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SSC 2012 - Welcome Message

SSC 2012 of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH)  provides real-time discussions on setting standards and applications related to clinical care in the thrombosis and haemostasis.

For further information, please contact the Organising Secretariat:

SSC 2012 c/o MCI Suisse SA
75, rue de Lyon
1211 Geneva 13
T : + 41 22 33 99 588
F : + 41 22 33 99 631
E :

For the Society, use the following details:

ISTH Headquarters
610 Jones Ferry Road Suite 205
Carrboro, NC 27510
tel: +1 919 929-3807
fax: +1 919 929-3935

For more information please contact:

Membership questions, general information about the ISTH, its programs and activities:
Sharon Overcash, Membership Coordinator
email: or

The International Society on Thrombosis & Haemostasis (ISTH) is the leading worldwide organization dedicated to the advancement of

the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thrombotic and bleeding disorders.

ISTH is an international professional individual membership organization with over 3,000 members in more than 80 countries around the world. Among its highly regarded activities and initiatives are education and standardization programs, research activities, meetings and conferences, peer-reviewed publications and expert committees.

ISTH offers 3 categories of membership:

  • Regular: for active researchers, educators and clinicians in the field
  • Associate: for students, trainees, research staff, post-doctoral fellows as well as allied health professionals
  • Reach-the-World: for researchers, educators and clinicians in non-industrialized countries

Membership benefits include:

  • A network of over 3,000 members in more than 80 countries
  • Priority registration and discounted fees for ISTH meetings and congresses
  • Complimentary print* and online subscription to ISTH’s Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis
  • Access to the ISTH members-only online resources, including educational materials, e-learning and membership directory
  • Exclusive access and/or reduced fees for other educational activities, programs and publications
  • The quarterly ISTH Newsletter and regular e-updates
  • The right to nominate, elect and serve on ISTH committees

for more information, please visit


A new global reach
  • A new global reach
    Top participating countries: 1. UK, 2. USA, 3. France, 4. Germany, 5. Holland
  • SSC 2012
    VENUE: Convention Centre located on our UNESCO Heritage Waterfront
    Focus on Translational Coagulation & Setting Standards of Care
  • HALL
    PRESIDENTIAL PLENARY with Professors Garret FitzGerald, Markus Huber-Lang, Ken Kaushansky, Ted Tuddenham, Denisa Wagner
    EXTRA: 8 Meet-the-Expert Sessions in topics including Protein C Pathway, VTE, AF, Platelets & VWD
  • Albert Docks
    Adding soul to the meeting with “...and the Beat goes on” at the Albert Docks
  • e-posters
    NEW to ISTH Meetings: ePosters featured for the first time
  • Gerrard
    Europe successfully defended the Ian Peake Football Trophy against Rest of the World

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Scientific Programme

New Enhanced Programme

  • Call for Abstracts to select the best research
  • Top 20 to be selected for a Hot Topics showcase
  • Top 10 in Basic Science; Top 10 in Clinical Research
  • New ePosters to promote Young Investigators
  • Meet-the Expert-themed ePoster discussion
  • Presidential Plenary focussed on Translational Thrombosis & Haemostasis
  • Setting Standards of Care as the theme for the Educational Day

Online Abstract Viewing is closed

The Young Investigators Awards are provided in the form of travel grants to medical trainees and young scientists (under 35 years of age as of June 27, 2012) who submit highly rated abstracts. The awards help subsidize travel to the Meeting. The Young Investigator must be the presenter and first author of an abstract submitted to the Meeting.

Please note that the application process is now closed - and the awards have been decided on the basis of abstract quality.

The recipient must attend the Meeting. Please contact if you have any queries.

International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis will award travel grants to clinicians and scientists from developing countries to help subsidize travel to the Meeting. Those that are presenter and first author of an abstract submitted to the Meeting will be prioritized.

Please note that the application process is now closed - and the awards have been decided on the basis of abstract quality.

The recipient must attend the Meeting. Please contact if you have any queries.


EACCME Accreditation

The 58th Scientific and Standardization Committee (SSC) meeting of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) Liverpool, United Kingdom (27.–30.06.2012) has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists:

The meeting is designated for a maximum of, or up to 20 European CME credits (ECMEC).

Each medical specialist should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS),

Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

EHA Accreditation

The 58th Scientific and Standardization Committee (SSC) meeting of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) Liverpool, United Kingdom (27.–30.06.2012) has been accredited with 16 credit points. All participants may print a European Hematology Association CME System approved CME certificate indicating the number of EHA-CME Credit Points awarded, directly from the system on the CME section of the EHA website at

An EHA-CME Credit Point account will be used by all interested participants.  Participants will receive a login after the meeting which will allow them to complete the online evaluation in order to obtain the EHA credits.

General Information


Liverpool is one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities offering both European Capital of Culture and UNESCO World Heritage Site Status. As well as its worldwide reputation for music (Beatles and Cavern Club), sport (Liverpool F.C. and Everton F.C.) and humour, it has an abundance of architectural treasures and more museums and galleries than any other UK city outside London, including; World Museum; Maritime Museum; International Slavery Museum; Tate Modern Art Gallery; Walker Art Gallery; and Lady Lever Art Gallery.  Public art is right on our doorsteps and our rich cultural heritage is also exemplified by magnificent civic buildings, two iconic Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals as well as the oldest Chinatown in Europe. A huge regeneration programme has transformed the city with one of the major development projects, Liverpool One (award winning retail, leisure and residential scheme) being the largest of its kind in Europe.  Liverpool is a great city from which to explore the surrounding region, which offers miles of beautiful coastline, Championship links golf courses, ancient cities like Chester and the stunning scenery of North Wales and the Lake District.

Liverpool has long been regarded as the friendliest destination for delegates and visitors, a fact which is backed by numerous accolades including the city winning Condé Nast Traveller UK’s Friendliest Destination in 2010 and 2011, Group Leisure magazine’s Best UK City 2011, and Britain’s Best Nightlife Destination 2011 awarded by TripAdvisor.

Liverpool is set to become even more affable with its Delegate Goodnight campaign.

The Goodnight campaign will complete the experience of delegates in the city, providing recommendations for event spaces with panoramic views, restaurants and bars in which to wind down after a conference or host gala dinners, the best accommodation, as well as attractions from which to view the city’s skyline and sunsets as part of a social itinerary. Together, the innovative Delegate Welcome and Goodnight schemes will provide all delegates with exclusive discounts for Virgin Trains’ high speed service from London to Liverpool with on board welcome announcements, signage and flags at entry points into the city, and a free dedicated accommodation booking service.

ATM’s offer a convenient way of withdrawing Pounds (£) on a credit or debit card. Most banks have these machines, and all major cards are accepted (be sure to have your PIN code). There is a cash machine inside the ACC Liverpool (Congress Centre)

Banks typically open 9:30 to 16:00 or 17:00 from Monday to Friday, although some open slightly later on Thursday evenings and a few branches may open on Saturday morning until 12:30. Outside banking hours you'll have to use a foreign exchange office, which can be found in the city centre and also at the airport and railway stations. Some offices charge comparatively high commission rates for changing cheques. Avoid changing money or cheques in hotels, as the rates are usually quite low.

The temperature in June is quite warm; between 18 and 23° with very little rainfall. Don’t forget to take warm clothes for chilly evenings.

Major credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, stores, cafés and restaurants. Be prepared to present a picture ID when using a credit card.

The local currency is the Pound Sterling and the sign for the Pound is £ (GBP). Euros are not used in England. The median exchange rate in December 2010 is 1 GBP = EUR 1.18

The UK, Scotland and Republic of Ireland use a 13 amp plug with 3 rectangular pins which is different to the rest of Europe. As such, an adaptor may be needed depending on the country you are coming from.

999 for fire, police, ambulance or coastguard services. Emergency calls are free from pay phones - you will be asked which service you require by the operator.

English is the national language.

UK Time is in the Western European Time Zone which is the same time as Greenwich Mean Time.

Service is normally included in restaurant, hotel and taxi bills, so any further tip should only be given for exceptionally good service. It is not uncommon, however, to round up the bill.

A travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss and medical problems is recommended. The Organisers will not be held liable for illness, accidents or thefts suffered by participants or accompanying persons during the meeting or their stay in the UK before or after the meeting.

ACC Liverpool
ACC Liverpool – home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena - is a spectacular world class multi-functional venue situated on the River Mersey.

Purpose-built, unique, flexible and one of the largest in the UK, BT Convention Centre combines professional event delivery with cutting edge design ensuring your conference is a success.

Designed to be one of the greenest venues in Europe, the whole team are committed to providing a green environment for clients.  It’s this fresh thinking which makes ACC Liverpool such a unique environment to host an event in.
Bordered by the magnificent waterfront setting and a landscaped piazza for outdoor events and performances, this exciting business and leisure destination includes on site hotel accommodation of 442 rooms and a direct pedestrian link along the waterfront provides access to a further 2000 rooms at Albert Dock and Princes Dock just a short walk away.

acc LiverpoolLiverpool is a city rich in history and we promise you’ll be blown away by the magic of this amazing destination, which bustles with life, music, colour and culture.  ACC Liverpool gives you, your delegates and visitors the chance to experience one of the most exciting cities in the UK.

If you are an EU citizen, you must either present a passport or an ID card valid for the duration of your stay in order to enter the UK for tourist visits of up to three months.  Citizens of other countries must have a valid passport. Some non-EU citizens are required to produce a visa. Please contact your travel agent or the nearest UK diplomatic post for further information. Should you need a letter of invitation to register to obtain an Entry Visa, please contact MCI. Please note that we cannot enter into correspondence with the British Authorities on your behalf and any invitation letter does not imply any financial liability on our part. For more information, please go to:



The On-line Registration link to register to the SSC 2012 Meeting and reserve your hotel accommodation in Liverpool is now open.
Please click here for access.

The registration form should be used for Congress Registration, as well as reservations for the Social Program. All participants must register using this official registration form.

All participants must submit a completed registration form. The SSC 2012 Congress requires the full data for each individual participant, including updated postal address and email address. Incomplete registration forms cannot be processed.

Save on registration fees by registering before 28 March 2012:

  Early Late On site   Early Late On site
  up to 28 March 2012 from 29 March to 25 June 2012 from 26 June   up to 28 March 2012 from 29 March to 25 June 2012 from 26 June
Paying Participant Member  £90.00 £120.00 £150.00   £75 £100 £125
Paying Participant Non Member  £120.00 £150.00 £180.00   £100 £125 £150
**Paying Allied Health Professional / Nurses / Technologists £48.00 £60.00 £72.00   £40 £50 £60
*Paying Reach the World £48.00 £60.00 £72.00   £40 £50 £60
**Paying Students / Trainees  £48.00 £60.00 £72.00   £40 £50 £60
  Fees VAT 20% included   Fees VAT 20% excluded (informative)

Fees payable in British Pounds (£) only.

* Registrants under the Reach-the-World Category are those researchers, educators and clinicians from countries designated as 'developing' by the classification of the World Bank (see:

**A letter of confirmation of your status from the Head of Unit, or a copy of your school registration or university card must accompany the formal registration form.

Early registrations will be accepted until 28 March, 2012. The reduced fee will only apply when early registration is accompanied by payment.

If you are not yet a member of the ISTH and wish to qualify for a reduction in registration fees, please apply online at

Membership inquiries may be addressed to Ms. Sharon Overcash, Membership Secretary, via email at  In order to qualify for Congress registration at the members’ registration rate, you must be a member in good standing.

Delegates' registration fee includes:

  1. Conference documents, including badge and bag
  2. Access to the SSC session
  3. Access to plenary lectures and educational sessions
  4. Access to the e-poster exhibition
  5. Access to the commercial exhibition
  6. Coffee breaks
  7. Reduced fee for “Liverpool Now” Reception

Please note, lunch is not included in your registration fees. Lunches may be provided during lunch time symposia at the discretion of industry partners Or can be purchased from concession stands at the venue.

Payment by bank transfer
Full payment has to be received before the relevant deadline. To facilitate processing of bank transfers, registrants should clearly indicate their name, registration number and the purpose for which the payment is made on all remittances.

  • All payments are to be made in GBP (£). Please indicate the participant’s name and “SSC 2012” on all payments.
  • From Friday, May 25th, 2012, only payments by credit card will be accepted.
  • All payments must be made before the beginning of the congress; no badges will be given to the participant(s) / group leader in the event if the final invoice has not been settled.

Either of the following means can be used for payment:

1. Credit Card
Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa and American Express will be accepted. Please fill in your full credit card information on the registration form.

2. Bank Transfer
Payable in £ to MCI Suisse SA – SSC 2012
Account Name: MCI SUISSE SA
Account Number: 240-369393.79A
Bank Name: UBS SA
Bank Address: 35 rue des Noirettes,
1227 Carouge, SUISSE
Swift Code: UBSWCHZH80A
Intl Bank Account Number (IBAN): CH55 0024 0240 3693 9379 A

Please indicate “free of charge for the receiver account.”
A copy of the bank transfer should be sent together with the registration form.

Payment should not be sent by cheque.

For small group registrations (between 2 – 9 persons), please use the “Group Registration” link at the bottom of the Registration Start Page.
For group registrations from 10 persons onwards please contact the Registration Department at MCI Suisse SA at

Visa letters (if required) can be requested as part of the on-line registration system.  Please follow the instructions and provide the information requested.  Please note that visa letters are only provided fir fully paid registrations.

All applications from Italian pharmaceutical companies (to be processed through the Italian Health Ministry) should be addressed to:

MCI Rome – Mrs Maria Grazia Paolelli
Phone: +39 06 70495693 – Fax: +39 06 7096292


A confirmation of registration and payment status will be sent to the individual or company that requests registration. Confirmation will be sent only when the corresponding payment is received. Participants should bring the letter of confirmation to the registration desk at the Congress venue when collecting their documents.

Cancellation Policy:

  • All cancellations are to be sent to MCI Suisse SA in writing (fax, letter, or email).
  • For cancellations received until Wednesday, May 9th, 2012, midnight CET, deposits will be refunded less £ 40.- for administrative costs. After this date, no refunds will be possible.

Modification Policy:

  • Modifications received after Friday, May 25th, 2012, midnight CET will incur a fee of £ 20.- per participant.

Additional Information:

  • For a badge name change, written permission from the original participant will be required, along with full contact details of the substitution.
  • If a badge is lost or forgotten, an administrative fee of £ 30.- will be charged for the reprint of the badge after identity verification (passport, driver’s license or other recognized identification document).
  • Additional rule for group leaders: Names of all participants and individual email addresses should be submitted online by Friday, May 9th, 2012 at the latest

It is recommended that participants obtain adequate travel, health and accident insurance before they depart from their countries. ISTH and MCI as organisers cannot accept responsibility for personal injuries, or loss of, or damage to, private property belonging to the congress participants and accompanying persons.

MCI Suisse SA as the Congress planner, ISTH and committee members and officers of the 58th Annual Meeting of the SSC claim no liability for the act of any supplier to this meeting, nor liability for: the safety of any attendee while in transit to or from this event, for delays in transport by air, sea, rail, road, weather, in case of strikes, sickness, war or other causes.

For further information, please contact the Organising Secretariat:

SSC 2012 c/o MCI Suisse SA
75, rue de Lyon
1211 Geneva 13
T : + 41 22 33 99 588
F : + 41 22 33 99 631
E :


SSC2012’s focus on Translation for Patient Benefit provides an ideal platform for industry partners to highlight products and programs by fostering

  1. High level Partnership with Industry
  2. Knowledge Exchange with Key Opinion Leaders
  3. Widening Participation with emphasis on our next generation of Leaders

For information about sponsorship, symposium and exhibition opportunities at SSC2012, please contact:

Margo Price, Director of Corporate Relations
ISTH Headquarters
610 Jones Ferry Road, Suite 205
Carrboro, NC 27510

T: +1 919 929 2381

This event is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors:

As of March 26, the following companies have confirmed their participation:

4S Information Systems Ltd.
Affinity Biologicals Inc.
Biogen Idec
Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH
Cardiff University
CSL Behring
DSM Nutritional Products (Pentapharm)
Daiichi Sankyo Europe
Enzyme Research/ R2 Diagnostics
Haematologic Technologies
Haemonetics SA
Helena Biosciences
Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals, Inc
Instrumentation Laboratory
Mitsubishi Pharma Europe
Microvisk Limited
Multiplate Services (Verum Diagnostica)
Novo Nordisk Healthcare
Precision BioLogic
Schattauer GmbH
Siemens / Sysmex
The British Society of Haematology

The Exhibitor Kit is now available.

Please contact Helene Marot for any logistical information and to get the access details to the Exhibitor Kit.

To access the Exhibitor Kit, please click here.

Hotel Accommodation

The Liverpool Convention Bureau has reserved hotel rooms in Liverpool.
Reservation is on a “first come first served” basis. It is recommended to act rapidly if you would like to have first choices.

Book your hotel accommodation now

View the locations of the congress hotels here

For further information, please contact:
Liverpool Convention Bureau
12 Princes Parade
Liverpool L3 1BG
T: +44 (0) 151 237 3938
F: +44 (0) 151 227 2621



    MONET @ TATE LIVERPOOL: At the time of SSC 2012, Monet’s fabulous Water Lilies, Turner’s much loved romantic landscapes and Twombly’s recent paintings of blooms will be shown in Liverpool.


    THE 3 GRACES: On the waterfront are the iconic and architecturally acclaimed Royal Liver Building, crowned by mythical Liver Birds, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building


    ANTHONY GORMLEY: 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along 3 kilometers of the Liverpool coastline and stretching 1 kilometre out to sea.

1800-1930 hrs, 26 June 2012 at the Upper Galleria, Convention Centre-by invitation only

1800-1930 hrs, 27 June 2012 at the Convention Centre-free to all

2000-2400 hrs, 27 June 2012: Venue at the Albert Docks [ticket only]

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Farewell Message from Professor Cheng-Hock Toh, Meeting President

Professor Cheng-Hock Toh

Dear colleagues and friends,

On behalf of the Local Organising Committee, I would like to thank all participants of the SSC2012 meeting. It has been a very rewarding experience and we have been especially buoyed by the positive feedback and the many generous personal messages. Over 80% of responses rated the meeting’s value as Good or Excellent. Equally, the quality of the assembled speakers was rated in the top 2 categories of being Good or Excellent in 80% of responses. Many of you have also shared your meeting highlights and this has ranged from the more academic Presidential Plenary and the clinically-infused Educational Programme to the rousing beat of the Party and the adrenaline-fuelled Football match between Europe against the rest of the World!

For me, the most memorable highlight has to be the enthusiasm and engagement of our younger audience. The Trainees Day was significantly over-subscribed and the use of Twitter to question Speakers created a new buzz and energy that transcended the E-poster and Hot Topics sessions, which featured many excellent young investigator presentations.

In signing off with a measurable sigh of relief, I now look forward to the Amsterdam ISTH Congress in 2013 and the next SSC standalone meeting in Milwaukee in 2014. In officially joining the distinguished ranks of Past Meeting Presidents, I hope that Liverpool 2012 has left a distinct mark on the direction of travel in initiatives that improve knowledge exchange and engagement to optimise science and healthcare innovations in Thrombosis and Haemostasis. We trust that new standards have been set at Liverpool 2012 and that symbolically, this meeting has presented ISTH with a contemporary context to the traditional setting of standards by the SSC.

With thanks for your support and my warmest wishes always,

Cheng-Hock Toh, MD, FRCP, FRCPath
President, 58th SSC ISTH Meeting

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