Dr. Aliyah Baluch Invited To Join A BMT CTN Infection and Immune Reconstitution Committee

Aliyah Baluch, MD, MSc, FACP, FIDSA, Associate Member of the department of internal medicine’s division of infectious disease and Associate Professor in the department of oncologic sciences for USF Health, has been invited to serve on the Infection and Immune Reconstitution Committee for the 2021 BMT CTN State of the Science Symposium. This is an auspicious committee within the international Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trails Network.

Dr. Baluch is also the Bone Marrow Transplant Infectious Diseases attending physician at Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and was selected as the 2019 Charles C. Williams Jr., MD Physician of the Year at the Moffitt Cancer Center annual faculty recognition and award ceremony held on February 11, 2020.

Dr. Aliyah Baluch being awarded the 2019 Charles C. Williams Jr., MD Physician of the Year at the Moffitt Cancer Center annual faculty recognition and award ceremony held on February 11, 2020.

Out of the large group of transplanters at Moffitt, only three were selected. Dr. Baluch is now a member of an 11-person committee where four are Transplant ID and the others are BMT attendings. The committee is part of the Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy field under the auspices of ‘Transplantations and Cellular Therapy Meetings of American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy (ASTCT) and the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR)’. Members create the ideas for three prospective projects to be pitched to CIBMTR. These projects are then done over a five-year cycle.

The Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN) was established in October 2001 to conduct large multi-institutional clinical trials. The trials will address important issues in hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), thereby furthering understanding of the best possible treatment approaches. Participating BMT CTN investigators collaborate through an organization designed to maintain continuity of operations, to facilitate effective communication and cooperation among participating transplant centers and with collaborators at the National Institutes of Health, and to offer trials participation to patients in all regions of the U.S.

The 2021 State of the Science Symposium is supposed to be held in Hawaii, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, might end up being solely virtual.