The Annual Scientific Conference on Sickle Cell and Thalassemia

The Annual Scientific Conference on Sickle Cell and Thalassemia (ASCAT) is one of the must attend events of the year for consultants and specialist psychologists, nurses, scientists and all relevant experts.

The event is an ideal opportunity to see the latest advances in diagnosis, treatment and emerging fields in haemoglobinopathies. It is an opportunity to interact on the latest advances in clinical care, transition services and emerging new therapies including updates for curative treatment options.



ASCAT 2020​

Also in 2020 ARISE supported The Annual Scientific Conference on Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia – ASCAT 2020, that was held from 26th to 31st October in close collaboration with the European Heamatology Association(EHA) and the British Society of Haematology (BSH).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic an online virtual programme of events was held with a face to face element in the final days.

This year’s conference may in time turn out to provide a new and improved forum to come together to share best practice and develop strategies for the future.

The theme is ‘Haemoglobinopathies: Emerging Challenges and Future Therapies’, that reflects the rapid progress in research for new drug therapies and curative therapies. A number of FDA approvals and other national approval process are at different stages.

Considering that the majority of patients with Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia live in low resource settings, these new therapies may not be readily accessible or affordable. Therefore, our attention needs to be refocused to improve newborn screening and comprehensive care, hydroxyurea therapy, blood transfusion and effective iron chelation.

Here following some useful material about ASCAT 2020:

ASCAT 2022

In collaboration with European Hematology Association & British Society for Haematology, ASCAT presented: “Improving the lives of people living with Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassaemia: a focus on new therapies and person-centered care” held from 26th—28th January 2022.

The event attracted over 300 individuals who listened to over 80 different sessions ranging from abstracts, live lectures and patient sessions. Highly skilled faculty brought in their wealth of experience in their respective topics.

Here following two educative contributions shared by relevant experts in the field during the event:

Approximate model for online resource library for ARISE could be a hybrid of the webpages for sickle cell   and the website for HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau . This might serve as a Library or Toolkit for the education/training activities in Work Packages 2, 4, 5, 7 because some material is core information that is good for educating families, counseling, training CHEW, and even training clinicians.

  1. Content stored online, has keywords or clustered in webpages to allow search for topics and for audiences
    1. PDF text
    2. Pictures and infographics
    3. Videos? Podcasts?
    4. PowerPoint presentations
    5. Clinical guidelines and Model programs for specific clinical scenarios  – these can be presented in different ways but I really like the HIV/AIDS Bureau examples.
      6. Clinician training video
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