Overcoming the challenges of implementing high value tests in the clinical lab

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Description


MSACL 2022
12th Annual Conference & Exhibits

Monterey Conference Center

Monterey, CA

April 5 - 8, 2022

COVID Statement: We are currently planning to: (1) require all attendees to be vaccinated (2 doses, booster recommended but not required), (2) require all attendees to take a test upon arrival with onsite provider Virus Geeks, and (3) request that attendees respectfully follow any listed rules and/or requirements for conference center and hotel venues, as well as establishments throughout the city. The current mask policy in Monterey: Face coverings strongly recommended for all persons indoors regardless of vaccination status. -- updated March 24, 2022

It is important for all attendees to understand that many of the people that you are traveling to MSACL to network with, share your science with, or sell your products to are only comfortable with spending extended periods of time indoors eating, drinking, and chatting with you if they know that everyone has been vaccinated and tested.



COVID TESTING: There is a test clinic located directly within the Portola Hotel Foyer, just a few steps from the MSACL Registration Desk, operated by Virus Geeks. Here you can receive a PCR test with results within 24-48 hours at no cost (health insurance information is not required, but should be provided if you have it). Results will likely arrive very quickly, however, if you need results to travel home within a guaranteed 24 hours, there is a fee of $129. Virus Geeks additionally offers a 1-hour rapid NAAT test for a fee of $199.
  1. Once you register yourself with Virus Geeks, you may receive a test as often as you like during the week by simply giving the attendant your name. (Monday 7am-7pm, Tues 6:30am-7pm, Wed-Sat 7am-4pm) If you do not have a residence within the United States, please register with address Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA, 93940 and phone number (831) 000-0000.
  2. You will be asked to take a test upon your arrival, prior to picking up your conference badge. Please allow several extra minutes for this during your checkin. MSACL will not ask for your test result.
  3. We trust that should you receive a positive result, you will take steps to prevent transmission, including but not limited to avoiding MSACL group meals. If you find yourself in this situation, we can work with the hotel staff to ensure that you are cared for and receive meals. If not all, the vast majority of attendees will receive test results prior to the Thursday evening Trivia Night and dinner, which will be held indoors, seated at tables.
  4. Please pre-register for Virus Geeks testing now, to ease any congestion during checkin. If you do not have a residence within the United States, please register with address Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA, 93940 and phone number (831) 000-0000.
  5. Should you feel any covid symptoms during your stay, you are welcome to pop by the registration desk for a temperature reading, a 15 minute home test, and a bit of chocolate :)
  6. Note: If at any time during your stay you require medical assistance, please contact your hotel staff. For medical emergency requiring immediate attention, dial 911.


Mission

MSACL's mission is to support the community in overcoming the challenges of implementing high value tests in the clinical lab.

Meeting Focus

MSACL is focused on providing a forum of interaction for participants in all stages of the development, advancement and use of analytical tools, including data analytics, in the clinic to improve patient care. Although the group primarily focuses on mass spectrometry, presentations and discussion on other platforms are welcome.

Location Overview

The Monterey Conference Center (MCC) is flanked by two hotels, the Marriott, and the Portola. Each has meeting space and their own restaurant. The food is of reasonably high quality since Monterey is located in the heart of an agricultural region. Local sourcing is a priority. Portola also has a brewpub (Peter B’s).

We will be using the Monterey Conference Center’s Serra Ballroom as the MSACL Exhibit Hall (19,150 square feet). There will be space for at least 40 booths interspersed with up to 176 posters.

We typically have 800-900 attendees in a NORMAL year. This is our first time planning for an in-person since the pandemic resulted in the cancellation of our 2020 event. Given the uncertainty, we are planning to welcome ~400 attendees for 2022.

Educational Grants

MSACL invests heavily in education via the MSACL Educational Grants, which support conference attendance:

  1. Young Investigator Grants: 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.
  2. Lab Director Grants: 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.
  3. Trainee Grants: 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.

Scientific Program

In the past we have had specific tracks for each -omic topic area. For 2022, we are planning to focus on plenary sessions with panel discussions that bring the community together, in addition to parallel sessions on focused topics.

A list of the topics being solicited for the current conference is below.

Abstract Submission Categories for MSACL 2022

  1. Assays Leveraging MS
  2. Breath Analysis and VOC
  3. Cases in Clinical MS
  4. Data Analytics
  5. Emerging Technologies
  6. Glycomics
  7. Identifying High Value Tests
  8. Imaging
  9. Lipidomics
  10. Logistics for Bringing Basic Science to the Clinic
  11. Metabolomics
  12. Microbiology
  13. Multi-omics
  14. Practical Training
  15. Pre-Analytics
  16. Precision Medicine in Reality
  17. Proteomics
  18. Synthetic Biomarkers
  19. The Biomarker Fallacy
  20. Tox / TDM / Endocrine
  21. Troubleshooting
  22. Unmet Clinical Need Cases
  23. Various OTHER

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

With the advancement of technologies for clinical analysis, there exists a gap between those who understand the technology and those who do not. Without continual education, this gap will grow and these advancements are unlikely to be effectively incorporated into the clinical analysis workflow, resulting in lost opportunities to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.

MSACL provides an environment through which participants will be able to identify opportunities to develop the capacity to provide higher quality results, more rapidly and for lower overall cost, for patients within the healthcare system.