Teen Scientist Who Discovered Cancer Test to Speak at ASCP Annual Meeting

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Jack Andraka to Attend 2012 American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Meeting, Share Love of Science with Edward M. Kennedy Students and Lab Professionals

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Fifteen-year-old science prodigy Jack Andraka will share his passion for scientific discovery with adolescents and adults alike at the 2012 American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Annual Meeting on Nov. 2 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Jack, the grand prize winner of the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, will be interviewed from 4 to 4:50 p.m. during a Q&A session for medical laboratory professionals and pathologists. In addition, Jack will address students at 10 a.m. from Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, sharing how he got involved in the sciences at an early age and encouraging students to seek out mentors and pursue their own scientific endeavors.

Jack discovered an inexpensive screening method for pancreatic and other cancers such as ovarian and lung that is more than 90-percent accurate. By using a simple dipstick test in blood or urine, the method determines the presence of a protein called mesothelin, a pancreatic cancer biomarker. Compared to another widely used method called ELISA, his paper sensor for cancer detection is 168 times faster, 26,667 times less expensive, and 400 times more sensitive. The death of a close family friend drove Jack’s desire to study pancreatic cancer and search for a cure.

The 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting will bring together more than 1,500 experts in pathology and laboratory medicine from around the world for stimulating presentations, education sessions, and lively discussions on scientific research, trends, and issues facing the pathology and medical laboratory professions. More information on the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting, including a schedule of events, is available at http://www.ascp.org/2012annualmeeting.

Founded in 1922, ASCP is the world’s largest society for pathologists and laboratory professionals, with more than 100,000 members. Headquartered in Chicago with a Washington office, the ASCP provides excellence in education, certification, and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists, and laboratory professionals. Visit ASCP’s website at http://www.ascp.org

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