July 2020 - July 2021

A Bio-Rad Quality Control Virtual Conference

Powering Exceptional Labs

We are pleased to announce the Bio-Rad Quality Control Virtual Conference 2020. This online event brings together Clinical Laboratory Professionals from around the world to discover the latest innovative QC products and data management solutions, with access to new monthly webinars designed to help laboratorians raise the bar in their QC practice. More laboratories trust Bio-Rad for independent quality control products than any other manufacturer.

Join the Quality Control Virtual Conference to:

  • Attend live webinars or view on-demand educational webinars covering a variety of important QC topics and earn free P.A.C.E. CE credits by joining any of the webinars
  • Access and download a selection of scientific posters
  • Visit product booths to learn more information about featured products, view videos, download brochures, infographics and other literature

This free online conference will remain open around the clock with webinars broadcast throughout 2020, so check back frequently for new information.


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  • Cost of Quality and the Medical Laboratory 2020
    NOV 18, 2020 11:00 AM PDT | NOV 19, 11:00AM SGT | NOV 19, 4:00PM CET
    Cost of Quality and the Medical Laboratory 2020
    Lucia M. Berte, MA, MT(ASCP)SBB, DLM; CQA(ASQ)CMQ/OE
    Principal, Laboratories Made Better!
  • The benefit of using an independent Quality Control
    OCT 21, 2020 11:00 AM PDT | OCT 22, 11:00 AM SGT | OCT 22, 4:00 PM CEST
    The benefit of using an independent Quality Control
    Abobaker Mohamed Yagoot, MT (ASCP), MLT (CMLTO)
    Supervisor Biochemistry (King Abdulaziz Medical City, National Guard Hospital - Jeddah- Saudi Arabia)
  • How to Limit Patient Harm from Erroneous Results, QC Strategies Based on Risk Management
    SEP 16, 2020 11:00 AM | SEPT 17, 11:00 AM SGT | SEPT 17, 4:00 PM CEST
    How to Limit Patient Harm from Erroneous Results, QC Strategies Based on Risk Management
    John Yundt-Pacheco, MSCS
    Scientific Fellow, Bio-Rad Laboratories
  • AUG 26, 2020 11:00 AM PDT | AUGUST 27, 11:00 AM SGT | AUGUST 27, 4:00 PM CEST
    SARS-CoV-2 Quality Control for Molecular and Serology assays
    Sponsored By: Bio-Rad Laboratories
    Duane W. Newton, PhD, D(ABMM), FIDSA
    Director, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Associate D...
    Elitza S. Theel, PhD, D(ABMM)
    Director, Infectious Diseases Serology Laboratory, Clin...
  • Best Practices in Quality Control: 10 Simple Recommendations
    JUL 15, 2020 11:00 AM PDT
    Best Practices in Quality Control: 10 Simple Recommendations
    Curtis Parvin, PhD
    Biostatistical Advisor

  • Curtis Parvin, PhD
    Biostatistical Advisor
      Dr. Parvin served 30 years on the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine as Director of Informatics and Statistics in the Division of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine. Dr. Parvin's training is in biostatistics and medical informatics and focused his career on the application of statistical theory to problems relevant to laboratory medicine. He has co-authored numerous papers that have published in the leading laboratory medicine journals. Dr. Parvin joined Bio-Rad in 2009 as Manager of Advanced Statistical Research in Bio-Rad's Quality Systems Division. He recently entered semi-retirement. He still enjoys working with labs that are looking to improve their QC design and presenting at laboratory conferences around the world.
    • Duane W. Newton, PhD, D(ABMM), FIDSA
      Director, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Associate Director, Division of Clinical Pathology, Professor of Pathology, University of Michigan
        Duane Newton, Ph.D., D(ABMM) is currently the Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, as well as the Associate Director of the Division of Clinical Pathology, both in the Department of Pathology at Michigan Medicine. Dr. Newton completed Post-Doctoral training at the University of Tennessee and the VA Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee and a Clinical and Public Health Microbiology Fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Clinical Microbiology Laboratories in Rochester, New York. In 2000 he was appointed as Manager of the Virology/Immunology Section of the Department of Community Health, Division of Infectious Diseases, Bureau of Laboratories for the State of Michigan and as Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Michigan State University Medical Technology Program. In 2002, he joined the faculty of the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan Medical School as Clinical Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Microbiology/Virology Laboratories. Dr. Newton was named Director of Microbiology/Virology Laboratories in 2003 and received his certification as a Diplomate by the American Board of Medical Microbiology in 2004. His research interests lie in the development of molecular assays for the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases.
      • Elitza S. Theel, PhD, D(ABMM)
        Director, Infectious Diseases Serology Laboratory, Clinical Microbiology Division, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota

          Elitza S. Theel, Ph.D., D(ABMM), is the Director of the Infectious Diseases Serology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic and an Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine And Pathology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Theel completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical and Public Health Microbiology at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education after she graduated with her PhD in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interests include development and evaluation of serologic methods, including antibody and antigen detection assays, for diagnosis of difficult to culture or otherwise identify infectious diseases. Dr. Theel has evaluated over 15 different serologic tests for detection of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 over the past few months and has co-development a neutralizing antibody test for the virus, which is currently being used to screen potential plasma donors as part of the national COVID-19 convalescent plasma clinical trials. 

        • John Yundt-Pacheco, MSCS
          Scientific Fellow, Bio-Rad Laboratories

            Mr. Yundt-Pacheco performs research in quality control and patient risk issues in the Informatics Discovery Group at Bio-Rad. John has had the opportunity to work with laboratories around the world, developing practical real time, inter-laboratory quality control and proficiency testing systems. As an innovator, has developed numerous ideas leading to 37 laboratory related invention patents around the globe. John holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from University of Texas at Dallas with a focus on Intelligent Systems and has a Post Master's Certificate in Sequence Analysis and Genomics, and is a degree candidate for a Master's degree in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to authoring articles and papers on QC design, he is a popular speaker on laboratory QC and QA topics at international conferences.

          • Abobaker Mohamed Yagoot, MT (ASCP), MLT (CMLTO)
            Supervisor Biochemistry (King Abdulaziz Medical City, National Guard Hospital - Jeddah- Saudi Arabia)

              Mr. Abobaker Yagoot has a background in Biochemistry. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Ain Shams University, Cairo in Egypt. He received the Medical Laboratory Technology Certificate from St. Clair College-Windsor from Ontario, Canada in 1992. He also obtained the certification for Medical Technologist (M.T – A.S.C.P) from American Society of Clinical Pathologist, New York State, USA. Prior to his current position at the National Guard Health Affairs, he had a key role in the Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement Office at the Chemistry Department of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre. Mr. Abobaker Yagoot is actively involved in conferences nationally and internationally. In addition to those roles, Mr Abobaker Yagoot is a Certified C.A.P. inspector.

            • Lucia M. Berte, MA, MT(ASCP)SBB, DLM; CQA(ASQ)CMQ/OE
              Principal, Laboratories Made Better!

                Ms. Berte has always been interested in laboratory quality management, having served as a blood bank manager and the laboratory’s quality coordinator. She teaches medical laboratories around the world how to implement a Quality Management System (QMS), use it to improve patient safety, and use it to reduce the cost of poor quality. She also trains laboratorians how to write better documents and how to design more effective training and competence assessment programs. Ms. Berte has a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology and a Master of Arts Degree in Health Care Administration. In addition to being an American Society for Clinical Pathology certified medical technologist, specialist in blood banking and diplomate in laboratory management, she is also certified as a quality manager and quality auditor by the American Society for Quality. Ms. Berte has volunteered for the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) for over 25 years in roles such as chairholder of the QMS Subcommittee, chairholder of many CLSI QMS guidance documents, and member of several past and current document development committees. She was the co-leader for ISO TC-212 Work Group 1 for the ISO 15189:2012 international medical laboratory standard and serves on the standard’s drafting team for the upcoming ISO 15189 revision. She has been the author of numerous articles, chapters, and books and continues to provide audioconferences, workshops, and learning courses on various aspects of laboratory quality.

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