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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Cellular Therapies Members 

  1. How do I navigate the Center for Cellular Therapies (CT) website?
  2. What is the Cellular Therapies section and how is it set up?
  3. What is the Cellular Therapies Section Coordinating Committee (CTSCC)?
  4. How do I join the CT Section?
  5. What do the CT Subsections do?
  6. Who joins the CT Subsections?
  7. How do the CT Subsections meet?
  8. Will I get CT Subsection meeting reminders?
  9. If I change my email address will I still have access to the Subsection Webinars for which I registered?
  10. What is AABB Community and how do I join the site and set up alerts?
  11. Are there any reading materials on cellular therapies available from AABB?
  12. Does AABB publish articles on CT in its journal TRANSFUSION?
  13. Are there any CT-specific audioconferences, webinars or podcasts?
  14. Does AABB have a newsletter dedicated to CT?
  15. Where can I find information on CT activities?
  16. Where can I find CT training opportunities?
  17. Who can I contact for more information on CT?
  1. How do I navigate the Center for Cellular Therapies (CT) website?

    The Center for Cellular Therapies website serves as the primary starting point for the CT professional. Links to AABB Resources, Standards and Accreditation, Regulatory Information, Publications, Programs and Services and Social Media are found on the right side of the page. "Networking Opportunities" with links to information on the CT Section and activities of its subsections, "Items of Interest" for more recent postings, and "Meetings and Collaborations" are located in the center of the page. A "Directory of Training Opportunities" as well as other frequently used links are found on the left side of the page. Individuals can link to professional journals by 'clicking' on the journal images.

  2. What is the CT section and how is it organized?

    The CT section is composed of member volunteers involved in cellular therapies. Members interested in CT have the opportunity to enroll in topic-driven subsections based on their individual interests. Together the CT subsections provide guidance, education and resources to the membership on critical issues related to cellular therapies, including umbilical cord blood, regenerative medicine and somatic cells. For more information on the CT section link to http://www.aabb.org/about/governance/committees/Pages/ctsection.aspx.

  3. What is the Cellular Therapies Section Coordinating Committee (CTSCC)?

    The CTSCC oversees the CT section activities as well as communicates to the AABB Board through its Chair. Elected by CT section members, its members have years of CT experience. Several of its current members were elected because of their direct involvement in the subsections. Members who have an interest in being more involved in guiding the direction of CT section activities are encouraged to become a part of the CTSCC. To learn more visit http://www.aabb.org/about/governance/committees/Pages/ctsection.aspx.

  4. How do I join the CT Section?

    To join the CT section one must be an AABB individual member and enroll in a CT subsection(s) through the website. Currently there are 7 subsections focused on different topic areas. Members may join any and as many subsections as they would like. This link lists and describes the subsections in detail (including meeting times) http://www.aabb.org/about/governance/committees/Pages/ctsubsections.aspx. Members can enroll by clicking on the enroll link from the CT site or by going directly to the marketplace and selecting the desired subsections carrying the 'CT-labeled' titles http://www.aabb.org/pages/Products.aspx?category=SECTION. Just click 'add to cart' and follow the prompts. There is no charge to join the subsections. Your name will be placed only on the lists for the specific subsection for which you enrolled. You will then be included in the email invitations to participate in the subsections and receive all of the subsection-related materials provided your email address has been updated in the member database.

  5. What do the CT Subsections do?

    The CT subsections discuss CT issues and challenges, as well as develop resources such as SOP's, Quality Operations plans, business templates, surveys, and articles useful to CT professionals. Journal clubs and invited presenters have also been featured. Each subsection has its own webpage where projects are posted. Here is a link to where you will find some of the projects http://www.aabb.org/resources/bct/ct/Pages/projects.aspx. This is a member benefit so specific content is only accessible to members who have a valid username and password.

  6. Who joins the CT Subsections?

    Members who have an interest in cellular therapies and who come from all areas of the CT arena including researchers, physicians, nurses, medical technicians, business managers in CT, as well as individuals with transfusion backgrounds interested in transitioning or participating in CT join the CT subsections. Members come from more than 20 countries and international participation is highly encouraged.

  7. How do the CT Subsections meet?

    The CT subsections meet monthly (or as indicated) via a teleconference-webinar format. Members call into a conference line. The phone calls are led by subsection leaders, who are also members of the CTSCC, and associate leaders, who may or may not be members of the CTSCC. If members are unable to make the calls, participation is encouraged by joining smaller work groups within a subsection and communicating electronically. In addition, subsection members have the opportunity to meet 'face-to-face' at the AABB Annual Meeting at specially arranged venues.

  8. Will I get CT Subsection meeting reminders?

    Yes, once an individual AABB member has enrolled in a subsection, his/her name is stored in an AABB database for that particular subsection. Each month ~ 1 week before a scheduled meeting time, a personalized reminder email will be sent from AABB to subsection members containing call-in information (i.e., phone number and passcode) and any materials (e.g., meeting agendas, project drafts, and supporting documents) for discussion on the call. In addition, an invitation to register for a 'Webinar' will be included. AABB uses a webinar service so that subsection members can view materials via computer during the discussion. Members need only register once for webinars by clicking directly on the subsection-specific registration link provided or pasting the link to the browser. There is an option to schedule webinars in an Outlook calendar. Other calendars may not be supported. Webinar registrants will receive an automated email reminder from the AABB 'Cellular Therapies Department' containing a unique link to join the subsection call on its scheduled date.

  9. If I change my email address will I still have access to the Subsection Webinars for which I registered?

    No. If a member changes his/her email address it will be necessary to re-register for all of the webinars to which he/she belongs to be able to VIEW the materials via computer. The webinar service is a separate system and any changes of address or names are not linked automatically to the AABB database. However, if a member's email address has been updated in the member area of the AABB website, members should still continue to receive the 'PERSONALIZED' email reminders explained above concerning CT subsection meeting reminders.

  10. What is 'AABB Community' and how do I join the site and set up alerts?

    AABB Community is an exciting online venue where individual members can communicate with each other by joining a variety of groups based on a specific interest. Many CT members join the 'Cellular Therapy' group utilizing the vast array of expertise of its members to post and share topical questions, issues, and answers relevant to the CT community. The community site can be accessed through the "Center for Cellular Therapies" http://www.aabb.org/resources/bct/ct/Pages/default.aspx. A directory listing the groups can be found at http://communities.aabb.org/Groups/Pages/default.aspx. To join the CT group, select 'Cellular Therapy Group,' click on the light blue 'Join this Group' button located on the top right of the page. A 'My Network' screen appearing on the left-hand side of the screen will show the group(s) you have joined. If you wish, you can enter your profile and post a picture by clicking on 'my profile' and 'edit'. The other items under 'My Network' can be accessed by clicking on the individual terms. One can visit the Community at any time. To receive regular notice of any new postings on discussion groups, members can set up email 'Alerts'. These must be actively engaged by each member.

    Setting up 'Alerts' for the CT discussion group: To receive alerts for the Cellular Therapy discussion group, go to the Cellular Therapy Discussions page and click on the 'discussion' bar located at the top. On the right, you will see a 'bell' icon. Place the cursor on the 'bell'. You will read a balloon message "Alert me on the discussions." Click on the bell. An 'x' will appear indicating that you have activated the email alerts for this group. If you decide you no longer wish to receive the email alerts, just click on the bell to remove. There is also a box to receive all group alerts.

  11. Are there any reading materials on cellular therapies available from AABB?

    The AABB offers a variety of publications through its marketplace with CT titles including the recent editions of its Standards for Cellular Therapy Services. To learn more visit http://www.aabb.org/Pages/Marketplace.aspx.

  12. Does AABB publish articles on CT in its journal TRANSFUSION?

    Articles related to various areas of CT appear in each issue of TRANSFUSION. Authors interested in contributing to TRANSFUSION can find more information by visiting http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/transfusion.

    For members interested in keeping up on advances in regenerative medicine, AABB has made available electronic access to the journal Regenerative Medicine at a special member rate. For more information visit http://www.aabb.org/resources/publications/Pages/RegenerativeMedicineJournal.aspx

  13. Are there any CT-specific audioconferences, webinars or podcasts?

    Approximately 6-7 audioconferences on CT topics are offered each year through the AABB Live Learning Center. To view the current list of audioconferences visit the following link http://www.aabb.org/events/audioconferences/Pages/default.aspx. In addition, AABB offers webinars and podcasts on a variety of topics.

  14. Does AABB have a newsletter dedicated to CT?

    Yes. CellSource is AABB's newsletter which includes information on CT events, upcoming calendar items, subsection activities as well as regular features such as a dedicated section listing publications that may be of interest to the members.

  15. Where can I find information on CT activities?

    Information on CT activities and links to other information can be found on the AABB Center for Cellular Therapies webpage: http://www.aabb.org/resources/bct/ct/Pages/default.aspx. In addition, CT items (e.g., FDA items, subsection activities, relevant web postings) appear in the AABB Weekly Report electronic newsletter sent to members via email. Items are indicated by a 'CT' symbol next to the item headings. The current version is also posted on the AABB webpage http://www.aabb.org/Pages/Homepage.aspx.

  16. Where can I find CT training opportunities?

    The AABB Center for Cellular Therapies offers a directory of training opportunities as a member benefit. If you have a training program related to patient care, clinical programs and practical laboratory and quality activities for professionals interested in cellular therapies, you are invited to complete the submission form. The information will be evaluated for posting to our website.

  17. Who can I contact for more information on CT?

    Contact us at celltherapy@aabb.org. We are always delighted to share and welcome members.

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