February 2018 Issue of ASBMT eNews

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 Should Question.” READ MORE.  

A Message form the President
Krishna Komanduri, M.D.     
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.  

Policy Perspectives
by Stephanie Farnia, ASBMT Director of Health Policy and Strategic Relations
The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) 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. A few selected Tandem highlights: Tandem can be overwhelming. I try to scour the various tracks to find those most key to what I need to know in my position. I’m sharing some of that with you in case it’s is of interest.  READ MORE.  

Celebrating 25 Proud Years of ASBMT
This year, 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.  

Combined Meetings and Awards at the BMT Tandem Meetings 

Once again, the ASBMT Business Meeting and Awards will be held in conjunction with the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research General Assembly, followed by the Mortimer M. Bortin and E. Donnall Thomas lectureships. Join us on Friday evening, Feb. 23, to celebrate the 2018 ASBMT Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, A. John Barrett, M.D. We are also honored to present the 2018 ASBMT Public Service Awards Jeffrey W. Chell, M.D., and Michael Boo, J.D. ASBMT New Investigator Awards Review Committee chair James Young, M.D., will present the 2018-2019 New Investigator Awards.  READ MORE.

2018 Fundamentals of HCT Training Course and Webinar 

The Fundamentals of HCT Training Course will be held Saturday, March 24 from 1:00-6:00 PM and Sunday, March 25 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, held proceeding the HOPA 14th Annual Conference at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. This course is jointly planned by the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation and the National Marrow Donor Program®/ Be The Match®. This course provides practitioners with the skills required to care for patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), with a focus on pharmacotherapeutic management throughout the transplant process. Register now: READ MORE.

Also in this issue. . . 

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The 12th Annual EBMT Patient, Family & Donor Day will be held
Saturday, March 17th 2018 in  in Lisbon, Portugal.
For details, visit