YoungEHA Research Meeting - Report

After a successful first edition, the second YoungEHA Research Meeting took place in Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday, June 14, 2018, before the 23rd Congress of EHA.

This pre-congress meeting was repeated to stimulate new partnerships in hematology, by bringing together a local community of researchers from various local research groups and to promote basic and experimental research in connection with the annual congress of EHA.

In collaboration with five local organizers: Y Bryceson, B Porse, J Larsson, J Ungerstedt and C Scharenberg, local research groups were invited to participate in the meeting. The program was composed of early career researchers from different Nordic research groups, alternated by international keynote speakers who presented outstanding research findings, with lots of room for discussion.

There were 5 sessions that focused on the following topics:

  • Genome editing for understanding and therapy of monogenic diseases
  • Genetic predisposition to hematological malignancies
  • Hematopoietic stem cell biology
  • Cellular immunotherapy and immune cells gone awry
  • Leukemia

Previous EHA President Tony Green opened the meeting, along with Y Bryceson, one of the local organizers. All sessions were chaired by one of the local organizers and the keynote speaker to stimulate discussion and interaction.

This day provided a platform for early career researchers to present and discuss their work in front of an audience of local and international peers. It was a valuable experience for many.

After the meeting, participants joined other young researchers attending the 23rd EHA Congress for the YoungEHA reception.

Eighty-five percent of the meeting participants originated from Europe while the other 15% represented all other continents. From all participants, 40% came from one of the Nordic countries, which created a great balance to promote regional collaboration and international outreach.

In the future, the YoungEHA Research Meeting will be held annually on the Thursday before each EHA Congress. The next research meeting will therefore take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in connection with the 24th EHA Congress, with the active participation of research groups from The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

We hope to see you next year in Amsterdam for the 3rd YoungEHA Research Meeting!

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