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BBTS2016: Highlights from the Plenaries - Focus on Keynote Speakers

By Kate Pendry

This year we have fantastic international faculty and in this week’s blog we are focusing on our keynote speakers in the plenary sessions.

Plenary I – Wednesday 21st September | 5:00pm
The first plenary on day one of the conference will put the spotlight on new advances in transfusion medicine, from the test tube to patient.  

Prof Willem H. Ouwehand, University of Cambridge, will talk about genomics and bleeding disorders; Prof David Anstee, NHSBT will bring us up to date on the development of red cells from stem cells; and finally, Dr Harvey Klein, National Institutes of Health, USA, will explore the role of genotyping in transfusion medicine.

Plenary II: The Awards Symposium – Thursday 22nd September | 11:00am
This year we have all the award lectures being presented in one wide-ranging session that will be of interest to all delegates.

Race & Sanger Award Lecture
Dr Timothy Satchwell, University of Bristol, will present a lecture entitled Biogenesis of the Red Blood Cell Membrane in Health and Disease.  This award is given for involvement in research and development and making an outstanding medical / scientific contribution to transfusion medicine / science.

James Blundell Award Lecture
Dr Morris Blajchman, University of Ontario, will present a lecture entitled Clinical Adverse Effects of RBC Transfusions: Remaining Issues? The James Blundell Award is given for original research resulting in an important and significant contribution to the body of medical and or scientific knowledge within the field of blood transfusion.

Kenneth Goldsmith Award Lecture
Dr Simon Stanworth, NHSBT & Oxford University, will present a lecture entitled So, who really needs a transfusion?  The award was introduced in 1984 and is given for original research within the field of blood transfusion together with contributions to blood transfusion in general, either in the medical or scientific fields.

Plenary III: BBTS Question Time – Thursday 22nd September | 4:30pm
The third plenary session, moderated by Paula Bolton-Maggs and Bill Chaffe, will feature a panel of transfusion experts taking questions relating to all of the topics covered in the scientific programme.  This exciting session offers the opportunity for you to debate a topic with colleagues from across the UK and further afield (through social media).  

If you have a burning question that you would like to put to our panel please email

Plenary IV: Post-partum Haemorrhage (In association with NATA) – Friday 23rd September | 11:00am
This session is sure to be a major attraction on day 3.  We will have an update on the recently completed WOMAN study (use of tranexamic acid in PPH) from Prof Beverley Hunt, Guys & St Thomas.  Then Jakob Stensballe from Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen will give an overview of the management of PPH in Denmark. Next, Jonathan Waters, University of Pittsburgh, will share his experience with the use of cell salvage in obstetric haemorrhage. Finally, Charlotte Holm, also from the Rigshospitalet, will complete this exciting programme with an overview of her randomised study of the use of IV iron following PPH.

For further information, and a look at the full programme, click here.  We have added the option to search by topic as well as date to help you identify areas of interest quickly and easily.

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21 Feb 2020
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