ASHI Insights
Jul. 29, 2014

Reminder: Please fill out the Proficiency Testing Survey
A survey was sent out recently to all ASHI Proficiency Testing Survey subscribers as well as to a number of non-subscribers. If you subscribe to a PT program, please take a few minutes to complete the survey. ASHI wants to hear from as many labs as possible in order to improve its service and offerings to the labs. More

ASHI is moving!


International Summer School — Oct. 15 -18
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.

Application deadline — Aug. 1

There are only a few spots left for this year’s International Summer School (ISS). Get your application in by this Friday, Aug. 1. At the ISS you will have access to expert programming and you'll only be a short ride away from ASHI's 40th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado — Oct. 20-24.

To allow for intense, interactive discussions, a total of only 50 students will be accepted from all 3 sponsoring societies.

The low tuition fee of $250 includes the following:

For program details and information on how to apply, visit

This year's International Summer School for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics is organized by ASHI with support from EFI (European Federation for Immunogenetics) and APHIA (Asia-Pacific Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Association) More

3 reasons to come to Denver for the 40th Annual Meeting!
Take advantage of your surroundings! Denver has so much to offer ASHI annual meeting attendees. Below are a few activities happening in the Denver area during the annual meeting. We hope you take a little time to explore the city. Here are three places to check out after a day of educational sessions:

For other brewery tours and information, click here.

To learn more about Denver, Colorado, visit the website.More

Graft-host tolerance in bone marrow transplant chimeras — absence of graft-versus-host disease is associated with unresponsiveness to minor histocompatibility antigens expressed by all tissues
American Society of Hematology
Because bone marrow (BM) transplantation is used with increasing frequency, it is important to elucidate the mechanisms involved in the establishment of tolerance to host minor histocompatibility antigens (MIHA) in recipients transplanted with T-cell-undepleted marrow grafts. Scientists have previously shown that BM chimeras transplanted across MiHA barriers showed specific unresponsiveness to MiHA expressed on recipient-type concanavalin A blasts. Because expression of many MiHA is tissue-specific, scientists wanted to determine if chimera T-lymphocytes would be tolerant to MiHA expressed by all host tissues and organs.More

Scientists find genetic recipe to turn stem cells to blood
Bioscience Technology
The ability to reliably and safely make in the laboratory all of the different types of cells in human blood is one key step closer to reality. Writing in the journal Nature Communications, a group led by University of Wisconsin-Madison stem cell researcher Igor Slukvin reports the discovery of two genetic programs responsible for taking blank-slate stem cells and turning them into both red and the array of white cells that make up human blood.More