It’s always better to have organizers talk about their own and unique experience. In order to get familiar with Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and its assets, the regional convention bureau, Provence Côte d’Azur Events asked Pr. Christian Chabannon, MD, Ph. D, to share his latest event success in the region.
Interview of Pr. Christian Chabannon, MD, Ph.D,
Aix-Marseille University & Inserm CBT-1409
Centre of Cell Therapy. Department of Cancer Biology & Transplantation and Cell Therapy Unit. Department of Onco-hematology
Could you please give some details of the congress you bid to host and eventually organized in 2017 in Marseille?
The EBMT is a learned society of professionals in Europe and beyond which have gathered for more than 40 years to promote the development of those advanced therapies and to facilitate patient access.
As an active member of EBMT for numerous years, I have decided in 2011 to try and convince the EMBT to organize its annual congress in the region, with the support of my colleagues from Marseille and Nice. After a feasibility study, it was decided that Marseille would be the best candidate. The teams of the Chanot Convention Centre and the Marseille Convention Bureau actively supported the bid.
What are the region’s scientific and medical assets?
The organization of a highly-visible international event such as the EBMT Annual Meeting in Marseille also helped to draw human resource and expertise from the Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur area and coordinate their investments and efforts to promote an innovative and fertile field. It thus not only improved visibility of the host town, but also of the entire territory.
Marseille, Nice and Provence are not only holiday destinations on the Mediterranean coast, but they are also host to excellent scientific and medical teams, especially in the fields of cancerology, hematology and immunology. Aix-Marseille University supports initiatives in this fields in collaboration with research organizations like INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research) or CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research).
The Paoli-Calmettes Institute, Cancer Center in Marseille and member of the UNICANCER Federation (Federation of the French Comprehensive Cancer Centers), is host to one of the most important programs of Blood and Marrow Transplantation in Europe. Those therapies are used to treat adults and children with serious diseases, mostly cancers, like leukemia or lymphoma.
Those medical practices are undergoing deep transformations with the marketing of advanced therapy medicinal products like genetically modified T-cell.
How would you rate the involvement of regional stakeholders on the occasion of your application?
Local teams in the region and in Marseille have been very sensitive to the benefits gained when hosting such a large event and they have joined forces to successfully reach the objective. The candidacy was retained and the 43rd edition of the congress was held in Marseille in March 2017.
As a result…
The congress took place in a studious and convivial atmosphere, supported by typical Mediterranean weather conditions and a very successful festive conclusion at the Halles de la Major. For the first time the participation exceeded 5000 delegates, a symbolic threshold.