18th Annual NATA Symposium, Florence, April 20-21, 2017

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Scope, Dates & Venue

Florence Duomo

The 18th Annual NATA Symposium on Patient Blood Management, Haemostasis and Thrombosis will take place on April 20-21, 2017 at the Firenze Fiera Congress & Exhibition Center (Palazzo dei Congressi) in Florence, Italy.

Every year NATA attracts a wide international and multidisciplinary audience. In line with our mission statement – Promoting optimal patient blood management, haemostasis and thrombosis in everyday clinical practice through a multidisciplinary approach – the scientific programme covers a wide range of topics related to anaemia, bleeding and thrombosis.


Scientific Programme

This year, special emphasis will be placed on practical implementation of patient blood management (PBM) with the objective to help participants initiate or further develop PBM programmes in their institutions. Plenary sessions will discuss state-of-the-art PBM in major surgery, critical care, trauma and women’s health, and a workshop with roundtable discussions will allow fruitful experience sharing with leaders in the field.

Thematic sessions will be dedicated to evidence-based transfusion practices, management of direct oral anticoagulants in elective surgery and emergency situations, massive bleeding and coagulopathy, and fibrinogen substitution in cardiothoracic surgery and postpartum haemorrhage. We are also glad that Professor Fabrizio Benedetti has accepted to give the NATA fireworks lecture on the mechanisms of the placebo effect.

Palazzo dei CongressiThe scientific committee has selected the following topics for plenary sessions and workshops:

  • Patient Blood Management in Major Surgery – State of the Art
  • Direct Oral Anticoagulants in 2017 – Standards and New Paradigms
  • How to Implement Patient Blood Management in Real Life – What Can We Learn from the Masters? (Workshop with Roundtable Discussions)
  • Massive Bleeding and Coagulopathy – Where Are We and Where Should We Go?
  • Patient Blood Management in Critical Care – What’s New?
  • Breaking News
  • Understanding the Mechanisms of the Placebo Effect
  • Transfusion in Perspective
  • Fibrinogen Substitution – What Does the Evidence Say?
  • Women's Health – Focus on Bleeding, Iron Deficiency and Mortality
  • Best Posters – Presentations and Awards

Official language: English, with simultaneous translation into Italian

Please click on the link below to view the latest version of the scientific programme.
18th Annual Symposium Scientific Programme


Industry-Sponsored Programme

Two satellite symposia, one lecture and two workshops, one of which will be repeated twice, will take place during lunch breaks (lunch will be provided):

  • Patient Blood Management: Improving Patient Safety (supported by Masimo)
  • Patient Blood Management – Getting The First Pillar Right (supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Vifor Pharma)
  • Blood Management, Cell Saving and Quality Control In Surgery (supported by Fresenius Kabi)
  • What Place Does Aprotinin Have in Future Clinical Practice? (supported by Nordic Pharma)
  • Functional Haemostatic Monitoring: TEG® and ROTEM® (supported by unrestricted educational grants from Haemonetics and Tem International)

Please click on the link below to view the industry-sponsored programme.
18th Annual Symposium Industry-Sponsored Programme


Abstract Submissions and Best Poster Sessions

Auditorium - Palazzo dei Congressi
A total of 117 abstracts have been accepted for poster presentation. Each poster will be visited by two moderators during one of the five breaks of the symposium.

The presenters of the 16 best-rated abstracts have been invited to give a 5-minute presentation followed by a 2-minute discussion during the Best Posters sessions (Part 1 and Part 2) scheduled on April 21 from 11:00 to 12:15. Best poster presentations will be selected by audience voting and awards will be given to the presenters of the 3 best poster presentations in each session. The “NATA Forum” Conference App will be needed to participate in the votes.



It is recommended to register for the symposium before February 28, 2017 so as to benefit from 'early bird' rates. Please click on the link below to register online.
18th Annual NATA Symposium Online Registration

Alternatively, you may download the registration form and send the completed document by email or by fax. Please click on the link to download the registration form.
18th Annual NATA Symposium Registration Form


Conference Dinner

Palazzo Borghese FirenzeThe conference dinner will take place on Thursday, April 20 at Palazzo Borghese of Florence.

Located in the heart of Florence, a few steps away from Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Borghese is one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in the Tuscan capital.

Participants will enjoy a Renaissance show performed by an Ensemble of musicians, singers, actors and dancers dressed in Renaissance style.

Please click on the link to download the conference dinner registration form.
18th Annual NATA Symposium Conference Dinner Registration Form



18th Annual NATA Symposium Hotel Booking System

We are glad to inform you that we have arranged a dedicated Hotel Booking System that will allow you to find the best rates available in the reservation system of Firenze Convention & Visitors Bureau, the institutional and no-profit partner of this conference.

Click on the link blow to find exclusive offers and packages without booking fees. Your code is: NATA2017.
18th Annual NATA Symposium Hotel Booking System


“NATA Forum” Conference App and Social Media

Download the NATA Conference App, “NATA Forum”, on the App Store or the Play Store. The conference App will provide you with a wealth of useful information before and during the NATA Symposium, and will give you access to presentation webcasts after the symposium. It will also be needed to participate in the votes during the Best Poster sessions.

Join NATA’s group on LinkedIn and follow NATA on Twitter to receive the latest news on patient blood management, haemostasis and thrombosis, and to participate in discussions with colleagues in the field. During the symposium, share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #NATAforum.