Webinars

View the agenda below for a description of each NSH Laboratory Webinar.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 1 - Microwave Staining of Microorganisms
Presented by: Zoe Ann Durkin, M.Ed., HT(ASCP), LabPulse Medical, Easy Granby, CT

This webinar will review the general characteristics of fungi, acid fast bacilli, and spirochetes correlating them to disease and infection. The presentation brings relevance to the histology laboratory by exploring the use of microwave technology in an effort to reduce turnaround time of patient results. We will compare traditional staining methods to those performed with the aid of microwaves. Results of both methods will be assessed to determine the best staining method to meet the needs of the laboratory.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 2 - GHS Labeling
Presented by: Donna Chuddley, BS,CLA,HT(ASCP)QLS, Huntingdon Life Sciences, East Millstone, NJ & Chad McMahan, BA,HT(ASCP), MBA, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

The Purple Book is a globally harmonized system (GHS) of classification and labeling of chemicals that has been recently developed by many different companies and international organizations (including our own country’s OSHA Hazard Communication Standard). We will offer a Q&A session, to open further discussion.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 3 - Histology and Histopathology Considerations for Animal Models
Presented by: Sue Knoblaugh, DVM,ACVP & Julie Randolph-Habecker, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle WA

Rodents and other species are important models of human disease – including cancer and infectious disease. There are many considerations and complexities involved when working with animal tissues. From necropsy, tissue preparation, to interpretation of the stained slides, we will be discussing the important role of the histology team in biomedical research.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 4 - IHC for Leukemia/Lymphomas
Presented by: Dr. Madhu Menon, MD, PhD, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI

The diagnosis of leukemia and lymphoma in the current era is highly complex requiring integration of morphology, immunophenotype and molecular data. Immunohistochemistry is vital for accurate diagnosis as well as subclassification of leukemias and lymphomas. Along with morphology, immunohistochemistry in lymphoma diagnosis does not just equate to positive and negative staining but also provides relevant information pertaining to immuno-architecture. This lecture will provide basic information pertaining to the indication and use of immunostains in leukemia and lymphomas.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 5 - Why Does the H&E Staining Look Different Today?
Presented by: Ada Feldman, MS, HT/HTL(ASCP), Anatech, Ltd., Battle Creek, MI

Sections too blue? No nuclear detail? Eosin bleeding? Some slides acceptable, but most are not? Are these complaints all too familiar? This webinar will discuss how modifications in the tissue processing and staining can alter the expected appearance of the stained tissue. Examples of aberrant staining and the corrective actions will be shown.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 6 - Ophthalmology for the Histotechnologist
Presented by: Robert Folberg, MD, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Ophthalmic pathology is an extremely interesting and unique field. During this presentation, we will review basic ocular anatomy and explore histologic and immunohistochemical techniques employed in the diagnosis of ocular disease. Basic fixation and processing for eyes will be discussed as well as routine & special stains. Problem solving strategies will be interjected along the way.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 7 - How to Integrate HistoQIP into a Quality Management Program
Presented by: Janet Tunnicliffe, MLT,ART, Fraser Health Authority, British Columbia, Canada

Quality Assurance involves continuous monitoring of technical and medical procedures and is an essential part of well-developed Quality Management program. The Histology Quality Improvement Program (HistoQIP) allows the user to monitor the quality of technical work performed and compare the quality to recognized standards and peers. In addition HistoQIP provides referenced solutions to common problems allowing for quality improvement changes for identified quality variances
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 8 - An Update on the Diagnostic Utility of Immunohistochemistry for Cytokeratins
Presented by: Brent Heller, Cell Marque

Cytokeratins represent a diverse group of intermediate filaments which show consistent and predictable expression in various types of normal epithelium. Carcinomas, which derive from epithelium, also express cytokeratins, often in a similar pattern to the native epithelium from which they are derived. The use of immunohistochemical stains for various cytokeratins is an indispensable tool for the pathologist when evaluating both primary and metastatic tumors. This webinar will explore the utilization of cytokeratins in the practice of surgical pathology, with specific reference to their diagnostic benefits and limitations.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 9 - Basic in situ Hybridization Theoretical Background
Presented by: Traci DeGeer, Ventana Medical Systems, Oro Valley, AZ

Molecular techniques are becoming more common in today’s histology laboratories. Whether the laboratory is accomplishing these stains by hand or through automated means, it is important that the technician understand the basic molecular biology involved in the staining process. The purpose of this lecture is to teach some of this basic molecular biology. The functional steps of the staining process will also be discussed and how each step can affect the possible outcome of staining.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 10 - Histology & Special Stains of Liver Biopsy for Diagnostic Pathology
Presented by: Dr. Zhenhong Qu, MD, PhD, FCAP, FASCP, William Beaumont School of Medicine, Royal Oak, MI

This presentation highlights liver histology and common special stains for diagnostic pathology. The focus is the diagnostic application of the biopsy and stain methods. The importance of sample adequacy and methods in helping correctly interpret results are discussed.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 11 - What Stains for What Tumor?
Presented by: Sheron Lear, HT(ASCP)HTL,QIHC & Dr. Alvin Martin, MD, CPA Lab, Louisville, KY

This webinar will attempt to explain the general classification of tumors and how immunohistochemistry is utilized by pathologists in the classification of said tumors. The discussion will include the classification of tumors into broad subsets as well as utility and classification of the immunohistochemical staining and its use in said classification.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 12 - Microsatellite Instability in Colorectal Cancer
Presented by: Beth Sheppard, HT(ASCP), Ventana Medical Systems, Tucson, AZ

Microsatellite instability (MSI) is caused by the loss of DNA mismatch repair activity. MSI is detected in about 15% of all colorectal cancers and 3% of these associated with Lynch Syndrome. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) is a corresponding testing strategy used to evaluate the expression of MLH1, MSH2, MSH6 and PMS2.proteins in HNPCC/Lynch Syndrome related cancers. Loss of expression of 1 or more of these proteins within the tumor is helpful to determine which corresponding genes to target for mutation analysis. This lecture will discuss the presence and loss of these expressions and the corresponding diagnosis.
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