2022 Volunteer Accomplishments

ASTCT is proud to reflect on the many accomplishments of our volunteers this year!

  • Committee on Cellular Therapy
  • Committee on International Affairs
    • By launching their inaugural ASTCT Observership program, an international trainee from a lower middle income or low income country will have the opportunity to learn more about the BMT and cellular therapy practice in the U.S. They continue to build and foster strong relationships with our international partners and participate in speaker exchanges across the globe.

  • Administrative Directors SIG
    • They are hard at work with ASTCT to publish data from the 2021 BMT/Cellular Therapy Center Staffing survey, as well as revamp the data collection process for a smoother user experience.

  • Advanced Practice Provider SIG
    • With the creation of four new subcommittees, they continue to engage new members and connect them to the resources the SIG and ASTCT are able to offer. They held their first Clinical Education Conference since the start of the pandemic.

  • HCT Value and Health Economics SIG
    • They launched a webinar series to highlight research in the value and health economics space.

  • Palliative and Supportive Care SIG
    • They are working on two publications that will address physician and patient perspectives to integrating palliative care into patients’ treatment plans.

  • Survivorship SIG
    • Working in collaboration with BMT InfoNet, they are helping to create a learning module series for mental health care providers to specialize in providing care to transplant survivors.

  • Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
    • They have continued to maintain a pipeline of awards with the CIBMTR, ASH, and ASTCT Career Development Award, the URM New Investigator Awards and Travel Grants for URM. They are planning another reception at the 2023 Tandem Meetings in Orlando.

  • Committee on Education
    • They have continued the expanded Journal Club Webinar Series from the Pharmacy SIG, formed a joint task force with members of the Committee on Trainees and Jr Faculty to update the survey of BMT Fellowship Programs and consulted with NMDP on development of their Training Modules for Community Hem/Onc physicians on the topic of transplant and cellular therapy.

  • Aging SIG
    • They held a research call in August and designed a Spotlight Session that was accepted for the 2023 Tandem Meetings. They are currently working on drafting a white paper that they are hoping to publish before Tandem!

  • Pharmacy SIG
    • They formed a fundamentals course and recently released Fludarabine FAQs. They are planning for the 2023 Pharmacy Track and hosting HCT Core Topics education courses.

  • Women and URM SIG
    • They worked with the Committee on Diversity & Inclusion to promote awards.

  • Committee on Practice Guidelines
    • They have published five guidelines on CAR T Failure in DLBCL, treatment of pediatric AML, management of MDS, therapeutic options for Multiple Myeloma, and management of Cdiff in HCT patients and ten in-progress manuscripts.

  • Committee on Government Relations
    • There are many 2022 wins to celebrate! They met with the U.S. Government Accountability Office to discuss the TRANSPLANT Act, had multiple conversations with the FDA on the Fludarabine shortage and created a financial toxicity task force to address important barriers limiting widespread access to transplant, particularly in rural populations.

  • Transplant Infectious Diseases SIG
    • They have held two webinars—one on Monkeypox and one on EVUSHELD for COVID-19 preexposure prophylaxis. They have also published the Management of Clostridioides difficile Infection in Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Recipients and updated the COVID-19 Guidelines and the ASH/ASTCT COVID-19 vaccine FAQs.

  • Committee on Payor Relations
    • They completed updates to the RFI and promoted at Tandem 2022 and beyond, successfully advocated for a session at the AcCELLerate Forum to discuss the creation of an Outcomes spreadsheet for the cell therapy RFI, and engaged payers throughout the year to obtain feedback and coordinate future projects.
    • In conjunction with NMDP, they obtained two proposals for a Medicaid coverage scan of cell and transplant therapy.

Thank you all for your hard work and dedication, and we look forward to all that is to come in the year ahead! If you would like to join a committee or SIG steering committee in 2023, please fill out this form.

If you have questions about volunteering with ASTCT, please contact us at info@astct.org. or 312-321-6820.