Now online: Mayo Clinic Laboratories’ symposium on bleeding and thrombotic disorders

On Dec. 4, Mayo Clinic Laboratories hosted a Friday Satellite Symposium preceding the 62nd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition that focused on bleeding and thrombotic disorders.

A Case-Based Workshop: Clinical and Laboratory Aspects of Hemophilia and Thrombosis can now be viewed online and includes the following presentations:

  • "New Therapies for Hemophilia: Options and Assays"
  • "Advances in the Diagnosis of Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia"
  • "Platelet Esoteric Testing: When and Why"
  • "Rationale Application of Next-Generation Sequencing Technologies in Coagulation Disorders"
  • "Measurement of Direct-Acting Anticoagulants: Clinical and Laboratory Issues"

PDF documents of the presentation handouts also are available on the symposium website.

Topics discussed included:

  • Choosing the right type of factor assays for monitoring newer factor and nonfactor products for hemophilia management.
  • The optimal role of newer technologies, such as next-generation sequencing, for diagnosis of coagulation disorders.
  • The optimal laboratory evaluation of inherited platelet disorders.
  • An update on recent advances in the diagnosis of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.
  • The role of measuring direct-acting oral anticoagulants.

The symposium attracted nearly 300 participants. Dong Chen, M.D., Ph.D., one of the faculty members, emphasized the significance of offering this type of continuing education program.

“With the advent of new knowledge, technologies, and tests, it becomes increasingly important for us to understand how to effectively use the new knowledge and tests to benefit our patients," he says. "The hope was to use our case-based symposium to share our approaches and experiences on how to select the right test at the right time for the right patient.”

Candido Rivera, M.D., a hematologist who attended the event, found it effective and valuable. "This was by far one of the best symposium presentations I ever attended," he says. "The data was presented in a concise and efficient way, encompassing the latest discoveries on each subject, and then provided very practical advice on how to apply this knowledge in our day-to-day practice. It is not very often that I learn so many pointers in a single session."

For information about other educational offerings from Mayo Clinic Laboratories, please visit our education website.

Tracy Will

Tracy Will

Tracy Will is a Senior Communications Specialist at Mayo Clinic who focuses on copy editing, feature writing and project management.