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The South African Stem Cell Transplantation Society SASCeTS

takes pleasure in announcing the

8th Annual Symposium on Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

When: 12 - 13 February 2010 (Friday & Saturday)

The President Hotel, Bantry-Bay, Cape Town plays host to the 2010 conference

With the kind participation of the following international guest speakers:

  • Professor Alejandro Madrigal
    President EBMT, Professor of Haematology,
    The Royal Free Hospital, London, UK
  • Professor Andrew Cant
    Paediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases
    Newcastle General Hospital
    Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK


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Workshop on CD34+ Enumeration for SCT

The haematopoietic stem cell content of the graft remains a critical factor for the success of transplantation. Several guidelines have been published. A workshop on the topic will be held at the forthcoming SASCeTS conference in Cape Town.

Venue:   President Hotel, Sea Point

Date & Time:  12 February at 12.00-13.00

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Nurses Forum Meeting

Nurses involved in bone marrow transplantation from around the county will have the opportunity to come together in representation of their interests and to develop a support structure.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the possibility of creating a sub-committee in the Society.  This will lead to greater dissemination of professional activities and will help in unifying management of patients undergoing transplantation.

Venue:   President Hotel, Sea Point (Room to be announced)

Date & Time:   13 February at 8:30-10:45am

Co-ordinated by:   Sr Rowan Robinson


Overview of Haematology Nursing in South Africa
Nursing Introduction
Available Options
The Way Forward

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Guidelines for accreditation of transplant centres

Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation is a very complex therapeutic strategy that requires physicians and nurses with high levels of skill and experience, stem cell collection facilities and substantial manipulation of stem cells before infusion. To optimise clinical outcomes JACIE has set up certain guidelines and recommended that centres should pursue accreditation.  in South Africa such requirements have not been necessary, however, recently some medical aid companies have also insisted that stem cell transplantation is only funded in accredited centres. In order to facilitate such a process the SASCeTS Exco have produced a draft set of guidelines as a discussion document. Please ensure that you are familiar with the document that will be discussed at the AGM.

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  • Only abstracts which address research conducted in the field of haematopoietic stem cell transplantation is acceptable.
  • Papers may be laboratory topics, description of clinical studies or case reports. An interesting case report may be chosen as a topic in the “Clinical Debates” section.
  • The abstract title must be in title case, followed by the names of the authors and their institutional affiliations.  Underline the name of the presenting author.
  • The font size should be 12, Arial or similar.
  • The body of the abstract should include the following headings: Introduction, Methods and Patients, Results and Conclusions.
  • The body of the abstract should have up to 2500 characters (spaces included). All typing must be in single space and the text should be a single paragraph.
  • The abstract should be self explanatory, have all the relevant information and not include vague terminology (such as “…results will be presented…”)
  • The abstract should be sent in electronic form to the symposium secretary  ( or  faxed to 021-448 8607 by Friday 15 January 2010.

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7th South African Symposium on Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

held on 30 - 31 January 2009 at the Michelangelo Hotel, Nelson Mandela Square in Sandown, Johannesburg.


Selected presentations are now available for viewing.
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Date & time Speaker Topic Chairman
30 January 2009      
08.00-08.15 Prof. N. Novitzky Welcome Prof. N. Novitzky
08.15-09.00 Prof. J. Apperley Current trends on alternative donor transplantation.
09.00-09.45 Dr. J. Thomson
Dr. A. Nosworthy
Clinical debate No 1
09.45-10.15 Tea    
10.15-11.00 Prof. J. Apperley SCT in myeloproliferative disorders and current recommendations for transplantation  in  CML Prof. Paul Ruff
11.00-12.30 Dr. J. Thomson
Mrs. D. Thompson
Dr. C. du Toit
Prof. E. D. du Toit
Prof. N. Novitzky
Mrs. M. Skeen
Proffered papers
12.30-13.30 Lunch    
13.30-14.15 Prof. P. Darbyshire Therapy for relapsed paediatric ALL. Prof. V. Jogessar
14.15-14.45 Prof. M. Pepper
Mrs. C. Gould
Industry News
14.45-15.15 Tea    
15.15-16.00 Prof. B de Pauw Contemplations on the timely management of invasive fungal disease Prof. V. Louw
16.00-16.45 Dr. M. Du Toit
Dr. C. du Toit
Clinical debate 2
17.30-18.30 AGM    
31 January 2009
08.00-10.30   Mini-symposium on infections in transplantation  
08.00-08.45 Prof. B de Pauw Current views on protected environments and neutropenia prophylaxis in the transplantation setting Prof. N. Novitzky
08.45-09.00 Prof. P. Darbyshire Neutropenia prophylaxis recommendations in paediatric transplantation
09.00-09.45 Prof. J. Apperley Cellular therapies, predominantly mesenchymal stem cells for GvHD and GvL and for viral immunotherapy.
09.45-10.30 Prof. B de Pauw Options and limitations of antifungal drugs for various fungal infections in transplant recipients
10.30-11.00 Tea    
11.00-12.00 Prof. P. Ruff
Dr. D. Moodley
Clinical debate 3 Dr. D. Brittain
12.00-12.45 Prof. J. Apperley Transplantation with alternative donors.
12.45-13.45 Lunch    
13.45-14.30 Prof. P. Darbyshire Mismatched and haploidentical transplantation Prof. J. Pool
14.30-15.30 Dr. A. Davidson
Dr. D. Reynders
Clinical debate 4
15.30-16.00 Tea    
16.00-17.00 Prof. P. Darbyshire HSCT for haemoglobinopathies and Fanconi's anaemia Dr. J. Thomson
17.00-17.15 Prof. N. Novitzky Closure  

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