Alloimmunization – Basic Science and Clinical Experience

Please note: AABB reserves the right to make updates to this program.

Live Program Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 19EL-480 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: Facilities that perform molecular testing, Hospitals, Hospital Blood Banks, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Physicians, Research Scientists, Resident/Fellow, Scientists, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
Teaching Level: Intermediate

Director/Moderator: Michael Passwater, MT(ASCP)SBB,DLM, Pathology Section Manager, Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC
Speaker: Sean Stowell, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain mechanisms associated with alloimmunization to blood products.
  • List risk factors for RBC alloimmunization.
  • Describe strategies used to prevent alloimmunization in transfusion recipients.

Program Description

Dr. Stowell will provide an update on current understandings of mechanisms for alloimmunization to transfusion. Host and blood product risk factors will be discussed, along with strategies to minimize the risk of alloimmunization.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register19EL-480-4035
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register19EL-480-8035

Continuing Education Credit

AABB designates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each eligible for 1 continuing education credits/contact hours for Physicians, General Participation, California Nurse, California Lab Personnel and Florida Lab Personnel. The number and type of credits awarded for this program (both live and on-demand) was determined by the program duration. For more information on each credit type please visit our Continuing Education Credits webpage.

Disclosures for the planners of this event can be found here. Disclosures for the program faculty are provided at the beginning of the program.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Stowell received his PhD and MD degrees at Emory University, where he is now an assistant professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the divisions of Clinical Pathology and Experimental Pathology. Dr. Stowell oversees the clinical apheresis unit at Emory University Hospital and runs a highly productive research laboratory. He has authored 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts in his short career. Dr. Stowell’s research seeks to integrate glycobiology, immunology, microbiology and transfusion medicine to answer fundamental questions that reside at the key interface of these disciplines to positively impact the fields of transfusion medicine, autoimmunity, and infectious diseases.