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ASHI 41st Annual Meeting Registration is open!

The ASHI 41st Annual Meeting will take place at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2015 in Savannah, Georgia.

Advance registration is strongly recommended as space is limited. Registration forms, including complete payment, must be received by Aug. 19, 2015 to guarantee attendance. Additionally, advance registration ensures timely processing of your registration and helps avoid on-site delays.

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ASHI educational travel fund
ASHI, in its continued efforts to advance the science, education, and application of immunogenetics and transplant immunology, would like to make meeting travel grants available for ASHI members in need. Donating is easy! You can make a contribution to the ASHI Educational Travel Fund by clicking here and indicating the amount you wish to contribute.
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New requirements for IQCP option for clinical laboratories effective Jan. 1, 2016
The Joint Commission is to implement a new voluntary quality control (QC) option for accredited laboratories, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Click here for more information.
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2015 board election & proposed bylaws amendments ballot
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  4. To be counted, your ballot must be postmarked by Aug. 3, 2015. Ballots postmarked after that date will be invalid.
  5. Only the original ballot will be accepted for tabulation of votes. Ballots that have been copied or altered in any way will not be counted.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Introducing a new manuscript format: Enabling access to immunogenomic population data with short population reports
Human Immunology
The capacity to replicate the findings of a study is key to the advancement of research, and access to the data on which a study is predicated is required for true replication. Population genetic studies have long been a focus of the immunogenetic research community, but access to the primary genotype data underlying these studies has historically been limited. With the notable exception of the International HLA and Immunogenetics Workshops, it is primarily allele and haplotype frequency data that are made available upon publication for most immunogenetic population studies. However, such frequency data are the products of a prior analysis, and may reflect unreported methodological biases.
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HLA-A, -B, -C, and -DRB1 genotyping of 1000 Northern Irish individuals from Belfast, Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom
Human Immunology
One thousand individuals from Belfast, Northern Ireland were genotyped at the HLA-A, -B, -C and -DRB1 loci using sequence-specific oligonucleotide probe methods. HLA-A locus genotypes display a minor Hardy–Weinberg (HW) deviation (p = 0.0375); HLA-B, -C and -DRB1 genotypes are consistent with expected HW proportions. These genotype data are available in the Allele Frequencies Net Database under identifier AFND 1243.
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Reducing oxygen stress during stem cell collection improves
2 Minute Medicine
HSCs represent the earliest stage of undifferentiated blood cell precursors and reside in bone marrow (BM), peripheral blood (PB), and cord blood (CB). HSC transplantation is a risky but commonly used treatment for various blood disorders, including leukemia. However, the low number of transplanted HSCs can limit transplantation efficacy. The researchers of this study hypothesized that exposure to ambient air may reduce HSC numbers, since the physiological HSC environments are extremely hypoxic by comparison.
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