2019 Beyond Fundamentals of HCT

Attending the 2019 TCT | Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASTCT and CIBMTR? Add the Beyond Fundamentals of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (HCT) Course to your agenda. Join the Beyond Fundamentals of HCT group February 20-21 for an extensive training program designed to provide practitioners with the skills required to care for patients undergoing HCT. The target audience for this course is pharmacists, pharmacy student and residents, physicians (including residents and hematology/oncology fellows), advanced practice providers and nurses. Offered simultaneously to the TCT Meetings of ASTCT & CIBMTR, this course will focus on pharmacotherapeautic management of HCT patients as well as patients receiving CAR-T therapy. 

Course Details

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 5:15 PM CST
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM CST


Day 1 - Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Time Topic
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM Registration/Check-In Opens
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Welcome - Opening Remarks
Topics in Autologous HCT
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Session 1:
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Mobilization
(Lily Yan, PharmD; MD Anderson, Houston, TX)
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM Session 2:
  • Conditioning Regimens for Autologous HCT
(Eric Chow, PharmD, BCOP; Novant Health, Winston/Charlotte, NC) 
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Session 3:
  • Peri-Engraftment Complications
  • Infectious Complications and Considerations
(Kelly Valla, PharmD, BCOP; Emory Health Care, Atlanta, GA)
CAR-T Therapy
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Session 4: Overview of CAR-T Therapy
  • Background
  • Pathophysiology/Mechanisms
  • Indications
(Christina Bachmeier, PharmD, BCOP; Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL)
12:00 PM -12:45 PM Lunch
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM Session 5:
  • Toxicity Management of CAR-T Therapy
(Christina Bachmeier, PharmD, BCOP; Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL)
Topics in Allogeneic HCT
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Session 6: Conditioning Therapy to Day +30
  • Conditioning Regimens
  • Busulfan Pharmacokinetics
(Cathryn Jennissen, PharmD, BCOP; University of Minnesota Medical
Center, Fairview, Minneapolis MN)
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Session 7: Conditioning Therapy to Day +30
  • Alternative Donor Regimens (haplo, cord)
(Cathryn Jennissen, PharmD, BCOP; University of Minnesota Medical
Center, Fairview, Minneapolis MN)
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Session 8:
  • Conditioning Regimen to Day+30
  • Veno-Occlusive Disease/Sinusoidal Obstructive Syndrome (VOD/SOS)
(Ashley Teusink-Cross, PharmD, MBA, BCPS; Cincinnati Children's
Hospital Medial Center; Cincinnati, Ohio)
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM Session 9:
  • Special Populations in HCT Panel Discussion
(Laura Whited, Ashley Teusink-cross, Cathryn Jennissen, Julianna Roddy)

Day 2 - Thursday, February 21, 2019

Time Topic
Overview of Allogeneic HCT (continued)
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM Session 10:
  • Acute GVHD Pathophysiology and Prophylactic Strategies
  • Management of Acute Steroid-Refractory GVHD
(Helen Leather, B.Pharm, BCPS; University of Florida College of Medicine and Principal, HLL Communications, Gainesville, FL)
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Session 11: Day +31 to Day +100 (Non-Infectious Complications)
  • Transplant-Associated Thrombotic Microangiopathy (TMA)
(Cynthia Herrera, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP; Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL)
  • Immune-mediated cytopenias
(Susie Long, PharmD; University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, Minneapolis MN)
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Session 12: Day +31 to Day +100 (Infectious Complications)
  • Prophylaxis and Management of Viral Infections
(Ila Saunders, PharmD, BCOP; UC San Diego; Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Services, San Diego, CA)
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Session 13: Day +31 to Day +100 (Infectious Complications)
  • Prophylaxis and Management of Fungal Infections
(Zahra Mahmoudjafari PharmD, University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, KS)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Session 14: Day +100 and Beyond
  • Chronic GVHD
(Rebecca Gonzalez, PharmD; Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL)
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM Break
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM Session 15: Day +100 and Beyond
  • Long-term Care
  • Vaccinations
(Julianna Roddy, PharmD, BCOP; James Cancer Hospital, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH)
  • Complications/Survivorship
(Rachel Phelan, MD, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI)
  • Panel
(Rachel Phelan, Christina Ferraro, Kathy Hogan Edwards, Susannah Koontz)
Conference Concludes 

Registration Information*

  • Before November 30: $425
  • After November 30: $475
Register Now!

*Please note: Registration for the course is separate from registration to the TCT Meetings of ASTCT & CIBMTR. 

Introduction to HCT Live Webinar
Please join us for the Introduction to HCT Webinar on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, from 2:00PM to 3:00PM CT. The webinar will be presented by Susannah Koontz, Pharm.D., BCOP, FHOPA, of Koontz Oncology Consultants.

This webinar is designed to provide participants an introduction and overview of hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT).  During the presentation, participants will be provided a:

  • Historical overview of hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT);
  • Review of sources of hematopoietic stem cells utilized in HCT and their associated advantages and disadvantages;
  • Summary of the HCT process, including the evaluation of a potential patients, the execution of the HCT procedure itself and associated toxicities and complications; and
  • List of important resources to aid healthcare professionals caring for HCT patients.

A question and answer session will follow the didactic presentation. You can register for the webinar by clicking here.

ACPE Activity Announcement

Accreditation Statement for Joint Provider Activities:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The Medical College of Wisconsin and American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy (ASTCT). The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 14.25 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals. 

The National Marrow Donor Program is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (COA).

Up to 14.25 contact hours may be claimed for this live educational activity.

Hotel and Travel Information

Hotel Information

If are attending the TCT Meetings of ASTCT & CIBMTR, you will receive further information to book housing in your registration confirmation email. If you are not attending the TCT Meetings of ASTCT & CIBMTR, you will not be able to use the housing block rates. Provided below are hotels near the Hilton Americas-Houston and George R. Brown Convention Center.

  • Courtyard Houston Downtown/Convention Center – (832) 366-1600
  • Embassy Suites – Houston Downtown – (713) 739-9100
  • Four Seasons Hotel Houston – (713)-650-1300
  • Hampton Inn by Hilton Downtown – (713) 224-0011
  • Hilton Americas-Houston – (713) 139-8000
  • Holiday Inn Express Houston Downtown Convention Center – (713) 652-9400
  • Marriott Marquis Houston – (713) 654-1777
  • Residence Inn Houston Downtown/Convention Center – (832) 366-1000
  • SpringHill Suites Downtown/Convention Center – (713) 655-0002

Travel Information

Houston’s Airport System is the 4th largest in the United States and offers two convenient airport options for attendees. Click here to view a map of the two airports. For more information, including recommendations for getting to and from the Hilton Americas-Houston and George R. Brown Convention Center (*GRB) please visit: www.fly2houston.com.

Distance to Hilton Americas-Houston and George R. Brown Convention Center:

  • George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) is approximately 22 miles
  • William P. Hobby (HOU) is approximately 11 miles


There are four parking garages within walking distance of the George R. Brown Convention Center. Click here to view a map of their locations along with number of spaces. There is no cashier on duty, so please take your ticket with you.

  • Avenida North Garage – maximum daily rate: $24.00
  • Avenida Central Garage – maximum daily rate: $18.00
  • Avenida South Garage – maximum daily rate: $24.00
  • Tundra Garage – non game/concert max daily rate: $10.00

Educational Support

We would like to encourage your participation in the Beyond Fundamentals of HCT via educational support grants. Please feel free to contact us, if you have any questions or need additional information at Angie Dahl.