The 6th Congress of the Macedonian Society for Transfusion Medicine with international participants will take place in the Congress Center Aleksandar Palace in Skopje, from November 1 till November 4, 2023.

This event is organised by the Macedonian Society for Transfusion Medicine and supported by the International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT).

On the first day of the congress,  November 1, the ISBT Highlight Day will be held. On this occasion, Miquel Lozano (Spain), Ruchika Goel (USA), Pierre Tiberghien (France) and Riikka Lehtisalo (Finland) will present their work. 

ISBT Highlight Day Programme

Wednesday, 1st November 2023, Hall 3

11:00 – 11:15 Eszter Herczenik “ISBT Academy”


Chairs: Ruchika Goel, Miquel Lozano, Elena Petkovic

11:15-11:45 Miquel Lozano “Febrile non-haemolytic transfusion reactions in platelet transfusion: where do we stand?” 
11:45-12:15 Ruchika Goel “Haemovigilance: The US experience from Adult to Paediatric”
12:15-12:35 Elena Petkovic “Haemovigilance in Macedonia - current situation and future developments”
12:35-12:50 Discussion

12:50-13:45 Lunch break


Chairs: Pierre Tiberghien, Ruchika Goel, Rada M. Grubovic Rastvorceva

13:45-14:15 Miquel Lozano “The science and art of transfusion indication”
14:15-14:55 Ruchika Goel “Clinical research in transfusion medicine: Power of big numbers”
14:55-15:15 Rada M. Grubovic Rastvorceva “Use of COVID-19 convalescent plasma in hospitalised patients during pandemic - Macedonian experience”
15:15-15:45 Pierre Tiberghien “Current use of convalescent plasma in immunosuppressed patients / preparedness for future pandemics”
15:45-16:00 Discussion

16:00-16:25 Coffee break


Chairs: Riikka Lehtisalo, Miquel Lozano, Sedula Useini

16:25-16:55 Riikka Lehtisalo “What do haemoglobin measurements tell us about blood donors“
16:55-17:15 Sedula Useini “Implementation of Nucleic Acid Testing for blood donor screening of transfusion transmitted infections at the Institute for Transfusion Medicine of Republic of North Macedonia”
17:15-17:45 Riikka Lehtisalo “Lessons Learned and Changes Made Based on FinDonor 10000 Study”
17:45-18:00 Disscusion

18:00-18:45 Round table - National Societies Meeting, Conference room 1
20:00 Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception, HALL 3

Please visit the event page of the Macedonian Society for Transfusion Medicine to register and consult information on pricing.