New ASH Congressional Fellow, Accepting Submissions for 2019 ASH Annual Meeting, and more

Zachary Kiser, PhD
Zachary Kiser, PhD

Next ASH Congressional Fellow Is Bound for Capitol Hill

Zachary Kiser, PhD, has been selected by the American Society of Hematology (ASH) to be the next ASH Congressional Fellow. Dr. Kiser, a post-doctoral fellow in the National Institutes of Health–funded Research Program at the University of Minnesota, will spend the 2019-2020 academic year in Washington, D.C., where he will help shape health care and hematology policy in a congressional office.

A recent graduate of the ASH Advocacy Leadership Institute, Dr. Kiser has a policy interest in health disparities in minority populations and has focused his research on developing novel treatments to improve the lives of patients with sickle cell disease. On Capitol Hill, he will continue to refine his advocacy skills with the goal of bringing a research scientist perspective to governance.

Established in 2016, the fellowship aims to educate ASH members about the policymaking process, including Congress’s relationship to the hematology community, while educating Congressional members and staff about hematology.

To learn more about the ASH Congressional Fellowship, visit

Improve Your Sickle Cell Disease Knowledge with the ASH Academy

The Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) course in the ASH Academy’s Benign Hematology Curriculum is now complete. The final two modules in this series of free, web-based videos designed to supplement education for fellows are now available in the ASH Academy, ASH’s eLearning platform for hematologists.

The complete SCD course includes 13 short videos, each providing easily digestible content for a self-paced, visual learning experience covering topics such as:

  • Hemoglobin Structure and Function
  • The Oxygen-Hemoglobin Dissociation Curve
  • Pathophysiology of SCD
  • Acute Cerebrovascular Accident
  • Vaso-Occlusive Pain Crisis
  • Transfusion Models
  • Hemoglobinopathies
  • Iron Overload
  • SCD Therapies
  • SCD Variants

Find the complete SCD course and the entire Benign Hematology Curriculum at

Attention Minority Graduate Students: Abstract Achievement Award Applications due August 5!

The 2019 application cycle is now open for ASH’s Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Award (MGSAAA).

As part of the ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative, the MGSAAA aims to attract and retain minority PhD students to the field of hematology through the ASH Annual Meeting. At the meeting, students will learn about the latest advances in hematology-related research and will have the opportunity to interact with ASH leadership, senior researchers, and minority physicians, scientists, and students.

Graduate students are invited to apply for the MGSAAA by completing an application online and submitting an abstract by August 1, 2019.

Oluwamayokun Oshinowo

“Receiving the MGSAAA and being able to present my work and network with scientists and physicians in the field at poster sessions and the Minority Recruitment Initiative luncheon has confirmed my passion for hematology and introduced me to the supportive community at ASH.”

–Oluwamayokun Oshinowo,
2018 MGSAAA recipient

Learn more about this and other ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative programs at

Now Accepting Submissions for the 2019 ASH Annual Meeting

The call for abstracts is open for the 61st ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition! This year’s annual meeting will take place December 7-10 in Orlando, Florida.

Abstract submissions are due August 1, 2019. Visit to find the abstract submission site and learn more about the premiere event in hematology!