5th Annual Robert and Jean Adams CLS Symposium

5th Annual Robert and Jean Adams CLS Symposium

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

The department of Medical & Clinical Laboratory Sciences is proud to be a part of the 5th Annual Robert and Jean Adams Clinical Laboratory Sciences Symposium from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Taylor Center 221-223. This year, our focus will be on Chemistry and Molecular topics that are currently affecting human health. This event is free and open to the public and will give you the opportunity to earn up to four P.A.C.E continuing education credit hours. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

RSVP by emailing:
Kyle Lesinger
Program Associate
Medical & Clinical Lab Sciences

Below is the Symposium's schedule of event.

Registration (8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.)

Introductions (9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.)

Keynote Address
Current Drug Trends and Testing Methodologies
Allen Valaer MS, TC (NRCC)
-- obtained his BS (Laboratory Technology) and MS (Pharmaceutical Sciences) from Auburn University. He is a certified Toxicological Chemist (National Registry in Clinical Chemistry). Mr. Valaer spent 18 years at Alabama Reference Laboratories, ending his career there as the Assistant Director of the SAMHSA (formerly NIDA) and CAP-FDT accredited lab when it was closed by LabCorp in 2003. Mr. Valaer and Dr. Jerry McHan, PhD, then co-founded East Alabama Forensic Toxicology Lab in 2003 in Opelika AL as part of East Alabama Medical Center. This laboratory achieved CAP-FDT accreditation in 2004. In 2008, the lab was renamed Aperian Laboratory Solutions. Mr. Valaer is active in all day to day operations in the laboratory where he currently acts as Scientific Director.

Session 1 (10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
Non-invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)
Dr. Anami Patel
 -- received his Ph.D in Microbiology and postdoctoral fellowship at University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Patel received his Clinical Molecular Pathology training at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. In 2002 he started the Molecular Diagnostics Clinical Service at LeBonheur Methodist Hospital in Memphis, TN where he served as Technical Director for past 14 years. Dr. Patel received a Clinical Molecular Biology & Diplomat in Laboratory Management from ASCP. He is a member of the Association of Molecular Pathology, American Society of Microbiology, and is a College of American Pathology inspection team leader.
Dr. Patel serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals and has published more than 20 papers in leading journals. He has presented more than 40 papers at national and international scientific meetings. He has been principal investigator for more than 20 diagnostic clinical trials involving molecular diagnostic assays and co-principal investigator in numerous CDC funded research projects.

Lunch (11:30 a.m. -  12:30 a.m.)

Session 2 (12:45 p.m. - 1:45p.m.)
The Role of Diagnostics in the Mangagment of Hepatitis C and HIV
Dr. Thomas Burgess B.S
-- received his B.S. in Chemistry from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY in 1968, his M.S. in Chemistry from Villanova University, Villanova, PA in 1971 and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Villanova University in 1976. He completed a post-doctoral program in Clinical Chemistry at Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA and subsequently joined Quest Diagnostics, Inc. Dr. Burgess became American Board of Clinical Chemistry certified in 1979 and a Fellow of the Academy of The American Association for Clinical Chemistry in 2000 and has held positions in the Philadelphia and Chicago Quest Diagnostics facilities and is currently the Southeast Region Technical Director of Quest Diagnostics, Inc. in Tucker, Georgia.

Session 3 (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
The Emergence of New Synthetic Drugs, Including Narcotics, Cannabinoids, and Cathinones
Rachelle Shelton
-- is a Forensic Scientist with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. She has worked with the department for over twelve years within Drug Chemistry, analyzing over 10,000 cases containing controlled substances. She has served as the section chief of the Montgomery Laboratory drug chemistry section since 2013. Ms. Shelton earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry from Jacksonville State University in 2002 and a Master of Forensic Sciences degree from The George Washington University in 2005. She is certified by the American Board of Criminalistics in the area of drug analysis.

Closing Remarks (3:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 8:00am
Taylor Center 221-223