Dear friends and colleagues,
I hope you have all had a great start to 2018. We, at EBMT, envision this to be a most vibrant and exciting year, with many wonderful achievements, surprises and new opportunities. The first newsletter of the year is a good forum to update you about the EBMT agenda for the next few months.
The board of the Society met earlier this month. I am pleased to inform you that the registry upgrade project (“Project 2020”) is definitely on the right track. The work on the e-learning project, and on some other different educational tools (eg. Transplant new handbook) has just been initiated. The financial situation of the Society is quite healthy. This will likely allow us to initiate, in the near future, a few other important projects for the benefit of EBMT members. Several EBMT working parties presented their annual report during this January board meeting. I felt so proud of the impressive scientific productivity of our society, thanks to the contribution of all of members. I strongly believe that the positive energy and “can-do” attitude of EBMT members has taken the Society a long way.
Next March, you will participate in another great EBMT Annual Meeting in the lovely city of Lisbon. The full programme can be consulted at http://ebmt2018.org/scientific-programme/. This is all about excellence and up-to-date science and clinical data. Delivering a successful educational event and scientific content requires skill, deep knowledge of the rapidly evolving field of stem cell transplantation and cellular therapy, but also a close understanding of the challenges faced by the attendees. This is why the EBMT annual meeting is also the main forum to present the work of the global transplant community. This year we received a record number of abstracts (20% increase compared to previous years), which will be presented at numerous oral and poster sessions. Of note, a significant number of abstracts originated from the Middle-East, far-east Asia, and Latin America. The latter highlights the expanding global influence of EBMT. I am very grateful and thankful to the local Portuguese committee, assisted by many Spanish colleagues, under the leadership of Professor Manuel Abecassis. I would also like to express the EBMT’s deepest gratitude to the over150 independent reviewers who did a tremendous job during the season holidays.
The success of EBMT is also about the effort and hard work of the elected working party chairs. During the Lisbon annual meeting, several of these chair positions will be open for election. This is an important moment in the life of our Society. You will soon receive the candidates’ manifestos. I kindly urge you to participate in this election process. A talented team of enthusiastic and experienced leaders is important for any Society, be it governance or in the scientific arena.
It is a true pleasure and honour for me to serve the EBMT family. And, please do not forget to follow the EBMT news on Twitter @TheEBMT and @Mohty_EBMT.