EHA-Baltic Hematology Tutorial in Estonia provides European-level expertise to local hematologists
EHA partnered with three Baltic societies on October 18 and 19 to provide European-level expertise to local hematology trainees and experienced hematologists. The EHA-Baltic Hematology Tutorial on Lymphoid Malignancies, including Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia was the first collaboration for EHA and the Estonian Society of Haematology, the Lithuanian Society of Hematology and the Latvian Hematology Society.
The tutorial was held before the Baltic Conference of Hematology 2018. Due to the timing and location, the tutorial was poised to attract hematologists from the whole Baltic region. Some 100 hematologists specializing in CLL, myelomas and other monoclonal gammopathies, as well as those with an interest in non-Hodgkin lymphoma attended the meeting. They mostly came from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The sessions were led by international speakers such as Prof Anna Porwit, Prof John Gribben, Prof Eva Kimby, Dr Steven Treon, Prof Marie José Kersten and Prof Outi Kuittinen. The clinical cases were supplied by representatives of the three Baltic countries, with Prof Hele Everaus and Prof Edward Laane from Estonia, Dr Kristine Bernate and Dr Ilze Trociukas from Latvia and Prof Valdas Peceliunas from Lithuania.
The meeting consisted of six sessions on the following topics:
- WHO 2016 classification of lymphoid malignancies,
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia,
- Mantle cell lymphoma,
- Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia,
- T/NK cell lymphomas, and
- Primary CNS lymphomas.
After the meeting, participants learned about the:
- new WHO 2016 classification of lymphoid malignancies,
- molecular pathogenesis and prognostic markers of lymphoid malignancies, and
- optimal treatment and management of lymphoid malignancies.
86% of the participants found the meeting stimulating and 93% found it relevant to their work, while 94% rated the meeting as good or excellent.
EHA-Baltic Hematology Tutorial was very good - a lot of new information, questions and discussions. We discussed many case reports, it was very useful.
said Sandra Lejniece (Chair, from Latvia). While Outi Kuittinen said:
This meeting was a pleasant experience for me. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the discussions in the meeting and found that I also learned a lot from these discussions.