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ASH partners with AMEH and National Cancer Institute to improve diagnosis of leukemia in Mexico
Date:4/8/2011

d processes. After the workshop, the four participating laboratories will enter cytogenetic data into the Pediatric Oncology Network Database (POND), a clinical data collection tool maintained by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital that allows users at multiple locations across the globe to share their data in a secure online environment. A scientific subcommittee of experts representing ASH, AMEH, and NCI will periodically review the data and provide each laboratory with a quarterly summary of their performance compared with target metrics. Laboratories that do not achieve the target metrics will receive guidance from the scientific subcommittee to help them improve performance.

"Our goal is to create a sustainable program, with the hope that eventually these four laboratories can serve as models to train other laboratory personnel throughout Mexico," said Michelle Le Beau, PhD, an expert in cytogenetics who represents ASH on the steering committee. "We are optimistic that this collaborative effort will result in significant, measurable improvements in the accuracy of cytogenetic testing for AML in Mexico."

The following laboratories have been selected to participate in the pilot, based on the number of AML cases and percentage of abnormalities they typically encounter, as well as their success rate, available resources such as personnel and equipment, and geographic distribution:

Laboratorio de Analisis de Oncohematologa, Mexico City Nuevo Hospital Civil, Guadalajara Laboratorios Mendel, Morelia Genetica y Estudio Pre y Postnatal, Mexico City


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Contact: Julia Garca Velzquez
julia.velazquez@fleishman.com
55-525-540-6031
American Society of Hematology
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