|ISTH e-Newsletter: SSC Exogenous Hemostatic Factors Subcommittee Recent Workshop|
SSC Exogenous Hemostatic Factors Subcommittee Recent Workshop
The Subcommittee on Exogenous Hemostatic Factors is focused on identifying and determining the functions of modulators of vascular biology, including coagulation, platelet, complement, and angiogenesis inhibitors or activators, from the saliva of blood-sucking animals and snake venoms. One of their key projects over the past few years has been to increase awareness of exogenous factors in the field of thrombosis and hemostasis by holding workshops for graduate and undergraduate students in developing countries. Click to read the report from the latest workshop (February 2014) in New Delhi.
These subcommittee workshops are designed to bring world leaders in the field to educate and train the next generation of scientists. They increase the awareness on exogenous hemostatic factors and encourage young scientists to perform state-of-the-art research in this area. The workshops include lectures by international experts and scientists from host country. When possible, they will also include hands-on training of a smaller number of young students and scientists. The interactions with top scientists will help in enhancing the importance of working on exogenous factors and in reaching fresh and talented young people in the developing countries.
The subcommittee has promoted the interaction of several labs in developing countries, which are working with, but not limited to, snake venoms, or salivary components from blood-sucking animals. Four workshops have been held, two in Brazil (Federal University of Santa Catarina in 2012; Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 2013) and two in India (University of Mysore in 2012 and All India Medical Institutes, in 2014) for graduate and undergraduate students. The subcommittee plans to continue these activities, and other institutions in Vietnam and Costa Rica are interested to host their workshops.