About ASTCT SIGs

ASTCT Special Interest Groups

ASTCT’s members-only special interest groups (SIGs) provide an exclusive opportunity to get more deeply involved and actively engaged in your area of expertise by communicating with peers, learning best practices, educating the broader BMT community and advocating on issues of concern. SIGs include:

Administrative Directors SIG

The Administrative Directors Special Interest Group offers administrators at blood and marrow transplant centers a national forum where they can exchange ideas and information, benchmarking and disseminating data about best practices within the field of blood and marrow transplantation.

SIG Steering Committee

Clint L. Divine, MBA - Chair
Tonya P. Cox, RN
Sandra D. Rudolph, RN
Sam Sharf, BSN

About the SIG

Members have the opportunity to be involved in working groups that provide recommendations on national issues related to BMT program administration, as well as to participate on a conference planning committee or other task forces. Members can use the Administrative Directors discussion forum to seek input from colleagues regarding BMT program questions or practices.

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Biobehavioral Research SIG

The Biobehavioral Research SIG intent is to improve TCT patient quality of life and clinical outcomes by advancing science that effectively integrates behavioral (including psychological and social/environmental factors) and biological processes. The SIG believes this will be achieved through a better understanding of the intersecting behavioral and biological mechanisms that underlie symptom, social and psychological health. Examples of such research include, but are not limited to, the application of this principle to the cross-directional effects on health behaviors, insomnia, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, depression, anxiety, isolation, fear of recurrence, social health disparities, and gene by environment interactions.

SIG Steering Committee

Jennifer Knight, MD - Co-chair
Karen Syrjala, PhD - Co-chair
Linda Burns, MD
Erin Costanza, PhD
Shahrukh Hashmi, MBBS, MPH
Heather Jim, PhD
Debra Kelly, PhD, RN, OCN
Effie Petersdorf, MD
Bronwen Shaw, MD, PhD
Bill Wood, MD

About the SIG

The Biobehavioral Research Special Interest Group (SIG) provides a national and international forum for the exchange of ideas, research agenda setting, collaborative research development, and educational initiatives on the interaction of behavior, psychology, social/environmental factors, and biological processes (summarized as ‘biobehavioral’) throughout the hematopoietic cell transplantation and cellular therapies (TCT) process.

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Cord Blood SIG

The Cord Blood Special Interest Group (CB-SIG) will provide a national and international forum to promote the use of cord blood for the transplantation of patients with diseases of the blood and bone marrow. The CB SIG will also support the development of CB-derived cellular therapies and regenerative medicine applications.

SIG Steering Committee

Juliet Barker, MD - Co-Chair
Elizabeth Shpall, MD - Co Chair
Joanne Kurtzberg, MD
Claudio Brunstein, MD, PhD
Colleen Delaney, MD
Filippo Milano, MP, PhD
Ioannis Politikos, MD

About the SIG

By joining the CB-SIG, members will contribute to specific cord blood initiatives, including: Interacting with CB banks, regulators and accrediting bodies to promote the optimal quality of CB products. Promoting optimal practices in the clinical conduct of CB transplantation for the treatment of diseases of the blood and bone marrow. Working with the CB banking and transplant communities to develop cost-saving approaches to optimal therapy. Promoting clinical, translational and laboratory CB research. Accelerating the investigation of CB-derived cellular therapies and regenerative medicine applications. Promoting CB banking and transplantation through interactions with the National Marrow Donor Program, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Food and Drug Administration and other government funding agencies, and the Cord Blood Association.

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HCT Value and Health Economics SIG

The Special Interest Group for hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) value and health economics provides a national and international forum for the exchange of ideas, educational initiatives, research agenda setting, conducting collaborative research and dissemination on health economics and the value of HCT (e.g., costs and utilization of care, cost-effectiveness and – benefit analyses, patient-centered components of value and other health economic topics).

SIG Steering Committee

Richard T. Maziarz, MD
Rocky Billups, MS
Greg Yanik, MD
Guillermo Ruiz-Arguelles, MD, FRCP
Theresa Hahn, PhD

About the SIG

Membership to the SIG offers opportunities to become more involved with ASTCT and ground breaking work in the cell therapy field.

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Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant SIG

The Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Special Interest Group (NP/PA-SIG) provides a forum for NPs and PAs to exchange ideas and information. It also promotes their role in the BMT field. The SIG hopes to focus on education, jobs, networking and other opportunities as it continues to grow and expand its presence in ASTCT, and we want to use our website as a tool for communication and education.

SIG Steering Committee

Melissa Cochran, RN, NP- Chair
Darren Johnson, PA-C - Incoming Chair
Jackie Dioguardi, PA-C
Carina Moravec, ARNP
Nancy Shreve, APN, FNP-BC
Misty Evans, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC

About the SIG

Our SIG enables NPs and PAs to become more involved and have a voice in ASTCT. We are defining new ways to support NPs and PAs in the BMT field and are embarking on new projects to increase their knowledge and resources. Our website offers networking, education, practice and research opportunities. During the annual BMT Tandem Meetings we have our own clinical education conference — sponsored by the ASTCT Education Committee — devoted to NPs, PAs and fellows. It is a great opportunity to learn from BMT experts and obtain practical clinical information that helps us care for our transplant patients. Steering Committee members are reaching out to you and encouraging all current BMT Advanced Practice PAs and NPs to join the SIG. We must unite to achieve great things in the years to come for our BMT practice.

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Nursing SIG

The Nursing Special Interest Group (N-SIG) offers blood and marrow transplant nurses a forum for education, the exchange of ideas, networking, the promotion of transplant nursing, and the dissemination of best practices within the field of blood and marrow transplantation

SIG Steering Committee

Margaret Bellerjeau MSN, RN, BMTCN, OCN, CHTC - Chair
Jennifer Frith MSN, RN, OCN, NE-BC - Chair Elect;
Elingel (Leng) Aguada, MSN, MPH, RN - OCN Member
Lisa Pinner MSN, RN, CPON, BMTCN - Member

About the SIG

The SIG offers opportunities to get involved in SIG projects, the steering committee, ASTCT committees and conference planning.

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Palliative and Supportive Care SIG

The Palliative and Supportive Care SIG was established to promote the delivery of high-quality patient and family-centered care that optimizes the quality of life of patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation. The delivery of such care is the product of research, education and clinical care management.

SIG Steering Committee

Effie Petersdorf, MD, Chair
Thomas LeBlanc, MD, Co-Chair

About the SIG

The Palliative and Supportive Care SIG recognizes that all patients under the care of a hematologist-oncologist benefit from discussions that support complex decision making and advance care planning, quality of life (QOL) and palliative care (PC) needs with each member of their medical team. The SIG will focus on attainable goals meeting the needs of transplant patients and their families. At the same time, the SIG recognizes that many of the PC concepts that are integral to the care of transplant patients are best addressed as early in the course of a patient’s medical care as possible, involve providers who care for these patients starting at the time of diagnosis, and continue long after the transplant procedure to support the long-term needs of transplant survivors. For this reason, the SIG has identified long-term goals and questions broader in nature than those raised in the hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) setting, but complementary to transplant-specific issues. It is the belief of the SIG that these long-term initiatives will ultimately help all patients who receive care for life-threatening hematologic/oncologic disorders. Furthermore, the SIG recognizes that the long-term goals may require continuous refinement as progress continues.

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Pediatric SIG

The Pediatric Special Interest Group (P-SIG) is a strategic alignment of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium (PBMTC) with ASTCT. The consortium has far-reaching goals aimed at designing and promoting pediatric studies in HCT and cellular therapy, providing educational and scientific opportunities for pediatric transplant practitioners and trainees, and advocating for transplantation and cellular therapy causes.

The specifics of this interaction with ASTCT are a focused effort to create the premier scientific venue for:

  • Educational activities geared toward pediatric cell therapy/BMT
  • Submission and presentation of the latest research in this area
The goal of the P-SIG is to create an educational forum that includes participation by leading scientists and promotes the most important and timely scientific topics in this field.

About the SIG

The Pediatric Special Interest Group coordinates Pediatric Day during the BMT Tandem Meetings. Members of the steering committee suggest and refine topics that will be included during the meeting.

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Pharmacy SIG

The HCT Pharmacy Special Interest Group (SIG) provides leadership for pharmacists within ASTCT and facilitates pharmacist representation on ASTCT committees. Our mission is to represent pharmacist membership within ASTCT, provide a forum for pharmacists to network and share ideas, and move the HCT field forward. This SIG was created in response to the National Marrow Donor Program's System Capacity Initiative as a means of ensuring an adequate infrastructure and pharmacy workforce to support the anticipated increase in demand for HCT by 2020.

SIG Steering Committee

Zahra Mahmoudjafari, PharmD - Chair
Kamakshi Rao, PharmD - Immediate Past Chair
Maurice Alexander, PharmD
Amber Clemmons, PharmD
Dragos Plesca, PhD, PharmD
Teresa Thakrar, PharmD

About the SIG

The Pharmacy SIG has several resources that allow us to invest in your professional development, build your network, and expand your clinical practice. Listed below are some of the many resources you can access as a Pharmacy SIG member.

  • Continuing Education
  • These offerings will allow you to easily meet the 10 hours of cellular therapy CE required by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and beyond!
  • TCT Meetings – BMT Pharmacists Conference
  • Fundamentals of HCT training course
  • CE from post-conference online case series
  • Monthly literature summaries
  • Pharmacy SIG newsletters
  • Digital subscription to Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, ASTCT's monthly journal
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Access a large group of HCT pharmacists, advanced practice providers, and physicians to provide insight on complex clinical issues such as patient care, policies and procedures, and best practices via the Pharmacy SIG Community Page and the Clinical Case Forum.
  • Collaborate in research efforts.
  • Find mentors in HCT.

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Social Work SIG

The Social Work SIG formed in order to further integrate social work into the multidisciplinary HCT team and provide an avenue for collaboration and the advancement of psychosocial health research.

Additional details coming soon.

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Survivorship SIG

The Special Interest Group for hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) survivorship provides a national and international forum for the exchange of ideas, educational initiatives, research agenda setting, conducting collaborative research and dissemination on issues of importance surrounding survivorship in HCT.

SIG Steering Committee

Shahrukh Hashmi, MD - Co-chair
Areej El-Jawahri, MD - Co-chair
Scott Baker, MD, MS
Linda Burns, MD
Christy Duncan, MD
Adetola Kassim, MD, MS
Catherine Lee, MD
Robert Lisac
Debra Kelly, PhD, RN, OCN
Anthony Sung, MD
Karen Syrjala, PhD

Click here to view the 2020 request for research proposals and achievement award nominations at the TCT Meetings in Orlando, FL. 

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Transplant Infectious Diseases SIG

Candidates who join the TID-SIG have greater visibility within ASTCT, promoting collaboration between physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other related specialties that have interest in infectious diseases and HCT. This SIG provides a forum for discussion of transplant infectious disease-related issues in the context of HCT and encourages research collaboration in this area. In addition, members have opportunities to be involved in the annual meeting through plenary sessions, oral abstract sessions and poster presentations, and to serve on different ASTCT committees.

SIG Steering Committee

Michael Boeckh, M.D., PhD - Chair
Genofeva (Zenia) Papanicolaou, MD, FIDSA - Co-Chair
Roy F. Chemaly, M.D., MPH - Past Chair
Sanjeet Singh Dadwal, M.D.
Aliyah Baluch, M.D., MSc
Maheen Abidi, M.D.
Kate Mullane, DO, Pharm D, FIDSA, FAST

Additional details coming soon.

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Women and URM SIG

The overarching mandate of the Women and URM SIG will be to increase the number of women and other under-represented minorities in the field of stem cell transplantation and cellular therapy/immunotherapy.

SIG Steering Committee

Eneida Nemecek - Chair
Saar Gill - Co-chair
Melody Smith - Co-chair

Additional details coming soon.

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