Elitza S. Theel, Ph.D., D(ABMM), is the Director of the Infectious Diseases Serology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic and an Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine And Pathology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Theel completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical and Public Health Microbiology at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education after she graduated with her PhD in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interests include development and evaluation of serologic methods, including antibody and antigen detection assays, for diagnosis of difficult to culture or otherwise identify infectious diseases. Dr. Theel has evaluated over 15 different serologic tests for detection of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 over the past few months and has co-development a neutralizing antibody test for the virus, which is currently being used to screen potential plasma donors as part of the national COVID-19 convalescent plasma clinical trials.
Mr. Yundt-Pacheco performs research in quality control and patient risk issues in the Informatics Discovery Group at Bio-Rad. John has had the opportunity to work with laboratories around the world, developing practical real time, inter-laboratory quality control and proficiency testing systems. As an innovator, has developed numerous ideas leading to 37 laboratory related invention patents around the globe. John holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from University of Texas at Dallas with a focus on Intelligent Systems and has a Post Master's Certificate in Sequence Analysis and Genomics, and is a degree candidate for a Master's degree in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to authoring articles and papers on QC design, he is a popular speaker on laboratory QC and QA topics at international conferences.
Mr. Abobaker Yagoot has a background in Biochemistry. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Ain Shams University, Cairo in Egypt. He received the Medical Laboratory Technology Certificate from St. Clair College-Windsor from Ontario, Canada in 1992. He also obtained the certification for Medical Technologist (M.T – A.S.C.P) from American Society of Clinical Pathologist, New York State, USA. Prior to his current position at the National Guard Health Affairs, he had a key role in the Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement Office at the Chemistry Department of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre. Mr. Abobaker Yagoot is actively involved in conferences nationally and internationally. In addition to those roles, Mr Abobaker Yagoot is a Certified C.A.P. inspector.
Ms. Berte has always been interested in laboratory quality management, having served as a blood bank manager and the laboratory’s quality coordinator. She teaches medical laboratories around the world how to implement a Quality Management System (QMS), use it to improve patient safety, and use it to reduce the cost of poor quality. She also trains laboratorians how to write better documents and how to design more effective training and competence assessment programs. Ms. Berte has a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology and a Master of Arts Degree in Health Care Administration. In addition to being an American Society for Clinical Pathology certified medical technologist, specialist in blood banking and diplomate in laboratory management, she is also certified as a quality manager and quality auditor by the American Society for Quality. Ms. Berte has volunteered for the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) for over 25 years in roles such as chairholder of the QMS Subcommittee, chairholder of many CLSI QMS guidance documents, and member of several past and current document development committees. She was the co-leader for ISO TC-212 Work Group 1 for the ISO 15189:2012 international medical laboratory standard and serves on the standard’s drafting team for the upcoming ISO 15189 revision. She has been the author of numerous articles, chapters, and books and continues to provide audioconferences, workshops, and learning courses on various aspects of laboratory quality.
We are pleased to announce the Bio-Rad Quality Control Virtual Conference 2020. This online event brings together Clinical Laboratory Professionals from around the world to discover the latest innovative QC products and data management solutions, with access to new monthly webinars designed to help laboratorians raise the bar in their QC practice. More laboratories trust Bio-Rad for independent quality control products than any other manufacturer.
This free online conference will remain open around the clock with webinars broadcast throughout 2020, so check back frequently for new information.
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