VIVA Asia BMT Spring School (VABMT)

Date: Friday 6 March 2021, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 


VABMT Education Sub-Committee:

Chair – Maria Luz Del Rosario, Philippines
Co-Chair – Hany Ariffin, Malaysia
Co-Chair – Pamela Lee, Hong Kong
Members – Frances Yeap and Mariflor S Villegas, Singapore



International Speakers:


Professor and Chairman
Department of Haematology / Oncology and General Paediatrics
Children’s University Hospital Tuebingen, GERMANY


Senior Consultant Paediatric Haematology/Oncology Service
KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Director, Research, SingHealth DUKE-NUS Transplant Centre
Chair, Tan Cheng Lim - CCF Distinguished Professorship in Paediatric Oncology
Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School


Professor Hany Ariffin (Chair / Moderator)
Head and Senior Consultant Paediatric Haematology-Oncology and Blood & Marrow
Transplantation Unit
University of Malaya Medical Centre
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


The mission of the VABMT Education Initiative is to bring together international and regional experts to educate physicians on the best practice and standard of care in paediatric HSCT. We recognize the diversity of needs and priorities of HSCT-related issues in various Asian countries, and we strive to enable knowledge exchange (KE) activities from basic to highly specialized, cutting edge HSCT approach and cellular therapy, through an education platform that facilitates collaborative learning. We believe that, by efforts in education and training, every patient undergoing HSCT can benefit from the prevailing best clinical practice, based on safe, evidence-based, effective and innovative medicine. We aim to empower emerging programs to set up and expand their HSCT service with support from centres of excellence, and at the same time, to drive innovations and nurture the next generation of leaders in paediatric HSCT.



Our vision is that HSCT will be accessible to each and every child who requires this life- saving procedure and be cured of his / her disease to live a life to its full potential, regardless of nationality and residence.



  • To enable sharing of information, knowledge and best practice amongst VABMT member centres
  • To foster continuous development and expansion of emerging programs
  • To encourage development of quality and safety benchmarks, as well as standards of care, through knowledge exchange and collaborative learning
  • To train the next generation of paediatric HSCT clinicians to perpetuate and develop excellence in clinical service, education and research

The ‘VABMT School’, which is a dedicated educational program, is held twice a year. The VABMT School consists of educational talks by invited faculty and interactive case discussions by trainees. This ensures what is taught and discussed at the School is relevant to the trainees’ learning needs and can be applied to their clinical setting when they return to their work environment. Apart from knowledge and skills essential to everyday patient care, experience sharing from more mature member centres is encouraged to help create a ‘roadmap’ for emerging programs to develop the optimum infrastructure required for an accredited HSCT service, as well as a set of resource- appropriate best practice and patient care pathway.


If you wish to register, you may do so here. It is reccomended that only health care workers register due to the technical nature of this event.