International Congress on Thrombosis, Haemostasis Awarded the 2011 IAPCO International Client Award

April 9, 2012

After an earthquake struck Japan last year, followed by a devastating tsunami and nuclear crisis, there were several events that were canceled.

But, despite the adversity, the International Congress on Thrombosis and Haemostasis went forward with their event and, as a result, the organization recently was awarded the 2011 International Association of Professional Congress Organizers International Client Award.

The statue was given March 9 to Yasuo Ikeda, chairman of the Japanese Organization Committee of the 23rd International Congress on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

Other participants in the ceremony included Hiroshi Mizohata, the commissioner of the Tourism Agency, Ryoichi Matsuyama, president of the Japan National Tourism Organization, and Hirotake Chikanami, president of JCS.

ISTH 2011 was nominated by IAPCO Member Japan Convention Services Inc.  It was the first-ever such award for Japan.

The International Congress on Thrombosis and Haemostasis is the premier event of the academic society concerned with thrombotic diseases such as thrombosis, myocardial infarction, as well as clinical conditions, diagnoses, prophylaxis, medical treatments etc for haemorrhagic diseases.

The congress was held from July 23-28, 2011, at The Kyoto International Conference Center attended by 6,000 participants from more than80 countries, of which 4,000 were from overseas and 2.000 from Japan.

It was the largest international congress to be held in Japan following the earthquake of March 2011.  

The Award was given in recognition of the decision and delivery of such a large congress when so many international congresses were forced to cancel or be postponed because of the earthquake and tsunami and its devastating consequences.  

Even in the face of adversity, the committee of the 23rd International Congress on Thrombosis and Haemostasis mobilized a neutral risk survey company to collect the necessary information in order that an informed decision as to whether to proceed or not with congress as scheduled.

The Society's Council voted unanimously to hold the congress in Kyoto, strongly supporting the Japanese people.

IAPCO Awards are presented to international or regional clients who have carried out excellent measures for the congresses held in the year, based on recommendations from member companies of IAPCO.

Fift-six awards have been issued since the first in 1992.

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