Overview and registration fees


There are exciting ongoing developments in transfusion medicine and science with high quality research supporting evidence-based practice. This one-day virtual 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

RCPath Fellows £70
Concessions £50 (Trainees, BMS, Nurses, Retired)
Non-members £90

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


Thursday 26th November 2020 

10.00     Welcome - President, Royal College of Pathologists
Foundation Lecture Chaired by RCPath President
10:05     Human Blood Groups – Past, Present & Future - Professor Martin Olsson
Evidence based transfusion practice: Chairs – Dr Shubha Allard & Professor Beverley Hunt
10:25     Traumatic Haemorrhage including role of whole blood – Dr Laura Green
10:45     Major Obstetric Haemorrhage – developments and future challenges – Professor   
                Peter Collins
11:05    Sickle Cell Disease and potential impact of new therapies – Dr Banu Kaya 
11:25   Open discussion
11:35   Break
Advances in transfusion science: Chaired by Professor Cheng–Hock Toh
11:50     Update on 100 000 genome project – Professor Willem Ouwehand  
12:10     Use of CAR T cells – an overview – Dr James Griffin  
12:30     COVID-19 convalescent plasma – what’s the evidence? – Dr Lise Estcourt 
12:50    Open discussion
13:00    Lunch
British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS) section: Chairs – Dr Heidi Doughty & Jenny White 
13:30     Young investigator talk 1 (based on best abstract submission)
13:45     Young investigator talk 2 (based on best abstract submission)
14:00     Evidence based patient blood management (PBM) – Professor Simon Stanworth 
14:20    Percy Oliver Award
14:30    Break
Transfusion Safety & clinical transfusion: Chairs - Dr Jon Cort & Dr Sharran Grey
14:45     Patient blood management - the good, the bad and the ugly – Wendy McSporran
15:05     SHOT – achievements and challenges - Dr Shruthi Narayan
15:25     Autoimmune haemolytic anaemia and advances – Dr Quentin Hill TBC 
15:45    Open discussion
16:00    Close  



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. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to by midnight on the 4th October. Abstracts should be submitted via email at meetings@rcpath.org. All submissions must include a clear and concise abstract of no more than 300 words in English that satisfies all of the abstract guidelines.


There will be 2 oral virtual presentations at the symposium. We will select: 

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

Each author will receive free meeting registration for the 26th November and the abstract will be published in Transfusion Medicine.


The selected authors poster will be uploaded onto the college website prior to the 26th November. The winning posters author 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 must be received before the 4th October deadline via e-mail meetings@rcpath.org. Incomplete or late submissions will not be reviewed. 




This meeting will be held via Zoom. Details of the meeting with accompanied guidance will be sent to attendees before the meeting. We strongly suggest you download Zoom to your computer/laptop to make the most of the meeting, however if this is not possible just simply click on the link provided. To Find out more about Zoom and how it works please visit the website



  • Dr Shubha Allard

    Shubha Allard MD FRCP FRCPath, Consultant Haematologist, NHS Blood and Transplant. Clinical Director for NHSBT Patient Blood Management Consultants’ Team and Secretary National Blood Transfusion Committee.  Actively promoting Patient Blood Management together with key activities needed to support safe clinical and laboratory transfusion practice including guidelines and implementation, clinical audit, education and training together with steering national policies. As current RCPath Clinical Director for Publishing & Engagement actively promoting the role and expertise of various pathology specialities in patient care together with wider public awareness.

  • 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. 

  • Dr Jon Cort

    Dr Jon Cort has been a consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine in a busy district general hospital since 2002, where he is Deputy Medical Director. Currently he is the Deputy Chair of the National Blood Transfusion Committee with particular interests in service improvement and digitalisation. Current projects include improving the transparency of transfusion practice and accountability utilising the NHSI Model Hospital.  He is committed to developing the research and development transfusion agenda  and he is proud that his Trust is one of the top performers in terms of the RECOVERY trial recruitment and utilisation of convalescent plasma.

  • Dr Lise Estcourt

    Lise Estcourt is a Consultant Haematologist for NHS Blood and Transplant, and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Transfusion Medicine. Her research in transfusion medicine focuses on the safe and appropriate use of blood components and their alternatives. Her research work involves systematic reviews (Cochrane and non-Cochrane); clinical trials; and clinical studies. She works with several other organisations to improve health and healthcare. She is the Clinical Lead for the National Comparative Audit in Blood Transfusion, Director of NHSBT Clinical Trials Unit and Clinical Tutor for NHSBT. She is the co-ordinating editor of Cochrane Haematological Malignancies and an editor of the journal Transfusion Medicine.”

  • Dr Sharran Grey

    Dr Sharran Grey is a Consultant Clinical Scientist in the Clinical Haematology Department at the Lancashire Haematology Centre: a tertiary haematology service serving Lancashire and South Cumbria. In addition to her clinical work, her responsibilities are consultant lead for haematology and transfusion laboratories across Blackpool and Preston, and consultant lead for Clinical Blood Transfusion. She is also the working expert for Transfusion-Associated Circulatory Overload with SHOT, and contributes to the writing of guidelines and papers at a national and international level.

  • Dr Banu Kaya

    Dr Banu Kaya is a consultant haematologist at Barts Health NHS Trust, London and honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. 

    Dr Kaya led the paediatric component of the National Haemoglobinopathy Peer Review Programme and co-chaired the steering group, 2014-2016. She was appointed to the haemoglobinopathies Clinical Reference Group in 2019 and jointly leads the regional Haemoglobinopathy Coordinating Centre. She is a Trustee of the British Society of Haematology. 

    Dr Kaya has been the UK Chief Investigator for a number of international clinical trials and has contributed to a number of recent national guidelines. 

  • Professor Simon J. Stanworth

    Professor Simon J. Stanworth is Consultant Haematologist for NHS Blood & Transplant at the John Radcliffe Hospital,  Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and the University of Oxford. His research as a Principal Investigator in Clinical Research in transfusion medicine is centered on clinical indications of blood components and use of alternatives. He is Chair of the Specialty Working Group for Transfusion for the European Haematology Association, and deputy Chair for the International Committee Transfusion Medicine Guidelines (ICTMG). He is Secretary of the Regional Transfusion Committee for Oxford and Southampton/Hants.

  • Professor Cheng-Hock Toh

    Cheng-Hock Toh is Professor of Haematology at Liverpool and Chair of the National Blood Transfusion Committee. He is Academic Vice-President of the Royal College of Physicians London and immediate Past President of the British Society for Haematology.

  • Jenny White

    Jenny has recently taken on the role of Executive Director at the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT). She has a background in biomedical science and worked both in the NBS and as a hospital transfusion laboratory manager before specialising  EQA at UK NEQAS for more than 20 years. Jenny has been involved in developing BSH transfusion guidelines,  chaired the BBTS Professional Affairs and Education Committee and acted as a RCPath examiner for the FRCPath examination in Transfusion Science.

  • Dr Heidi Doughty

    Heidi Doughty is a consultant in Transfusion Medicine working for NHS Blood and Transplant based in Birmingham, UK.  She qualified in medicine from Cambridge University in 1985 before undertaking higher training in internal medicine, haematology and management in Nottingham and London. She completed her doctoral thesis in military transfusion medicine in Bergen, Norway. 

    She chairs the National Blood Transfusion Committee Emergency Planning working group and is president of the British Blood Transfusion Society. She is an honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and is affiliated with Birmingham’s NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre.  Her current interests include the development and delivery of pre-hospital transfusion and emergency planning.