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Bio-Rad understands the importance of education. That's why we've partnered with experts to create an online educational library where you can browse, learn and stay relevant in your area of testing.
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Sickle Cell Disease and Hemolytic Transfusion Reactions (HTR)
Karina Yazdanbakhsh, PhD, will discuss our current understanding of hemolytic transfusion reactions (HTR) in patients with sickle cell disease, with a focus on potential pathophysiologic mechanisms, recommended approaches to managing HTR, and strategies to prevent the development of HTR.
What Can SARS-CoV-2 Serology Testing Tell Us About Immune Status?
Two years into the global COVID-19 pandemic, the role of serology testing to evaluate immune responses has not yet been defined. This webinar will explore the role of serology testing to assess immune status.
The Strengths and Weaknesses of HbA1c in the Diagnosis of Diabetes
Dave Koch, PhD, DABCC, covers the strengths, weaknesses and practical details of HbA1c in the diagnosis of diabetes. This includes how HbA1c is useful in diagnosing and monitoring diabetes and how hemoglobin variants in the patient sample and other patient characteristics might impact the HbA1c result that is obtained.
Transfusion Science Webinars
Our Transfusion Science Webinars connect international experts in transfusion sciences to our Immunohematology community through educational content addressing hemolytic anemia, issues in ABO antibody titration, electronic issue in blood transfusion, and more. View our latest webinar or presentations on demand.
Browse Webinars by Category
Bio-Rad offers a host of webinars to keep your laboratory current. Peruse our library below. All webinars are presented in English unless noted otherwise.
SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19
Can SARS-CoV-2 Serology Testing Tell Us About Immune Status?
Two years into the global COVID-19 pandemic, the role of serology testing to evaluate immune responses has not yet been defined. This webinar will explore the role of serology testing to assess immune status. This includes understanding how SARS-CoV-2 serology testing results correlate with individual immune responses to COVID-19 infections or vaccinations, and the value of SARS-CoV-2 serology testing and potential role of quantitative assays in determining protection against COVID-19. This webinar will also review serological responses from SARS-CoV-2 variants with a new quantitative assay that can differentiate multiple neutralizing and binding antibodies within a single test.
- Making the
Choice – Serology Assays in COVID-19 Diagnostics and Surveillance
It has been suggested that combining serological diagnostic testing with molecular testing may be useful in confirming COVID-19 infection or exposure to the virus. This webinar will look at the role of serology tests in the pandemic response, the clinical value of a Total Ab assay, and the actual performance and clinical utility of Platelia SARS CoV-2 Total Ab Assay for the COVID-19 pandemic response. Presented by Jean-François Mouscadet.
COVID-19 Associated Pulmonary Aspergillosis (CAPA)
Can Galactomannan Detection Improve CAPA Diagnosis?
In this on-demand webinar, Pr Denning presents interesting data related to a retrospective multicenter review performed in France in 2020. For patients admitted to the ICU with positive SARS-CoV-2 qPCR, most included in this study were mechanically ventilated during their hospital stay. For patients whose clinical picture worsened, some may have had a blood and/or bronchoalveolar lavage sample taken for galactomannan detection, BDG, or PCR testing. In the case of a positive result, the patient was considered as having a probable underlying Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis (IPA). For patients classified within the “IPA” group, the mortality was significantly higher than patients classified within the “no IPA” group (71% mortality vs 37%).2
Associated Pulmonary Aspergillosis (CAPA): Definition, Diagnosis, and
In this on-demand webinar, Dr. Philipp Köhler presents the different diagnostic procedures that can be routinely used to diagnose CAPA. Dr. Köhler presents about the CAPA incidence during 2020 in many countries and notes that the incidence is higher with mechanical ventilation.3 He references the 2020 ECMM/ISHAM consensus criteria for research and clinical guidance.4
More recently, Bio-Rad has provided a wide range of products for use in the support of COVID-19 diagnostic screening, confirmation of test results, surveillance, and therapy/vaccine research and development. From virus detection using real-time PCR, Droplet Digital PCR or Ag Rapid Test Assay, to immunology assays, our wide range of solutions provide best-in-class sensitivity and accuracy. Learn more.
Mycology & COVID-19 Solution
In order to fight against COVID-19 and to offer better management of patients, Bio-Rad, since the beginning of 2020, has continued to expand its offer with a complete range of reagents, instruments, and quality controls. Bio-Rad’s first assay was the Platelia SARS-CoV-2 Total Ab test, introduced in April 2020. To learn more about the Bio-Rad microplate solution related to invasive fungal infections and SARS-CoV-2, please view the following video.
Transfusion Science Webinars
Disease of the Fetus and Newborn (HDFN)
In this new Transfusion Science Webinar, Carla Dinardo, MD, PhD, explains why the Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn (HDFN) remains a challenge despite the many advances made to either prevent, or diagnose and treat HDFN and its complications.
- "D" Solution:
When Serology Meets Genotyping
In this new Transfusion Science Webinar, Sofia Lejon Crottet, PhD, head of the Swiss National Immunohematology Reference Laboratory, will tell us how the reference laboratory clarifies serologically weak or discrepant D (RH1) results by phenotyping and genotyping.
- How to Deal
with ABO Discrepancies
In this new Transfusion Science Webinar, Malcolm Needs, FBBTS, will tell us how ABO anomalies come about and what techniques can be used to elucidate the true ABO type of an individual.
- Laboratory IT
and Service Consolidation: Shared Resources, Better Care
In this new Transfusion Science Webinar, Benjamin Holmes, Blood Transfusion Laboratory Manager for Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, UK, will explain to us how a networked solution and the associated Bio-Rad software has afforded further benefits to their organization.
- Why in D World
Are There “D”screpancies in RhD Typing?
In this new Transfusion Science Webinar, Sue Johnson, Director of Clinical Education at Versiti and Director of the Transfusion Medicine Program at Marquette University, will share the challenges faced by laboratory scientists in typing for RhD and discuss strategies for detecting and identifying weak and partial D variants.
In this new Transfusion Science Webinar, Shane Grimsley, Manager of the Red Cell Reference Laboratory at the International Blood Group Reference Laboratory (IBGRL), based in Bristol, UK, will show us how complex cases can be resolved and in particular, will discuss the many tools that are available for the resolution of complex antibody investigations.
- New Blood
Groups and Antigens Recognized by the ISBT from 2019 to 2021
In this new Transfusion Science Webinar, Dr. Christoph Gassner, professor of Medical Biology at the Institute for Translational Medicine of the Private University in the Principality of Liechtenstein, will walk us through the process of recognizing new blood group systems and antigens. Using the most recent blood group systems identified by the ISBT from 2019 to 2021, he will show how complex it is for a blood group to be fully recognized.
- Five Years
with anti-CD38 – Experience from a Reference Laboratory
In this new Transfusion Science Webinar, Sofia Lejon Crottet, PhD, head of the Swiss National Immunohematology Reference Laboratory, will tell us how a reference laboratory deals with anti-CD38 in a pretransfusion setting. She will guide us through the methods available to overcome the anti-CD38 interferences in the Indirect Antiglobulin Test (IAT), their pros and cons, as well as their financial impacts. In this review, Sofia will present some case studies which will show how pretransfusion testing can be efficiently carried out despite interferences from anti-CD38.
- Issues in ABO
In this second episode of our automated antibody titration series, Dr. Meenu Bajpai, MD, Professor of Transfusion Medicine at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in New Delhi, will explain the main challenges in ABO Antibody Titration. She will walk us through the characteristics of ABO antibodies, the methods in use for the determination of ABO antibody titer, and the clinical applications for the results. She will also touch upon the automation of ABO titration for the gel method on the IH-500 system with all its benefits.
anti-D Quantification in Immunization and Prophylaxis Contexts
In this first episode of our automated antibody titration series, Dr. Cécile TOLY-NDOUR, PharmD, PhD, medical biologist at the French National Reference Center in Perinatal Hemobiology (CNRHP) will explain how automated anti-D microtitration on the IH-500 system can easily distinguish a passive from an immune anti-D when the Indirect Antiglobulin Test is found positive after an anti-D prophylaxis. She will also share with us the benefits of the automated gel anti-D titration method on the IH-500 system, its correlation to the reference tube method, and the added value of the gel titer score to monitor pregnancies complicated by an anti-D alloimmunization.
- Resolution of
Complex Immunohematology Antibody Problems
In this new Transfusion Science Webinar, Sandra Nance, MS, MT(MASCP)SBB, will share with us how a National Reference Laboratory deals with complex immunohematology cases that can be magically solved with the use of various techniques. Through a case review approach, she will share how investigations are carried out using a stepwise analysis of each testing result.
Issue in Blood Transfusion
The rapid provision of blood units is of major importance in transfusion medicine. The use of Electronic Issue (sometimes called 'electronic crossmatch') has facilitated rapid provision of RBC units through the avoidance of the serologic crossmatch in eligible patients. In this webinar, Malcolm Needs will walk us through the process which has made the Electronic Issue a matter of course in Blood Transfusion.
- Hemolytic Anemia
and Why Patient History Matters
In an ideal scenario of an immune hemolytic anemia investigation, laboratory results would allow the identification of a causative agent, leading to proper patient treatment. However sometimes, laboratory findings do not bring the expected results, hence the importance of patient history. In this webinar, case studies will be presented where the test results are inconsistent with the patient clinical condition, leading to further investigations.
Diabetes / Hemoglobinopathies
- The HbA1c
Diagnostic Test and Its Role in My Endocrinology Practice
Managing patients living with diabetes using the HbA1c diagnostic test: Insights to guide healthcare providers and laboratories personnel. Presented by Dr. David G. Robertson.
- World Diabetes Day
With the advent of HbA1c as a diagnostic test for diabetes, it is vitally important to be aware of potential confounding factors for the assay, in particular, haemoglobin variants for which some examples will be reviewed. Presented by Dr. Chris M. Florkowski.
- The Strengths and
Weaknesses of HbA1c in the Diagnosis of Diabetes
This webinar covers the strengths, weaknesses and practical details of HbA1c in the diagnosis of diabetes. This includes how HbA1c is useful in diagnosing and monitoring diabetes and how hemoglobin variants in the patient sample and other patient characteristics might impact the HbA1c result that is obtained. Presented by Dave Koch, PhD, DABCC.
of Hemoglobinopathies by HPLC
In this webinar, we will discuss the evalaution of hemoglobinopathies by HPLC testing and will focus on hemoglobins, phenotypes, and hemoglobin disorders through the review of chromatograms. Presented by Marco Flamini, Senior Global Product Manager, Bio-Rad Laboratories.
- Thalassemia and Sickle
Cell: Past, Present and Future
Although thalassemia and sickle cell are among the most common monogenic hemoglobin disorders in the world, disease awareness is still far from acceptable. Presented by Dr. Michael Angastinioti and Dr. Daniel E. Bauer.
- Newborn Screening for
Hemoglobinopathies and Thalassemia: Current Practices
In commemoration of World Sickle Cell Day on June 19th, Bio-Rad is pleased to invite you to register for a webinar about the current practices in newborn screening for Hemoglobinopathies and Thalassemia. Presented by M. Christine Dorley, MSP, BS MT (ASCP).
- How "Load and Go" QC
Optimised the Quality Control Process
Dr. Silvia Gelsumini and Dr. Lorenzo Cerutti from Bergamo hospital, Italy, discuss how they've transformed the way their diagnostic laboratory manages QC using Bio-Rad tools. You will learn exactly what they did to boost efficiency, simplify the process, and improve patient outcomes as a result.
- The Future of
Quality Control for Molecular Diagnostic Labs: An Expert Discussion
We know that maintaining the highest quality standards in diagnostics is vital, from the most basic blood test to crucial transplant testing. But it can be challenging and time-consuming – especially in molecular diagnostics labs, where quality control techniques can lag behind clinical chemistry labs. Join Dr. Jérémie Gras to learn how advanced quality control in molecular diagnostics has the power to change the direction of a life.
- QC strategy for Serum/Plasma
Indices (HIL) detection around the EFLM recommendations
Join Dr. von Mayer to learn about the recommendations from the EFLM (European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine) working group on pre-analytical evaluation. In this webinar, we will discuss: why pre-analytical focus is important to ensure quality results in your laboratory; how to create a robust quality assurance strategy for pre‑analytical work in your laboratory; and what to do if your QC fails once your process is set up.