EBMT NEWSLETTER | July 2018 | Volume 61 - Issue 2

11th Meeting of the EBMT Paediatric Diseases, Inborn Errors, Infectious Diseases Working Parties and the 6th Paediatric Nurses Group Meeting

7-9 June 2018 in Verona, Italy

The meeting venue was the splendid Palazzo della Gran Guardia in the heart of historical center of Verona. The number of attendees was 177 from 18 European Countries, Australia, Israel, Turkey, and United States.

This meeting continued the tradition of Paediatric Diseases Working Party, started 22 years ago, to organize meetings of high scientific level with the major experts in the field to present and discuss the current practices in the transplant setting and also to look at the incoming future innovations. It has been an intense meeting with a mix of clinical and research topics, which proves that although our feet are firmly on the ground, we are continually looking to the future.

The attention was focused not only on new drugs and modern procedures but also on our patients’ lives. The paediatric hematologists oncologists and the paediatric nurses have a long tradition to establish a comprehensive patient care with particular attention to early complications and late complications that can affect the quality of life in the medium and long-tem period of our cured patients.

We are very grateful to all the speakers and chairmen who kindly accepted the invitation, without them this event would have not been possible. Special thanks also to all younger colleagues, who sent an abstract for oral presentations, who had the opportunity to present their cases in a friendly atmosphere.

Last, but not the least, a big thanks to the EBMT Educational Unit for the dedication in organizing the meeting.
Cesaro Simone, Local Organizer
Arjan Lankester, Chairman Inborn Errors Working Party
Jan Styczynski, Chairman Infectious Diseases Working Party
Daphna Hutt, Chair Nursing Paediatric Committee
Peter Bader, Chairman Paediatric Diseases Working Party

6th Edition EBMT Statistics Course

22-25 May 2018 in Leiden, The Netherlands

Over 4 days, participants had the opportunity to learn and practice the fundamental aspects of statistical analyses, with particular emphasis on evaluating data from a stem cell transplant program. The teaching faculty consisted of members of the EBMT statistical committee, who between them, have more than 100yrs experience of analysing such data!!!

It was attended by 21 participants from not only Europe, but also Kuwait and Jordan.  Leiden is a first class venue for holding such a course, with excellent transport communication and close proximity of hotels to the Leiden University Medical Center and the city center with its dreamy canals and avid cycling culture. 
Between 9am and 5pm lectures and practical sessions took place at the Medical Center, and so after a hard day’s work, participants, and the teaching faculty were rewarded with fine evening meals in local hostelries.  

Feedback from participants was generally very positive – a few quotes “I am so inspired by the course and cannot wait to continue further studying in statistics” “Kind explanations, support by lectors, friendly atmosphere” “It was a good course, I learned a lot, and nice practical sessions, also nice to go to dinner with the whole group” “I enjoyed the course so much, and I really feel I am taking a lot of learned material home” “Very good organization” “As a data manager, it was good to be on a course with clinicians as well as data managers. Lovely relaxed atmosphere”.

Save the date!
The 7th Edition of the EBMT Statistics Training Course will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands, 21st-24th May 2019. We warmly welcome your early registration.

Richard Szydlo, on behalf of the EBMT statistical committee

Advances in Allogeneic Immunotherapy: Where do we stand in 2018?

20-22 April 2018 in Marseille, France

The fourth edition of this every-18-month symposium focusing on innovation in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation was organized by the Institut Paoli Calmettes transplant and cellular therapy team under the auspices of the EBMT Acute Leukaemia Working Party, the SFGM-TC and the IACH. This meeting aims at gathering high-ranked investigators in HSCT and cellular therapy innovation in a friendly way in order to promote best exchanges and collaboration. It was held in the magnificent venue of Palais du Pharo, dominating a scenic view on the Old Harbor, thanks to the support of the city of Marseille and personal implication of its mayor monsieur Jean-Claude Gaudin. This year scientific emphasis was put on recent development of allogeneic HSCT including haplo-identical donor HSCT, transplant in older patients and in non-malignant diseases and latest advances in cellular immunotherapy. Over two busy days, 32 faculties from all over the world (USA, Canada, Uruguay, China, South Korea, Thailand, Israel, Lebanon and many countries from Europe) delivered outstanding and stimulating lectures and participated into passionate and friendly discussions with the audience. 180 participants from 24 countries registered and contributed to what has been recognized to be again a highly successful meeting. On the last minutes of this enjoyed meeting, promises were done to meet again for a fifth edition in Marseille in 18 months.
Didier Blaise, Institut Paoli Calmettes, Marseille, France
Mohamad Mohty, EBMT Acute Leukaemia Working Party

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