7:30 - 8:30 am (CST) Coffee Hour - Time to get ready for the presentations and chat with colleagues.
8:30 - 3:00 pm (CST) - Symposium - 6 CEU's - Educational webinars and small breaks. Awards and meet the Illinois Board of Directors at lunchtime.
3:00 - 4:30 pm (CST) - Social Time with Exhibitors - Open Zoom breakout rooms to visit vendors on your own and/or hang out in the social time
Webinar lectures available 30 days afterward.
Registration $20 - includes ISH membership
Bob Meyer, HTL(ASCP)QHIC
Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is a powerful molecular technique that utilizes fluorescent probes for the detection of nucleic acid sequences. It allows the user to detect the presence of specific targets inside individual cells which gives highly detailed information on the genetic composition of those cells. This technique has developed significantly over the last couple of decades with different kinds of probes and labeling to accommodate relevant targets in patient samples. In this workshop, we will discuss the basic elements of FISH, understand the steps of a FISH assay, differentiate between types and classes of FISH probes, and discuss its application in Oncology
Dr. Phil Bryant
The pivotal role of any histology laboratory is the preparation, analysis, and microscopic interpretation of tissue specimens. On the journey from their source to the pathologist, the samples endure a variety of procedures. In the laboratory, these processes follow designed courses which are conveniently arranged into pre-analytical (specimen receipt), analytical (testing processes), and post-analytical (reporting) phases. Since the procedures are often complex, it is predictable that errors will occur. Whilst identification, reduction, and elimination of any error are critical, procedural mistakes are minimized when robust quality management systems are established. Nevertheless, when errors occur, the effective application of structured investigations such as root cause analysis will help to understand what happened, why it happened, and what could be done to prevent it from happening again. This webinar will guide you through the entire journey from the sample source through to the pathologist and beyond, describing systematic errors, their causes, their resolution, and future prevention.
Jacob Wilson, B.S.
How can we use antibody panels to help diagnose specific tumor types? Diagnostic algorithms are an important tool the pathologist will use, not only to diagnose specific tumors but also to exclude certain conditions from the diagnosis. In this workshop, we will look at staining characteristics, unique applications, and the diagnostic advantages of certain antibodies. We will also explore novel diagnostic markers that may be new to the audience. Understanding how these panels are developed and why certain antibodies are included is important for understanding the role of immunohistochemistry in the field of pathology. This workshop is designed to familiarize the audience with novel and routine antibodies and their applications. In addition, it will underline the importance of diagnostic panels to pathologists, so together, we can dominate the diagnosis.
M. Lamar Jones, BS, HT/HTL(ASCP
Microorganisms are unique, specialized microbes that may exist in single-cell forms or colonies of cells. Each microorganism has a specific structure and morphology that is demonstrated with both the H and E and special stains. Infectious diseases may include one or more microorganisms that are demonstrated with only special stains which represent "classic" staining entities and structures that are specific to certain infectious diseases. The microorganisms that will be discussed and demonstrated will include the type of fixation required
Robert L. Lott, B.S., HTL(ASCP)
The Anatomic Pathology Patient Interest Association (APPIA) is a not-for-profit organization focused on advancing patient safety, quality, standards, and accessibility of care in anatomic pathology. The organization exists to provide networking, advocacy, and educational support for its members and other stakeholders. It is composed primarily of members of industry, Agilent Technologies (Dako), Leica Biosystems, Roche Tissue Diagnostics (Ventana), and Sakura Finetek USA. Each company has representatives on the APPIA Board.
One of its educational initiatives has been the development of an anatomic pathology 'preanalytic’ resource. It's called the TOPS program, the "Tissue Optimization and Preanalytic Standardization Program". It is an incredible resource designed for a broad audience with information for surgeons, OR and oncology nurses, laboratory personnel, and patient advocacy groups.
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the TOPS program, discuss the content of the program and highlight why proper pre-analytic considerations throughout the journey of the tissue specimen are essential in making a definitive diagnosis. Also, to describe best practices for optimizing tissue preservation and to provide tools to facilitate practical implementation of best practices.
Clifford M. Chapman MS, HTL (ASCP), QIHC
Trouble in the histology lab? Learn how to troubleshoot. This presentation will provide the participants with the knowledge to identify, troubleshoot and remedy sub-optimal microscope slides. The hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) stain will be specifically discussed. Additionally, suboptimal processing and microtomy issues will be identified, along with possible resolutions of these issues, as these factors have a direct effect on the quality of the H&E. Participants should be able to take this knowledge back to their own laboratories for future use.