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Clinical Chemistry Branch

The Clinical Chemistry Branch (CCB) develops and improves methods for assessing disease status associated with and the risk for selected chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and hormonal disorders. CCB also uses provides laboratory support for influenza and selected infectious disease projects. The Branch serves as a reference laboratory for these measurements by providing standards that are used as accuracy points by other laboratories around the world. By operating as the world reference laboratory for certain chronic disease measurements, the Branch ensures that measurements from different research studies can be compared. Ultimately, the findings from these research studies are translated into clinical applications, thus enabling doctors to tailor treatment for their patients.