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Dr. Andrew Taylor

Dr. Andrew Taylor, Royal Surrey County Hospital, UK

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Andrew Taylor PhD is a Consultant Clinical Scientist at the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, UK and Honorary Reader of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey Guildford, UK. His main responsibilities are as Director of the Supra-regional Assay Service Trace Element Centre which provides an analytical, interpretive and consultative service to clinicians throughout the UK. He established and directs an international quality assessment scheme for the measurement of trace elements in biological fluids that now has over 120 participating laboratories based in about 20 countries. He acted as coordinator of an international network for organisers of external quality assessment schemes for occupational and environmental laboratory medicine from 1998 to 2012 Related initiatives include measurement of the impact of quality assessment on analytical performance, evaluation of parameters contributing to good and poor laboratory performance, and preparation of reference materials.

Research interests cover topics relating to the clinical biochemistry of trace elements, including the metabolism of gold compounds in rheumatoid arthritis, mechanisms for the toxicity of aluminium, dietary trace element intakes in infants, development of new and improved analytical procedures, quality control/assessment as a stimulus to improved analytical standards. He is also involved with teaching and training of clinical chemistry, examining for UK and overseas universities and is a senior member of the UK Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine. As a UKAS accreditation assessor he regularly visits laboratories to determine compliance to international standards.

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