EBMT NEWSLETTER | September 2016 | Volume 53 - Issue 4

Important dates
Over 250 participants from 34 countries gathered to the first edition of the EBMT International Transplant Course that was held from the 9th to the 11th of September in the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona.

Mohamad Mohty provides an overview of the EBMT ITC: Watch this video

You will read below an interview with one of the case presenter who shares her experience of the course.

Interview with Carmen Botella

Haematologist at the Hospital Ramón y Cajal in Madrid, Spain

Case presentation: Acute onset of a chronic myeloid leukemia case

"I had the opportunity to attend the International Transplant Course that was held in Barcelona from 9-11th September 2016. The structure of the course was quite informal, which allowed open questioning and enriching discussions among the experts.

All the hot topics regarding transplant were reviewed from the basics of pathogenesis to the new therapeutic approaches or innovative cell therapies. The different talks and lectures were very didactic and up-to-date literature based. After each talk there were case reports presentations performed by young physicians, with real-life problems and the strategies undertaken to solve them. I consider this a brilliant opportunity to widen your knowledge and to share your experiences with colleagues of different hospitals and countries. It also offers you the chance of getting to know the difficulties each one of us faces when the patient’s problems don’t adhere to the standard. Meanwhile, it also allowed us to meet other haematologists personally and expand our professional network for future collaborations or new ideas.

From a practical point of view, the course extended over three days, which facilitated attendance and minimized time away from our daily work.

What I take home from the ITC is a solid structured knowledge of the available therapeutic options we can offer to patients who are candidates for transplant, and a broader perspective of where transplants come from and where they are going to. As a young haematologist, it gives me the energy to progress and evolve professionally in this amazing field full of future and in continuous change. It is clear that only with quality teaching and collaboration among dedicated physicians, that transplantation will provide more solutions and we will be able to manage and minimize transplant-related toxicities.

Finally, I encourage the EBMT to continue offering this learning platform and I would highly encourage my colleagues to attend future editions of the International Transplant Course in coming years."

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