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12th Dutch Hematology Congress

7th Nursing Symposium

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Pre-registration & on-site registration
Visit the registration page of this website for online pre-registration for 12th Dutch Hematology Congress and the 7th Nursing Symposium. Payments by Ideal and invoice are accepted. A confirmation will be sent to the email address you used for registration.

Due to limited room capacity, you need to subscribe for the Meet-the-Expert sessions, lunch sessions and the Bone Marrow Masterclass. Subscribe by selecting these sessions on the online pre-registration form. You will receive an entrance ticket for these sessions on the day of your check-in at the congress venue.

On-site registration is possible. Please proceed to the on-site regitration desk at the venue. Take into account that sessions that require subscription, can be fully booked. Payments with PIN and credit card are accepted. An extra on-site registration fee is added to the conference fee.

Fares and Refund policy
Early bird tenderers will profit from a lower fare than late tenderers. From the summer of 2016, the Dutch Hematology Congress is subject to VAT. On the online registration page, you'll find the total dues including VAT. The invoice shows a specification of the fare and VAT. After January 7, the website will be closed for registration, from this date you can only register on-site during the congress.

An extra administration fee is added to payments by invoice and to the on-site registration fare. These fees will also be increased by 21% VAT.



 * The reduced fare is applicable only for all nurses (with the exception of midlevel practioners), data managers, pre-clinical PhD students, students and interns.

Speakers fare: for speakers and moderators
At 12DHC speakers and moderators pay a special fee for the day they are programmed. The speakers fare is based on a €25,- discount on the type of registration applicable for the speaker or moderator (full fare of reduced fare, based on the function). The speakers fare is applicable only for the day the speaker of moderator is scheduled on the program.

Special fare Pharmaceutical Companies
Representatives of pharmaceutical companies who wish to attend 12DHC, pay a special fare of € 1000,-. This fare includes a Sponsor badge and allows you to network. 

Registrations can be cancelled free of charge untill Friday 8 December 2017. Requests for refund will be settled according to the schedule below:

Date of request for restitution % of refund*
up to and including January 8, 2017 75%
January 9-15, 2017 50%
January 16-22, 2017 25%
after January 22, 2017 0%

* Refund includes the congress fare and hotel room, administration costs will not be refunded.

Press is kindly requested to contact the congres organization via:

Hotel rooms at Papendal
Book your hotel room with your online pre-registration for the congress. There are 2 options: 

  • Single room (breakfast included) - € 120,-
  • Double room (breakfast included) - € 70,-  per person. Please note that when choosing this option on the registration form, you have to enter the name of the person you're sharing the room with.

Accreditation & Certificate of Attendance
Accreditation is applied for both the 12th Dutch Hematology Congress and the 7th Nursing Symposium. 

Accreditatie 12th Dutch Hematology Congress: Accreditation points Status
CGR   Applied
Nederlandse Internisten Vereniging (NIV)   Applied
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Kindergeneeskunde (NVK)   Applied
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Pathologie (NVVP)   Applied
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Radiotherapie en Oncologie (NVRO)   Applied
Accreditation 7th Nursing Symposium: Accreditation points
Accreditatiebureau Verpleegkundig Specialisten Register (acute, chronische, geestelijke, intensieve en preventieve zorg bij somatische aandoeningen)    
 - attendance on 24 January   Applied
 - attendance on 25 January   Applied
 - attendance on 26 January   Applied
Accreditatiebureau Kwaliteitsregister V&V en Register Zorgprofessionals   Applied
Accreditation Data managers: Accreditation points Status
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Oncologie Datamanagers    
 - attendance DHC program   Applied
 - attendance Nursing Symposium   Applied
Accreditation EHA: Accreditation points Status
European Hematology Association   Applied

Collect your Certificate of Attendance during the congress days at the on-site registration desk or the information desk at the Papendal congress center, Arnhem. If you missed this opportunity, but wish to receive a Certificate of Attendance, contact the HOVON central office after the congress, via

Non-branded policy
The 'Wet BIG' (BIG law) divides professionals that are allowed to prescribe medication, and professionals that are not allowed to do so. The Foundation for the Code for Pharmaceutical Advertising ("the CGR") implemented the Code of Conduct for Pharmaceutical Advertising. This Code of Conduct does specifically not allow the industry to showcase and advertise their products to professionals that are, according to the Wet BIG, not allowed to prescribe medication. 

Therefore, the congress organization implemented a non-branded policy for all industry sponsors. This policy allows all congress attendees to all (sponsor) rooms and abolish the division between the professionals that are allowed to prescribe medication and those who are not. 

The congress organization aims to improve and invites you to help us making the next congress successful again. Your opinion about the congress organization (catering services, website), the quality of the speakers and the topics on the program, is of great value.

Attendees of the 12th Dutch Hematology Congress are kindly requested to use their mobile phone to evaluate the previous visited session at the start of a new session. 

Attendees of the 7th Nursing Symposium are kindly requested to evaluate the program at the end of the Symposium.

Evaluation are treated as confidential.

12th Dutch Hematology Congress                                                          to the top

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the Dutch Society for Hematology (NVvH) and the Dutch-Belgian Cooperative Trial Group for Hematology Oncology (HOVON), jointly present a mix of Educationals and presentations of trials. 

On Wednesday and Thursday research projects are presented, this entails clinical research projects and research projects from the sub-committees for Experimental Hematology, Immunology (NVvH) and the KWF Lymphoma. 

Educational sessions are scheduled on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and entails the Bone Marrow Masterclass, abstract presentation, overview presentations, interactive presentations and keynote lectures.

HOVON Educationals
These interactive sessions are built around a specific hematologic disease for which a guideline has recently been published. This year the topics are multiple myeloma and CLL. The sessions consist of three parts; in the first part the disease is introduced, in the second part cases will be discussed by 'case presenters'. The audience is invited to share their opinion by using an interactive response system. With the help of a 'guideline defender' the outcome of the discussion will be compared to the current treatment guidelines.The last part focuses on new developments and current/plannend HOVON trials. The spoken language of these sessions is Dutch.

Meet-the-Expert sessions
A variety of topics are represented in the Meet-the-Expert sessions. Under supervision of experts, participants actively study a specific topic in detail. The topics of this year Meet-the-Expert sessions will soon be announced. The program schedules a Meet-the-Expert session in which an interactive response system is used. This session allows a maximum of 100 attendees. In general, the spoken language of these sessions is English. The spoken language is Dutch when the title in the program is in Dutch.

Subscription is required. There are no extra costs involved. Attendance is only possible in combination with your registration of the congress day. 

Interactive lunch sessions
On Wednesday there are four interactive lunch sessions. The target group for these sessions are young researchers.
The invited speakers are experts on the specific topic of the session. The expert does not give a presentation; the content of the session will be formed by the public's questions. The maximum allowed attendees are 20 persons per topic. The spoken language of these sessions is Dutch, unless mentioned otherwise on the program.

Subscription is required. There are no extra costs involved. Attendance is only possible in combination with your registration of the congress day.

Bone Marrow Masterclass
In clinical hematology, diagnostics have always been very important. Without a doubt, the morphology remains the starting point, but diagnostics become more and more complex due to new developments and improved techniques. The acceleration of prognostic factors and therapeutic targets also become more important. 

This masterclass is specifically designed for hematologists in training but can be of interest for hematologists that completed their training, for clinical chemists (in training) and pathologists.
The spoken language is Dutch.

Subscription is required. Note that the masterclass program is spread out over 2 parts that can't be attended seperately. There are no extra costs involved. Attendance is only possible in combination with your registration for the congress day.

For 12DHC there are changes for the abstracts for the following research fields. 

Fundamental and translational research:
There will be no open submission for abstracts in these categories. Instead, national key persons have been appointed for 5 research fields (Hematopoiesis, Myeloid, Lymphoid, Immunology, Hemostasis/Thrombosis/Benign).

Research fields Keyperson
Benigne, Hemostasis, Thrombosis * Frank Leebeek, Jeroen Eikenboom, Sacha Zeerleder
Myeloid * Marc Raaijmakers, Arjan van de Loosdrecht
Hematopoiesis * Marieke von Lindern, Gerald de Haan
Lymphoid * Joost Kluiver, Marcel Spaargaren
Immunology * Harry Dolstra, Fred Falkenburg

* See for the local contact persons per categorie the table below.

The national key persons will select presentations on subjects within their field in collaboration with group leaders of relevant Dutch research centers (academic hospitals, Sanquin and IKNL). They will actively consult group leaders when filling the program. With this approach it is expected to be possible to attain better representation of current fundamental and translational research in the Netherlands in the field of (immuno)hematology. Should you have any suggestion for presentations in one of the research fields and you have not been approached, you may contact one of the keypersons for that field. The spoken language is English.

Research fields Centre Local contact persons
Lymphoid UMCU/PrinsesMaxima centrum Roland Kuiper, Monique Minnema
  ErasmusMC Rudi Hendriks,Ton Langerak
  NKI Heinz Jacobs, Jannie Borst
  LUMC Hendrik Veelken, Frank Staal
  UMCG Arjan Diepstra en Joost Kluiver
  VUMC Daphne de Jong, Tuna Mutis
  AMC Eric Eldering, Marcel Spaargaren
  RadboudMC Anniemiek van Spriel
  MUMC Harry Schouten
Hematopoiese AMC Sacha Zeerleder
  VUMC Linda Smit
  Erasmus Ivo Touw, Catherine Robin
  UMCU Paul Coffer
  UMCN Bert van der Reijden
  LUMC Frank Staal
  UMCG Gerald de Haan
  Sanquin Marieke von Lindern
Immunology Nijmegen  Harry Dolstra
  Leiden Fred Falkenburg
  Utrecht Jurgen Kuball
  Maastricht Lotte Wieten
  Groningen Gerwijn Huls
  AMC Mette Hazenberg
  VUMC Tuna Mutis
  Erasmus MC Jan Cornelissen
  Sanquin Carlijn Voermans
  NKI/AVL Heinz Jacobs en Jannie Borst

Timetable: Group leaders will be approached by the key persons during August/September. By the 6th of October 2017, the national key persons will notify the program committee about the slots assigned  by the national keypersons.

Presentations on epidemiological or applied clinical research:
For this category, the possibility remains to submit abstracts.
This is intended for applied clinical research, for example, based on registries or intervention studies that do not fit in the translational research in the above-mentioned categories. These abstracts will be evaluated by the program committee for presentation during one of the clinical research sessions. If necessary, a selection will be made based on the ranking by the committee. If the research however is considered to fit in well in one of the sessions with fundamental/translational research, the clinical research presentation can be added to one of these sessions. The spoken language is English.

Deadline for clinical abstracts: October 6, 2017. You can no longer submit a Clincal Research abstract.

Laptop/poster sessions:
There will be no laptop or poster sessions for any of the categories.

TOP publication
The TOP publication is an award for the most excellent Dutch publication. The program committee invites everyone to nominate a publication for the TOP publication award. Nominating a publication is not reserved for the authors; everyone can nominate a publication. However, there are restrictions for the 12DHC 2017 TOP publication: the publication should be published in 2017 and the first author should be working at a Dutch hopsital or research institute. 

A total of 5 publications will be selected. The authors of these selected publications are invited to present their publication at the 12HC. One of these 5 publications will be awarded TOP publication. 

The nominated publications will be reviewed by a committee that is represented by both clinical and pre-clinical scientists. The publication will be evaluated based on originality and innovativity, the journal of publication is of importance and the committee will consider the clinical significance of the research project. The spoken language is this session is English.

Deadline for TOP Publications: October 6, 2017. You can no longer submit a TOP Publication.


Jaap Steenbergen stipendium - Thesis of the year
Professors in Hematology are annually invited by the board of the NVvH to nominate PhD-graduates whose theses excel in originality and quality. The NVvH board will review the nominees and select the 'Thesis of 2018'. The winner is invited to give a lecture at 12DHC and receives the Jaap Steenbergen stipendium which includes an award and a grant of €2000,-. 

For further information or the nomination of PhD-graduates, please contact the NVvH:

Jaap Steenbergen was one of the first hematologists in the Netherlands. He worked for St. Elisabeth hospital in Amersfoort and one day a week for the Radboud university medical center in Nijmegen. 

Swammerdam prize
Every other year, the NVvH Swammerdam prize of €40.000,- is awarded to a talented hematologist. Candidates must be younger than 45 years and working in one the special fields of hematology: hemato-oncology, hemostasis-thrombosis, immuno-hematology of transfusion medicine. 

The Swammerdam prize is one of the most prestigious awards for medical scientists or doctors in the Netherlands. the award is named after the 17th century Dutch scientist Jan Swammerdam. He was the first to describe the erythrocyte under the microscope. 

Click here for more information.

7th Nursing Symposium                                                                          to the top

The 7th Nursing Symposium will be on Wednesday 24 January 2018. The Nursing Symposium part of 12DHC and specifically designed for nurses and clinical nurse specialist. The program is completely Dutch spoken and contains an interesting keynote lecture and multiple sessions with lectures from guest speakers and abstract presentations. The topics of these sessions will be announced soon, but we can guarantee a varied program: from different types of therapy, to quality of care and aspects that influence the quality of life of patients. The poken language is Dutch.

We would like to invite you to submit and abstract for an oral presentation. The submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the program committee, after which a selection is made of abstracts that are approved for either an oral presentation. You are allowed to submit more than one abstract.

Abstracts do not necessarily need to be of a scientific nature; a variety of topics is accepted. For examples: recent events that influenced the hematological care in your hospital or developements within your department that could be of interest for colleagues in other hospitals. 

Submit your abstract via the website. Deadline is December, 1 2017.

We would like to challenge you to participate in the Quiz; an interactive part of the program. Your knowledge about all kinds of topics from the field of hematological care is tested. The program of the 7th Nursing Symposium gives a sneak preview of what to expect in the Quiz. 

At the end of the Nursing Symposium the author of the best abstract will be awarded with a certificate. The winner of the Quiz also receives a certificate.