|ISTH e-Newsletter: Education Course in Suzhou, China|
ISTH Education Courses in Review: Suzhou, China
Professor Changgeng Ruan and his team organized an ISTH-sponsored educational session in conjunction with the 14th National Congress on Thrombosis & Hemostasis from Oct. 12-13 in Suzhou, China. The educational session drew a vivid audience of about 200 young scientists.
The program presented was an attractive mixture of presentations of basic and translational sciences in haemostasis and thrombosis and clearly illustrated the high pace of scientific development in China, with outstanding research resulting in publications in high ranking journals like Nature. Afterward, a Master Class was organized with each teacher and about 30 students who engaged in a lively discussion on various thrombosis and haemostasis topics, during a two hour session. Additionally, the group visited the Cyrus Tang Hematology Center and had extensive discussions with a number of PIs working there.
As part of the ISTH-sponsored educational session in Suzhou, China, three speakers were invited to present. They included: Jeroen Eikenboom, from Leiden University Medical Center, to discuss the pathophysiology of von Willebrand Disease; Rodger McEver to talk on adhesive interactions of leukocytes, platelets, and the vessel wall during inflammation and haemostasis; and Hugo ten Cate to discuss the yin and yang of coagulation proteases in cardiovascular disease. These contributions were complemented by presentations from Yi Wu on the plasma kallikrein-kinin system in innate immunity: its evolution from coagulation; Liun Xia, on O-glycoprotein podoplanin and its interaction with platelet CLEC-2, Heyu Ni on platelets as versatile cells; Xiaoping Du on integrin signaling as a new antithrombotic concept; Li Zhu on platelet surface receptor shedding in thrombosis and cardiovascular disease; and finally, Kesheng Dai on the interaction of Gp1b-IX with vWF and its effects on platelet activation and apoptosis.
The course was a very successful and lively educational exchange and excellent at strengthening relations with the Chinese research community. Finally, as clearly expressed by Dr. Ruan, "This initiative should encourage Chinese researchers in hematology and thrombosis/haemostasis to join ISTH!”
ISTH gratefully acknowledges Hugo ten Cate, ISTH Council, for the content above.