10th Annual Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Conference (ASCAT) in London

5th - 7th October 2016


This annual conference is now in its 10th year and is well established as one of the leading events in the world, providing an international forum for dialogue and interaction between the leading experts in sickle cell disease (SCD) and thalassaemia and health care professionals at the front line of care.

The Conference is hosted by Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.


The passion and science were the strongest in this meeting. It was an extremely pleasant experience.
— Kalpna Gupta

Day 1

Overview of Sickle Cell Disease
Understanding and improving patient experiences: transition, pain, and treatment adherence
Chronic organ damage session on the pulmonary, bone, renal and neurologic systems
Basic and Translational Research in Sickle Cell Disease – US Centers of Excellence in Hemoglobinopathy Research
Neuro-imaging Diagnostic and case studies

Photos taken by Kois Miah - Kois Miah Photography


The organization was excellent and the venue beautiful.
I hope that new collaborations will be forged as a result of our interaction.
I know I have already been in touch with three of the speakers!
— Caterina P. Minniti

Day 2

Europe and the Middle East: challenges and opportunities in the migration era
Priorities for sickle cell disease in Africa and India
Main themes in Thalassaemia

Photos taken by Kois Miah - Kois Miah Photography


It was useful to get an overview of the disease, and how it affects our adolescents as they transition into adult services. We listened to some extremely powerful testimonies from patients, who shared their first hand experiences of living with the disease.
— Daniella Adams

Day 3

Genetics and genomics for haemoglobinopathies
Haemoglobinopathy morphology and clinical case scenarios
New drug therapies
Nursing issues in haemoglobinopathies

Photos taken by Carmen Valino - Kois Miah Photography


It was a pleasure to present at the conference and Safiyyah and Kerry really valued the opportunity to speak and share about their experiences. They enjoyed hearing the positive comments from attendees after the their talk.
— Caron Lawson
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