The ISTH is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Björn Dahlbäck of Lund University in Lund, Sweden, as its Treasurer for 2015-2018. Professor Dahlbäck will succeed the current ISTH Treasurer, Nuala Booth, at the end of 2014. Until then, a transition of responsibilities shall take place. The new Treasurer shall serve until the Council meeting at the ISTH SSC 2018 Meeting.
His research on the molecular mechanisms of the protein C anticoagulant system has focused on the role of activated protein C and its cofactor protein S in the degradation of coagulation factors V and VIII. Observations made during these studies lead into studies of other biologically important host defense systems, in particular the complement system, and the interactions between the coagulation and complement systems. He has also been interested in the genetics of thrombophilia and described APC resistance, caused by FV Leiden as the major inherited risk factor of thrombosis.
Recently, he was involved in the elucidation of a mysterious autosomal dominant bleeding disorder from East Texas. The disease is caused by a point mutation in factor V, which induces alternative splicing and the creation of a short form of FV that causes the bleeding tendency via tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI).
Björn Dahlbäck is member of the ISTH Council, the Swedish Royal Academy of Science, and honorary member of the American Society of Hematology. He has published 305 original papers and 99 reviews, has been cited approx. 22,000 times and has an H-index of 75.