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13th Dutch Hematology Congress

8th Nursing Symposium

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Pre-registration & on-site registration
Visit the registration page of this website for online pre-registration for 13th Dutch Hematology Congress and the 8th Nursing Symposium. Payments by iDEAL and invoice are accepted. A confirmation of registration will be sent to the email address you entered on your registration form.

Due to limited room capacity, you need to subscribe for the Meet-the-Expert sessions and the Bone Marrow Masterclass. Subscribe by selecting these sessions on the online pre-registration form. 

After January 6, the website will be closed for registration, from this date you can only register on-site during the congress.  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. On the online registration page, you'll find the total dues.

An extra administration fee is added to payments by invoice and to the on-site registration fare.



  * 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 13DHC 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 job position). The speakers fare is applicable only for the day the speaker or moderator is scheduled on the program.

Registrations can be cancelled free of charge untill Friday 7 December 2018. Requests for refund will be settled according to the schedule below:

Date of request for restitution % of refund*
Up to and including 7 December 2018 100%
8 December 2018 - incl. 7 January 2019 75%
8 January -  incl. 13 January 2019 50%
14 January - incl 18 January 2019 25%
as of 19 January 2019 0%

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

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 13th Dutch Hematology Congress and the 8th Nursing Symposium. 

Accreditatie 13th Dutch Hematology Congress: Accreditation points Status
CGR N/A confirmed
Nederlandse Internisten Vereniging (NIV) 16 confirmed
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Kindergeneeskunde (NVK) 16 confirmed
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Pathologie (NVVP) 18 confirmed
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Radiotherapie en Oncologie (NVRO) 16 confirmed
Accreditation 8th Nursing Symposium: Accreditation points
Accreditatiebureau Verpleegkundig Specialisten Register (acute, chronische, geestelijke, intensieve en preventieve zorg bij somatische aandoeningen)    
 - attendance on 23 January  6 confirmed
 - attendance on 24 January  7 confirmed
 - attendance on 25 January  5 confirmed
Accreditatiebureau Kwaliteitsregister V&V en Register Zorgprofessionals  6 confirmed
Accreditation Data managers: Accreditation points Status
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Oncologie Datamanagers See website NVvOD applied for
Accreditation EBAH (EHA): Accreditation points Status
European Hematology Association   applied for

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 congress organsation 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 13th 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 8th Nursing Symposium are kindly requested to evaluate the program at the end of the Symposium.

Evaluation are treated as confidential.

13th 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 AML, Stem cell transplantation and Hodgekin. The audience is invited to share their opinion by using an interactive response system. 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. In general, the spoken language of these sessions English. The spoken language is Dutch when there is a Dutch session title shown in 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 13DHC 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 4 research fields (Benigne/Hemostasis/Thrombosis, Myeloid/Hematopoiese, Lymphoid, Immunology)

Research fields Keyperson
Benigne, Hemostasis, Thrombosis Frank Leebeek, Bart Biemond
Myeloid/ Hematopoiese Marc Raaijmakers, Marieke von Lindern, Gerald de Haan
Lymphoid Joost Kluiver, Marcel Spaargaren
Immunology Harry Dolstra, Jurgen Kuball

The national key persons will closely and actively collaborate with group leaders of relevant Dutch research centers (academic hospitals, Sanquin and IKNL) in selecting presentations on subjects within their field of expertise. With this approach it is expected to come to a better representation of the current fundamental and translational research in the field of (immuno)hematology in the Netherlands. Do you have any suggestion for presentations in one of the research fields and you have not been contacted by one of the national key persons or group leaders, you may contact one of the keypersons for that field.

The spoken language of the sessions is English.

Presentations on epidemiological or applied clinical research:
For this category, it is possible to submit an abstract.
The abstracts will be evaluated by the program committee for presentation during one of the clinical research sessions. The spoken language is English.

Deadline for submitting clinical abstracts: 2 November 2018

Science date sesssions:
This year we have organized small scale sessions for Phd students in which they can present their research to each other with a few slides. There are sessions for immunology, lymphoid and hematopoiese//myeloid. The sessions will be supervised by an experienced person in these specific fields.
The national keypersons will together with the local keypersons select the candidates for these sessions and you will receive an invitiation by the congres organization

Deadline for submitting science date abstracts is: 2 november 2018

TOP publication and Dutch Best of congresses
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 13DHC TOP publication: the publication should be published in 2018 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 13DHC. One of these 5 publications will be awarded TOP publication. 

The nominated publications will be reviewed by a committee that represents 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.

The Dutch Best of congresses session contains presentations of research that has been presented at the most recent editions of the ASH, EBMT or EHA. You are invited to submit an abstract for this session. The submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the program committee. The idea is to schedule a wide variaty of topics. When submitting an abstract, you will be requested to give approval that your abstract will be scheduled in one of the other abstract sessions than the Dutch Best of congresses session. Due to a limited amount of availble slots in the Dutch Best of congresses session, the program committee offers this extra possibility to present your abstract. The spoken language is this session is English.

Deadline for submitting TOP Publications and abstracts for the Dutch Best of congresses: 2 November 2018


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 13DHC 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.

8th Nursing Symposium                                                                          to the top

The 8th Nursing Symposium is organized in collaboration with TWG Hematologie and is due on Wednesday 23 January 2019. The Nursing Symposium part of 13DHC 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 AML, Age-specific care (this session will be organized in collaboration with Hematon), e-health and stem cell transplantation: allo and non-hematological diseases. 

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: 1 December 2018

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 8th 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.