Fall 2019 - Speakers, Titles, and Objectives

Speakers are listed alphabetically. Topics and objectives will be added as they become available.

Baton Rouge, Jennings, and New Orleans Speakers - Blanchard, Held, Jarreau, and Landry
Alexandria, Monroe, and Shreveport Speakers - Blackburn, Britton, Brunson-Sicilia, Butler


Titles, Topics, and Objectives

At the completion of this session, the participant will

Stephanie Blackburn, MHS, MLS(ASCP)CM

Program Director, Assistant Professor

Seminar Title: Walkin’ on Sunshine…and Soaking in Some Vitamin D.


  • Distinguish the various forms of Vitamin D.
  • Discuss the metabolism of Vitamin D.
  • Assess Vitamin D deficiency and risk factors.

Level of presentation: Intermediate

Area of education: Chemistry

Argie Leach Blanchard, MHS, MT(ASCP)SH


Seminar Title: Laboratory Accreditation: Part Two – Competency  Assessment


  • Describe how competency became an important part of Accreditation.
  • Discuss the differences between Training and Competency.
  • Differentiate between Waived and Non Waived Testing.
  • List the six levels of competency.

Level of presentation:

Area of education: 

Linda Britton, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)CM,SM


Seminar Title: Clostridioides difficile and Fecal Microbial Transplantation


  • Describe Clostridioides difficile infections, laboratory tests for identification and the toxins contributing to it.
  • Discuss treatments, prevention and control.
  • Describe the procedures, indications and testing required for fecal microbial transplantation.

Level of presentation: Intermediate

Area of education: Microbiology

Lee Ellen Brunson-Sicilia, MHS, MLS(ASCP)CM

Instructor, LSU Health-Shreveport

Seminar Title: Platelet-Rich Plasma as a Treatment: Valuable or Just Plain Expensive?


  • Review the roles of platelets in the body.
  • Discuss the field of regenerative medicine.
  • Discuss platelet-rich plasma as a possible medical treatment.

Level of presentation: Intermediate

Area of education: Hematology

Kristin Butler, MLS(ASCP)CM


Seminar Title: The Measles Outbreaks: Have we lost our elimination status?


  • Describe measles infection in terms of: etiologic virus, immune response, clinical presentation, prognosis, and prevention.
  • Explain the laboratory methods used to diagnose and monitor measles infections.
  • Discuss the current measles outbreaks worldwide and in the U.S.

Level of presentation: Intermediate

Area of education: Immunology

Daniel Held, MHS, MT(ASCP)SBB

Assistant Professor

Seminar Title: Cellular Therapy in the Clinical Laboratory


  • Discuss the process of mobilization and collection of peripheral blood stem cells.
  • Describe CAR-T therapy and in which diseases it is used.
  • Define graft-versus-host disease and its classifications.

Level of presentation: Basic to Intermediate

Area of education: 

Patsy Jarreau, MHS, MT(ASCP)

Program Director, Associate Professor

Seminar Title: Case Studies in Autoimmunity and Infectious Disease


Level of presentation:

Area of education: Immunology

Beth Landry, MT(ASCP)

Microbiology Supervisor

Seminar Title: Microbiology Case Studies:  “This is Jeopardy!”


  • Correlate patient’s clinical signs and symptoms with clinical laboratory results.
  • Identify organisms based on microbiology culture results.
  • Discuss the diagnostic and therapeutic implications of identifying organisms correctly.

Level of presentation: Basic

Area of education: Microbiology