Dear Colleagues and Friends,
In 2017, Marseille will proudly host the 43rd edition of the EBMT Annual Meeting, including the 33rd EBMT Nurses Group meeting, 16th EBMT Data Management Group Meeting, 11th Patient, Family & Donor Day, 9th Meeting of the Quality Management Group, 6th Cell Therapy Day, 6th Paediatrics Day, 2nd EBMT Pharmacist Day and 1st Psy Day.
Marseille is the oldest city in France, with Greek settlers arriving from Phocéa around 600 B.C. Through centuries, the city became one of the most important harbours in the Mediterranean area. Over centuries, the city went through successive mutations; it is now turning towards modern industries and services, including successful biotech companies. Second after Paris for its scientific potential, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region attracts talented scientists who benefit of world-class research facilities and teams focusing on oncology, immunology, rare genetic diseases, infectious diseases and neurosciences to name a few. The Institut Paoli-Calmettes, the Comprehensive Cancer Centre, and the University Hospital, AP-HM, host two of the oldest and most active French hematopoietic stem cell transplant programs for adults and children respectively.
Over the last twenty years, beside its popular football team (the OM); Marseille increasingly became a fashionable destination. Large-scale renovations of several city districts gave birth to the new Old Port, the MuCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations), the J4 esplanade and the “Nouveau Stade Vélodrome”. Marseille is a lively city with an amazing 57 km of coastline. The Calanques National Park, a unique natural environment, is the spot for nautical and fun activities. Designated as European Capital of Arts and Culture in 2013, Marseille will be the European Capital for Sports in 2017. Gateway of Provence, Marseille is close to Cassis, Aix-en-Provence, Camargue, Alpilles and Côte d’Azur.
The Local Organizing Committee hopes that you will take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy the pleasure of meeting with colleagues and friends for what we expect to be a top-level event in educational and scientific activities, as well as discover or visit again the beauty of Marseille and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
Christian Chabannon, Meeting President
Didier Blaise & Gérard Michel, Meeting Scientific Co-Chairs
Marie Angeli, Local Nurse