History of ASTCT
ASTCT has a rich history than spans more than 25 years, and we look forward to serving our members in the years to come.
In the early 1970s, only a few medical centers around the world performed stem cell transplants. As success rates improved and the practice expanded in the 1980s and 1990s, the need for a scientific and professional society dedicated to blood and marrow transplantation led to the establishment of ASBMT in 1993.
Our association has been instrumental in numerous advancements in blood and marrow transplantation, as well as the development of stem cell transplantation regulations and standards. In 1996, with the International Society for Cellular Therapy, we co-founded the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy, an accreditation program for BMT centers.
In 2019, ASBMT announced it was changing its name to better align with the membership. The rebranded ASTCT—the American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy—established a new look and feel, but the mission remains the same.
Driven by a clear purpose and governed by well-considered bylaws and effective leadership, ASTCT has grown from a few hundred members to more than 2,200. And today, numerous academic centers around the world have a transplant program.