Activities & Awards

While the 2021 NICER Symposium is virtual again this year, we thought we'd add a little extra fun!

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Best Overall Abstract

Best Case Report


Best Overall Abstract Award goes to Dr. Darlene Monlish for her abstract FSTL-1 Impacts Hematopoietic Stem Cell Engraftment in a Cell-Intrinsic Manner”, based on its scientific rigor and potential to provide insightful discoveries with downstream impacts on cross-specialty patient care.

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Best Case Report Award goes to Dr. Sandra Ngo for her abstract “SOCS1 HAPLOINSUFFICIENCY IN A PATIENT PRESENTING WITH REFRACTORY ITP, ARTHRALGIAS, AND BONE MARROW HYPOCELLULARITY”, based on its instructive capacity to highlight the intersection of multiple subspecialties to improve patient care and prompt additional bench investigation.


Night Out on NICER

A chance to win! Attendees can earn a "Night Out on NICER" by attending the conference and between sessions throughout the event, look for hidden scramble letters. Collect all letters to decode the word of the day. Elevate your game by descrambling all three words to create a sentence that captures the essence of the symposium. Submit your decoded words/sentence before Friday at 11AM EST at (main page) for a chance to win one night at a hotel and dinner on NICER.


Clues can be found when joining exhibition booths, during live sessions, and in sign-up sessions. 

A "Night Out" includes dinner for two (2) plus one (1) night stay at a local (local to where you live) downtown hotel. Arrangements will be made after the winner is announced. The winner will be contacted shortly after close of the symposium to make arrangements. The gift will be received by e-mail as two individual gifts cards with no set date of expiration. 

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