APR 09, 2021 9:00 AM PDT

Implementation of a Multiplex Molecular Test for Anaplasma, Babesia and Ehrlichia

Sponsored by: DiaSorin Molecular LLC
Speaker
  • Clinical and Molecular Microbiology Director - Northern Light Laboratory, Bangor, ME
    Biography

      Dr. Buss obtained her PhD in Microbiology at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville followed by a CDC/APHL Postdoc at The Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health. She completed her Clinical Microbiology Fellowship at The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Public Health Laboratory. Past roles have also included CLIA Director at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as well as Laboratory Director at The Wyoming Public Health Laboratory, Wyoming Department of Health. Since 2018, Dr. Buss has been the Clinical and Molecular Microbiology Director at Northern Light Laboratory where she directs microbiology testing in a reference laboratory that serves more than 9 hospitals and 250 outpatient practices.


    Abstract

    Date:  April 9, 2021

    Time: 9:00am PDT, 11:00am EDT

     

    There are tick-borne diseases beyond what causes Lyme disease. Different geographies have differing prevalence’s of tick-borne infections. In the northeastern USA, some of the other infectious agents are Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Babesia species and Ehrlichia species. This talk will describe our experiences on the processes used to implement a multiplex molecular laboratory developed test (LDT) for the detection of A. phagocytophilum, Babesia spp. and Ehrlichia spp. in a clinical reference laboratory. We will discuss various testing options including assay types and ordering algorithms. Our experiences and lessons learned after implementation will be discussed, including the testing challenges we had related to COVID-19.

     

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe the various methods available for detection of Anaplasma, Babesia and Ehrlichia
    • Understand the process of LDT validation
    • Discuss advantages and limitations of in-house testing

     

     

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