Orlando: The annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology or ASH (Twitter #ASH19) is one of the four key Majors on cancer-related related research meeting circuit that BSB attends each year.
Just as golf has the Masters, the US Open, the Open, and PGA championships, so those on the cancer new product development circuit attend AACR, ASCO, ESMO, and ASH.
This year ASH is in sunny Orlando where you have to compete with the tourists for Uber rides if you want to venture to restaurants or events in the area.
Friday at ASH has traditionally been associated with the satellite symposia, colloquially known as “Super Fridays” that CME companies or organizations such as the Leukemia Lymphoma Society have traditionally run, but in recent years ASH has put on its own Friday events to compete with both the industry satellites and also academic events such as the BMT Winter Workshop we have attended in the past. More choice is good on one hand, but bad on the other in that something has to give way.
Ron Levy (Stanford) and Stephen Ansell (Mayo) blazed the trail a few years ago with their Friday Scientific Workshop on Tumor Immune Interactions in Lymphoid malignancies. Regular BSB readers may recall the interview at ASH16 with Dr Levy where he reviewed some of the data in that year’s workshop (See post: Targeting the tumour environment in lymphomas.)
This year on Friday at ASH19 there were multiple scientific workshops you could attend. What were some of the presentations that caught our personal attention, what can we learn from them and why did they matter?