07 January 2019

A major meeting is due to be held in Paris on 14th-16th February, bringing together world experts on CAR-T cell therapy.

The first European CAR-T Cell Meeting will be hosted by the European Haematology Association (EHA) and the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT).

The meeting aims to raise awareness among patients, physicians, nurses, hospitals and the whole health care system of the practicalities of providing CAR-T cell therapy.

Announcing the meeting, Prof Christian Chabannon of the EBMT said the two organisations “unite in designing this first-ever European Meeting which represents an amazing educational opportunity for health care professionals to get practical information to safely administer CAR-T Cells to a growing number of patients, both in Europe and worldwide." 

Prof Hermann Einsele of the EHA added: "Experts with various backgrounds and expertise will share their knowledge about CAR-T Cell Therapy and provide an overview of their current and future applications in cancer treatment, and how this translates in health care organisations.”

CAR-T cell therapy is a new type of treatment where T cells from a patient are genetically modified then reinfused so that they look for and kill cancer cells.

The cells are modified in the lab to produce chimeric antigen receptors on their surface. These receptors recognise specific proteins on the cancer cells, and signal to the T cells and other immune cells to destroy them.

Source: https://www.ebmt.org/ebmt/news/ebmt-and-eha-joint-meeting-car-t-cells-first-its-kind-europe


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