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2014 IFCC Distinguished Awards

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014

The recipients of the seven 2014 IFCC Distinguished Awards are:

Doctor Matthew MCQUEEN (Canada), is the winner of the 2014 IFCC Distinguished Clinical Chemist Award, sponsored by Beckman Coulter. This award recognizes specifically an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the science of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine or the application of Clinical Chemistry to the understanding or the solution of medical problems.

Doctor Robert DUFOUR (United States), is the winner of the 2014 IFCC Henry Wishinsky Award for Distinguished International Services. This award, sponsored by Siemens, recognizes specifically an individual who has made unique contributions to the promotion and understanding of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine throughout the world.

Doctor Carl BURTIS (United States), is the winner of the 2014 IFCC Award for Distinguished Contributions in Education. This award, sponsored by Abbott Diagnostics, recognizes specifically an individual who has made extraordinary contributions in establishing and developing educational materials for the Clinical Chemistry discipline to improve training and educational programs worldwide or in a region.

Doctor Francis BARANY (United States), is the winner of the 2014 IFCC Award for Significant Contributions in Molecular Diagnostics. This award, sponsored by Abbott Molecular, recognizes specifically an individual who has made unique contributions to the promotion and understanding of molecular biology and its applications in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine worldwide.

Professor Mario PLEBANI (Italy), is the winner of the 2014 IFCC Distinguished Award for Laboratory Medicine and Patient Care. This award, sponsored by Unilabs, recognizes specifically an individual who has made unique contributions in Laboratory Medicine, its application in improving patient care, and having a worldwide impact in clinical medicine.

Doctor Gregory W. MILLER (United States), is the winner of the 2014 IFCC-Robert Schaffer Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Development of Standards for Use in Laboratory Medicine. This award, co-sponsored by NIST and CLSI, recognizes specifically an individual who has made outstanding and unique contributions to the advancement of reference methods and/or reference materials for laboratory medicine to facilitate improved quality of clinical diagnostics and therapies, which would in turn lead to reduced costs and improved patient care.

Doctor Geoffrey BAIRD (United States), is the winner of the2014 IFCC Young Investigator Award, sponsored by IFCC. This award recognizes and encourages the academic and professional development of a young investigator (under 40 years of age) who has demonstrated exceptional scientific achievements in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine in his/her career.

Prof. Howard Morris, Chairman IFCC Awards Committee, said: "We are delighted in electing these colleagues for the 2014 IFCC Awards. The Awards Committee had a very hard task selecting the Awardees among the excellent candidates that were submitted by the various National Societies and Institutions. It has been a privilege considering them and we are sure that the Awardees will inspire a new generation of clinician-scientists worldwide".

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