The 3rd International Congress on Transfusion Medicine held in Tehran, Iran during 15-17 December, 2015, focusing on the theme of evidence-based use of blood and blood components. More than 600 participant from 16 different countries participated in the event.
After holding two successful international congresses on transfusion medicine in 2007 and 2011, The 3rd Congress was jointly organized by High Institute for Research and Education in Transfusion Medicine, Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization, International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT), Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine (AATM), French Blood Service , European School of Transfusion Medicine (ESTM) and WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training on Blood Safety.
The Congress was opened by Dr. Ali Akbar Pourfathollah, Managing Director of Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization (IBTO) and the President of Congress. After welcoming all participants and thanking the Congress organizers, Dr. Pourfathollah remarked that forty years since the establishment, IBTO has achieved considerable improvements in different fields such as reaching the rate of 27 blood donation in 1000 population and 52% regular blood donation.
" But like other organizations we face some challenges. On top of them is the irrational use of blood and blood components which led the scientific committee of the congress choosing this global challenge as the main theme of this year congress." He added.
His welcoming remarks was followed by a speech of Dr. Zalli, President of Iranian Medical Council, who emphasized the role of rational blood usage in increasing the efficiency of blood services. "To optimize blood usage, we need a multidisciplinary approach with the involvement of different actors and policies. Everyone involved in blood transfusion needs to take responsibility for ensuring it is used appropriately." He mentioned.
The congress covered a wide range of topics containing from recruitment of voluntary blood donors, blood safety and quality control, thromboses & homeostasis, blood transfusion in pediatric and obstetrics, blood transfusion in disasters, cell therapy , plasma-derived medicines, hemovigilance to patient blood management .
Internationally-recognized speakers from ISBT (International Society of Blood Transfusion) , AATM (Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine), EFS (French Blood Service), Sanquin Blood Service and other international institutions contributed to the event and presented the latest evidence-based practices and researches. Also, the Directors of Blood Transfusion Services in Lithuania, Pakistan and Bhutan briefed participants on the current status of blood transfusion in their respective countries.
The congress formulated in panel discussions which resulted in 80 presentations.
In the closing ceremony which coincides with the " Investigator Day", all top researchers of IBTO during 2015 were appreciated and the memorial plaque of the 3rdCongress on Transfusion Medicine were presented to the all international speakers and participants.