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 Dr. S. Kersting and Prof.dr. Karina Meijer
Treasurer Dr. Stijn Halkes
Chair program committee Dr. Peter te Boekhorst
Vice chair program committee Dr. Suzanne van Dorp
Sponsorship Drs. Saskia Broekman 
Project assistents Susanne Højsgaard-Tabbers
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. Canan Alhan
Dr. Roel Fiets
Dr. Anja Makelburg (stolling)
Dr. Hilde Kooistra
Dr. Inge Geelen (back up JNVvH)
Dr. Sarah Schep
Dr. Josien Regelink
Dr. Laurens Nieuwenhuizen
Dr. Astrid Pulles
Dr. Vera Novotny
Lymfoproliferatieve ziekten
Dr. Tom van Meerten
Dr. Richard Groen
Dr. Joost Vermaat
Dr. Marjolein van der Poel
Transplantatie en Immunologie
Dr. Lotte van der Wagen
Dr. Anoek Broers
Dr. Suzanne van Dorp
Dr. Rosa de Groot
Hematopoiese en Leukemie
Dr. Vincent van den Boom
Dr. Mojca Jongen
Dr. Emma de Pater
Dr. Emile van den Akker

Dr. Michael Lukens

Key persons

Research Field Key Persons
Benigne, Hemostasis, Thrombosis Dr. Lize van Vulpen, Dr. Iris van Moort
Myeloid/Hematopoiese Dr. Vincent van den Boom, dr. Anne Marneth
Lymphoid Dr. Richard Groen, Dr. Joost Vermaat
Immunology Dr. Lotte Wieten, dr. Marieke Griffioen

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), Saskia Broekman (sponsorship) and Susanne Højsgaard-Tabbers.

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

  • Anne van der Spek (chair) - midlevel practioner hematology - Oncologisch Centrum Deventer
  • Rixt Bode (secretary) - senior nurse hematology - UMCG
  • Corine Kroeze (member)- midlevel practioner hematology - Meander Medisch centrum
  • Patty Maas-Bosman (member) - midlevel practioner hematology - Amsterdam UMC, locatie VUmc
  • Shahira Fazel (member) - midlevel practioner hematology - Radboudumc

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. K. Meijer Chair
Dr. Stijn Halkes Treasurer
Prof. dr. Arnon Kater Secretary
Dr. Sabina Meijer Board member

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.