We are pleased to welcome you to the XXVI International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) Congress and 63rd Annual Scientific and Standardization Committee (SSC) Meeting in Berlin, a city full of life with a distinctive culture and cosmopolitan blend of people and events.

Founded in the 13th century, Berlin has experienced an eventful history, with frequent and radical changes over the years that have continually transformed the city. Once divided by a wall for decades, Berlin is now seen as a global symbol for unity and a vibrant metropolis in the heart of Europe.

We are proud to host the congress for the first time in Berlin, Germany, after nearly 37 years following the inaugural ISTH congress, which was hosted in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1970. With the developments that have occurred in the field of thrombosis and hemostasis over the decades, this year’s congress motto truly hits the mark: “Transcending Scientific Boundaries.” Here at ISTH 2017, we are excited to welcome more than 9,000 scientists and clinicians from around the world focused in thrombosis and hemostasis who have the ambition and drive to push scientific boundaries in the field.

Saturday and the first half of Sunday are devoted to the 63rd Annual ISTH SSC Meeting. Work in progress, preliminary or final reports from the multitude of projects of the SSC, mixed with a wide variety of educational lectures focus on the critically important diagnostic and therapeutic standards, disease nomenclature, and classification that allow the field to work together toward real-time and patient-centric solutions.

The XXVI ISTH Congress kicks off with the opening ceremony on Sunday evening. We look forward to sharing a taste of history in medicine and science mixed with modern artists and music, which illustrates the river of knowledge. The opening ceremony will be followed by a networking reception in the exhibition halls.

The scientific part of the congress features 131 invited speakers, including eight plenary lectures by front-line scientists and 84 state-of-the-art lectures by leaders in their respective fields (accompanied by selected state-of-the-art papers in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis). The congress also offers 39 abstract symposia with an introductory review lecture, followed by oral presentations of top-scoring abstracts. A late-breaking session will be held on Tuesday highlighting important and timely results from clinical trials.

From Monday to Wednesday, poster sessions will be presented. For those who have reserved tickets, there are master classes covering 40 topics in the early mornings between Sunday to Wednesday, and career development sessions for small groups will be held from Monday to Wednesday at lunch time. Overall, more than 3,000 abstracts will be presented as oral or poster presentations.

During the lunch break, you have the opportunity to discuss poster presentations in the poster area and network with your colleagues followed by industry supported product theater presentations and supported symposia.

We are grateful to our industry partners for their generous support of the congress. We encourage you to visit the exhibition hall, attend product theater and supported symposia, learn about the latest diagnostic and therapeutic advances available to us and exchange ideas with representatives from the diagnostic and pharmaceutical industry.  On Wednesday evening, we invite you to attend the networking evening at the famous Tempodrom in downtown Berlin with live music and delicious catering by Sarah Wiener, a famous Austrian chef now living in Berlin. Make sure you purchase tickets to attend before it is sold out!

The congress closes on Thursday at noon with a session on the highlights of ISTH 2017, where you will hear a recap of selected, top-scoring presentations from both basic and clinical science.

Finally we are excited about the many new innovations that will be introduced at the congress. Be sure to download the ISTH 2017 mobile app and stay up to date and build your itinerary for the meeting.  We wish you an informative and memorable experience at ISTH 2017. We hope you will be inspired by the science, news, and innovation taking place at the congress, as well as by the culture of Berlin and its history.

Johannes Oldenburg, M.D.
ISTH XXVI Congress President

Ingrid Pabinger, M.D.
ISTH Council Chair

Walter Ageno, M.D.

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