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ASFA 2016 Webinar Schedule

 ASFA 2016 Webinars Schedule

The American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) is pleased to announce that participation in the 2016 webinar series is FREE for all ASFA members! There is a $75 registration fee per webinar for non-members.

January 2016


Topic: Qualification in Apheresis Exam
Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Speaker: Chrissy Anderson, RN, BSN, HP(ASCP)

Topics Covered:

  • The various routes of eligibility.
  • Overview of the application and examination process.
  • Recommendations on preparing for the exam.

Registration for this webinar is now closed.


February 2016


Topic: Chronic Red Cell Exchange in Children
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Speaker: Alicia Garcia, RN, HP(ASCP)

Alicia Garcia is the clinical coordinator for the apheresis program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, which has one of the largest comprehensive sickle cell centers in California. She has performing and overseeing pediatric red cell exchange procedures since 1998. She is passionate about the use of automated exchange as a treatment option for chronically transfused patients with sickle cell disease.

Learning Objectives:

  • List indications for chronic transfusion in sickle cell disease
  • Discuss technical adjustments required for small patients
  • List IV access options for chronic apheresis therapy
  • Discuss psychosocial interventions that facilitate long term success


 Registration for this webinar is now closed.

March 2016


Topic: Collection of PAS Platelets and Maximizing Concurrent Plasma Collections
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Speaker: Margaret Hannan, LPN, AT(ASCP) & Kathy Mullins

Margaret Hannan has more than 30 years experience in blood banking with over 20 years’ experience in blood bank leadership; she has been employed with Blood Bank of Delmarva in Newark, Delaware for 29 years.  Among her areas of expertise are staff management, development and implementation of apheresis programs, staff training and development, Quality Assurance and Continuous Process Improvement activities, Risk Management, and Project Management.  She currently serves as the organization’s Director of Quality Systems Management. In this role she is responsible for providing strategic oversight and management of activities  related to developing organizational policies, processes, and practices that comply with quality system essentials and regulatory requirements of federal, state, local and industry focused agencies. 

Kathy Mullins is the Manager of Hospital Services at the Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD). Kathy has more than 24 years experience in the blood banking industry. She successfully managed the implementation of the INTERCEPT blood system at BBD who, in 2015, became only the second blood center in the country to produce pathogen reduced platelets; Kathy is now in the early stages of structuring the implementation for pathogen reduced plasma. Kathy continues to manage the production and distribution of safe, high quality blood products in order to meet the needs of the BBD community.

Learning Objectives: 

Through this webinar participants should be able to:

  • Describe platelet products collected with Platelet Additive Solution (PAS) and platelet products pathogen reduced (PR) using the INTERCEPT system.
  • Understand the benefits of PAS and PR platelets
  • Explain the procedures for collecting PAS platelets and performing PR using the INTERCEPT system
  • Understand the process used for the for implementation of these procedures
    Describe lessons learned as a result of this blood center’s implementation
 Registration for this webinar is now closed.

 April 2016


Topic: ECP
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Speaker: George Despotis, MD

Registration for this webinar is now closed.

June 2016


Topic: Updates in LDL Apheresis
Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Speaker: Nicole Aqui, MD

Dr. Aqui is a board-certified Clinical Pathologist who specializes in Transfusion Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland in 1996. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and completed her residency in Clinical Pathology, also at the University of Pennsylvania, in 2004. She went on to complete a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine and a postdoctoral fellowship, studying T cell activation in the Laboratory of Dr. Carl June. She joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2006.

As the Director of Transfusion and Apheresis Services at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, her practice encompasses plasmapheresis, leukocytapheresis, red cell exchange and LDL apheresis. Clinically, she focuses on transitioning patients with sickle cell disease and thalassemia to adult care. Dr. Aqui is an active member of several societies, including the American Society for Apheresis, the American Society of Hematology, and the AABB.

Learning Objectives:

During this webinar participants will:
  • Review basic principles of LDL apheresis,
  • Discuss the mechanism of action of PCSK9 inhibitors and indications for use, and
  • Examine the effect of PCSK9 inhibitors on LDL apheresis at the University of Pennsylvania. 


Registration for this webinar is now closed.

September 2016



Topic: Updates in Acquired TTP

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Speaker: Jay S. Raval, MD


Dr. Jay Raval received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, during which time he was a Howard Holderness Distinguished Medical Research Scholar.  He trained at the University of Pittsburgh where he completed a surgical internship followed by residency training in clinical pathology.  He went on to complete blood banking/transfusion medicine fellowship training in the joint program between the University of Pittsburgh and The Institute for Transfusion Medicine.  During this time, he developed an interest in therapeutic apheresis and HPC collection and processing.  Dr. Raval is currently practicing in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is the Medical Director of Therapeutic Apheresis, and Associate Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine Services and the HPC Laboratory.

 Registration for this webinar is now closed.

November 2016


Topic: What's New in the JCA 2016 Special Edition?
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Speaker: Nancy M. Dunbar, MD