14 October
14 October
14 October 12:00-13:00 BST | 13:00-14:00 CET

What you will learn

  • How antibody and antigen testing will promote the accuracy of diagnosis, treatment guidelines, vaccination strategies and population surveillance.

  • How hospitals and laboratories can better prepare for, and manage, future disease outbreaks.

  • How the variants are expected to shape the course of the pandemic.

    Confronting the COVID-19 pandemic has, unsurprisingly, had a transformational impact on the field of medicine. From the rapid deployment of new processes and procedures for testing and treating large numbers of infected individuals to ground-breaking collaboration between specialists from different disciplines, medicine stands to gain a wealth of new knowledge, insight, and innovation.

    Ortho are privileged to welcome Dr. Arturo Casadevall, professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, to discuss his personal experience of the events of the last 18 months. In conversation with Tony Casina, consultant at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Dr. Casadevall will explore both the clinical and operational impacts of the pandemic, from the challenges of working under intense time-pressure, to the need to balance the public’s expectation of complete and accurate information on the virus with the absence of such certainty among the scientific community.

    Your speakers

    Dr. Arturo Casadevall

    Chair, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

    Alfred & Jill Sommer Professor and Chair

    Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

    Dr. Arturo Casadevall is a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He holds a joint appointment in molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research focuses on how microbes cause disease and how the immune system defends itself.

    Dr. Casadevall serves as chair of the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

    He received his M.S., Ph.D. and M.D. from New York University.

    His team is currently engaged in understanding how hosts defend against the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans.

    Dr. Casadevall’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the American Society for Microbiology Founders Distinguished Service Award, the National Institutes of Health Merit Award and the Rhoda Benham Award from Medical Mycology Society of America. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Tony Casina

    Consultant at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

    Tony has worked in the blood banking industry for over 40 years with much of it in the commercial blood bank reagent manufacturers sector with hospital experience as a medical technologist part time on weekends. Tony has provided technical support to laboratories throughout the world utilizing Ortho’s reagents and immunohematology test systems. Having tested some of the most challenging immunohematology antibody problems as part of his reference laboratory experience, he has a wealth of knowledge about blood group systems. Tony has been a long-time member of both ISBT and AABB and an active participant in the AABB, serving on committees and recently on the AABB Board of Directors. Additionally, he has contributed as a presenter to AABB educational programs. Currently he is a consultant for transfusion medicine with a focus on immunohematology, donor screening and education.

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