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Training Fellowship Spotlight: Meet the 2017 Fellows

Friday, December 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Luke Blount
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The ISTH Education Committee awarded four ISTH members with ISTH Training Fellowships. Chiara Fantoni (Italy), Mandy Lauw (the Netherlands), Johannes Thaler (Austria) and Christophe Vandenbriele (Belgium) 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. 



Chiara Fantoni, M.D., is currently a Resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Insubria and the Circolo Hospital in Varese, Italy.

With support from the ISTH Training Fellowship, Fantoni will train at the Sheffield Haemophilia and Thrombosis Centre at the the Royal Hallamshire Hospital under the supervision of ISTH Council member Michael Makris, M.D. Fantoni’s focus will be on the diagnosis and management of patients with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.

“This training experience allows me to increase my skills in the hemostatic field in order to improve my clinical practice and my research activities,” she said. “It will be a great opportunity for me and my colleagues to create new collaboration projects.”


Mandy Lauw, M.D., Ph.D., is currently a Resident in Internal Medicine at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is also the current chair of the ISTH Early Career Committee.

The ISTH Training Fellowship will support Lauw as she completes experimental work at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Under the supervision of ISTH member John Eikelboom, M.D., Lauw will work to complete her work aimed at providing a better understanding of the mechanisms of thrombus formation in atrial fibrillation.

“I started this project during my previous research fellowship in Hamilton in 2013-2014,” Lauw said. “This ISTH Training Fellowship allows me to complete the experimental work for this project, analyze the data and write the paper.”


Johannes Thaler, M.D., Ph.D., is currently a Resident at the Medical University of Vienna and General Hospital of Vienna, Austria.

With support of the ISTH Training Fellowship, Thaler will work with ISTH Member Rienk Nieuwland on clinical and translational coagulation research at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

I have completed recruitment and patient sample collection for a hypothesis generating study,” Thaler said. “Rienk Nieuwland and his group members are leading experts in the field of experimental blood coagulation research. Their main research focus lies on the investigation of procoagulant extracellular vesicles. Due to a high level of synergism between our two research groups it is likely that a clinically relevant- and methodologically elaborate study will result from this cooperation. I am most excited about working together with very interesting people that are top researcher in the field.”


Christophe Vandenbriele, M.D., Ph.D., is currently a post-doctoral clinical and research fellow at the University of Leuven and University Hospital of Leuven in Belgium.

The ISTH Training Fellowship will support Vandenbriele as he trains in the adult intensive care unit at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, U.K. under the supervision of Susanna Price, M.D., Ph.D.

“Working and studying abroad broadens your horizon and puts you into contact with people with the same interest in your particular field of research,” Vandenbriele said. “It gives you the best opportunities to start up some new bilateral collaborations between your own institution and the host university and to gain some new expertise and conceptual insights. In my particular research domain, the excellent clinical expertise in the field of extracorporeal support of the Royal Brompton Hospital – Imperial College - London will allow me to collect the patient samples we need to study the role of the contact activation pathway in patients on mechanical support devices.” 

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