November 8, 2018
Thomas Jefferson University- Alumni Hall
1020 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
New Automated Methods and Molecular Diagnostics in Clinical Microbiology48th Annual Symposium
Eastern Pennsylvania Branch,  American Society for Microbiology

Alan Evangelista, PhD,  D(ABMM) Co-Chair
Kevin Alby, PhD,  D(ABMM) Co-Chair
Kaede Ota Sullivan, MD, MSc, D(ABMM) Co-ChairI. Morning Session

7:30-8:15AM  Registration, Coffee and Exhibits

8:15-8:30AM  Welcome and Introduction.  Alan Evangelista, PhD

Moderator:  Alan Evangelista, PhD, D(ABMM)

8:30-9:00 AM  Microbiology laboratory automation- advantages and limitations of WASPLab. Nathan A. Ledeboer, PhD, D(ABMM), Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

9:00-9:30 AM Microbiology laboratory automation- advantages and limitations of Kiestra.  Thomas J. Kirn, MD, PhD, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ 

9:30-10:00 AM  New rapid methods for detection of antimicrobial resistance, Patricia J. Simner, PhD, D(ABMM), The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

10:00-11:15 AM Refreshment Break & Exhibits

Moderator:  Kaede Ota Sullivan, MD, MSc, D(ABMM)

11:15AM-12:00PM Case Presentations (3 cases) in Molecular Diagnostics
Kevin Alby, PhD, D(ABMM), Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine,  University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA  
Kaede Ota Sullivan, MD, MSc, D(ABMM), Temple University Hospital,  Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Alan T. Evangelista, PhD, D(ABMM), St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children,  Drexel University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

12:00-12:30 PM  New PCR syndromic panels for pneumonia and use of semi-quantitative approaches for pathogen detection.  Blake W. Buchan, PhD, D(ABMM), Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 

12:30-1:45PM  Lunch (included with registration) and Exhibits

II. Afternoon Session

Moderator:  Kevin Alby, PhD, D(ABMM) 

1:45-2:15 PM The changing algorithms for detection of toxigenic C. difficileinfections.  Colleen S. Craft, MD, MSc, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA  

2:15-2:45 PM Clinical pathogen genomics: implementation and applications.  Nicole D. Pecora, MD, PhD, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

2:45-3:15 PM Use of telepathoogy with applications for clinical microbiology.   Donna M. Wolk, MHA, PhD, D(ABMM), Geisinger Diagnostic Medicine Institute, Danville, PA

3:15-3:30 PM  Closing Remarks,  Alan Evangelista, PhD, Kevin Alby PhD, Kaede Ota Sullivan, MD, MSc
NOTE:   Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the speaker questions after each lecture
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