ASH Program for Future Clinical Researchers, Highlights of ASH, and more

ASH Offers Program for Future Clinical Researchers Deadline for Application Fast Approaching 

Hematology fellows and junior faculty interested in a career in clinical research are encouraged to apply for the American Society of Hematology’s (ASH) unique year-long education and mentoring program, the ASH Clinical Research Training Institute (CRTI), which offers a broad education on clinical research methods, research collaborations, statistical analysis, and managing the demands of family and career.

CRTI begins with a week-long summer workshop, from August 5 through August 11, 2017, in La Jolla, California. The workshop focuses on the foundation, methodologies, and application of patient-oriented clinical research. Participants are matched with workshop faculty members and participate in small groups, providing them with intensive exposure to mentorship and networking opportunities. Throughout the week, participants work on their own proposed patient-oriented clinical research projects, refining and revising their plans through interaction with faculty and peers.

In addition to the summer workshop, two subsequent sessions, the first at the ASH annual meeting in December and the second in May at ASH headquarters in Washington, DC, provide an opportunity for further interaction and mentoring. There is no fee to apply, and ASH will pay for the participants’ travel expenses to the summer workshop and spring meeting.

Still not convinced to apply? Read what recent CRTI graduates had to say about the program:

“The caliber of experts I encountered at CRTI would have been impossible to anticipate and my interactions and ongoing relationships with them have advanced my research tremendously, leading my research in several new, exciting directions.”

–Lena Winestone, MD, MSHP, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

“CRTI was a superb and inspiring personal and professional experience with colleagues and faculty from diverse backgrounds and institutions across the country. My CRTI project brought me my first competitive extra-mural grant after input from my CRTI mentor and small group participants. I cannot think of a better outcome. I believe the effects of CRTI on my career will be life-long: strong clinical research skills, professional networks, and sincere relationships with friends and future collaborators. It is both a clinical research training program and an all-inclusive career development experience.”

–Sherif M. Badawy, MD, MS, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

“I knew CRTI would be a great workshop, but did not realize the extent to which it would help me establish relationships with world-renowned hematology faculty and peers. I now feel comfortable asking any of them questions and trust them to give great advice.”

–Jennifer Saultz, DO, Ohio State University Hospital

Visit for more information. The application deadline is March 24, 2017.

Attend Highlights of ASH® Latin America & Asia-Pacific

International Highlights of ASH meetings provide opportunities for hematologists abroad to hear about the hematology research advances from the ASH annual meeting that are most relevant to their region, and to their management of patients. The program format, which includes panel discussions and small-group sessions, is designed to allow practitioners, fellows, academicians, and allied health professionals to discuss challenging patient cases and evolving developments in the field of hematology with experts as well as colleagues. Visit for more information.

Highlights of ASH in Asia-Pacific will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in Hong Kong, March 10-12, 2017. Program topics and speakers include:

Wendy Stock, MD, University of Chicago
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Thomas D. Coates, MD, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Jakub Svoboda, MD, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Hodgkin Lymphoma

Jorge DiPaola, MD, University of Colorado
Disorders of Hemostasis

Alan F. List, MD, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Highlights of ASH in Latin America will be held at the Punta del Este Convention and Exhibition Center in Uruguay, April 7-8, 2017. A few of the program topics and speakers include:

Nancy Berliner, MD, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
An Update on White Blood Cell Disorders

Janis Abkowitz, MD, University of Washington
Anemia in the Young and Old

Nelson Chao, MD, Duke University
Bone Marrow Transplantation: Understanding and Improving the Risk Benefit Ratio

Jacqueline Barrientos, MD, Hofstra University
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Neil Zakai, MD, University of Vermont
Common Consults in Thrombosis

Blood Advances Seeks Novel and/or Definitive Studies

Blood Advances is ASH’s new open-access journal and the first to join the Blood family in 70 years, publishing studies that complement and expand on topics covered in Blood, with a particular focus on immunology, gene therapy, hematologic malignancies, epidemiology, and vascular biology.

Blood Advances welcomes hypothesis-generating papers, pilot studies, and commentary that can spark conversation. In addition to original manuscripts, Blood Advances publishes case reports of exceptional novelty, point-counterpoint discussions, and educational materials for the practicing hematologist. A key feature of the journal is its series of short talks on topics of interest to hematologists and scientists.

Blood Advances’ founding Editor Robert Negrin, MD, shared his vision for this new journal in our May 2016 issue (

Visit to learn more and to submit a paper.