The Benin Blood and Marrow Transplant Society of Nigeria (BBMT), in collaboration with the Nigerian Group for Blood & Marrow Transplantation (NGBMT), the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) committee on genetic engineering & stem cell transplantation, and the Cure2Children Foundation is organizing the 1st Annual Scientific Workshop in Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation to be held July 15 - 27, 2013 in Benin, Nigeria.
The main theme for this workshop is haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in low resource countries. The three sub-themes for proposed workships include: control of infections in HSCT, use of hyperfilteration and high pressure machines, and the role of genetic engineering in modern medicines.
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the transplantation of multipotent hematopoietic stem cells usually derived from bone marrow, peripheral blood, or umbilical cord blood. It is a medical procedure most often performed for patients with certain cancers of the blood or bone marrow, such as multiple myeloma or leukemia. In these cases, the recipient's immune system is usually destroyed with radiation or chemotherapy before the transplantation. After transplantation Infection and graft-versus-host disease is a major complication of allogenic HSCT.
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation remains a dangerous procedure with many possible complications; it is reserved for patients with life-threatening diseases. As physicians are able to mitigate complications from the transplant it is being increasingly used to cure an incresing number of desieases and disorerds, from leukemia to sickle-cell anemia
Every year over half a million children develop cancer, leukemia or are born with life-threatening hereditary blood disorders such as thalassemia or sickle cell disease. As a group, they represent the most common Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) in many emerging countries. Most are curable but only a minority of children have access to appropriate care. A lack of trained personnel and/or financial resources is these children's major barriers to a healthy life. In this backdrop, the proposed workshop aims at providing hands-on training to the participants on genetic engineering and stem cell transplantation which is the only definitive cure for blood disorders like thalassemia.
Hematologist, pediatric hematologist, resident doctors, nurses, laboratory scientist, pharmacist, data managers, quality managers and any medical personnel interested in genetic engineering and stem cell transplantation can attend this training.
DATE: July 15-27, 2013
Stem Cell Transplantation Centre
University of Benin Teaching Hospital
Edo state, Nigeria
TO ATTEND, CONTACT:
Dr. G.N. Bazuaye
Coordinator Stem Cell Transplant Centre,
University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH)