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CLEC Featured Events

Friday Evening Social Options

We have arranged two options for your Friday evening activities.  You are welcome to choose either option or venture out on your own.  Information about each activity is below.  Space is limited for both activities so register early if you plan to attend.  If you prefer to create your own adventure, information about local activities will be available onsite.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Bar-B-Que Contest

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is an annual event that spans 3 weeks and includes concerts, BBQ contests, livestock and horse shows, rodeos and family activities.   CLEC is fortunate to be in Houston the first weekend. The annual BBQ Cookoff will be held on Friday evening.  We have arranged for buses to depart from the hotel to take you to the rodeo grounds where you can enjoy live music in the Garden and the Rockin’ Bar B Que Saloon, and pick up your complimentary beef sandwich and sides in the Chuck Wagon.   Your ticket also allows admission to the carnival.  Tickets for the BBQ Contest are $30 per adult (includes roundtrip transportation); drink tickets may be purchased on the rodeo grounds for $2 each   Busses will return you to the hotel (varied departure times arranged for your convenience.)  For more information about this event, visit the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Bar-B-Que Contest website.

To purchase tickets for this event, please choose this option when registering for CLEC 2018.  If bringing a guest, be sure to add the additional purchase to your cart.

SPACE IS LIMITED SO REGISTER EARLY!  Registration deadline for the Rodeo Bar-B-Que activity ends January 12, 2018 or until tickets are sold out (whichever occurs first).

Dinner at Maggiano's Little Italy Restaurant

If you prefer an evening enjoying a sit-down dinner, reservations have been made at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant.  Maggiano’s is located at the Galleria which is adjacent to the Royal Sonesta Hotel and within walking distance.  Limited seating is available for the 3-course family style meal ($35 per person) for you to enjoy with your friends and colleagues.   Please choose this option when registering to ensure availability.  If bringing a guest, be sure to add to your registration.

SPACE IS LIMITED SO REGISTER EARLY!  Registration deadline for the Dinner at Maggiano's ends January 12, 2018 or until tickets are sold out (whichever occurs first).

Keynote Speakers

We have outstanding opening and closing speakers planned for CLEC 2018.  Our opening keynote address will feature Dr. Michael Laposata, and Dr. Michelle Butina will deliver the closing keynote address.


Michael Laposata, MD, Ph.D. is the chairman of the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas in Galveston.  His keynote address, entitled "The Diagnostic Management Team:  A Solution for Diagnostic Error and Inappropriate Test Utilization", is a very timely topic for the medical laboratory.  He will describe the diagnostic management team and everything about it – participants, output, impact and planned growth.

Michelle Butina, Ph.D., MLS (ASCP)CM is the MLS Program Director at the University of Kentucky. Over the past 8 years, she has participated in numerous leadership programs in order to manager her own leadership development. The most rewarding was her participation in Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Women in Education Leadership institute.


CLEC Commerical Symposia

In 2018, we are piloting a new program for our attendees and exhibitors: CLEC Commercial Symposia. Select exhibitors who submitted proposals for scientific sessions have been given the opportunity to present 30-minute sessions. Join us to learn how their products and services can be useful in laboratory education.

Join us in room Founders I-II from 9:00 - 9:30am to learn more about MediaLab's topic.

Join us in room Founders III-IV from 9:30 - 10:00am to learn more about Seimens Healthineer's topic.

Join us in room Founders I-II from 10:00 - 10:30am to learn more about AMT's topic.

Join us in room Founders III-IV from 10:30 - 11:00am to learn more about Bio-Rad Laboratories's topic.





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