Dear Colleagues,
Thank you to all those who attended and participated in the 3rd Indian Ocean Rim Laboratory Haematology Congress which will was held in Singapore on Sunday 18th and Monday 19th June, 2017.  
The 2017 congress was build on the success of the two previous Indian Ocean Rim Laboratory Haematology conferences. Once again the meeting focused on laboratory aspects of haematology. This year, the emphasis was on innovation and standardisation. We are delighted that the International Council for Standardisation in Haematology accepted the invitation to join us for this congress with their focus on ensuring standardisation in laboratory haematology. Standardisation is essential for routine practice but also in cutting-edge and innovative haematology testing.

The programme was held over 2 days and included Plenary sessions, Invited Speakers and offer Free Communication sessions. This year the programme emphasised standardisation and innovation as well as issues of global importance. There were plenary lectures and simultaneous symposia on a number of themes including global issues in haematology, clinical application of sequencing, haemoglobinopathies, flow cytometry, haemostasis, blood transfusion and stem cells.

We specifically invited haematologists, scientists, trainees and students who live and work in the region bordering the Indian Ocean and who have an interest in laboratory haematology. This region includes approximately 25% of the world’s population, a large proportion of whom live in Asia and includes a number of resource-constrained countries. We particularly wish to reach out and make everyone in our region welcome. The conference was held in Singapore, thereby minimising the distance and expense of travel for people in Asia.

With my warmest regards
Professor Wendy Erber
Chairman, Organising Committee

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