From Dr. Steve Kitchen: We have just learned the very sad news that Bob Malia has passed away. I don’t have any more details just now but will come back with addresses, etc. for any messages and details of arrangements when I have these. One of a kind and an inspiration to many of us in the field of Haemostasis and Thrombosis.
Thanks to Dean Willett (Instrumentation Laboratories, Inc) for passing on the sad news.
More on Bob sent by Dr. Kitchen and passed along by Lisa Reid-Fifoot of Precision BioLogic Inc): Bob passed away in his sleep Thursday night without any prior illness. Doreen Malia‘s address is 2 Furnival Close, Todwick, Sheffield, S26 1HE.
Join me in commemorating World Thrombosis Day.
It is time to make your plans for World Thrombosis Day, sponsored by the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Inc. Please to WorldThrombosisDay.org or to the WorldThrombosisDay site on Facebook for full information.
You are invited to the Clinical and Laboratory Update in Thrombosis, Anticoagulation and Vascular Medicine: A Board Review Primer, this fall’s Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development at the Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, Minnesota. This is a new location for the meeting, and you will find both The Fritsma Factor and Precision BioLogic represented in the exhibit. This is one of the iconic hemostasis meetings of the year, and we hope to see you there.
George presents “Monitoring the New Anticoagulants, Whatever Happened to the PT and PTT?” and “Managing Trauma-induced Coagulopathy,” for the 2014 ASCLS-HI Clinical Laboratory Symposium Update at the Ko’olan Conference Center near Honolulu, Hawaii, October 21 and 22 (well, someone has to do it!). Times for George’s talks are to be announced. We hope you can attend. Go to ASCLS-HI and click on 2014 ASCLS-HI Clinical Laboratory Symposium Update.
Join George as he kicks off the American Association of Clinical Chemists (AACC) Quick Takes webinar series with “Quick Takes on Quality Assurance in Hemostasis.” George will present three 30-minute presentations on August 7, 14, and 21, 1–1:30 EDT. He will discuss:
- Employing local calibration for prothrombin time/international normalized ratio (PT/INR) monitoring of Coumadin therapy.
- Specimen management for coagulation and platelet aggregometry
- Determining PTT sensitivity to factor VIII and IX deficiency
- Developing an ex vivo “Brill-Edwards” curve to establish the partial thromboplastin time (PTT) heparin therapeutic range
- Calculating clinical sensitivity and specificity and computing receiver-operator curves (ROC analysis)
The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis Scientific and Standardization Subcommittee meets June 23–26 at the Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Please stop by to meet George and our folks at the Precision BioLogic booth, #308. See you in Milwaukee!
We’ve just updated our 2014–2015 conference calendar. Also updated is our list of fellow organizations with links to their sites. If your conference or organization does not appear, please provide a response below and it will be posted.