Thank you to all delegates, faculty and sponsors that made BSH 2019 the biggest Annual Scientific Meeting to date. We look forward to welcoming you to Birmingham next year to help celebrate the Society’s 60th Anniversary.
Welcome from BSH President Cheng Hok Toh
The 2019 BSH Annual Scientific Meeting held in Glasgow was an outstanding success attracting 1436 delegates. There was an animated buzz throughout the meeting as colleagues engaged and networked with each other sharing learning and experiences. Beyond great science this meeting delved into challenging areas of our practice; how well our services match the personal needs of our patients and how we sustain ourselves throughout professional life. Our pre-meeting ‘Pitfalls’ session this year was oversubscribed and highly valued by trainees and qualified colleagues alike. This year a parallel student session attracted a new audience of those early on in their interest and exploration of haematology.
The plenary sessions were universally inspirational with the scene set in the opening BSH/ASH joint session by Alexis Thompson, Ian Roberts & Peter Campbell challenging us to visionary insight of a future where genomic understanding & practical interventions delivered in a novel timely manner transform patient care. The MacFarlane Biggs Lecture delivered by Mark Crowther brought us broadly accessible and entertaining insight into overdiagnosis of Antiphospholipid Syndrome and the Dacie-Wilkinson Lecture delivered by Flora Peyvandi brought charismatic insight into paradigm shifts in haemophilia care which could be applicable to many aspects of haematology.
We were honoured to welcome Dame Sally Davies, our Chief Medical Officer, as our keynote speaker and our President, Cheng-Hock Toh presented her with the BSH Medal during the Presidential Session. Dame Sally gave a passionate presentation of the impact of antimicrobial resistance on our future practice, a theme that was picked up by the trainee winner of the, once again, highly popular Crucible Session. The Presidential Session also brought visionary insights into artificial intelligence, bioinformatics and the impact of haematology on the NHS from Mihaela van der Schaar, Augusto Rendon & Marcel Levi.
It is hard to do justice to the high quality delivered by individual session leads as there were 5 simultaneous programmes throughout the core agenda. Any one attendee will only have seen a fraction of the programme. To address this we arranged for filming of sessions on days 1 and 2 of the main conference and hope that you will enjoy viewing these sessions at your leisure on our website. Thanks to social media we continue to see comments and developments from the meeting as attendees take the inspiration they gained home to their daily practice.
Planning for our 60th Anniversary Meeting in Birmingham on 27th-29th April 2020 is already underway with our first step being detailed analysis of your feedback from the 2019 meeting. We anticipate that 2020 will be a blockbuster year focussed around celebrating the immense strides within haematology which have put us at the forefront of medical care in the 21st century. We are particularly keen to see the best of British science brought to this meeting and encourage you to start thinking about this now.
I couldn’t end without commenting on our conference party held at Glasgow Science Centre: and the great enthusiasm shown by all for the Ceilidh dancing.
We look forward to welcoming you in Birmingham for our 60th year celebrations.
Tamara Everington Cheng-Hock Toh
Chair of the BSH BSH President
Reasons to attend BSH 2019
- Over 36 sessions across three days including BSH Guidelines and Nursing Sessions
- 4 exciting plenary lectures
- Internationally renowned expert speakers
- Innovative Debates
- Opportunities to showcase your research
- A diverse range of exhibitors
- Multi-disciplinary networking opportunities
- £1000 Crucible Prize