Meet the Associate Editor: Andreas Greinacher
Friday, March 24, 2017
The Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis has added three new Associate Editors to their editorial staff, Andreas Greinacher and Wolfgang Bergmeier of Germany as well as Pierre Toulon of France.The ISTH recently conducted a Q&A with Andreas, a former ISTH Council member and current ISTH Education and Outreach Committee member.
ISTH: Where are you from?
Andreas Greinacher: I grew up in the northern part of Bavaria, went to medical school in Würzburg, Aachen, the Maltese island, and got my training in Transfusion Medicine and Clinical Immunology with Christian Mueller-Eckhardt in Giessen.
Where do you work? What is your job title and expertise?
AG: I am working at the medical school and university hospital in Greifswald, Germany. There I am holding a full professorship for transfusion medicine, the head of a regional blood service, of the thrombosis and hemostasis service for in-hospital and out-patients including the hemophilia clinic, of the HLA laboratory and the stem cell facility. My expertise ranges from clinical immunology, immunohematology, thrombosis and hemostasis with a special focus on platelets, to transfusion medicine.
What is your biggest challenge in your work?
AG: To find enough time for all the interesting open questions.
What do you see as your biggest triumph in your work?
AG: That I was able to build friendship with other experts in the field, which allows to work together on open research questions by cooperation instead of competition.
What has guided your career choices?
AG: A strong interest in platelets and searching for an opportunity to combine clinical work with research
Who is/was the most influential person in your life and why?
AG: Being married over 30 years, the answer is obvious.
What advice would you give to someone just beginning their career?
AG: Find a mentor who really supports you but also dedicate yourself to your project as much as you can.
How has membership in the ISTH helped your career?
AG: ISTH provided for me the platform to meet international colleagues and provided me my “scientific home”
Share a memory from an ISTH Congress or other ISTH event.
AG: The first ISTH Congress I attended was in Brussels in 1985 when I was still a medical student. I went there to meet Jim White, with whom I worked on a project on hereditary thrombocytopenia. We only had contact up to then by mail (imagine at that time there was no email) and the Congress was a great opportunity to meet in person. During the poster session I got into contact with Christian Mueller-Eckhardt, who - based on this meeting - later offered me a position in his group. My first ISTH Congress was definitely determining my carrier.
Describe yourself in three words or less.
AG: Friendly ambitious
What do you like to do with your free time?
AG: Outdoor activities
In a different life, what would your profession be?
AG: Forest ranger
Do you have any personal mottos or sayings that you live by?
AG: Being always open to other ideas and being reliable