Luncheon Workshops
The Corporate Luncheon Workshops are independent from the ISLH educational content and are non-CME. Please review the available workshops below and pre-register for any workshops that you wish to attend. There is no cost to attend these workshops. Corporate luncheon workshops are limited to meeting attendees.

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12:15PM - 1:45PM
Title: Diamonds in the Rough - Mining Big Data for Novel Biomarkers
Speaker: Prof Dr Wouter W van SOLINGE, Chair & Medical Director, Division of Pathology & Pharmacy, University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Description: At the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht) we have developed the Utrecht Patient Oriented Database (UPOD). UPOD is an infrastructure of relational databases comprising data on patient characteristics, hospital discharge diagnoses, medical procedures, medication orders, imaging data, pathology data and all laboratory tests for all patients treated at the UMC Utrecht since 2004. An unique feature of UPOD is that it also contains the raw hematology analyzer datafiles. This presentation will illustrate how mining such Big Data sets can reveal hitherto hidden biomarkers with potential diagnostic, prognostic and compliance potential
Title: Engineering the Future: Importance of Human Factors in Platform Development
Speaker: Nigel LLEWELLYN-SMITH, MSc, FIBMS, Global Scientifi c Affairs Manager, Abbott Laboratories, USA
Description: The development of analyzers used in automated hematology has been an enormous success story. Instrument engineering has become a triumph of sophisticated  fluidic, optical and electronic design and analyzers can now automate the blood count with ever greater certainty and rapidity. Often however, with the advent of more complex, multi-modular systems, some of the more traditional challenges of complex maintenance, operation and software design remain unchanged and arguably unaddressed. The world of consumer electronics and mobile internet access has shown how powerful design can be in making complex devices intuitive and simple to use. Manufacturers that have considered human interactions as being central to  product development have elevated utilitarian devices to becoming an intrinsic ( and some would argue pleasurable) part of modern life. As part of our current product development effort for a new hematology system, human factored engineering has been at the core of our design philosophy. Our aim has to been to study key human interactions with the analyzer., and where possible to automate them. For those that remain, we have  iteratively studied opportunities for simpler more human centric interactions.
The importance of doing this is emphasized by the simple statistic that human longevity has increased by 4 years during the past twenty years alone. This has resulted in a dramatic increase in laboratory testing in the elderly, and a proportional reduction in the availability of working age laboratory staff to service the growing demands for automated blood counting. Our underlying belief is that attention to this important aspect will enable a simpler and more productive solution. Examples of this design approach and some resulting solutions will be shown during the presentation.
Room: Yangtze 1 & 2
Title: "Get Your RBC’s In Shape; Using a New and Innovative Digital Cell Morphology Software From CellaVision"
Description: CellaVision is the world leader in digital cell morphology. We leverage our expertise and experience to help clinical laboratories around the world create a more productive, efficient and contributory workflow for cell morphology.
During this symposium, we will introduce a new and innovative software for red blood cell pre-characterization; the CellaVision Advanced RBC Application. This innovation extends the automation scope of our system by enabling a pre-characterization and grouping of red blood cells into 16 individual morphologies based on shape, size, color or inclusion.  We have invited some of our customers to share their first-hand experiences of working with the CellaVision system; focusing on how they successfully improved their RBC workflow through implementation of the CellaVision Advanced RBC Application software module.
Room: Onyx
12:15PM - 1:45PM
Title: "Hemoglobins: The Profiling Power of Capillary Electrophoresis - Sebia Celebrates the 10 Years of Technological Advances"

Pr. Cornelis L. HarteveldLeiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands
Pr. Leon Tshilolo, Monkole Hospital, Kinshasa, DRC, will outline the drivers that led him to use capillary electrophoresis as a first line method for the screening of hemoglobinopathies and thalassemia. He will also describe through case studies the use of this breakthrough technology to monitor the response to treatments by measuring the HbF level in patients under Hydroxyurea.
Pr. Beatrice GulbisErasme Hospital, Bruxelles, Belgium, will demonstrate how the new SEBIA Capillarys HbA1c assay allows for the incidental detection of hemoglobinopathies and thalassemia during the follow-up or diagnosis of diabetic patients. She will explain how this test has become an indirect but strong medical added value for the mass screening of hemoglobin disorders, thus providing precious information to the hematologists.
Pr. Piero GiordanoLeiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands, has collaborated with SEBIA for the development of the Hemoglobins Atlas, an interactive collection of capillary electrophoresis profiles from various hemoglobin variants. Pr. Piero GIORDANO will demonstrate how this tool can help the laboratories increasing their experience and knowledge in the diagnosis of hemoglobinopathies in routine.
Description: On the eve of the 10th year anniversary of hemoglobin technique by capillary electrophoresis (CE), SEBIA is proud to present its new solutions for the management of hemoglobin disorders. By attending this workshop, the audience will discover the latest tools developed by SEBIA and designed to strengthen the medical added value offered by the CE clear-cut and precise separation.
Room: Everest 1 & 2

Title: "Systematic Planning and Execution of Automation in the Laboratory Environment"

Alistair Gammie, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
Shirley McKay, Ninewells Hospital
Paul Drew, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Alistair Gammie, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
Description:  Selecting the right automation partner for your laboratory environment is critical to the long-term success of the project. Whether you are seeking to automate a single discipline or a multi-disciplinary blood sciences department, the overall goals and objectives are liable to be the same; namely, workflow efficiency and improved patient outcomes.

During this symposium you will learn about the planning, implementation, and follow-up involved when considering laboratory automation. You will also hear from laboratories that have completed the process successfully—and the impact automation has had on turn-around time and staff morale. Efficient data management is integral to the entire automation configuration and is crucial to the success of the project. To confirm its impact, you will also hear about a user’s experience with the ADVIA CentraLink® Data Management System, including a preview of the latest hematology module.
Finally, following efficient implementation and routine operation, discover how dedicated Lean / Six Sigma specialists can fine-tune “end-to-end” workflow procedures.
Room: Yangtze 1 & 2
Title: "Improving the Process of Blood Smear Tracking with Sysmex’s ‘Smear Workflow’’
Dr. Juergen Riedl, Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Dordrecht, the Netherlands
‘Digital Imaging: an integrative approach to haematological malignancies’
Dr. Lydie Da Costa, Hôpital Robert Debré, Paris, France
‘Red blood cell abnormalities: identification and diagnostic value in paediatric samples’
Description: The peripheral blood film is an important indicator of haematological and other diseases as it serves as a diagnostic aid for examining the physical characteristics of white and red blood cells and platelets. The cell images are assessed using a microscope or a digital imaging analyser. However, for a good morphologic interpretation of haematological and other diseases it is extremely important to standardise the preparation and staining of the blood smear. Using an automated digital imaging analyser for the morphologic assessment improves its quality further and allows a truly seamless and most efficient smear workflow.

Room: Onyx

11:45AM - 1:15PM
Title: HematoFlow and DxH800: From innovations in cellular analysis to benefits in patients care.
Dr. Francis Lacombe, University Hospital Haut Leveque Bordeaux, France
“Blast clearance in AML detected with HematoFlow as prognostic factor for AML patients.”
Dr. Olivier Pradier, Hospital ERASMUS ULB, Brussels, Belgium
“High accuracy detection of clinically relevant small B-cell clones by HematoFlow.”
Dr Shanaz Khodaiji, Department of Laboratory Medicine, P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mumbai, India
“Evaluation of multivariate approach for early diagnosis and differentiation of Sepsis from SIRS.”
HematoFlow, which is unique solution from Beckman Coulter, incorporating flow cytometry into routine hematology laboratory, provides not only excellent analytical performance for WBC differential, but also new information which may change the patient’s management. During the Beckman Coulter symposium you will learn how European laboratories are using clinical benefits of the HematoFLow solution. It will be demonstrated on patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, which will be presented by Dr Francis Lacombe and on patients with monoclonal B-Lymphocytosis, which will be presented by Dr Olivier Pradier.
Modern hematology analyzers are not just the instruments to count cells, but they can provide insights into cellular morphological changes. In the presentation from Dr Shanaz Khodaiji you will learn how multivariate analysis may help to differentiate sepsis from SIRS in the routine laboratory practice.
Room: Yangtze 1 & 2
International Society of Laboratory Hematology
2111 Chestnut Ave. Suite 145
Glenview, IL 60025 USA