January 2018 Issue of ASBMT eNews

January 2018 

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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 form the President
A Word from President Krishna Komanduri, MD   
For our Society, 2018 will also be an important year for new directions.  I am thrilled that Dr. John DiPersio will succeed me as our President. (See page 7 of this issue.) John’s scientific insights, history of translational research accomplishments and his love for mentorship will serve the society well.  In particular, I am certain he will strengthen the scientific impact of the Society through the quality of our meetings, collaborations and via our career development activities. READ MORE

Policy Perspectives
by Stephanie Farnia, ASBMT Director of Health Policy and Strategic Relations
As I have begun stumbling through my Tandem preparations, it became clear that while we do have new areas of access and reimbursement issues to pursue, much of our focus this year will be on finishing what we have started – i.e. moving current initiatives from the half-way point to the finish line.  A brief summary of these focus areas is below and I will highlight sessions at Tandem that plan to discuss these issues in more detail in February’s column. Finally – I listed a few articles and podcasts that I found particularly helpful recently at the end of the column.   READ MORE.  

Hear Poster Presentations with PosterCast App at BMT Tandem Meetings! 

For the first time at BMT Tandem Meetings, in-person attendees will be able to scan a barcode on a poster and listen to an audio description of the research with the free PosterCast mobile app. It’s a bit like using a self-guided audio tour at an art museum. You will be able to stream audio explanations, recorded by authors, of scientific posters while viewing them in the poster hall. Are you presenting a poster at BMT Tandem Meetings this year?  READ MORE.

Call for Survivorship Prospective Research Concepts – Deadline Jan. 15  

We’re delighted to announce the second annual meeting of the ASBMT HCT Survivorship Special Interest Group (SIG) will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 7:00– 8:30 am during the BMT Tandem Meetings. Shahrukh Hasmi, MD (SIG Chair) and Linda Burns, MD (SIG Co-chair) are 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. There is a 2-page limit with a deadline for submission of January 15, 2018. To download a PDF document with information and instructions on preparing your concept sheet...  READ MORE.

January ASBMT Self-Directed Learning Quiz

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,” highlighting hematopoietic cell transplant 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. To take this month’s quiz... READ MORE.

2018 Fundamentals of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Training Course

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.

ASBMT Pharmacy SIG Chair Wins Best Practice Poster at ASHP

LeAnne Kennedy, PharmD, BCOP, CPP, FHOPA of Wake Forest Baptist University Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, was one of the Best Practice poster winners at the ASHP meeting in December. Her poster, Evaluation of a Pharmacist-Led Outpatient Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Program, was co-authored by Ali Cook, PharmD.; Brandi Anders, PharmD., BCOP, CPP; Brian Marlow, PharmD., M.B.A.; and Dianna Howard, MD. Dr. Kennedy was interviewed by ASHP TV about her poster. To watch the video...  READ MORE.

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