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The abstract submission site is now open for the 43rd Annual Meeting. Abstracts may be accepted for either an oral presentation or a poster presentation. Before you prepare and submit your abstract, please carefully review the abstract requirements.
The deadline for abstract submission is Monday, April 10, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.
Submit your Abstract
Awards will be issued to the first author. The first author is considered the lead researcher and/or takes primary responsibility for the abstract.
The American Society for Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (ASHI) is making an effort to reduce our environmental impact globally. The final program will not be provided in a printed format. You will be provided with a pocket schedule and the ASHI meeting app for information on all of the sessions, room locations, speaker handouts and more!
- International Scholar: $500 awarded to the highest ranked international abstract.
- ASHI Scholar: $225.00 awarded to the top three abstracts.
- Case Study Awards: The highest ranking case studies; one for stem cell and one for solid organ will be presented at the respective workshop and will receive a $200 award. Awardees will be announced during the final symposium session.
- Posters will be considered for awards in four categories: Most Innovative, Most Clinically Relevant, People's Choice and President's Choice if you indicate you would like to be considered for these. A maximum of four awards will be granted. Winning posters will be announced at the Awards Symposium and will be acknowledged with a ribbon and award $100 each.
ASHI Regional Education Workshop 1 in Mesa, AZ
April 6-8, 2017
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The Travel Fund Award was created to help newer ASHI members attend regional and annual meetings. The ASHI Board of Directors has approved two grants for Technologist members for each Regional meeting in 2017. For the Annual meeting, two grants have been reserved for Technologist members and two for Doctoral level members. Winners of a 2017 ASHI Travel Fund Award will receive:
*Limited to one travel fund award per institution each year.
To be considered for the ASHI Travel Fund Award you must be a current ASHI member of five (5) years or less. The following increase your likelihood of being chosen:
- One (1) complimentary registration to the 2017 ASHI Annual or (1) Regional Education Workshop
- Up to $800 reimbursement for travel expenses to a Regional Education Workshop or $1,000 reimbursement to the 2017 Annual Meeting (must be in compliance with the ASHI travel policy).
Please complete this application. Once we receive your application, we will contact your General Supervisor or Director for verification of support for your application. These items will be sent to the reviewing committee. Good luck!
- Volunteer service to ASHI and/or ABHI
- Presentations at ASHI meetings
- Authorship in ASHI publications
- Desire to further your career in HLA
Regional Workshop 2 — April 28th
Annual Meeting — July 7th
The next generation of Virtual Crossmatch is here!
VXmatch is a web and mobile-enabled application that displays all the crossmatch data you want; in exactly the way you want it. Want DSA trends, dilution, reactivity history, and graphs? VXmatch is a virtual crossmatch for labs who take it seriously.
We hope that you'll take a few moments to renew your 2017 ASHI membership today to avoid disruption of your ASHI benefits.
Your membership dues allow us to provide programs, professional awards, and educational opportunities that advance the science, education and application of immunogenetics and transplant immunology.
Reminder: If you haven't done so already, please make sure you place your order online for the AC survey which is scheduled to ship in April. Please take some time to review your contacts listed in the lab center and update all information to make sure it is current.
HT survey — important update: The deadline for results submission has been extended by one week, to April 14, 2017, for both Group A and Group B labs.
Thanks to a very generous donation from an ASHI member, ASHI created an annual award for the best paper published in Human Immunology. The winner was selected based on the following criteria:
- Number of citations
- Number of downloads
- Overall quality of the paper
This year's award will be given to the best paper published in 2015 as we must wait a full year for the number of citations and downloads to be reported accurately. A cash prize of $500 will be awarded. The editorial board members selected the winners from a list of the top 9 papers from 2015.
|Left to right is Julie Karl, Dawn Dudley, Catherine Westbrook, Karl Garcia,|
Suzanne Mate and Roger Wiseman
First Place Winner: "No assembly required: Full-length MHC class I allele discovery by PacBio circular consensus sequencing"
Authors are: Westbrook, C.J., Karl, J.A., Wiseman, R.W., Mate, S., Koroleva, G., Garcia, K., Sanchez-Lockhart, M., O'Connor, D.H., Palacios, G.
The second place winner is: "Regulatory B cell: New member of immunosuppressive cell club"
Authors are: Ding, T., Yan, F., Cao, S., Ren, X
Third place winner is: "Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-G during pregnancy part II: Associations between maternal and fetal HLA-G genotypes and soluble HLA-G"
Authors are: Dahl, M., Klitkou, L., Christiansen, O.B., Djurisic, S., Piosik, Z.M., Skovbo, P., Møller, A.M., Steffensen, R., Hviid, T.V.F.
44TH ANNUAL MEETING
October 1-5, 2018
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
45TH ANNUAL MEETING
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David L. Lawrence Convention Center
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Name & Credentials: Anne Halpin, MSc, RT, CHS
Job title and place of employment: Laboratory Scientist, Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Graduated from: I graduated from the University of Alberta (BSc in Medical Laboratory Scientist) and Trinity College, Dublin (MSc in Community Health). I'm also currently enrolled in graduate studies, back at the University of Alberta. I'm not sure that I can recommend the mid 40s PhD study while holding down a job and raising young children, but it hasn't killed me ... yet.
How long have you been an ASHI member? So long! Since 1995.
If you would like to be featured in an upcoming Member Spotlight, please complete the online form.
ASHI and the Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists (AMLI) are hosting an exciting Member Society symposium at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS 2017) on Wednesday, June 14, at the Hilton Downtown Chicago Hotel. First held in 2001, the FOCIS Annual Meeting draws the best clinician scientists from around the world to participate in the scientific program, bringing together cutting-edge science from various disease fields related to clinical immunology.
With an innovative lineup of topics and presenters, the FOCIS 2017 program has something for everyone! Registration is open and late-breaking abstract submissions will be accepted through April 7, 2017. Travel awards available to top-scoring late-breaking posters.
Hope to see you in Chicago!
The 2017 joint EFI/ASHI/APHIA Summer School meeting will be held in Trinity College in the heart of the city of Dublin, Ireland, July 24th-26th. The concept of the Summer School is that it provides a focused course on all aspects of theoretical and applied Immunogenetics and Histocompatibility. To encourage discussion the course is limited to a small group of participants (30-40). Participants are invited to present their own research. It represents a great opportunity for those studying towards higher H&I specific qualifications as well as a chance to meet others working in the field in different parts of the world.
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Allergies are the most common cause of asthma. The immune system over-reacts to harmless substances such as birch or grass pollen, for example, forming immunoglobulin E antibodies (IgE). Together with the inflammatory cells in the skin and mucous membranes, the "mast cells", IgE antibodies are responsible for certain allergic diseases, such as asthma and hay fever. Scientists have now successfully developed a technique for suctioning the IgE antibodies out of the blood, thereby significantly improving the quality of life for people who suffer from severe allergic asthma.
New computer models from North Carolina State University show how a variant of a common protein involved in human immune response binds to the antiviral drug abacavir, causing a severe life-threatening reaction known as the abacavir hypersensitivity syndrome. The work has implications for predicting severe adverse reactions caused by existing drugs and future drug candidates in subpopulations of patients.
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