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The Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Laboratory (HILA) of Belgian Red Cross-Flanders, fusion of the former HLA labs of Antwerp, Ghent and Leuven celebrates 10 years of innovation in personalized matching for transfusion and transplantation.

When: May 2nd 2019,   1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Provisional program

Venue: Belgian Red Cross-Flanders, Motstraat 42, 2800 Mechelen

  • 1 pm Welcome
  • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm 1st session New developments in matching for transfusion and transplantation  
    • Introduction: HILA, the  ‘go between’  donor & recipient (An Muylaert, Department of Diagnostics Belgian Red Cross-Flanders)
      • Current status of molecular red cell typing and its use in clinical blood banking (Vicky Van Sandt, Belgian Red Cross-Flanders)
      • Strategy for transfusion in sickle cell patients (France Pirenne, CNRTS Paris, Fr)
      • KIR typing. Is it time for implementation in clinical decision making?  (to be announced)
      • Immunology of pregnancy. What can we learn for transplantation/transfusion (Frans Claas, Eurotransplant Reference Laboratory Leiden, Nl)
    • Discussion
  • 3:30 pm - 4 pm Break/Possibility to visit HILA
  • 4 pm - 6 pm 2nd session  New developments in organ transplantation
    • Introduction: HILA, essential partner in organ transplantation (Marie-Paule Emonds, HILA, Department of Diagnostics, Belgian Red Cross-Flanders)
      • Technical & Scientific Evolutions in personalized matching for organ transplantation (Liesbeth Daniëls, HILA, Department of Diagnostics, Belgian Red Cross-Flanders)
      • Impact of HLA matching and HLA antibodies on rejection and graft outcome in the Template cohort (Aleksandar Senev, HILA, RKV & KU Leuven)
      • International collaboration in organ allocation (to be announced)
      • Towards virtual crossmatching in Eurotransplant (Sebastiaan Heidt Euro Transplant Reference laboratory, Eurotransplant, Nl)
    • Discussion
  • 6 pm - 6:30 pm Possibility to visit  HILA
  • Reception/Walking dinner
  • Accreditation credits are requested


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