Saturday, August 7, 2010


7:30                    Continental Breakfast


8:30-8:40            Opening remarks

                           John Schmitz, Ph.D., AMLI President




Testing for Anti-Nuclear Antibodies:  The Great Debate

Chairs:  Ken Beaman, Ph.D.  and Eric Hoy, Ph.D.


8:40                     Autoantibody Testing: The Good Old Days and Future Challenges

                            Marvin J. Fritzler, Ph.D., M.D., University of  Calgary

9:20                     Antinuclear Antibody Screening: A Laboratory Director’s Perspective

                            John L. Carey, M.D., Henry Ford Hospital and Henry Ford Medical Centers


10:00                   Break


10:30                   Antinuclear Antibody Testing:  What This “Alphabet Soup” Means to the Doctor                                          and Patient

                            Lori Siegel, M.D., Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science


11:15                   Autoantibody Testing:  Where Do we Go From Here?

                            Eric Hoy, Ph.D., SI(ASCP), The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


12:00 – 1:30        Luncheon Seminar hosted by Euro-Diagnostica Inc.

                            Jörgen Wieslander, Ph.D., Professor, Technical Director, Euro-Diagnostica AB




Case Studies in Medical Laboratory Immunology

Chairs:  Thomas Alexander, Ph.D. and Roshini Abraham, Ph.D.


2:00                     Medhat Askar, M.D.,  Allogen Laboratories, Transplant Center, Cleveland Clinic


2:35                     Trivikram Dasu, Ph.D., Clinical Immunodiagnostic & Research Laboratory, Medical                                                       College of Wisconsin


3:10                     Amy Leber, Ph.D., Nationwide Children's Hospital


3:45                     Gerry Miller, Ph.D., Regional Medical Laboratory


4:20                     Gehad Elghazali,Ph.D., King Fahad Medical City    


5:00 – 7:00          Meet the Exhibitors – Poster Session Reception



Sunday, August 8, 2010

7:30                     Continental Breakfast and Committee Meetings




Challenges of Infectious Disease Testing

Chairs: John Schmitz, Ph.D. and Antony Bakke, Ph.D.


8:30                     Diagnosis of Systemic Mycoses by Antigen Detection

                            L. Joseph Wheat, M.D.


9:15                     H1N1 vs. the Clinical Molecular Diagnostics Lab – Year 1

                            Linda Cook, Ph.D., University of Washington; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research                                       Center


10:00                   Break


10:30                   Update on HIV Testing:  New Tests, New Algorithms

                            Bernard M. Branson, M.D., CDC – Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention


11:15                   Current and Potential Clinical Assays of Cellular Immune Function

                            Holden Maecker, Ph.D., Human Immune Monitoring Center, Stanford University


12:00 – 1:30        Luncheon Seminar hosted by Grifols


2:00 – 3:00          Erwin Neter Memorial Lecture


3:00 – 3:30          Abstract Award Presentations

                           Chairs: John Schmitz, Ph.D., Antony Bakke, Ph.D.


3:30 – 4:00          AMLI Business Meeting


4:00 – 6:00          Meet the Exhibitors – Poster Session Reception


6:00                     Annual Dinner


Monday, August 9, 2010


7:30                     Continental Breakfast and Committee Meetings



Keys to Quality Management:  2010 and Beyond

Chairs:  Walter Oliveira, MT(ASCP)SI, Diane Dubois, MT(ASCP)


8:30                     CAP15189 and Continual Quality Improvement

                            Mike Grilliot, B.S., M.S., CAP15189


9:15                     Laboratory Quality: Are We There Yet?

                            Robin Stombler, Auburn Health Strategies, LLC


10:00                   Break


10:30                   LEAN in the Immunology Laboratory

                            Walter Oliveira, BS, MT(ASCP)CMSI


11:15                   Laboratory Ambassadors:  Agents of Change

                            Christopher Parker, BS-CLS


12:00 – 1:30        Luncheon Seminar hosted by Phadia US


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

7:30                     Continental Breakfast




Hot Topics in Medical Laboratory Immunology

Chairs:  Barbara Detrick, Ph.D., Ronald J. Harbeck, Ph.D.


8:30                     New Developments in Targeting TNF-alpha and Other Cytokines in Cancer and                                   Autoimmune Diseases

                            Bharat B. Aggarwal, Ph.D., University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center


9:15                     Advances in Autoantibody Detection as Potential Biomarkers in Type 1 Diabetes

                            George S. Eisenbarth, M.D., Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver


10:00                   Break


10:30                   Can we Make Vaccines Against Cancer?

                            Gary Koski, Ph.D., Cleveland Clinic


11:15                   The Fluid Phase Biopsy: Detection of High Definition Circulating Tumor Cells

                            (HD-CTCs) in Cancer Patients          

                            Dena Christine Marrinucci, Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute


12:00                   Closing Remarks

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