Immunohematology Boot Camp: Platelet Antibodies - Testing and Clinical Applications (24EL-432)

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024
2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time
Program Number: 24EL-432

  • Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
  • Topics: Blood Donation & Collection, Patient Transfusion
  • Intended Audience: Genetic Counselors, Hospital Blood Banks, Hospitals, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Physicians, Research Scientists, Residents/Fellows, Scientists, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists
  • Teaching Level: Basic, Intermediate
  • Director/Moderator: David Unold, MD, Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA
    Speaker: Brian R. Curtis, MS, PhD, D(ABMLI), MLS(ASCP)SBB, Senior Director Diagnostic Hematology, Senior Investigator Blood Research Institute, Versiti, Milwaukee, WI

  • Program Description

    Immune platelet disorders are challenging and clinically significant entities. When the need arises to select appropriate testing to confirm the presence of platelet antibodies, both laboratorians and clinicians may be uncertain about what testing exists and what testing is appropriate for a specific clinical scenario. In this program, a prominent expert in the field of platelet immunology and research will introduce the world of human platelet antigens (HPA), antibodies and present current methods for platelet antibody and antigen testing. Attendees will come away with knowledge that they can use to select and interpret platelet antibody and antigen tests for specific immune platelet disorders.

    Learning Objectives

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

    • Describe unique human platelet antigens (HPA), their population frequencies, and the membrane glycoproteins they are expressed on.
    • Discuss current methods for platelet antibody and antigen testing.
    • Select and interpret platelet antibody and antigen tests for specific immune platelet disorders.


    Registration includes access to both the live and on-demand version of this eCast.

    If you are a facility interested in participating in this eCast, simply complete the Group Viewing registration form and AABB will provide detailed instructions to share with your team approximately one week prior to the live program (each team member to register for the program utilizing a promocode). For single viewers, simply click on the Register button below to register.

    Please note: registration for the live eCast will close 1 hour prior to the eCast start time. If you register after this time you will receive access to the on-demand eCast when it is available.

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    Continuing Education Credit

    This activity is eligible for one (1) continuing education credit/contact hour for Physicians, Nurses (including California-based nursing professionals through CBRN), California Lab Personnel, Florida Lab Personnel and General Participation credit. AABB reserves the right to reduce or increase the number of credits granted based on the final activity duration. For more information on each credit type please visit our Continuing Education Credits webpage.

    There is no financial support for this activity.

    Jointly Accredited Provider

    In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies (AABB) and CME Outfitters, LLC. CME Outfitters LLC. is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

    Physicians (ACCME): CME Outfitters, LLC, designates this live activity for a maximum of one (1) AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. CME Outfitters, LLC, designates this enduring activity for a maximum of one (1) AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Claiming Credit
    Live Activity - Upon completion of the live activity, you will receive instructions to complete your evaluation, which is necessary to claim credit and receive your certificate of attendance/completion (credit must be claimed by the date provided in the instructions). The evaluation can be found by logging into the AABB Education Platform.

    Enduring Activity - Once the enduring (on-demand) program is available, you will receive instructions to access the AABB Education Platform. Upon completion of viewing the enduring activity, you will need to complete the evaluation, which is necessary to claim credit and receive your certificate of completion (credit must be claimed by the date provided in the AABB Education Platform).

    Program & Credit Expiration Dates:

    • Live Activity Program Date: May 8, 2024; Credit Expiration Date: June 8, 2024
    • Enduring Activity Program Dates: May 8, 2024 – May 7, 2027; Credit Expiration Date: May 7, 2027

    Disclosure Declaration

    It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, and the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and mitigated any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer review process. The following information is for participant information only. It is not assumed that the presence of such relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.

    Disclosures for the planners of this event can be found here. Disclosures for the program faculty, peer reviewers, and CME Outfitters, LLC. personnel are provided at the beginning of the program.

    Faculty Biographies

    Dr. David UnoldDr. David Unold serves as Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor at UC Davis, Sacramento and believes in providing evidence-based and cost-effective patient care. His specialties include transfusion medicine, apheresis, and special coagulation. His interests are in the diagnosis and treatment of bleeding and clotting disorders. Dr. Unold is board certified by the American Board of Pathology, Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine, Board Certified, 2014; American Board of Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Board Certified, 2014; and, CA Medical Board, License, Licensed, 2014. He received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science from Marquette University, his medical doctorate from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed his residency in pathology at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Unold completed a fellowship in Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His professional memberships include the American Society for Apheresis, American Society for Clinical Pathology, Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies, Christian Medical and Dental Association, and the College of American Pathologists.

    Dr. Brian CurtisDr. Brian Curtis provides management and scientific direction to several of Versiti’s diagnostic labs as Senior Director of Diagnostic Hematology with oversight of both the Platelet and Neutrophil Immunology, Hemostasis, Molecular Oncology and Hematology Genetics Labs. In addition, he holds appointments of Senior Investigator at the Blood Research Institute, and Assistant Adjunct Professor at the CTSI, Medical College of Wisconsin. He has been involved in research, assay development, and clinical studies of platelet and neutrophil autoimmunity and alloimmunity, with a goal to develop improved methods of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of immune hematologic diseases. Dr. Curtis serves on several national and international committees, and he has published over 130 scientific journal articles, and also abstracts, reviews, and book chapters relevant to the field.