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2020 Webinar Schedule

 2020 Webinars Schedule

American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) is pleased to announce that participation in the 2020 webinar series is FREE for all ASFA members! There is a $75 registration fee per webinar for non-members.

If you are interested in leading a future ASFA topical webinar or nursing case study webinar, please reach out to ASFA Head Office.

New: Please note that you also need to register with GoToWebinar in order to receive IP specific login details!





Title: Blood Primes and the Pediatric Patient
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Mary Sanders BSN, RN CPN 

Mary Sanders BSN, RN CPN received her nursing degree from the University of Colorado. She began working at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) in 2005. Mary started working in the Therapeutic Apheresis Department of Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2011 and is currently a Clinical Nurse IV. Mary is a past chair for the Clinical Nurse Practice Council at CHCO.  She received a Daisy Award in 2018. Mary has presented at the Annual O’Neil Pediatric Clinical Update Conference and ASFA Annual meeting on a variety of Apheresis topics.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Review when blood primes are indicated, and the unique challenges presented in the pediatric patient.
  2. Two case studies - Custom Primes for TPE and ECP with a Modified Blood Prime 


 Registration has closed

Members can watch 
the recording in 
ASFA Access



Title: Blood Donations Screening for Babesia: Past and Future
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Laura Tonnetti, MS, PhD

Dr. Laura Tonnetti is a Scientist at the American Red Cross (ARC), where she leads studies related to transfusion-transmissible infectious agents. Her primary focus is on tick-transmitted infections and parasites. Dr. Tonnetti received a M.S. in Biology and a Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine from the University of Perugia in Italy. She worked at the National Institutes of Health before moving to the ARC and becoming involved in the early stages of Babesia blood testing. Dr. Tonnetti has published many articles on the topic, including the ARC’s six-year Babesia microti blood donation screening experience, and a description of transfusion-transmitted babesiosis cases investigated by the ARC between 2010 and 2017.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Provide a background on transfusion-transmitted babesiosis.
  2. Describe babesia screening performed under investigational protocols.
  3. Discuss the requirements and challenges of implementing babesia screening as recommended in the May 2019 FDA guidance.

Registration has closed

Members can watch 
the recording in 
ASFA Access




Title: LDL Apheresis as a Treatment of FSGS
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Speaker:  Joshua J. Zaritsky MD, PhD 

Joshua J. Zaritsky MD, PhD is Chief of the Division of Nephrology at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. He is a graduate of Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Zaritsky completed his residency in pediatrics at Denver Children’s Hospital and completed a fellowship in pediatric nephrology at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA.  He is board-certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology. He has lectured and published extensively in the fields of chronic kidney disease, iron metabolism and metabolic bone disease.  He is active in several national and international pediatric nephrology research collaboratives. His special interests include acid-base and electrolyte abnormalities, acute kidney injury, dialysis, and renal transplantation.

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe our current understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric FSGS
  2. Review the current data and protocols using liposorber to treat primary FSGS
  3. Review the current data and protocols using liposorber to treat recurrent FSGS


Registration has closed

Members can watch 
the recording in 
ASFA Access


April 3


Title: COVID-19 and Convalescent Plasma Collection
Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm ET
Speakers: Dr.Lou Katz, Dr.Peter Marks, Dr.Beth Shaz, Dr.Evan Bloch, Dr.Zhong Liu

ASFA will host a webinar to help members understand the requirements and processes to collect and transfuse COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma:

  1. Background on COVID-19: Dr. Lou Katz
  2. FDA, Dr. Peter Marks
  3. Blood collection perspective, Dr. Beth Shaz
  4. Hospital perspective,  Dr. Evan Bloch
  5. Chinese experiences, Dr. Zhong Liu
  6. Q&A


Registration will close on Thursday, April 2, at 3PM PT


April 22


Title: ASFA Member Resources and Benefits
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Nicole Aqui, MD

Registration will be open soon. Stay tuned!



Title: World Sickle Cell Disease Day
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2020
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Marisa Marques, MD

Registration will be open soon. Stay tuned!



Title: Sickle Cell Disease Treatment in Apheresis
Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Timothy J Roberts, BSN, RN, QIA

Timothy J Roberts BSN, RN, QIA - Apheresis Nurse at Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Graduated from Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing in 2014.  Before becoming a nurse he worked in Information Technology, Industrial Engineering and Finance.  He has worked in Apheresis in the Omaha area for 4 years, all in Therapeutic Apheresis. He is a member of the Public Affairs Committee for ASFA.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to state the population that would benefit from this Red Blood Cell Exchange
  2. Attendees will be able to state reasons to do Red Blood Cell Exchange rather than simple red cell transfusions
  3. Attendees will be able to list possible complications from Red Blood Cell Exchange
Registration will be open soon. Stay tuned!



Title: CAR-T and Myeloma
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Adam D. Cohen, MD

Registration will be open soon. Stay tuned!

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