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Ticks Uptick! Corporate Workshop hosted by Seegene at AMP 2023
November 15 @ 11:00 am - November 19 @ 12:00 pm
Corporate Workshop Invitation hosted by Seegene at the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) 2023 Annual Meeting & Expo!
November 15th (Wednesday)
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM (MDT)
Lunch will be served
Location Room: 255BC
Tick Uptick! Tick populations are increasing. What can we do about it?
Moderator: Dr. Glen Hansen
Speaker: Dr. Blake Buchan
Tickborne infections, including Anaplasma sp., Ehrlichia spp., Babesia spp., and novel Borrelia species are on the rise due to climate
change and increasing host range. Despite this “uptick” in cases, these infections are frequently misdiagnosed or undiagnosed due to the under-recognition of these pathogens by clinicians and a lack of access to high-quality diagnostic tests.
Current serologic methods lack specificity, may not be positive in acute infections, and cannot differentiate past from current infection. Likewise, microscopic examination suffers from poor sensitivity and relies on experienced laboratory technologists to recognize potential pathogens in a blood smear.
Molecular methods, including multiplexed nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) have the potential to provide sensitive and specific detection of an array of tickborne pathogens in a single blood specimen.
In this workshop Dr. Blake W. Buchan, PhD, D(ABMM) will review the changing epidemiology of tickborne infections and share data demonstrating the benefits of NAATs in accurately diagnosing tickborne infections, including co-infections, in adult and pediatric populations.