Citation
J Haem Pract 2015; 2(2):5-7. doi: 10.17225/jhp00049

Authors: Christine A. Lee

Professor Christine A. Lee
Former Director, Katharine Dormandy Haemophilia Centre
Katharine Dormandy Haemophilia Centre & Thrombosis Unit, Ground floor, Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London NW3 2QG, UK. Email: profcalee@gmail.com

Abstract

The HIV and hepatitis C epidemics of the 1980s represent the darkest days in the history of modern haemophilia care. The haemophilia centre at the Royal Free Hospital was at the forefront of research into the natural history of both diseases. This work led directly to the widespread use of recombinant products, as well as the establishment of combined haemophilia clinics with hepatologists and HIV physicians.

Acknowledgements

To those who pioneered an understanding of blood-borne infections in haemophilia at RFH: Peter Kernoff, Patricia Lilley, Riva Miller, Seng Lim, Paul Telfer, Helen Devereux, Caroline Sabin, Andrew Phillips, Thynn Thynn Yee, Anja Griffeon, Sanjay Bhagani, Carolyn Millar and all the staff and patients of the RFH haemophilia centre.

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