Strong attendance, new regulation and growing regional interest mark the annual meeting of the Brazilian Association for Cell Therapy (ABTCEL)

A total of 277 attendees, a record number of 128 selected abstracts and 56 national and international speakers were the figures bolstering up the growing interest for cell therapy in the SCA region.

ISCT participated in this successful event, in Sao Paulo, through a joint session focusing on clinical applications. The ISCT awards for best presentations included a free registration for the annual meeting of the society in Melbourne for 2019. Maroun Khoury and Patricia Rocco regional VP and VP elect, were the officers representing the ISCT and participated in the scientific committee.

According to Milena Soares, the actual President of ABTCEL “the current and future interaction of ABTCEL with ISCT may contribute to strengthen the cell and gene therapy field in Brazil and promote new interactions with other Latin American countries”. A presentation exposed by the Brazilian regulatory agency (ANVISA) announced the new regulation for advanced therapies. The round table discussion around this topic concluded that this new frame will facilitate the approval of cell based therapies in the country.

Dr. Khoury presented the society’s main pillars of values, commenting that “a special effort was done to obtain reduced membership rates for the region, this opens the possibility for researchers in emerging countries to overcome their financial limitations and join the ISCT effort in driving a strong and regulated cell therapies for the benefit of patients in the region”.


Photo: Antonio De Carvalho (VP ABTCEL), Milena Soares (P ABTCEL), Patricia Rocco (Regional VP-elect ISCT) Maroun Khoury (Regional VP -ISCT)