27th International Conference on Chelation -
A Landmark on Chelation Science and Medicine

6th International Conference on Oncology and Anticancer Research
9th International Conference RAHMS: Recent Advances in
Health and Medical Sciences
Paphos, Cyprus: 22-27th June, 2018

1998 - 2018



Welcome to Paphos, Cyprus the host town of the 26th ICOC, 8th RAHMS and 5th ICOAR international conferences and European Capital of Culture for 2017. Paphos has many natural, cultural and ancient attractions. It has been known in ancient times as the birthplace of Aphrodite or Venous, the goddess of love, who was born from the foam of the sea waves. The participants of the conference will have the opportunity to visit the ancient sites, museums and also many other areas which are linked to cultural events in relation to the designation of Paphos as European Capital of Culture.

The venue of the conference is situated in a quiet green belt area in the centre of Paphos and a walking distance from the sea front. As in previous conferences the tranquillity of the venue and the excellent Cypriot cuisine and hospitality will be stimulating for a successful conference in relaxing surroundings. Cultural, social and other events, including an exhibition will be staged during the conference by the Postgraduate Research Institute and the Geology group which will be open to conference participants and the public.

On the scientific front the efforts for the prevention and treatment of the endemic diseases of Cyprus including Thalassaemia and Friedreich Ataxia are continuing. Cyprus is well known for the high incidence of these inherited diseases. One in six Cypriots is a carrier of thalassaemia and one in a thousand Cypriots is a thalassaemia patient. In the last four decades preventative measures and educational efforts have diminished the birth of thalassaemia children in Cyprus. Substantial improvement in the quality of life and a sharp decrease in the mortality and morbidity of existing thalassaemia patients have been achieved since the introduction of the deferiprone / deferoxamine ICOC protocol. The new epidemiological and other data suggest that in Cyprus, thalassaemia is changing from a fatal to a chronic disease.

Most of the thalassaemia patients in Cyprus are active professionals, many have families and some are now becoming grandparents. New emerging medical challenges for many thalassaemia patients are the increasing immunological reactions to red blood cell transfusions and for some hepatocellular carcinoma, both of which needs to be addressed with new preventative and therapeutic measures.

The control of births of patients with Friedreich Ataxia is similar to that of thalassaemia and involves the screening for carriers (heterozygotes) among premarital couples and providing prenatal diagnosis. Chelation therapy using deferiprone is currently the most promising therapy for Friedreich Ataxia, which is an untreatable inherited disease.

Similar to previous conferences the scientific programme will be complemented with many social activities, entertainment and excursions. The local organising committee hope that as with previous conferences all participants will have stimulating scientific sessions, memorable experience and an enjoyable and relaxing time.

Dr Annita Kolnagou

Director of the Thalassaemia Unit, Paphos General Hospital and Postgraduate Research Institute, Paphos, Cyprus.


I welcome all of you to attend the eight International Conference on Recent Advances in Health and Medical Sciences (8th RAHMS) in Paphos, Cyprus. We joined this conference since the first RAHMS, and introduced the newly developing trends in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), mainly about acupuncture and Chinese medicine every year.

Last year, we survey the evidenced-based proof of laser acupuncture treatment of patients in the hospital and talk about Low level laser therapy (LLLT) on Resistant Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) patients. In 2017 we will also discuss about the possibility to join the laser acupuncture with conventional dental treatments, which together has better effects in the chronic periodontitis patients. Our results show beneficial effects of LLLT acupuncture therapy as a good additional therapy in reducing repair time comparing the baseline and the end-point of the treatment.

It is my pleasure to invite all the guests in the eight International Conference on Recent Advances in Health and Medical Sciences which take place in beautiful sightseeing gardens in Paphos, Cyprus. I wish all of you will have a nice and pleasant time in Cyprus.

Hsu, Sheng-Feng

Asssociate Professor, Director, Graduate Institute of Acupuncture Science, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.


A very warm and sunny welcome to 8th RAHMS international conference.

This is my second time visiting the conference and I am excited to be returning again this year and hopefully for many more in future.

Delegates will find it a truly international experience, with an opportunity to discover research happening around the world and the chance to network and collaborate with cutting edge researchers from across the globe.

The nutrition input to the conference includes an update regarding diet and treatment for leukaemia, research conducted in Liverpool, UK regarding type one diabetes, lipo proteins and the use of insulin pumps and the influence of 'takeaway' food on diet and health; research conducted in Cyprus regarding the health benefits of carob and qualitative research regarding the experiences of UK midwives in advising pregnant women about healthy eating and weight gain.

I am sure you will find the conference stimulating and enjoyable and if this is your first visit to beautiful Cyprus, it definitely won't be your last.

Dr Julie Abayomi

Reader in Dietetics, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom.


The island of Cyprus remains a highly attractive, convenient and friendly international location for hosting conferences, particularly in the warm mediterranean sunshine!

For over 25 years, the organizing committees have excelled in organizing this interesting series of meetings, and as President of the International Society of Chelators and Metals (ISOCAM), I would like welcome all delegates and friends to Cyprus to join the 26th ICOC -8th RAHMS -5th ICOAR Conference.

This conference has a strong and long history of covering broad and interesting topics including thalassemia, iron overload disease, iron metabolism, iron chelation particularly in iron overload conditions, but also a range of related general areas that are currently topical. In fact, iron and copper chelation is now being considered more widely in patient treatment with several agents in multi-centre clinical trials for the treatment of cancer. As such, the conference also actively discusses other areas of interest including cancer, drug design and development, aging, reactive oxygen species generation, inflammation, neuro-degenerative and cardio-degenerative diseases etc.

The organizing committees ensure that the conference is highlighted ample discussion in round table sessions and also in sessions with patients particularly those with problems related to iron overload conditions such as β-thalassemia major. The general aim of the conference is to stimulate new ideas and advances and to support international collaboration between scientists that will hopefully improve the treatment of a wide variety of patients.

Once again, the International Organising and Scientific Committees have intensively developed an interesting selection of research topics that should result in a memorable and stimulating conference in the very pleasant and sunny surroundings of Cyprus in spring-summer!

We look forward to seeing you in May!

Dr Des R. Richardson

Professor of Cancer Cell Biology
National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia
Senior Principal Research Fellow, Department of Pathology and Bosch Institute,
University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


On behalf of the Local, International Organising and Scientific Committees, as well as other collaborating and participating organisations, I would like to welcome you to the 26th International Concference on Chelation (ICOC) for the treatment of Thalassaemia, Cancer and other Diseases of metal and free radical imbalance and toxicity, the 8th International Conference on Recent Advances in Health and Medical Sciences (RAHMS), and the 5th International Conference on Oncology and Anticancer Rersearch (ICOAR), which will take place in Paphos, Cyprus, 25-31st of May, 2017.

This year the ICOC conference will discuss the breakthrough in iron chelation therapy namely the complete treatment of transfusional iron overload with Deferiprone and Deferiprone / Deferoxamine combination but also the initiation of the application of chelation in many diseases. The development of chelating drugs is rapidly advancing with possible use in the treatment of many metal toxicities but also cancer, malaria, microbial, renal, neurodegenerative and many other diseases such as those linked to free radical pathology which includes almost all diseases of tissue damage and ageing. The impact of nutrition, environmental factors, traditional Chinese medicine in health and disease will also be discussed during the conferences.

The ICOC/ RAHMS/ ICOAR joint conferences is an open platform conferences used for stimulating research and open discussions in a many scientific areas from chemistry to medicine. It is one of the few academic conferences with publications of its proceedings in international journals. This joint, multidisciplinary, academic conference addresses the latest developments in health and medical sciences and also ethical issues, orphan diseases, controversies, commercial interference in academia and medicine, patient rights etc, all of which are essential for world health. Distinguished colleagues, research directors and scientists, medical practitioners, health professionals and students from all over the world will gather to present and discuss their scientific findings.

The role of academia in health, drug design and development, medical and scientific publishing etc and the need to institute organisations for the management of such activities by academics for the benefit of academics, patients and the public at large will also be discussed. In this context, the global perspective of health, disease and environmental issues, require international cooperation to make the design, development and implementation of international health policies possible.

As in previous ICOC /RAHMS/ICOAR conferences, we will be organising a pleasant stay with many events and a constructive, high standard scientific and medical meeting in Cyprus.

Dr George J Kontoghiorghes

Professor, Director, Postgraduate Research Institute of Science, Technology, Environment and Medicine, Limassol, Cyprus.