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Take advantage of the AATB Annual Organization Subscription providing unlimited access to all staff for the entire year of educational programming

With the Webinar Subscription Program, you and your staff can now 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 more than 40 60-minute webinars a year and addresses key areas such as FDA inspection, surgical application, marketing trends and regulatory pathways. This content has been developed to support the diverse roles and experiences levels of this tissue community. 

What's Included in the Subscription

  • Company-wide access to 40+ live presentation
  • Recorded, on-demand access to each program
  • Educational credits including CTBS, CEBT, RN and more!
  • Virtual Auditing for Good Tissue Practice (GTP) Compliance

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session provides an overview virtual and remote auditing.

    Every organization working in the FDA regulated industry has been adversely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This tragic situation has exposed the vulnerability of the global supply chain and the lack of emphasis placed on contingency planning.

     This webinar will focus on Virtual Auditing for Good Tissue Practice (GTP) Compliance, with a focus on the risks, opportunities, challenges, techniques, and best practices for performing virtual internal and supplier audits.

    Mark Durivage, RAC, CQA, CTBS

    Mark Allen Durivage has worked as a practitioner, educator, consultant, and author. He is Managing Principal Consultant at Quality Systems Compliance LLC, an ASQ Fellow, and holds several certifications including; CTBS, RAC, and CQA He has written several books available through ASQ Quality Press, and written articles in Quality Magazine, Quality Progress, GxP Lifeline,  and Life Science Connect.

  • Conducting the DRAI with a Grieving Family: Do Your Coordinators Understand Grief Concepts? (C)

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this session, we will review basic concepts of grief and trauma with approaches to supporting families during such difficult times.

    In this session, we will review basic concepts of grief and trauma with approaches to supporting families during such difficult times. Completing a risk assessment interview can be difficult during times of trauma, are your staff prepared?

    Joshua Brennan, CTBS

    Manager, Tissue Operation

    Josh Brennan, CTBS spent 6 years as an EMS professional and was an educator for the Red Cross. Josh has been with New England Donor Services for almost 12 years in various roles in the Tissue Operations Department. He is currently the manager of Tissue Operations. He has published three abstract articles with the American Association of Tissue Banks and was part of the creative development team for the Hopes Heroes - Donor Family Program. He has been invited to speak at multiple workshops/conferences/webinars on various topics including Electronic Tissue Authorization, Call Center Scheduling, Algorithmic Tissue Screening, Electronic Tissue Allocation, and DRAI competency & training.

  • Eye Banking 101 (C)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this session, we will review the basic requirements, practices and standards of practice for eye banking.

    In this session, we will review the basic requirements, practices and standards of practice for eye banking. 

    Kristen McCoy, MS, CEBT, CTBS

    Vice President Surgical Application

    Kristen joined Miracles of Sight in 2019 as the Vice President Surgical Application.  She has over 23 years of eye banking experience focusing on clinical operations, technician training, process improvement, and new service line development.  She is a Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) and Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (CTBS).  She has served on numerous Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) committees and sub-committees over the years including the Technician Education Committee, the Certification Board, and Research Committee. Kristen has served as faculty for the EBAA Technician Education Symposium and Slit Lamp Course training over 400 technicians domestically and internationally.  Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton and a Masters of Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota.

  • Forensic Toxicology for Dummies… and Smarties, Too! (C)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Toxicology is the study of the adverse effects of drugs and chemicals on biological systems. Where those adverse effects have medicolegal consequences and analytical results are likely to be used in a legal setting, the term “forensic toxicology” is applied. This webinar will provide a comparison of forensic and clinical toxicology. Further, it will explain the analytical and interpretive challenges of forensic toxicology and provide relevant recommendations for specimen collection to reduce the impact of these challenges.

    Toxicology is the study of the adverse effects of drugs and chemicals on biological systems. Where those adverse effects have medicolegal consequences and analytical results are likely to be used in a legal setting, the term “forensic toxicology” is applied.

    There are five general subdisciplines of forensic toxicology:  human performance toxicology, postmortem toxicology, employment drug testing, court-ordered toxicology, and general forensic toxicology. Each of these subdisciplines carries unique challenges that sets forensic toxicology apart from clinical toxicology. For example, specimens vary more in condition and type in some subdisciplines of forensic toxicology. Changes in the body after death may confound the interpretation of qualitative and quantitative findings in postmortem toxicology. And demonstrating the specimen’s chain-of-custody is mandatory to allow analytical results from that specimen to be admitted as evidence. To help ensure consistency across the various forensic toxicology disciplines, the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board (ASB) develop standards and best practices.

    This webinar will provide a comparison of forensic and clinical toxicology. Further, it will explain the analytical and interpretive challenges of forensic toxicology and provide relevant recommendations for specimen collection to reduce the impact of these challenges.

    Marc A. LeBeau, PhD, F-ABFT

    Senior Scientist Scientific Analysis Section

    Marc A. LeBeau, PhD, is the Senior Scientist of the Scientific Analysis Section of the FBI Laboratory. He has worked as a Forensic Chemist and Toxicologist for the FBI since 1994 and has testified as an expert in federal, state, and county courts throughout the United States. From 2000 to 2011, Dr. LeBeau served as the Chemistry Unit Chief for the FBI Laboratory. He was employed in the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office, before beginning his career with the FBI. 

     

    Dr. LeBeau holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University and a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven. In 2005, he received his Doctorate in toxicology from the University of Maryland – Baltimore. 

     

    Dr. LeBeau has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals, as well as book chapters and abstracts.  He has provided training to thousands of law enforcement officers, forensic scientists, attorneys, medical professionals, and rape crisis counselors throughout the world.  Additionally, in 2001, he co-edited Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault: A Forensic Handbook.  

     

    As a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT), Dr. LeBeau is active in numerous scientific organizations.  He has been a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) since 1995. From 2000-2010, he served as Chairperson of the Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault Committee and is a Past President of SOFT.  Additionally, Dr. LeBeau serves as the Treasurer of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) and sits on the Systematic Toxicological Analysis Committee within TIAFT.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD).  He also serves on the National Commission on Forensic Science.

     

    Dr. LeBeau has served as the chairman of the Scientific Working Group on the Forensic Analysis of Chemical Terrorism (SWGFACT) and co-chair to the Scientific Working Group on the Forensic Analysis on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Terrorism (SWGCBRN). He is currently a subcommittee chair of the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Toxicology (SWGTOX).

     

    Dr. LeBeau is on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals including the Journal of Analytical Toxicology and Forensic Toxicology.  He currently is an Assistant Editor for Forensic Science International and has served as Guest Editor to the Journal of Analytical Toxicology, the Journal of Chromatography B, Forensic Science International, and Forensic Science Review

     

    Dr. LeBeau is an American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors - Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB) assessor in the areas of drug chemistry and forensic toxicology and serves on the ASLCD-LAB Toxicology Proficiency Review Committee.  He also serves as an assessor for ABFT.

     

    In 2004, Dr. LeBeau won the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Scientific Advancement and in 2008 he was the recipient of the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) International Visionary Award.

  • What Exactly Do You Do? (C)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this session, we will review methods of approaching discussions about donation what people ask, "What exactly do you do?"

    In this session, we will review methods of approaching discussions about donation what people ask, "What exactly do you do?" We will discuss terminology surrounding deceased donor tissue, birth tissue and NADOs including how to verbalize more sensitive topics. 

    Irma Sison, MD, CTBS

    Director of Tissue Quality

    Irma Sison, M.D., CTBS is the Director of Tissue Quality Assurance at LifeNet Health. Irma has over 10 years of experience in organ and tissue donation.  Irma began her career in donation as a Donor Center Coordinator at LifeNet Health in 2008.  She has also held the positions of Manager of Hospital Services and Manager of Donation Services at Nevada Donor Network, Inc. and Manager of the Donor Center at LifeNet Health. Irma has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry from Old Dominion University and received her MD from De La Salle University College of Medicine. Irma serves on the AATB RADE Council and is the current co-chair of the Education Committee. 

    Corinne Bell, MS, RD, CTBS

    Executive Director, Chief Operations Officer, and Treasurer of the Anatomy

    Corinne is the Executive Director, Chief Operations Officer, and Treasurer of the Anatomy Gifts Registry (AGR), a non-profit whole body donation program. AGR is one of the accredited Non-transplant Anatomic Donation Organizations, or NADOs. Corinne has over 12 years of experience in non-transplant tissue banking ranging from donor family services through research client services and executive management. Corinne has been active in the AATB Ad-Hoc committee, recently turned council, working on the physical assessment and risk assessment guidance documents, among other projects. 

    Corinne has Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in human nutrition, focusing on clinical nutrition and epidemiology, and has completed her clinical dietetic internship at the University of Maryland,Medical Center, and holds a Registered Dietitian (RD) credential, and has been a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist (CTBS) since 2009.

    Jami Otis, CTBS

    Jami Otis joined AlloSource in May 2007 and is the Training Manager of Donor Records. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry with 15 years focusing on training/education. Jami received her education from the University of Colorado Boulder in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Prior to joining AlloSource, Jami spent 13 years in the blood banking industry as a Training Coordinator, Cord Blood Educator, and Collections Supervisor. Jami also has recovery experience as a recovery tech for Donor Alliance and past experience as an EMT-Intermediate for a rural ambulance service

    Robert Hernandez, MS, CTBS

    Robert most recently worked as the Director of Quality and Compliance, Advanced Therapies & HCT/Ps at BioBridge Global, a not-for-profit regenerative medicine enterprise. Robert has over 10 years of experience in the biotechnology industry, and has had the opportunity to work with various types of regenerative therapies including; allograft tissues, advanced biologic therapies, and medical devices. Robert obtained a Master of Science degree in Drug Regulatory Affairs from the University of Florida.  Robert is a Certified Quality Auditor, a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist, and serves on the AATB Education Committee. 

  • Tissue Distribution Intermediaries: What Do They Do? (C)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation describes Tissue Distribution Intermediaries and the role they play in the Tissue Banking industry. It provides an overview of the benefit of partnering with a TDI and the inventory and quality management systems that must be in place to ensure successful placements of donated gifts.


    Erin Becker, BS, CTBS, CMQ/OE (ASQ)

    Director of Quality

    • Erin has been working as a Tissue Banking professional since 2001 with experience in Recovery, Processing, Distribution, and Quality Control/Quality Assurance.    Erin became a certified Tissue Banking Specialist in 2006, obtained her Bachelor of Science in 2010 while working as a fulltime Recovery Team Leader, and recently became a Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence.  Currently, she is the Director of Quality for Parametrics Medical in Leander, TX responsible for the quality management system and regulatory compliance.  Erin is an active member of the AATB Quality Council.

  • Clinical Application and Marketing Trends (C)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this session, we will review current trends in marketing and clinical review of allografts.

    In this session, we will review current trends in marketing and clinical review of allografts. 

    Loren Deren, CTBS

    Vice President of Regenerative Medicine & Orthobiologics, Instructor, Medical Sales College

    Loren has over 15 years of demonstrated experience in the Medical Device and Biopharmaceutical markets.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science/Atmospheric Dynamics from the University of Delaware in 1996.  Loren began her career in the medical sales industry at Schering-Plough in 2001 where she spent 9 years working in the anti-infective and cardiovascular markets.  From 2011 to 2017, Loren worked for Orthofix and Nutech Medical where she managed and lead all Biologics business activities in 13 states, including on-boarding distributors, distributor sales performance, sales force training, and taking on the role of being the front-line biologics clinical specialist in the Northeast for the entire Biologics portfolio.  She has conducted many educational programs to advance representatives and surgeons on clinical knowledge and application of biologics, including evening speaking engagements. Loren joined Medical Sales College as the Vice President of Regenerative Medicine Education in December of 2017.  She is instrumental in expanding the Regenerative Medicine & Orthobiologics program, as well as provide chief instruction in these courses.  Loren earned her CTBS certification in Oct 2018.

  • NAT & Serology Testing: A Detailed Review (C)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this presentation, we will build upon past AATB webinar lectures to provide an advanced review of infectious disease testing and screening methods.

    In this presentation, we will build upon past AATB webinar lectures to provide an advanced review of infectious disease testing and screening methods. 

    Rod Hale, MS

    Director of Laboratory Operations

    Rod Hale, Director Laboratory Operations at VRL-Eurofins – graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Biology. In 1997 he earned his Masters of Science in Medical and Molecular Genetics from Indiana University. He has 20 years’ experience in the Human Cell & Tissue Product (HCT/P) industry. The first 12 years were spent at Laboratories At Bonfils, (which became LABS, Inc.). Rod performed various immunological and molecular tests for the screening of eye, tissue, organ and other transplant donors, eventually becoming the manager of the Infectious Disease department, where he successfully implemented and oversaw the testing logistics that enabled the small regional lab to achieve nationwide growth. In 2010 he helped start-up the human-screening division of VRL, which has recently merged with LABS, Inc. to become the leader in HCT/P screening.

  • NADO Storage and Distribution (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar will review some requirements for storage of non-transplant tissues, depict some storage methods and arrangements of different accredited NADOs, and provide examples of non-transplant tissue distribution and research endeavors.

    This webinar will review some requirements for storage of non-transplant tissues, depict some storage methods and arrangements of different accredited NADOs, and provide examples of non-transplant tissue distribution and research endeavors.

    Corinne Bell, MS, RD, CTBS

    Executive Director, Chief Operations Officer, and Treasurer of the Anatomy

    Corinne is the Executive Director, Chief Operations Officer, and Treasurer of the Anatomy Gifts Registry (AGR), a non-profit whole body donation program. AGR is one of the accredited Non-transplant Anatomic Donation Organizations, or NADOs. Corinne has over 12 years of experience in non-transplant tissue banking ranging from donor family services through research client services and executive management. Corinne has been active in the AATB Ad-Hoc committee, recently turned council, working on the physical assessment and risk assessment guidance documents, among other projects. 

    Corinne has Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in human nutrition, focusing on clinical nutrition and epidemiology, and has completed her clinical dietetic internship at the University of Maryland,Medical Center, and holds a Registered Dietitian (RD) credential, and has been a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist (CTBS) since 2009.

  • Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular or Tissue-Based Products (HCT/Ps): Regulatory and Guidance Overview Update (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will provide an update on applicable FDA regulations and guidance documents for HCT/Ps, including updates on the related Agency activities.

    In this session, representatives from the United States Food and Drug Administration will review guidance and regulatory publications related to HCT/Ps. 

    Safa Karandish, B.S., MT

    Consumer Safety Officer, Division of Human Tissues

    Safa Karandish is a Consumer Safety Officer with FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies in the Division of Human Tissues.  She joined FDA in 2010, with over 24 years of experience in cellular therapy manufacturing in academic centers and medical device companies. Her primary focus in the Division of Human Tissues is on activities related to policy, regulations, and review of human cell and tissue products.