Michele Baccarani is the Chairman of the Gruppo Italiano Malattie EMatologiche dell’Adulto (GIMEMA) chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) Working Party (formerly the Italian Cooperative Study Group on CML) and of the CML working group of the European LeukemiaNet. Previously, he was Professor of Haematology at the University of Bologna and Head of the Department of Haematology and Oncology ‘L and A Seràgnoli’ at the S Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital, Bologna until November 2012. He is Past President of both the Italian Society of Haematology and the Italian Society of Experimental Haematology. He headed the Division of Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation of Udine University Hospital during his post as a Professor of Haematology at Udine University. He has also held faculty positions as a Professor of Haematology at Trieste University and of Cancer Chemotherapy at Chieti University. Professor Baccarani is first or contributing author on over 600 publications in the field of haematology.