Inaugural Transfusion & Laboratory Medicine Conference poster contest results

The 6th Annual Transfusion & Laboratory Medicine Conference was held February 13-15 at Children's Medical Center Legacy. For the first time, staff, residents, and fellows from Children's Medical Center Laboratory and other hospital departments and services as well as other UT Southwestern Medical Center-affiliated institutions were invited to participate in this competition.

Children's is private, not-for-profit, and the fifth largest pediatric health care provider in the nation. Through its academic affiliation with UT Southwestern Medical Center, Children's medical staff conducts research that is instrumental in developing treatments, therapies, and greater understanding of pediatric diseases.

The results were:

First place – Lori Racsa, D.O.
Homozygous hemoglobin S with concomitant hemoglobin G-Philadelphia: A diagnostic challenge

Second place – Fernando Castro-Silva, M.D.
Increased bone marrow mast cells, enumerated by multiparameter flow cytometry, are associated with myelodysplastic syndromes

Third place – Jessica Sugianto, M.D.
From the factory floor to the anatomic pathology laboratory: Applying the principles of LEAN production to gastrointestinal biopsy specimens

Honorable Mention – Linlin Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
Alpha-globin gene sequencing is more reliable than high-performance liquid chromotography for the identification of hemoglobin I

Honorable Mention – Adam Hoffhines, M.D., Ph.D.
Routine mixing studies for evaluation of prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time: To mix or not to mix - Is that the question?

Congratulations to everyone who participated and to the winners.