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30th Advanced HLA Technical Workshop

February 29, 2016 – March 4, 2016
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel | Palm Springs, California
United States

One Lambda's Advanced HLA Technical Workshop will be led by a faculty of distinguished clinicians and scientists from the world-wide transplant community.   During the three-day program attendees will hear lectures on the importance of assessing patient risk in transplantation, strategies for knowledge-based HLA antibody identification, and presentations on the role of HLA antibodies and NGS in bone marrow transplantation.  

The workshop will also include presentations from the winners of the HLA case study competition, which will be announced January 18, 2016.

Event Information

This is a brief overview of the program. For a detailed view, please download the program.


Monday — February 29, 2016

1:00 – 5:00 PM
Workshop Registration


6:00 – 7:00 PM
Welcome Cocktail


Tuesday — March 1, 2016

9:00 AM
Introduction & Welcome


9:15 – 11:00 AM

The Role of Antibodies in Stem Cell Transplantation and the Influence of HLA Outside of Transplantation

David Senitzer, PhD | City of Hope - Duarte, CA
HLA Mismatched HSCT: New Opportunities and New Barriers
Annette Jackson, PhD | Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - Baltimore, MD


11:00 – 11:30 AM
Coffee Break


11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Antibodies in Transplantation – An Interactive Technical Session

Paul Warner, PhD | Bloodworks Northwest - Seattle, WA
Nancy Herrera | Northwestern University - Chicago, IL
Karl Schillinger | Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - Baltimore, MD


1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Free Afternoon


6:00 - 6:45 PM
Evening Session
The Frequency of Finding Antibodies in HNA
Karen Nelson, PhD | Bloodworks Northwest - Seattle, WA


Wednesday — March 2, 2016

9:00 - 11:00 AM

How Information Gained from NGS will Impact HLA & Transplantation

Elaine Reed, PhD | UCLA - Los Angeles, CA
Investigating Genomics of Immunity and Reproduction through Analyzing Full-Length HLA and KIR Haplotypes
Paul Norman, PhD | Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA
HLA Associations with Disease Susceptibility and Drug Hypersensitivity - Recent Advances
Katsushi Tokunaga, MD | Tokyo University - Tokyo, Japan


11:00 PM - 11:30 AM
Coffee Break


11:30 PM - 1:30 AM

HLA Case Study Presentations

Donna Phelan, CHS | Barnes-Jewish Hospital - St. Louis, MO
Harriet Noreen | Fairview Hospital - Minneapolis, MN
Positive AHG-CDC T-Cell Crossmatch with Negative Flow Crossmatch due to Non-HLA Antibodies
Kate S. Arsenault, CHS(ABHI) | Bloodworks Northwest - Seattle, WA
DQA Specific Antibodies — A Myth or Reality?
Ina Kurbegovic, MS., MB(ASCP) | Rush University Medical Center - Chicago, IL
A Novel Method to Overcome the Inhibitory Effects of EDTA Sensitive Interfering Factors
Mayuri B. Muchhala | Emory University Hospital - Atlanta, GA
Anti-Angiotensin Receptor 1 Antibody Desensitization in Renal Transplant Candidates
Elizabeth Portwood, CHS | University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati, OH
Unacceptable Antigens or Unacceptable Epitopes?
Stephanie Skibby, MS CHS(ABHI) | Inland Nortwest Blood Center - Spokane, WA
NGS — A Powerful Tool for HLA Novel Allele Identification and Characterization
Dawn Thomas, BS, CHT, CHS | Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland, OH


1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Free Afternoon


6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Anniversary Gala Dinner


Thursday — March 3, 2016

9:00 - 11:00 AM

Improving Outcomes through Better HLA Diagnostics

Robert Liwski, MD, PhD | Dalhousie University - Halifax, Nova Scotia-Canada
Using C1q Testing to Define the Phenotype of AMR
Millagros Samaniego, MD | University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
Strategies to Improve Long-Term Graft Outcomes: Begin at the Beginning
Peter Nickerson, MD | Canadian Blood Services - Winnipeg, Canada


11:00 PM - 11:30 AM
Coffee Break


11:30 - 1:30 AM

HLA Typing by NGS – An Interactive Technical Session

Medhat Askar, PhD | Allogen Labs - Cleveland, OH
Russell Martin | Kashi Clinical Laboratories - Portland, OR
Jennifer Schiller, PhD | Blood Center of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI


1:30 PM
End of Day