Session Descriptions

Saturday April 28
SCABB Award Lectures

Administrative Award Lecture:  

Technical Scientific Award Lecture:   
Geoff Daniels, BSc, PhD, FRCPath.

Saturday April 28
Karen Williams Memorial Lecturer 
KWML Award Lecturer:
Saturday April 28
RH System Genotyping & Discrepancy Resolutions
RHD Genotyping: Resolving Discrepancies and Assessing Risk, Margaret Keller, PhD
A joint statement released in 2015 from AABB, the American Red Cross and several other organizations found the use of RHD genotyping to be a feasible and appropriate first step for more precise decision-making in obstetrical practice and transfusion medicine. This lecture will provide the rationale for the use of RHD genotyping to determine which patients with a serologic weak D phenotype require Rh immunoglobulin and also how this testing can resolve typing discrepancies. We will review one hospitals approach to determine which patient cases would benefit from RHD genotyping.

Pass Interference: DNA Changes to RHCE Genes, Katrina Billingsley, MT(ASCP) SBB, Monica Kalvelage, MT(ASCP) MB, SBB

This session takes a football themed approach to the RHD and RHCE proteins. What are the causes of RHCE partial antigens and how do transfusion services handle the antibodies these patients can make.

Identification of RH variants that encode D-like and CE-like antigens, Gorka Ochoa, PhD 
Description of the molecular basis of RHD variants that encode RhCE antigens and RHCE variants that encode RhD antigens.
Intended Audience:: Blood bank & transfusion services personnel

Saturday April 28
Next Generation Sequencing & Case Studies #1
Automated clinical typing of red blood cell antigens using next generation sequencing, William Lane, MD PhD
With the emergence of genomic approaches and personalized medicine, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data can now be used to evaluate genes encoding RBC antigens to type for antigens with a known molecular basis. NGS based typing can allow for more extensive characterization of patient and donor phenotypes and enable enhanced blood product selection and identification of donors with rare phenotypes. 

Case Studies with Audience Participation, Fernando Lerma, SBB(ASCP), Heather vonHartitzsch, MT(ASCP)SBB, Virginia Reyes, MT(ASCP)SBB 
For the ultimate brain teasers come sit with colleagues as we take a closer look at a selection of complex immunohematology case studies. Utilizing serology and molecular genotyping technologies, these cases are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Sunday April 29
John Moulds Memorial Lecture
Blood Group Genetics  Geoff Daniels, PhD FRCPath

Sunday April 29
Training & Competency Asssesments
Training & Competency Assessment Programs in the IRL: A Full Time Job, Sandy Wortman, MT(ASCP)SBB, Tobie Kaufman, MT(ASCP)SBB
All laboratories are feeling the pressure of making sure all six of the CLIA competency assessment pillars are being meet each year. This has become a huge challenge particularly for AABB accredited Immunohematology Reference Laboratories (IRLs). Come get ideas and listen to how the Carter BloodCare IRL and the Blood Systems IRL each decided how they were going to develop their training and competency programs in order to meet the CLIA requirements. 

Sunday April 29
Providing Platelets to the Refractory Patient: Where To Begin?
Evolving Strategies for Providing Functional Platelets in the Refractory Patient, Kevin Land, MD
This interactive presentation will be a practical overview of the primary topics that should be considered when there is a patient who appears refractory to regular apheresis platelets. 

Patient Refractory? Where Do I Start?, Stan Hance, MT(ASCP) 
Review options for finding most compatible platelets for Refractory Patients.

Platelet Antibodies: A Clinical Perspective, Hank Hanna, MD
We will discuss some of the strategies used to transfuse platelets to refractory patients.
Sunday April 29
Asking the Experts & Blood Group Systems Overview
Ask the Experts, Geoff Daniels, PhD FRCPath, Kevin Land, MD, Margaret Keller, PhD, Hank Hanna, MD, Gorka Ochoa MD, PhD, William Lane, MD PhD  

Blood Group Antigens and Allele Nomenclature, Virginia Reyes, MT(ASCP) SBB, Michael Gannett, MLS(ASCP)
With the discovery of new alleles and the reclassifying of some antigens into new or older blood group systems, it is prudent to review the changes. Molecular testing has created new nomenclature which must be considered when speaking and writing.   

Molecular Methods and their Limitations, Michael Gannett, MLS(ASCP) 

Blood Group System Review- Kell System, Lorena Aranda, MSHS, SBB(ASCP)
This presentation will be an overview of the Kell Blood Group System. We will discuss the prevalence of the Kell antigens and their clinical significance.  
Sunday April 29
Case Studies #2
Case Study #1, Margaret Keller, PhD 
Use a series of patient cases that were solved using advanced serologic and molecular approaches.
Case Study #2, Sandy Wortman, MT(ASCP)SBB
Case Study #3, Katrina Billingsley, MT, (ASCP), SBB