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2021 Group Webinar Subscription

With the Webinar Subscription Program, you and your staff will have year-round access to subject matter experts and industry-leading education delivered right to your desk, conference room or smart phone. 

Start Learning More Throughout the Year. The Webinar Subscription Program gives you and your entire company access to 40 60-minute webinars a year and addresses key areas such as regulatory updates, surgical application, donor screening, and regulatory pathways. This content has been developed to support the diverse roles, and experience levels of the tissue community. 

What's Included in the Subscription

  • Company-wide access to 40 live presentations
  • Recorded, on-demand access to each program
  • Educational credits including CTBS, CEBT, RN and more!

 

  • Bioprinting for COVID Research (Group)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join Bioprinting Field Application Specialist Dr. Nicole Diamantides for a webinar on using 3D Bioprinting for COVID-19 research. This session will review the study of lung or any lung-related diseases using 3D Bioprinting and the application of 3D Bioprinting in COVID-19 research.

    Join Bioprinting Field Application Specialist Nicole Diamantides for a webinar on using 3D Bioprinting for COVID-19 research.

    Sign-up to learn more about:

    ·       The COVID-19 global pandemic

    ·       Study of lung or any lung-related diseases using 3D Bioprinting.

    ·       Drug screening application of 3D Bioprinting.

    ·       How we can apply 3D Bioprinting technology for COVID-19 study or research.

    Nicole Diamantides, Ph.D.

    Nicole Diamantides is a Bioprinting Field Application Scientist at CELLINK, a leading bioprinting company. She joined CELLINK in 2019 after completing her PhD at Cornell University. At Cornell, Nicole worked on the development of novel collagen bioink formulations for bioprinting cartilage and collaborated with Histogenics Corp. to mechanically characterize their investigational cartilage tissue implant. Nicole received her BS in Biomedical Engineering from Bucknell University and her MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University.

  • Forensic Photography (Group)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will provide a greater understanding of the importance of photographic documentation beneficial to the medical examiner and coroner systems. It will also offer best practices for photographic documentation of decedents before organ and/or tissue donation through demonstration and application of the photographic methodology, full-body photography, photo scaling, photography of injuries, and more.​

    This presentation will provide a greater understanding of the importance of photographic documentation beneficial to the medical examiner and coroner systems. It will also offer best practices for photographic documentation of decedents before organ and/or tissue donation through demonstration and application of the photographic methodology, full-body photography, photo scaling, photography of injuries, and more.

    Learning Objectives: 

    • Outline the importance of photographic documentation
    • Summarize best practices in forensic photography 
    • Apply photographic methods to mock cases
    • Provide interactive feedback of applied photography methodology

    Jennifer Snippen, BSN, RN, MA, F-ABMDI

    Jennifer is a Board Certified Fellow with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators and past Chief Deputy Medical Examiner for Linn and Benton Counties in Oregon. She is an American Association of Forensic Sciences Fellow and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. Jennifer is also a registered nurse with extensive critical care/neurotrauma experience. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Lane Community College Science Department where she teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology.  She has instructed for the Linn Benton CC Criminal Justice program, Lane CC Criminal Justice Program, UC Riverside Forensic Nursing Program, Oregon State Medicolegal Death Investigator Program & the Oregon State University eCampus Anthropology program.   She received a Master’s in Applied Biomedical Anthropology from Oregon State University with a minor focus on Physiology. Her thesis research project was a multijurisdictional study of law enforcement experiences related to infant death investigations.  Jennifer is currently a PhD Student at Oregon State University studying the process of death investigation as a scientific endeavor.

    Jennifer began her medical training as an EMT in Kenai, Alaska in 1991.  She then earned an RN BSN in Bismarck, ND and worked for years in neurotrauma critical care before receiving Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training and eventually moving full time into death investigation.  She is the past Chief Deputy Medical Examiner for two Oregon counties and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. Jennifer has earned Board Certified Fellow status from the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators and is an American Academy of Forensic Sciences Fellow.  She holds a masters in Medical Anthropology from Oregon State University and is currently a PhD student in their Comparative Health Sciences program.  She is a regularly invited speaker and on the topics of strangulation investigation, infant death investigation, and forensic photography.

    Jennifer is an experienced critical care nurse and medicolegal death investigator with decades of experience in photography. She is a regularly invited speaker on the subject of practical forensic photography and enjoys helping non-photographers obtain the best possible photographs using the (often) limited resources and time available to them.

  • Performing Risk Assessment to Establish Inspection Methodology (Group)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will provide a detailed review in the evaluation of tissue bank risk assessments in regard to auditing and inspection.

    This presentation will provide a detailed review in the evaluation of tissue bank risk assessments in regard to auditing and inspection.

    Sabrina Qualley, BA, MLT(ASCP), CTBS, CQA (ASQ)

    Sabrina has 30 years of experience in blood and tissue banking.  She is a Certified Quality Auditor, a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist and has a Medical Laboratory Technician degree.  Sabrina has been performing accreditation inspections as an independent contractor for AATB for 9 years.  Prior to that, she was the Quality Program Manager for the tissue program at LifeCenter Northwest, the QC Specialist at Northwest Tissue Center, the Lead Operational Tech for the Islet and Cell Processing Laboratory at Puget Sound Blood Center, and started her career in the transfusion service (cross-match and red cell reference laboratories) of Puget Sound Blood Center.   

    Michelle Lewis, BA, ASQ CBA, RAC, CTBS

    Michelle has 20+ years in biologics, drugs, medical devices, and HCT/P’s.  Currently, she is the Accreditation Assessment Manager for AATB providing post-inspection support for CAPA responses and inspection reports; serves as the primary liaison with the Accreditation Committee and the NonTransplant Anatomical Donation Council; a key member of the Standards committee and helps drive policy changes within the Accreditation and Standards department. Michelle came to the association after many years of building her expertise in the field of regulatory compliance and auditing. 

  • Honoring the Donor Family: When Meaning Making Goes Virtual (Group)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will review practices in remembrances and celebrations of life through the COVID pandemic.

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic honoring our donors and donor families has never been more challenging. This session highlights meaningful online tributes and key takeaways.

    Kristen Tomlinson, BA, CTBS, GC-C

    Kristen Tomlinson has worked in the Organ and Tissue donation field for the last five years, predominantly working in the Donor Referral Center, taking referrals and working with families. For the last year, she has been a Team Lead and assisted with the Donor Family Aftercare Program. Kristen is a member of the AATB Donor Family Services Council and is also a Certified Grief Counselor. She is working on her Master's Degree in Counseling and Human Development. 

    Christina Godfrey

    Christina Godfrey is the Life Anew Program Coordinator for Carolina Donor Services, providing aftercare to organ and tissue donor families. She has been with Carolina Donor Services for over six years, following time spent in the fields of Clinical Research and Event Planning. Christina works with donor families to provide donation outcomes, grief resources, facilitate communication between donor families and recipients, and plans annual donor remembrance events. She is a University of Florida graduate and lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys.

    Lisa A. Colaianni

    Lisa has served as WRTC’s Donor Family Advocate since 1990. She has developed an aftercare bereavement program for families of all tissue and organ donors in the Washington metropolitan area. Lisa provides bereavement support and advocacy services to donor families. She is Past Chair of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) Donor Family Services Council. Lisa served as a Professional Editor for the National Donor Family Council newsletter and was a member of the National Donor Family Council’s Executive Committee. She received a Death and Dying Certificate through Colorado State University and the Center for Loss and Dying in 2009. Lisa became a non-directed kidney donor in 2011, resulting in an eight recipient chain.

     Lisa came to the DC area in 1977 to work for her congressman from Vermont, James Jeffords. She spent 15 years as a Congressional Aide to various Congressmen and Senators. Lisa resides in McLean, VA.

    Allison Coleman, MA

    Allison Coleman is the public relations and media coordinator at The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland (The LLF). Allison has over ten years of experience in public relations, communications, and social media. She joined The LLF team in 2015 and works to support organ, eye, and tissue donation through news coverage, social media, educational and promotional materials, special events, and awareness campaigns. Allison is passionate about remembering the “donor” in donation and works closely with donor families and recipients to share their stories.

    Erin Bauer, MA

    Erin Bauer is the events coordinator at The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland (The LLF). Erin joined The LLF team in 2013 and supports the organization’s community outreach and public education efforts by planning mission-driven events to celebrate the lives of donors and recipients. Her versatile range of planning experience includes conferences, galas, 5K races, fundraisers, and specialized donor memorial services. She is dedicated to creating unique and meaningful experiences that inspire Marylanders to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors. Erin additionally shares her event expertise with other Baltimore based non-profit organizations, dedicating over 100 hours of volunteer time annually to TRIO Maryland (Transplant Recipients International Organization) and the Junior League of Baltimore.

  • Liquid Handling Technology: A More Efficient qPCR Preparation for COVID-19 Testing (Group)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will review practices of sample transportation during the COVID pandemic.

    •                COVID-19 and the global need for efficient testing

    •                Using the I-DOT for noncontact low-volume liquid handling

    •                How the I-DOT can help with COVID-19 qPCR testing?

    •                Other I-DOT application

    Indira V. Chivukula, Ph.D.

    Indira V. Chivukula is a liquid handling/bioprocessing Field Application Scientist at CELLINK, a leading bio-convergence company. She joined CELLINK in 2020 after completing her post-doctoral research using single-cell RNA-sequencing at the Karolinska Institutet/AstraZeneca Integrated Cardio Metabolic Centre. Indira has worked in academia and industry on 3 continents, investigating breast cancer biology, 3D organoid models, and cell-based assay development. She received her BS in Biology from The Ohio State University and her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Karolinska Institutet.

  • Coroner Systems (Group)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will review the structure of coroner systems throughout the United States.

    This presentation will review the structure of coroner systems throughout the United States. 

    John Fudenberg, D-ABMDI

    John is the Executive Director of the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (IACME) and has over 30 years of public service, 17 of which was with the Clark County Coroner's Office in Las Vegas. Along with serving as a past President of the IACME and on the Executive Committee for over a decade, he represented the IACME as a Commissioner on the US Department of Justice National Commission of Forensic Science and chaired the National Institute of Justice Scientific Working Group In Medicolegal Investigations. (SWGMDI). John has also been a leader in the Medicolegal Profession for many years. John is very passionate about the Medicolegal field as well as the IACME. John is an active donation advocate who promotes collaboration between donation and death investigation institutions. 

  • Embalming Practices: From Donation to Burial (Group)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The Donate Life America Funeral Services Committee and the Funeral Liaisons from LifeSource will be presenting embalming and restorative techniques post tissue recovery. The session will include practical and innovative ideas on the care of a tissue donor and necessary supplies to provide to the funeral home. You will also learn the importance of surgical technique during the recovery and how it can impact the embalming process. This session aims to share the concerns of the funeral service partners and ways to improve the relationship through education, training, and support.​

    The Donate Life America Funeral Services Committee and the Funeral Liaisons from LifeSource will be presenting embalming and restorative techniques post tissue recovery. The session will include practical and innovative ideas on the care of a tissue donor and necessary supplies to provide to the funeral home. You will also learn the importance of surgical technique during the recovery and how it can impact the embalming process. This session aims to share the concerns of the funeral service partners and ways to improve the relationship through education, training, and support.

    Melinda Van Waus, BS, CTBS

    Prior to joining LifeSource in 2005, she received her Mortuary Science degree from the University of Minnesota and worked as a Mortician in MN. Melinda has worked in many areas of donation; tissue recovery, eye recovery, liaison to Funeral Service, Medical Examiner/Coroners, and Hospice agencies. She is additionally an active member of the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota Funeral Director Associations; the Arrowhead Funeral Directors Association; Goal leader in the Funeral Service Donate Life Committee and is a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist.

    As a licensed mortician, I am able to bring my background and knowledge into my everyday work at LifeSource, if that means supporting our partners in the preparation room or with donation education, I am able to support both sides of donation.

    Kelley Romanowski, BS, CTBS

    After earning a Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science degree from the University of Minnesota, Kelley worked in a Twin Cities funeral home for nearly 11 years prior to joining the LifeSource Team. She also worked with our local transplant centers to facilitate donor organ transportation and became a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist. She continually attends education sessions and seeks out process improvement ideas in partnership with funeral director partners to better support the families we jointly serve.

    Kelley is an active member of the Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota Funeral Director Associations, the Arrowhead Funeral Directors Association and leads a Funeral Home Advisory Board.

  • Bioprinting for Cancer Research (Group)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Bioprinting for Cancer Research: • Physics of cancer • 3D approach to study cancer • Application of bioprinting in cancer research

    Bioprinting for Cancer Research:
    • Physics of cancer
    • 3D approach to study cancer
    • Application of bioprinting in cancer research

    Erik Patak, BS

    Erik Patak is a member of the Training and Installations team at CELLINK, with primary expertise in bioprinting. He joined CELLINK full-time in 2020 after completing a previous internship at CELLINK and graduating from the University of Rochester. At Rochester, Erik studied the modification of collagen by metastasizing breast cancer cells to help predict future patient outcomes in triple-negative breast cancer cases. Erik graduated with a BS in biomedical engineering with a primary focus on tissue engineering.

  • A BioSkills Lab Presenting Split Thickness Skin Recovery

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This program will demonstrate best practices in the recovery of skin in a wet lab setting. This program will include core elements of skin recovery including mapping the skin donor, maintaining a 4” width of skin graft, monitoring thickness for processor specifications, best practices for difficult recovery sites, and the importance of the assistant. Please note: this program includes live-streamed video content that may not work on all devices. If you have trouble viewing the session, you can click the "Presentation Only" and then the "Presentation with Q & A" to participate in the question and answer segment.

    This program will demonstrate best practices in the recovery of skin in a wet lab setting. This program will include core elements of skin recovery including mapping the skin donor, maintaining a 4” width of skin graft, monitoring thickness for processor specifications, best practices for difficult recovery sites, and the importance of the assistant.

    Please note: this program includes live-streamed video content that may not work on all devices. 

    If you have trouble viewing the session, you can click the "Presentation Only" and then the "Presentation with Q & A" to participate in the question and answer segment. 

    Codi Stewart, CTBS

    As Exsurco’s leader of their Amalgatome devices, Codi helps burn clinicians solve challenges in excision and skin grafting.  Codi is available to assist surgical and burn centers in clinical evaluations, data collection, training labs and to provide support during burn and trauma procedures.

    Codi has performed over 2,000 tissue recovery procedures resulting in life-saving allografts used in burn and trauma, cardiac and vascular applications.  He is sitting for the Certified Wound Care Specialist (CWS) this summer, adding that certification to his credentials. 

    Adam Stewart, CTBS

    Adam helps maximize clinician experience with the Exsurco’s burn and surgical applications.  He leads training labs for our customers, conducts in-services, attends initial cases, assists in clinical evaluations of the system, works closely with Sterile Processing Departments and compiles documentation to support Value Analysis requirements. 

    Adam has recovered over 16,000 life-saving skin allografts in his 11+ years as a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist (CTBS).  He plans to add Certified Wound Care Specialist (CWS) to his credentials soon.

    Ryan Hendrick, CTBS

    Ryan’s passion is for training customers to ensure Exsurco products and services add value to the work they do every day.  In this role, he provides hands-on training programs, conducting in-services, providing product troubleshooting support regarding safety, handling, operation, and maintenance of the products in tissue banks.

    Ryan understands the value of fostering a team approach to recovery based on his 14 years of experience in the Tissue Banking industry.  His guidance helps significantly increase split-thickness skin recovery yields at every site visited.

    Amber F. McAfee, BS, MBA, CTBS, CWCMS, ST

    With Exsurco since its inception in 2010, Amber led the company’s growth into tissue and surgical settings to redefine excision science.  She supports Exsurco’s community of healthcare professional customers who are advancing the healing power of skin to patients who need it the most.

    Uncovering customer needs, problem-solving, and providing solutions is nothing new to Amber who started her career as a Surgical Technician and Combat Medic in the U.S. Army.  After completing active duty, she remained in the reserves and found her home in the transplant industry at Lifeline of Ohio.  Her second day on the job was the September 11th attacks on our nation and Amber knew then saving lives would become her lifelong passion.

    Amber worked with the team of engineers that developed the Amalgatome MD for skin grafting procedures in tissue donation, which since 2010 has resulted in over half a million life-saving dermal allografts for burn survivors.

    Exsurco is proud to be a partner of the Phoenix Society and The Spiegel Burn Foundation for Burn Survivors and an advocate for Tissue Donation Across America through Donate Life America and the American Association of Tissue Banks.

  • Creating Positive Engagement with Funeral Service Partners (Group)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The Donate Life America Funeral Services Committee will provide attendees information about the committee's vision, mission, and current benchmark project. Speakers will offer successful and proven ideas on connecting with funeral service professionals to support and promote organ, eye, and tissue donation. Creative and successful ideas on engaging your funeral service partners will include utilizing existing tools from inside and outside your tool-box. This session aims to share ways to help your organization develop positive collaboration with your funeral service partners.

    The Donate Life America Funeral Services Committee will provide attendees information about the committee's vision, mission, and current benchmark project. 

    Speakers will offer successful and proven ideas on connecting with funeral service professionals to support and promote organ, eye, and tissue donation. Creative and successful ideas on engaging your funeral service partners will include utilizing existing tools from inside and outside your tool-box. This session aims to share ways to help your organization develop positive collaboration with your funeral service partners.

    Lisa Oestreicher

    Lisa started at Lifeline of Ohio as their first Funeral Home and Coroner Liaison. Lisa has used her time at Lifeline of Ohio to engage funeral home professionals through educational opportunities, field trips, and funeral director recognition. Lisa believes that the more the funeral home professionals know about organ, eye, and tissue donation the better they are to support our mission, care for the donor and serve the donor family’s we share. Lisa is a licensed Funeral Director in the State of Ohio and a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Donate Life America Funeral Service Committee and Donate  Life Ohio Education Committee.

    Chris Donhost

    Chris Donhost is a second generation funeral professional with over 20 years of experience. He is licensed by California as a funeral director, embalmer, cemetery manager, crematory manager, and life insurance agent specific to pre-need funeral arrangements. Donhost last worked in the funeral profession as a multi-location manager of three funeral homes, a cemetery and crematory in the Bay Area. In July of 2013, he was appointed as funeral home and coroner liaison with Sierra Donor Services in Sacramento, where he works to establish and maintain positive relationships with funeral and coroner partners. Donhost remains active in the funeral profession as a professor at the local mortuary college, volunteers on multiple committees with the California Funeral Directors Association (CFDA), serves on advisory boards of the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau, and the American River Funeral Service program, and is a frequent lecturer on funeral/donation matters. He was recognized by the CFDA as California’s Young Funeral Director of the Year in 2012.