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Polysciences offers the CMOS digital camera and imaging software. The camera
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in addition to noise suppression and removal of bad pixels. System requirements are
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Polysciences has the picrosirius red kit for staining fibrillar type collagen I and III. The kit
works with paraffin sections fixed for at least 24 hours in a neutral-buffered formaldehyde
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Phenix Research Products markets the Phenix Flexible Freezer Rack for 2- and
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Break-A-Way PCR Plate
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Torbal Scales
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Torbal Scales has the BA Series Industrial Bench Balances. The balances have
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ASCP Calendar
April 2010
1 th Audio Teleconference Molecular Diagnostics and Targeted Therapy for Colorectal Carcinoma
2 fr  udio Teleconference
A Standard of Care in Liver Biopsy Evaluation: What Is It?...And How Can It
   Be Used To Optimize Liver Biopsy Reporting?
6 tu Audio Teleconference Improving Patient Safety in Surgical Pathology
7 we Audio Teleconference A Passion for Challenge
8 th  udio Teleconference
A Diagnosing Thyroid Follicular Lesions on FNA Biopsy: How Helpful Are New
   Immunocytochemical Markers?

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8-14 th-we Resident Review Course (Hoffman Estates, IL)
12-14 mo-we Educational Course (Las Vegas, NV) Current Issues in Liver Pathology
13 tu Audio Teleconference Continued Importance of Blood Lactate Measurements in Critical Care
15-17 th-sa Educational Course (Chicago, IL) Update in Pulmonary Pathology: Contemporary Classification and Diagnosis
16 fr  udio Teleconference
A Well-Differentiated Lipomatous Tumors: A Common and Challenging
   Problem to the Practicing Pathologist
19-21 mo-we Educational Course (Ft Lauderdale, FL) Molecular Surgical Pathology for the Practicing Pathologist
20 tu Audio Teleconference Laboratory Testing In Hepatitis Syndromes: A Widening Spectrum
21 we Audio Teleconference Pathology: Error Reduction in an Error-Prone Environment
22 th Audio Teleconference Lung and Mediastinal Fine-Needle Aspiration Cytology - Newer Perspectives
27 tu Audio Teleconference Age-Specific Care for Phlebotomy
28 we Audio Teleconference Essential Components of a Successful Method Evaluation Experience
29 th Audio Teleconference Molecular Diagnostics of Thyroid Cancer
30 fr Audio Teleconference Liquid Gold : Review and Update of Routine Urinalysis

May 2010
4 tu  udio Teleconference
A Why Is the Diagnosis of Type 1 von Willebrand Disease So Difficult?
   Clinical and Laboratory Considerations
5 we Audio Teleconference Group B Streptococcus Update
6 th Audio Teleconference Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration of Pancreatic Lesions
7-9 fr-su Weekend of Pathology (Toronto, Canada)
11 tu  udio Teleconference
A Non-RBC Components: Hemotherapy Decisions and Management of
  Transfusion Reactions
12 we Audio Teleconference Thromboelastography in the Clinical Laboratory
14 fr Audio Teleconference Legal Aspects of Phlebotomy
17-21 mo-fr Educational Course (Santa Fe, NM) Surgical Pathology of the Gastrointestinal Tract
19 we Audio Teleconference Update of Newborn Screening in the Public Health Laboratory
21 fr Audio Teleconference Cool Under Pressure: Survival Guide to Intraoperative Neuropathology April 2010 ■ Volume 41 Number 4 ■ LABMEDICINE 253


26 we Audio Teleconference Using DNA-Based Testing To Manage Patient Care in Transfusion Medicine
27 th Audio Teleconference Liver Function Testing
28 fr Audio Teleconference Fixation Theory and Reagents

June 2010
1 tu Audio Teleconference How Safe Is Your Laboratory From Occupationally Acquired Infections?
2 we Audio Teleconference The Impact of NAT for HIV-1 and HCV on Blood Donor Reentry
3 th Audio Teleconference Cervical Cancer Prevention in Vietnam: Lessons Learned
4 fr Audio Teleconference Chondroid Lesions of the Head and Neck
8 tu Audio Teleconference Low-Incidence Blood Group Antigens
9 we Audio Teleconference Molecular Methods to Support Infection Control and Prevention Programs

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9-13 we-su Educational Course (Santa Barbara, CA) Dermatopathology: Contemporary Diagnositc Criteria and Strategies
10 th Audio Teleconference Introduction to Cytogenetics and Molecular Cytogenetics - Session 1
15 tu  udio Teleconference
A Laboratory Diagnosis of Infections Caused by the Dimorphic Fungi--Culture,
   PCR, and Serology
16 we Audio Teleconference The Gram Stain, a Real-Time Multiplex Classic Test in the Molecular Era
17 th Audio Teleconference Introduction to Cytogenetics and Molecular Cytogenetics - Session 2
18 fr Audio Teleconference A Practical Approach to Pulmonary Hemorrhage
23-25 we-fr Educational Course (New York, NY) Current Issues and Problems in Breast Pathology

July 2010
mo-fr Educational Course (Montreal, Quebec) Pathology Update: State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Approaches to
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October 2010
27-31 we-su ASCP Annual Meeting (San Francisco, CA)

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