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March 2018 Download the entire issue here in PDF format. Selected stories below . . . 2018 BMT Tandem Meetings Sets Record Attendance Preliminary data shows that more than 3,700 attendees registered for the 2018 BMT Tandem Meetings in Salt Lke City last month, setting a new record. Attendee Jamie M. Truscott, MD, a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at University of Iowa Health Care, stopped by the ASBMT booth in the exhibit hall. She said, “As a trainee, the ability to meet with more senior physicians is so important. ASBMT offers a great opportunity for education, networking, and clinical resources.” READ MORE . A Message form the ...
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By Stephanie Farnia, ASBMT Director of Health Policy and Strategic Relations Every year, it’s the same cycle. A month of exceptional franticness leading up to Tandem, a fantastic time seeing colleagues for a week of brainstorming, planning and learning, enjoying the 12 hours of relief on the day I travel home and then recognizing the rising feeling of panic the next day when I look at the notes I took regarding projects we need to begin or complete in the next year. But I have to say – despite the exhaustion of Tandem week for ASBMT staff, it is the highlight of my year to see all of you “IRL” (as the kids say) and get the chance to catch up on work and ...
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More than 3,700 attendees registered for the 2018 BMT Tandem Meetings in Salt Lke City last month, setting a new record. Health professionals with a clinical / scientific interest in blood and marrow transplantation and immunotherapies, including investigators, advanced practice professionals, laboratory technicians, clinical research professionals, phamacists, nurses, data managers andBMT center administrators all gathered at the Salt Palace Convention Center to learn and interact during the February 21-25 conference. Attendee Jamie M. Truscott, MD, a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at University of Iowa Health Care, stopped by the ASBMT booth in the ...
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A Word from President John DiPersio, MD This represents my first President’s Message for the ASBMT.  Many of you may not know me so let me make a formal introduction.  I am the Chief of the Division of Oncology and Deputy Director of the Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University School of Medicine. This is currently my 25 th   year as Chief of the Division of Oncology at Wash U.   I helped grow the Wash U Division of Oncology from a Division of 4 faculty to a large (>130 faculty), diverse and scientifically excellent Division that is a leader in many basic science, translational and clinical research areas.  I am most proud of the number of outstanding ...
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The 2018 version of the standardized Request for Information (RFI) forms have been posted to the Practice Resource section of the ASBMT website and accessible here . For those using the current paper form and pulling the data themselves, all items are the same for 2018. You may be aware that there is now the availability to electronically transfer patient numbers and pre-calculated 100-day and 1 year survival data from the data that you submit to the CIBMTR. This can be accessed directly from the CIBMTR Portal website with a username and password that users in your center have registered with CIBMTR. New users or existing users needing help can contact ...
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February 2018   Download the entire issue  here  in PDF format.   Selected stories below . . .   ASBMT and CBMTG Release  Choosing Wisely  BMT Recommendations  ASBMT and the Canadian Blood and Marrow Transplant Group (CBMTG) have partnered with Choosing Wisely and Choosing Wisely Canada to develop the first Choosing Wisely BMT list of five transplantation practices that clinicians should consider. Choosing Wisely is an initiative developed to spark conversations between providers and patients to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time. Choosing Wisely centers around evidence-based recommendations of “Things Providers and Patients ...
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By Stephanie Farnia, ASBMT Director of Health Policy and Strategic Relations   All things Tandem… But first, we ICER :  The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review has been moving through a process of evaluating the cost effectiveness of CAR-T.  The ASBMT has submitted a  comment letter  on the draft evidence report as an identified stakeholder and Dr. Komanduri will be participating as part of an expert panel when the documents are up for a vote on March 2.  The session will be live streamed for free for those register – information on the ICER CAR-T page:  https://icer-review.org/topic/car-t A few selected Tandem highlights: ...
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ASBMT and the Canadian Blood and Marrow Transplant Group (CBMTG) have partnered with  Choosing Wisely  and  Choosing Wisely Canada  to develop the first  Choosing Wisely   BMT   list of five transplantation practices that clinicians should consider. Choosing Wisely  is an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation, developed to spark conversations between providers and patients to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time.   Choosing Wisely  centers around evidence based recommendations of “Things Providers and Patients Should Question.” Through the efforts of the Choosing Wisely Task Force, led by Sita Bhella, MD, ...
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My dear colleagues, Shakespeare, in  All’s Well That Ends Well , counsels that we should “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” [ Act I.i] As I write this, my last column as your president, I realize that there is no ending approaching (despite the portents and rumblings) but that this column is an appropriate occasion for reflection about the current and future of our Society. I have tried in the past year to live by the words of the above quote.  Love.  I can say after this past year that my love for this Society and all it represents is deeper, as is my appreciation for its diverse, talented and dedicated membership. Our members face some of the ...
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A Word from President Krishna Komanduri, MD New Year’s Resolutions     I hope all of you had a very happy and joyful holiday season, and that those of you who weren’t engaged in patient care or meeting research deadlines enjoyed some precious time off with your loved ones.  After a whirlwind 2017 (much of it spent on airplanes) I had chance to decompress with my family at the end of the year.  This included some time reading a couple of novels and catching up on TV and also video game schooling at the hands of our triplets (who just turned 15) and our 11 year-old son.  I even picked up my (dusty) guitar and clarinet after several years, though for ...
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January 2018   Download the entire issue  here  in PDF format.   Selected stories below . . .   Celebrating 25 Proud Years of ASBMT  Happy new year! Do you know what happens in 2018? The ASBMT will celebrate its 25th Anniversary! To celebrate throughout the year, each issue of  BBMT  will contain something special about ASBMT’s anniversary; follow ASBMT on Facebook and Twitter for videos from ASBMT leadership – past and present; and celebrate with us in February at the BMT Tandem Meetings as we revisit some of the accomplishments ASBMT has brought about since 1993!    READ MORE .   A Message from the President A Word from President ...
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By Stephanie Farnia, ASBMT Director of Health Policy and Strategic Relations New Year, Same Goals As some of you are well aware, the start of a new year brings fresh starts, resolutions and…an ever-growing feeling of a generalized dread as the Tandem deadlines that were once far off are now just around the corner.   The official medical term for this feeling is  Panic at the Disco  and the only real treatment is to carve out time to download all those vague, swirling ideas about your presentation, poster or committee materials into an actual usable format – an activity that is always easier said than done.  (The good news is that one’s ...
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This year, the ASBMT will celebrate its 25th Anniversary! To honor the occasion, throughout the year  each monthly issue of  BBMT  will contain something special about ASBMT’s anniversary , including histories, photos, and personal memories from those who were there when it all started.  Be sure to follow ASBMT on  Facebook  and  Twitter  for videos from ASBMT leadership – past and present – who will share stories about ASBMT’s early years, and they will tell you why they are proud to be a member of ASBMT.  You are also encouraged to share your own video wishing ASBMT a happy anniversary or tell others what ASBMT means to you!  And of course, this ...
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On behalf of the ASBMT Committee on Education, we are pleased to continue our monthly self-directed learning quiz "Basic Principles and Practices of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation and Cell Therapy – Question and Answer Approach” for fellows in training, highlighting HCT and cell therapy topics. Answers to each question appear with evidence-based “non-exhaustive” peer-review commentary. Our aim is to provide you with a credible and freely available educational resource. Questions generated and reviewed by Syed Abutalib, MD, Mark R. Litzow, MD, and William A. Wood, MD. To see the December 2017 quiz,  click here .     To take the January 2018 quiz,  click ...
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Deadline to Submit is January 15, 2018 We’re delighted to announce the second annual meeting of the ASBMT HCT Survivorship Special Interest Group (SIG) on Wednesday, February 21, 7:00– 8:30 am during the BMT Tandem Meetings. We’re soliciting research concepts for presentation/discussion at the SIG meeting that focus on prospective research studies of any late effects / complications of autologous or allogeneic transplantation. Click here to download a PDF document  with information and instructions on preparing your concept sheet. There is a 2-page limit with a deadline for submission of January 15, 2018. Submit your concept via email attachment ...
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Dragos Plesca, PharmD, PhD, BCOP, will be honored with the very first ASBMT Pharmacy SIG New Investigator Award at the BMT Tandem Meetings, February in Salt Lake City.  Pharmacy resident program director at the Carolinas Medical Center and Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Plesca’s project title is “Acquired immunity in multiple myeloma patients undergoing maintenance therapy post autologous stem cell transplantation.” His research will be fully funded in the amount of $25,000 per year for two years, and is sponsored by Takeda Oncology.  “This award will offer the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge in the humoral and acquired immunity ...
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Information at a glance March 24-25, 2018; held immediately following the HOPA 14th Annual Conference Location: Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO View  Course announcement View the  New Course Agenda with Speakers!   This course is jointly planned by the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation and the National Marrow Donor Program®/ Be The Match®. Register Now Event Registration Type  Fee   Registration Only - Early  $175.00 Register by February 14, 2018.  Registration + Book - Early  $275.00 Register by February 14, 2018. Includes electronic ...
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By Stephanie Farnia, ASBMT Director of Health Policy and Strategic Relations “Winter is coming…” I have never seen Game of Thrones, but am told this phrase is an ominous bit of foreshadowing.   In the slightly less bloody realm of healthcare policy, winter is instead a brief and welcome respite from the Medicare rule-making cycles that dominate the calendar between April and November.  It also affords a bit of time to reflect on accomplishments of the year to date, prioritize issues left undone and start to develop plans to tackle those concerns. My primary regret in the close of this year is having had to tell many of you that certain ...
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December 2017   Download the entire issue  here  in PDF format.   Selected stories below . . .   Policy Perspectives by Stephanie Farnia, ASBMT Director of Health Policy and Strategic Relations  “Winter is coming…” I have never seen Game of Thrones, but am told this phrase is an ominous bit of foreshadowing. In the slightly less bloody realm of healthcare policy, winter is instead a brief and welcome respite from the Medicare rule-making cycles that dominate the calendar between April and November. It also affords a bit of time to reflect on accomplishments of the year to date, prioritize issues left undone and start to develop plans ...
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If you can’t get away to the  2018 BMT Tandem Meetings in Salt Lake City  this year - but don’t want to miss out on things your colleagues are experiencing, there is a way to experience the meetings via streaming video. You can actively view numerous sessions right from your computer.  We will be using a streaming platform this year – as opposed to last year’s virtual program.  You will see what the “in-person” attendees are seeing and hear what they hear in real time but the streaming video software should be easier for most people to access.  Participants will have access to presentation slides and live audio, including an interactive chat platform for ...
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