As Shakespeare once wrote, “parting is such sweet sorrow.”
It’s been an honor this past year to serve as ASBMT president. We’ve been able to accomplish so much—from advocating on Capitol Hill on behalf of CAR-T payments to meeting with those in the field of cellular transplantation internationally—and it’s only just the beginning for ASBMT. I’ve enjoyed meeting all of you and participating in some of ASBMT’s groundbreaking work this year.
At the TCT Meetings of ASBMT and CIBMTR, I’ll be handing over the baton to Dr. Navneet Majhail, who is not only a friend but a great colleague. I have no doubt he will serve ASBMT well as president.
Speaking of the TCT Meetings, I’m very excited to attend them later this month. This will be the first year under our new conference name, but don’t worry. While the name has changed, the premiere programming has not. Some highlights are sure to include the Beyond Fundamentals Course and a special session on ASBMT’s newly released paper “ASBMT Consensus Grading for Cytokine Release Syndrome and Neurological Toxicity Associated with Immune Effector Cells,” which was printed in the BBMT Journal last month. I am especially excited for this session, as the paper came together as a result of several different groups collaborating on this very important issue.
The TCT Meetings of ASBMT and CIBMTR offer a great opportunity for continuing education. You can find a session on just about anything that meets your particular interest, which is why I love going to this event every year.
Not to mention it’s a great place to connect with people. I know throughout the years I’ve had quite a few stimulating conversations and laughs with beloved colleagues. It’s nice to be able to share your work with others, but at the end of day it’s even nicer to get together, catch up, chat about the year ahead and create some meaningful memories.
And continuing education shouldn’t end at the TCT Meetings. ASBMT has several smaller events throughout the year that are just as important. In the fall we host our annual Fall Clinical Education Conference. This summer we’ll be putting together a new class for the 2019 Leadership Course. Our partners at the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) will host the International Cord Blood Symposium this summer.
It’s truly been an honor to serve as ASBMT President, to be able to connect with so many people and participate in all these wonderful events. I hope to see you at the TCT Meetings and at many of our future events—I’ll still be around, that’s for sure.
John F. DiPersio, MD