Long before the TCT Meetings of ASBMT and CIBMTR became what it is today, it was just a small meeting of friends during a ski trip.
There wasn’t a name to those first few meetings. More than 10 years before the “official” meetings would kick off—then known as the Tandem Meetings—a group of physicians and researchers met to discuss emerging BMT and cellular therapies.
Among them was Olle Ringdén, MD, PhD. In 1980, Ringdén hopped on a plane from Sweden—his home country—to Keystone, Colorado. He was encouraged to attend by renowned physicians Robert Gale, MD, PhD; and Richard Champlin, MD.
“I had started a new center in Sweden,” Ringdén recalled. “It was ...