Highlights of ASH has blossomed into a program that provides hematologists on three continents an opportunity to hear leading hematology experts present unbiased analysis of the annual meeting abstracts and sessions, evolving therapies, and the latest treatment options and their clinical applications.
This past May, Highlights of ASH in Latin America celebrated a second successful year in Brazil through a partnership with the Associação Brasileira de Hematologia e de Hemoterapia. The success of this meeting prompted ASH to expand Highlights to a wider audience. On April 2-3, 2011, ASH, the Chinese Society of Hematology, and the Chinese Medical Association will host the inaugural Highlights of ASH in China. The meeting will take place in Beijing and feature educational content tailored specifically to the Chinese audience.
In addition to the meeting in China, ASH and the Sociedad de Hemotología del Uruguay (SHU) will host the third Highlights of ASH in Latin America from April 29-30, 2011. Partner associations in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela are collaborating with ASH and the SHU to make this Highlights of ASH a truly Latin American meeting. Panels will be moderated by representatives from the partner organizations to focus on cases relevant to the Latin American community. “From the beginning, Highlights of ASH has been the premier opportunity to strengthen and network among the various Latin American societies,” explains Dr. Sebastian Galleano, treasurer of the SHU and program co-chair. “[This meeting] has spurred a lot of common activities together, and we are working to develop even more scientific and educational programs together.”
One of the special features of Highlights of ASH in both Latin America and China is its focus on education. ASH sponsors trainees from each of the partnering organizations to attend the meetings. “We believe the biggest impact will be on the early-career hematologists who don’t have the opportunity to attend the ASH annual meeting,” Dr. Lina Foren, SHU president, said. “Not only will the presentations at the meeting offer the latest advances, but they are an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas and consult experts. The meeting offers the trainees an opportunity to link into the hematology community and encourages growth for the next generation of Latin American hematologists.”
Even the North American Highlights of ASH meetings have expanded to accommodate a more global audience. In partnership with La Agrupación Mexicana para el Estudio de la Hematología, ASH will sponsor trainees in Mexican hematology training programs to attend Highlights of ASH in Dallas. Simultaneous translation into Spanish will allow speakers to focus on the scientific content of the meeting.
ASH’s global expansion of Highlights of ASH represents the Society’s commitment to supporting hematology around the world. These meetings give the hematology community the opportunity to hear about the latest scientific and educational advances in the field, bringing the ASH meeting to them and putting a local twist on it.
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