Academic and International Affiliations
National Academic Associations
Our formal affiliation with the Iran University School of Medicine is important to the Centre, as a non-governmental, non-profit organization, providing the freedom of a NGO, together with the benefits of academic/governmental association.
A less formal association with the Shahid Beheshti University (formerly Melli) Hospital in Tehran, also allows us access to hospital beds and specialist units for surgical operations.
These university associations also provide the opportunity for training young doctors in the clinical aspects of haemophilia care, and involving young scientists in laboratory projects contributing to their dissertations.
The Centre has developed research and training links with the Institut National de Recherche Medicale (INSERM) in Paris, through Professor Dominique Meyer.
A twinning affiliation has been established, under the auspices of the World Federation of Haemophilia, with the Sheffield Haemostasis & Thrombosis Centre, a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre, headed by Professor Ian Peake, at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Exchange visits of staff and joint research projects are planned, but the more significant aspect of this association is the support Sheffield is providing for the establishment of an Iranian National Quality Assurance Scheme. So far, two such exercises have been carried out, with 6 provincial Centres.
So far, the Haemophilia Comprehensive Care Centre has held 4 international seminars, addressing various aspects of haemophilia care: von Willebrand's Disease; Orthopaedic Surgery; Genetic Counselling, and Ethical Issues involved in Haemophilia Care.
A highly successful Regional Meeting was held in April 2004, with the support of the World Federation of Haemophilia. Over 450 Iranian physicians, nurses and social workers attended, together with representatives from 8 neighbouring countries, and a Faculty of 8 internationally renowned specialists.