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56th ASH Annual Meeting to highlight latest research, celebrate milestones in hematology

American Society of Hematology

(WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2014) - The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will host more than 20,000 attendees from around the world for its 56th annual meeting, featuring breakthrough research and the latest patient care advances in hematology December 6-9 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This ASH meeting is the premier annual event for physicians and scientists in hematology.

The 2014 ASH Annual Meeting will feature nearly 5,000 (4,871) scientific abstract presentations representing the entire hematology research continuum - from critical basic laboratory work to late-stage clinical trials. Six of the top-scoring abstracts will be highlighted during the Plenary Scientific Session on Sunday; the Late-Breaking Abstracts Session on Tuesday will showcase six studies with novel, late-breaking data of high impact. To complement the meeting's hallmark oral and poster presentations, two "Featured Topic Discussion" sessions will be offered featuring expert analysis of several abstract presentations in the timely areas of hemostasis and thrombosis and "checkpoint blockade" therapies.

In addition to its highly anticipated abstract presentations, the 2014 ASH Annual Meeting program includes notable sessions on the promise and optimal use of new drugs entering the marketplace. A special session on newly approved drugs, moderated by ASH Clinical News Editor-in-Chief Mikkael Sekeres, MD, will feature analysis from experts with significant clinical experience using these new therapies. This year's Special Symposium on Quality, titled "The Rising Cost of Medical Care: Understand the Problem and Exploring Solutions," will address how the financial burden of cancer drugs in particular can negatively affect patient treatment adherence and quality of life.

Other signature annual meeting offerings include the Education and Scientific Programs; a host of lectures, seminars, and special symposia; and presentations of the Society's honorific and mentor awards:

"The ASH annual meeting showcases the full spectrum of translation in hematology," said ASH President Linda J. Burns, MD, of the University of Minnesota. "The programming is exceptionally diverse, as session topics span from basic research discoveries to exciting new therapies that improve patient outcomes. We have worked hard to ensure that there is great programming for everyone, no matter their focus within the field."

For the complete annual meeting program and abstracts, visit Up-to-the-minute meeting information can also be found by following ASH on Twitter (@ash_hematology) and the hashtag #ASH14.


The American Society of Hematology (ASH) ( is the world's largest professional society of hematologists dedicated to furthering the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood. For more than 50 years, the Society has led the development of hematology as a discipline by promoting research, patient care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology. The official journal of ASH is Blood (, the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field, which is available weekly in print and online.

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