EBMT NEWSLETTER | November 2016 | Volume 54 - Issue 5

Important dates
New EBMT Unit for Prospective Clinical Studies
Upcoming elections
Creation of the Global Committee
New staff announcement

New EBMT Unit for Prospective Clinical Studies

In recent years, EBMT has experienced an important increase in the number and complexity of our prospective non-interventional studies (NIS) in multiple working parties. We have also successfully contributed to important clinical trials, such as Merck & Co’s phase III study on Letermovir versus placebo in the prevention of clinically-significant CMV infection in adult, CMV-seropositive allogeneic HCT recipients (NCT02137772), which has been recently announced to meet the primary endpoint.

For this reason the Society has decided to centralise this activity in a new unit for prospective clinical studies, including both interventional clinical trials and NIS. The unit will be managed from the data office (DO) in Leiden, and specific studies will be carried out in both Leiden and Paris DO to facilitate closer dynamics between statisticians, data managers and the working parties involved in different studies. 

We believe that this decision will improve the Society’s efficiency in prospective clinical studies. The EBMT Board of Association would like to acknowledge the work of all staff members who have contributed greatly to bringing this together over the years.


Working Party Chair vacancies

The following Working Parties have vacancies for Working Party Chair in 2017:
  1. Inborn Errors Working Party
  2. Complications and Quality of Life Working Party
Members from full EBMT member centers interested in applying for the position of Working Party Chair should send the following documents to the EBMT Executive Office in Barcelona before 1st December 2016:
  • 10 *nomination forms signed by 10 full member centres (full members only and one vote per centre)
  • CV (including list of relevant publications)
  • Motivation letter
 Please contact Lissa Perteghella at lissa.perteghella@ebmt.org at the Executive Office in Barcelona if you would like to receive the *nomination form.
Voting will take place online one month prior to the EBMT Annual Meeting in Marseille when newly elected chairpersons will take up their new position.

Creation of a new “Global Committee”

In October 2016, the EBMT Board decided to create a so-called “Global Committee” to favour and welcome colleagues and teams from outside Europe to extend our common experience and skills.

Many young investigators and research fellows, in particular young Chinese colleagues, have trained in EBMT centers in France and Germany. More recently young Chinese investigators and nurses have worked at the EBMT Paris Office and produced pioneering studies comparing the results of Chinese and European new transplant technologies.

Chinese haematology has boomed in the past decade and the number of transplants done each year now reaches almost 2000. Chinese teams have developed interesting new approaches such as haploidentical transplants following myeloablative regimen, combination of haploidentical and cord blood as sources of stem cells etc. Likewise other countries in Asia have built similar modern transplant units and create or join other scientific structures such as the Asian Pacific Blood and Marrow Transplantation group (APBMT).

In view of the growing cooperation between many Chinese and European teams, including four joint French-Chinese symposia since 2012 and the next one scheduled in June 2017 in Marseille, the first action for the years 2016 and 2017 concerns Asia, in general, and China in particular.

Other specific actions for other worldwide locations are being planned and the EBMT heartily welcomes any new team interested by friendly cooperation.

For more information, please visit the EBMT website
Norbert Claude Gorin
Chair of the Global Committee

New staff members

Martin Kühnl, Marketing and Promotion Coordinator in the Barcelona EBMT Office

Martin started in October at the EBMT Executive Office in Barcelona. As the EBMT Marketing and Promotion Coordinator he will be managing marketing and promotional activities, by developing and implementing a strategic marketing plan to increase the EBMT worldwide delegates, sponsors and members base, enhancing the EBMT brand among its target audience.

He is a multidisciplinary marketing professional with experiences across different industries, with a strong focus on B2B global congresses and exhibitions. Previously to EBMT he was successful as Managing Director of the official Events and PCO company for GSMA, responsible for developing event services for over 2000 companies exhibiting at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In his latest activity as Market Research Consultant in Germany, he partnered and guided the management of companies such as Novartis and Philips, providing them with market intelligence and market strategy based on insights.

Email: martin.kuhnl@ebmt.org
Tel.: +34 93 453 8570

Nina Knelange, Junior Datamanager in the Leiden EBMT Office

Nina joined the EBMT Data Office in Leiden as a Junior Datamanager on the 15th of September.

Nina is from Leiderdorp in the Netherlands. She did her bachelor degree in nutrition and dietetics in Amsterdam. Her experience working as a dietitian with dialysis patients lead her to recently graduate in July 2016 from a Master’s degree in Health Sciences, specialising in Health Policy at the VU University.

It was during her internship at the EMGO institute that she discovered an interest in working with data and is now looking forward to the opportunity EBMT is offering to start a career in a professional and international organisation.

Email: S.B.M.Knelange@lumc.nl
Tel.: +31 71 526 1513
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