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Meeting Highlights

American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition

Walter Alexander

Billed as the world’s premier event in malignant and nonmalignant hematology, this year’s American Society of Hematology (ASH) meeting hosted more than 27,000 hematology professionals December 3–6 in San Diego. We review below key sessions on pharmacotherapy clinical trials across a wide span of disease states, including leukemia, graft-versus-host disease, myelofibrosis, multiple myeloma, and sickle cell disease.

Author bio: 
The author is a freelance writer living in New York City.


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