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Symposium and Patient & Family Forum 2021

2021 National Symposium on BMFS (incorporating our Patient & Family Forum) 

Building on the success of the 2019 Symposium, the CRE was delighted to host the second National Symposium on Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes on Thursday 27 May to Saturday 29 May. Due to the pandemic, it was an entirely virtual event, incorporating a full day Patient and Family Forum  and a one and a half day Scientific Symposium. 

View the Patient and Family webinar recording here*

Over 430 delegates registered for the event comprising clinicians, clinician scientists, patients and families, scientists, allied health professionals, pharmaceutical, hospital and research institution representatives. The program featured featured four exceptional international experts, Professor Neal Young and Professor Alison Bertuch, and Dr Paula Rio and Professor Ketan Patel and over 30 local scientific clinical, allied health and patient speakers.

Our appreciation to Mr Frank McGuire MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research, who officially opened the scientific Symposium.

Enormous gratitude to our sponsors, Alexion, AstraZeneca, MSD and The Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation, and thanks to the Symposium Steering Committee, chaired by Dr Lucy Fox.

We look forward to seeing you all again at our next scientific Symposium in 2023.  To learn more about our Symposium, please click on the buttons below.

Our next Patient & Family Forum will be held in 2022 with further details to be unveiled shortly.  If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact us here


 “This is my second year attending this forum. Hearing from the clinical studies and where they are at and the challenges they have is fantastic. Listening to patient stories reaffirms why our jobs are so important and it’s a great reminder that we are all playing a part in trying to give someone a second chance and hope to many families. Great forum once again - thank you.”

“It’s heartening to know that research into rare bone marrow diseases is taking place. It gives hope to us and to future people suffering similar conditions. Well done to everyone involved in the presentation and research, I’m very grateful.”

“This event is very unique in that it incorporates several different perspectives and reminds us all of why we choose to do what we do.”

“Really world class. Fabulous presenters, consistent high quality. Presentations were accessible to those for whom this is not their area of expertise.”

“Amazing work. This symposium is the best I have found for BMF.”

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Click on the image below to view the webinar recordings of the 2021 Patient & Family Forum.  

* Please note that Session 1 has been edited for privacy reasons. 


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