Haematology meeting cell-ebrates clinical leaders

A strong focus on bone marrow transplantation, myeloma and acute leukaemia underpin this year’s annual scientific meeting of the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand (HSANZ).

The meeting is part of HAA 2017, which also includes the annual scientific meetings of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion (ANZSBT) and the Thrombosis and Haemostasis Society of Australia and New Zealand (THANZ).

HAA 2017 co-convenor and HSANZ secretary Dr Timothy Brighton told the limbic the program featured one of the world’s leaders in treating adults with ALL.

Dr Nicola Gökbuget, from the University Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany will share her expertise in a symposium on improving outcomes in ALL, including discussion of new therapies (Tues 8.30am).

Other international speakers include Professor Graham Jackson from the UK’s Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals who will speak about novel therapies in the management of renal impairment in myeloma (Sun 4pm).

Dr Brighton said local clinical leaders were also featured in the invited orations for each of the three Societies:

  • THANZ’s Barry Firkin Oration: Dr Emmanuel Favaloro, Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research, Sydney (Sun 1pm)
  • ANZSBT’s Ruth Sanger Oration: Dr Peter Flanagan, New Zealand Blood Service (Mon 1pm)
  • HSANZ’s Carl de Gruchy Oration: Professor David Gottlieb, University of Sydney (Tues 1pm)

“These orations are named after notable clinicians and the 2017 orators are chosen by the respective Society’s councils for being absolute leaders in their field. It’s a fairly prestigious list,” Dr Brighton said.

The 50th anniversary of the anti-D program in Australia will be hailed as a public health success story during the ANZSBT Presidential Symposium (Mon 8.30am).

While HAA 2017 starts and finishes with combined symposiums for all delegates to attend, the program includes multiple streams including nursing, the Bone Marrow Transplant Society of Australia and New Zealand and laboratory haematology.

A beach-themed gala dinner on Tuesday evening will also celebrate the history of surf lifesaving in Sydney.

HAA 2017 is being held at the Sydney International Convention Centre, 29 October – 1 November.

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