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2015 revisions to 2014 ASHI Standards — Now Open for Public Comment
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The Quality Assurance and Standards Committee (QAS) has been working on updates to the 2014 ASHI Standards. There are a large number of recommended revisions, but we wish to draw your particular attention to the following:

A.2 - A new abbreviation section has been added

D.5.3.8 - A new section on Virtual Crossmatching has been added.

These proposed changes to the Standards have been submitted to the ASHI Board and the Accreditation Review Board (ARB) for review and comment. Now we seek your comments and suggestions.

Click here to view a redline version of the proposed 2015 Standards. Please carefully consider these proposed changes to the current standards and send your comments to Deb Dupnik at ASHI Headquarters no later than Sept. 5, 2015.
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    Call for volunteers
    Please let us know if you would like to become a member of an ASHI Committee/Program. Place a mark next to each committee/program in which you are interested and indicate your preference (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd). Completed forms will be used to identify volunteers to fill openings on various committees for 2016.

    To be considered, please fill out the volunteer form and return your completed form to the ASHI Staff Office via fax (856-439-0525) or e-mail (info@ashi-hla.org).

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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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    4 ASHI Travel Awards are now available!
    Submit your application by Monday, Aug. 31 for your chance to win $1000 towards your travel expenses to the ASHI Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia, from Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2015!

    The Travel Fund Award was created to help new ASHI members attend the annual meeting. The ASHI Board of Directors recently approved 4 grants for the 2015 Annual meeting in Savannah, Georgia. Two grants have been reserved for Technologist members and two for Doctoral level members.

    In order to be considered for the ASHI Travel Award, you should:
    • Be a current ASHI member of at least the past 3 years
    • Have no more than three (3) years of experience in the field
    • Demonstrate volunteer service to ASHI
    • Desire to further your career in HLA
    Please complete this application and return it with your CV to Katherine Miranda, Executive Director, at kmiranda@ahint.com by Monday, Aug. 31.

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    Short-term, 'hands-on' training to visiting scientists
    We would like to remind ASHI members that a database has been set up to list those laboratories which are willing to receive visiting scientists or technologists interested in learning specific laboratory techniques. There are currently 13 laboratories that volunteered to do this.

    There is no cost for the training; participants would be responsible for covering their own travel expenses while visiting the host lab.

    Is your lab willing to host short term trainees/visitors? If you or someone in your lab would like to take advantage of this unique opportunity, contact ASHI headquarters at info@ashi-hla.org. Be sure to specify which technique you are interested in learning. Complete the training opportunity questionnaire and send the completed form to ASHI headquarters at info@ashi-hla.org.

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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Concordance of next generation sequence-based and sequence specific oligonucleotide probe-based HLA-DRB1genotyping
    Human Immunology
    Next generation sequencing (NGS) of clonally amplified DNA, using Roche 454 technology, was used to genotype HLA-DRB1, DRB3, DRB4, and DRB5 loci (exon 2 only) from a set of 993 samples from newborns with maternally-reported African American ancestry. DRB1 exon 2 was genotyped previously on the same sample set using sequence-specific oligonucleotide probe (SSOP) technology. Comparison of the genotype calls from both methods indicated concordance of 92.3 percent.
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    Pharmacogenetic testing in idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury
    Medscape
    In contrast to the studies that have explored association of genetic variants with other complex traits, those investigating hepatotoxicity have identified risk alleles with substantially higher risk ratios for the susceptibility to drug-induced liver injury (DILI). In addition, a relatively small number of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) alleles have overlapping associations with a variety of adverse reactions including DILI, cutaneous hypersensitivity and drug-induced pancreatitis.
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    Nonchimeric HLA-identical renal transplant tolerance: Regulatory immunophenotypic/genomic biomarkers
    American Journal of Transplantation
    We previously described early results of a nonchimeric operational tolerance protocol in human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-identical living donor renal transplants and now update these results. Recipients given alemtuzumab, tacrolimus/MPA with early sirolimus conversion were multiply infused with donor hematopoietic CD34+ stem cells. Immunosuppression was withdrawn by 24 months. Twelve months later, operational tolerance was confirmed by rejection-free transplant biopsies.
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    Sequencing the genome creates so much data we don't know what to do with it
    The Washington Post
    Get ready for some incomprehensibly big numbers. Scientists are predicting that genomics — the field of sequencing human DNA — will soon take the lead as the biggest data beast in the world, eventually creating more digital information than astronomy, particle physics and even popular Internet sites like YouTube. The claim, published in a PLOS Biology study, is a testament to the awesome complexity of the human genome, but it also illustrates a pressing challenge for the 15-year-old field.
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