Celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

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Laboratory professionals from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), the United States Army’s Georgia Directorate of Medical Research, and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) celebrated Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) ), April 19-23, 2021. Since the development of the profession in the 1920s, the laboratory scientist has played a vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease. The MLPW is an opportunity to recognize the wide range of laboratory professionals, including scientists, technicians, laboratory officers and pathologists for their contributions to research and clinical practice. Laboratory professionals are a vital pillar within the healthcare community and the MLPW is an important platform to educate the public on the role this community plays in the diagnosis and research of patients. This year, WRAIR kicked off MLPW with a cake cutting ceremony, followed by an extremely competitive and mind-blowing game from Laboratory Jeopardy. WRAIR and NCDC staff also participated in various educational lab games, activities and virtual educational outreach event with QSI-Tbilisi students. The team closed MLPW with a socially distanced appreciation lunch served by LTC Scherer, CPT Gonzales and SFC Jones.

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