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Contact: Michelle Foley
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H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Moffitt researchers will be strong participants in American Society of Hematology meeting

Leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, lymphoma and myeloma research in sharp focus

TAMPA, Fla. Dec. 5, 2011 When the American Society of Hematology convenes its 53rd Annual Meeting and Exposition on Dec. 10-13 in San Diego, Calif., researchers from Moffitt Cancer Center will break a new record for Moffitt participants with one plenary presentation, 16 oral presentations and more than 50 poster presentations on new research results in a variety of meeting programs that focus on blood cancer basic science and clinical applications, including bone marrow transplantation and clinical trials results.

ASH, with more than 14,000 international members, is the world's largest professional society concerned with the causes and treatments of disorders affecting the blood; bone marrow; and the immunologic, hemostatic and vascular systems. The society seeks to further blood disease understandings, diagnoses, treatments and prevention by promoting research, clinical care, education, advocacy and training in hematology.

Claudio Anasetti, M.D., chair of Moffitt's Department of Blood & Marrow Transplant, will give a Plenary Session Presentation at 2:05 p.m. Sunday reporting on the results of a phase III study on Graft-Versus-Host Disease that compared the transplantation of blood stem cells and bone marrow transplants from unrelated donors.

Other Moffitt investigators will participate with 16 oral and more than 50 posters presentations on topics including stem cell transplantation and novel clinical trials for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. In addition, several Moffitt faculty members will participate as speakers or will chair educational or scientific symposiums during the ASH meeting.

Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation

MDS and Leukemia researchers

Lymphoma and myeloma researchers

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The ASH website also includes a section for patients (http://www.hematology.org/Patients).

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Located in Tampa, Moffitt Cancer Center is Florida's only National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center, a designation that recognizes Moffitt's excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt has 14 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia, one in Pennsylvania and two in Puerto Rico. Moffitt is also a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country's leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Hospitals" for cancer. Moffitt marks a milestone anniversary this year 25 years committed to one mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.



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