Overview and registration fees


There are exciting ongoing developments in transfusion medicine and science with high quality research supporting evidence-based practice. This two-day meeting organised on behalf of the Royal College of Pathologists brings together experts from various clinical disciplines with leaders in transfusion science to provide an update on key developments. The meeting will be of interest to all those involved in transfusion medicine.

Registration Fees

Two-day registration fees apply only. 

Registration is for both days but you can share this with a colleague so each attends one day.  One delegates should make the online payment and then email us to inform the name and contact email of the second attendee and which day they are attending

Two day fees (Online)
RCPath Fellows £370
Concessions £192 (Trainees, BMS, Nurses, Retired)
Non-members £430

Two day fees (Invoices/cheques)
RCPath Fellows £405
Concessions £225 (Trainees, BMS, Nurses, Retired)
Non-members £461

IMPORTANT: Invoices will not be processed within a month of the event. Please discuss alternative arrangements with the team at meetings@rcpath.org. 

Programme (26th and 27th)

Thursday 26th November 2020

10:00     Registration and refreshments
10:30     Welcome - President, Royal College of Pathologists
Foundation Lecture Chaired by RCPath President
10:40     Human Blood Groups – Past, Present & Future - Professor Martin Olsson    
Evidence based transfusion practice: Chair – Dr Shubha Allard
11:20     Traumatic Haemorrhage – what is the role of whole blood?  – Dr Laura Green
11:45     Major Obstetric Haemorrhage – developments and future challenges – Professor Peter Collins 
12:10     Sickle Cell Disease and potential impact of new therapies – Dr Banu Kaya 
12:35     Discussion
12.50     Percy Oliver Award for Achievements in Transfusion Medicine/Science
13.00     Lunch & poster viewing
Advances in transfusion science: Chair - Professor Dave Roberts 
14:00     The 100 000 genome project – Professor Willem Ouwehand
14:25     Transfusion in children with severe anaemia in Africa – Professor Kathryn Maitland
14:50     Use of CAR T cells – possibilities and challenges – Dr James Griffin 
15:15     Refreshments & poster viewing                    
Young investigators & professionals: Chairs – Dr Lise Estcourt and Dr Jill Storry
15:45     Young investigators - 2 talks 10 mins each based on best research abstract + 2 mins for questions
16:10     Young professionals – 2 talks 10 mins each based on best clinical abstract + 2 mins for questions
16.35     Close

Day Two: Friday 27th November 2020

09:00     Registration and refreshments
Transfusion safety: Chairs –Dr Gail Miflin & Professor Cheng-Hock Toh 
09:30     SHOT – achievements and challenges - Dr Shruthi Narayan, Serious Hazards of Transfusion 
09:55     New components on the horizon - Dr Rebecca Cardigan
10:20     Infected Blood and the role of inquiries - Dr Paula Bolton-Maggs
10:45     Discussion
10:55     Refreshments
Clinical practice: Chairs – Dr Janet Birchall and Dr Megan Rowley
11:25     Autoimmune haemolytic anaemia and advances – Dr Quentin Hill 
11.50     Bleeding on oral anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs – Dr Peter MacCallum 
12:15     Application of red cell genotyping for patient benefit – Professor Martin Olsson
12:50     Discussion
13:00     Lunch and refreshments
Improving the impact of Patient Blood Management (PBM): Chair - Dr Jon Cort (TBC) 
14:00     National Comparative Audit of Medical Use of Blood – Dr Andy Charlton 
14:20     Patient Blood Management in Paediatric Surgery – Dr Nadia Ladak
14.40     Role of granulocyte transfusion – Dr Suzy Morton
15:00     Haematological malignancies and red cell transfusion - Professor Simon Stanworth
15.20     Discussion
15:30     Close

Abstracts/Posters and Percy Oliver Travel Bursary

The Royal College of Pathologists invites doctors-in-training, transfusion practitioners, and transfusion scientists to submit abstracts for presentation at the Advances in Transfusion Medicine Symposium. Abstracts can be on any aspect of transfusion medicine and should present new data from studies, audits, quality improvement projects or systematic reviews. Abstracts submitted by the 1st July deadline will be considered for the following opportunities. 

There will be 4 oral presentations at the symposium. We will select: 

  • the two highest scoring abstracts on audits or quality improvement projects 
  • the two highest scoring abstracts on clinical or laboratory studies or systematic reviews 

Each author will receive free meeting registration for the 26th and 27th November, as well as a small travel grant. 

Authors will also be selected to present a poster on the 26th November. All poster authors will receive free meeting registration for the 26th November. Posters can be on audits, quality improvement projects, systematic reviews, or clinical or laboratory studies. 

All abstracts presented at the conference will be published in Transfusion Medicine. All abstracts must be received before the July 1st deadline via e-mail meetings@rcpath.org. Incomplete or late submissions will not be reviewed. All submissions must include a clear and concise abstract of no more than 300 words in English that satisfies all of the abstract guidelines

Abstract Guidelines 2020.pdf Formatting Guidelines for posters 2020.pdf


The Percy Oliver trainee bursary
The Percy Oliver trainee bursary, this year, will be used to provide four travel grants of £250 each to support attendance of young investigators selected for presentation of abstracts at the College’s biennial Advances in Transfusion Medicine Symposium on 26 – 27 November 2020.

The four best abstracts selected for oral presentation at the symposium will receive free registration for the two day meeting together with a £250 travel grant as above. Abstracts selected for poster presentation will receive one day’s free registration.

The deadline for submission of young investigator abstracts is Wednesday 1 July. 



To be held at the Royal College of Pathologists, 6 Alie Street, London, E1 8QT



  • Professor Peter Collins

    Peter Collins is a professor in haematology at the School of Medicine of Cardiff University and an honorary consultant haematologist at the Cardiff Haemophilia Centre. He is vice chair of the UK Haemophilia Centre Doctors’ Organisation and chairs the Data Management Working Party of the UK National Haemophillia Database. 

    His clinical research interests include acquired haemophilia, prophylactic treatment of haemophilia, factor VIII inhibitors, pharmacokinetics of factor VIII and IX, haemostatic impairment during postpartum haemorrhage. Basic science interests are the role of phospholipids in controlling coagulation and interactions between coagulation and complement.