WFH 2014 World Congress
Melbourne, Australia | May 11-15, 2014
The XXXI International Congress of the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) was held for the very first time in Australia and despite the distant location for many, over 4000 delegates from 128 countries participated in the largest biennial international meeting for the global bleeding disorders community.
The opening plenary by WFH president Alain Weill set the tone for a new era and an inspiring Congress week down under when he announced several significant multi-year agreements for unprecedented donations to the WFH totalling 700 million international units (IUs) of blood clotting factor and representing a major step toward meeting its humanitarian aid goal for developing countries.
Delegates rated this the most successful scientific congress sessions since the WFH first introduced individual session evaluations several congresses ago and attendance overall was excellent throughout the week. The cutting-edge medical program included plenary lectures on innovative approaches to immune responses to factor VIII, new treatment directions for hemophilic arthropathy (HA) or permanent joint disease, novel strategies for factor VIII and factor IX gene therapy research in persons with hemophilia, changes in the paradigm of venous thrombosis, and more. The multidisciplinary program followed suit with the best recorded attendance in informative and inspirational sessions including nutrition, exercise and the management of bleeding disorders, as well as critical women’s issues and motivational patient narratives.
The City of Melbourne was a wonderful backdrop and host for the 2014 World Congress, delegates enjoyed the state-of-the-art facilities at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, its close proximity to hotels and the great food during several fun-filled networking events.
The World Federation of Hemophilia and the local host, Haemophilia Foundation Australia, would like to thank all those who made the WFH 2014 World Congress such a great success.
WFH 2014 World Congress eResources
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On May 15, 2014, the WFH held an awards ceremony to honour WFH volunteers and other members of the bleeding disorders community for their outstanding contributions. Read more >
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