LearnTransfusion Series

Topic Teaching: HLA sensitization in transfusion and the importance of HLA epitopes

29 mai, 2018 | 12:00 - 13:00 (EDT)



Dr. Jeff Kiernan
University Health Network


Event objectives:

  • Review HLA basics
  • Understand cross reactivity between HLA antigen due to epitope sharing
  • Be able to interpret an HLA lab report to identify antibody reactivity
  • Understand the impact of HLA sensitization on transfusion and transplant


1. Duquesnoy RJ. HLA epitope based matching for transplantation. Transpl Immunol. 2014 Jun;31(1):1-6.

The session is a self-approved group learning activity (Section1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The LearnTransfusion series is the seminar component of the Areas of Focused Competency (AFC)-Diploma Program in Transfusion Medicine. The series, organized by Canadian Blood Services is also open to all practitioners in the field of Transfusion Medicine. Through a series of regular webinars, trainees and practitioners are exposed to various scientific, technical and clinical aspects of transfusion medicine. For more information about the LearnTransfusion series and how to register visit LearnTransfusion series.


Event Poster - Kiernan.pdf

Duquesnoy et al (2014).pdf