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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.

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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.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Liz Stockton

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Advanced Practice Provider SIG

The Advanced Practice Provider Special Interest Group (NP/PA-SIG) provides a forum for APPs to exchange ideas and information while promoting their role in the BMT/cellular therapies 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.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Anna Hawkshead

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Aging SIG

The Aging Special Interest Group is a national and international forum for exchange of ideas, collaborative research development, and educational initiatives on the care and resiliency of older adults undergoing transplantation and cellular therapy (TCT) treatments. Their mission is to achieve the optimal outcomes for TCT among older adults through better patient care and advancing age-related research.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Liz Stockton

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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.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Tess Ruzga

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Cord Blood SIG

The Cord Blood Special Interest Group (CB-SIG) provides a national/international forum that promotes and educates on the use of cord blood for transplantation of patients with diseases of the blood and bone marrow. The Cord Blood SIG also supports the development of CB-derived cellular therapies and regenerative medicine applications.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Liz Stockton

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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).

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Anthony Cisneros

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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

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Liz Stockton

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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.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Liz Stockton

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Pharmacy SIG

The ASTCT Pharmacy Special Interest Group (SIG) provides leadership for pharmacists within the society and facilitates pharmacist representation on society 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.

ASTCT Staff Liaisons - Kyra Newman and Haedyn Smith

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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. Our hope is to create an environment that will assist transplant/cell therapy social workers to grow their professional skills within our social work organization and our interdisciplinary collaborations within ASTCT to further the clinical use and position of social work with this very unique patient population.

Katie Schoeppner, MSW - SIG Steering Committee Chair

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Kyra Newman

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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.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Anna Hawkshead

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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 an 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.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Angie Dahl

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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.

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Tess Ruzga

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