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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.
- 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).
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:
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
Are you an HLA technologist who has worked in the field for less than three years and desires to pursue a career in HLA? If so, then you should submit an essay for a chance to win the 2017 ASHI Rising Star Award! This award recognizes an outstanding HLA technologist who has worked in the field for less than three years and desires to pursue a career in HLA. The requirement for this award is a short essay (less than four pages) describing your current work in HLA and why you're interested in pursuing a career in the field. This essay must be written by the nominee and validated by the nominee's direct supervisor.
The ASHI Distinguished Service Award was established in 1999 to honor colleagues who have contributed significantly to ASHI's heritage. This award recognizes:
The ASHI Distinguished Scientist Award was established in 2001 to honor a distinguished scientist who is an ASHI member. This individual must have contributed significantly to the field of immunogenetics and/or transplant immunology. This award recognizes:
- ASHI membership past or present, doctoral or non-doctoral
- Creativity in moving ASHI in new directions, both scientifically and as an organization
- Service to ASHI
- Educational contribution on behalf of ASHI
Click here to read the nomination requirements for all awards and then submit your nominations now to Katherine Miranda.
- ASHI membership past or present
- Professional scientific accomplishments: theoretical and technical creativity
- Special contributions and achievements in their field of expertise
- Other extraordinary contributions
THE NOMINATIONS DEADLINE IS JUNE 1, 2017.
To view a list of former award winners, please click here.
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.
Remember to show your lab spirit by posting videos and photos to the ASHI Facebook page to show others how you are celebrating for a chance to win fun prizes! ASHI is proud to show our support and gratitude for the hard work laboratory professionals do and reminds you to hang your ASHI lab week poster for all to see!
In forwarding ASHI's vision to be the foremost authority and leading educational resource in immunogenetics and histocompatibility, ASHI President, Dr. Mike Gautreaux is going to conduct a webinar on Thursday, April 20th at 2 p.m. ET for NATCO, The Organization for Transplant Professionals. Great news for ASHI members! You can attend the webinar for free and earn ABHI credits ~ 1.0 contact hour or 0.15 CEC has been approved for participating in the webinar!
HLA for Beginners is intended to be an introduction to HLA and immunogenetics for all transplant professionals wishing to know the basics of HLA's functions in transplantation. Topics covered will be HLA's role in the immune system and, consequently, transplant rejection, HLA typing and HLA antibody testing, specifically PRA testing and crossmatching.
Identify basic biological principles underlying the central role of HLA in the immune system and, consequently, the transplant rejection process
Apply basic concepts of HLA antibody testing and its role in the transplantation process
Understand basic concepts and utility of the crossmatch and its role in the transplantation process
Target Audience: Transplant Professionals
ASHI members will have to first register as a new user of the NATCO website. Once you've done that, you can register for the webinar using the code "Webinar-ASHI" at checkout to receive complimentary registration. Once you've registered, you will receive an email confirmation. Prior to the webinar, you'll receive login information.add the following sentence the bottom of the article:
ASHI Members, you will have to first register as a new user of the NATCO website. Once you've done that, you can register for the webinar using the code "Webinar-ASHI" at checkout to receive complimentary registration. Once you've registered, you will receive an email confirmation. Prior to the webinar, you'll receive login information.
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. Renew Today!
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 to April 14, 2017, for both Group A and Group B labs.
44TH ANNUAL MEETING
October 1-5, 2018
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
45TH ANNUAL MEETING
September 23-27, 2019
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
46TH ANNUAL MEETING
October 19-23, 2020
Name & Credentials: Peter Lalli, PhD D(ABHI)
Job title and place of employment: Lab Director, Carolinas Health System
Graduated from: Wittenberg University and Case Western Reserve University
How long have you been an ASHI member? 9 years
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. Attendance provides 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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Human papillomavirus (HPV) can induce cervical intraepithelial neoplasias (CIN) grades 1, 2 and 3. Untreated, these lesions may progress to cervical cancer (CC) which is the third most common cancer in women worldwide. HLA-G plays an immunotolerant role in the immune response. The aim of this study was to characterize the configuration of SNPs located at the distal promoter of HLA-G in patients with CIN2 and CIN3 and control women. The study sample was composed of 207 women as follows: 73 diagnosed with CIN2 lesions, 56 with CIN3 and 78 healthy control women.
Colorectal cancer (CRC) can occur anywhere in the colon or rectum and represents the third most common cancer in the world in both sexes. Natural killer cells (NK) are part of the innate immune system recognizing class I HLA molecules on target cells through their membrane receptors, called killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR). The aim of our study was to evaluate the association between the KIR genes and HLA ligands in patients with colorectal cancer and healthy controls. We examined the polymorphism of 16 KIR genes and their HLA ligands in 154 caucasoid CRC patients and 216 controls.
American Journal of Transplantation
Technological advances in HLA laboratory testing undoubtedly improved the sensitivity and specificity of HLA antibody assessment but not without introducing a set of challenges regarding data interpretation. In particular, the introduction of solid-phase single-antigen bead (SAB) antibody assessment brought the belief that mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) was a quantifiable value. As such, MFI levels heavily influenced HLA antibody reporting, monitoring, and clinical practice. However, given that SAB testing was neither intended for nor approved to be quantifiable, is the use of MFI in current clinical and laboratory practice valid?
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