Clinical OMICS

MAR-APR 2017

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38 Clinical OMICs March/April 2017 In the Lab The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) has launched an online learning platform focused on labo- ratory medicine, through a collaboration with NEJM Group, publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Area9 Learning . AACC Learning Lab is designed to help lab medicine professionals find answers to health prob- lems affecting their patients as they prepare for certification exams, or seek continuing education, AACC said . "NEJM is the preeminent medical information brand in the world and AACC is the leading laboratory science and clinical chemistry organization, making this an ideal alli- ance for creating quality continuing education courses in this subject area," AACC CEO Janet B. Kreizman told Clin- ical OMICs . The platform applies the adaptive technology developed by Area9 Learning and used by NEJM Knowledge+, NEJM's adaptive-learning platform intended to deliver personal- ized learning that users can track over time . Kreizman said NEJM got involved after concluding that laboratory medicine would be a valuable addition to its successful Knowledge+ offerings for physicians. On Febru- ary 23, NEJM and Area9 expanded Knowledge+ to ortho- pedic surgeons by partnering with The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery . The AACC Learning Lab is divided into five program areas: clinical chemistry, hematology and coagulation, trans- fusion medicine, microbiology, and molecular diagnostics . Each program area consists of approximately 20 courses prepared by experts, many of them AACC members . The first program area available is the Clinical Chemistry series, whose first three courses, or modules, are Thyroid, Protein Electrophoresis, and Clinical Toxicology-Drugs of Abuse . AACC plans to announce course topics for the molecular diagnostics series as more content is rolled out . For the clinical chemistry and molecular diagnostics courses, much of the material comes from research and papers published in AACC's Clinical Chemistry journal . Approximately half of AACC's 8,000+ members participate in the association's education programs annually . AACC makes Learning Lab available via subscription at $9.99 per month for AACC members and $12.99 per month for non- members . "The AACC Learning Lab will complement and expand AACC's educational offerings and add an exciting new adaptive learning approach that allows members at every level and background to benefit," Kreizman said. —Alex Philippidis anyaberkut / Getty Images AACC Joins NEJM, Area9 to Launch Online Learning Platform Hope for Stomach Cancer patients can now get no-cost cancer lab services thanks to an agree- ment struck recently with precision medicine company Perthera. Under the collaboration, patients will receive an evaluation via Perthera's Precision Cancer Analysis (PCA) service, which brings together a variety of CLIA/CAP accred- ited labs to perform genomic and proteomic tis- sue analysis, in cooperation with a patient's care team. "We're hopeful that through this new program stomach cancer patients can get a PCA so they can be treated with precision drugs more often," said Aki Smith, founder of Hope for Stomach Cancer. Once a partner lab returns its genomic and proteomic results to Perthera, the company applies its proprietary data tool and analysis by internal cancer specialists to produce a report offering clinical recommendations for a precision approach to treating each patient's cancer. "Hope for Stomach Cancer 's program is another sign that precision medicine is morph- ing from its emerging technology stage into a very real and powerful cancer treatment compo- nent," said Andrew Mignatti, CEO and president of Perthera. n Perthera, Hope for Stomach Cancer to Provide No-Cost Lab Services wildpixel / Getty Images

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