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ASHI Regional Education Workshop 1 Deadlines Approaching!
Take advantage of the early bird rate and register now for the ASHI Regional Education Workshop 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Early Bird Deadline: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Check back often for more information about the 2018 ASHI Regional Education Workshops.
Case Study Submission Deadline
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 1 before the deadline on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
Regional Education Workshop 1 - Las Vegas Deadline: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Regional Education Workshop 2 - Cleveland Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018
A new instructional offering is available in UNOS Connect. This course provides testimonials from two transplant hospitals regarding their use of the non-A1 and non-A1B to B blood type provisions and how those provisions can lead to better outcomes for blood type B candidates.
To access this course, locate "Non-A1 and non-A1B (A2/A2B) to B blood type transplantation" in the UNOS Connect course catalog Quality/Effective Practices category. Register for the offering and click Entrance Survey to begin.
Interested in additional instructional offerings?
Please visit UNOS Connect for more offerings.
The seventh edition of the FACT-JACIE Hematopoietic Cell Therapy Standards were published on March 1, 2018. Click here to view the Summary of Changes. This document summarizes the major changes made to the 7th edition of the FACT-JACIE International Standards for Hematopoietic Cellular Therapy Product Collection, Processing, and Administration. This summary does not list all changes made to the Standards; reorganization or clarified verbiage is not included unless considered to be a significant change. Refer to the final Hematopoietic Cell Therapy Standards and the accompanying Accreditation Manual for all requirements.
For additional information, click here.
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.
Name & Credentials: Michael D. Gautreaux, Ph.D., D.ABHI
Job Title: Professor of Pathology and Director of HLA Lab
Place of employment: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Graduated from: Department of Microbiology and Immunology LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport
How long have you been an ASHI member? 23 years
When did you attend your first ASHI meeting? My first ASHI meeting was in Pittsburgh, 1994. I have two specific memories, the first was feeling overwhelmed by the talks and presentations. The second was from my first One Lambda Party. I'm from New Orleans and have seen lots of craziness at Mardi Gras. It still didn't prepare me for some of the things I saw that night.
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.
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Declaration of Istanbul (DoI), a working group of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) has prepared a draft update to the Declaration. The revisions made in this 2018 Edition are intended to ensure that the DoI remains a valuable source of ethical guidance for health professionals and policy makers during the next decade in the face of persisting and emerging challenges in organ trafficking and transplant tourism around the world. There will be a public consultation that will enable all those with an interest in the DoI to review and submit feedback on the draft. Collective feedback will be used to make further changes to the document before the final version is presented in July at a special workshop in Madrid, Spain, during the Congress of The Transplantation Society.
Click here for information to submit your feedback.
Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is April 22 – 28, 2018. How will your lab celebrate? Click here to see ASHI's collection of pictures from the 2017 Lab Week celebration.
2018 Proficiency Testing
The first PT samples for 2018 (HT-1) were shipped Tuesday, Feb 27th. Click here to view the full 2018 PT Schedule or visit the ASHI PT page.
To ensure you and your lab are ready to access PT results in the new PT Lab Center, click here to view the Log In and Account Procedure Manual, which is also available on the ASHI PT page. The manual contains full instructions for establishing an account and how to login correctly.
Please be aware that PT user accounts must meet the following requirements to access PT results in the new PT Lab Center. PT user accounts must:
Also, if your laboratory subscribed to the 2017 AC-2 survey, the Summary and Performance reports are available in the old PT Lab Center. Please use your former username and password to access the reports.
- Be an ASHI member or non-member account
- Not be expired
- Not have an unpaid balance
- Be linked to your lab’s account through a PT Lab ID
- Have the correct permission added to the account to access PT results
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.
In January 2018, the ASHI Membership Committee released Module 1 of a 4-part member survey. Feedback from our members is critical to improving services and member experiences. After each survey, one lucky winner is randomly selected to receive a $25 Visa gift card. Part 2 of the 4-part survey will be released in late March 2018.
|ASHI Membership Survey Winner!
Congratulations to the Membership Survey-Module 1 winner Mr. Gonzalo Martin of the Stanford Blood Center HIDPL in Palo Alto, CA!
ASHI Board of Directors Nominations
The ASHI Nominations Task Force encourages all ASHI members to nominate candidates for the available officer and board positions. If there are candidates who you feel would be an asset to the ASHI Board of Directors, please click here to complete a nomination form. All nominations must be accompanied by the signatures of at least 10 full or honorary members in good standing. Emailed endorsements are accepted.
During the week of March 26th, the Nominations Task Force will forward its preliminary slate of candidates to the ASHI membership. This will allow members time to submit additional nominations by the April 13th deadline.
ASHI Award Nominations
Know someone who should be publicly acknowledged for his/her contributions to histocompatibility and immunogenetics? Click here to view to a list of ASHI awards and make a nomination today! The deadline for ASHI Award nominations is May 15, 2018.
The abstract submission site is open for the 44th Annual Meeting. Abstracts may be accepted for either an oral presentation or a poster presentation. Before you prepare and submit your abstract, please carefully review the abstract requirements.
Submit Your Abstract Now
Deadline to Submit: April 9, 2018 at 11:59 CT
Important - Abstract Submission Fee
Beginning in 2018, there is a non-refundable abstract fee of $30 USD per abstract, due at the time of abstract submission. Click here for details.
Did you know that you can find your next job in HLA on ASHI's Career Center? Upload your resume and get noticed by employers searching ASHI's Career Center.
Click here to set up an account, upload your resume and search for jobs today!
Do you want to learn new skills? Meet new people? Advance in your career? Sign up to be an ASHI Volunteer! Learn more about the many benefits of volunteering by visiting the ASHI WANTS YOU volunteer page on the ASHI website.
We also offer several easy, low-commitment tasks. So, if you are not sure about volunteering, or simply can't make a full commitment, try out one of our micro-volunteering opportunities. Sign up today by clicking here!
Immune control of HIV-1 infection depends heavily on cytotoxic T-lymphocyte responses restricted by diverse HLA class I molecules. Recent work has uncovered specific amino acid residues (AARs) that seem to dictate the extent of immune control in African Americans, which prompted us to test these emerging hypotheses in seroconverters (SCs) from southern and eastern Africa.
Since soluble isoforms of MICA play an important role in modulating the immune response, we evaluated a possible correlation between their levels and development of acute rejection following renal transplantation.
Recently, the role of killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) in autoimmune diseases has received increasing attention. The present study was undertaken to determine the association of KIR genes and the human leukocytes antigen (HLA) ligands with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and accompanying oxidative stress. Presence or absence of 17 KIR and 5 HLA loci was performed using the polymerase chain reaction-sequence specific primer (PCR-SSP) method by case-control study. A total of 45 SLE patients, and 60 healthy controls, all of Sicilian descent, were enrolled.
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