2017 Emily Cooley Award Goes to Dennis Goldfinger

“You can’t get CMV from a blood transfusion.” Dennis Goldfinger, MD, winner of the 2017 Emily Cooley Memorial Award began his lecture on “Establishing Standards of Care: Ridding Ourselves of Faulty Notions and Bad Science” with these words. Goldfinger earned the Cooley Award for his work pioneering the first hospital-based blood center in California in … Continue reading “2017 Emily Cooley Award Goes to Dennis Goldfinger”

Teen Donors: Different Perspectives Working Toward a Common Goal

Young donors make a significant contribution the blood supply in the United States and other countries, but concerns about increased risk of iron deficiency and vasovagal reactions has blood collectors wondering about how to protect these vulnerable donors. At the “Young Donors: Kid Gloves?” session, experts from several countries shared how blood centers are implementing … Continue reading “Teen Donors: Different Perspectives Working Toward a Common Goal”

Guest Blogger Justin Kreuter, MD: AABB Embracing Change

Current AABB President, Dr. Szczepiorkowski, opened this meeting yesterday by highlighting the overarching theme of his presidency – change. Our community has indeed made tremendous change in recent years and it’s energizing to see #AABB17 continue to focus on these opportunities. AABB’s patient blood management efforts are a great example of notable achievements and necessary … Continue reading “Guest Blogger Justin Kreuter, MD: AABB Embracing Change”

Sally Frank Memorial Award Honors Pioneer in Immunohematology

Greg Denomme, PhD, FCSMLS(D), received the Sally Frank Memorial Award and Lectureship for his lifelong achievements in platelet- and RBC-immunohematology, pathobiology and molecular diagnostics. 

Greg Denomme, PhD, FCSMLS(D), received the Sally Frank Memorial Award and Lectureship for his lifelong achievements in platelet- and RBC-immunohematology, pathobiology and molecular diagnostics. 

ISBT and AABB Tackle Donor Deferral and MSM Donors

Following advances in the accuracy and speed of HIV testing, governments from across the globe have been debating how to update their donor history questionnaires (DHQ) to maximize the number of donations while maintaining patient safety. Much discussion has centered around the community of men who have sex with men (MSM), who are eligible to … Continue reading “ISBT and AABB Tackle Donor Deferral and MSM Donors”

Interactive Sessions: Audience Participation That’s Easier Than Ever

Remember those remote control-looking devices used at past annual meetings to answer speaker questions in “real-time”? Well, forget all about them. #AABB17 is debuting a much more robust, much more user-friendly smart-phone based audience response system.  All you need to do is download the app from iTunes or Google Play.  Once you’ve logged in with … Continue reading “Interactive Sessions: Audience Participation That’s Easier Than Ever”

RBC Outdating: The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

What AABB Annual Meeting would be complete without a session on outdating RBCs? We have more data available with the recently published TRANSFUSE trial and a host of studies to be presented at this meeting in an oral abstract session devoted fresher vs. older RBCs, including a secondary analysis of data from the INFORM study … Continue reading “RBC Outdating: The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same”

AABB-IDSA Joint Session Highlights Biovigilance and Transfusion-Transmitted Disease Risk

The 2017 AABB Annual Meeting is overlapping with that of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, both being held in the San Diego Convention Center. Since many similar issues are pertinent to both associations, it’s an opportune time to hold a joint session of the two groups. The session, held this afternoon, focused on ongoing … Continue reading “AABB-IDSA Joint Session Highlights Biovigilance and Transfusion-Transmitted Disease Risk”

What Would You Do in a Mass Casualty Event?

Mass casualty events are becoming more frequent, and with them a greater need than ever for an adequate supply of blood at all times. On Saturday morning, at a session on Mass Casualty Events: Transfusion Service Perspective, Karen Quillen, MD, and Pierre Tiberghien, MD, PhD, discussed how their respective organizations responded to the Boston Marathon … Continue reading “What Would You Do in a Mass Casualty Event?”