March 2018 Issue of ASBMT eNews

By Content Administrator posted 03-28-2018 16:29



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 President
John F. DiPersio, MD, PhD
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 25th 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. Oh yea, I have 7-year-old twins (Jack and Izzy), a wife who is a Wash U academic pediatric hematologist-oncologist (Allison King) and a dog, Sully, who is definitely a “bad boy.” READ MORE.

Policy Perspectives
by Stephanie Farnia, ASBMT Director of Health Policy and Strategic Relations
The 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 family. And if a little dancing happens as well, all the better! READ MORE.

RFI Forms Now Available on the ASBMT Website
The 2018 version of the standardized Request for Information (RFI) forms have been posted to the Practice Resource section of the ASBMT website. For those using the current paper form and pulling the data themselves, all items are the same for 2018. READ MORE.

1st International Symposium on HCT-Related Toxicities

ASBMT leaders Sergio Giralt, MD, and Miguel-Angel Perales, MD, are holding the '1st International Symposium on Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation-Related Toxicities’ April 27-28, 2018 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY. This symposium will bring together experts and thought leaders from around the world in the fields of HCT and related medical subspecialties. Speakers will discuss mechanisms of toxicities and symptom burden after HCT in order to identify best practices to both prevent and treat HCT-related toxicities. Over the 2-day symposium, speakers and attendees will also convene in dedicated sessions that will facilitate collaborative efforts in planning future research aimed at mitigating serious toxicities, reducing symptom burden, and improving patients’ outcomes. READ MORE.

2018 Fundamentals of HCT Training Course 

The Fundamentals of HCT Training Course will be held Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, following the HOPA 14th Annual Conference at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. This course is jointly planned by the ASBMT 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
Attending EBMT? Visit ASBMT at Booth #59 and say hello to some of our Leaders!