ISTH Congress celebrates 50 years with Melbourne meeting


Over 5,000 delegates from 95 countries will benefit from a packed program including more than 2,000 abstracts at the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) Congress in Melbourne next week.

The ISTH 2019 Congress, which also marks the Society’s 50th year, features a comprehensive scientific program under the broad theme of ‘Research, Discovery, Outcomes’.

It will cover the latest basic, translational and clinical research and diagnostic and therapeutic advances across arterial and venous thromboembolism, coagulation and anticoagulation, diagnostics and -omics, fibrinolysis and proteolysis, haemophilia and bleeding disorders including transfusion, immunothrombosis and vascular biology, paediatrics, platelet disorders and prothrombotic stress.

ISTH 2019 Congress President Professor Robert Medcalf told the limbic the congress offered something for everyone with sessions covering a broad range of topics and delivered in a range of formats.

“I know there will be presentations on the outcomes of some advanced clinical trials in haemophilia which are really exciting and potentially game-changing for clinical practice.”

“There is a lot of interest in learning more about paediatric haematology because up until now what’s prescribed for children is just based on the adult dosages and there is some evidence coming up in relation to that.”

He said there had also been growth in interest regarding the non-haemostatic effect of the enzymes and molecules, which were central to the clotting and fibrinolytic cascades.

“This area is really exciting and I am particularly interested in those presentations.”

Professor Medcalf, from the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases at Monash University, said the program had this year introduced ‘How I Treat’ sessions with leaders in their field describing a case and how they would treat it.

“It’s good for young clinicians to hear how the seasoned campaigners deal with clinical situations,” Professor Medcalf said.

The Masterclass sessions would also be particularly engaging and interactive due to their small size and useful for young clinicians.

The program also includes a dedicated trainees session (Sat, 8am) and 28 of the very popular State of the Art sessions across four days.

Professor Medcalf said five ISTH 2019 Esteemed Career Awards for lifetime contributions to thrombosis and haemostasis and the 2019 Robert P Grant Medal would be presented during the opening ceremony (Sat, 5pm).

Program highlights include:

  • The UK’s Professor Beverly Hunt will deliver the opening plenary lecture on postpartum haemorrhage. (Sat, 5pm)
  • Associate Professor Joseph Italiano, from Harvard Medical School will delver the Peter Castaldi Plenary Lecture on Molecular Drivers of Platelet Production (Sun, 9.30am).
  • Professor Marie Scully, from the UK, will present the Barry Firkin Plenary lecture on thrombotic microangiopathies (Mon, 9.30am).
  • The Oscar Ratnoff Plenary Lecture, Safe Anticoagulants: Targeting the Contact Pathway, will be delivered by Germany’s Professor Thomas Renné (Tues, 9.30am).

The ISTH 2019 Congress will be held at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre from July 6-10.

A Congress Charity 5km Run/Walk, supporting World Thrombosis Day, will be held in the Royal Botanic Gardens (Mon, 6am).

The limbic will be covering the meeting and tweeting from @thelimbichaem using the Congress hashtag #ISTH2019.

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