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Registration and housing for the ASHI Regional Education Workshop 1 at the Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown Convention Center in Portland, Oregon from April 11-13, 2019 is now open! Early bird and housing deadlines are Thursday, March 14.
CASE STUDY SUBMISSION
ASHI Regional Education Workshop faculty request case studies from attendees for the ASHI 2019 Regional Education Workshops. Case study submission deadline is Monday, March 11.
ASHI TRAVEL AWARD FUND
Do you need funding to attend this meeting? ASHI members can apply for a travel stipend. Click here to complete the application. Application deadline is Friday, February 8.
The 116th Congress is underway and healthcare policy, once again, expects to be a focal point on Capitol Hill. More specifically, efforts to overhaul diagnostic testing regulations are already afoot in the House and Senate. ASHI is committed to ensuring that your voice and expertise in the fields of immunogenetics, histocompatibility, and transplant science play a central role in shaping the federal policies that most impact your operations and reimbursement.
In the spirit of that commitment, ASHI has partnered with Polsinelli – a government affairs firm with a longstanding track record of developing, implementing, and shaping healthcare policy at the federal level. Led by former Congressman Alan Wheat (D-MO), Polsinelli Public Policy Group members Tim Casey and James Fleischmann have already begun working to elevate ASHI's presence and influence on Capitol Hill.
Click here to read about ASHI's partnership with Polsinelli.
Sunday, July 14 - Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Marriott Springhill Suites Old Montreal
Registration is now open!
The application for the 14th International Summer School on Immunogenetics is now open! Before preparing to apply, please review all the meeting requirements.
Deadline: Friday, March 22, 2019
Important Note: This application requests a copy of the participants curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, abstract of own research that you will present to the attendees, letter of support from your mentor/supervisor/sponsor and copy or verification of society membership with either APHIA, ARSHI, ASHI or EFI.
14th International Summer School Faculty
We are pleased to announce the 14th International Summer School on Immunogenetics Faculty:
Fadi Alazayer, CHT, CHS(ABHI), MBA, CSSGB, CM - ARSHI
Reem Ameen, Msc, MBA, PhD - ARSHI
Patricia Campbell, MBChB - ASHI
Heather Dunkley, PhD - APHIA
Joannis Mytilineos, MD, PhD - EFI
James Robinson, BSc Hons, MSc - EFI
John Schmitz, PhD, D(ABHI, ABMLI) - ASHI
Lyanne Weston, PhD – APHIA
For more information on the faculty, click here.
- Tips on how to keep your lab stockroom and cold reagents organized: READ MORE
- Dr. Robert Liwski, HLA Lab Director, developed and validated a rapid optimized flow cytometry crossmatch (FCXM) Assay: READ MORE
- Get a wallchart with an overview of the HLA molecule, genes and nomenclature: REQUEST FREE WALLCHART
- Are you processing too many samples? Automate cell isolations with RoboSep™: WATCH VIDEO
Once again this year, we are inviting all ASHI members to showcase their artistic talent, their commitment to the society, and to the field of histocompatibility and immunogenetics by participating in a poster contest to celebrate 2019 Medical Laboratory Professionals Week! This poster contest will help to promote and recognize the dedicated efforts of laboratory professionals.
The first place winner will receive the honor of having their artwork showcased in a poster which will be distributed to all ASHI accredited labs prior to the start of 2019 Medical Laboratory Professionals Week.
Click here for the rules for the poster contest.
Each year the American Society for Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (ASHI) sponsors several awards to recognize scientific accomplishments and contributions to the fields of histocompatibility and immunogenetics as well as service to the society. ASHI is currently accepting nominations for the following awards:
J. Marilyn MacQueen Rising Star Award
Distinguished Service Award
Bernard Amos Distinguished Scientist Award
Rose Payne Award
Outstanding Technologist Award
Send nominations and supporting information to Katherine Giovetsis. To view former award winners, please click here. The nominations deadline for all awards is May 15, 2019. Click here for more details.
Your lab could receive up to $1,000 for hosting a local HLA meeting! ASHI has prepared all the tools you need to organize your local meeting including an ASHI Local Meeting Handbook. Ready to get started? Just submit an application for funding. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Name & Credentials: Carol Pancoska Ph.D. D (ABHI)
Title: HLA Laboratory Director
Employment: Semi-retired laboratory consultant
Graduated from: B.A. in Microbiology from UCLA; Ph.D. in Immunology Rutgers University Graduate School
How long have you been an ASHI member?25 years
Where was the ASHI meeting held the first time you attended? I cannot remember my first ASHI meeting but I have only missed 2 in the last 25 years. They were all special because of friendships formed and collaborations established.
Click here to read more.
To be our next ASHI Member Spotlight, click here now! You can also nominate a co-worker or fellow colleague by contacting Mandi Cruz at Mcruz@ashi-hla.org.
2019 PT Orders
ASHI sincerely appreciates all the laboratories who signed up to participate in the 2019 PT Program. We are excited to partner with you this year.
If your laboratory missed the Jan. 30th PT ordering deadline, please contact the PT Coordinator Cheryl Hartman at firstname.lastname@example.org at your earliest convenience for further information.
The 2019 HT-1 survey - the first 2019 PT shipment - will be shipped on Tuesday, February 19th. Click here to view the 2019 survey shipment schedule. The 2019 PT Shipping schedule is also available on the PT page of the ASHI website. In preparation for the first shipment of the new PT season, please complete the following steps to ensure you and your lab are ready for the upcoming PT year.
For ASHI members:
Please check your personal ASHI membership account to be sure it is active and not expired. Accounts renewed, but not paid are considered inactive and will not be able to access, enter, or view results in the PT Lab Center. Expired memberships will also be unable to access, enter, or view results in the PT Lab Center. Please renew your membership today to ensure you have no problems accessing the PT Lab Center for 2019.
If you do not wish to renew your ASHI membership for 2019, your account can be switched to a non-member account by contacting Membership Coordinator Mandi Cruz at email@example.com.
If you would like to access your laboratory’s PT results in the PT Lab Center, but do not wish to establish a member account, please access the ASHI site and click “join” to establish a non-member account. After the account has been established, please contact the PT Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to have the proper permissions added to your account to access the PT Lab Center.
The Accreditation Review Board (ARB) is pleased to announce the new logo design for our accredited laboratories. This will promote pride in the accreditation that our laboratories work extremely hard to obtain. Laboratory personnel are encouraged to use the logo in their email signatures, if permitted by their institution. The ARB will also use the logo in the following ways:
If you have not received the electronic logo file and would like one emailed, please contact Melissa directly at email@example.com.
- Use it to create wall & window stickers, for laboratories to display onsite
- Feature it on official accreditation certificates, starting in late 2019
- Any other creative usage is encouraged!
The ASHI Technologists’ Affairs committee is pleased to announce ASHI’s newest Facebook groups: Technologists' Affairs Forum and Technologists’ Affairs Mentoring Forum! These forums give you a more convenient way to ask and answer specific technologist-related questions, to get or give advice and guidance on job-related challenges and to receive or offer tips on advancing within the HLA career ladder.
Both forums are private Facebook groups and are solely intended for technologist and non-doctoral members.
Click the buttons below and join the discussion today!
The Travel Fund Award was created to help ASHI members attend regional and annual meetings. ASHI is able to continue its mission because of your support and generosity. By contributing to the travel fund award, you'll help us give more educational and career building opportunities to our members.
Online donations are quick and easy using our secure credit card transactions. We welcome donations of all sizes. Donate today by clicking here!
Mark your calendar now for future ASHI Annual Meetings!
45TH ANNUAL MEETING
September 23-27, 2019
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
46TH ANNUAL MEETING
October 19-23, 2020
In addition to their role in antigen presentation, class II MHC molecules also transmit signals to B lymphocytes. Class II MHC-mediated signals initiate a range of events in B cells, including induction of cell surface proteins, initiation of cell-cycle progression/proliferation, activation of or protection from apoptosis, and antigen-dependent plasma cell differentiation.
This paper discusses the advantages provided by next generation sequencing (NGS) compared to traditional typings or limited sequencing strategies for the characterization of HLA population diversity based on four documented examples. We also comment the limitations of this approach by highlighting pitfalls in interpreting NGS data.
Our understanding of sequence variation in the HLA-DPB1 gene is largely restricted to the hypervariable antigen recognition domain (ARD) encoded by exon 2. Here, we employed a redundant sequencing strategy combining long-read and short-read data to accurately phase and characterise in full length the majority of common and well-documented (CWD) DPB1 alleles as well as alleles with an observed frequency of at least 0.0006% in our predominantly European sample set. We generated 664 DPB1 sequences, comprising 279 distinct allelic variants.
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