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The Fifteenth Annual Joint Meeting of The West Virginia Societies SCLS and CLMA
The Fifteenth Annual Joint Meeting of The West Virginia Societies SCLS and CLMA


When: "October 4th to October 5th"
CHARLESTON, West Virginia  25301
United States
Janet Halstead


Please join us in our state’s capital, Charleston, WV

The Fifteenth Annual Joint Meeting of The West Virginia Society of Clinical Laboratory Scientists and West Virginia

Clinical Laboratory Management Association

Laboratory Professionals

Providing Answers. Guiding Cures.

Thursday October 4, 2012   Friday October 5, 2012

Embassy Suites

300 Court StreetCharleston, WV


Advance Registration Form

Must be received by September 21, 2012

Member?         YesNo
Membership Number (Required for member rate)
Pre-Registration Fees

                    Member            Nonmember         Student              Total
Two Days        $125                  $145                  $50
One Day          $75                    $90                   $35
Institutional Rate $500 (up to 5 attendees from each site)
Registration after September 21 and onsite will be an additional $15.

Please circle the sessions you plan to attend:

Thursday1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Friday17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Make check payable to: WVSCLS Convention Fund

and mail to: Beverly Kirby

                 Medical Laboratory Science

                 2163 Health Sciences North

                 PO Box 9211

                 Morgantown WV 26506-9211




Topic and Speaker

Thursday 7-8am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Thursday 8am

Vendor Hall Opens


Thursday 8am

Chemistry Sepsis & Procalcitonin: Early Detection & Improving Standard of Care-Amy Farley, RN, BSN, Thermo Fisher. This session will educate the healthcare professional on the septic patient population. Information will include rate of occurrence, mortality, resource cost, pathophysiology, biomarkers used to diagnose and monitor therapy, standards of sepsis intervention and supportive clinical evidence.


Thursday 8am

Hematology A Closer Look at Red Cell Abnormalities and Inclusions-Carol Bridges, CLS IV, and Barbara Sparks, CLS III, Charleston Area Medical Center. This session will discuss the differentiation of true RBC inclusions from artifact, as well as the significance of RBC abnormalities.


Thursday 8am

Coagulation Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation-Charity Thompson, MT, and Della Haynes, MT, Charleston Area Medical Center. This session will discuss disseminated intravascular coagulation, including pathophysiology, symptoms, and treatment. The laboratory's role in diagnosis will be examined, along with a discussion of various case studies.


Thursday 9am

Keynote ___TBD_________-Elissa Passiment, ASCLS.


Thursday 10am

Microbiology What's Bugging Women? - A. Betts Carpenter, MD, PhD, Medical Director for LabCorp Cytology & Molecular Laboratories, Professor of Anatomy and Pathology, Marshall University School of Medicine. This session will highlight the newest molecular testing for organisms commonly infecting the female genital tract. The following will be covered: Human Papilloma virus, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Trichomonas, Herpes, and organisms associated with Bacterial Vaginosis. Specimen type, test characteristics, and interpretation will be covered.


Thursday 10am

Chemistry Cardiac Biomarkers in HF and ACS - Nancy Haley, PhD, Senior Clinical Specialist, Siemens.Cardiac biomarkers are critical to the proper triage and treatment of patients presenting with heart failure (HF) or acute coronary syndrome (ACS). This session will review the current clinical utility of BNP, NT-proBNP, cardiac troponin, CKMB, and myoglobin, including both diagnostic and prognostic applications. Emerging cardiac biomarkers will also be discussed.



Topic and Speaker


Thursday 10am

Management State and Federal Laboratory Regulatory Update-Sharon Cibrik, BSMT, CLS, WV Office of Laboratory Services. This session will include an update on Clinical Laboratory Practitioner Personnel Licensure, federal CLIA regulations and the HIV rule passed in the 2012 legislative session.

Thurs 11am-2pm

Vendors, Exhibit Hall Please visit the vendors & thank them for supporting our conference.

Thurs 11am-1pm

Buffet Lunch

Thurs 12:30pm

WVSCLS Board and Business Meeting


Thursday 2pm

Chemistry Detecting Colorectal Cancer Based on the Presence of Methylated Septin 9 DNA in Plasma-Peter Chou, PhD, Director Scientific Affairs, Quest Diagnostics. This session will review colorectal (CRC) epidemiology, various screening tests used to detect CRC, and current screening recommendations. The importance of early detection of CRC and the relatively low compliance rates for currently available screening tests will be discussed. The advantages of using a blood based Septin 9 DNA as a supplemental screening test for CRC will also be discussed, including assay sensitivity and specificity.


Thursday 2pm

Coagulation Testing Strategies for Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia-Ryan H. Livengood, MD, FASCP, West Virginia University. Heparin induced thrombocytopenia is an immune mediated disorder resulting in significant risk of thrombosis with heparin therapy. This session will explore a variety of laboratory testing and new therapeutic options currently available. Liberal use of these resources mandates that we understand the limitations of testing and anticipate the monitoring requirements of alternative therapy.


Thursday 2pm

Management ____TBD_____________-Elissa Passiment, ASCLS


Thursday 3pm

Management You Can't Push a Pig into a Truck: How to Create Employee Commitment to Change - R. Glenn Ray, PhD, RayCom Learning. This session will help participants understand how they tend to approach change and how to systematically choose to address it. The change model taught in this session focuses on the alignment between individual and organizational vision and the dialogue about the needs and desires of all employees.



Topic and Speaker


Thursday 3pm

Chemistry The Evolving Definition of MI - Chris White, PhD, MS, BS, Beckman Coulter. This session will include a review of the history of cardiac markers, the basic definition of MI, and how it has evolved since the year 2000. The different classifications of MI will also be explored.



Thursday 3pm

Chemistry Beta-hydroxybutyrate: Has the Better Marker Finally Won? – Danyel H. Tacker, PhD, D(ABCC), FACB, West Virginia University Department of Pathology. National back-order of Acetest tablets has clinical laboratories considering the fate of ketone testing. Once a prominent, respected target for serum ketone measurement, beta-hydroxybutyrate had all but fallen into obscurity. This session will discuss serum ketone testing biochemistry and test methodologies and ask: Has beta-hydroxybutyrate testing returned?


Thursday 4pm

Histology Immunohistochemistry Validation - Jane Wade, BA, HT/MLT(ASCP), West Virginia University. Validation of Immunohistochemistry antibodies and detection systems is now required by CAP and CLIA. This session will review the CAP Anatomic Pathology and all Common Checklist questions as they apply to validation and discuss methods of implementation in the Histology lab.


Thursday 4pm

Microbiology Exotic Diseases in the US: Would We Recognize Them? – Karen S. Long, MS, MT(ASCP), West Virginia University. Exotic diseases, including Dengue, Chagas, Leishmaniasis, and Chickungunya Fever once were rarely seen in the US, but are becoming more common. Discussion will include endemic areas of the world, difficulty in diagnosis, why they can now be seen in the US, characteristics of the diseases, diagnostic methods, prevention, and treatment.


Thursday 4pm

Chemistry The Role of the Clinical Laboratory Professional in the Diagnosis and Management of Diabetes Mellitus - Jennifer Perry, MS, BSMT(ASCP), Chairperson Clinical Laboratory Sciences Department, Marshall University. An update of latest factors affecting laboratory testing for diabetes will be discussed, as well as updates in the management of the disease.

Thursday 6pm

WVCLMA Membership Meeting

Thursday 6pm

Vendor Hall Closes-Dinner on Your Own in Charleston



Topic and Speaker

Friday 7:30-8am

Registration and Continental Breakfast


Friday 8am

Coagulation Heparin Assays and New Anticoagulants – Karen Wrona, MT(ASCP), Product Manager, Diagnostica Stago. Unfractionated and low molecular weight heparins are widely used anticoagulants for the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolic disease. This session will discuss the advantages of using anti-Xa assays as compared to the PTT assay to monitor heparin therapy. The development of new anticoagulants and mechanisms of action will also be discussed.


Friday 8am

Immunology NIH Food Allergy Guidelines and Molecular Component Testing – Rebecca Rosenberfer, MMSc, PA-C, Clinical Educator, Thermo Fisher Scientific. This session will review NIH Food Allergy Guidelines and how it relates to current trends and practices of food allergy testing. The current and future use of component resolved diagnostics for foods such as hen's egg, cow's milk, and peanut will be discussed.


Friday 8am

Blood Bank The Antibody Screen is Positive, Now What? – Michele Hayes, MS, MT(ASCP), SBB, American Red Cross. Utilizing case studies, this session will review theory and procedures used to perform serological investigation of positive antibody screens and determine the selection of appropriate donor red cells for transfusion.



Friday 9am

Immunology Hepatitis B – J. Todd Kuenstner, MD, Charleston Area Medical Center. This session will discuss the history, epidemiology, clinical features, and laboratory testing of Hepatitis B.


Friday 9am

Blood Bank Blood Bank Automation: Thinking Beyond Types and Screens – Piper Antimarino, Johnson & Johnson, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics. This session will show how to think differently about the testing you do in your blood bank. What you do not test on your automated platform will have a profound impact on your risk management, operational improvements and total cost.


Friday 9am

Microbiology 75 Years of Difficult Clostridium – Rocco LaSala, MD, (D)ABMM, West Virginia University Department of Pathology, Director of Clinical Microbiology, West Virginia University Hospital. After a brief review of historical pathological and clinical features of C. difficile infection (CDI), this session will include a discussion of how epidemiology and assay methodology impact the laboratory diagnosis of CDI.



Topic and Speaker


Friday 10am

Immunology Clinical Application of IL28B Gene Polymorphism in the Treatment Outcome and Clearance of Hepatitis C Virus Infection – Muhammad Amjad, PhD, D(ABMM), Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Marshall University. In recent years a genetic test to detect human interleukin-28B (IL28B) genetic variations have been associated with spontaneous clearance and treatment outcomes of Hepatitis C Virus infection. This session will discuss how this genetic test to detect the presence of a single polymorphism within the IL28B gene can help identify pretreatment, those most likely to respond and help predict patient's response to therapy.


Friday 10am

Management Laboratory Quality Assurance – Traci Hinkle, MS, MT(ASCP), Manager, West Virginia University Hospitals. This session will include defining Quality Assurance and quality systems. Discussion will include identification of key indicators that can be monitored for quality, in addition to review of regulatory requirements as defined by CLIA, CAP, and TJC for quality.


Friday 10am

Hematology The Extended CBC Parameters: The Next Frontier in the Evaluation of Anemia, Thrombocytopenia and the Bone Marrow – Jeffrey A. Vos, MD, FCAP, Hematopathologist, West Virginia University. The current diagnostic approach to anemia and thrombocytopenia is limited in that it relies on the evaluation of peripheral blood elements and may not accurately reflect the status of the bone marrow. This session will review current testing and examine the possible diagnostic advantages of using extended CBC parameters in the evaluation of anemia and thrombocytopenia, as well as the potential prognostic utility in the setting of acute myeloid leukemia.


Friday 11am

Management The Power of Middleware – Greg Burch, LIS Analyst, Dimensions Healthcare Systems. This session will discuss how the introduction of middleware reduced TAT and restructured the allocation of resources at Dimensions Healthcare System.


Friday 11am

Blood Bank What Antibody Am I? – Tracie Nichols, MLS(ASCP), SBB, West Virginia University Hospitals. This session will include a presentation of rare antibodies discovered in local patient populations. The processes taken to identify the antibodies and patient outcomes will be discussed.


Friday 11am

Chemistry Diet, Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Disease – William Wagener, PhD, MS, MT(ASCP), Program Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program, West Liberty University. This session will discuss the evidence that modern diseases on mankind, including dementia, cancer and Alzheimer's disease are metabolic diseases and that a ketogenic diet can alleviate these conditions.

The West Virginia Joint Conference of Laboratory Societies is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by P.A.C.E. (2010-547)

Conference Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. Vendor Hall Set-up

Thursday, October 4, 2012

7:00a.m. – 8:00a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00a.m. Vendor Hall Opens

8:00a.m. – 11:00a.m. General CE Sessions

11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. Vendors, Exhibit Hall- no CE sessions

11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. Lunch

12:30p.m. WVSCLS Bard and Business Meeting

2:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. General CE Sessions

6:00p.m. Vendor Hall Closes

6:00p.m. WVCLMA Membership Meeting

Friday, October 5, 2012

7:30a.m. – 8:00a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. General CE Sessions

All sessions will be held at

Embassy Suites

300 Court Street

Charleston, WV

Directions to hotel may be found at

The Embassy Suites has reserved a block of suites at the rate of $144 per night. To reserve a suite at this rate, please make your reservations by September 14, 2012 by calling 1-304-347-8700 or Embassy Suites Brand Reservations number 1-800-EMBASSY. After this date the rooms will no longer be available. You must mention Clinical Laboratory Management Association when making reservations in order to receive the discounted rate.

Check-in time is 4:00p.m. and check out time is 12:00p.m. Self parking for $9 is charged nightly to your room if you use the Embassy Suites parking garage.

Complimentary breakfast is available to all hotel guests 6 to 9a.m. Manager's Reception is available to hotel guests from 5:30 – 7:30p.m. with complimentary cocktails, sodas, and light snacks.

All participants and exhibitors are responsible for making their own reservations.



OCTOBER 03, 2012

Embassy Suites Hotel

300 Court Street ~ Charleston, WV 25301

· The Embassy Suites Hotel has reserved a block of suites at the rate of $144.00/single, $154.00/double $164.00/triple, $174.00/quad

· To reserve a suite at this rate, please make your reservation by 09/11/12 by calling 1-800-EMBASSY or 304-347-8700 x 5440 or (304-352-6440-direct line for Shawn Hawkins – in house group room coordinator) or go online to After 09/11/12 date the rooms will no longer be available @ the rate listed above. Please note that the Embassy web site details points of interest in the Charleston area.

· You must use the CNL 3 letter code name when making reservations in order to receive the discounted rate. Online you will enter this CNL 3 letter code in the group/convention code space.

· Check-In time is 4:00 PM and Check-Out time is 12:00 PM. Requests for early arrival, late departure, room type or floor assignments cannot be guaranteed. Reservations must be cancelled by 4:00 PM the day of arrival to avoid charges.

· The complimentary breakfast is available Weekdays 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM and Weekends 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM. The breakfast includes a made-to-order omelet station along with your favorite breakfast items.

· Join us for the Manager's Reception from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM each evening. This includes complimentary cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks.

· Embassy Suites offers a complimentary shuttle to and from Yeager Airport. Also available is an indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool and exercise facility and a 24-hour business center.




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