Level of instruction: Intermediate
Intended Audience: Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, and other health care personnel who have an interest in this subject matter. This course is also appropriate for clinical laboratory science students and pathology residents.
Author information: Mary Ellen Koenn, MS, MT(ASCP), CLS(NCA) is an associate professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine in the Medical Technology Program. During her career as a medical technologist and educator, she has been a laboratory supervisor and manager and has held several teaching positions. She is active in the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), resulting in a nomination as ASCLS Member of the Year in 2006. She is also a member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. She is the author of numerous articles for laboratory publications and textbook chapters and is a frequent presenter at laboratory seminars and workshops. Ms. Koenn holds a Master of Science degree in Medical Technology.
Reviewer information: Leslie Lovett, MS, MT(ASCP) is the Clinical Education Coordinator of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program and a professor at Pierpont Community and Technical College in West Virginia. She holds a MS degree in Medical Technology with classes toward a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Course description: This course discusses the metabolic syndrome, a diagnosis that is not associated with one particular disease, but rather the probability of developing certain diseases or disorders as a result of a combination of defined risk factors. Explanations are presented about the inter-relationship between cytokines produced by adipose tissue and metabolic syndrome risk factors. Laboratory tests that are used to detect and monitor metabolic syndrome are also discussed.