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Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is April 22 – 28, 2018. Click here to see ASHI's Facebook pictures of 2017 Lab Week.
The ASHI Career Center will help ensure your recruitment advertising efforts attract the hard-to-reach candidates you seek. Here's how...
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Did you miss the November 15th World Cord Blood Day live virtual conference? For a limited time only, the Save the Cord Foundation is offering free video access to the 2017 World Cord Day virtual conference, available through November 30th, 2017.
Some of the conference topics included:
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- "History/Cord Blood Pioneers": Dr. Eliane Gluckman & Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg
- Focus on Transplants & the Importance of Quality Collections: "What a Transplant Center Expects When Thawing Cord Blood" by Sharon Miller, MT (ASCP), CHS(ABHI)
- Treating Leukemia: "Outcomes in Patients with Hematological Malignancies After Cord Blood Transplantation Compared to Unrelated Donor Transplants" by Dr. Filippo Milano
- New wallchart with an overview of the HLA molecule, genes and nomenclature: REQUEST WALLCHART
- Still using lymphocyte separation medium (LSM)? Isolate cells from whole blood without centrifugation or lysis: WATCH VIDEO
- This case study shows how cell purity affects flow cytometry crossmatch (FCXM) results: READ CASE STUDY
- RoboSep™-16 can isolate cells from up to 16 samples simultaneously:
- Purity assessment by flow cytometry for lineage-specific chimerism analysis: READ MORE
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Check back often for more information about the 2018 ASHI Regional Education Workshops.
|ASHI REGIONAL EDUCATION WORKSHOP 1:
Bally's Las Vegas
3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
April 12-14, 2018
|ASHI REGIONAL EDUCATION WORKSHOP 2:|
Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown
1100 Carnegie Ave.
June 28-30, 2018
In 2015, the Technologist Affairs Committee presented the results of an informal Technologist Salary Survey. Suggestions were made that a professional based survey with more structured questions be performed such that the data could be better analyzed and possibly used as a resource/reference for histocompatibility technologists’ salaries and on call compensation. The same company that created the director’s salary survey would be employed for the technologist salary survey. Do you think this would be beneficial? Why or why not?
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In June 2015, the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors approved a rewrite of the histocompatibility bylaws that included the general supervisor to the list of laboratory key personnel. The implementation of the addition of this new requirement was delayed to allow for the development of a new key personnel application form, which then needed approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The OMB has recently approved the new general supervisor key personnel application form.
As part of the implementation of this bylaw, UNOS will send the OPTN general supervisor key personnel application to all OPTN approved histocompatibility laboratories. All approved histocompatibility laboratories will be asked to complete and submit the general supervisor key personnel application form within 30 days.
The effective date of the general supervisor key personnel requirement bylaw will coincide with the date that the Membership and Professional Standards Committee acts on all of the general supervisor applications received during the 30 day submission period. All OPTN approved histocompatibility laboratories will need to submit this form within the 30 day period to remain in compliance with the histocompatibility laboratory membership requirements. If UNOS
receives the application after the deadline, UNOS cannot guarantee that it will be processed prior to the implementation date. The new bylaw language can be found in the Histocompatibility Bylaws Rewrite Phase II policy notice on the OPTN website. UNOS will implement the general supervisor key personnel requirement for histocompatibility laboratories on the following schedule:
||Due date for all general supervisor key personnel applications for consideration before the bylaw is implemented. If we receive your application after this deadline, we cannot guarantee it will be processed prior to the implementation date.
|Feb. 27, 2018
||Effective date of general supervisory key personnel bylaw. Notice will be provided 30 days prior to the effective date.
If you have any questions, please contact Christi Manner, Jasmine Smith or Tierra Simpkins by phone at (804) 782-4800 or by email using the format email@example.com.
Name & Credentials: Dean Sylvaria, CHS(ABHI)
Job Title: Supervisor
Place of employment: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts
Graduated from: University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
How long have you been an ASHI member? 24 years
When did you attend your first ASHI meeting? My first ASHI meeting was the 20th Annual Meeting held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1994. It was special because it was my first exposure to ASHI and I was mesmerized by one particular speaker, Dr. Andrea Zachary. I don't recall the particular subject matter on which she spoke, but I will always remember her passion. She left me wondering how I could get involved in this amazing society. This was also the meeting hosted by my director, Dr. Edgar Milford, ASHI President. It wasn't all business though as my wife, Michelle, and I attended a Led Zeppelin laser light show. It will be 25 years since my first meeting when ASHI returns to Pittsburgh as host of the 2019 ASHI Annual Meeting.
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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.
We hope that you'll take a few moments to renew your 2018 ASHI membership today to avoid disruption of your ASHI benefits.
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. Click here to renew today!
The Travel Fund Award was created to help new ASHI members attend regional and annual meetings. The ASHI Board of Directors has approved two grants for Technologist members for each Regional meeting in 2018. For the Annual meeting, two grants have been reserved for Technologist members and two for Doctoral level members.
2017 Travel Award Recipient Shawna Kennedy of Baylor University Medical Center
"I am still excited about the 2017 ASHI meeting. The opportunity to see and hear all of the current research in this field was inspiring. I came back to my lab with my eyes open and looking for more ways to contribute this year. I work as my lab’s liaison to the hospital’s blood and marrow transplant program. The program has become much more interested in the influence of KIR on donor selection in the last year or so. It was very helpful to have so many KIR-based abstracts and discussions. I also found the technologists’ forum to be useful in highlighting how many different correct ways there are to do something as seemingly universal as virtual crossmatches. I brought back some ideas from that discussion that we are implementing in our lab. I also appreciated the chance to put names to the faces of many notable members of ASHI and the members of the IT committee. And finally, I can’t tell you how moved I was by the end of Dr. Monos's talk. He struck me as someone who is still in love with science, who is still filled with wonder and awe at the world we live and work in. That’s why I work in science and it was so nice to hear someone talk about the wonder of it in addition to the data."
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 opportunities to members like Shawna Kennedy.
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Your lab could win up to $1,000 in funding to host an HLA meeting! ASHI has prepared all the tools you need to organize your local meeting including an ASHI Local Meeting Handbook. Ready to get started? Just submit an application for funding. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.
ASHI will sponsor two joint symposia at FOCIS 2018 - one with the American Society of Transplantation and The Transplantation Society and the other with The Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists. Watch for more details to come. FOCIS is the meeting in translational immunology that will give you a competitive edge in your career. Stay ahead of the curve with leading clinicians and researchers delivering the latest breakthroughs across immune-mediated diseases. Focusing on molecular pathways and their implications in human disease provides the unique opportunity for innovative thinking and application of ideas from the pathologies of other diseases to uncover novel solutions to challenges in the diseases you study. For more information, click here.
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.
Did you miss the professional photos from the 2017 ASHI Annual Meeting in San Francisco? Click here to start viewing them. Feel free to save them, share them and post them to your social media using the hashtag #ASHIAnnual2017.
Mark your calendar now for future ASHI Annual Meetings!
44TH ANNUAL MEETING
October 1-5, 2018
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
45TH ANNUAL MEETING
September 23-27, 2019
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
46TH ANNUAL MEETING
October 19-23, 2020
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Results Submission: As the 2017 PT year comes to a close, please remember to submit your results for AC-2 and EMO-2 by Friday, December 1, 2017.
2018 Ordering: The PT ordering system for 2018 is currently in the final stage. In preparation of the new PT system, please update your ASHI membership accounts with the most up-to-date information. Stay tuned for the new brochure, new order form, and new online ordering system for the 2018 PT year. Additional details will be provided as they become available. For further information, click here to view the PT FAQ sheet.
The detrimental impact of preformed anti-HLA donor-specific antibodies (DSA) is well defined, contrarily to non-donor-specific antibodies (NDSA). We sought to evaluate their clinical impact in a cohort of 724 kidney graft recipients in whom anti-HLA antibodies were thoroughly screened and identified in pre-transplant sera by solid-phase assays. NDSA or DSA were detected in 100 (13.8%) and 47 (6.5%) recipients respectively, while 577 (79.7%) were non-allosensitized (NaS).
The human platelet antigen (HPA)-1, -2, -3, -5, and -15 systems are characterized as polymorphic alloantigens expressed on platelets and endothelial cells. In this retrospective study, we investigated, whether HPA-1, -2, -3, -5, and -15 incompatibilities are associated with acute cellular liver transplant rejection. A total of 96 Caucasian liver transplant recipients and corresponding donors were analyzed, 43 with biopsy proven acute cellular rejection (BPAR) and 53 without acute cellular rejection (No-BPAR).
Accumulated evidence indicates that polymorphisms in human leukocyte antigens (HLA) are associated with susceptibility to coronary artery disease (CAD). However, whether HLA-DQB1 alleles are correlated with susceptibility to CAD is unclear.
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