Annual Academy of Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia (ASCAT) conference: a summary of the proceedings

Crawford Strunk, Andrew Campbell, Raffaella Colombatti, Biree Andemariam, Rachel Kesse-Adu, Marsha Treadwell, Baba P D Inusa
2020 BMC Proceedings  
The fourteenth annual ASCAT conference was held 21-23 October 2019. The theme of the conference was 'Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia disorders new treatment horizon; while ensuring patient safety and delivering excellence in routine patient care.' Over the three-day conference, topics on current and novel models of care, advances in bone marrow transplant and gene therapy, as well as the psychosocial aspects of mind, body and health related quality of life were discussed. In addition, blood
more » ... sion, apheresis, iron chelation therapy and acute haemolytic complications were presented. Quality standards in the diagnosis and treatment of sickle cell and thalassaemia were reviewed. Experts from Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, the United States and Africa reported up-to-date scientific data, guides to comprehensive care, and current research into developing cures and advancing current therapy were described. In addition, oral and poster presentations on novel research from all over the world were shown during the conference.
doi:10.1186/s12919-020-00204-1 pmid:33323100 fatcat:z2pkdke4zvfybh7w47ao74gij4