Program

Corporate Workshops

Corporate Luncheon Workshops

The Corporate Luncheon Workshops are independent from the ISLH educational content. 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. Details are subject to change.

How to Register

LUNCHEON WORKSHOP PRE-REGISTRATION WILL OPEN APRIL 8.

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You may access the workshop registration system by logging into your account and clicking on the "Register Now" link in the Luncheon Workshop column of your conference registration record.

If you have not yet registered for the conference
Click here to first submit your conference registration. You will then be able to register for a luncheon workshop.



Thursday, May 9

(12:00 PM - 1:30 PM)



Chair: Gabriella Lakos, MD, PhD (Medical Affairs, Abbott Diagnostics Division)

The Analytical Performance of the Alinity h-series System

Description: During this symposium, the performance of the Alinity h-series system as compared to other high-throughput, on-market systems will be reviewed. In addition, the performance of the Alinity h-series WBC differential will be discussed versus manual WBC differential results on a cohort of normal and pathological samples.
Alinity h-series is not commercially available in all countries, including the US.

Advanced Applications of Optical RBC Technology in Diagnosis and Patient Management

Description: Advanced hematology systems can perform analysis of red blood cells using entirely optical technology, allowing for the introduction of additional parameters. In this presentation, the advantages of optical technology in characterizing RBCs will be discussed. The application of these parameters and their impact on diagnosis and patient management will be reviewed.







Perspectives on Digital Cell Morphology

For the past two decades, CellaVision has helped hematology labs all over the world innovate the process of performing blood cell differentials. In our Luncheon workshop a panel of experts will provide interesting perspectives and commentary on the utility and value of Digital Cell Morphology.

Introduction

Brief introduction of the CellaVision® DC-1. An analyzer custom-designed for implementation in small low-volume hematology laboratories.
Speaker: Ron Hagner, VP commercial Development, CellaVision

Working Together, Apart

Experiences and thoughts on using CellaVision DC-1 to improve the performance of a geographically dispersed organization.
Speaker: Dr. Etienne Mahe, Calgary Lab Services, Canada

Going digital: A Med tech’s perspective on digital transformation

The results of a survey evaluating the user experience of a group of Medical technologists asked to perform blood cell differentials using CellaVision DC-1.
Speaker: Dr. Brian Berry, Vancouver Island Health Authority, Canada

Platelet morphology analysis: challenges and opportunities for clinicians

This session will discuss abnormalities in platelet morphology encountered during peripheral blood smear review. The session will include the clinical and laboratory relevance of large platelets, hypogranular platelets and platelet clumps; and strategies for reporting these findings.

Speaker: Steven Marionneaux, Scientific and Medical Affairs Advisor, CellaVision






Title: Hemophilia Products and Testing

Speaker: Hina Chaudhry, HBSc, MLT, Research Program Manager – CELTIC Connect, St Michael's Hospital, Toronto 

One of the limitations with standard clotting factor concentrates given prophylactically is that they have short half‐lives. Factor VIII is around 12 hours and factor IX around 24 hours. To maintain therapeutic levels, intravenous infusion of these concentrates is required three or more times a week for hemophilia A and twice a week for hemophilia B. As technology has advanced, more products have been developed that feature modifications of the clotting factor protein molecule intended to achieve improved therapeutic properties. Extended half‐ life products have been bio‐engineered to stay longer in circulation and reduce the number of infusions required to maintain good levels of the clotting factors. These new extended life products have half‐lives 2 to 5 times longer than standard factor VII and IX so patient therapies are only required less frequently. 

Implementation of these new bio-engineered products into clinical practice requires the ability for the lab to know what products are in use, the ability to accurately measure factor levels and monitor for inhibitory antibodies. Many laboratories in the utilize standard APTT based one-stage clotting assays to measure factor levels which may not be appropriate for these new bio-engineered agents.  This presentation will cover Hemophilia A and B (VIII/IX), the new extended life recombinant products currently available across Canada, testing for the new products, methods currently available in Canada and experiences and data for assays in use.



Friday, May 10

(12:00 PM - 1:30 PM)



Beckman Coulter DxH 900 and Early Sepsis Indicator*—Game-changers in Hematology

Chair: Elena Sukhacheva, Ph.D.
Beckman Coulter, Nyon, Switzerland

Speakers:
Maria Teresa Serrando Querol, M.D., Ph.D.
Head of Hematology Laboratory Department

Olivier Pradier, M.D.
Head of Hematology, Department of Laboratories CHIREC Delta Hospital

Jodi L. Schwartz
Lead Medical Technologist – Hematology Truman Medical Center

Description: When delivering critical hematology results that physicians and patients require, laboratories need the right results, the first time. Attend Beckman Coulter’s workshop to hear from customers how DxH 900 analyzers are achieving better hematology insights through near-native-state cellular characterization and see the performance comparison with other instruments on the market. Partnering with Beckman Coulter brings laboratories up to a new level of clinical achievement, in part by giving them access to Early Sepsis Indicator, the first-in-class sepsis biomarker available on a routine hematology platform. The results from sepsis clinical trials will be presented along with relevant case studies. * CE marked. Pending clearance by the United States Food and Drug Administration; not yet available for in vitro diagnostic use in the U.S.




Sebia capillary electrophoresis: Breakthrough technology serving your patients with haemoglobin disorders.

Chair: Dr. Thomas Lohmann (Medical Affairs, Sebia USA)

Description: Fifty years after its creation, Sebia has become a key player in the diagnosis of haemoglobinopathies and thalassaemias. The Sebia capillary electrophoresis is accessible to all laboratories and is a unique combination of ease of use, high resolution and high throughput. By attending this workshop, the audience will discover the medical added value offered by this breakthrough technology for hemoglobin disorders diagnosis and the recent development in standardizing this haemoglobin testing.

Speakers:

Dr. Mathew Estey (DynaLIFE Medical Labs, Edmonton, Canada) will explain why the laboratory has chosen capillary electrophoresis as the first-line technique for the detection of haemoglobinopathies and thalassaemias. Based on several years of experience and routine use, he will demonstrate how this technology, thanks to better analytical performance and ergonomics, has improved the diagnosis of these diseases and has brought increased medical value for patients.

Dr. Barbara De La Salle (UK NEQAS Haematology, Watford, UK) will discuss the performance assessment of haemoglobin testing by Sebia capillary electrophoresis in external quality assessment and proficiency testing. She will also review recent developments in Hb A2 standardization and the importance of accurate Hb A2 measurement in Beta-thalassaemia carrier diagnosis.



Laboratory Innovations that Enhance the Diagnostic Work-up of Myeloid Neoplasms

Description:
Practicing Laboratory Hematology has never been more exciting! Along with recent advances in Molecular Medicine, Hematology Laboratory testing remains at the forefront of patient care to offer an array of innovative approaches utilizing both well-established and emerging technologies. This session will explore the essential role of flow cytometric analysis and novel aspects of Laboratory Hematology that advance the diagnostic work-up of myeloid malignancies. A series of clinical case studies will emphasize enhanced laboratory testing beyond the routine CBC, highlighting the practical impact on diagnosis and patient management.

Speakers:

Dr. Olga Pozdnyakova, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Division of Hematopathology, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Dr. Emily Mason, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, Division of Hematopathology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN