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Editorial CTT Vol. 3 No. 9



Dear Colleagues, Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen!

While we will always remember the outstanding role of Raisa Gorbacheva in promoting a modern treatment system for children with hematology and oncology diseases, this Fourth Meeting in Memory of R.M. Gorbacheva reminds us in particular that enabling better help for sick children was one of her main goals since it takes place at a remarkable and symbolic point in time: In early September 2010 the 1000th hematopoietic stem cell transplant was performed at the Raisa Gorbacheva Memorial Institute of Pavlov State Medical University. This is an important milestone for the Institute’s staff, and a good opportunity to both undertake an experience evaluation and to make new plans for the future.

The meeting is co-organized by the R.M. Gorbacheva Memorial Institute of Children's Hematology and Transplantation at the St. Petersburg Pavlov State Medical University, the Clinic for Stem Cell Transplantation at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, and the BMT Clinic at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. It continues a tradition of education in clinical hematology and leukemia treatment, as well as sharing new scientific results in this area of medicine.

This year we have the great honor to welcome over 300 experts and participants from Russia and other Eastern European countries, as well as from Western Europe, the USA and Japan. We will especially consider unresolved problems in the diagnosis and therapy of graft-versus-host disease (GvHD), along with clinical aspects of graft-versus-leukemia effect, both of these being an important index of treatment efficiency. As usual, the organizers will strive to offer new insights to specialists in hematology, oncology, and stem cell transplantation in a dense multidisciplinary program that is to include regular reports and poster sessions. We encourage Participants of the Meeting to submit poster presentations, the best of which will receive special awards from the Scientific Committee.

We would like to express our appreciation to the vice-chairman of the Institute’s Guardian Board, Professor Thomas Büchner. We would also like to express our deep gratitude to Professor Hans-Jochem Kolb for his longstanding aid and invaluable contribution to the development of hematology in Russia. The Abstract Book with the program of this Meeting is published as issue No. 9 of "Cellular Therapy and Transplantation" and we extend our thanks to the teams of Managing editor Claudia Koltzenburg (Hamburg) and Alexander Kulagin (St. Petersburg). Last but not least, we would like to thank our sponsors whose support of this fourth Raisa Gorbacheva Memorial Meeting is highly appreciated.

Hereby we would like to welcome all the guests and participants attending our Meeting in Constantine Palace, wishing them fruitful exchange and communication not only at the sessions but also during the extensive cultural program in the beautiful City of St. Petersburg.

Boris Afanasyev and Axel R. Zander