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Reach-the-World Fellowship Recipient Q & A: Julia Etulain, Argentina

The ISTH is pleased to announce the selection of three new fellows for the ISTH Reach-the-World Fellowship program. Julia Etulain (Argentina), Helen C. Okoye (Nigeria) and Daniella Mussio (Uruguay) have each been selected to receive fellowships for 2014. Applications for the program are accepted January 1 and June 1 of each year. Click here to learn more and apply!

In each upcoming newsletter, the ISTH will profile one new fellowship recipient. 

In the February 2014 issue, Julia Etulain (Argentina), shared her thoughts on receiving the fellowship and plans on future research.

Q: Please describe your motivation for applying for a Reach-the-World Fellowship:

A: My current research project aims to study how the stress signals present in the inflammatory microenvironment affect the biology of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) formation mediated by platelets. Improving my research skills about this topic could contribute not only to understanding the pathophysiology of several inflammatory and immune disorders including sepsis, cancer, and atherosclerosis, but also the development of new therapeutic strategies contributing to improve health care.

Q: Please describe how the ISTH Reach-the-World Fellowship will help improve your skills/knowledge as a physician/researcher/clinician:

A: This training will be very fruitful not only to my current project, but also to establish new collaborations and research lines in our laboratory, which is one of my short term goals as a future-career Investigator in Argentina. Dr. Denisa Wagner (my mentor in the U.S.) and her team have vast experience in the study of platelets and NETs physiology and the techniques I wish to learn, which are not all performed in my country, and are routinely used in her laboratory.

Q: What are you most excited about as you prepare for your fellowship?

A: Since I do not have professional experience in the U.S., I think that the most exciting aspect will be the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience working in a great professional environment in Dr. Wagner’s laboratory and to have the possibility to interact with many prestigious scientists working at Harvard’s Medical School.


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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