By Dr. John F. DiPersio, ASBMT President
The season of fall marks so many things: the holidays are around the corner, school is in session, football is back and the year is coming to a close. While it still seems light-years away, 2019 is slowly creeping up on us. And there’s no better time than fall to get a head start and go into the New Year strong.
Just as the leaves change, so has the field of cellular transplantation. In the past 20 years, we’ve seen incredible advances in technology and knowledge that have led to people living better lives. Years ago—before our organization was established—most of us in the field didn’t communicate the way we do now. We siloed off into our own specializations, and as a result, our research and relationships suffered.
The silence was like an early fall frost. It stunted growth and innovation. It’s easy to get into this type of thinking: we’re all extremely proud of the work we’ve done and can be protective of it. But thankfully for us, changing regulations and the passing of time allowed us to realize that coming together makes us stronger and smarter collectively.
I say this because we’re gearing up for something I look forward to every year: the Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Meetings
, or TCT Meetings (formerly called the Tandem Meetings). While February seems so far away, registration isn’t. In just a few short weeks, we’ll be opening up the event for those interested in attending, and releasing our program schedule. Next year looks to be filled with many important educational opportunities, and I can’t wait to share the list of incredible speakers we’ve brought together for 2019. I encourage all of you to start planning now and considering how much this event can help you both personally and professionally.
This conference brings me a lot of joy: being able to connect and learn with colleagues from around the world is part of what makes this organization great. The scientific programs provide excellent continuing education opportunities, and serve as a great time to learn about cutting edge research and techniques in the industry.
Even though this time of year can be so busy, it’s always important for us to think about what we can do to better ourselves. And nothing is more productive than learning from, and connecting with, those who are passionate about the same things.
So please, I encourage you to join us next year in Houston.