ASHI Insights
Sep. 9, 2014

Annual meeting registration is open!
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New this year! Join ASHI while registering for the meeting and save up to $135 on registration fees. Members who join now are paid through December 2015. More

Did you forget to sign up for ASHI Networking Dinner at Lucky Strike? Add it to your confirmed registration now!
If you are already registered for the meeting, but forgot to sign up for the ASHI Networking Dinner, it’s easy to add. Just go back to your confirmation email and click on the link below the phrase “You can make changes to your registration record ...” Select “Add Option,” then just check off the Networking Dinner and pay for your ticket. See you there!More

Online educational opportunity — Sept. 30
An online educational opportunity, called the Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases Virtual Education Summit, produced with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 30. This live, complimentary online continuing medical education summit is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits, provided at no cost to clinicians and held 100 percent online at Kathleen Sullivan, M.D., Ph.D. will be speaking on the topic of “A Close Look at Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases.”More

Call for papers now posted for special HI issue
Human Immunology is organizing a special issue on single-molecule sequencing for histocompatibility and immunogenetics. Editor-in-chief Steve Mack, together with guest editors Dimitri Monos and Martin Maiers, has prepared the call for papers that has been posted on the journal homepage at More

ASHI University — exciting things are coming!
The ASHI Education Committee is excited to announce that ASHI University is about to launch a newly redesigned website for web-based learning. Along with the new website, there are newly designed modules. The “classic” ASHI modules are now being reformatted and provided with a new ASHI Procedure Manual chapter for each module. All new ASHI-U modules are being written with a procedure manual chapter as well. The goal is to eventually update the entire procedure manual as a web-based resource.

Look for the launch of the new ASHI-U website and new look coming soon, along with the first procedure manual chapters. In addition, ASHI will hold a “FREE DAY” later this year so that everyone can experience ASHI-U web-based learning for a day and see what a great value it is for ASHI members. More

Crystal structure reveals how minor variations make receptor proteins activate or inhibit natural killer cells
Medical Xpress
Natural killer (NK) cells are white blood cells that can detect and destroy abnormal cells, including cancer cells or cells infected by viruses. A*STAR researchers have now resolved a longstanding puzzle concerning the receptor proteins that NK cells use to distinguish between normal and abnormal cells. Their work suggests ways in which NK cells could be modified to improve their response to a range of diseases.More

Natural killer cells battle pediatric leukemia
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Researchers have shown that a select team of immune-system cells from patients with leukemia can be multiplied in the laboratory, creating an army of natural killer cells that can be used to destroy the cancer cells. Results of their in vitro study, published in Leukemia, could one day provide a less toxic and more effective way to battle this cancer in children.More

Stem cell transplants successful in stiff person syndrome
Medscape (free subscription)
An intensive approach to autologous stem cells transplantation has allowed a return to normal function for patients with stiff person syndrome (SPS). Researchers at the Ottawa Blood and Marrow Transplant Program have so far performed transplants on 3 women with SPS. They describe the first 2 cases, both involving relatively young women, in a case series published online Aug. 25, in JAMA Neurology.More