On behalf of the board of directors and staff of AABB, I would like to invite you to attend the 2009 AABB Annual Meeting & TXPO, which will be held Oct. 24-27 in New Orleans.
During these unprecedented economic times, I know that many blood centers and hospitals are experiencing cutbacks. At AABB we, too, continue to look for ways to do more with less. But times like these also remind us of how important it is to enhance our job security, whether it’s by acquiring new skills or staying connected with colleagues around the world.
For transfusion and cellular therapy professionals, the AABB Annual Meeting & TXPO is the venue that can help you survive — and thrive — in this uncertain environment. Here are just some of the ways this meeting can help you overcome today’s challenges:
· Participate in RAP — or “Research and Progress” — sessions to focus on current topics important to the profession.
· Get up-to-date on the latest developments in cell therapy with a full day of regulatory sessions, a dedicated day of cord blood programs and several interactive sessions for the bench technologist.
· Participate in educational sessions focused on making the most of the resources available to you in your work place while budgets are being stretched.
· Interact with top industry suppliers who can provide solutions to specific problems faced by your facility.
· Get motivated to excel by Opening Session Speaker Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” who will share her “Eight Rules to Live By.”
· Be inspired by a city that has experienced almost unparalleled hardship and yet is rebounding with its rich cultural, musical and culinary history intact.
· Take advantage of discounts AABB is offering on hotel and travel costs through its “Annual Meeting Savings Package.” Check back in May for more details.
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Through these offerings and much more, we believe the AABB Annual Meeting & TXPO will provide an ideal opportunity to do all those things necessary — cultivate relationships, grow professionally, and network and exchange information — to emerge stronger from this economic crisis. By drawing on the collective experiences and ideas of others, we can address the obstacles we face as part of a broader community.
Having witnessed many economic ups and downs during my 30-year career in transfusion medicine, I understand how critical it is to remain relevant in your area of expertise. We look forward to seeing you and many of your colleagues this fall in New Orleans to hear cutting-edge information benefiting patients who rely on our services.
Jay E. Menitove, MD