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Austin Peay professor Scanlan named editor-in-chief of Clinical Laboratory Science, the flagship journal for American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Dr. Perry Scanlan, Austin Peay State University professor of allied health sciences, was appointed by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) as editor-in-chief of Clinical Laboratory Science, the flagship peer-reviewed journal of the ASCLS. He will begin his term starting in January 2017.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Dr. Perry Scanlan, Austin Peay State University professor of allied health sciences, was appointed by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) as editor-in-chief of Clinical Laboratory Science, the flagship peer-reviewed journal of the ASCLS. He will begin his term starting in January 2017.

Scanlan, who is also director of Austin Peay’s Medical Laboratory Science Program, is president-elect for the organization’s Tennessee chapter, and served on the editorial board for Clinical Laboratory Science, before being named the journal’s new EIC. His term will continue through December 2019.

“It’s quite an honor for ASCLS to appoint me as the editor-in-chief of Clinical Laboratory Science,” Scanlan said. “It is a culmination of a lot of previous work with the Journal as an editor, as well as the respect I’ve received from my peers that they feel I can lead the journal and have a real impact in driving the research being published in this field.

“In my field, I work alongside researchers from major medical universities such as Vanderbilt and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, so this appointment as EIC says a lot about the work and service we are doing at Austin Peay State University. ”

As EIC, Scanlan said some of his goals are to guide the Clinical Laboratory Science Journal in its transition into online publishing, as well as emphasizing research and scholarly publications as a way to increasing awareness of the importance of medical laboratory science.

“We are transitioning to online publishing and using that space to improve the quality of our journal through colorful images, videos, and supplements that can share our important work with the rest of the world,” Scanlan said. “But the biggest thing for our profession is highlighting our contributions to the medical community. Medical laboratory scientists and technicians play a vital role in providing and improving patient care.  

“Being an ambassador and making scholarly contributions makes the medical laboratory science  field more visible and highlights our contributions to medicine and are a big part of why we publish this journal.”

Prior to accepting his current role, Scanlan has served the organization in numerous capacities over the years, including two previous terms as a clinical practice section editor for the journal, and as president and board member for ASCLS-TN over the past 10 years.  

Earlier this summer, he was one of the recipients of the ASCLS’s prestigious Voices Under 40 award. The award was developed to honor ASCLS members under the age of 40 who have shown exceptional commitment to the organization, the laboratory profession and their community.

For more information on APSU’s Medical Laboratory Science Program, visit the website https://www.apsu.edu/medical-technology.