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News for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community | November 16, 2011

Recapping the 2011 AABB Annual Meeting and CTTXPO
Attendees from around the world converged in San Diego last month to participate in AABB's 2011 Annual Meeting and CTTXPO. At the opening session, Dr. Bob Arnot inspired listeners with stories of health care workers treating children in countries ravaged by war and disease. Attendees then participated in educational sessions and networked with colleagues at luncheon meetings, receptions and professional development events. Exhibitors at the CTTXPO provided information on the latest technologies and services.

If you were unable to attend or just need a refresher about a session, recordings can be purchased through AABB's Live Learning Center.

This AABB SmartBrief special report offers a recap of highlights from the meeting. If you do not receive the daily AABB SmartBrief, we urge you to sign up for a free subscription. AABB SmartBrief delivers blood banking, transfusion medicine and cellular therapy news you need to know directly to your inbox. Best of all, it's free!

A message from Karen Shoos Lipton, AABB Chief Executive Officer
The 2011 AABB Annual Meeting and CTTXPO was a tremendous success, thanks to the conference attendees, faculty, exhibitors and staff. We had more than 120 educational sessions with internationally acclaimed experts; daily networking events catering to transfusion medicine and cellular therapy professionals; over 700 administrative and scientific abstracts; close to 6,000 registrants, with approximately 20% representing international participation; and more than 200 exhibitors on 60,000 net square feet of show space.

Also, our newly added Patient Blood Management subtrack was well received, as was our preconference Transfusion Safety and Patient Blood Management workshop for nonmember physicians. These educational opportunities promoted the safe, appropriate and evidence-based use of blood and blood-related products and resources.

The faculty's presentations, in conjunction with the multitude of products and services offered by the CTTXPO exhibitors, covered the educational spectrum from theory to practical application. The networking events allowed individuals to share knowledge and discuss solutions to challenges in patient care and donor safety.

Work has already begun to make next year's meeting an even more rewarding experience. Topic proposals are being accepted through Nov. 18. Please mark your calendars for the 2012 AABB Annual Meeting and CTTXPO to be held Oct. 6 to 9 in Boston. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
Karen Shoos Lipton, JD
AABB Chief Executive Officer

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    Outgoing AABB President Dr. James AuBuchon (right) passed the gavel to his successor, Dr. Darrell Triulzi, at the meeting. Triulzi thanked AuBuchon for his strong leadership during his time as president and said he looked forward to the upcoming year. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    For the first time, cellular therapy professionals had the opportunity to speak to designated experts at an event designed for this purpose. The Cellular Therapy "Meet and Greet" Networking Reception featured a welcome speech by AABB Chief Executive Officer Karen Shoos Lipton, who then introduced David Perez, president and CEO of CaridianBCT and Terumo Transfusion (soon to be Terumo BCT), which was the corporate sponsor of the event. For the evening, cellular therapy experts were available for consultation and conversation on issues such as product development and manufacturing as well as donor assessment/eligibility. Attendees connected not only with the experts, but also with their peers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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