Cell Marque

NSH | Austin, TX | August 22-27, 2014

Workshops Presented by Cell Marque

WS #19 IHC or Special Stain? Which is Your Best Bet and Why
Saturday, August 23rd
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Presented by Jacob Wilson
Ballroom F

Special stains are commonly used to identify and visualize structures in different types of tissue to assist pathologists with an accurate diagnosis. While the special stain is preferred in many instances, in some cases, immunohistochemical staining is a process that can be used to achieve the same goal with an increase in sensitivity and reproducibility. This workshop is designed to help the lab technician understand the differences between IHC and special stains and the benefits that each test can offer. We will take a look at specific special stains and discover what their IHC counterpart is to help you determine what is the best option for your laboratory and ultimately your patients.

WS #28 Pick Your Poison
Saturday, August 23rd
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Presented by Jeff Gordon
Ballroom F

Does microwave popcorn really cause pancreatic cancer? Can potato chips cause uterine cancer? Join us for a 90 minute exploration of some of the most unusual causes of cancer we may encounter daily. To diagnose each type of malignancy, we will compose different immunohistochemistry (IHC) panels and explain the utility of each antibody within the panel. This workshop will benefit anyone working with IHC regardless of their knowledge base as it centers around some of the most prevalent cancer types. The participants will be able to take a closer look into the newest antibodies available and gain knowledge on how antibodies can multitask across different panels. This in turn will enable you to update your IHC menu and cut down unnecessary cost to your lab, while improving patient care by utilizing the newest technology available.

WS #42 Antibody Challenge
Sunday, August 24th
8:00 am – 9:30 am
Presented by Debra Freeman
Ballroom F

Get a glimpse at how IHC comes into play for a patient. This workshop will be a fun, interactive look at how IHC can be used by pathologists. The discussion will be geared for an audience with a basic to intermediate level of IHC understanding. First we will take a brief look at how to interpret a panel of antibodies and review the significance of their use. We will move on to explore some of the basic panels and the markers that are involved. After we have established a solid understanding of basic panels, we will widen our exploration to include some of the more advanced algorithms as well. At this point we will begin the best part, with interactive participation of the audience. We will present real life scenarios accompanied with various clues and staining results, and allow the audience to use their newly acquired knowledge of panel usage to decide what markers might be helpful. At the conclusion of this talk, the audience will have seen for themselves how important IHC can be, and also how panels can be a great tool to assist pathologists with finding an accurate diagnosis.

WS #92 Unraveling The Mystery Of The Microsatellite Instability (MSI) Panel
Tuesday, August 26th
8:00 am – 9:30 am
Presented by Brent Heller
Ballroom G

The Microsatellite Instability (MSI) or Mis-Match Repair (MMR) Panel is an IHC panel that falls into a new category of testing, bringing genetic tests to IHC. The panel provides valuable information in regards to genetic disposition for patients and their propensity to develop future malignancies. This Panel also brings a new set of challenges to the histology lab for optimization and validation. This workshop is designed to help the lab technician understand this new arena of IHC staining, its complex process, barriers and challenges compared to traditional antibodies and how to come out on top.


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