Blood Journal’s Impact Factor, ASH Annual Meeting Abstract Submission Open, and more

Blood Journal’s Impact Factor the Highest Since 2010; First in Field of Hematology

The Thomson Reuters’ Journal Citation Report®, released in June, revealed Blood’s impact factor increasing from 9.775 to 10.452, making it the highest since 2010, and ranking the journal first in the hematology category. Blood was also the most-cited journal in hematology in 2014 and was ranked 21st in overall citations, out of 8,618 journals. These and other metrics released in the report marked Blood as a top journal in hematology and a leading medical journal worldwide. For more information or to review a list of other metrics, read more on the Blood website (

Learn More About ASH’s Legislative and Health Policy Efforts: Apply for the 2015 ASH Advocacy Leadership Institute

The fifth annual ASH Advocacy Leadership Institute will take place in Washington, DC, October 28-29.  This two-day workshop provides an opportunity for U.S. ASH members to gain a better understanding of the Society and its activities and to learn about legislation and health policy affecting hematology research and practice. Nominations are being accepted through July 31.

The selection of participants is based on a nomination process, and participation will be by invitation only. Self-nominations are welcome. You may also send nominations to ASH Legislative Advocacy Manager Tracy Roades. Please include the following information: nominator’s name/phone number, nominee’s name/institution (and contact information, if available), and reason for nomination (short paragraph describing the nominee’s interest in this opportunity). For more information on the program and eligibility, or to submit a nomination, please visit

Call for Papers
Abstract Submission for the 57th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition

The abstract submission site for the 2015 ASH Annual Meeting is now open. ASH is accepting submissions across 60 scientific and clinical categories, spanning the entire field of hematology. The submission deadline is August 4, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Visit the ASH website ( for more information on presenting at this year’s meeting in Orlando, Florida, from December 5-8. Please also note that early-bird registration and housing (ASH members only) opens on July 22, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

ASH Annual Meeting Housing Fraud Alert

We urge all members to remain wary of “pirate” housing companies or travel agencies that may solicit you over the phone or via email and misrepresent themselves as ASH’s official housing provider. Please note that SPARGO, Inc. is the only official housing provider for the 57th ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition. If you are contacted by one of these “pirate” companies, please contact the ASH Housing Center immediately. Visit the annual meeting housing alert page at for more information.

Improving MDS Outcomes: From Diagnosis to Treatment

ASH is co-sponsoring a complimentary CME summit on myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), focusing on the multidisciplinary approach to care for MDS patients, with the American Society for Clinical Pathology and the France Foundation.

The goal of this summit is to improve performance diagnosis and treatment of MDS patients. Participants will actively engage in multidisciplinary, interactive small-group activities, including:

  • Case-based tumor board discussions
  • Assessing low or high grade MDS
  • Identifying the new role of molecular testing

The summit is designed for all members of the MDS care team, including: hematologists, pathologists, medical laboratory scientists, medical oncologists, and hematology/oncology nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Speakers for this event include Timothy Miley, MD, Methodist Hospital; Mikkael Sekeres, MD, MS, Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute; Marilyn L. Slovak, PhD, Sonoma Quest Laboratories/Laboratory Sciences of Arizona; Jessica Altman, MD, Northwestern University; Tracy   George, MD, University of New Mexico; Rami Komrokji, MD, Moffitt Cancer Center; and additional expert faculty. Three one-day MDS workshops are coming up:

  • Chicago, IL – Thursday, September 17, 2015
  • New York, NY – Friday, October 9, 2015
  • Tampa, FL – Friday, October 16, 2015

To register for the summit and view the complete agenda, visit: or