Webinar: Automated proteomics sample prep: Realizing the need for higher throughput, robustness, and standardization

"The lack of standardization and throughput in proteomics sample preparation has caused limitations within the field. Indeed, according to published reports, sample preparation traditionally accounted for 75% of the overall variability.

Automating the universal ProtiFi S-Trap™ proteomics sample preparation system with the Tecan Resolvex® A200 directly addresses this issue to yield a standardized, high-throughput proteomics workflow suitable for preparing all samples reproducibly, including samples that may contain additional contaminants such as surfactants in bioreactor supernatants. In this webinar, Dr. John P. Wilson, Ph.D. and Dr. John D. Laycock, Ph.D., will share how to use the affordable, small-footprint A200 and S-Trap™ 96-well plates to quickly and easily prepare samples for proteomics analysis without further method development."

Webinar: Broadening Your Horizons: Jobs in Health Informatics

"Have you ever wondered what jobs are there in health informatics? What do health informatics professionals do every day? What skills do I need to be considered? Join Rebecca Meehan, PhD and Associate Professor Health Informatics, and John Sharp FHIMSS,MA,PMP, Adjunct Faculty at Kent State University acknowledge, address, and discuss common and frequent questions posed by students and other professionals interested in making a career change to the health informatics field."

Webinar: EHR Vendors 101: About that product change request …

"The Harvard Clinical Informatics Lecture Series (HCILS) provides a forum for clinicians and researchers at HMS and beyond to learn the field of clinical informatics. The series addresses core topics in clinical informatics as outlined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as well as cutting edge research being done nationally.

This series is designed to change the way clinicians approach clinical informatics problems and provide them with tools to create more successful intervention.

The seminar intends to provide attendees with the tools to:

* Apply Clinical Informatics principles to solve clinical and operational challenges
* Understand proven informatics tools and techniques
* Critically review informatics evidence

Sessions are held virtually (via Zoom) on Tuesdays 12–1pm. Check the DBMI Calendar for upcoming sessions and descriptions."

Webinar: 2023 PFAS State of the Union

"PFAS are in the news across the states, and they have become a growing topic of discussion amongst environmental practitioners, at all levels of regulatory agencies, and they are certainly a hot topic at conferences. The states have continued to forge their own paths forward with how to address PFAS contamination. And with rapidly evolving science and technologies there is an almost immeasurable amount of developments to keep track of. In the spirit of the season, we have cataloged notable actions that transpired in 2022 and what the prospects for 2023 look like as we kick off the New Year. We will address the details specific to each of the items listed below, and what they might mean to you.

Topics the Presentation Will Cover Include:

* The EPA PFAS Strategic Roadmap
* State highlights
* Congressional highlights
* Legal activity updates"

Webinar: Strategies for syndromic testing and antibiotic stewardship – a critical role for urinalysis and rapid antigen testing

"Respiratory and urinary tract diseases surprisingly share some common ground. Identifying the causative agent for each is difficult, whether pathogenic or non-pathogenic. Additionally, both are frequently treated with antibiotics that may or may not be necessary. For those reasons, these conditions are exemplary for how diagnostic strategies for syndromic testing and antibiotic stewardship can improve healthcare.

This webinar will explore urinary tract infections and respiratory diseases from the viewpoint of symptom presentation, differential diagnosis, and how diagnosis leads to better treatment and better use of antibiotics. Plus, the expert speakers will discuss how urinalysis and rapid antigen testing at the point of care (POC) are key components to an overall strategy for syndromic testing and antibiotic stewardship programs."

Webinar: FDA Clinical Decision Support Software Guidance Webinar

"Acting Director Mr. Brendan O’Leary of the Digital Health Center of Excellence at the FDA will present on the Clinical Decision Support Software, Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff that was issued September 28, 2022. Acting Director O’Leary will provide a general overview of the CDS Guidance to educate and gain further awareness. He will further clarify FDA’s existing digital health policies continuing to apply software functions that meet the definition of a device, including those that are intended for use by patients or caregivers. There will be examples of how FDA applies the Device CDS criteria versus Non-Device CDS."

Webinar: UCMR5 – A Primer: What To Expect & The Impacts

"On December 17, 2021, the United State Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published the final Unregulated Contaminants Monitoring Rule 5 (UCMR5). This fifth UCMR will require monitoring of the drinking water entry points of public water systems across the nation for selected Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and Lithium. To assist our water system customer’s plan for a successful implementation of the UCMR5 requirements, we will project a detailed overview of the rule requirements, including key milestones, plus opportunities for efficiency and cost savings."

Webinar: PFAS Basics, Part 1

"PFAS are a family of synthetic fluorinated compounds which have been mass produced in the United States for decades, dating back to the 1950s. PFAS are used in a wide variety of industrial and commercial applications such as textiles, aqueous film forming foams (AFFF), metal plating, semi-conductors, paper and food packaging, coating additives, cleaning products, pesticides and personal care products. According to U.S. EPA, PFOA and PFOS pose potential adverse impacts to the environment and human health due to the bio accumulative and persistent nature of the compounds.

Production of the “legacy” long carbon chain molecules was largely phased out beginning in 2002 and over the course of the next thirteen years. The manufacturing of the next generation of fluorinated chemicals has brought new PFAS chemicals to the forefront of our discussions, but little is known about their potential impact to human health.

The chemistry of PFAS is unique and challenging. There is currently no consensus best method for all environmental matrices and compounds of concern but a multitude of varying approaches. This soup of non-validated methods and analytical approaches has left stakeholders with the challenging job of navigating their options and making the right choice for their project objectives. In the absence of federal regulation and guidance, and alongside the variations in analytical techniques, we see growing variation in actions being taken at the State level. States have proposed or promulgated limits for various compounds, all being different from one another, and for differing matrices or programs."

Webinar: What-if Scenarios to Conduct Risk Assessments

"Have you ever felt at odds with your safety department - like the two sides are speaking different languages? Let’s discuss using what-if scenarios to conduct risk assessments! This webinar will go through the basics of conducting risk assessments and why they are important. We’ll discuss questions to ask yourself when designing new experiments and why it’s important to continuously evaluate current protocols. We’ll use real research situations and discuss realistic solutions to decrease risk."

Webinar: Expanding CLSI Involvement at Your Organization

"Join us for this free member delegate webinar to learn how to expand CLSI volunteer involvement at your organization. CLSI member delegate, Victoria Petrides, MS, will join us to discuss how Abbott created a “CLSI Intelligence Team” to expand involvement. Topics to be covered include:

* Current open calls for volunteers.
* Our new Delegate Commenting feature.
* How to see who from your organization has applied to a volunteer position.
* The benefits to your colleagues of becoming a CLSI volunteer.
* An overview of our volunteers."

Astrix Webinar – Case Intake: Key Considerations When Evaluating Solutions

Webinar Details

Date:  2/15/2023

Time: 1:00 PM EST

Presenter: Alan Summer, Vice President, Pharmacovigilance Services, Astrix


Usually, Case Intake is the first step in your workflow and typically is the most time consuming.  Many vendors have developed Case Intake tools utilizing new technology to reduce this effort spent in this workflow step and increase the quality of the data.  Choosing the right product for your company will not only reduce the effort and cost but set up your entire workflow to be more efficient.
In this webinar we will:
Review key features to consider when evaluating a Case Intake solution.

Discuss how some new Case Intake tools will assist in reducing effort and cost

Review how this improves the quality of data and the entire workflow.

Webinar: PFAS Sample Collection, State of the Science, Part 2

"Many sites have been required to add the analysis of PFAS to their ground water sampling plans. Military bases, airports, landfills and manufacturing facilities are sites where PFAS contamination may be present due to the use of PFAS in activities such as fire suppression, waste disposal, or industrial processes. Collecting samples for PFAS can be different from sampling for fuels, solvents, and other chemical contaminants, as potential sources of PFAS are nearly everywhere - in waterproof clothing and field gear, personal care products, and sampling equipment. But, is there really a risk from all of these sources? Do we need to eliminate all of these items to avoid sample contamination? And what about fluoropolymers like Teflon that have been used in sampling equipment for more than three decades? Can we use these systems to collect samples for PFAS analysis or do we need new equipment that is entirely free of all fluoropolymers?

Currently there is no standard method or protocols for sample collection, handling, or quality control measures outside of those referenced for potable water in the EPA drinking water methods. Specific attention must be paid to the protocols employed by the laboratory and the field sampling team.

In this webinar, David Kaminski with QED Environmental Systems will explore the sources of PFAS sample contamination and dispel some of the myths and speculation surrounding the issue. Taryn McKnight with Eurofins Environment Testing (EET) will catalog what research studies have shown us to date, what best practices to adopt, and what data gaps still exist."

Astrix Webinar – Connecting Science: How an Open and Collaborative Network Transforms Biopharma

Webinar Details

Presenting Company:  TetraScience

Presenter:  Lindsay Weed, Scientific Business Analyst, TetraScience

Date:  Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Time:  1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST


Collaboration is commonly the basis for scientific innovation. Collaboration between life science vendors is less common.
The success of the biopharmaceutical industry depends upon leveraging scientific knowledge derived from the best instrumentation and software available, which produce a multitude of disconnected data formats.
This webinar will provide valuable insights for biopharmaceutical scientists, lab directors, IT professionals, and life science vendors who want to learn:
-- How an open network of life-science vendors accelerates scientific outcomes
 --Before and after impact on scientific workflows, such as protein purification and cell profiling by flow cytometry
 --The cloud and data engineering technologies that enable data liquidity independent of instrument modality
 --How life science vendors are replatforming, moving from a closed to open ecosystem model focused on maximizing the value of scientific data

Webinar: A New Degree for Health Informatics Leaders

"The healthcare landscape continues to evolve, increasing the demand for highly trained Health Information Technology leaders. The UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics offers an innovative practice doctoral degree in health informatics. The Doctorate in Health Informatics (DHI) is custom-built for executive-level professionals.

This first-of-its-kind program in the nation has the goal of providing informatics leaders with the terminal education required to translate evidence from original research, evaluate current practices, and utilize critical thinking to accelerate the adoption of best practices for informatics projects.

This session describes the program demonstrating evidence-based quality improvement in healthcare information technology to meet contemporary needs in the healthcare industry. The projects of two successful DHI candidates will be presented. The projects were implemented within a healthcare organization using the programs processes bridging scholarship and applied informatics."

Webinar: Robots in the lab – Learn how automation can streamline your workflow

"Have you ever been at the lab bench mindlessly performing a repetitive task, wondering if a robot would be better placed for the job? Despite many industries having utilised full automation of workflows for decades, the use of robots in chemistry laboratories is a relatively new domain. Yet, automating laboratories can save time and money by optimising reactions, improving efficiency, as well as manipulating large datasets, leaving you with valuable time for other research assignments. After all, machines don’t need coffee or comfort breaks!

There’s a lot to think about, though, when it comes to setting up an automated workflow or integrating robotics into established laboratory routines. Can robotic lab assistants cope with the wide range of duties required for laboratory research, some of which demand adaptive and analytical skills? And how much does it cost, in time and money, for you to set-up a fully automated routine?

During this webinar we look to the future of automation in the lab and what it means here and now. Throughout the hour you will meet chemists who have successfully incorporated lab automation into their research, working alongside robots assigned to a wide range of laboratory roles. You will discover how and why these scientists decided to embark on incorporating automation into their laboratory and learn about the challenges they faced along the way."

Webinar: Diversity in clinical research – Where we are today, and can data and technology play a role to improve diversity

"To advance health equity it is critical to ensure participation of individuals from diverse backgrounds take part in clinical research. Participants in clinical trials should represent the patients that will ultimately use the medical products. Unfortunately, participants from racial and ethnic minorities are often underrepresented in clinical research.

This interactive panel discussion featuring leaders from across the life sciences industry will explore how the lack of diversity impacts clinical research today, current barriers hindering more equitable access to and participation in trials, recent approaches that have been taken to try to overcome these barriers and what role data and technology can play to improve diversity.

Learning Objectives:
- Understand the current state of clinical research and how the lack of diversity impacts it and healthcare more broadly
- Understand the current barriers hindering equitable access to and participation in clinical trials
- Hear real examples of approaches taken to advance this effort
- Learn what role data and technology can play to improve diversity"

Webinar: Next-Gen Lab Informatics Part 1: Transforming Research with New ELN Technologies

"As most labs have moved away from paper record-keeping, electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) have become the de facto solution for storing experimental data. But scientists are realizing that an ELN can be much more than just a repository for unstructured experimental records, and are using ELNs as both the core repository for project knowledge, and the starting point for a myriad of workflows.

Additionally, the different requirements from research to process development and QA/QC have often led to the use of different ELNs across these domains in a single company. But the increased flexibility of a next-gen ELN means a single solution can be used across the product development lifecycle, ensuring consistency in data and enabling greater collaboration. An ELN that is integrated into a wider lab informatics solution multiplies these benefits, creating seamless workflows and a single source of truth for laboratory data."