BBTS Special Interest Group for Transfusion Microbiology

'Bacteria Viruses and Prions'


Thursday 19 April 2012

NIBSC, South Mimms, Hertfordshire

Cost: £20 including lunch

This meeting will encompass a wide range of topics including CMV, NAT screening using the Ultrio Plus assay, diversity of Hepatitis B virus, the rise and fall of XMRV, CJD, a novel approach to bacterial identification. 

The purpose of the Mircobiology Special Interest Group is to inform, educate and discuss current issues relevant to transfusion and transplantation microbiology. Suitable for blood centre staff and hospital blood bankers with an interest in this topic.

Coffee available from 10am

10:30 The Assessment of Prototype Blood Assays for Abnormal Prion Protein - Mark Noterman

11:00 Evaluation of the Procleix Ultrio Plus and West Nile Virus NAT Assays

11:25 Cytomegalovirus Seroprevalence and Superconversion in the Irish Blood Donor Population 2010 - Padraig Williams

11:40 Microbial Sterility Checks for Heart Valves, What is the Evidence? - Dr Khalid Alshafi

12:10 Lunch

13:15 Vitek MS - a Revolution in Microbial Identification - David Bates

13:45 The Rise and Fall of XMRV - Dr Ourania Kakisi

14:15 Tea

14:45 The Diversity of HBV Infections in NHSBT Blood Donors - Dr Gillian Rosenberg

15:00 Close of meeting


This meeting is CPD accredited by the Royal College of Pathologists 

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