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. 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.
CCB has 28 staff members, including 1 physician, 9 people with Ph.D.s, 3 people with M.S. degrees, and 15 people with B.S. or other degrees.
Did You Know?
- CCB operates the Cholesterol Reference Method Laboratory Network (CRMLN), which certifies manufacturers of clinical diagnostic products for measuring cholesterol. CRMLN conducts tests that compare the results of the manufacturers' diagnostic assays with CDC's reference methods for lipids and lipoproteins. Through this process, manufacturers can adjust their analytical systems to assure physicians that the test results are accurate.
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