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Training Fellowship Spotlight: Meet the 2016 Fellows

Friday, January 27, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The ISTH Education Committee awarded four ISTH members with ISTH Training Fellowships. Ana Becerra (Argentina), Elena Campello (Italy), Savino Sciascia (Italy) and Caroline Veen (the Netherlands) received financial support for travel, accommodation and living expenses to train at advanced institutes for a period of up to two months. Read more about the Fellows below.

To learn more about the ISTH Training Fellowships, click here. The application process opens May 1 with a deadline of September 15. 


Ana Becerra, M.D., is currently an assistant professor and fellow in vascular medicine at Hospital Privado Universitario de Córdoba in Córdoba, Argentina.

With the support of the ISTH Training Fellowship, Ana has the opportunity to train at McMaster University and Hamilton General Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with supervision from ISTH Council member and ISTH 2015 Congress President Sam Schulman, M.D., FRCPC(C). Becerra's focus will be on new antithrombotic agents (DOACs), thrombolysis and laboratory methods for clotting disorders.

"Having the chance to train in Canada will help me optimize these rather underused agents in my country and give me the possibility to create further programs for control of anticoagulation at my home institution," Becerra said. "Personally, it would mean growing in a field which I am very devoted to and establishing new professional relationships with my Canadian colleagues."

Elena Campello, M.D., is currently a Ph.D. fellow in the thrombotic and hemorrhagic disease unit at Padua University Hospital in Padua, Italy. 

The ISTH Training Fellowship will support Campello in her training at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the USA, under the supervision of former ISTH Council Chairman Nigel Key, M.B., Ch.B., FRCP. Campello's focus in this training will be to improve laboratory knowledge on the measurement of extracellular vesicles and improve the clinical application of her research dealing with the use of extracellular vesicles as prothrombotic biomarkers in cancer and other conditions.

"I have the strong conviction that visiting a highly regarded research institute would allow me to observe from a close range procedures in research approaches, how to efficiently manage projects, how to conduct singular experiments, and finally how to interpret and present results," she said. "I hope to establish long-lasting collaborations, but above all I hope to lay the basis for a strong and mutually beneficial relationship where I can ask for advice and, if and when it arises, I can return the favor."

Savino Sciascia, M.D., Ph.D., is currently an assistant professor and post-doc fellow at the University of Turin Center for Immunopathology and Rare Diseases in Torino, Italy.

With the support of the ISTH Training Fellowship, Sciascia will train at the University of California-San Francisco Lupus Clinic in the USA under the supervision of Maria Dall'Era, M.D. Sciascia's focus in his training will be on systemic lupus erythematosus, performing a restrospective analysis to attempt to address an unsolved clinical practical problem in the field of thrombosis an hemostasis.

"I am looking at the ISTH Training Fellowship as a further opportunity for improving my skills in being adaptable and flexible in an increasingly complex, collaborative, interdisciplinary, mobile, global research environment," Sciascia wrote in his application. "I aim to return to my Home Institute and to act an ISTH ambassador, where opportunities arise, for students, residents and colleagues."

Caroline Veen, M.D., is currently a Ph.D. student at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The ISTH Training Fellowship will support Veen in her training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA under the supervision of ISTH member John Weisel, Ph.D. Veen's focus will be on scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in order to use the technique as part of the Crescendo-study, a prospective study that aims to investigate the value of new diagnostic options for patients with an unexplained bleeding tendency, with a focus on women with postpartum hemorrhage (PPH).

"As a clinician at the hematology department you see a lot of women with impressive amounts of blood loss after delivery. This is an important clinical problem affecting nearly one quarter of young woman globally," Veen said. "With this fellowship I will be able to improve my knowledge about new and innovative techniques that  could be of value in the diagnostics of these patients." 

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