DHC Organization

1. Organization DHC
2. Organization Nursing Symposium
3. DHC Foundation
4. HOVON Foundation
5. NVvH 

1. Organization DHC
A project team, especially put together for DHC, is responsible for the overall organisation of the congress. The team plays an important role in optimizing communication and co-operation between all parties that are involved with this event.

Project team

Project leaders Regina Knoester, Dr. Marleen Breems-de Ridder
Professional leader Dr. Stijn Halkes
Representatives HOVON & NVvH Prof.dr. A.P. Kater and Prof.dr. K. Meijer
Treasurer Dr. Lidwine Tick
Chair program committee Dr. Peter te Boekhorst
Vice chair program committee Dr. Suzanne van Dorp
Sponsorship Drs. S. Broekman 
Project assistents Susanne Højsgaard-Tabbers, drs. Saskia Broekman, Mirelle Meevis 
Nursing Symposium Shahira Fazel

The Program Committee is responsible for composing the program and inviting the speakers. This Program Committee consists of representatives from HOVON, NVvH, Experimental Hematology, KWF Lymphoma group, stem cell transplantation group, and the fellows. Key persons are appointed to select the speakers for the fundamental and translational research sessions. 

Program committee:
Dr. Peter te Boekhorst (chair)
Dr. Suzanne van Dorp (vice-chair)
Dr. Stijn Halkes (project leader program)

Members of the Program Committee 

Dr. Erfan Nur
Dr. Marjolein van der Klift
Dr. Anja Makelburg (stolling)
Dr. Daan Castelijn (JNVvH)
Dr. Sophie Bernelot Moens (back up JNVvH)
Dr. Sabina Kersting
Dr. Maarten Corsten
Dr. Tjeerd Snijders
Lymfoproliferative diseases
Dr. Tom van Meerten
Dr. Richard Groen
Dr. Joost Vermaat
Dr. Margot Jak
Transplantation & Immunology
Dr. Moniek de Witte
Dr. Anoek Broers
Dr. Suzanne van Dorp
Drs. Peter van Balen
Hematopoiese & Myeloid
Dr. Carolien Woolthuis
Dr. Mojca Jongen Lavrencic
Dr. Emma de Pater
Dr. Carlijn Voermans

Dr. M. Lukens

Key persons

Research Field Key Persons
Benigne, Hemostasis, Thrombosis Dr. Marieke Kruip, dr. Ward van Beers
Myeloid/Hematopoiese Dr. Bert van der Reijden, dr. Carlijn Voermans
Lymphoid Dr. Tom van Meerten, dr. Richard Groen
Immunology Dr. M. Heemskerk, dr. Lotte Wieten

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.

Executive team
During the congress, an executive team is present to assist you. The executive team consists of: Regina Knoester (Project Manager), Susanne Højsgaard-Tabbers, Mirelle Meevis and Saskia Broekman.

2. Organization Nursing Symposium                                                                                               to the top

Board en committee

Tumor Werk Groep Hematologie, V&VN Oncologie
Email: twghematologieoncologie@venvn.nl
Website: Tumor Werk Groep Hematologie V&VN

Board TWG Hematology, V&VN Oncology

  • Rixt Bode - vpk - UMCG - Groningen
  • Anne van der Spek - vpk specialist - Deventer Ziekenhuis
  • Patty Bosman - vpk specialist - AUMC locatie VUmc – Amsterdam
  • Shahira Fazel- vpk specialist- Radboudumc- Nijmegen
  • Corine Kroeze- vpk specialist- Meander medisch centrum- Amersfoort

Program committee

  • Shahira Fazel - Radboudumc - Nijmegen - Chair
  • Judith van Deursen - Maxima Medisch Centrum - Veldhoven 
  • Linda Luppens-de Graaf - Dijklander ziekenhuis - Hoorn
  • Tineke Duyts - Medisch Spectrum Twente - Enschede
  • Mirjam Oudshoorn - LUMC - Leiden
  • Maaike de Ruijter - Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc

For questions, please contact the chair of the program committe Shahira Fazel:Shahira.Fazel@radboudumc.nl 

3. DHC Foundation                                                                                                                                 to the top

Since August 2017, the congress activities of the HOVON Foundation and the NVvH are merged into the DHC Foundation. The main reason for the establishment of this foundation, is to provide transparancy in both activities and financial flows. The members of the board of the DHC Foundation are:

Prof. dr. Nicole Blijlevens Chair
Prof. dr. Jan Cornelissen Vice-Chair
Dr. Lidwine Tick Treasurer
Prof. dr. Arnon Kater Secretary

4. HOVON Foundation                                                                                                                            to the top

On October 1, 1985, six prominent internists, hematologists from different academic hospitals, founded the HOVON Foundation (Hemato-oncology for Adults the Netherlands) in Rotterdam. HOVON aims to promote 'the optimal treatment of adult patients with haematological malignant diseases'. The best way to obtain this optimal treatment is through the creation and implementation of clinical studies in which as many patients as possible are able to participate.
Because hemato-oncological diseases are rare in terms of frequency, it is necessary to make the required expertise for treatment quickly available to patients. This is realised by creating and managing networks of doctors in various hospitals.
For further information on the HOVON Foundation, visit the website.

5. Dutch Society of Hematology (NVvH)                                                                                                  to the top

The Dutch Society of Hematology (NVvH), founded in 1950, is the national organization of blood experts. Around 440 doctors and biomedical scientists working in the field of patient care, research and education of diseases of the blood and blood-forming tissues.
The NVvH has a co-ordinating role and is an umbrella organization for associations operating in the different areas of hematology. This coordinating role improves the position of hematology as to patient care, education and research, and prevents fragmentation of Dutch hematology.
A close co-operation exists with the sub- and sister organizations, including representation in the board of the NVvH, and by organizing joint meetings.
For further information about the Dutch Society of Hematology (NVvH), visit the website.