Our scientific secretary Ellen van der Schoot and chair of the Academy Diana Teo have composed an excellent scientific programme including:
Saturday, November 14
During the Indonesian half day Ubonwon (Thailand) will discuss the role of a National Blood Centre in countries with a mixed system of blood services and Chen (Taiwan) will present the consolidation of laboratories for blood testing. The plenary session will provide examples on how to overcome resource limitations in Myanmar, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. In a parallel scientific session on donors and donation and components Celia Tan (Singapore) will present how behavioural changes could improve donor recruitment and retention, Fitri (Indonesia), selected oral abstract, will explain how blood donation could be promoted during fasting. Thierry Burnouf (Taiwan) will present the latest developments in plasma derivative production and Gyulnar Baimukanova (USA), selected oral abstract, will discuss the effect of platelet storage temperature on the integrity of endothelial cells in the vasculature.
Sunday, November 15
In one of the plenary sessions, Martin Olsson (Sweden) will explain why having blood group O protects against malaria and Yoshihiko Tani (Japan) will discuss the prevalence of various rare blood types in the region. The second plenary will include a presentation by Lin Fung (Australia) on a sheep model of blood transfusion. The importance of glycosylation of alloantibodies against blood cell antigens will be presented by Ellen van der Schoot (The Netherlands) in a scientific parallel session. The various issues related to blood safety will be discussed by Brian Custer (USA) and Yasmin Ayob (Malaysia) in an Academy parallel session.
Monday, November 16
In one of the scientific sessions Kevin Baird, Professor of Malariology and Head of Unit, Eijkman Oxford Clinical Research Unit, who is located in Jakarta, will present a primer on Malaria. The emerging pathogens and their risk to transmit diseases through transfusion will be presented by Helen Faddy (Australia) and So-Yong Kwon (Korea), oral abstract, will share the Korean experiences regarding the recent outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus. In one of the Academy sessions Kirwan (New Zealand) will introduce practice regarding novel blood components. In the final plenary session Viprakasit (Thailand) will provide an update on how to manage haemoglobinopathies and iron overload. Hutajulu (Indonesia) will highlight the importance of GMP supervision in blood establishments.
The programme will start with an Indonesian half day on November 14 which is being prepared by the Local Organising committee. It will be followed by the opening ceremony and welcome lunch. The main scientific programme will commence the afternoon of November 14, 2015.