Past Webinars

Blood Donations, Blood Component Manufacturing, and Blood Component Distribution

Webinar Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – 06:00 PM

In this lecture a description of the process of blood donor screening as well as blood component manufacturing, testing, and distribution will be presented. A special emphasis will be made to illustrate the behind-the-scenes actions that are needed to be able to distribute blood components made from voluntary donations.

Level: Basic

Jorge Rios, MD
Medical Director
American Red Cross Blood Services

This webinar was approved for 1.0 credit hours by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program.  

Credit for attending this live webinar must be claimed by December 9, 2021.


Webinar: The HLA-As and Bs of Platelet Refractoriness

Webinar Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 – 06:00 PM

Anti-HLA antibodies are a frequent cause of refractoriness to platelet transfusions, and as a result, blood banks are often called on to provide HLA-matched or HLA-compatible platelets. We will discuss current testing methodologies and platelet selection strategies, as well as newer approaches.

Level: Basic

Grace Mahowald, MD, PhD, D(ABHI)
Assistant Director, HLA Laboratory  
Massachusetts General Hospital

This webinar is approved for 1.0 credit hours by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program.  

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Webinar: Veterinary Transfusion Medicine

Webinar Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 – 06:00 PM

This presentation will cover blood types in cats and dogs, cross matching, screening for blood donors, and obtaining and storing blood. We will review the different blood components used in veterinary medicine, indications for transfusion, as well as other topics such as autotransfusion and xenotransfusion.

Level: Intermediate

Kristina DePaula, DVM, DACVECC
Criticalist and Medical Director
Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Waltham, MA

This webinar is approved for 1.0 credit hours by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program.  

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Webinar: Transfusion Topics in Obstetrics

Webinar Date: Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 – 06:00 PM

This lecture will present a broad overview of the blood bank care of pregnant patients including prenatal tests performed after confirmation of pregnancy, tests necessary when a clinically significant RBC antibody is identified, techniques used by obstetricians to assess for fetal anemia, and treatment options.

Level: Basic

Kerry O’Brien, MD
Medical Director, Blood Bank 
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


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Webinar: Standards Updates for Busy Blood Bankers

Webinar Date: Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 – 06:00 PM

This lecture will focus on some of the changes in the 32nd Edition of the Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services. There will be some discussion on different ideas for implementing the ABO confirmation requirement (Standard 5.14).

Level: Intermediate

Joanne Bordner, MT(ASCP), CHS(ABHI)
Technical Director, Blood Transfusion Service 
Massachusetts General Hospital


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Webinar: Fighting Malaria with Next Generation Sequencing

Webinar Date: Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 – 06:00 PM

Malaria, responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths annually, remains a pressing global health threat. Malaria merozoites invade erythrocytes by harnessing host factors, commonly erythrocyte antigens. Malaria-associated antigen variants (MAV), can preclude parasite binding and invasion, conferring host survival advantage. We utilize bloodTyper, an NGS pipeline predicting blood group phenotypes, to investigate MAV distribution in 345 samples representing 164 diverse populations.

Level: Intermediate

Jensyn Cone Sullivan, MD
Associate Director of Transfusion Medicine
Tufts Medical Center


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Webinar: The Evolution and Future Use of Cellular Therapy Products

Webinar Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 06:00 PM

The use of cellular products has changed greatly over the last few years and are one of the hottest areas of biotechnology today. Learn how these novel cell therapy products are changing how patients are treated, and how medical technologists are contributing to this field.

Level: Basic

Olive Sturtevant, MHP, MT(ASCP)SBB, SLS, CQA(ASQ)
Senior Administrative Director, Connell & O’Reilly Families Cell Manipulation Core Facility
Dana Farber Cancer Institute

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MABB is an approved provider of P.A.C.E. Credits by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program.


Webinar: Optimized Culture Conditions and Potency Testing Workflows to Support the Development of Cellular Therapies Using CRISPR-Cas Edited CD34+ Cells

December – Cellular Therapy topic

Webinar Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 06:00 PM

Standardized culture conditions are key to maintaining primitive hematopoietic cells in culture, and achieving efficient genome editing. We will discuss key considerations when developing optimized workflows for the in vitro culture of primative CD34+ cell populations, genome editing, and the importance of potency testing for manipulated cell therapy products.

Level: Intermediate

Amanda Fentiman, MSc
Product Manager, Hematology
STEMCELL Technologies, Inc.
Vancouver, British Columbia

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Webinar: HLA 101

November – Transfusion Medicine topic

Webinar Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:00pm

Human leukocyte antigens (HLA) form the basis of immunology and our ability to recognize self versus non-self. By differentiating our cells from altered cells and pathogens, our immune system works to protect us. It is an amazing system.

Level: Basic

Carolyn T. Young, MD
Medical Director, Histocompatibility Laboratory
Rhode Island Hospital

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