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BSRI regularly hosts both basic science and clinical seminars in the fields of transfusion medicine, virology, immunology, and epidemiology.  These seminars bring in expert researchers and clinicians from all over the world to enhance our educational efforts and facilitate discussion.  The purpose of this program is to support the ongoing education and training of the next generation of researchers in transfusion medicine and blood safety, and move us towards our goal of ensuring an adequate and safe blood supply for all.  See below for a list of past and upcoming speakers.

Speaker Name Seminar Title

Elvin Geng, MD, Assistant Professor, UCSF School of Medicine

"Implementation and Effectiveness Research in the Global Response to HIV"

Lucy Kornblith, MD, Resident Physician, UCSF School of Medicine

"The Whole is Greater than the Sum of Its Parts: Hemostatic Profiles of Whole Blood Variants"
Martin Schreiber, MD, Professor of Surgery, Chief of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery, Oregon Health Science University "Blood Transfusions in Civilian and Military Casualty Settings, Why Are They Different?"
Adam Abate, PhD, Asst. Professor, UCSF Dept. of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences "PCR-Activated Cell Sorting (PACS): A new ultra high-throughput sorting technology"
Ester Sabino, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Infectious Disease Dept., University of Sao Paulo, Brazil "Opportunities for collaboration with the USP Medical School (Dept. of Infectious Disease) and Institute of Tropical Medicine"
Mark Gladwin, MD, Director of Vascular Medicine Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania "Unraveling the reactions of NO, nitrate and hemoglobin"
Michael Gonzales Ph.D., Application Scientist, Fluidigm Corporation, South San Francisco, CA "Single Cell Genomics"
Nico Lelie, MD, PhD, Scientific Affairs Consultant, Lelie Research, Paris, FRANCE "Efficacy of NAT and serologic screening"
Dr. Edward Mee, Live Viral Vaccines Group, Division of Virology, The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), Potters Bar, UK "Development of deep sequencing methods for regulatory testing of viral vaccines"
Philip Felgner, PhD, MS, Director, Protein Microarray Laboratory, Infectious Disease School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine "Protein microarrays for infectious disease surveillance, monitoring and implications for donor screening"
Alex Welte, PhD, Director of the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA) "Modelling Viral Transmission: Basic Concepts in Population Dynamics, and Model ‘Rescaling’"
John Bradley Holcomb, MD, FACS, Director, Center for Translational Injury Research, Chief, Division of Acute Care Surgery, Vice Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Texas Medical School at Houston "Damage Control Resuscitation"
Aarif Khakoo, MD, MBA, Executive Director, Cardiovascular Discovery Research, Amgen, Inc. "Developing Novel Therapeutics for Heart Failure at Amgen"
Caryn Bern, MD, MPH, Visiting Professor in Epi and Biostats at UCSF "Chagas disease research in Peru and Bolivia"
Tippi MacKenzie, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery UCSF, Director of Research UCSF Fetal Treatment Center "Tackling the barriers to engraftment after in utero transplantation"
Dr. Walderez Dutra, Professor of Cell Biology, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte – Brazil "Cellular and genetic immunological mechanisms associated with distinct clinical outcomes in human Chagas disease"
Steven Kleinman, MD, Clinical Professor of Pathology, U. British Columbia and Senior Medical Advisor, AABB "The NHLBI Retrovirus Epidemiology Donor Studies (REDS and REDS-II): twenty years of research to advance blood product safety and availability"
Corey S. Dubin, President, Committee of Ten Thousand "What Bad Blood doesn't tell you"
Brian Poirier, MD, Medical Director, United Blood Services, Scottsdale, Arizona "Global Blood Banking: Experiences in the Republic of Georgia"
Michael Oldham, PhD., UCSF Fellow/Assistant Researcher, Dept. of Neurology, The Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research, UCSF "Deconvolving cellular heterogeneity by gene co-expression analysis: from brain to blood"
Peibin Zeng, Ph.D, Assistant Professor and Zhan Gao, M.S., Research Assistant, Research Center of Blood Transfusion-related Diseases, Institute of Blood Transfusion, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Chengdu, Sichuan, China "A brief introduction of Chinese Institute of Blood transfusion"
Sabri Sanabani, Ph.D.— Research Scientist, Virology Laboratory, São Paulo Institute of Tropical Medicine/University of São Paulo, Brazil "Characterization of partial and near full-length genomes of HIV-1 strains sampled from recently infected individuals in São Paulo, Brazil"
Rosemary Sparrow, PhD, Principal Research Fellow, Australian Red Cross Blood Service "Blood Components: don't assume they are all the same!"
Kim Nguyen, PhD, Senior Product Specialist, Terumo BCT "Automated Scale-Up of Stem Cell Culture for Preclinical and Clinical Applications"
Oliver Laeyendecker, Senior Research Associate, NIH/NIAID and Faculty, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health "Testing Algorithms for HIV Cross Sectional Incidence Testing"
Victoria Hurst, Staff Scientist, Sapidyne, Inc. "KinExA Technology"
Patricia E. Garrett, Ph.D., DABCC, Senior Director, Science and Technology, SeraCare Life Sciences, Inc. "Potpourri: New initiatives from SeraCare in HIV Early Infection, HIV Incidence, Dengue and Chagas."
Helen Faddy, PhD, Research Fellow, Research and Development, Australian Red Cross Blood Service "Implications of dengue epidemics in Australia: Assessment of dengue and other risks to the safety of the Australian blood supply using sero-epidemiological and modeling approaches"
Rick Medeiros, Molecular Diagnostics Sales, Qiagen "QIAsymphony—Qiagen’s Flexible Sample Preparation Solution"
Phillip Berman, Jack Baskin Professor, Jack Baskin School of Engineering "Overcoming Conformational Masking in the Development of an Effective HIV Vaccine"
Kevin Bebak, Inside Sales Manager, Nucleic Acid Stabilization Products, IntegenX "Technologies for stabilization of nucleic acids in while blood and post extraction"
Eugene Chow, M.S., Field Applications Specialist, Roche Diagnostics Corp. "MagNA Pure 96 System – Nucleic Acid Purification with REAL High Throughput"
Leanne Kiviharju, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Illumina, Inc., San Diego, California "In Vitro Diagnostics - A Primer."
Dr. Clive Seed, Senior Blood Safety Analyst, Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Perth AUSTRALIA "Infectious Disease Musings from Down Under."
Gustaf Edgren, MD, PhD, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm SWEDEN "SCANDAT 2.0 - future plans for the Scandinavian donations and transfusions database."
Paula Blytyta, MD, Hospital Samaritano and Hospital Moyses Deutsch, Sao Paulo BRAZIL "HIV undisclosed risk factors identified through a computer based questionnaire program among healthy blood donors in Brazil"
Mark T. Gladwin, MD, Division Chief, Director, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania "Pathophysiology of Hemolysis in Human Disease and Transfusion Medicine"
William F. Reed, MD, Director of Clinical Research and Medical Affairs, Cerus Corporation, Concord, California "Why are Blood Centers Beginning to Use Pathogen Inactivation"
Rachel Owen, PhD, Senior Scientist, Bavaria-Nordic Immunotherapeutics, Mountain View, California "Immune Monitoring of Cancer Immunotherapy Trials"
Steven Deeks, MD, Professor in Residence, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) / San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), Positive Health Program, UCSF "The Road to a Cure for HIV"
Michael Houghton, PhD, Canada Excellence Research Chair, Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA "HCV discovery and blood safety"
Jay Levy, MD, Director of the Laboratory for Tumor and AIDS Virus Research at UCSF, San Francisco, California "HIV discovery, implications for the future"
Don Francis, MD, DSc, Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases, South San Francisco, California "HIV: The early days"
Adriano Aguzzi, MD, PhD hc, DVM hc, FRCPath, Professor and Director of the Institute of Neuropathology, University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland "Mechanisms of prion cytotoxicity and prion clearance"
Gábor Reuter M.D., Ph.D., Med. Habil., Regional Laboratory of Virology, National Reference Laboratory for Gastroenteric Viruses, Institute of State Public Health Service, Pécs, Hungary "Novel enteric RNA viruses and their hosts"
Mya Breitbart, PhD, Assistant Professor Biological Oceanography, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida "Viral Discovery in the Age of Metagenomics: Exploration of Active Infections, Environmental Reservoirs, and Transmission Mechanisms"
Dr. Cees E. van der Poel, Immunotherapy Laboratory, Department of Immunology, University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands "Inside-out and outside-in regulation of the high affinity IgG receptor, FcgammaRI"
Shebani Pati, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Translational Injury Research (CeTIR), The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas "Modulation of Vascular Stability in Trauma Using Plasma and Stem Cell Based Therapeutics"
Antoine Gessain, MD, PhD, Professor, Chef d'Unité, Unité d'Epidémiologie et Physiopathologie des Virus Oncogènes, Pasteur Institute, Paris, France "Emergence of New Human Retroviruses (HTLV and Foamy) in Central Africa: Importance of Interspecies Transmission from Apes and Monkeys to Humans"
Nathan A. Vandergrift, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director, Biostatistics Center Duke Human Vaccine Institute and Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina "A statisical primer for biologists"
Trevor D. Burt, MD, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco "Heme Oxygenase-1 and T Cell Activation: New Faces of an Old Enzyme"
Judy A. Mikovits, PhD, Research Director, Whittemore Peterson Institute, University of Nevada, Reno "XMRV and Other MLV-related Viruses (MRV)  in Neuroimmune Disease and Cancer "
Robert M. Umek, PhD, Director of External Scientific Affairs at Meso Scale Discovery "Multiplex Biomarker Assays for Translational Research"
Frances Gulland, PhD, Vet MB, MRCVS, Director of Veterinary Science, The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito CA "California Sea Lion Carcinoma"
Cathy Frelin, PhD, University of Toronto "A Role for Gata3 in Adult Murine Hematopoietic Stem Cells"
Robert J Biggar, PhD, State Serum Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark "Immunity and Pregnancy: Studies and Proposals from Denmark"

Taka-Aki Sato, PhD, Guest Lecturer, Department of Molecular Cytogenetics, Medical Research Institute at Tokyo Medical & Dental University, Director of Life Science Res. CTR., Kyoto, JAPAN at Shimadzu Corporation

"Recent Progress in Mass Spectrometry (MS) Imaging: A Novel Method for Analyzing Formalin-Fixed Paraffin Embedded (FFPE) Tissue Sections by MS Imaging"

Marco Schito, PhD, NIH, NIAID, DAIDS “Exploring Viral Evolution: Tapping into the HIV Global Panels Project”
Tippi MacKenzie, MD, Institute of Regeneration Medicine, UCSF Pediatric & Fetal Surgery "Maternal-Fetal Cellular Trafficking - Implications for in utero Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation and Preterm Labor"
Deborah R. Taylor, PhD, Hepatitis & Related Emerging Agents, DTTD, OBRR, CBER, FDA "Persistent Growth of Human Plasma-Derived Hepatitis C Virus Genotype 1b in Culture"

Jeffrey L. Carson, MD - Richard C. Reynolds Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine University of Medicine and Dentistry-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (UMDNJ-RWJMS), New Brunswick, New Jersey

"In Search of the Transfusion Trigger"