Quest Diagnostics will host its fifth annual Case-Oriented Symposium on Bleeding and Thrombosis on Thursday, October 12, and Friday, October 13, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va.

The symposium is designed to inform clinicians and laboratory professionals about the latest techniques and clinical issues related to the diagnosis and management of hemostasis and thrombotic disorders. The event will be certified for up to 9.5 contact hours of AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits for physicians and ASCLS P.A.C.E. credits for laboratory professionals. Those who register by August 16 are eligible for discounts.

Melanie Bloom, National Patient Spokesperson for the Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis, will deliver the keynote address on October 12th at 6:00 pm. After her husband, NBC reporter and news anchor David Bloom, died from complications of deep-vein thrombosis while covering the war in Iraq, Melanie became a champion of DVT awareness and prevention, and has crisscrossed the country promoting the Coalition’s national awareness campaigns.

Other speakers include Patrick Brophy, MD, of the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital; John Francis, PhD, of the Florida Hospital Center for Thrombosis Research; George Fritsma, MS MT(ASCP), of the University of Alabama; Paul Gurbel, MD, of Johns Hopkins University; Maureane Hoffman, MD, PhD, of the Durham, NC VA Medical Center; Elaine Hylek, MD, of Boston Medical Center; and Sylvia Pierangeli, PhD, of the University of Texas.

Topics will include:

· Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) – how to recognize and manage it
· Hemolytic uremic syndrome and antiphospholipid syndrome
· The latest biomarkers in cardiovascular disease and how to apply them in the clinical management of patients
· The safety and efficacy of new FDA-approved anticoagulant and antiplatelet therapies
· The role of the laboratory in the diagnosis of bleeding and thrombotic disorders