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Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center has hosted an annual lecture in transfusion medicine for 21 years. The Blood Center's Board of Trustees renamed the lecture "The Bill T. Teague Lectureship in Transfusion Medicine" on the recommendation of the Education and Research Committee in 1996.

The name recognizes contributions to the field of blood banking and transfusion medicine by Bill T. Teague, The Blood Center's founding CEO, who served in that capacity for more than 30 years. 

The purpose of the event is to present lectures by nationally recognized authorities in all areas of transfusion medicine, blood banking science, administration and technology.  

APRIL 14, 2020 

Andrew Cap, M.D., Ph.D., FACP 

Chief, Blood Research, Us Army Institute Of Surgical Research 

Cold Stored Platelets  

 

2019  

Jay Menitove, MD 

Former CEO/Medical Director  

Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City 

U.S. Blood System: Safety, Availability, and Thoughts About the Future 

 
2018 

Susan Stramer, Ph.D  

Vice President, Scientific Affairs  

American Red Cross 

Back to the Future: A Retrospective Journey in Blood Safety 

Over the past 30 years, there has been a continued progress in blood safety with respect to transmissible diseases. This lecture will describe interventions used to improve blood safety relative to existing and emerging infectious agents, as well as describe future technologies and evolving threats. 

 

2017 

Dennis L. Confer, MD 

Chief Medical Officer, National Marrow Donor Program 

Associate Scientific Director, CIBMTR® 

National Marrow Donor Program and Be The Match: 30 Years Strong 

Over the past 30 years, the source of cells for allogeneic transplantation has evolved to improve access and outcomes for patients with a variety of malignant and non-malignant disease. This talk will review the past and current utilization of bone marrow, peripheral blood stem cells and cord blood in related and unrelated settings. The talk will also touch on implications for the role of registries and networks in meeting the needs of patients in the future. 

 

2016 

Louis M. Katz, MD 

Chief Medical Officer 

America's Blood Centers 

How much safety is enough? (and who decides?) 

Emerging infections have been at the center of blood safety for decades. With control of the historic risks, hepatitis viruses and HIV, we are facing different qualitative and quantitative issues, and an expanding list of agents have our attention. The agents of interest and the options for mitigation of risk will be reviewed, including pathogen reduction, which offers a proactive approach for these concerns. 

 

2015 

Merlyn H. Sayers, MBBCh, PhD 

President and Chief Executive Officer 

Carter BloodCare, Bedford, Texas 

Old Donors, Old Blood, Old Guidelines: 

What is New? 

Blood bankers, until relatively recently, were mainly concerned about transfusion-transmitted infection. With improvements in test sensitivity, priorities have changed. This lecture addresses future potentials for conflict with donors, regulators, hospitals and patients. 

 

2014 

Arthur Bracey, MD 

Medical Director 

Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Houston, Texas 

The Blood Interface in Cardiovascular Surgery: The Known and Unknown 

Dr. Bracey reviewed blood therapy and conservation in the cardiovascular surgery setting, and discussed issues that have been solved and persisting uncertainties in need of further study. 

 

2013 

Areyh Shander, MD 

Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology, 

Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management, and Hyperbaric Medicine 

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, New Jersey 

When Blood is Not an Option 

 

2012 

John B. Holcomb, MD, FACS 

Vice Chair and Professor of Surgery, 

Director of Center for Translational Injury Research 

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston 

Damage Control Resuscitation 

MAY 19, 2011 

Celso Bianco, MD 

Executive Vice President 

America's Blood Centers 

Blood Transfusion: How Safe is Safe? 

 

2010 

George Garratty, PhD 

FRCPath, Scientific Director, American Red Cross Blood Services, Southern California Region 

"What Are Blood Groups For - Do They Play A Biological Role?" 

 

2009 

Mark Popovsky, MD 

"To Breathe or Not to Breathe: Pulmonary Consequences of Transfusion" 

 

2008 

Harvey Klein, M.D. 

"Pathogen Inactivation of Blood Components - the Consensus Conference and Beyond" 

 
For more information, you can contact us at education@giveblood.org. 

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