Dear friends and colleagues,
Let me start this newsletter by thanking all of you EBMT members who make our society so special, and who place their trust in EBMT again and again. The last 2015 EBMT annual meeting held in Istanbul surpassed all expected figures, something that makes us proud and enormously grateful to all of EBMT members, sponsors, supporters and friends!
We at EBMT were pioneers in 1974 in Europe when we created the first international society dedicated to bone marrow and stem cell transplantation. Ever since then, we have tried to deliver the best of science, quality and education towards improving the outcome of our patients, and everything else related to their hard disease journey. It is our intention to continue this mission by offering more and better services.
You may very well already be one of those several thousands of EBMT members, but if you have not yet joined, I invite you to do so. We will be delighted to welcome new centres and individual members into our extended family.
This newsletter will also reach you a few months prior to the #EBMT16 annual meeting to be held in Valencia (Spain). Like in 2015, the 2016 scientific content will actually start sooner than usual on Saturday 2nd April with the new popular concept of the “How I do?” sessions dedicated to tackle some practical issues that we encounter in our daily practice. On Sunday 3rd April, thanks to the great support of our pharma partners and sponsors, you will be able to enjoy a high level top quality satellite symposia day followed immediately by the opening ceremony. This year’s opening lecture will be focused on advances in therapy for multiple myeloma delivered by a renowned international leader and great EBMT friend, Pr J. San Miguel.
On the other hand, and in parallel to the physicians’ scientific program, the nursing educational program, the cellular therapy day, the data management and quality tracks, promise to be top ones, thanks to the active and hard work of a committed Spanish local organizing committee. The patient and family day on Saturday has also expanded to include stem cell donors’ issues.
Another unique feature of the #EBMT16 annual meeting will be the introduction of the “1st EBMT Pharmacists day” which will deliver a special program including topics of interest to our pharmacist’s colleagues whom we know play a major role in the success of a transplant program. Please stay tuned for more details about the content of such program.
By investing in these different topics, we underscore our position not only as the No. 1 stem cell transplant society worldwide, but also as a leading haematology and cancer society.
I am looking forward to catching-up with you very soon. The hashtag for the Twitter coverage of the 2016 meeting is #EBMT16. And in the meantime, please do not forget to follow the EBMT news on Twitter @TheEBMT and @Mohty_EBMT.