Committee Descriptions and Rosters


Bio-Industry Committee

The Bio-Industry Committee shall be responsible for providing input to the Society's Board of Directors on matters pertaining to biotechnology industry trends affecting the gene therapy sector, such as manufacturing, investment, and market trends. The duties of the committee include recommending sessions relevant to the industry and the Society for the Annual Meeting, and serving as a networking resource to Society members from industry.

Commercialization Committee

The Commercialization Committee shall be responsible for educating members and providing expertise to the Board of Directors on the issues and strategies surrounding the commercialization of gene and cell therapy products. The focus includes the intersection of industry and academia in developing therapeutic approaches and obtaining market approvals in order to deliver approved therapies to patients. The duties of the committee include recommending sessions for the Annual Meeting and other educational programming.

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee shall be responsible for overseeing the Society’s editorial content creation and media responses, enhancing interactions with members, media, and the public to establish and maintain ASGCT’s role as a field-wide authority in gene and cell therapy. The Committee may also propose programs, strategies, and educational content to the Board of Directors to enhance the visibility and stature of the Society.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for developing educational sessions that are presented at the beginning of the Society’s Annual Meeting. The format of these sessions is determined through the guidance of the Program Committee co-chairs.

Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee shall be responsible for making recommendations to the ASGCT Board of Directors on position statements and/or other actions of the Society in relation to ethical issues in the field of gene and cell therapy. In addition, the committee shall be responsible for educating internal and external stakeholders on ethical issues, including recommended educational programming.

Global Outreach Committee

The Global Outreach Committee shall be responsible for supporting the creation of gene therapy resources and Society programming outside of the US. The committee will develop programs such as research collaborations, award opportunities, and other outreach efforts with the goal of fostering equitable access to gene therapies throughout the world, including in low- and middle-income countries.

Government Relations Committee

The Government Relations Committee shall be responsible for conferring with policy and advocacy staff and government relations consultants to make informed recommendations to the Board of Directors on policy positions, including legislative, regulatory, and related policies. The committee facilitates the development and maintenance of productive relationships with governmental entities, including the NIH, Congress, and CMS. The duties of the committee include recommending policy positions that support gene and cell therapy research, development, and access, as well as responsible use of these technologies; and recommending educational programming that addresses major policy issues in the field. 

International Committee

The International Committee is responsible for the representation of international members of the Society. This representation includes the development of programs for the Society’s Annual Meeting that highlight the work being done by gene and cell therapy investigators internationally. In addition, the committee is responsible for working to strengthen links between ASGCT and other international societies and gene and cell therapy centers.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is responsible for reviewing all applications for Emeritus Membership in the Society and recommending their acceptance or rejection to the Board of Directors. In addition, this committee is responsible for recommending various marketing strategies to increase the membership of ASGCT and to improve the retention rate of current ASGCT members.

New Investigator Committee

The New Investigator Committee is responsible for the development of programs that support and engage students, post-doctoral fellows, and new investigators. Specifically, the Committee is asked to monitor and develop a mentorship program and a series of lunch sessions at the Annual Meeting.

Nominating and Awards Committee

The Nominating and Awards Committee is responsible for developing a slate of candidates each year for election to the office of Vice-President, any vacancies in the offices of Secretary, or Treasurer, and all vacant director positions. This list of nominees is submitted to the Secretary of the Society and then distributed to current members of the Society for a vote as outlined in the ASGCT bylaws. The committee is also responsible for making recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the Society’s awards, the establishment of orations, or other actions of a distinguishing nature.

Patient Outreach Committee

The Patient Outreach Committee shall be responsible for supporting Society efforts to educate and assess the needs of patients and families affected by diseases that may be treatable by gene therapies. The Committee will identify and address educational gaps by reviewing information on gene therapy created for patients, parents, caregivers, and other lay audiences. The committee is responsible for the development of patient- and public-facing materials to ensure they are both accurate and at an appropriate educational level. The Committee may propose programs and strategies to the Board of Directors to enhance the educational resources available to patients and their families.

Program Committee

The Program Committee shall be responsible for the overall development of the ASGCT Annual Meeting. The committee will have co-chairs with two year staggered terms and shall be appointed by the President-Elect. The Program Chair shall be in the second year of his/her respective term, and the co-chair shall be in the first year of his/her term. The Program co-chair will advance to Program chair in the second year, with the approval of the current President-Elect. The committee will annually request session suggestions for the ASGCT Annual Meeting from various standing committees and scientific committees of the ASGCT. The committee will make the final determination on the specific programs and speakers (workshops, symposia, etc.) that will be scheduled during the ASGCT Annual Meeting. The Program Committee will also determine the basic format for the Annual Meeting sessions, subject to the approval of the ASGCT President and Board of Directors.

Publications Committee

The Publications Committee is responsible for overseeing of the Society’s family of journals, including Molecular Therapy and its sibling journals, and providing feedback and guidance to the Board of Directors. The committee is responsible for leading the selection process for editors-in-chief for the journals and making recommendations to the ASGCT Board of Directors.

Regulatory Affairs Committee

The Regulatory Affairs Committee shall be responsible for educating members on the US and global regulatory environment and for interacting directly with the FDA regarding regulatory issues in the field of gene and cell therapy. The duties of the committee also include providing Society representation to entities developing gene and cell therapy standards and developing recommendations for relevant programs at the Annual Meeting and other educational events.

Scientific Committees

The various Scientific Committees are responsible for developing scientific symposia sessions that are presented at the ASGCT Annual Meeting. The format of these sessions shall be determined through the guidance of the Program Committee co-chairs.

Trainee Committee

The Trainee Committee is responsible for providing input to the Society regarding issues specifically relevant to training and career development, as well as providing trainee perspectives and expertise to the Society. The Committee has spent its first three years developing a social media strategy, trainee lounge lunch sessions, and other trainee specific networking events.

Translational Science Committee

The Translational Science Committee shall be responsible for providing input to the Society's Board of Directors on matters pertaining to translational science, such as vector development, manufacturing technologies, and early clinical development. The duties of the committee include recommending educational programming relevant to translational science.

Volunteer to Serve on a Committee

ASGCT is excited to offer its Members the ability to self-nominate or submit recommendations of individuals to serve on committees within ASGCT. 

2020

23rd Annual Meeting

May 12-15 | Boston