CHICAGO, Aug. 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) presented one of its major awards to Charles D. Hawker, PhD, of Salt Lake City at its annual meeting. Dr. Hawker received the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine for his noteworthy career. 

Dr. Hawker is the scientific director for automation and special projects at ARUP Laboratories in Salt Lake City, where he has worked for 22 years. He is also adjunct professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The systems he implemented at ARUP Laboratories have made it the most automated clinical laboratory in North America and a leader in productivity and quality. 

Dr. Hawker developed one of the first radioimmunoassays for parathyroid hormone in 1971. He published the first reports about a peptide known as procalcitonin that when elevated can be a marker of septic shock. 

He has served his profession in many capacities, including as president of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, Association of Clinical Scientists, and Clinical Ligand Assay Society. His activities with the AACC include serving as secretary of the Management Sciences and Patient Safety Division. He has volunteered on many committees of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute. He holds three patents and has published 43 peer-reviewed papers, 14 book chapters or invited reviews, and 47 abstracts.

About AACC

AACC is a Washington-D.C.-based nonprofit professional association with a membership of more than 9,000 clinical chemists, pathologists, medical technologists, and others in related fields. Through educational services and publications, AACC works to improve and advance clinical laboratory services to enhance public health and patient care.

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