American Society of Hematology: ASH 2018 convenes in sunny San Diego

ASH: 60th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting & ExpositionLiz Meszaros, MDLinx | November 27, 2018

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Join MDLinx in San Diego, CA, for the premier event in malignant and non-malignant hematology—the 60th Annual Meeting & Exposition of the American Society of Hematology (ASH).  Known as the world’s most comprehensive hematology event of the year, ASH 2018 will offer a vast array of scientific symposia, spotlight sessions, meet-the-scientist and special interest sessions, general educational sessions, workshops, thousands of scientific abstracts, and attendees from among over 25,000 hematology ASH member professionals from every subspecialty.

Here are some of the must-see offerings to take in at the upcoming conference:

  • Saturday, 12/1/18, 7:30-9:00 a.m, and again from 2:00-3:30 p.m.: “Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Moving Beyond 7+3.” Moderated by Laura C. Michaelis, MD, this session features presenters speaking on the role of mutational profiling in patients with AML, new molecularly defined therapies to add to or replace intensive induction chemotherapy, and the role of classic cytotoxic therapy in the treatment of newly diagnosed and relapsed patients.
  • Saturday, 12/1/18, 2:00-3:30 p.m. and again on Monday, 12/3/18, 7:00-8:30 a.m.: “Update in Transfusion Therapy for Hematologic Malignancies: Transfusion Support—TACO and TRALI.” Zbigniew Szczepiorkowski, MD, PhD, will lead presenters in discussions on how to improve transfusion therapy through better blood ordering, optimal management of patients who are refractory to platelet transfusions, and prevention of transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO) and transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI).
  • Sunday, 12/2/18, 7:30-9:00 a.m., and again on Monday, 12/3/18, 7:00 -8:30 a.m.: “Delivering High-Quality Oral Anticoagulant Therapy: State of the Art in 2018.” Under the direction of David R. Anderson, MD, speakers will discuss exclusive use of warfarin treatment, clinically relevant drug interactions with warfarin and direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), and the effective inclusion of DOAC management in anticoagulation monitoring services.

And after a long day of sessions at the San Diego Convention Center, be sure to take in some of the sights and sounds of sunny San Diego, also known as “America’s Finest City” and the “Plymouth of the West.”

A good place to start would be Coronado Island, home of the Hotel del Coronado. This world-famous resort was the inspiration for L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” and since it was founded in 1769, has hosted Hollywood actors, kings, presidents, and visitors from around the world. The charm of the island is matched only by its almost perfect weather. Hit the beach, take a seaplane or boat ride, stroll through the quaint little town, or take a bicycle tour. Stop in at one of the many spas, shops, and restaurants along the promenade. You will be enchanted by the island’s wide streets, graceful palm trees, and beautiful buildings.

Stop in at Balboa Park for a look at the many museums, theaters, and gardens that ‘reside’ in this 1,200-acre park. Hike along the sandstone cliffs of Torrey Pines State Reserve. If your kids are with you—and even if they’re not—stop in at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park or Sea World.

And no trip to San Diego is complete without at least one evening at the Gaslamp Quarter, considered San Diego’s premier nightlife destination. The Quarter consists of 16 blocks of Victoria-style buildings that host a wide variety of shops, art galleries, theaters, trendy restaurants, bars, and clubs. Even better news is that the Gaslamp Quarter is located in Downtown San Diego adjacent to the Convention Center.

San Diego is the perfect destination—with the perfect weather—to combine business with pleasure. Take in the many educational offerings that will be presented at ASH 2018, and then some of the many sights and sounds of this beautiful, coastal city on the Pacific Ocean.

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