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A message from WFH President Alain Weill + view our updated program! 25/05/2020 11:00am

Join the world bleeding disorder community in an online version of the WFH World Congress!

Alain Weill, WFH President, talks about the innovative spirit that made it possible for the WFH to develop the WFH Virtual Summit: Connecting the Global Bleeding Disorders Community which will be taking place next month. Weill provides a valuable overview of the WFH Virtual Summit program, thanks healthcare practitioners everywhere who are battling COVID-19, and warmly welcomes you to join the community online in June. Watch the video here:

Alain Weill

Late-breaking abstracts

Don't miss your chance to submit a late-breaking abstract to the WFH Virtual Summit. The submission deadline is May 20, 2020, 11:59 EDT.

Late-breaking abstracts can be submitted for consideration via our online abstract submission system.

Speaker Highlights

Meet some of the speakers who will be taking part in the WFH Virtual Summit.

Lorimer Moseley, DSc, PhD,
Pain Scientist, Educator and Clinician University of South Australia

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Luigi Naldini, MD, PhD,
Professor of Cell and Tissue Biology and of Gene and Cell Therapy San Raffaele University School of Medicine

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Flora Peyvandi, MD, PhD
Director of the Angelo Bianchi Bonomi, Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center

Session Highlights

Is there a gain to pain – Multidisciplinary Plenary:

This plenary seeks to explore and explain the role of pain in our lives. While pain is not something we generally wish to experience, it has an essential role in making us who we are. Lorimer Moseley will explore the new understanding of pain, and how that understanding can change one’s perspectives of dealing with pain.

Lentivirus – Medical Plenary:

Luigi Naldini continues to investigate new strategies to overcome the major hurdles to safe and effective gene transfer, and translate them into new therapeutic strategies for genetic disease and cancer. This has generated new insights into hematopoietic stem cell function, and the induction of immunological tolerance and tumor angiogenesis. Naldini will present his data regarding the further development of lentiviral vectors as a systemic gene delivery vehicle to complement the reach of AAV vectors.

COVID-19, Hemophilia and plasma supply – Medical Plenary:

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) there has been an unprecedented global public health challenge. This session—developed as an educational response for the global bleeding disorders community—will present four main topics: Radoslaw Kaczmarek will focus on the pathophysiology of COVID-19; Flora Peyvandi, MD, will explain the clinical manifestations of COVID-19; Cedric Hermans, MD, will provide practical advice on the management of COVID-19; and Mark Skinner will conclude the session with information on the safety and supply of plasma derived products during the pandemic.

The WFH Virtual Summit will be held in English, and select sessions will be translated. We will confirm translations in future communications.

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