SEP 16, 2020 6:00 AM PDT

A pandemic challenge - Implementing a COVID-19 Antibody test in record time!

Speakers
  • Laboratory Manager, Departments of Clinical Chemistry and Haematology at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
    Biography
      Philip Craddock-Jones is the Laboratory Manager for the Departments of Clinical Chemistry and Haematology at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust, one of three dedicated children's NHS Trusts in the UK.                             After graduating from Sheffield University, Philip started work as a Trainee MLSO in October 1998 in two hospital Trusts with a shared pathology service in the West of England. He moved back to Sheffield in October 2000 and commenced work in the Sheffield Children's Hospital.         In June 2002, he was made a Senior BMS in the Inherited Metabolic Disease Section where he was involved in projects such as verifying new amino acid analysers. After two years, he moved into the Acute Section, with the additional responsibility for supervising BMS' through their IBMS Registration and Specialist Portfolios. In April 2014, he was appointed Laboratory Manager for Clinical Chemistry. Management of the Haematology and Blood Bank laboratory became an addition to his role in August 2017.
    • Clinical Liaison for EMEA, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
      Biography
        Cecilia Scarponi is the Clinical Liaison for Ortho Clinical Diagnostics in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She holds a Master's degree in Biology from the University of Milan. After a few years in Molecular Genetics research, she joined Ortho Clinical Diagnostics to provide scientific support and expertise for Ortho's Clinical Laboratory solution, with a main focus on Infectious Diseases, Cardiology, and Cancer. Internally she is closely working with Ortho's Medical and Scientific Affairs Team and externally with leading experts in the respective domains to maximize the clinical value of Ortho's assay menu.

      Abstract
      Date:  September 16, 2020
      Time: 6:00am (PDT),  9:00am (EDT),  2:00pm (BST)
       
      During the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK, there was a great deal of uncertainty. Pathology and diagnostic services across the UK were having to quickly adapt and change how they operated. Often this meant responding to opposing objectives such as maintaining or increasing the level of service provided whilst having reduced staff on-site.
       
      In May, Public Health England allocated specific laboratories within the UK with the task of undertaking SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing. Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust was one of the laboratories chosen to provide such testing.
       
      In this webinar, Philip Craddock-Jones, lab manager at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, will describe the implementation and verification of a SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibody test in record time. He will talk about how he and his team have successfully set up a new testing workflow within the region from blood sample collection to results reporting.
       
      In the second part of the webinar, Cecilia Scarponi, Clinical Liaison at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, will give an overview of the different types of antibodies involved in the immune response against SARS-CoV-2 and review current applications of serological testing.
       
      Learning Objectives
      • Understand the process that was followed when verifying a SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibody assay
      • Learn about the challenges faced when setting up a whole new process for testing, along with how they were overcome
      • Evaluate how the assay has performed and the benefits delivered by an Ortho Clinical Diagnostics solution
      • Discuss the latest data on spike(S)-binding antibodies and their correlation with virus neutralising activities
       
       
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      LabRoots is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. By attending this webinar, you can earn 1 Continuing Education credit once you have viewed the webinar in its entirety. For UK participants, please contact the IBMS to apply for credits for this course. Click here for details.

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