Danubian League Against Thrombosis and Haemorrhagic Disorders
May 16th – 19th, 1979 in Linz:
My hometown Linz was appropriate for this plan. Only a few years before the planned meeting, directly at the Danube river, a newly equipped conference and cultural center, the “Brucknerhaus” was built. In about 100 meters walking distance a modern hotel was finished, being connected with the Brucknerhaus by a direct underneath walkway. This unit, Brucknerhaus and hotel, were well equipped for a middle-sized symposium. As scientific program on the first day the topics hemophilia and coagulation disorders were planned, on the second day thrombosis and embolism and on the third day in the morning coagulation and intensive care. A total of 55 presentations have been delivered during the 2 ½ days program.
The arrival on the day before the meeting was promptly, however, with one great surprise. From the GDR seven colleagues were invited, however, eight were coming. Immediately, I was confidentially notified that the eighth is a “control” who provides to his government with any information. My reaction was very simple: “I’m deeply sorry, but in the hotel is no more room available”. Via the local agency I was able to arrange a room in a hotel being far away. This made the continuous watching very difficult.
The social program reflected the local possibilities. In the evening before the conference we had an inofficial get-together, on the first evening an organ concert in St. Florian, close to Linz, on the “Bruckner” organ and in the next evening a banquette in a country-side restaurant along the Danube, about 20 km river-up from Linz. During this evening it appeared that for scientists there are no borders and many new friendships generated. Beside the classical Danubian countries also colleagues from England, Switzerland, Italy, Norway and Turkey were coming.
Despite the scientific and the social program there was also a business meeting discussing the possibility to make this Danube symposium on thrombosis and hemostasis a regular event. This question was positively answered without opposition by all the participants. It was decided that every two years a meeting should be run from now on in different cities. The next symposium was planned for 1981 in Budapest. The official society was not yet founded at this time, however, this was planned to be done in the near future. All participants had the feeling of a successful meeting.
The 2nd Danube Symposium in Budapest from June 11th – 13th, 1981 was chaired by Prof. L.A. Palos, taking place in the tradition-rich hotel “Gellert”. As during the first symposium, exactly 55 presentations have been accepted and in addition to that 30 posters. Following the research interests of the congress president, antithrombin III was one of the key topics, but also platelets, haemorrhagic diathesis and fibrinolysis were discussed.
During the business meeting it was decided now to create an official society, the seat being in Linz. The name of the society (“Danubian League against Thrombosis and Haemorrhagic Disorders”) was anonymously decided. The next meeting was planned for Bratislava.
At the 3rd Meeting taking place in Bratislava from June 1st – 3rd, 1983 under the chair of Prof. Dr. M. Hrubiŝko, the major topics were hemostasis and malignancy, hyperlipoproteinemia and low-molecular weight heparins. There were 53 oral presentations at a high scientific level. At the business meeting, now called “General Assembly”, it was decided as a peculiarity, there should be was no fee; also the access to the meeting should be free for the members.
The 4th Symposium was taking place in Istanbul. Although this city is not located along the Danube river, we have been persuaded that a great many of the Danube water is passing by in Istanbul through the Bosporus. Under the chair of Prof. Dr. Orhan N. Ulutin, from September 25th – 28th, 1985 a total of 77 lectures and 34 posters were presented. Topics within the guidelines (thrombosis and hemostasis) were free. This meeting for the first time was also attended by coagulation specialists from the United States.
The 5th Meeting was taking place in the GDR, in Erfurt and taking place from May 20th – 22nd, 1987 under the chair of Prof. Dr. Fritz Markwardt. The three main topics were hirudin and low-molecular weight heparin, thrombophilia, platelets and the vascular wall. All the presentations were of great interest.
The 6th Meeting again was organized along the Danube river in Vienna, from May 31st – June 3rd, 1989 under the chair of Prof. Dr. Helmut Sinzinger. Already before the meeting Prof. Sinzinger designed an emblem for the society, marking the course of the Danube river surrounded by a monocyte, a granulocyte and a platelet. This emblem was accepted with great enthusiasm. Not only the social but also the scientific part was of great interest. Main topics were hemophilia and new tests in coagulation. For the first time we were able to welcome also participants from Latin America, the South American sister society, CLAHT. Since then we have a friendly cooperation and an exchange program between the two societies. The official organ of this society, the “Revista Iberoamericana de Hemostasia y Trombosis”, publishing articles beside Spanish also in English, since that time is our official organ.
The social program consisted of an excursion to Dürnstein, a romantic small village in the Wachau. On the way we visited a large private Oldtimer museum, guided by Dr. Geri Brandstetter, an Austrian physician and automobile racer, who attended among others the East Safarian Rally.
During that meeting it was decided to organize the subsequent meetings in even years in order not to overlap with the meetings of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.
The 7th Meeting was therefore already organized in the following year, from October 9th – 13th, 1990 in Pécs (South Hungary). In this town since many years a scientifically highly active team was working on blood coagulation, led by Doz. Dr. Ibolya Nagy, acting also as president of the meeting. The scientific key topics were genetics of hemophilia, the von Willebrand-syndrome as well as acquired bleeding disorders and topics of thrombolysis. In total 63 oral presentations and 25 posters were delivered. The social program was consisting of an outstanding organ concert, a gala dinner and an excursion to the romantic surrounding of Pécs.
In Pécs it was decided that the following meeting should take place in Novi Sad in summer 1992. However, the Yugoslavian crisis was interfering so that we had to elect another meeting site. Only in short time, Munich was elected as all the requirements were fulfilled to organize a meeting of that size. We were thankful to the congress president, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schramm, for his extraordinary task. Munich is not only a scientific, but also a touristic Eldorado. It was therefore not surprising that the 8th Meeting, taking place from July 9th – 11th, 1992, was attended by more than 200 participants, also from countries having not been participating yet, such as Portugal, Spain, Russia, Romania and Bulgaria. The scientific program was focused on hemophilia, heparin analogues and fractions, platelet function and thrombophilia. The social program had something new. The first time the honorary membership of our society was presented to Prof. Dr. Orhan N. Ulutin from Istanbul. The reason for that decision was based on his scientific work of more than 300 publications in international journals as well as his personal initiative for our society from the very early beginning.
At the meeting in Munich the next congress was decided to take place in Prague. The 9th Meeting of the Danubian League under the presidency of Prof. Dr. Frantisek Kornalik (Prague) was held from September 14th – 17th, 1994. Also at the occasion of this meeting during the opening ceremony diplomas have been handed over to two new honorary members, namely Prof. Dr. Ibolya Nagy and Prof. Dr. Fritz Markwardt. Both of them are well accepted scientists in their area of coagulation, they were greatly active for the Danubian League and both have been organizers of earlier conferences. The scientific meeting in Prague consisted mainly of interesting free topics of hemostaseology. A total of 40 lectures and 37 posters were presented. The social program consisted of a welcome cocktail and a banquette.
For the 10th Meeting Poland was elected. After consideration with the Polish coagulation researchers, Poznan was chosen as conference site. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Dr. Krystyna Zawilska, taking place from October 2nd – 5th, 1996. After the opening addresses, a musical presentation with 6 singers was greeted with great applause. Thereafter, the honorary membership was handed over to Prof. Dr. Maria Kopeć from Warsaw. She was working mainly on white blood cell enzymes and coagulation as well as on fibrinolysis and was attending all the meetings from the early beginning. The scientific program of this meeting was mainly focused on molecular biology and genetics of coagulation. There were 30 lectures and 27 posters presented. The social program provided a novelty, an evening in the tropic house of the botanical garden. On small tables, covered by large palms, finger-food and cocktails were served. It was a new feeling to walk at the tome of a cool Polish fall in a plentiful warm tropical garden. Also the banquette on the next evening in an Indian restaurant was outstanding. As the next meeting site Frankfurt/Main in June 1998 was elected, as president Prof. Dr. Klaus Breddin, an expert who already organized a great many of meetings before.
Helmut Vinazzer (written on October 11th, 1996)
Danubian League against Thrombosis and Haemorrhagic Disorders Part 2
In Frankfurt (October 1st to 3rd, 1998) we had an excellent meeting. The weather was splendid as was the atmosphere. During the General Assembly meeting proposals for the next meeting were discussed.
After a short discussion, Prof. Ernst Wenzel was elected as organizer for the 12th Meeting to be organized from April 27th to May 2nd, 2000 in Homburg. He promised that the meeting will open a new era for the League with announcement in the web, conferences, abstracts and presentations being available on-line as well as later on on CD. His proposal was accepted with great enthusiasm.
Over the months after the meeting I was several times considering to retire as a Secretary General. It was always my feeling that choosing the successor is a key decision for the future of the League. He should be from a younger generation. I had since long my decision in mind when in December 1999, on a phone call before Christmas, I asked Helmut Sinzinger, also from Austria, the country which was always connecting East and West, whether he would be willing to follow my invitation. I’m sure that he shares many if not most of my plans and visions. He was honoured and pleased by my invitation asking for some time to consider. I was happy that he accepted later with pleasure. On a letter dated January 3rd, 2000 he was proposing several ideas concerning structure of future meetings and sites of conferences. This for me was one sign that my decision was the right one.
As the next meeting place he was strongly recommending Perugia, a town in the heart of Italy where Prof. Elmo Mannarino, the Head of the Department of Internal Medicine, would be ready to run the Meeting as a president and where Helmut’s pupil, Graziana Lupattelli, later becoming Professor of Internal Medicine, is working.
It was a great fortune to me that during the Homburg Meeting, which was run excellently by Prof. Wenzel, the future steps of the League were clearly defined making it easy to officially step down during the General Assembly and to watch the future of the League. During this business meeting the next meeting was chosen to take place 2002 in Perugia and all the representatives agreed anonymously to hand over the Leagues fortune into the hands of Helmut Sinzinger. He already had prepared the honorary presidency for me as well as a poster price under my name. I was surprised and moved by that. He was acting with great enthusiasm and the dynamic I was well aware. The presentation of the honorary presidency of the Danubian League for me means a great luck and a mission to continue the work on the League’s future and fortune at my best from now on in the background.
Helmut Vinazzer (written on September 7th, 2000)
(This was the last written message I received from Helmut Vinazzer before his death on October 27th, 2000)
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Graziana Lupattelli in the background was doing a marvelous job in organizing the meeting with the largest participation so far, which was focused on the major topic of their interest, namely atherosclerosis and endothelial function. Wolfgang Muntean organized a highly attended Symposium on Haemostasis in the neonate, while Stephanie Brister and Michael Buchanan, both from Canada, presented well attended new findings on so called “aspirin resistance” and the gender difference in coronary artery disease. In the memory of Helmut Vinazzer his successor as Secretary General, Helmut Sinzinger presented a talk on “The economy class syndrome – Myths and facts”, which originally was a cooperation between the 2 in more than 100 patients, showing that the classical risk factors reported in literature as well as haemostatic predisposing factors apparently are not of key importance for onset. The large family of outstanding Italian atherosclerosis researchers all were present. The province of Umbria provided a unique atmosphere in mild spring for social events and get together.
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15th Symposium of the Danubian League against Thrombosis and Haemorrhagic Disorders
Belgrade (Serbia), May 14 – 16, 2009
It was during the Mediterranean Conference in October 2008 when upon the mediation by Aleksandar Lucic, a cofounder and 2nd Honorary President of the Danubian League, Helmut Sinzinger met Danijela Mikovic in Athens. During an afternoon meeting they decided to start an intensive cooperation for the Danubian League, where already at this time Sinzinger had in mind to pick Danijela as his successor.
Subsequently in Belgrade 2009 Danijela Mikovic was organizing the most outstanding DLTH meeting so far with a huge participation and really opening a new avenue for the society. There was a great international participation, a high scientific level and an outstanding social programme. After Günter Vogel, the President with a great integrative and humble personality, Danijela Mikovic deserved it to become President of DLTH at that meeting. Besides the meeting she already worked a lot in helping the organization to improve and further develop Danubian League program.
Helmut Sinzinger (written on January 14th, 2014)
The 15th Meeting of the Danubian League against Thrombosis and Haemorrhagic Disorders (DLTH) was organized in Belgrade, May 14-16, 2009 governed by the DLTH and Serbian Society of Haemostasis and Thrombosis, Predsident of the meeting was Prof. Aleksandar Lucic from Novi Sad, predsident of the Organizing Committee was Dr. Danijela Mikovic from the Blood Transfusion institute of Serbia, Belgrade, who at the same time is the acting president of the Serbian Haemostasis and Thrombosis Society, while the President of the Scientific Committee was Prof. Ivo Elezovic, Institute of Haematology, Clinical Centre of Serbia.
Over 300 registered participants from 23 countries (Argentina, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, France, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Sweden, Great Britain, USA) attended the meeting. Our honored guests were Prof. Helmut Sinzinger from Vienna, Austria, Secretary General of the DLTH and Dr Norma Maugeri from Argentina as a representative of Latin-American Association of Haemostasis and Thrombosis (CLAHT), long term associate of the DLTH. Guests of the meeting were also eminent experts: Prof. Flora Peyvandi - Milan, Italy. Prof. Sam Schulman - Hamilton, Canada and Prof. Christopher Ludlam - Edinburgh, Great Britain. Likewise, within the Danuabian League meeting programme state of the art achievements were presented in the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and therapy of haemostatic disorders. Programme consisted of seven parts: 1) Venous thromboembolism: risk factors, diagnosis and therapy; 2) Current and future assays of haemostasis; 3) Periodontal disease and haemostasis; 4) Pediatric haemostasis; 5) Principles of haemophilia care; 6) Women and haemostasis disorders; 7) Arterial thrombosis: risk factors and therapy. There were 5 plenary lectures, 7 introductory and 36 oral presentations. A total of 55 posters were presented. Selected lectures were published in the supplement edition of the Serbian Archives of Medicine 2010;138(Suppl 1).
The social program started with the welcome cocktail following the opening cermony. Galla dinner was arranged the next evening at the famous restaurant on the Kalemegdan hill, with an exatraordinary view to the Sava and Danube estuary. Visit to the Royal Palace was organized the following day.
Assembly of the Danubian League against Thrombosis and Haemorrhagic Disorders was held during which Dr. Danijela Mikovic was elected as President of the Danubian League whereas Prof. Aleksandar Lucic was appointed as Honorary President of the Danubian League. During that assembly it was unanimously decided that Prof. Margit Serban will be the organizer of the next 16thDanubian meeting to take place in Timisoara in May 2011.
In the end I would like to quote Prof. Helmut Sinzinger who made the following remark about the meeting: “I think it was a great event, careful, smooth and professional organization as well as a perfect new start for the League.”
Danijela Mikovic (written on June 7th, 2009)
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Helmut Sinzinger (written on January 14th, 2014)
17th Symposium of the Danubian League against Thrombosis and Haemorrhagic Disorders
The main topics Jaroslav Maly together with Peter Kubisz as Co-Presidents organized a great scientific event at a very high scientific level, making it one of the best so far. The hospitality we were offered was great and the conference was surrounded by an exciting social program, showing the building up of a new generation forming a strong body of the Danubian League. This was the time for Helmut Sinzinger to retire as a Secretary General after 2 periods in this position, reflecting his general philosophy not to run for an official position more than twice. He proposed Danijela Mikovic as his successor for Secretary General and Peter Kubisz as the next President. Both were anonymously elected and Helmut Sinzinger became the 3rd Honorary President of the society. During the conference it was decided that the next meeting of the Danubian League, the 18th, should take place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in May 2015, to be organized by Dr. Meliha Vila together with Prof. Edo Hasanbegovic.
For me it was a great pleasure to meet Prof. Chrobak who in 1992 handed over the diploma of honorary member of the Czech Haematological Society to Helmut Vinazzer. He also promised to add a piece of his knowledge on DLTH to us.
Helmut Sinzinger (written on January 14th, 2014)
17th International Meeting of the Danubian League against Thrombosis and Haemorrrhagic Disorders (DLTH) joint with XX. Czech and Slovak Conference on Thrombosis and Haemostasis were held on May 22 – 25, 2013 in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic. The meeting venue was Aldis Congress Centre on the banks of Elbe.
Presidents of the conference were prof. Jaroslav Malý, MD and prof. Peter Kubisz, MD. Organizing Committee was from Czech Republic. The conference was held under auspice of the Minister of Health of Czech Republic, County Governor, Mayor of Hradec Královéand also Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Charles University. Both theDean of the Faculty of Medicine at Charles University and the Director of the Faculty Hospital also took over the patronage of this event.
Society Grupo Cooperativo Latinoamericano de Hemostasia y Trombosis (CLAHT) participated as an invited society in the meeting. The meeting was launched with gala concert in the Church of Assumption of Virgin Mary. A general assembly of the DLTH members was held within this event. Within the general assembly Daniela Mikovic MD was confirmed as secretary general of DLTH and prof. Peter Kubisz MD was elected as president of DLTH.
The meeting was attended by 456 participants from 19 countries, 82 lectures were presented during the program. The lectures were structured as State of the art lectures, Oral presentation, Special symposia and Satellite symposia. 72 posters were presented within the poster section. The program was prepared in cooperation with Czech Society of Haematology, Czech Society of Angiology, Czech Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Slovak Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis and Slovak Society of Angiology.
The conference focused on the following topics: ITP,HIT, antiplatelet therapy , new antiplatelet agents, coagulation factors and inhibitors, thrombotic disorders, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, disseminated intravascular coagulation , pregnancy, hormones, women's issues , cancer and thrombosis, innovative therapies for thrombotic disorders, vascular biology, atherothrombosis, TTP and related disorders, haemophilia, inherited coagulation disorders , acquired coagulation disorders, laboratory tests.
The program of meeting encompassed 12 invited lectures including of Rokitansky lecture: Importance of genetic examination of thrombophilia in the Czech rRepublic presented by prof. Jan. Kvasnička, Czech rRepublic.
The program included also a gala dinner. The participants were cordially invited at the 18th DLTH Meeting in Sarajevo.
Jaroslav Malý (written on January 14th, 2014)