IPFA/BCA 3rd Global Symposium on the Future for Blood and Plasma Donation
Report of IPFA/BCA Symposium
In the days leading up to our symposium, as we all plotted the course of Hurricane Irma towards our venue in Atlanta there was some understandable concern that delegates and participants would not be able to travel and the meeting would not possible! Despite this nervous start, and after careful consideration, we decided that the meeting should proceed as planned. And we are glad we took this decision and are grateful to delegates and participants who heroically made their way to Atlanta!
There were of course some minor changes to the program including the use of internet technology to allow presenters who were unable to attend to deliver their presentations from remote locations. We are grateful for their efforts on our behalf and also to our IT colleagues from Nuntio for making this possible and trouble free! The last minute cancellation of the social event at the Atlanta History Centre on the evening of the first day created an exciting opportunity to arrange alternative food, drink and entertainment at the venue hotel – we are indebted to staff from IPFA, BCA, Blood Assurance and the hotel who calmly and enthusiastically created a memorable and enjoyable evening.
Please see the comprehensive meeting report.
IPFA and Blood Assurance were delighted to have been able to offer a “Fellowship” to enable Dr Corina Zucchi from Argentina to attend the meeting. Please see the impressions of Dr Zucchi.
We are deeply indebted to all who contributed to the success of the meeting including our commercial sponsors without whose support the meeting would not be possible.
Mr Rob Van Tuyle, President IPFA
Dr Paul F.W. Strengers, Executive Director IPFA
Mr Bill Block, President and CEO BCA