Fibrinolysis down under: Fundamental aspects and translational opportunities 
We look forward to welcoming you to Byron Bay, NSW, in November 2024!
We are immensely proud to invite you to the inaugural ISTH-funded Fundamental Research Workshop titled "Fibrinolysis down under: Fundamental aspects and translational opportunities" that will be held from November 11-14, 2024, in the beautiful and picturesque seaside town of Byron Bay, in northern NSW, Australia. Byron Bay is the eastern most point of Australia. Please follow this link for general information about  Byron Bay

The meeting venue will be the Byron Bay Theatre and Community Centre which is in the centre for Byron Bay,

The story behind this workshop
The field of fibrinolysis has gained significant momentum in recent years. It plays a crucial role in removing blood clots in thromboembolic conditions and influencing bleeding in hyperfibrinolytic conditions. Moreover, its role in various other biological areas, including immunity, inflammation, brain function, malignancy, and metabolism, is becoming increasingly recognized.

The following topics will be covered during the meeting

1. Cell and platelet surface plasminogen activation
2. New assays for fibrinolysis
3. Immunity, inflammation and wound healing
4. New indications for anti-fibrinolytic agents: basic and clinical aspects
5. Trauma, critical care, transplant
6. Ischaemic stroke: Animal models, new thrombolytic agents, adjunctive treatments
7. Malignancy

This workshop is open to everyone, with a specific focus on early and mid-career researchers in the region.

Note: travel bursaries will be made available to students and early career postdocs (details to be announced later pending sponsorship)

The program will feature a diverse range of keynote speakers and moderators who will discuss the latest advancements in the field.

We will also have oral and poster sessions for presenting your research findings.

What to expect:

  • Keynote presentations by leading experts in fibrinolysis research
  • Interactive sessions for discussing the latest findings and challenges
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues from around the world

Please note:
  • The workshop program, and some additional accommodation options will be available soon.
  • The number of participants is limited, so be sure to submit your abstract and register early!

We look forward to seeing you in Byron Bay!

Registration includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
Byron Bay Theatre and Community Centre , Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
69 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia
Date & Time
November 11, 2024, 4:00 PM - November 14, 2024 - 12:30 PM
Abstract submission
Abstract submission deadline is August 9, 2024.

Guidelines for submission:
250 word limit: headings Background, Aims, Methods Results, Conclusions.
One figure or table is permitted

Please send abstract to the following email address:
[email protected]
Indicate in the Subject line: Abstract_ Surname of presenting author.
Please also indicate if you prefer a poster or oral presentation.

Registration is now open

Registration closes:
25th Oct. 2024
Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a coastal town located on the eastern most tip of the Australian state of New South Wales. It’s a popular holiday destination, known for its beaches, surfing and scuba diving sites. Cape Byron State Conservation Park is on a headland with a lighthouse. Between June and November, humpback whales can be spotted from headland viewpoints such as the Captain Cook Lookout.
Invited speakers
Professor David Vaux, WEHI, Australia (Keynote speaker, opening ceremony)

Dr. Dominik Draxler, Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland

Professor Beverley Hunt, King's College, London, UK

Dr. Takayuki Iwaki,
Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Hamamatsu, Japan

Professor Alisa Wolberg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill USA

Professor Nicola Mutch, University of Aberdeen, UK

Professor Tetsu Urano, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Hamamatsu, Japan

Professor Yuko Suzuki, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Hamamatsu, Japan

Professor Francis Castellino, University of Notre Dame, Indiana (USA)

A/Professor Chris Barrett, University of Nebraska Medical Centre, USA

Professor Daniel Lawrence, University of Michigan, USA

A/Professor Ze Zheng, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA

A/Professor Paul Kim, McMaster University, Hamilton, CAN

Dr Evert Loef University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr James Hucklesby, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Local speakers
Prof Bruce Campbell, Department of Neurology & Melbourne Brain Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Prof Christoph Hagemeyer, Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, Monash University
A/Prof Connie Wong, Centre for Inflammatory Diseases, Department of Medicine, Monash University
Dr Helena Kim, Centre for Cardiovascular Biology and Disease Research, La Trobe University
Prof Biswadev Mitra, Head, Emergency Research Unit, Alfred Health Emergency Service, Alfred Hospital
Prof Paul Myles, Perioperative Medicine and Anaesthesiology, Alfred Hospital and Monash University
Prof Zoe McQuilten, School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University
Prof Marie Ranson, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia
A/Prof Ruby Law, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Monash University 
Prof Rob Medcalf, Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, Monash University
Dr Cherry Keragala, Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, Monash University
Prof Geoffrey Cloud, Department of Neurosciences, Monash University, Head of Stroke Unit, Alfred Hospital
Dr Lucy Coupland, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research and Liverpool Hospital, NSW, Australia

4:30 pm
Day 1
Welcome and registration
Coming soon
 The congress organisers have arranged for a 5% discount at Outrigger Bay Apartments, but these are limited in number. Although other accommodation options will be posted here when available, it is recommended that attendees arrange their own accommodation early via usual booking channels. 
 [email protected]
| 9 Shirley St Byron Bay, NSW 2481
(offers a 5% discount for attendees)
Travel advice
The closest International Airport to Byron Bay is Gold Coast airport ( It is also possible to get to Byron Bay via bus (~2h) from Brisbane airport.
Byron Bay also has an airport ( that can be reached domestically from various cities including Sydney and Melbourne. Shuttles are available from Byron Bay airport to Byron Bay town (~40 min)
Contact Us
Prof. Robert Medcalf (Co-Chair)
Australia Centre of Blood Diseases, Monash University
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Charithani Keragala (Co-Chair)
Australia Centre of Blood Diseases, Monash University
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Prof. Tetsumei Urano (Co-Vice Chair
Hamamatsu University School of Medicine
Email: [email protected]

Prof. Yuko Suzuki (Co-Vice Chairs)
Hamamatsu University School of Medicine
Email: [email protected]
Join us on November 11
We look forward to hosting you!

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