John Semple new Scientific Secretary of ISBT


John Semple has been appointed as the new Scientific Secretary of ISBT. His first congress as Scientific Secretary will be the 29th Regional congress in Basel, Switzerland. He will succeed Ellen van der Schoot in June 2018.

John Semple is a Professor of Transfusion Medicine and group leader in Platelet Immunology at Lund University. Previously, he was Professor in the Departments of Pharmacology, Medicine and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. John has excellent knowledge in platelet immunology, particularly related to the areas of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), platelet transfusion immunology, platelets as immune cells and the immunopathophysiology of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI). He has published over 140 articles and maintains collaborations with scientists from around the globe. John is passionate about transfusion medicine research and scientific education by way of lectures, committees, and scientific meetings.

We wish John all the best as he prepares the Basel scientific programme. We are very grateful to Ellen for all her work in producing innovative scientific programmes for the Dubai to Toronto congresses and we look forward to what she has in store for the Toronto scientific programme.