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ASFA 2017 Webinar Schedule

 ASFA 2017 Webinars Schedule

American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) is pleased to announce that participation in the 2017 webinar series is FREE for all ASFA members! There is a $75 registration fee per webinar for non-members.

March 2017


Title: You need me to do what? Three challenging cases in therapeutic apheresis from an RN perspective
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Jean Wucinski, RN, BSN

Jean Wucinski is a Nurse Trainer in Therapeutic Services at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin. She has worked in the apheresis field for almost 15 years. She has seen almost every kind of apheresis procedure that has been performed and is an expert resource for new staff.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify approaches for taking care of complex patients
  • Describe methods for adapting to a surgical environment
  • Identify strategies to increase comfort when taking care of pediatric patients
Registration is
now closed.


June 2017


Title: Zika Virus and the Blood Supply: What do we know?
Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Alexandra Jimenez, MD

Dr. Alexandra Jimenez is an Assistant Medical Director at New York Blood Center. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University and completed her medical degree from UCC School of Medicine. After receiving her medical degree, Alexandra completed her residency in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Puerto Rico and completed her Transfusion Medicine fellowship training at the New York Blood Center & Columbia University Medical Center. Her major research interests include the epidemiology, pathogenesis and laboratory evaluation of transfusion associated viral infections, as well as blood safety implications of new and emerging transfusion transmissible infectious diseases. Alexandra has recently published a review article pertaining to Zika and the blood supply as well as an article describing her experience with blood donors and recipients following a positive Zika screening result.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Review history of ZIKV
  • Discuss modes of transmission
  • Describe clinical presentation and complications
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Zika implications for blood safety
  • Extrapolation of risk from other arboviruses
  • Describe and discuss mitigation strategies being used for Zika
Registration is 
now closed.

July 2017


Title: Anticoagulant Removal in Apheresis
Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Oluwatoyosi Onwuemene, MD, MS

Oluwatoyosi A. Onwuemene, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology at Duke University School of Medicine. A magna cum laude graduate of Wesleyan College in Macon GA, she received her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at the Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Onwuemene then went on to the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, where she completed her hematology/oncology sub-specialty training and obtained a Masters Degree in Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Onwuemene joined the Duke University faculty in 2013 to pursue clinical and research interests in hemostasis/thrombosis and therapeutic apheresis. Dr. Onwuemene’s primary research interests are in the interface of therapeutic apheresis and coagulation. She is particularly interested in applications of therapeutic plasma exchange in heparin induced thrombocytopenia and solid organ transplant microvascular thrombosis.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Review the effects of therapeutic plasma exchange on coagulation protein removal
  • Understand the implications of coagulation protein removal on bleeding risk
  • Review published reports on the effects of therapeutic apheresis on anticoagulant drugs
  • Understand recommendations for best practices in therapeutic apheresis anticoagulant drug management

September 2017


Topic: Optimizing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Collections
Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Anand Padmanabhan, MD, PhD

More information coming soon. 


October 2017


Topic: Ethics and Apheresis
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Jan Hofmann, MD, MPH, MSc

More information coming soon. 


November 2017


Topic: Quality Plan and FACT
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Joseph Schwartz, MD, MPH

More information coming soon.