AACC 2013 Booth Presentation: Children Aren't Small Adults! (and Other Pediatric Reference Interval Challenges)


Establishing reference values that accurately encompass an entire population can be difficult, and specimens from healthy individuals are especially difficult to obtain. ARUP has been at the forefront of building a specimen repository from healthy children aged 6 months to 18 years since 2002. This presentation will discuss the complexities associated with establishing pediatric reference intervals, the limitations of current approaches, and the value of using well-characterized sample repositories for this purpose.

Originally presented on July 31, 2013, in Houston, Texas.

Lecture Presenter

Joely A. Straseski, PhD, MS, MT(ASCP), DABCC

Joely A. Straseski, PhD, MS, MT(ASCP), DABCC

Medical Director, Cytogenetics
ARUP Laboratories
Adjunct Professor of Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Straseski is a medical director of endocrinology and co-medical director of the Core Laboratory at ARUP and an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She received her PhD in pathology and laboratory medicine and a master of science in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also served as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Pathology. Dr. Straseski completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical chemistry at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Maryland. She has previously been awarded the Past-Presidents' Scholarship by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, as well as a Distinguished Abstract Award from the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry. Dr. Straseski is board certified in clinical chemistry by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, and ARUP Laboratories