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Share your HLA knowledge and laboratory experience with specific assays by helping create or review ASHI-U modules. And the great part is that you don’t need to do it alone! Technologists can partner with their laboratory director or other senior members of their lab to earn continuing education credits while contributing to ASHI-U!
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ASHI congratulates the recent ABHI CHS and CHT certificate recipients!
The Postgraduate Courses in Madrid, Spain will open the 27th International Congress of The Transplantation Society (TTS 2018). It will provide a wonderful forum for delegates to
explore the innovations in transplantation biology and medicine. The Program also provides valuable interaction by enabling participants to meet and interact with leading scientists, physicians and surgeons in the field of transplantation. The co-course directors are Dr. Marcelo Cantarovich (Canada) and ASHI Member Dr. Medhat Askar (USA). Click here to read more.
VxMatch now features full LIMS integration, MFI cut-offs and custom visualizations. VxMatch is a dedicated application that displays DSA trends, dilution and reactivity history and has been validated at leading HLA labs. Click here to schedule a full demo or view our recent ASHI poster on VxMatch to learn more.
Join ASHI in Cleveland for the Regional Workshop 2 on June 28-30, 2018. Register by Thursday, June 7 to take advantage of our early bird registration rates.
Do you need funding to attend this meeting? ASHI members can apply for a travel stipend. Click here to complete the application.
Case Study Submission
Back by popular demand, the ASHI Regional Education Workshop faculty is requesting case studies from attendees for the ASHI 2018 Regional Education Workshops. Submit your case study today for Regional Education Workshop 2 before the deadline on Thursday, May 31, 2018.
The inaugural WMDA-NetCord & FACT Cord Blood Day event will be held in Miami, Florida on September 14, 2018, in conjunction with the Cord Blood Connect Meeting. The WMDA-NetCord & FACT Cord Blood Day will highlight issues that affect cord blood banks’ abilities to optimize processes within a challenging environment.
To enable teams to attend, FACT and WMDA are offering an early bird registration fee of only $295 until May 15, 2018.
This is an excellent opportunity to network with the cord blood community and learn from experts in cord blood banking. Click here and register by May 15 to take advantage of the early registration fee. Registration fees are waived for FACT active and trainee inspectors.
Did you know that ASHI uses the contact information on your membership profile to send important correspondence?
Click here to log onto your membership account and update your preferred mailing address (home and professional) and email address to ensure you receive all your membership correspondence and benefits!
ASHI is excited to be exhibiting at this year’s ATC meeting, June 2 – 6 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle! This must attend event in the field of transplantation is a great opportunity to connect with friends and meet new professionals in the industry. Will you be there? Click here to register now and be sure to visit ASHI at booth number 204.
Name & Credentials: Lorita Rebellato, Ph.D., D(ABHI)
Job Title: Laboratory Director
Place of employment: ECU/Vidant Medical Center
Graduated from: East Carolina University
How long have you been an ASHI member? >20 years
When did you attend your first ASHI Meeting? New York City at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel
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.
Your body's immune system defends itself with the remarkable ability to distinguish “self” from “non-self” to protect the body from invading pathogens and to eliminate modified or altered cells. It is made up of a system of cells, tissues, and molecules that help to detect foreign substances by producing an immune response. In organ transplantation, the new organ is recognized as a “non-self” target causing the body’s immune system to stimulate a response to destroy it.
Click here to access the UNOS Connect course catalog. Locate “The Basics of Immunology” under the Histo category. This offering can also be found on the Histocompatibility Learning Series page in UNOS Connect. Click the Learning Series library on the left, then select the Histocompatibility Learning Series. Register for the offering and click Entrance Survey to begin. The session lasts approximately 13 minutes.
Committee Name: Membership Committee
Committee Chair: Dr. Sandra Resto-Ruiz, PhD, HCLD/CC
Committee Goals: To promote ASHI membership within and outside the society and actively pursue increasing the value of ASHI membership in keeping with ASHI’s mission and vision.
1. Name a project this committee is most focused on right now.
Membership Committee will review ASHI’s membership categories. First, to more specifically accommodate our heterogeneous group and second, to continue to attract fellow professionals and students with a shared interest in H&I.
Click here to read more about the Membership Committee.
Results for the 2018 AC-1 survey are due on Friday, May 18th.
Educational Virtual Crossmatch Challenge
Results for the Educational Virtual Crossmatch challenge are also due Friday, May 18th - the same day AC survey results are due.
The PT Committee is in the process of grading the results for the HT survey.
The 2018 EMO-1 survey was shipped on Tuesday, May 8th. Results for EMO-1 are due Friday, June 8th.
Preliminary Schedule at a Glance Available Online!
Start planning your agenda! The schedule at a glance is now available. Check back often to see the latest updates to the program. Click here to view the Preliminary Schedule.
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Baltimore, the colorful, diverse city that is Maryland's largest city and economic hub, is known for its beautiful harbor, quirky, distinct neighborhoods and unique museums. There is plenty to see and do in the Baltimore Inner Harbor area. During your stay, you'll be steps away from the National Aquarium, Harborplace Shops, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, busy nightlife, M&T Bank Stadium (home of the Baltimore Ravens) and Camden Yards (home of the Baltimore Orioles).
There is plenty to see and do in the Baltimore Inner Harbor area. Click here to read more about Baltimore.
On September 13-15, 2018 in Madrid Spain, The International Conference on Lymphocyte Engineering (ICLE 2018) will provide a dedicated platform to advance research, clinical translation and treatment in immuno-gene therapy. ICLE brings together immunotherapy with cell and gene therapy to foster interdisciplinary collaborations, deepening the connection between basic and clinical research across related disease specialties: oncology, pathogenic diseases, autoimmunity, immunodeficiencies and others.
Click here to meet the June 19th Early Registration Deadline or for Abstract Submission information.
The Travel Fund Award was created to help new 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!
This review focuses on mechanistic studies performed in recipients of non-myeloablative bone marrow transplant regimens developed at Massachusetts General Hospital in HLA-identical and HLA-mismatched haploidentical combinations, initially as a platform for treatment of hematologic malignancies with immunotherapy in the form of donor leukocyte infusions, and later in combination with donor kidney transplantation for the induction of allograft tolerance.
The use of immunosuppressant drugs after organ transplantation has brought great success in the field of organ transplantation with respect to short-term outcome. However, major challenges (i.e., limited improvement of long-term survival, immunosuppressant toxicity, infections and carcinoma) demand alternate treatment approaches that minimizes the use of immunosuppressants. Interestingly, few studies have identified groups of transplant patients who developed operational tolerance and thereby keep their allograft without complications in absence of immunosuppressants.
Current theory holds that macrochimerism is essential to the development of transplant tolerance. Hematopoietic cell transplantation from the solid organ donor is necessary to achieve macrochimerism. Over the last 10–20 years, trials of tolerance induction with combined kidney and hematopoietic cell transplantation have moved from the preclinical to the clinical arena.
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