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Five Years Later – Q&A with a Past Reach-the-World Fellow
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Five years later, past Reach-the-World fellowship recipient Dr. Soledad Negrotto of the National Academy of Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina, continues to see the impact of her fellowship and the relationships she built during her time working with Dr. Boisson-Vidal and others.

Recently, Dr. Negrotto took time out of her busy schedule to share the long-lasting benefits she received from the ISTH Reach-the-World fellowship program. This program was launched to give healthcare professionals from developing countries access to thrombosis and hemostasis related knowledge and education.

1) What inspired you to seek out the ISTH fellowship program?

"My aim was to study how the stress signals present in the inflammatory microenvironment affect the formation of new blood vessels. Through the ISTH fellowship program, I contacted Dr. Boisson-Vidal, who has a vast experience in biology and function of endothelial progenitors and angiogenesis, in order to learn the techniques routinely used in her laboratory and gain expertise in the field."


2) How has the fellowship experience impacted your own practice? Can you give examples of how something you learned has benefited your practice?

"The fellowship has impacted my career substantially, as I could start an independent line of research in angiogenesis and vascular biology, which was one of my short term goals as an early-career Research Associate. These research areas were not developed in our laboratory, and in particular, the study of vasculogenesis and endothelial progenitor cell functionality is new in my country. Finally, this training was very fruitful not only to my research projects, but also to establish a new scientific collaboration."


3) What is your favorite book and why?

"One Hundred Years of Solitude (Spanish: Cien años de soledad) by Gabriel García Marquez. I love this novel because is full of beautiful and rich life stories of characters from different generations, which make it a perfect and fantastic representation of identity and popular culture of Latin America."


The ISTH Reach-the-World fellowship program aims to promote knowledge and expertise in one or all of the areas of medical care, laboratory methods and/or research. As part of the program, the Society provides fellows with financial support for travel, accommodation and living expenses for a fellowship period of up to four months.


In addition to the Reach-the-World fellowship program and as part of the full suite of ISTH’s Reach-the-World offerings, individuals from developing countries may qualify to receive discounted or free Society membership, travel grant opportunities, support for educational courses and the opportunity to participate actively in the global exchange of scientific and clinical information, regardless of where they live. To learn more about the ISTH Reach-the-World program, please click here.


The ISTH Reach-the-World fellowship program is supported in part thanks to an unrestricted educational grant from Bayer Healthcare.

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