Immunohematology Boot Camp: Platelet Immunology

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Live Program Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 17EL-133 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: Physicians, Scientists, Technologists, Laboratory Staff, Medical Directors, Students/Fellows, Residents, Hospital Blood Banks, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s)
Teaching Level: Intermediate

Director/Moderator: Geoffrey Wool, MD, PhD, Assistant Medical Director of Blood Bank, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Speaker: Brian Curtis, PhD, D(ABMLI), MT(ASCP)SBB, Senior Clinical Lab Director, Director of Platelet & Neutrophil Immunology Lab, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the basics of platelet immunology and be able to apply that knowledge to platelet serologic problems.
  • Identify those disorders associated with antibodies against platelets.
  • Assess clinical situations and determine if platelet serologic testing would be useful and how such testing would be interpreted.

Program Description

The program will review platelet antigens and immunology and discuss clinical settings where platelet serology is useful (transfusion refractoriness, NAIT, PTP, ITP). The speakers will also discuss laboratory methodologies used to detect platelet antibodies, confirmatory genotyping, etc and case studies will be used to illustrate concepts and allow application of platelet immunology to improve patient care.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register17EL-4035-133
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register17EL-8035-133

Speaker Biography

Dr. Brian Curtis obtained his B.S. in Biology from Iowa State University, M.S. in Transfusion Medicine Science, Marquette University, and Ph.D. in Immunology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a board certified Medical Technologist, Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB), and Immunologist D(ABMLI). Dr. Curtis has provided management and scientific direction to BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Platelet & Neutrophil Immunology Lab since 1999 and currently serves as Senior Clinical Lab Director. He has been involved in research investigation and clinical laboratory testing of platelet and neutrophil antibodies and antigens for over 25 years beginning with work at Washington University, St Louis, in the laboratory of Dr. Hugh Chaplin, Jr. Since arriving at BCW in 1991 he has been involved in research, assay development, and clinical studies of platelet and neutrophil autoimmunity, alloimmunity, drug-dependent antibodies, and TRALI with the goal of developing improved methods to diagnose, treat and prevent immune hematological disorders. He serves on several national and international scientific committees and is invited speaker at national and international meetings. Dr. Curtis has published over 100 scientific articles, numerous abstracts, editorials, and several text book chapters related to his work.