November 19, 2007 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

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Readers of THE DARK REPORT may want to check out the November issue of MLO Magazine. It profiles the experiences of four scholarship winners to the Executive War College last May in Miami, Florida. Winners were Pervez A. Mirza of State University of New York (SUNY) in Brooklyn, New York; Gary Maluf, Ph.D., Benson Hospital, Benson, Arizona; Cynthia J. Kelley, Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, Kansas City, Missouri; and, Susan Clark, Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, Florida. Their information can also be found at

MORE ON: Scholarships to Executive War College

Prior to last year’s Executive War College, THE DARK REPORT, in collaboration with MLO Magazine, offered full scholarships, including air fare and hotel, to applicants who responded to a notice published in the magazine. The goal was to give up-and-coming laboratory managers an opportunity to expand their knowledge and network. Scholarship winners were enthusiastic about the experience and THE DARK REPORT and MLO Magazine will be repeating the scholarship program for the May 13-14, 2008 Executive War College. Watch MLO Magazine for details. As thanks for years of support, THE DARK REPORT is funding the scholarship pro- gram as a way to help aspiring laboratorians add to their management skills and help them advance their careers.


How about a non-invasive urine test that can be used for early diagnosis of kidney disease? Nephrocor, a nephrology laboratory in Richmond, Virginia states that its RenalVysion test identifies and measures urinary sediment findings not detected in routine urinalysis. The results allow anatomic localization of injury in the kidney and the severity of disease. Nephrocor says the technology is 91% accurate in diagnosing kidney disease when compared with diagnosis using kidney biopsies. RenalVysion allows a pathologist to distinguish categories of renal and bladder lesions by integrating urine cytopathlogy and quantitative and qualitative urine chemistries. About 26 million Americans, or 13% of the U.S. population, have chronic kidney disease, according to a new estimate published in November 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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…how Ventana Medical Systems opened the door to acquisition talks with Roche Holdings. The companies said Roche could review Ventana’s records for the purposes of due diligence.

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