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51st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology Will Highlight Research and Policy Changes Affecting Medical Practice and Patient Care
Date:12/1/2009

as Maniatis, Ph.D., of Harvard University, and Yuet Wai Kan, M.D., from the University of California, San Francisco. The lecture will be presented from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. and will focus on the impact of molecular genetic studies of globin genes on the diagnosis and treatment of thalassaemia.

The Special Symposium on the Basic Science of Hemostasis and Thrombosis will focus on this year's most important basic science contributions to each of the three major areas of the field: thrombosis, blood coagulation and fibrinolysis, and platelet biology. The invited presentations for the symposium will take place on Tuesday, December 8, from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m., and simultaneous oral sessions will take place from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. In addition, Melanie Bloom, national patient spokesperson for the Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis, will receive ASH's Outstanding Service Award in recognition of her dedication to increasing public awareness of DVT on Sunday, December 6, from 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

This year's Practice Forum, "New Health-Care Policies and the Practice of Hematology," will address how new health-care policies will affect medical practice, including a discussion of changes in reimbursement that are expected by Medicare in 2010. This event will take place Saturday, December 5, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Additionally, the ASH/EHA Policy Forum, co-sponsored with the European Hematology Association, will feature noted health economist Paul B. Ginsburg, Ph.D., President of the Center for Studying Health System Change, who will discuss the cost of health care and balancing a patient's right to care with the high cost of some drugs and procedures. The forum will take place on Sunday, December 6, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

On the last day of the meeting, the Presidential Symposium will focus on novel genomic approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of hematologic malignancies. Louis M. Staudt, M.D., Ph.D., from the National Cancer Institute, and thi
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