Ask the Associate Editor: Ton Lisman
Thursday, January 29, 2015
| Ton Lisman
Ask the Associated Editor is a monthly series of short question and answer sessions with Associate Editors of the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (JTH). This month we feature Ton Lisman, an Associated Editor since 2014, representing the International Society of Fibrinolysis and Proteolysis. Ton hasn’t missed an ISTH meeting since 1999, and he even credits an ISTH event for connecting him with his wife. Read more about Ton below:
ISTH: Where are you from?
TL: The Netherlands
ISTH: Where do you work? What is your job title and expertise?
TL: I work in the Surgical Research Laboratory, Department of Surgery, University Medical Center Groningen. I am a Professor of Experimental Surgery. I work on coagulation disorders in patients with liver disease and the role of hemostatic components in liver damage and repair.
ISTH: What is your biggest challenge in your work?
TL: At the moment: getting funded…
ISTH: What do you see as your biggest triumph in your work?
TL: I like that I, as a biochemist, work closely together with clinicians and have succeeded in working on many different clinically relevant topics in thrombosis and hemostasis, using many different techniques and approaches and with help of many excellent national and international collaborators.
ISTH: What has guided your career choices?
TL: Luck and ignorance mostly, and the support and advice of my mentors. I have been very lucky to have been offered great positions very early in my career. I was offered a permanent position by my Ph.D. supervisor right after receiving my Ph.D. Later on, I was offered a position in the tenure track system of my current University, which I recently successfully completed to become a full professor.
ISTH: What advice would you give to someone just beginning their career?
TL: Keep a healthy balance between: 1) accepting and ignoring advice of your mentors; 2) work and personal life; and, 3) working individually and in collaboration with others.
ISTH: When did you become an Associate Editor of the JTH and why?
TL: I became an Associate Editor at the start of 2014 on behalf of the International Society of Fibrinolysis and Proteolysis, and I was nominated by the council of this society to succeed Rob Medcalf. I accepted the position as I was very interested to learn about the peer review process through the eyes of an editor, and I feel that contributing to a good quality peer review process is an essential part of being a scientist.
ISTH: What has surprised you about being an Associate Editor for the JTH?
TL: The loyalty, dedication, and speed of some reviewers and the ease by which others decline a review invitation.
ISTH: How has membership in the ISTH helped your career?
TL: The fact that the ISTH connects thrombosis and hemostasis researchers from around the globe has been tremendously helpful. I enjoy working with multiple international collaborators, many of which I met through ISTH events.
ISTH: Share a memory from an ISTH Congress or other ISTH event.
TL: My first congress was the 1999 meeting in Washington, and I haven’t missed one since. I have always enjoyed the fantastic State of the Art program which has allowed me to catch up on topics that I am not actively working on. Besides the scientific program, the social program is a vital aspect of the ISTH meetings, and contacts made during these social events with great scientists have been a big help. The most important event during an ISTH congress, however, was connecting with my wife. We knew each other already, but we hit it off during an ISTH event. She was a Ph.D. student at the time (supervised by [current JTH Editor] Frits Rosendaal, in fact), but now she works in a different field.
ISTH: Describe yourself in three words or less.
TL: Rebellious, but friendly.
ISTH: What do you like to do with your free time?
TL: I’m in a band (although not very active at the moment), like to cook, listen to music, enjoy my garden, and try to raise my kids.
ISTH: In a different life, what would your profession be?
TL: Musician, sommelier, or writer.
ISTH: Do you have any personal mottos or sayings that you live by?
TL: Don’t do it tomorrow – do it today!
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