Meetings and Events

CMV in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients 
January 31, 2018
1:00pm - 2:00pm EST


CMV is the most frequently diagnosed viral infection among solid organ transplant recipients. This webinar, co-sponsored by PASCV and the American Society for Transplantation, will feature three speakers to review pertinent aspects of CMV in transplant recipients.  Dr. Angela Caliendo will describe the current status of CMV diagnostic and provide a summary of future needs in the field.  Dr. Camille Kotton will discuss CMV treatment options and the challenges associated with CMV antiviral resistance.  To conclude, Dr. Raymund Razonable will provide an assessment of both current and future strategies for prevention of CMV disease. 


Diagnostic Testing for HIV: Current State of the Diagnostic Algorithm and Future Directions

February 2, 2018 | 10:00am - 2:50pm
Aloft Raleigh Durham Airport Brier Creek, Raleigh, NC


HIV diagnostics are now a staple in the clinical laboratory. Rapid advances in technology have allowed for drastic improvements in the laboratory’s ability to detect and diagnose HIV. As newer methodologies emerge, it is important for both clinical and public health laboratories to understand and incorporate these new applications and understand their limitations. This program will provide an in-depth overview of the current state of HIV diagnosis including the following topics: 1) Overview of current HIV tests and their use in the diagnostic algorithm plus discussion of current APHL reporting language document; 2) Challenging HIV diagnostic cases using the current algorithm; 3) Challenges of the current HIV diagnostic algorithm: Management of PrEP and diagnosis of acute HIV infection; 4) Four Letter Words in HIV Diagnostic Testing - CLIA-Waived Test Update: How do these assays fit into the current HIV diagnostic algorithm? AND… IQCP: Are your HIV serology tests in compliance?; 5) New HIV tests on the horizon and how they may affect the current algorithm; 6) Quality assurance programs for HIV diagnostic testing – issues surrounding laboratory validation of new HIV diagnostic tests.


Three Weird Cases: An Interactive Audience Experience! 
April 3, 2018
1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT


Join PASCV members, Dr. Babady and Dr. Charnot-Katsikas, for a discussion of viral diagnostics. Using three illustrative, challenging cases, the presenters will discuss limitations and advantages of current clinical virology diagnostics and how a final diagnosis was reached. Clinical cases presentation will include the history, clinical presentation, diagnostic workup, testing methodology, result interpretation and troubleshooting, as well as treatment and patient outcomes. Participants will have the opportunity to actively participate in the session through an audience-response system.

2018 Molecular Virology Workshop

May 5, 2018 
Hilton West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL


This one-day interactive workshop focuses on practical aspects of molecular diagnostics and on exciting new technologies. This year’s sessions encompass instructive and interactive case presentations to illustrate key principles of clinical diagnostic molecular virology, together with in-depth technical discussions on digital PCR, primer-probe design, amplification chemistries and enzymes.


Seeing is Believing: The Diagnosis of Viral Infections via Cytologic and Histopathologic Evaluation of Tissues
May 2018 

Novel and emerging viral diseases frequently have variably severe clinical manifestations which present enormous challenges to both laboratorians and clinicians.  In the course of this session, we will explore cytopathology, histopathology, and related methodologies in the diagnosis of viral infections.  Tissue sampling techniques range from exfoliative cytology, aspiration cytology, biopsy, and resection.  The respective sampling methods can impact the ability to arrive at a definitive diagnosis and this will be explored.  When viral infection is suspected, tissue may then be subjected to ancillary techniques in anatomic pathology in order to gain additional information about virus(es) involved.  The advantages and limitations of the respective procedures, specimen types, and ancillary methodologies will be explored to enhance participants understanding.

The Ecology, Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, and Diagnosis of MERS Coronavirus 
October, 9 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm ET


The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a novel zoonotic pathogen that emerged in the human population in 2012. Since that time, MERS-CoV has been implicated in numerous human infections, and case fatality rates have hovered around 40%. Many questions regarding this pathogen’s origins, ecology, and pathogenesis remain unanswered, but research has revealed many interesting aspects of the biology of MERS-CoV. In this webinar, Dr. Neeltje van Doremalen (Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIH), will discuss the known history of MERS-CoV and will provide an update on what is currently known about the ecology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and pathogenesis of this emerging pathogen.

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