OCT 24, 2014 12:00 PM PDT

What to Do About Flu in 2014

Sponsored by: Alere, Alere
Speaker
  • Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, Director of Clinical Laboratories for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System
    Biography
      Sheldon Campbell M.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine at Yale School of Medicine and Director of Clinical Laboratories for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.  He obtained a bachelor's degree in Biology from Rice University in Houston, Texas.  He completed his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Baylor College of Medicine, also in Houston.  He was a resident and post-doctoral fellow in Laboratory Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine.  He is board certified in Clinical Pathology and Medical Microbiology by the American Board of Pathology.  Dr. Campbell is director of clinical laboratories, and medical director for chemistry, microbiology, mycobacteriology, and point-of-care testing for VA Connecticut, and has a role in microbiology and chemistry specialty areas for the New England Veteran's Integrated Service Network laboratories.  He is the director of the Yale Medical School Medical microbiology and Infectious Diseases course and the Yale Winchester Medical Microbiology Fellowship Program.  Dr. Campbell's research interests include education of pathology residents and medical students, point-of-care testing, HIV testing, and cost-effective clinical microbiology practice.

    Abstract

     

     

    Influenza is a major clinical and public health issue.  Rapid, accurate diagnostics for influenza have the potential to improve the efficacy of therapy, limit antibiotic over-use, conserve resources, and limit the spread of the disease in the health-care setting.  Current influenza diagnostic tests vary widely in complexity, sensitivity, specificity, and cost; selection of the correct test by the laboratory,  and appropriate interpretation of the test by providers, is essential to effective use of influenza diagnostics.  The webinar will survey influenza disease, diagnostic approaches, and currently-available methods, placing them in the context of the clinical questions to be addressed, assisting participants in selecting and utilizing influenza diagnostic tests. 

     

    Learning Objectives:

     

    Participants will be able to:

      - Describe the clinical impact of influenza

     - Recognize the importance of getting the flu vaccine

     - Describe the properties of current influenza diagnostic methods

     - Assess different platforms for molecular detection of flu and other respiratory viruses

     - Interpret the results of influenza diagnostics in clinical context


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