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Experts gather for blood conference

Update: November, 02/2013 - 10:11

HCM CITY (VNS) — More than 900 domestic and international clinicians and professionals in blood and marrow transplantation are attending the 18th Congress of the Asia Pacific Blood and Marrow Transplantation Group that opened yesterday in HCM City.

A total of 120 scientific papers are being presented by Vietnamese and foreign experts during the three-day event, the first held in Viet Nam.

Scientific topics at the Congress are in 11 categories, including leukemia, lymphoma/myeloma, hemo-globinopathies, autoimmune diseases, infections, pediatric transplantation and conditioning regimens.

The exhibition with 22 booths is showcasing state-of-the-art equipment and technology in the field.

In Viet Nam, the first case of an allogeneic bone marrow transplant was successfully performed in 1995, according to Phu Chi Dung, director the HCM City Blood Transfusion-Hematology Hospital.

To date, more than 250 patients have had stem cell transplantation across the country, Dung said, adding that Vietnamese doctors were able to perform all procedures of stem cell transplantation.

The annual scientific meeting is co-organised by the HCM City Hematology Association and the HCM City Blood Transfusion-Hematology Hospital. —VNS


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