Shining a Light on Commitment to Hematology

Shining a Light on Commitment to Hematology

By Janice Staber, MD Sriram Krishnaswamy, PhD, and Jeffrey Weitz, MD, FRCPC, are the recipients of the 2019 Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize. Dr. Ernest Beutler’s first research publication in 1952 initiated his long-standing career in science and eventually...

Final Flourish: Sensational Late-Breaking Abstracts

By Binod Dhakal, MD, MS Each year on the final day of the ASH annual meeting, the Late-Breaking Abstracts (LBAs) Session presents novel, substantive, and groundbreaking research that was not available in time for the standard ASH abstract submission deadline. And if...

Presidential Symposium: Big Ideas for Big Data

By Ahmar U. Zaidi, MD “In God we trust. All others must bring data.” The amount of data generated from the dawn of humanity until 2003 was 5 exabytes. Since then, 5 exabytes of data are created every two days. There is no doubt that our ability to collect and store...
Two-Hits to Catastrophic

Two-Hits to Catastrophic

By Janice Staber, MD In 1971, Alfred Knudson, MD, PhD, originally formulated the two-hit hypothesis, which states that most genes require two mutations for a change to occur; this aided the medical community’s understanding of how tumors form. We now know that the...
A Disruptive Innovation?

A Disruptive Innovation?

By Binod Dhakal, MD, MS “I just want to be a normal person, doctor,” Greg said, “but that’s not an option.” Greg, 58 years old, underwent hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for high-risk acute myeloid leukemia (AML) three years ago using cells from his...
Erythroferrone: A Bone to Pick with Thalassemia

Erythroferrone: A Bone to Pick with Thalassemia

By Alexander Glaros, MD, and Ahmar U. Zaidi, MD If the results of the past five years are any indication, the era of gene therapy is truly at hand, and nearly 100 years after Thomas Cooley first described the skeletal and morphological changes of the disease in a pair...
Aging: Attack of the Clones

Aging: Attack of the Clones

By Binod Dhakal, MD, MS “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” — Betty Friedan (1921-2006) Blood cells originate from hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). Adult HSCs are maintained in a quiescent state, a state necessary for preserving the...

Oh, How Far We’ve Come!

By Janice Staber, MD Since I was little, I’ve been surrounded by scientific intrigue. One of my first memories of the idea of moving genetic material into a person was from my early high school days. When discussing gene transfer, a classmate asked, “So, we could make...
Philip Greenberg, MD, to Present the 2019 E. Donnall Thomas Lecture

Philip Greenberg, MD, to Present the 2019 E. Donnall Thomas Lecture

Monday at 9:00 a.m., Philip Greenberg, MD, of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington in Seattle will be awarded the 2019 E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize in recognition of his innovative contributions to the development of T-cell...
With Diversity As a Priority, Everyone Wins

With Diversity As a Priority, Everyone Wins

Griffin Rodgers, MD, of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is awarded the 2019 ASH Award for Leadership in Promoting Diversity. Dr. Rodgers earned the prestigious recognition for his ongoing work on behalf of under-represented...