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Gronowski given clinical chemistry award

Recognized for contributions to reproductive medicine diagnostics

March 11, 2020

Ann M. Gronowski, PhD, a professor and vice chair of faculty affairs and development in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the Academy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Selected Area of Research from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

The association is a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to clinical laboratory science and its application to health care. The association’s Academy Award recognizes clinical chemists who have achieved national and international status for their pioneering efforts in an area of research fundamental to the science of clinical chemistry, and are among the world’s foremost experts in a specific discipline.

Also a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Gronowski has focused her research on laboratory diagnostics for endocrinology and reproductive physiology, with an emphasis on maternal-fetal medicine. She discovered a flaw in the design of pregnancy tests that can cause falsely negative results and uncovered the biological explanation for the defect. Her findings led manufacturers to change the design of the widely used tests to make them more reliable. Gronowski is also active in the field of ethics in laboratory medicine, and has published on ethics, professionalism and error disclosure.