Advanced Immunohematology & Molecular Symposium (AIMS)
targeted towards people passionate about Immunohematology and seeking continuing education in the fields of Immunohematology and/or reference laboratory work including molecular testing.
Scholarships to attend AIMS are available!
The John Moulds AIMS Scholarship and vendor supported scholarships are avialable to help with costs associated with attending the Symposium.  For more details and how to apply see the SCABB website.
Sunday, JUNE 5
8:15 am - 10:00 am  SCABB Administrative & Technical Scientific Award Lectures
10:00 am - 11:00 am  Karen Williams Memorial Lecture
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm  AIMS Sessions
Monday, JUNE 6
7:30 am - 8:30 am  Complimentary Breakfast
8:30 am - 12:15 pm  AIMS Sessions
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm  AIMS Sessions
Registration is $200 before April 30, 2016, and $250 starting May 1, 2016.
Please take time to visit our AIMS exhibitors who will be available throughout the symposium to showcase the latest products and services.

Session Descriptions

Sunday, June 5
SCABB Award Lectures

Administrative Award Lecture:  Excellence in Transfusion Medicine in a Disruptive Healthcare Environment, Jacquelyn Fredrick, MT(ASCP)SBB, MBA, Honorary Doctorate
We are part of a dramatic change in how healthcare will be delivered in our country. The presentation will examine how the environment has changed, what role transfusion medicine professions and organizations can play in delivering a new quality of healthcare, and examine the role of innovation in the value chain. The opportunities that exist in other adjacent fields and industries will be suggested as important to our future.

Technical Scientific Award Lecture:  Scientific and Educational Contributions of SCABB members to Immunohematology and Transfusion Medicine, 
Marilyn Grandstaff Moulds, MT(ASCP)SBB, BA.
The SCABB organization and its members have been leaders in the field of Immunohematology and Transfusion Medicine since 1959 when they first met in Texas. The annual meeting gives members an opportunity to share their experiences and learn about new diseases, techniques and procedures. Improving patient care is of utmost importance and sharing experiences through lectures, oral presentations and posters can do this.

Sunday, June 5
Karen Williams Memorial Lecturer 
KWML Award LecturerArthur Bracey, MD 
Sunday, June 5
FDA Guidance on Laboratory Developed Testing (LDTs)
Possible Impacts of LDTs to IRLs, Sandra J. Nance, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB
Laboratory Developed Tests (PDTs) are not licensed, approved or registered with FDA. The parameters of the tests are fully defined by the developing laboratory. In Immunohematology testing, frequently these tests are not available commercially, and have been described in the scientific literature and adopted and may have been validated by local Transfusion Services or IRLs. This lecture is intended to decipher the applicable LDTs and define the risks.
Overview and Key Points of FDA's Proposed 'Framework for Regulatory Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs), Richard S. Robinson, MBA MT(ASCP)
Provide an overview of FDA's proposed reulation of LAboratory Developed Tests, and in partnership with Sandra Nance, explain how it will impact Immunohematolofy REference LAbs if finalized without modifcation.
Sunday, June 5
Speaker's Choice
RHD genotyping in clinical practice: A closer look at Weak D , Geralyn Meny, MD
A multi-organizational statement recommending RHD genotyping when a weak D phenotype is detected in pregnant women and transfusion recipients. This presentation will provide a basic review of RHD, in addition to reviewing implications for implementing the recommendations.
Sunday, June 5
SBB Certification: Why & How
SBB Certification: What, Why and How?  LeeAnn Walker, MeD, MT(ASCP)SBB
What options are available for preparing for the Specialist in Blood Banking exam?  Can I take the exam by the experience route?  Is there any advantage to going to SBB school?  What if I can’t leave my job and family for a year to attend an on-site school?  This program will answer these questions and many more!
Monday, June 6
Moulds In the Morning
Review of Serology of Blood Groups, Marilyn Grandstaff Moulds, MT(ASCP)SBB, BA
Antibodies to blood group antigens have special characteristics that can be defined by serologic techniques. It is important that those investigating antibody problems know what characteristics are unique to each blood group. Reviewing the literature and case studies are essential tools for enhancing our knowledge of characteristics and techniques.
Does Molecular Answer All Our Questions About the Newest Blood Group Systems?, Joann Moulds, Ph.D. MT(ASCP)SBB
This session will include talks touching both the serological and molecular aspects of the newest blood group system including Vel, Jr, CD59, At (Augustine).  Learn the latest about these newest systems.
Detection and Identification of Colton Blood Group Antigens and Related StructuresRecording of the late John Moulds, MT(ASCP)SBB

Monday, June 6
John Moulds Memorial Lecture
John Moulds Memorial Lecture:  Mysteries of Rh revealed by DNA analysis, Christine Lomas-Francis, MSc, FIBMS
More than 60 antigens, including several that are partial, make up the clinically significant and complex Rh blood group system. This session will review the molecular basis of Rh antigen expression and some of the more than 300 variant alleles revealed by molecular testing. Case studies will highlight the investigation of Rh variants and novel antigen expression. The value of DNA testing for Rh discrepancy resolution and improved patient care, with a focus on pregnancy and patients with sickle cell disease will be discussed.
Monday, June 6
Blood Group Review & Roundtables
Fear of Highs?, Heather vonHartitzsch, MT(ASCP)SBB
Does the fear of antibodies to high frequency antigens scare you to death?  With this presentation I hope to calm your fears (as well as mine) as we work through techniques, knowledge, and case studies of high frequency antibody workups.

The Spotlight on 'Cartwright', Lornea Aranda MLS, BB, SBB (ASCP)CM
Review the 'Cartwright' Yt blood group system.  Discuss the prevalence of the Yt blood group system. Explain the clinical significance and identify different serologic methods for antibody identification.

Roundtables:  Hot Topics
Monday, June 6
Case Studies
For the ultimate brain teasers come sit with colleagues as we take a closer look at a selection of complex immunohematology case studies. Utilizing serology and molecular genotyping technologies, these cases are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Case Study #1, Virginia Reyes, M.Ed., MT(ASCP)SBB
Case Study #2, Sandy Wortman, MT(ASCP)SBB
Case Study #3, Katrina Billingsley, MT, (ASCP), SBB
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