VIVA Asia BMT Spring School (VABMT)

Dates: Friday 6 March 2020
Venue: Meeting Room T0
8-03/04, Level 8 at NUHS Tower Block, 1E Kent Ridge Rd, Singapore 119228 (Please refer to Visitors Guide for directions)


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 Faculty:

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


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.


Delegates are requested to confirm their attendance by registering through the online registration portal. This includes members who are registering for the VIVA-Asia BMT Spring School only. More details available after registration opens.


If you would like advice on staying somewhere near NUHS Tower Block, please contact our secretariat at


Transport will leave at a fixed time to and from the meeting venue (NUHS Tower Block) and the Shangri-La Hotel / RELC International and Orchard Rendezvous Hotel. The bus driver will not wait beyond the pick-up time so please ensure you are ready at the collection point at the nominated time. If you miss the transport, we recommend you arrange a taxi or MRT transport at your own cost. We will notify you closer to the date of the transport departure times. Please indicate if you require transport to and from the venue when you register for the meeting.