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ASPHO's 27th Annual Meeting

The 27th Annual Meeting will take place May 14–17, 2014, at the historic Palmer House Hilton hotel in downtown Chicago, a short stroll from the world-acclaimed Art Institute of Chicago, the Adler and Sullivan’s Auditorium Theater, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Goodman Theater, and exciting Millennium Park.

Why Attend?

  • Learn about emerging therapies and research in pediatric hematology/oncology.
  • Receive up to 23.25 hours of CME credit.
  • Hear about the future of pediatric hematology/oncology.
  • Network with a diverse and experienced faculty.
  • Visit 50 exhibitors displaying their products and innovations.
  • Enjoy all Chicago has to offer with fellow ASPHO members.


Presidential Symposium: Future of Pediatric Hematology

The Presidential Symposium will focus on the future of pediatric hematology, emerging gene therapies, the pathophysiology of hemoglobinopathies, and fetal hemoglobin. You will not want to miss this insightful and thought-provoking session presented by Katherine A. High, MD; Elliot P. Vichinsky, MD; and Stuart H. Orkin, MD, who are luminaries in the field.

Content-Rich Meeting Program

The program for the meeting includes an exceptional selection of 11 symposia and 12 workshops all designed to bring you current science, clinical updates, and contemporary controversies in pediatric hematology/oncology. Symposia program topics include:

  • Updates in Lymphatic Anomalies for the Hematologist/Oncologist
  • Sickle Cell Disease—Saving the Brain and Treating the Pain
  • Update on Coagulation and Platelet Testing—New Methods to Evaluate Hemostatic Function
  • Out of Body Experiences: Extracorporeal Therapies in Pediatric Hematology
  • When Less Is More: Update on Reduced Intensity/Nonmyeloablative Stem Cell Transplant Conditioning Regimens in Malignant and Nonmalignant Disorders
  • Personalized Care for Pediatric Brain Tumors: Fact or Fiction?
  • Tumor Heterogeneity
  • Bone Health in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Genomics and Personalized Medicine in Childhood Cancer.

Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium

For the second year, the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium (PBMTC) will hold its meeting in affiliation with the ASPHO meeting. The PBMTC program will be presented on Wednesday, May 14, also at the Palmer House Hilton. A discount is available for those registering for both the PBMTC and ASPHO meetings.

Maintenance of Certification

ASPHO will again present an opportunity for attendees to earn Part 2 points toward Maintenance of Certification (MOC) by offering an American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment Module. The MOC program, scheduled for Saturday morning, is intended for those who are enrolled in the MOC process and would like to earn 10 MOC activity points and 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. The MOC Learning Session will be conducted in an interactive group setting and led by authors or experts in the field.

New Meeting Schedule

In response to participant feedback, this year’s educational program schedule features a relaxed morning start time of 8 am or later each day (some ancillary events are scheduled during breakfast), and more time is built into the program to allow for networking and socializing. Note these changes will not affect the total available number of continuing medical education (CME) credits offered to attendees. We hope to see you in Chicago!


  • Comprehend new information in pediatric hematology/oncology, including the latest in basic and clinical research.
  • Apply knowledge gained in all areas of pediatric hematology/oncology investigation and practice.
  • Assemble a network of professional colleagues with whom you can solve problems, share experiences, and provide mutual professional support.
  • Specifically, at the end of the meeting, we expect participants will be better able to
  • discuss the biological basis of tumor heterogeneity and develop paradigms of treatment
  • describe strategies for incorporation of genetic information into clinical trials for children with brain tumors
  • describe current nomenclature and risk stratification for lymphatic anomalies
  • identify the prevalence, investigation, and management of post-thrombotic syndrome as well as assessing and selecting various adjunctive therapies available for patients with hemostatic and thrombotic disorders
  • describe the various avenues toward scholarship in education and how to lead change and implement new visions
  • discuss supportive care options in pediatric hematology/oncology.

Annual Meeting DVDs

ASPHO will offer annual meeting attendees session recordings on DVD. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a DVD when they register for the meeting or in Chicago, May 15–17, 2014, at a special discounted rate of $50. After May 17, DVDs will be sold for $99.

With these DVDs, you will have convenient access to session recordings without long download times or access codes. Take advantage of this special limited offer when you register or onsite in Chicago.