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ASTCT COMMITTEES

ASTCT has several volunteer committees that meet year-round on a variety of topics. These groups are integral to developing education and guiding the future of the society.

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Committee on Awards

The Committee on Awards serves to address matters pertaining to awards given by ASTCT. The ASTCT Committee on Awards reviews all submissions and selects the recipients for each award presented at the 2023 Tandem Meetings | Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASTCT™ and CIBMTR®. This includes approving the application process, monitoring submissions, and convening study sections to review all applications.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Tess Ruzga

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Committee on Cellular Therapy

The Committee is charged with providing the ASTCT membership with a home for cellular therapy by: providing representation on the Board; adding more sessions such as tissue repair and regenerative medicine to the Tandem Meetings, and soliciting topical articles for the Transplantation and Cellular Therapy journal.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Anna Hawkshead

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Committee on Content

The Committee on Content provides input and recommendations for new and existing content, as well as assistance in creating membership promotional materials. Additionally, they offer guidance on external communications related to Nucleus, ASTCT Talks, Transplantation and Cellular Therapy, The Tandem Meetings | Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASTCT and CIBMTR® and more.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Rachel Schollmeier

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Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

The Committee is charged with ensuring that ASTCT fosters a diverse and inclusive environment for both leaders and members.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Tess Ruzga

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Committee on Education

The Committee is charged with upholding and implementing activities in support of ASTCT's mission relating to education. The mission of ASTCT is to secure the highest quality of care for all blood and marrow transplantation and cellular therapy patients. Providing guidelines for professional training is one of the key purposes of ASTCT. As such, certification in blood and marrow transplantation would support this purpose and mission by defining and standardizing these requirements.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Kyra Newman

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Committee on Government Relations

The Committee is charged with monitoring ongoing national regulatory and legislative activities affecting blood and marrow transplantation and cellular therapies; offering ASTCT expertise and research to regulatory agencies as appropriate; informing ASTCT membership of pertinent regulatory and legislative activity.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Alycia Maloney

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Committee on Informatics

The committee is charged to provide guidance for the development and implementation of data management systems and applications to assist in carrying out the missions of the hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and cell therapy community.  Primary goals include fostering interactions between clinicians and informatics professionals, working to improve systems and methods to help centers submit required volume and outcomes data to the Center for International Bone Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR), the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cell Therapy Programs (FACT), and authorized insurance carriers, and to share volume and outcomes data in support of local, regional, and national research, teaching and quality management initiatives. Additional important goals include assisting centers in developing and/or implementing high quality multipurpose cell therapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation databases in accordance with international data-representation and data transmission standards such as HL7-FHIR, BRIDG, and others, and to work with commercial software vendors to identify and address areas where modifications of existing systems might be able to enhance patient safety, data accuracy and/or interoperability.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Liz Stockton

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Committee on International Affairs

The mission of the ASTCT Committee on International Affairs is to promote international relationships and activities engaging world leaders and trainees contributing to the development of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and cellular therapy. Particularly, it will support ASTCT members engaged in international relationships that value the importance of conjugating scientific advances with real-life opportunities for improving access, and enhance research and education collaborations in countries with limited resources.

ASTCT Staff Liaisons - Anna Hawkshead

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Committee on Payor Relations

The committee is charged with achieving standardized methods of reporting data to third-party payers, and standardizing procedures for replying to requests for information from payers.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Alycia Maloney

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Committee on Practice Guidelines

The Committee is charged with determining how the Society can develop practice guidelines for the practice of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Haedyn Smith

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Committee on Quality Outcomes

The Committee is charged with the development of innovative methods for measuring and reporting transplant center-specific quality based on outcomes of care. This includes the Subcommittee on Informatics and Subcommittee on Pediatrics.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Anthony Cisneros

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Committee on Trainees and Junior Faculty

The committee is charged with ensuring that the society continues to develop resources and opportunities for early-career BMT and cell therapy professionals.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Tess Ruzga

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