It’s time again for hematology’s biggest event! This years 64th annual American Society of Hemotoloy (ASH) Meeting is being held in New Orleans, December 10-13.
In 2019, before most of us had even heard of COVID-19, ASH was held in Orlando, Florida with a whopping in-person attendance of over 30,000.
In 2020, like many other organizations, ASH’s Annual Meeting was fully virtual. For the 2021 event, the registration price for face to face and digital was the same, and the event produced equivalent content for both audiences. Programs ran simultaneously for online and in-person audiences with livestreamed content. With the combined in-person and digital audience, ASH reached its pre-pandemic attendance level of 30,000, with only13,000 in-person attendees.
ASH officials say the approach for the 2022 ASH Annual Meeting, is to create “two distinct offerings and two loyal audiences.” The goal is to bring the in-person component to 23,000 while also growing the digital audience, for a total of more than 35,000.
Whichever way you slice it, that’s huge! Of course ASH deals with every kind of blood related disease, and MDS is only one of them. But when attending ASH you can hardly help but feel that our little disease is the star of the show. There’s just so much happening.
First of all, there’s a whole additional day of Satellite Symposia. For MDS patients, ASH really begins on Friday the 9th when we choose from programs like:
But the real magic begins on Saturday with the presentation of abstracts, posters and papers.
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Much will be written about ASH in the next few weeks. I’ll be hanging on every word. ASH! It never disappoints. Get ready to be blown away.
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Mary joined HealthTree as the HealthTree for MDS Commnity Manager in 2022. She is passionate about giving power to patients through knowledge and health education. In her spare time, Mary loves attending concerts, spoiling her nieces and nephews, and experimenting in the kitchen.