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Registration for the ASHI 43rd Annual Meeting being held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square on September 11-15, 2017 is now open!
Register by Thursday, July 20th to take advantage of our early registration rates.
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Don't forget to renew your 2017 membership before registering for the 43rd Annual Meeting!
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Housing is now available for the ASHI 43rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Book your housing today to guarantee your room!
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Please note that for the first time, the ASHI Annual Meeting will be a paperless event. The meeting program will be available online only. Please download and print the program (also available on the ASHI website) if you prefer a personal copy. Thank you for helping us reduce our carbon footprint!
- Development of a rapid optimized flow cytometry crossmatch (FCXM) assay: READ CASE STUDY
- How to isolate total lymphocytes from whole blood without lysis or centrifugation: WATCH VIDEO
- Purity assessment by flow cytometry for lineage-specific chimerism analysis: READ MORE
- Fully automated sequential cell isolation of four different cell types from a single sample: READ CASE STUDY
- Frequencies of cell types in human peripheral blood REQUEST WALLCHART
Networking Dance Party!
There is a NEW Networking Event this year at the ASHI 43rd Annual Meeting. You can go to eat dinner wherever you would like, but then return to have desserts, drinks, and dancing with the one and only Dorry Segev as our DJ on Thursday, September 14th at 9:00 PM. Dorry is a transplant surgeon from John Hopkins Medical Center who has been a DJ at several transplant-related, highly enjoyable parties. Dorry will be collecting requests for songs over the next few months and he will lead our party on Thursday evening. There is no additional cost associated with participating in this event!
See you at the Networking Event!
Thursday, September 14, 2017
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Click here to submit a song request!
New legislation in Canada, effective July 1, 2017, will prohibit companies from sending unsolicited email communications to Canadians. Fines for violating this new law range from $1-10 million PER INCIDENT.
We are informing you of this legislation not only to make you aware, but also to let you know that ASHI will be taking measures to be sure we comply with this legislation. Over the coming weeks, we will be contacting those of you in our database with a Canadian address to ask you to "opt in" to receiving ASHI's electronic communications such as informative emails and the ASHI Insights newsletter which is distributed every other Tuesday. If we don't receive your permission to send you mass email communications prior to July 1st, we will have to remove your email address from our communications until you contact us giving us permission.
Thank you for reading this important message. If you'd like to hear more about this legislation, click here to watch a brief video.
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.
The Travel Fund Award was created to help newer ASHI members attend regional and annual meetings. For the 2017 annual meeting, 2 additional grants have been added for Technologist members to attend so there are now four grants available for Technologist members and two for Doctoral level members. Winners of a 2017 ASHI Travel Fund Award will receive:
|It's Not Too Late to Apply!
ASHI Travel Awards are Available for the Annual Meeting
*Limited to one travel fund award per institution each year.
- One (1) complimentary registration to the 2017 ASHI Annual Meeting
- Up to $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
APPLICATION DEADLINE is July 7, 2017
The ballots for the 2017 Board election and proposed bylaws amendments have been mailed to all Full and Full Doctoral members. Please contact us if you haven't received yours. ASHI is incorporated in the state of Missouri and must abide by the election laws in that state which do not allow for electronic ballots so ballots must be mailed. This year, a self-addressed, stamped, return envelope has been included so you only need to make your selections on the ballot, and mail the completed ballot in the return envelope back to ASHI headquarters. Ballots received after July 17, 2017 will not be valid.
With our busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer, however, the right match can help you find friends, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help improve your mental and physical health. Learn more about the many benefits of volunteering and get started as a ASHI volunteer by visiting the online Volunteer Portal on the ASHI website. Here you will find open committee positions as well as micro-volunteering opportunities.
Micro-volunteering opportunities are short-term, low time commitment volunteer activities.
WHO: Open to all current members of ASHI. Ideally suited for first-time volunteers!
WHAT: These positions vary in nature. Examples include writing an article for the ASHI Quarterly, posting to the online Forums, helping at the annual meeting or promoting the value of ASHI membership on Social media. The micro-volunteering opportunities are organized by committee.
WHEN: Applications are accepted year round, however most positions will be filled in the months leading up to the annual meeting (June – August). Committee leaders will reach out to interested volunteers on an as-needed basis.
WHY: Enhance your CV with volunteerism and connect with your ASHI colleagues while maintaining flexibility in your busy schedule.
HOW: Complete the online Volunteer Form to tell us your preferred areas of service. The committee chair for your selections will contact you as opportunities arise.
Visit the Volunteer Portal
The performance and summary reports for the HT-1 are now posted in the lab center. Login here to view.
Take a few moments to renew your 2017 ASHI membership today to avoid disruption of your ASHI benefits including a discounted meeting registration rate. 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 Online Today!
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The latest release of the 17th International Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics Workshop and Conference newsletter, IHIWS Connects, is now available. This issue features registration instructions for attending the 17th IHIWS in Pacific Grove, California, as well as important updates about the progress of workshop components and projects. To read this and all prior IHIWS Connects newsletters, visit: http://ihiws.org/newsletters/
Elsevier, publisher of ASHI's scientific publication, Human Immunology, offers online education to authors. Here you'll find free online lectures, interactive training courses, expert advice and other resources to support you in publishing your journal article or world-class book. Certificates to recognize your efforts are available.
Name & Credentials: Mary Carmelle Philogene, PhD, D(ABHI)
Job title and place of employment: Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Immunogenetics Laboratory
Graduated from: Catholic University of America
How long have you been an ASHI member? 22 years
If you would like to be featured in an upcoming Member Spotlight, please complete the online form.
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David L. Lawrence Convention Center
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- HLA Laboratory Business Model
- Complement binding antibodies and 1:16 serum dilution
- DP Antibody in Heart Tx
- Justifying the need for another HLA tech
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- Easy Sep Bead Preparation for Flow Crossmatching
- How did you get started in HLA?
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The diversity of 17 KIR and HLA ligands (HLA-C1, C2, Bw4, A11) were investigated in two hundred and thirty-five unrelated healthy donors in Northeastern Thais (NETs) by the polymerase chain reaction with sequence-specific primer (PCR-SSP) method. The Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium (HWE) was used to verify genotyping method for dimorphic KIR and HLA. They were in HWE (p > 0.05). KIR and HLA ligands frequencies, genotypes, haplotypes and linkage disequilibrium (LD) were presented. The genetic data are available in allele Frequencies Net Database.
American Journal of Transplantation
Renal allografts from deceased African American donors with two apolipoprotein L1 gene (APOL1) renal-risk variants fail sooner than kidneys from donors with fewer variants. The Kidney Donor Risk Index (KDRI) was developed to evaluate organ offers by predicting allograft longevity and includes African American race as a risk factor. Substituting APOL1 genotype for race may refine the KDRI. For 622 deceased African American kidney donors, we applied a 10-fold cross-validation approach to estimate contribution of APOL1 variants to a revised KDRI.
Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Immune reconstitution after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) beyond 1 year is not completely understood. Many transplant recipients who are free of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and not receiving any immunosuppression more than 1 year after transplantation seem to be able to mount appropriate immune responses to common pathogens and respond adequately to immunizations. However, 2 large registry studies over the last 2 decades seem to indicate that infection is a significant cause of late mortality in some patients, even in the absence of concomitant GVHD. Research on this topic is particularly challenging for several reasons.
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München via Science Daily
A genetic variant that is particularly prevalent in people of African ancestry confers protection against malaria. Researchers have now shown how it modulates the properties of white blood cells that play a major role in immune defenses and inflammation.
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