Thalassaemia International Federation Schedules 2011 Conferences

July 20, 2010 – The Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF) has announced that the 12th International Conference on Thalassaemia and the Hemoglobinopathies and the 14th International Conference for Patients and Parents will be held May 11-15, 2011 in Antalya, Turkey.

Photograph of Antalya, Turkey

Organized by TIF and the Thalassaemia Federation of Turkey, with the official support of the Governorship of Antalya and the Municipality of Antalya, the theme of the conferences is “Hemoglobin Disorders in the Next Decade.”

In a welcome letter on the conferences website (, TIF President Panos Englezos states that “these two simultaneous conferences aim on providing the latest scientific and medical updates to both health professionals and patients and their families and exchanging knowledge and experiences. Above all and very importantly, these conferences serve as great opportunity to built up new and strengthening existing relations and collaborations. It is only by working together, by being partners in the effort, that we can achieve our common aim: the best possible quality of care for every patient with thalassaemia wherever in the world he or she may live.”



According to one study, the thalassemia carrier rate among the general population of Turkey is 2.1%; however, it is as high as 17% in some regions.

More detailed information on the conferences, including a call for abstracts, a list of main topics, a program overview and registration/accommodation information is on the conference website (

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