ISBT is coming to town

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Jenny Ryan

The International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) is coming to town! Seven weeks and counting down until the 35th International Congress of the ISBT takes place in Toronto. This prestigious international meeting of transfusion medicine professionals hasn’t been held here in Canada since 2002.

The early registration deadline is April 19.  

Many transfusion experts from around the world will bring their expertise to Canada enhancing our opportunities to learn about and discuss international initiatives in the Canadian context. 

The annual Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine (CSTM) meeting will be part of a “local day” just before ISBT 2018 begins. So, for many Canadian transfusion medicine professionals who attend CSTM but don’t often travel outside of Canada, this will be a great chance to experience an international conference. 

Canadian Blood Services team members will be participating in numerous sessions and presentations during CSTM local day and ISBT. The full scientific programme including abstracts selected for oral presentation is now available on the congress website. 

If you're already planning to attend ISBT 2018, don't forget to check out the exhibition hall. We'll be there to share some of the research and education underway Canadian Blood Services and host some activities in recognition of our 20th anniversary. Stay tuned for more on that in an upcoming post...  

Take note investigators under the age of 40!

Don’t miss the opportunity to network with peers from around the world at ISBT 2018. The application deadline for the Young Investigators Breakfast is fast approaching.

Young Investigators Breakfast

  • Tuesday June 5
  • Meet and talk to transfusion medicine experts, discuss research and get tips and suggestions

If you want to attend, complete your application form and submit to



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The opinions reflected in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Canadian Blood Services nor do they reflect the views of Health Canada or any other funding agency.


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