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DKMS Africa's first symposium a success

The South African Society of Medical Oncology (SASMO) and The South African Stem Cell Transplant Society (SASCeTS) held a joint Conference, themed:  “Precision │Personalised Medicine”. 632 delegates from the oncology, hematology and general local medical community attended a jam-packed event.

Last updated: 31/05/2022

The South African Society of Medical Oncology (SASMO) and The South African Stem Cell Transplant Society (SASCeTS) held a joint Conference, themed: “Precision │Personalised Medicine”. 632 delegates from the oncology, hematology and general local medical community attended a jam-packed event. The event was held in Johannesburg at the Sandton Convention Centre from the 6 - 8 May.

DKMS Africa hosted our own parallel session to huge success. This was our very first symposium and it launched our organisation and work to the transplant medical fraternity. We invited and sponsored 23 local transplant co-ordinators, doctors and nurses in South Africa. Parallel to the symposium we also an exhibition stand which was manned for business enquiries.

We were privileged to have a great line-up of speakers including renowned international speaker Prof. Dr. Martin Bornhäuser. Throughout his clinical career Prof. Bornhäuser has focused on translational research studies in the area of acute myeloid leukaemia and hematopoietic cell transplantation. He was one of the founding members of the Center of Regenerative Therapy Dresden and developed additional expertise in the areas of stem cell biology and adoptive cellular therapy. Professor Bornhäuser has a portfolio of responsibilities encompassing clinical service, being head of the Good manufacturing laboratories, coordinating translational research, lecturer in medical studies and in a master course for regenerative medicine and is an elected member of the internal medical faculty in Dresden.

Our other amazing speakers were Dr Alexander Schmidt, Kristina Hoelig, Gabi Rall, Dr Julia Pingel, Carolin Schwarz, Jaide Mckriel and Elzaan van Rooyen who presented to a room that was filled to capacity.

We are extremely proud of our DKMS Africa team on giving their first international presentations!

The feed-back we received about the symposium was exceptionally good and we thank everyone who was involved in making the event a success. We look forward to hosting our next symposium.

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