CML Advocacy: Learn. Share. Grow. 

26-28 May 2017, Frankfurt, Germany


During the annual CML Horizons Conference on 26 to 28 May 2017 the CML Advocates Network welcomed 100 delegates (among them 24 newcomers) supporting patients and families affected by Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) to Frankfurt, Germany. Delegates from around the world (Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America) came to Frankfurt to learn from experts both medical and patient advocates on the latest information about CML, share best practises in patient advocacy in order to grow their organisations in their own countries and give back to their own communities. We also featured a poster board where our members were able to present some of their activities that they have had during the year. In addition to this our members had the opportunity to submit abstracts and feature in our “best Practice session” on a successful activity they had on their own country. Furthermore, at this year's conference a new CML Horizons Steering Committee was elected. 

CML Horizons is a wholly community-run and multi-sponsored conference, which has evolved from the "New Horizons" conferences 2002-2011. The annual conference is run by the CML Advocates Network, hosted by the non-profit, swiss-based and patient-driven "Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation".


Presentations, Photo Gallery and Videostreams are available now!

Click on "PDF" to see all presentations. If you wish to translate selected presentation, please contact Celia Marín at  and ask for the PowerPoint-file! This will make it easier for you to translate the presentation to the language of your choice.

Please note that the speakers have authorized CML Advocates Network only to provide the PDFs on this website, but it is not allowed to upload the PDFs somewhere else! So if you want to share the slides, please do this by linking to this page or the files on this site! 

To stream individual sessions, click on "Webstream" below. 

To check out the CML Horizons 2017 Photo Gallery, click HERE


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Register here - Preliminary Program - Conference feeScholarship Application
- Call for Abstracts - Call for Posters - Travel - Visas - Venue & Accommodation - Acknowledgements - Call for Nominations



Call for nominations for the upcoming elections of the CML Horizons Steering Committee

At CML Horizons 2015, the community elected its third global "CML Horizons Steering Committee", consisting of CML patient advocates from North America, Middle East and Africa, Western Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Central and Eastern Europe & West Asia regions.

Our Steering Committee is made up of expert CML Patient Advocates and Is intended to serve as a leading team member for the CML community by providing support and help to impliment CML Horizons annual meetings as well as other projects lead by the CML Advocates Network. We would like to thank our current Steering Committee members for their contribution during the last 2 years which have helped us to grow to 114 members from across 85 countries all over the world and supported leading CML patient advocacy succesful  projects and initiatives.

The two-year term of the current CML Horizons Steering Committee is coming to an end at "CML Horizons 2017" in Frankfurt, and hence we would like to ask the community to nominate candidates for the upcoming elections. This is your opportunity to become an active and professional CML Patient Advocate and empower yourself as well as your region. If you feel you can contribute, please submit your nomination.

The CML Horizons Steering Committee consists of one elected representative from each of the six major regions:

  • Asia-Pacific
  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Western Europe
  • Central and Eastern Europe & West Asia

 plus the three CML Advocates Network founders as permanent committee members.


Deadline for nominations: 8 May 2017

If you want to nominate a candidate for the election of the "CML Horizons Steering Committee 2018-2019", we would like to ask your patient organisation to submit the nomination form by 8 May 2017 to

The nomination needs to state your motivation and contribution to the committee on behalf of your region, your history and vision as CML advocate, your English language skills, and whether you are willing to commit significant time for teleconferences, meetings and emails to bring the community and conference to the next level.

Every CML Advocates Network member organisation can nominate only one candidate from their region. A list of CML Advocates Member organisations can be found here:

Please look at the nomination form for further information.


Elections on 27 May 2017

The elections will be held at CML Horizons in Frankfurt on Saturday 27 May 2017 in the afternoon. All nomination files will be provided to all members by 15 May 2017, to give everyone sufficient time to consider their vote. In addition, every candidate will present themselves in the afternoon of Friday 26 May 2017.

Every member organisation of the CML Advocates Network has one vote per seat at the elections. Even if there are 2 delegates from a specific organisation, they have only one vote. Each organisation votes for the nominees from all 6 regions. Email votes are not permitted. Only those organisations that participate in the conference at Frankfurt can take part in the voting.



If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time at

Your CML Steering Committee,

CML SC 2017

  • Giora Sharf (Israel/co-founder CML Advocates Network)
  • Jan Geissler (Germany/co-founder CML Advocates Network)
  • Jana Pelouchová (Czech Rep./co-founder CML Advocates Network)
  • Gail Sperling (USA/North America)
  • Bahija Gouimi (Morocco/Africa)
  • Rita O. Christensen(Denkmark/Western Europe)
  • Pat Garcia-Gonzalez (USA/Latin America)
  • Rod Padua (Philippines/Asia-Pacific)
  • Jelena Cugurovic (Serbia/Central and Eastern Europe & West Asia)




Register here - Preliminary Program - Conference feeScholarship Application
- Call for Abstracts - Call for Posters - Travel - Visas - Venue & Accommodation - Acknowledgements - Call for Nominations



Application for Scholarship / Conference Grant

CML Horizons 2017 will take place in Frankfurt, Germany. All participants are expected to cover their own travel costs to Frankfurt and to pay the conference fee which covers accommodation, local transportation from airport and back, food, drinks and the cost of the conference.

We encourage everyone to seek sponsors in early 2017 to cover the travel and conferecne costs. However we acknowledge that not everybody is able to find an organisation or sponsor to participate in CML Horizons 2017.

Therefore, a limited number of 25 scholarships, full or partial, are available for patient advocates who are interested in attending the conference and who cannot find sponsors for their attendance. Applications for these scholarships are invited from interested advocates. Those that are granted will receive an economy class return ticket to Frankfurt and will not need to pay the conference fee.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for scholarship, candidates should:

  • Be a staff member or volunteer of an established CML patient organization that is a member of CML Advocates Network,
  • Be in a country where a local sponsor is unavailable to support attendance at the conference OR be an individual who is in the process of setting up a CML patient organization where regulations prohibit local sponsoring his/her attendance at the conference.
  • Hold a position where they can shape ongoing advocacy activities and initiate new ones
  • Be proficient in English
  • Preference will be given to applicants coming from countries with limited resources.

Scholarship types

We are offering two different types of scholarships, which will be given according to the needs of each applicant.

  • Full scholarship: This scholarship will cover both the flight costs and an exemption from the conference fee.
  • Partial scholarship: This scholarship will cover either the flight costs or the conference fee. 

Application procedure

Interested advocates should submit a CMLHZ17_Scholarship_Application_Form.docx by 1st April 2017. Please email your application to Vanja at email:

The CML Horizons Steering Committee members will review and prioritize all applications received. Applicants will be informed whether they will receive a grant, and whether it is a full or partial grant, As soon as possible. According to our policy there is maximum of 1 scholarship per patients organization.





Register here - Preliminary Program - Conference feeScholarship Application
- Call for Abstracts - Call for Posters - Travel - Visas - Venue & Accommodation - Acknowledgements - Call for Nominations


Call for Posters:
CML Advocacy Poster Area  at CML Horizons 2017


What is the CML Advocacy Poster Area?

The CML Advocacy Poster Area is a separate area inside the venue where CML Horizons 2017 participants can display a paper poster illustrating their CML patient advocacy activities, projects and outcomes.

During CML Horizons 2017 26-28 May conference, your poster will be shown and accessible by all conference participants and shared throughout our social media channels.

The aim of the Poster Area is to provide participants with the opportunity to share their key activities and learn from the initiatives and experience of other CML organisations from around the world in CML advocacy.

Win the Best Poster Award!

During the conference, there will be an opportunity to vote (once only per organization) for the best poster and we will announce the winners on Sunday, 28th May. 

So, we invite you to bring your poster to the conference and email it to us prior to 22 May 2017 for social media and website. We will not be able to print the poster on spot, so bring your printed posters with you, please.

This is a great way to showcase your organization on a worldwide platform and share your activities.

How can I submit a poster?

Participants who would like to display a poster in the CML Advocacy Poster Area are invited to create a poster using the template and recommendations below. Participants can use this poster template or can have their own design.

Be creative!

You can bring your poster and share it in the Poster Area in addition to this you can also email your poster as a pdf format to  so we can share it online.

Here is the template and the instructions for making a poster:







Register here - Preliminary Program - Conference feeScholarship Application
- Call for Abstracts - Call for Posters - Travel - Visas - Venue & Accommodation - Acknowledgements - Call for Nominations





Germany is a member of the European Union. A Schengen-visa is required to enter the country.

Though we are doing our best to accelerate the approval of all visa, please

  1. do not wait any longer and start applying for your visa NOW (all in all, obtaining a visa for Germany can take up to 90 days).
  2. make sure that you have valid travel documents!

In this PDF document you will find helpful advice and tips to guide you all the way through the visa application process. Please read the document carefully!

On the official website of the you will find all relevant information on the requirement of a visa. The website answers important questions such as:

-        Do I need a visa to enter Germany

-        How to apply for a visa?

-        Where do I find visa application forms and where do I apply?


Please remember that most of your questions can be answered at the German Embassy in your country or another Embassy that is represents Germany. 

We wish you well with your visa-application! If you need any help, please do not hesitate to contact Mima Djuricic from Logistic Liberty Serbia via email   or Lidija Pecova at

Thank you.

Giora and Jan,

CML Advocates Network