EBMT NEWSLETTER | June 2016 | Volume 52 - Issue 3

EBMT
Important dates
Content:
The 10th Scientific Meeting of the EBMT PDWP / IDWP and the 5th Meeting of the EBMT Paediatric Nurses
ESH-EBMT Training Course 
3rd Educational Meeting of the ADWP
Search Coordinator Certificate Programme


The 10th Scientific Meeting of the EBMT Paediatric Diseases Working Party conducted as joint meeting with the EBMT Inborn Errors Working Party and the 5th Meeting of the EBMT Paediatric Nurses

May 26 -28 2016 in Island of Rhodes, Greece

Stelios Graphakos and his team from the SCT Unit of the Aghia Sophia Children's Hospital in Athens hosted more than 120 physicians and nurses from 24 countries, who formed a truly international audience and faculty.
 
The multifarious and up-to-date scientific program focused on hemoglobinopathies and cellular therapy during the first day of the meeting: Julia Peristeri gave an update on thalassemia, Andrea Jarisch focused on iron chelation, Jean-Hugues Dalle held a state-of-the-art lecture in sickle cell disease and Jean Antoine Ribeil highlighted the therapeutic potential of gene therapy for hemoglobinopathies.
The fascinating world of cellular therapies was pictured by Claire Roddie, who updated the audience in the booming field of CAR-T cell treatment. Arjan Lankester and Peter Bader gave new insights into NK- and CIK-cell technologies. An e-Posters Session including 12 poster abstracts from all over the world completed the first busy day.
 
The second day focused on the most important side effect of HSCT, which is GvHD. Diagnostic biomarkers and different treatment options (e.g. ECP, MSC) were highlighted by Jerry Stein, Christina Peters and Lynne Ball.
The meeting continued with alternative transplant options giving a main focus on haploidentical SCT. Luisa Sisinni introduced a fascinating new method in this field: CD45RA depletion.
Up to date inborn error issues, such as SCT and gene therapies for severe non-malignant diseases reflected the “inborn error side” of this meeting. The closing session of this day concentrated on antiviral therapy. New perspectives to treat EBV, CMV and other viral infection after SCT were shown by Simone Cesaro and Tobias Feuchtinger.
 
On closing day of this meeting, post-transplant complications such as VOD, secondary malignancies as well as treatment options in a relapse situation after SCT completed this multifarious symposium.
 
The busy EBMT Nurses Group discussed topics, which touch nearly every SCT-patient: Infections, neutropenia, pain management, isolation of the patient as well as palliative care were highlighted in every detail. A special focus on the patients’ and the parents’ view upon SCT gave a totally new aspect to daily nurses and physicians work.
Read more in the Nurses Group News.
 
Numerous new contacts and friendships between physicians, nurses and the international faculty will help to further strengthen the pediatric HSCT family in Greece as well as all over Europe.
 
The 11th PDWP Scientific Meeting of the EBMT Paediatric Diseases Working Party will be held in Verona, Italy, in 2018.
 
Peter Bader and Andre Willasch on behalf of the PDWP


Peter Bader introduces the meeting


Stelios Graphakos during the welcome reception

  
International audience

ESH-EBMT Training Course - 20th Anniversary Celebration

May 11-14 2016 in Budapest, Hungary 

Chairpersons: Jane Apperley, Eliane Gluckman, Enric Carreras, Tamás Masszi

Over 200 participants from 39 countries gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ESH-EBMT Training Course. 

The joint Training Course was initiated in 1996 by Eliane Gluckman, Jane Apperley and Alois Gratwohl. A little later, Alois Gratwohl stepped down and Tamás Masszi and then Enric Carreras joined the team.  Together, the chairpersons have developed training concepts and fine-tuned a meeting that has travelled throughout Europe for 20 years, bringing continuing education to transplant physicians, biologists, nurses and data managers from all over the world. 

The course is designed to be a platform for scientific discussion and networking. Its comprehensive programme provides each participant with a variety of opportunities for both passive and active learning.  Plenary sessions alternate with very popular Meet the Expert sessions in which 20-30 participants exchange informally on a pre-identified topic with a member of the faculty. This year, the programme also included a successful Workshop on Communication Skills in the Clinical Setting. Registered participants can also submit an abstract for presentation either as a poster or a brief oral communication. 

But it is not all work and no play!  This year, Tamás Masszi organized a memorable anniversary celebration with the support of Hungarian Society of Hematology and the Szent László Stem Cell Foundation. All of the meeting’s attendees shared cocktails and a cruise visit of beautiful Budapest, followed by an elegant dinner at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Our thanks go to the extraordinary faculty of the Training Course and to this year’s motivated and enthusiastic group of registered participants.  We also warmly acknowledge the support of our sponsors.

And the show will go on! Keep tuned for information about next year’s Training Course. We hope to see you there!

ESH Contact: Maude.Brunet-lecomte@unvi-paris-diderot.fr


From left to right: Tamás Masszi, Jane Apperley, Eliane Gluckman, Enric Carreras


Training Course early steps; Château de Maffliers, France


20 years later, Budapest 2016

3rd Educational Meeting of the Autoimmune Disease Working Party

January 22-23 2016 in Berlin, Germany

The Educational meeting of the ADWP was held in January 2016 in Berlin. The meeting was attended by more than 50 people from ten different countries, mainly haematologists and autoimmune disease experts. 24 international and national speakers summarized recent data and discussed current concepts of stem cell transplantation for autoimmune diseases, from both clinical and scientific perspective, covering the major indications of systemic sclerosis (SSc), multiple sclerosis (MS), Crohn´s disease and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Future perspectives in the field discussed, focusing on three major topics, (i) patient selection criteria, (ii) identification of the best conditioning regimen for each disease and (iii) prevention and management of infectious complications. The meeting again provided a unique occasion for the exchange of scientific and clinical experience and facilitated interaction between haematologists, autoimmune disease experts and scientists.

We would like to thank all our presenters and everyone who attended. The meeting was the last ADWP educational meeting for Dominique Farge as the ADWP Chair and she was thanked for her major contributions to the field.

Renate Arnold, Falk Hiepe and Tobias Alexander (local organizing committee)
Dominique Farge (ADWP Chair) and John Snowden (ADWP Secretary)



Search Coordinator Certificate Programme

Educational. Expert led. E-learning.

Professionals involved in unrelated adult donor/cord blood unit search and selection are essential in the process to find the best donor for a patient. To standardise the level of expertise of staff members, a global certificate programme has been developed by the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) in collaboration with the EBMT. The programme is created with the help of experts with many years of experience in research, clinical testing, patient care and knowledge of the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Currently, the programme has two course levels: a basic and an advanced level. The basic level course provides basic knowledge including immunology, genetics, HLA, but also more applicable information like search strategies. The advanced level course includes more profound subjects among them cord blood selection and non-HLA aspects of graft selection.

The Programme is primarily meant for search coordinators facilitating unrelated stem cell donor search. However, the course or selected modules can also be valuable for people with other backgrounds working in the field of stem cell transplantation, like laboratory technicians, nurses, physicians, or people with other registry supporting functions.
 
The 9-month courses in English consist of 9 modules and are completed with a final exam. The eLearning website (education.wmda.info) is accessible 24/7 and each module is available for 3 weeks. A module consists of a 1-hour lecture accompanied by a handout, glossary, additional literature references and finishes with a multiple choice test. After completion of all tests and the final exam, a certificate is awarded allowing the student to proceed with the next course level of the programme.

Information and Registration

The next edition of the basic and advanced level courses will start in October 2016. The application period will close in August 1st 2016. From 2017 on, the course will start twice a year in February and October.

Interested? Please visit share.wmda.info (under WMDA Education Programmes) for more information and registration.
 
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