The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH), has announced its strategic decision to hold an annual global congress formally starting in 2020.
Due to the increasingly rapid advances in science as well as laboratory technology and treatment options, and the greater need for global collaboration, knowledge exchange and education, an annual congress will allow researchers, clinicians and allied health professionals in the bleeding and clotting field to remain on the cutting-edge of science and deliver the best patient care.
The new annual ISTH congresses will fully incorporate the highly valued ISTH Scientific and Standardization Committee (SSC) components, recognizing the value of the work of the SSC and its highly important applications and make it more accessible to the wider community.
The congress format will also be shorter and more compact, establishing a contemporary meeting structure. This format aligns with trends in global medical meetings, which indicate that participants and other stakeholders prefer shorter meetings to minimize time away from home and/or work. To complement the enhanced format, the ISTH will also apply innovative evidence-based adult education principles to provide an increased value to participants.
In addition, the ISTH will implement a formal rotation pattern for its annual congresses, creating more frequent and consistent opportunities for engagement of the global community. The ISTH plans to host 38 percent of its congresses in Europe, 38 percent in North America and 24 percent in other regions of the world, which reflects the changing membership distribution and helps ISTH more proactively fulfill its global mandate.
The ISTH Council is confident that this decision highlights the ISTH’s commitment to transformative scientific discoveries and clinical practices, exchanging information to drive innovation and progress in the field. It will allow the Society to serve all regions of the world, providing better and more frequent access to more researchers, clinicians and allied health professionals in the field, regardless of where they live.
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