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Meet the Newest Reach-the-World Fellows

Thursday, March 22, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Luke Blount
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The ISTH Education Committee awarded four ISTH members with Reach-the-World Fellowships: Nadejda Diaconu of Moldova, Celia Dos Santos of Argentina, Khon Huynh of Vietnam and Roberto Zambelli of Brazil.

The program seeks to promote knowledge and expertise in medical care, laboratory methods and research for individuals from developing countries. As part of the program, the Society provides fellows with financial support for travel, accommodation and living expenses for a period of up to four months while they receive advanced training from renowned host institutions.

The application period for Reach-the-World Fellowships opens April 1, with a June 1 deadline. Learn more.

Read more about the new fellows below:


Nadejda Diaconu, Ph.D., is currently working as a cardiologist and scientific researcher at the Institute of Cardiology in Chisinau, Moldova. With support of the Reach-the-World Fellowship, Diaconu will have the opportunity to work at the University Hospital Leuven (UZ Leuven) in Leuven, Belgium. Diaconu will study thrombosis and hemostasis with a focus on the prevention of stroke in atrial fibrillation and other thrombotic disorders. She will be under the advisement of Peter Verhamme, Ph.D.

“Currently, we don't have any specialized service offering training in the specialty of thrombosis and hemostasis in Republic of Moldova,” Diaconu explained. “This training will improve my skills and understanding in thrombosis and hemostasis and as such, my contribution to the training and practice of cardiology in my home institution, when I return. I do strongly believe that the best ideas emerge from collaboration, and the first step is an easy one. I feel so enthusiastic when thinking about the opportunities that could emerge from such a visit.”

Celia Dos Santos, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Academy of Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Thanks to support from the Reach-the-World Fellowship, Dos Santos will be able to study at the Molecular Otolaryngology and Renal Research Laboratories at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, USA with Richard Smith, M.D. She will use this opportunity to further study atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS).

“In Argentina, the exact incidence of aHUS is still unknown, and the pathology has been poorly studied. However, patients with aHUS need healthcare’s assistance as soon as possible to prevent adverse disease outcomes,” Dos Santos said. “The collaboration with Richard Smith will bring me knowledge and experience that, once transferred to my laboratory, will be useful to help ensure accurate diagnosis and improve support healthcare for the patients.”

Khon Huynh, Ph.D., is a lecturer at Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Through the Reach-the- World Fellowship, Huynh will work with Meinrad Gawaz, M.D., at University Hospital Tuebingen in Tuebingen, Germany. He will further his studies of platelet signaling and secretion to gain more insights into the interplay between platelet signaling and fibronectin assembly in controlling inflammatory cells.

“I want to get more experience in a leading medical laboratory with research topic on controlling of inflammation,” Huynh said. “I am most excited about the opportunity to work with new medical doctors and researchers at University of Tuebingen. This will help me to expand my network and potentially open new research collaboration in the future.”

Roberto Zambelli, M.D., is the Head of the Orthopedic Department at Hospital Mater Dei in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Thanks to support from the Reach-the-World Fellowship, Zambelli will work with Suzanne Cannegieter, Ph.D., at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) in Leiden, the Netherlands. He will use the fellowship to develop skills in research methods in order to perform qualified research of thromboprophylaxis in orthopedic surgery.

This fellowship is part of the overarching Regional Training Center program, which established an enduring relationship between Brazil and the Netherlands.  



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