Monday, 12 October 2015

Associate Professor Erica Wood attends the Pan-Asian Conference in Vietnam

Associate Professor Erica Wood of the Transfusion Research Unit participated in the 2nd Pan-Asian Conference on Haemoglobinopathies, organised by the Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF) in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Haemoglobinopathies are inherited disorders of haemoglobin which may result in severe anaemia requiring major transfusion support. Patients often also develop other important health problems.

TIF plays important educational, support and advocacy roles for patients and their families, and for health professionals internationally. TIF works with national and international patient, community, medical and research organisations to promote better clinical management of thalassaemia and sickle cell disease, and to encourage research into these conditions. TIF was awarded the Dr Lee Jong-Wook Memorial Prize for Public Health from the World Health Organization in 2015. More information about TIF is available at: www.thalassaemia.org.cy

Erica delivered two invited presentations on blood safety issues, one in the scientific programme and one in the session for patients and parents.

Erica is pictured above with Dr Jim Vadolas of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Jim is a haemoglobinopathy researcher and member of the Executive Committee of Thalassaemia Australia. He is also a member of the steering committee of the Australian national Haemoglobinopathy Registry, which is coordinated by Monash University’s Transfusion Research Unit. The registry is in a pilot phase of collecting important information on the diagnosis and management of thalassaemia and sickle cell disease in Australia, including transfusion requirements.



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