Arrow nursing scholarship provides insight into 60 years of transplant

February 16, 2018
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Annabel Horne, Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, was awarded the Sylvia Hartog Nursing Scholarship for the opportunity to attend the EBMT nurses meeting in Manchester UK in October 2017.

The theme was 60 years of transplant – modern day bone marrow transplants began with the pioneering work of E. Donnall Thomas in Seattle. Annabel presented meeting outcomes at Arrow’s Annual General Meeting in November, sharing unique insights into the treatment paradigm for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML), new drug approvals for haematological malignancies, AML transplant activity today and Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD) prophylaxis and treatment. The presentation also covered alternative donor sources including cord blood, haploidentical and mismatched donors.

In an email from the UK Annabel wrote: I am really enjoying the European BMT nurses meeting here in Manchester. Some interesting talks yesterday about transplant in AML and management of side effects such as fungal infections and veno-occlusive disease. Today is all about research methods and analysing results. Thanks so much to Arrow for the opportunity to attend this meeting. It has been beneficial meeting colleagues from the UK and Europe.