Immunoassay Interferences and Their Impact on Patient Care

Wednesday, August 7, 7 – 8:30 a.m.
Hilton Anaheim, California B Room
Supported by Veravas, Inc.


Immunoassays are the work horses of clinical labs. Using antibodies for diagnostic measurements provides high specificity and sensitivity. Despite all the successful uses of immunoassays, there are still problems with the interferences. In this session, the speakers will review how common immunoassay formats work, how the different types of interference mechanisms cause falsely elevated and suppressed results for each assay format, how these interferences impact patient care and outcomes, and how current strategies are used to trouble shoot interference.

A light continental breakfast will be served, so bring your questions and enjoy this educational workshop.


Attendees will learn to:

  • List the common interferences that impact immunoassay results.
  • Describe how interferences impact patient results, care, and outcomes.
  • Create a plan for mitigating these interferences.


Prof. Damien Gruson


Nikola Bauman, PhD, DABCC
Co-Director, Central Clinical Laboratory and Central Processing
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Brooke Katzman, PhD
Co-Director, Hospital Clinical Lab and Point-of-Care Testing
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Prof. Damien Gruson, PhD, EuSpLM, FESC
Chef de Service, Biochimie Médicale
Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc
Brussels, Belgium