35th International Congress of the ISBT

In conjunction with the annual conference of Canadian Society of Transfusion Medicine

Toronto, Canada, June 2 - 6, 2018

Thank you!

The 35th International Congress of the ISBT was a great success. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the speakers, delegates, exhibitors and staff for making it a successful congress. Webcasts of the plenary sessions and interviews will shortly be available to ISBT members. 

We hope to see you again in Basel and/or Bangkok in 2019!

Toronto aftermovie

Key Dates

  • Abstract deadline: Thursday February 22
  • Deadline early registration fee: Thursday April 19
  • Deadline late registration fee: Thursday May 24
  • Onsite fee as of May 25

Welcome Messages


Dear friends and colleagues,

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee and Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine, it is our pleasure to extend to you a warm invitation to participate in the 35th International Congress of the International Society of Blood Transfusion to be held in Toronto, Canada from June 2 to June 6, 2018.

During this event you will have the opportunity to: share the results of your research; hear about the state-of-the art and future directions in transfusion medicine, patient blood management and cellular therapies; network with friends, colleagues and exhibitors and enjoy the sights, culture and cuisine in our diverse and vibrant city.

ISBT and CSTM are working together to offer you a stimulating educational and scientific program and provide you with a memorable and engaging social program.

The year 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the first human-to-human transfusion and is a great opportunity to learn about and celebrate the successes of our world transfusion community. The Local Day will highlight the history of transfusion medicine in Canada and provide a glimpse of our accomplishments in transfusion medicine practice, education and patient blood management. Congress attendees are welcome to join us at the Local Day.

The congress venue is the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, situated in the heart of Toronto and close to hotels, shopping, entertainment and restaurants. Come visit us and lose yourselves in the many Toronto neighbourhoods, each with unique character and charm.

See you in Toronto,

Katerina Pavenski, Chair of the LOC
Gilles Delage, Congress President

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the ISBT Board of Directors and Management, it is my pleasure to invite you to attend and participate in the 35th International Congress of ISBT which will take place in Toronto, Canada from 2 to 6 June 2018. The Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine will be our hosts and the local organizing committee has been hard at work to ensure a memorable conference. I would like to express our sincere thanks to Gilles Delage, the Congress President and Katerina Pavenski, the Chair of local organizing committee.

Toronto is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world with its inhabitants representing over 200 ethnic groups. For delegates and partners that intend spending additional time in Toronto, there are numerous attractions that will keep you busy and ensure happy memories when you go back home. You will be able to sample cuisine from a vast selection of restaurants and enjoy the arts and culture. A visit to the Steam Whistle Brewery is recommended and for the more adventurous, try the hikes at the Toronto Island Park. If an overnight visit to the Niagara Falls is not possible, then try one of the many day tours to the Falls and surrounding wineries.

As in previous congresses, the focus of the scientific programme will be on state of the art presentations in transfusion medicine by invited speakers as well as oral and poster presentations from delegates. In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the first human to human blood transfusion, one of the plenary sessions will focus on “The Past, Present and Future” giving delegates an opportunity to reflect on the history of transfusion medicine and to look forward to future developments. The very popular ISBT Academy Day will be on the Sunday and the two ISBT Vice Presidents have been hard at work planning the programme.

There will also be plenty of opportunities for socializing and networking with friends and colleagues and to visit and engage with the Exhibitors. The success of the congress is highly dependent on planning of every facet by a number of individuals and I would like to sincerely thank everyone that is working very hard in the background. I look forward to welcoming all of you in Toronto.

Ravi Reddy,  ISBT President



“Together we improve quality in transfusion medicine: Recipients need best treatment. Donors deserve best care. Professionals need best education."

Peter van den Burg, the Netherlands
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