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ASHI President, Dr. Malek Kamoun, elected to OPTN/UNOS Executive Committee
Dr. Kamoun was elected by a majority vote of a quorum of the entire voting membership and will be the 2015-16 Histocompatibility Representative on the OPTN/UNOS Executive Committee.

The Board of Directors is the governing body that oversees and participates in developing policies for operating the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) that provide equitable organ allocation to patients registered on the national waiting list, ensure quality standards for membership, and establish data submission requirements. Currently, the same board that serves the OPTN also serves the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the organization that holds the contract to operate the OPTN.
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ASHI Technologists Survey
Have you taken ASHI's Technologist Survey yet?

The ASHI Technologist Affairs Committee is conducting a survey of all HLA technologists in North America. This survey is completely anonymous and consists of general questions from location and gender to more specific questions like salary information and compensation for on-call pay. Please take time to thoughtfully answer each question and feel free to add any comments or other information at the end of the survey. Our goal is for each North American HLA technologist to have the opportunity to take this survey so if someone in your lab did not receive the email link please forward the email to them. Once the survey results are tabulated, the summary will be made available on the ASHI website inside the member’s only section. The ASHI Technologist Affairs Committee wants to thank you in advance for your participation in this important survey!!

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2015 Call for Abstracts
The abstract deadline is less than two weeks away! Have you submitted an abstract yet? Seize this opportunity to share your research and findings with the HLA community.

Click here to begin the submission process
Submission Deadline: May 11, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. (CDT)

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41st Annual Meeting sneak peek!
  • Restructured 5 day program with two poster sessions, built in networking time and a special guest speaker at the new closing reception on Thursday evening!
  • Joint symposium between ASHI and AST on the diagnosis of kidney allograft rejection
  • Be sure to stick around Friday for two sessions that have the science and practical base needed to deliver histocompatibility support to transplant programs and meet patients' expectations

  • For additional information, visit www.ashi-hla.org/events/annual-meeting/.

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    EDUCATION


    Introduction to HLA — Volume 4 of ASHI University
    This module was created to help patients better understand the basic immunology underlying the transplantation rejection process. ASHI is offering this module as a complimentary download to educate patients, their families and others about the work ASHI labs do to ensure organ and bone marrow transplantation happens in a safe and expeditious manner.
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    Philadelphia Regional Education Workshop — June 18-20, 2015

    Register and reserve your room today to secure your spot!

    Here's what Philadelphia has to offer ASHI's regional workshop attendees:
    1. The Art of the Brick @ the Franklin Institute
    2. Night Market Philadelphia
    3. Home to James Beard Award-winning chefs-Visit a Jose Garces Restaurant
    4. Visit the Reading Terminal Market — the nation's oldest continuously operating farmers' market
    5. Phillies vs. Cardinals — There's so much to see and do in Philly! Make plans to stay and enjoy your time by visiting visitphilly.com.

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    FACT Cord Blood Inspection & Accreditation Workshop
    FACT will host its 10th annual Cord Blood Inspection & Accreditation Workshop at the International Cord Blood Symposium in San Francisco on June 14. The agenda includes sessions related to working with cord blood collection sites, maintaining documentation across various banking and collection sites, common citations, and more. Several opportunities for networking with cord blood banking colleagues will be provided throughout the day.

    Register soon to take advantage of the early registration fee. Registration fees are waived for active and trainee inspectors.

    Register for the workshop

    View the preliminary agenda

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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    A reliable, high-resolution and high-throughput genotyping method for HLA-DRB1
    Human Immunology
    Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) DNA typing is an essential part to identify a donor who may be a good match for the patients who need haematopoietic stem cells from bone marrow. Thus, fetching quickly high-resolution genotype is very important at present. However, current HLA DNA typing methods especially for HLA-DRB1 generally yielded ambiguous typing results because of high degree of heterozygosity on exome region and primer pairs design limitations, which generally amplified only exon2 of HLA-DRB1 and the position of its primer pairs is on exome region.
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    Human leukocyte antigen polymorphisms and personalized medicine for rheumatoid arthritis
    Journal of Human Genetics via Nature
    Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) polymorphisms are the most important genetic risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic systemic inflammatory disease of unknown etiology. Certain HLA-DRB1 alleles, known as shared epitope (SE) alleles because they have the same amino-acid sequence at positions 70–74, are associated with susceptibility to RA. A gene dosage effect is present for RA-predisposing SE alleles, and protective alleles show epistasis.
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    3 ways big data will personalize medicine
    Forbes
    The definition of "healthcare" in recent years has expanded beyond referencing providers and hospitals to include pharma, insurance, biology life science organizations, medical device manufacturers, and public agencies. For IT providers, this vast, heterogeneous landscape brings with it inherent complexities. It also presents opportunities for IT to make meaningful contributions by improving patient care, enabling healthcare providers to share and use data collaboratively, and treating diseases more proactively.
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