The Haematology Association of Ireland nurtures the development of haematology knowledge and research on the Island of Ireland. HAI achieves this through the organisation of an annual meeting which takes place in October of each year and is hosted in all corners of the island.

The Association welcomes members who are qualified, working or studying in any area of haematology. We are proud of our medical, nursing and scientific members. Our multidisciplinary committee ensures that all areas of haematology research, knowledge and practice (both diagnostic and therapeutic) are represented at our annual meeting and at subspecialty meetings during the year.

HAI is closely affiliated with the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland from whom we derive our annual meeting accreditation and the authority to provide accreditation to smaller Irish meetings during the year.

We are also associated with the Royal College of Pathologists in the UK (RCPath). The RCPath is working on procedures designed to open its exams to scientists. The HAI is happy to support scientists in their preparations with opportunities to network, develop research projects and seek funding in the form of start up grants and travel grants.

The HAI is increasingly a nidus of opportunity for doctors in haematology, (training and trained) to further collaboration on research projects and clinical trials.

Our annual meeting attracts speakers of the highest international standing from all areas of haematology as a glance through previous programmes will demonstrate.  Consistently positive feedback from attendees allows me to encourage you to attend out annual meeting to experience this for yourself.

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Patient information day
16th Sept speakers
Professor Patrick Thornton Consultant Haematologist, Lecturer RCSI
Dr Robert O Connor Cancer research,
Dr. Amanda Kracen Professor in Psychology at the National College of Ireland

Mr Nick York @NYLCandCLL Chair of @CLLAdvocates

Don’t forget, tomorrow is the last day for abstract submission to this years #HAI2023 🩸 🔬 if you haven’t already submitted, get on it!! #haematology


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The HAI Nurses & AHP Group leads the ongoing education of haematology nurses of all types and we welcome nurse members from coagulation in addition to cancer related haematology nurses.

HAI Current News

Important Update AGM Information Update

HAI 2023 Conference

We are delighted to announce our 2023 Conference will be taking place on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October 2023 in the Galway Bay Hotel –

Event : 2023 HAI Annual Conference 

Location : Galway Bay Hotel , Salthill, Galway 

Date: Friday 13th & Saturday 14th October 2023 


Abstract Submissions for this years conference are now Open. 

Deadline for Abstracts is 25th August 2023

Click Here To Submit Abstract


Click Here To Register Online


More Details to follow in due course.

In the meanwhile, stay safe and should you have any questions, please contact Sinead directly on:  sinead@sineadcassidy.com or 086 832 7943.

Best wishes

Dr Feargal McNicholl,
HAI President

Hotel Details

The Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill.

Galway Bay Hotel
Tel:   (091) 514 644

Accommodation Rates:
Thurs, 12th @ €150 per twin/double & €140 single occupancy Bed & Breakfast
Friday, 13th @ €160 per twin/double & €150 single occupancy Bed & Breakfast
Saturday , 14th @ €160 per twin/double & €150 single occupancy Bed & Breakfast

Cancellation policy is 2 full days prior to arrival; late cancellations or failure to arrive as booked would result in a late cancellation fee equal to the first night’s rate per room reserved.

Check in time is from 4pm onwards with a check out time of 12 noon.

N.B All rooms not picked up to be released 4 weeks prior to the conference.  All rooms must be booked directly by you so please ensure to book your accommodation in plenty of time!

2022 Novartis Fellowship Award

We are delighted to announce that the winner or our 2022 Novartis Award was Dr Roisin McAvera for her proposal entitled: Investigating Cell Cycle & Mitotic Therapeutic Vulnerabilities for the Treatment of SKY92 High-Risk Multiple Myeloma

2022 Novartis Award Winner - Dr Roisin McAvera
2022 Novartis Award Runner Up - Dr Ciara Byrne

Congratulations also to our runner-up Dr Ciara Byrne for her proposal entitled: Defining the role of von Willebrand factor in inflammatory disease


Novartis Nursing/AHP Research Project Award Winner 2022

Research Topic:  AYA specific Haem/Onc Care
Lily Brewin, St John’s Ward, CHI at Crumlin



Many thanks to Novartis for their continued support

Lily Brewin, St John’s Ward, CHI at Crumlin being presented with her award by HAI Committee member Lorna Storey

A Note From Our President

Finally, if you are thinking of joining, click here to download a membership form. Your membership covers attendance at the annual meeting and allows access to the annual dinner and gala banquet for a nominal sum.

Dr Feargal McNicholl,
(October 2021-October 2023)

Many Thanks To Our 2022 Sponsors