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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF BLOOD BANKS ANNUAL MEETING TO FEATURE DISCUSSION OF BLOOD SUPPLY SAFETY, TESTING AND RESEARCH IN SAN FRANCISCO, NOV. 7-12

 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF BLOOD BANKS ANNUAL MEETING TO FEATURE
 DISCUSSION OF BLOOD SUPPLY SAFETY, TESTING AND RESEARCH
 IN SAN FRANCISCO, NOV. 7-12
 The 1992 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) will be held in San Francisco, Nov. 7-12. Over 7,000 physicians and other individuals, including representatives of hospital and community blood banks and transfusion services from the United States and 40 nations worldwide, will attend more than 500 sessions, workshops and research presentations on such topics as AIDS and the safety of the blood supply, the state-of-the-art in blood testing and donor screening, idiopathic CD4+ T-lymphocytopenia (ICL) and the blood supply, viruses in transfusion medicine, transfusion- transmitted diseases, options to traditional transfusion and other research into topics relating to blood banking and transfusion medicine.
 E. Shannon Cooper, M.D., president of the American Association of Blood Banks and medical director of the Ochsner Foundation Hospital Blood Bank in New Orleans, will be available for interviews throughout the meeting regarding general information on the safety of the blood supply and current advancements in transfusion medicine. Other experts from around the world are also available for press interviews on a variety of topics, including current research on AIDS and the blood supply, hepatitis C, pediatric transfusion medicine, autologous blood use, blood substitutes, forecasts for future blood use by physicians and quality assurance in transfusion practice.
 45th Annual Meeting
 American Association of Blood Banks
 Nov. 7-12
 Moscone Center
 San Francisco
 Working representatives of the media may attend the meeting or arrange interviews by calling the contact below. Media may also register at the meeting, and the full program or press kits are also available upon request. Registration is necessary to attend any of the AABB Annual Meeting sessions. The AABB Press Room is located in Room 252 of the Moscone Center.
 Established in 1947, the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) is the professional society for approximately 2,400 community, regional and Red Cross blood centers, hospital-based blood banks and transfusion services and over 8,800 individuals engaged in blood banking and transfusion medicine. The AABB sets standards, inspects and accredits blood collection and transfusion facilities and provides continuing education and information. Its member facilities are responsible for collecting virtually all of the nation's blood supply and for transfusing more than 80 percent of the blood used for patient care in the United States.
 CONTACT: Marcia Lane of the American Association of Blood Banks, 415-978-3503 or -3504; 24 hours, 800-SKY-PAGE or 800-SKY-TALK (No. 2837823).
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