Red blood cell pathologies were highlighted during the congress. In particular, the Topics-in-Focus program put the spotlight on haemoglobinopathies. As in oncology, these heterogeneous (very) rare diseases also benefit from new tools for their diagnosis and from new or evolving therapies. Gene therapy is probably the most exciting one as it represents a curative approach.

(BELG J HEMATOL 2018;9(4):161–3)