Annual Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassaemia Conference (ASCAT) 2018
The 2018 Annual Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassaemia (ASCAT) Conference will be held in London on 22-24 October.
The Annual Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Conference will be held at:
etc. Venues Westminster Bridge – County Hall
Pictures of the 2017 event can be found below:
The Annual Scientific Conference on Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia is one of the must attend events of the year for consultants and specialist psychologists, nurses, scientists and all relevant experts. The event is an ideal opportunity to see the latest advances in diagnosis, treatment and emerging fields in haemoglobinopathies. It is an opportunity to interact on the latest advances in clinical care, transition services and emerging new therapies including updates for curative treatment options. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to show case your work through abstracts (oral and posters) and to network with leading and cutting edge practitioners.
This year’s theme is ‘Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassaemia: Bridging the Gap in Care and Research in order to improve outcomes for patients living with the disorders’. To highlight key basic science, clinical and translation research in haemoglobinopathies including the mechanisms of chronic complications and end organ damage. Understanding the impact of the disorders on patients, families and communities, using current knowledge to transform and strengthen health systems to benefit the individual patients, to avail them with current and new therapies- new drugs; curative therapies. – an update on i) genetic research and gene therapy and ii) improvement in safety and access to bone marrow transplantation.
This will include lectures and networking opportunities to improve understanding of the health outcomes and health care system utilisation patterns of people with SCD, to increase evidence for public health programs, and to establish cost-effective practices to improve and extend the lives of people with SCD.
- World-renowned experts in the field of sickle-cell and thalassaemia
- Abstract presentations and poster presentation for early stage and established researchers
- Webinars for prime-time lectures and debate
- 20 CPD/CME points
- Networking opportunities with more than 200 professionals
This three day conference is aimed at all those with a common interest in sickle cell and thalassaemia, including:
- Scientists and clinicians in all areas of haemoglobinopathies including
- Consultant haematologists / Paediatricians / Psychologists/Scientists
- Fellows and trainees in all related fields
- There will be patient led sessions and opportunity for interactions
20 CPD/CME points have been accredited from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Royal College Pathologists.
3 days attendance £490 (Early Bird) £590 (Normal fee)
1 day attendance £199 (Early Bird) £225 (Normal fee)
3 days attendance £399 (Early Bird) £475 (Normal fee)
1 day attendance £ 149 (Early Bird) £199 (Normal fee)
MEDICAL / NURSING STUDENTS
3 days attendance £180 (Early Bird) £225 (Normal fee)
1 day attendance £85 (Early Bird) £99 (Normal fee)
**Early bird ends 28th July 2018**
Please note, delegates from low income countries may be eligible for a discount. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
The abstract submission process is your opportunity to help shape the content, to share your work with your peers and raise your professional profile.
2018 categories include:
- Basic sciences-pathology and pathophysiology
- Newborn screening; community engagement
- Clinical and community implementation research
- Public Health and Health Education
- Psychology, education and quality of life
- Ageing and haemoglobinopathies
- Other aspects of haemaoglobinopathies
Entry deadline for abstracts is 11 August 2018.
To download the entry form and submit your abstract please click here
Dr. Baba Inusa (chair and conference director), Paediatric Haematology, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Dr. Biree Andemariam, Associate Professor, Hematology/Oncology, Director, New England Sickle Cell Institute, Director, Connecticut Bleeding Disorders Center, University of Connecticut, USA
Dr. Andrew Campbell, Haematology, Director, Comprehensive Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease Program, Children’s National Medical Center, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA
Dr. Raffaella Colombatti, Azienda Ospedaliera – University of Padova, Italy
Dr. Rachel Kesse-Adu, Haematology, Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Trust
Dr. Marsha Treadwell, Northern California Network of Care for Sickle Cell Disease, UCSF Benio Children’s Hospital Oakland, USA
Dr. Kofi A. Anie MBE, Consultant Psychologist & Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust & Imperical College London
Dr Kofi A. Anie is the Psychology Service Lead for children and adults with sickle cell disease and thalassaemia at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London. He trained at the University of Surrey and University of London, and began his professional career at King’s College Hospital, London where he pioneered psychological interventions for children with sickle cell disease. He was later a Research Fellow at St George’s University of London, and was appointed to his current position in 1998. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society; his other professional affiliations include the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and American Psychological Association.
Nkechi Anywanwu, Service Manager and Clinical Lead for South East London Community Sickle & Thalassaemia, Guy’s & St Thomas
I joined Guy’s & St Thomas in August 2012, as the Service Manager and Clinical Lead (haemoglobinopathies) For South East London Community Sickle & Thalassaemia services covering the boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewis ham and Greenwich & Bexley.
My role is to provide strong professional and clinical leadership to a team of skilled specialist nurses.
I have worked with clients, families and carers with Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia, since 1998 as the senior haemoglobinopathy counsellor at Whittington Health Trust and have a wide range of experiences in the field.
My previous roles as a trained general nurse and midwife, has given me the foundation to build on my wealth of knowledge, working within this client group.
I am currently the Vice chair for Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Association of Nurses, Midwives and Allied Professionals ( STANMAP)
My specialist interest is to further develop the haemoglobinopathy services for the whole of South East London.
Bart J. Biemond, internist-haematologist, MD, PhD, Academic Medical Centre of Amsterdam (AMC), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Bart Biemond is working in the Academic Medical Centre as senior staff member of the Department of Hematology and responsible for general hematological care (both benign and malignant haematology).
His focus of research and clinical expertise is sickle cell disease and thalassemia is head of the Sickle Cell/Thalassemia Expert Centre for adult patients. He has focused on clinical and pre-clinical studies on vasculopathy in SCD. Furthermore, he is member of the Dutch Haemoglobinopathy Working Group consisting of hematologists, pediatricians, laboratory specialist and specialized nurses and is medical advisor of the Dutch patient foundation for sickle cell disease and thalassemia (Oscar).
Fedele Bonifazi, Foundation Vice-President and Head of the IT & Research laboratory, Fondazione per la Ricerca Farmacologica Gianni Benzi Onlus
Fedele’s current role is H2020-JTI-IMI2 conect4children (COllaborative Network for European Clinical Trials For Children), WP5 “Data coordinating centre and data quality standards” co-lead
Person in charge for HTA-Thal, the Italian multiregional Thalassemia registry, collecting and storing clinical, economic and epidemiological data from ~2,000 Haemoglobinopathies patients in Italy;
Member of the HTA Working Group in the Apulia Region Health Agency and Expert for the Health Department of the Basilicata Region.
Dr. Subarna Chakravorty, Paediatric Haematologist, King’s College Hospital
Dr Subarna Chakravorty is a Paediatric Haematologist with a special interest in red cell disorders. She joined King’s College Hospital in July 2015. Prior to that, Subarna led the Paediatric Haemoglobinopathy service at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the Imperial Paediatric Red Cell Disorders Network for 5 years, where she was also involved in the bone marrow transplant programme for paediatrics.
Subarna was the Paediatric deputy lead for the National Haemoglobinopathy Peer Review Programme in 2015-2016 and was appointed in 2018 to lead the next national programme of Haemoglobinopathy Peer Reviews. She also led the ‘Sickle Cell Theme’ of the ‘Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care’ (CLAHRC) in North West London from 2014-2016. She is currently the joint Paediatric lead for the South Thames Sickle and Thalassaemia Network and chairs the London Haemoglobinopathies Group.
Bessie Crone, Senior Paediatric Research Nurse, Barts Health NHS Trust
Bessie has been a Paediatric nurse for 16 years working with children and their families. Her clinical experience lies within General Medicine, Paediatric Accident & Emergency and Trauma & Orthopaedics which included the rehabilitation of children following acute head injury and major trauma. She has 6 years’ experience in clinical research and currently works as a Senior Paediatric Research Nurse at Barts Health NHS Trust to manage a portfolio of National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) studies and care pathways for patients and families on clinical studies.
She is currently undertaking a Master of Research in Clinical Research (MRes(Clin)) at St.George’s University, London
Dr Deepika Darbari, Attending Physician, Division of Hematology and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, George Washingotn University, Washington D.C.
Dr. Darbari is a Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist at the Children’s National Medical Center and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University in Washington DC. Sickle cell team at Children’s National provides comprehensive care to one of the largest populations of children and adolescents with sickle cell disease in the United States. Dr. Darbari studies complications of sickle cell disease with emphasis on pain. She has been conducting clinical and translational studies directed to better understanding of sickle cell pain and its management. She has published many peer reviewed papers on the subject. Her work was one of the first in the field showing altered brain connectivity in patients who were frequently hospitalized for pain suggesting possible role of central mechanisms of pain in sickle cell disease.
Prof Mona El-Ghamrawy, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University.
Professor of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Consultant of Pediatric Hematology and currently Director of Pediatric Hematology & BMT unit, New Children Hospital, Cairo University. Board member of the Egyptian Thalassemia Association (ETA) and Member of the European Hematology Association, Egyptian Society of Hematology & Research (ESHR) and Egyptian Pediatric Association. Pediatric Hematology has been my field of practice and focus of research with special interest in sickle cell disease and hemoglobinopathies. Have been running the sickle cell disease Clinic at Pediatric Hematology & BMT Unit, Cairo University for more than ten years. Co-investigator of several multi-center international clinical trials and have authored and co-authored many articles in national and international medical journals. Speaker and chairperson in national and international scientific meetings and conferences.
Prof Anne Greenough, Professor of Neonatology and Clinical Respiratory Physiology, Kingls Heath Partners Academic Health Science Centre.
Anne Greenough is Professor of Neonatology and Clinical Respiratory Physiology, Director of Education and Training at King’s Heath Partners Academic Health Science Centre and Board Member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. She was Chair of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Paediatrics (non medicines) Specialty Group and is now Vice President Science and Research, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Professor Greenough is a member of the Department of Women and Children’s Health, School of Life Course Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London and the Medical Research Council–Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma. Her research interests focus on the early origins of chronic respiratory disease and include factors affecting antenatal lung growth, optimisation of respiratory support, determinants of sudden infant death syndrome and prevention and treatment of chronic lung disease, particularly related to viral infections and sickle cell disease.
Prof Beatrice Gulbis, Medical Director, Departments of Medical Laboratory and Mlecular Biology, Brussels University Hospitals Laboratory
Pr. Béatrice Gulbis is a physician specialized in Laboratory Medicine who has developed a reference laboratory centre for the diagnosis, prevention and follow-up of patients with hereditary red blood cells disorders and in particular, haemoglobinopathies and membrane red blood cells disorders. After completing her graduate medical training at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium in 1984, she has joined the Academic Hospital Erasme in Brussels, Belgium. She has contributed to the implementation of a national network of health professionals on non-oncological red blood cells disorders through the Belgian Hematology Society (www.bhs.be) and is working for more than 10 years for a European network on rare anaemias (www.enerca.org). Her experience has also been based on grants for research projects in Africa i.e. Burkina Faso and Democratic Republic of Congo. She has published a number of peer-reviewed papers on SCD and supervised thesis work on the subject. She is a professor at the medical school and provides training courses in haematology. Being the Head of the department of Clinical Chemistry, she became the Head of the Departments of Medical Laboratory and Molecular Genetics. She has recently accepted to become the Medical Director of the Departments of Medical Laboratory and Molecular Biology for five University Hospitals in Brussels.
Dr. Kaplna Gupta, Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, and Co-Leader, Molecular and Cellular Engineering Program at The Institute for Engineering in Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis.
Dr Kalpna Gupta has led pioneering work in understanding the mechanisms of pain in sickle cell disease. These insights will help us treat both pain and the underlying disease process causing pain in the first place. Her laboratory has identified several new targets at the intersection of the sickle disease process and pain, including cannabinoid receptors, mast cells, and the nociceptin receptor, in addition to integrative approaches including diet modification, acupuncture and perception modulation to relieve pain. Dr Gupta is also a recipient of the Excellence in Hemoglobinopathies Research Award from NHLBI to examine the potential of cannabinoids to treat pain and develop methods to quantify pain objectively.
Jo Howard, Consultant Haematologist and Clinical Lead for Haematology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London.
Jo Howard is a Consultant Haematologist and Clinical Lead for Haematology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK, a post she has held since 2007, and is Honorary Reader in Haemoglobinopathies at King’s College London. She is lead for the adult haemoglobinopathy service with responsibility for more than 700 patients, the majority of whom have sickle cell disease. Her research interests are in the management of sickle cell disease (SCD) in adults and she has been principal investigator or co-investigator in several clinical trials in SCD. In 2015 she co-authored at text book ‘Sickle Cell Disease in Clinical Practice’. She is chair of the UK Forum for Haemoglobin Disorders, chaired the UK peer review of adult services for Haemoglobinopathies and is editor of the UK Standards for care for Adults with SCD.
Dr. Lewis Hsu, MD, PhD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Sickle Cell at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.
Dr. Hsu’s dedication to sickle cell disease began during his MD/PhD (Biophysics) at University of Rochester. He did pediatric residency at Yale and pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. His research includes inflammatory vasculopathy due to hemolysis in mouse models of sickle cell. He was co-investigator in sickle cell pain management clinical trials and in the landmark STOP study to reduce stroke, and landmark bone marrow transplantation study. He volunteers as Vice Chief Medical Officer of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and as health educator. Recent White Papers are among the first to discuss Community Health Workers and Implementation Science for sickle cell disease. His global experience in sickle cell includes collaboration in Nigeria and Brazil.
Dr. Julie Kanter, Associate Professor, Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Julie Kanter is an associate professor at the Medical University of South Carolina where she is the director of the Sickle Cell Disease Research Program and the Lifespan Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center. Dr. Kanter is a co-PI on two large implementation trails in sickle cell disease as well as a site PI for several sponsored research studies. Dr. Kanter is interested in identifying novel methods to enhance access to care for individuals living with sickle cell disease and for working to develop novel therapeutics to improve care outcomes. Dr. Kanter is part of the NHLBI sickle cell disease advisory panel and the American Society of Hematology government relations committee.
Prof Antonis Kattamis, Associate Professor of Paediatric Haematology-Oncology, University of Athens, Greece.
Antonis Kattamis is Associate Professor of Paediatric Haematology–Oncology at the University of Athens He received his MD degree (cum laude) in 1988 from University of Athens. He completed his training in Paediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, USA and in Paediatric Haematology–Oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA.
He is the Head of the Division of Haematology-Oncology of the First Department of Paediatrics. In the Thalassaemia Unit of the Division, more than 400 regularly-transfused and 500 no-transfusion-dependent patients with congenital anemias are followed.
He has published more than 95 articles mainly in the field of hemoglobinopathies and of iron metabolism.
Fenella Kirkham, Paediatric Neurologist, University Hospital, Southampton.
Fenella Kirkham is a paediatric neurologist at University hospital Southampton with an interest in acute paediatric neurological problems and sickle cell anaemia. She has developed an interest in the role of sleep in cognition in sickle cell disease and is currently analysing data from the East London and Sleep Asthma cohorts with her Post-docs, PhD and MSc students in Developmental Neurosciences at UCL Institute of Child Health. She collaborates with haematologists in England, Europe, the USA and Africa. She is running a Phase II randomised controlled trial of auto-adjusting continuous positive airways pressure at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College hospitals.
Dr. Caterina Minniti, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics, Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Minniti is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics at Einstein College of Medicine. She is the Director of the Sickle Cell Center for Adults at Montefiore Hospital, whose mission is to provide exceptional, seamless, comprehensive, compassionate and individualized care, education, counseling and research for people living with sickle cell disease. Dr. Minniti is a clinical trial specialist and a translational researcher who believes that the best way to provide care for SCD patients is on a continuum, from birth to adulthood.
Luhanga Musumadi, Advanced Nurse Practitioner for Haemoglobinopathies and the Lead Nurse for Adolescent transition, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Luhanga is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) for Haemoglobinopathies and the Lead Nurse for Adolescent transition at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT)
He set up the transition service at GSTT in 2008 to support young people aged 13 – 24years, preparing them for transition while in Paediatrics and helping them settle into the adult services. The transition service provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary service addressing a range of issues concerning this age group from clinical to Social, Psychological, educational and general wellbeing.
His current research interests include the role of digital communication in current and future patient–clinician communication for NHS providers of specialist clinical services for young people.
He is also an Honorary Lecturer on the Adolescent care & Haemoglobinopathy Courses for post graduate Nurses at King’s College University, London.
Sharon Ndoro, Senior Research and specialist Nurse for Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia, Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
Sharon Ndoro (RCN, BSc) is Senior Research and specialist Nurse for sickle cell and Thalassaemia at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital since 2012, responsible for the recruitment and follow up of patients in clinical and observational studies and also providing education and clinical support for children with haemoglobinopathy. She began her career in paediatric haematology in 2002 as a Sister at Royal London Hospital on a general haematology ward. In 2009-2012 Sharon worked as a specialist haemoglobinopathy nurse at East London NHS Foundation Trust providing genetic counseling, providing support for newly diagnosed patients and affected patients both in patient and in the community.
Dr. Helen New, Consultant in Paediatric Transfusion Medicine at NHS Bloody and Transplant, London.
Dr Helen New is a Consultant in Paediatric Transfusion Medicine at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) in London, UK, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London. She is Chair of the UK Blood Services’ Standing Advisory Committee for Blood Components (SACBC), and is the consultant lead for the NHSBT London therapeutic apheresis service based at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She is an expert in paediatric transfusion, having led the writing group for the new BSH guidelines on fetal, neonatal and paediatric transfusion, and writes the paediatric chapter for the annual report of the UK haemovigilance scheme, SHOT.
Dr. Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, Professor-Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, USA
Dr. Ohene-Frempong, originally from Ghana, received undergraduate and medical education at Yale University, USA. After residency in pediatrics at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, he completed a pediatric hematology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), University of Pennsylvania. With a long career in sickle cell disease Dr. Ohene-Frempong is currently Professor-Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, Attending Hematologist and Director Emeritus of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, CHOP, and President of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana. He is also Programme Coordinator, National Newborn Screening Programme for Sickle Cell Disease in Ghana
Dr. Maria Pelidis MD, Consultant Paediatric Haematologist/Oncologist, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, London
Dr Maria Pelidis earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, United States. She went on to complete a residency in paediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a fellowship in paediatric haematology and oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She then worked at the Floating Hospital for Children, and was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University Medical School in Boston Massachusetts until 2009 when she moved to London to work as a consultant at the Royal Marsden Hospital and St Georges Hospital. She is currently a consultant in Paediatric Haematology at the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London and her clinical interests include haemoglobinopathies, iron overload, iron deficiency, primary immune thrombocytopenia, bleeding disorders and bone marrow failure.
Prof Antonio Piga, Professor of Pediatrics at Turin University.
Antonio Piga is Professor of Pediatrics at Turin University, where he serves as Dean of the School of Medicine, pole B.
Research fields include hemoglobinopathies, disorders of iron metabolism, non invasive methods for body iron assessment, and development of drugs as iron chelators, and modulators of bone marrow activity.
Prof John Porter, Professor of Haematology and Consultant Haematologist, University College London Hospitals, London.
John Porter is Professor of Haematology and Consultant Haematologist at the University College London Hospitals in London, UK and head of the joint Red Cell Unit for UCLH and Whittington Hospitals. He graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1974 was awarded an FRCP by the Royal London College of Physicians in 1995 and FRCPath in Haematology by the Royal College of Pathologists in 1996.
His clinical and research focus has been treatments of thalassaemia and sickle cell disorders, with particular reference to iron overload, the mechanisms of iron chelation, the speciation and uptake of non-transferrin-bound iron (NTBI) species, the molecular basis of iron homeostasis in health and disease, and the actions and toxicities of mixed-ligand chelation therapies. He has received funding from many sources including the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Welcome Foundation and National Institutes of Health (NIH) for this work. Professor Porter has been the principal UK investigator in numerous multicentre clinical trials on iron chelation and is currently the principal UK investigator on ongoing trials with Luspatercept for correcting anaemia in Thlassaemias (Celgene) and Gene therapy for Thalassaemia (Bluebird Bio).
Prof Giovanna Russo, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Catania.
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Catania; director of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Center, which provides health care for children with hematology/oncology/immunology diseseas. Her areas of clinical and research interests are hemoglobinopathies, sickle cell disease, rare anemias, platelet disorders.
She coordinates the Red Cell Working group of Italian Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Association, which has an ongoing programme to promote comprehensive care for sickle cell disease pediatric patients all over Italy.
Claire Sharpe, Reader and Honorary Consultant in Renal Medicine at King’s College London/King’s College Hospital.
Claire Sharpe is a Reader and Honorary Consultant in Renal Medicine at King’s College London/King’s College Hospital. She graduated in Medicine from University College London and after specializing in Renal Medicine commenced research in renal fibrosis at King’s College London under the supervision of Professor Bruce Hendry. She received a National Kidney Research Fund Clinical Training Fellowship in 1999 and was awarded her PhD in 2001. In 2002 she successfully obtained a Department of Health/NIHR 5-year Clinician Scientist Award and completed her specialist clinical training in 2004. In 2009 she was awarded a NHS/HEFCE Clinical Senior Lectureship and currently works as a clinical academic devoting 50% of her time to research and 50% to clinical activity.
Prof Ali Taher, Professor of Medicine, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon.
Ali Taher, is a Professor of Medicine at the Division of Hematology & Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) located in, Beirut, Lebanon. He is also the Vice Chair for Research at the Department of Internal Medicine at AUBMC. Dr. Taher is the Director of the Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute and the Founding Director Fellowship and Residents Research Program, Faculty of Medicine at the AUBMC. In addition, Dr. Taher is an integral member of a team of consultants at the Thalassemia Department of the Chronic Care Center (CCC) located in Hazmieh, Lebanon where he has contributed to state of the art prevention and management programs for thalassemia patients in the country. Dr. Taher is an adjunct Professor of Hematology & Medical Oncology at Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA and a Member of the “Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society”. Dr. Taher is well known for his dedication and active role in research on the various hemoglobinopathies, especially the thalassemias, both nationally and internationally. Achieving better patient outcomes and quality of life remains at the heart of his work.
Dr. Paul Telfer, Clinical Lead, Haemoglobinopathy Services, Royal London Hospital.
Dr Paul Telfer is clinical lead for the haemoglobinopathy services at the Royal London Hospital since 1998, and clinical lead for the East London and Essex Clinical Haemoglobinopathy Network since 2004. He has been a committee member of the British Society for Haematology, UK Forum for Haemoglobin Disorders, the Clinical Advisory Group for Specialist Commissioning in Haemoglobinopathies, and is clinical advisor to the National Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening Programme, the UK Thalassaemia Society, and Thalassaemia International Federation. He has co-authored national guidelines for management of children and adults with sickle cell disease, and thalassaemia. He has authored clinical research papers and is co-author of ‘Sickle Cell Disease in Clinical Practice’ published by Springer.
He is chief investigator for the SCAPE trial, the East London Newborn Sickle Cell Cohort Study and Cyprus Thalassaemia Cohort study. He has been principal investigator for ASSERT, SITT, DEEP, GBT440 and BELIEVE trials.
Dr. Winfred Wang, Member, Department of Haematology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Dr Wang trained at the University of California, Berkeley (BA, Chemistry); University of Chicago (MD); Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Bronx, NY and Kauikeolani Children’s Hospital, Honolulu, HI (paediatric residency); University of California Medical Center, San Francisco (paediatric haematology fellowship) Dr Wang has provided clinical care for children with non-malignant haematologic conditions for more than 40 years and has been an attending physician at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center for the past 36 years. His major interests are clinical care of children with sickle cell disease and bone marrow failure disorders and clinical research in those areas. Most of his clinical research efforts are related to the use of hydroxyurea and the evaluation of the central nervous system in different populations of children with sickle cell disease. He was formerly the leader of the St. Jude Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center and the BABY HUG multi-center trial. Other current appointments are Professor, Dept. of Paediatrics University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences and Attending Physician, LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center.
Prof Ambroise Wonkam, Professor of specialist medical geneticist, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Ambroise Wonkam is professor of specialist medical geneticist, in the Division of Human Genetics, and Deputy Dean Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
After a MD training from the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon), he completed a thesis in Cell Biology in the department of Morphology, University of Geneva (Switzerland) and a PhD in Human Genetics (University of Cape Town, South Africa). Other salient aspects of Prof Wonkam’s background include his education as a medical geneticist at a highly reputable genetics department in Geneva (Switzerland). He subsequently practices medical genetics in both European and African contexts.
His research interests are reflected in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, which are in molecular, clinical, educational and ethical aspects of medical and human genetics. His research focuses on: 1) Psychosocial Burden and Genomics modifiers of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD); 2) Genetics of hearing loss, and 3) Ethical and educational Issues in human genetics in Africa.
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Day One: 22 October 2018
08.00-09.00 – REGISTRATION
09.00-09.05 – Welcome address
09.05-09.15 – Introduction – Dr. Baba Inusa
09.15-10.05 – Recent Updates – Chair: Rachel Kesse-Adu
- Dr. Bart Biemond, Netherlands: Sickle cell disease
- Dr. Maria Cappellini, Italy: Thalassaemia
- Dr. Pierre Buffet, France– Malaria and the Spleen
10.35 – 10.55 Refreshment Break
10.55-12.50 – Sickle Cell Cohort Studies and Long-Term Outcomes
- 10.55 – 11.20 – Dr. Winfred Wang – Member, Department of Hematology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; US Sickle cell Cohort (USA- CSSCD)
- 11.20 – 11.40 – Dr. Beatrice Gulbis, Belguim: Neonatal Screening for Sickle Cell Disease Improves Outcome
- 11.40 – 12.00- Dr. Kwaku Ohene-Frempong – Director emeritus of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, President Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana
- 12.00 – 12.30 – Drs Anie Kofi/ Lewis Hsu/Andrea Lamont: A sustainable Sickle cell cohort –The role of community workers training implementation in Nigeria
- 12.30 – 12.50 – Dr. Fred Piel, UK: Epidemiology in Sickle Cell Disease
12.50-13.30 – Lunch, Exhibition and Networking
13.30 – 15.20 – Pain Management symposium – Chair: Deepika Darbari, US
- 13.30 – 13.55 – Dr. Deepika Darbari, US – Pain mechanisms and phenotypes in
- 13.55 – 14.20 – Dr. Wally Smith, US – Chronic pain in SCD
- 14.20 – 14.40 – Dr. Antonio Piga, Italy – Pain in Thalassemia: Differential diagnosis
- 14.40 – 15.00 – Dr. Andrew Campbell – SCD pain around the globe (CASIRE group)
- 15.00 – 15.20 – Dr. Kalpna Gupta, US – Targeting novel mechanisms of pain in sickle cell disease
15.20-15.40 – Refreshment Break
15.40-17.30- Parallel Session – How I manage sessions – Sickle cell Disease
Paediatrics – Chair: Dr. Corinna McMahon 15.40 – 15.45
- 15.45 – 16.10 – Dr. Helen New – Automated Red Cell Exchange
- 16.10 – 16.35 – Dr. Mona El-Ghamrawy – Stroke in childhood
- 16.35 – 17.05 – Dr. Subarna Chakravarthy – Liver problems in SCD
- 17.05 – 17.30 – Dr. Leena Karnik – Long term monitoring after blood and marrow transplantation in children with haemoglobinopathies
Adult – Chair: Dr. Biree Andemariam 15.40 – 15.45
- 15.45 – 16.10 – Dr. Wale Atoyebi – Hydroxyurea
- 16.10 – 16.35 – Dr. Jo Howard – Acute Chest syndrome
- 16.35 – 17.05 – Dr. Caterina Minnitti – Pulmonary hypertension
- 17.05 – 17.30 – Mr Luhanga Musumadi – Engagement with Adolescents and Young adults
17.30 Reception Drinks and Poster Walk
Day Two: 23 October 2018
08.40-10.30 –Thalassaemia – Chair Dr. Ali Taher
- 08.40 – 09.05 – Dr. Vip Vipraksit, Thailand – Haemoglobin H Disease and update
- 09.05 – 09.30 – Dr. Ali Taher, Lebanon – Thalassaemia and cancer
- 09.30 – 09.55 – Dr. Salwa Hindawi – Update Experience in Transfusion, Saudi Arabia
- 09.55 – 10.20 – Dr. Antonis Kattamis, Greece – Chelation therapy challenges in thalassaemia
- 10.20 – 10.40 – Dr. Alessia Pepe, Italy – Cardiac Complication in Thalassaemia
10.40-11.00 – Refreshment Break
11.00- 13.05 – Thalassaemia Session Continued
Chair: Dr. Mark Velangi, UK
- 11.00 – 11.25 – Dr. Paul Telfer – Collaborative research and datasets across Europe
- 11.25 – 11.50 – Dr. Aurelio Maggio – New insights into genotype phenotype correlations
- 11.50 – 12.15 – Dr. Antonio Piga -Targeting ineffective erythropoiesis
- 12.15 – 12.40 – Dr. John Porter – Targeting Hepcidin/Ferroportin axis
- 12.40 – 13.05 – Dr. Moshsin Badat, UK – Genome editing to ameliorate thalassaemia major phenotype
13.05-14.00 – Lunch, Exhibition and Networking
14.00-15.40 – Chronic organ damage in Sickle Cell Disease – Chair: Dr. Giovanna Russo, Italy
- 14.00 – 14.20 – Dr. Fenella Kirkham – Stroke in Sickle Cell Disease
- 14.20 – 14.40 – Dr. Raffaela Colombatti – CNS abnormalities in children with SCD-beyond stroke and silent infarcts
- 14.40 – 15.00 – Dr. Anne Greenough – Asthma treatment in Sickle Cell Disease
- 15.00 – 15.20 – Mr. Marcus Bankes – Avascular Necrosis
- 15.20 – 15.40 – Claire Sharpe – Renal Disorders is adult with SCD
15.40 – 15.50 – Refreshment Break
15.50- 17.35 – Technology session – Chair: Dr. Julie Kanter, US
- 15.50– 16.15 – Dr. Julie Kanter – Telemedicine
- 16.15 – 16.35 – Dr. Shah – App development
- 16.35 – 16.55 – Dr. Rob Hollingsworth – Registry and Database development for haemoglobinopathies
- 16.55 -17.15 – Dr. Fedele Bonifazi, Italy – Experimental and Real-World Data Sharing
- 17.15 – 17.35 – Dr. Beatrice Gulbis, Belguim – update from European collaboration
17.35 – Conference Close
Day Three: 24 October 2018
08.00 – 08.40 – REGISTRATION
08.40 – 10.30 – Genetics – Genomics – Chair: Dr. Noemi Roy
- 08.40 – 09.15 – Dr. Noemi Roy, UK – The principles of genetics and genomic studies
- 09.15 – 09.40 – Dr. Ambroise Wonkam, South Africa – Genomics of Sickle cell Disease and perspective for patient care
- 09.40- 10.05 – Jean-Sebastian Diana, France – Gene Therapy in SCD
- 10.05 – 10.30 – Josu de la Fuente, UK – Bone Marrow transplantation in SCD
10.30-11.00 – Refreshment Break
11.00- 13.00 Education / Nursing sessions Chair: Mrs Nkechi Anyanwu
- 11.00 – 11.30 – Mr. Sam Bennett and Miss. Sharon Ndoro – Specialist Nursing input in the management of Pain is SCD
- 11.30 – 11.50– Mr. Denovan Hess, UK – Running blood transfusion programme in haemoglobinopathies
- 11.50 – 12.20 – Mr. Neil Westerdale and Ms. Giselle Padmore-Payne – Nurse Led clinics in SCD
- 12.20 – 12.40 – Ms. Bessie Crone, UK – Day in the life a Research Nurse Coordinator
- 12.40 – 13. 00 – Mrs. Nkechi Anyanwu, UK – Quality improvement for patients in the Community
13.00-13.50 – Lunch, Exhibition and Networking
13.50 – 15.10 – Case Studies/Oral Abstracts
15.10-16.30—Debate : I would recommend Indefinite Blood transfusion for Primary Stroke Prevention in Sickle cell Disease
Chair: Dr. Maria Pelidis
- Janet Kwiatkowski- YES
- Miguel Abboud– NO
16.20-16.40 Conferences close – Dr. Baba Inusa
16.40 – Conference Close
11 September 2018
Evelina London Gait Analysis Course 2018
8 – 10 November 2018
Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis 2018: Current practice and beyond
9 – 10 November 2018