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Dear Colleagues,

I warmly invite you to attend the Indian Ocean Rim Laboratory Haematology Congress. This Congress, focusing on laboratory aspects of haematology, will be held in Fremantle, Western Australia on Wednesday 16 until Friday 18 October 2019.

The Congress is hosted by The University of Western Australia. We are delighted that the meeting will be held jointly with the Members of Malaysian Society of Laboratory Haematology. The International Council for Standardisation in Haematology is once again a partner in the Congress.

The 2019 Congress will build on the success of previous Indian Ocean Rim Laboratory Haematology conferences. In 2019 the key themes will be:

  • Morphology
  • Diagnosis of haematological malignancies
  • Standardisation in laboratory haematology testing
  • Innovations in haemostasis and thrombosis testing
  • Paediatric haematology
  • Haematology in the region
  • Patient blood management

The exciting programme will bring together cutting-edge innovative areas of practice and standardisation in laboratory haematology. The 2-day scientific programme will include Plenary sessions, Invited Speakers, Free Communications and posters. Details of the programme are being developed by our distinguished international team on the Organising Committee.  A half-day Satellite Morphology Workshop is being planned for 19 October, immediately following the congress – more details to follow.

We specifically welcome haematologists, scientists, trainees and students who live and work in the region bordering the Indian Ocean Rim. 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.

I hope that you will join us at this important laboratory haematology congress. If the previous meetings are a guide, I can assure you that you will enjoy the meeting, update your knowledge and have an enjoyable time.

I look forward to meeting you in Fremantle next October.

With my warmest regards,

Professor Wendy Erber
Chairman, Organising Committee

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