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Prof. Christian Chabannon

posted 10 Apr 2014, 05:11 by Eoin McGrath   [ updated 9 Jul 2015, 00:59 ]
The 2014 EBMT Meeting in Milan was Prof. Chabannon's last EBMT Congress as a member of the JACIE Committee when he stepped down after many years of leadership and active participation. At the meeting with the National Representatives on 29 March 2014, Dr. Alessandro Rambaldi, Chair of the JACIE Committee, presented him with a gift of hiking poles (Prof. Chabannon is a frequent visitor to the Alpes and other mountains) and expressed the thanks of everyone involved with JACIE down the years.

Prof. Chabannon joined the then JACIE Executive Committee as Vice President in September 2008. He succeeded Prof. Jane Apperley as President in 2010 until 2012 and stayed on as Past-President during the transition of JACIE to becomming a full EBMT Committee.

Prof. Chabannon brought his sharp and pragmatic analysis to JACIE and was an invaluable source of expertise, particularly regarding advanced therapies involving stem cells. He was also an able voice for the cell processing community in terms of the Standards and the accreditation process. Durng his involvement with JACIE, two editions of the FACT-JACIE Standards were issued and JACIE also expanded greatly both in Europe and beyond. Aside from his regular participation in inspections, he also took part in the first inspection outside of the European Union when he was on the team that visited the King Fasial Hospital in Riyadh. He also contributed to the important papers by Prof. Alois Gratwohl showing a relationship between quality management and improved outcome.

Prof. Chabannon remains an active member of the EBMT and is the chair of the EBMT Cell Processing Committee. He also remains as the Co-Chair of the Processing Standards Sub-Committee for the 6th edition.