​​Welcome to Canada!

A message from the Congress Co-Chairs

 Dear colleagues,

 It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the 37th World Congress of the International Society of Hematology, to be hosted by the Canadian  Hematology Society in Vancouver,  British Columbia on Canada’s  magnificent west coast, from September 13 to 16, 2018.

​ Since the first ISH World Congress, held in Buffalo, New York in 1948 (attended by representatives of 21  countries), the ISH World Congress  has earned a reputation among  practitioners, researchers and academics as  a very highly-regarded forum for new information, treatment  guidelines,interactions and exchange of ideas  between leading  researchers and practitioners in the field of  hematology around the globe.

 Aside from plenary sessions and topic symposia, a hallmark of the ISH World Congress is the  interactive sessions  that include presentations on cutting-edge development in basic  research and  the latest advances in  clinical  management by  world-renowned scientists and  practitioners from all  parts of the world.

 As the Canadian Hematology Society (CHS) welcomes our international colleagues to Canada for this  important  congress, we hope to follow  in the successful footsteps of the  most recent congresses  held in  Glasgow,  Scotland, in 2016 and in Beijing, China in 2014.  In the year  2000, the CHS hosted  the very  successful 28th ISH  World Congress in  Toronto; and we are delighted to have been granted  the opportunity,  once again, to hold the  37th World Congress in 2018 in Vancouver.

 We have developed robust committees to ensure a successful event:

 Our international program committee, populated by outstanding physicians, has begun consulting  and is  working diligently to bring  interesting, relevant and up-to-date  scientific sessions to the  Congress program. 

 Our local organizing committee began the preliminary planning early in 2015, and launched our  global public  promotional campaign at the  Glasgow World Congress in April, 2016.

 The congress venue, the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre is set on the downtown  Vancouver    waterfront - one of the most  beautiful vistas in the world!  It is within  easy access to one  of the best airports  in North America, the Vancouver International Airport,  which has convenient  connections and a great many  non-stop flights to major  cities around the world.

 It is little wonder that Vancouver is recognized around the world as a must-visit destination.  It  features  spectacular scenery, a mild  climate and friendly people.  It is home to a  world-leading arts  and culture scene,  diverse neighbourhoods, fabulous cuisine and one of the  most multicultural  populations in North America. 

 We are sure that you will have an amazing experience exploring the beautiful, modern and safe city of Vancouver - enjoying the local  culture in all aspects including the  rich  history of the indigenous  peoples, the     great many first-class hotels, the outstanding facilities and  the very fine dining.

 Also, before or after the meeting, we urge you to take the opportunity to travel and see some of the magnificent scenery of British  Columbia.   

 Spend some time in Whistler, home of the 2010 Olympics and a beautiful town in the majestic  mountains, or  take a short-hop plane from  the Vancouver Harbour and go to  Tofino on nearby Vancouver Island and kayak  with  the whales.

 The inland passageway offers an amazing opportunity to take a several day boat ride north to Alaska  during  which you will see remarkable  images of the Great North.  Our tours  are planned for your  enjoyment and  escape to the unique and wonderful Canadian North.  Hope you  will join us then!

 We extend to all of you a most enthusiastic welcome to the pertinent scientific sessions of the 37th  World  Congress of the International  Society of Hematology together with  the Canadian Hematology  Society, where  the  latest research will be presented.  We encourage you to  maximize on this  important opportunity to  network  with colleagues  from around the world and to enjoy the pre and  post congress  events.  We invite  you to  experience our warm Canadian hospitality in the vibrant city  of Vancouver!

 Please join us and colleagues from around the world, to be part of this significant global gathering  focused on  the progress of hematology  research and practice to improve the  health of people around  the world.

 Dr. Gail Rock                                                           Dr. Tom Nevill

 Chair, Organizing Committee                                   Chair, Scientific Program Committee