratory knowledge. The clinical application of mass spectrometry has suddenly emerged in a very forceful and dynamic manner. This meeting will be critical to share emerging analytical information and work concerning regulations and standards. These developments will enable clinical laboratories to provide higher quality results, more rapidly and for lower overall cost to the patient and the healthcare system.