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The ISTH Awards Two Reach-the-World Fellowships: Meet the Fellows

Friday, August 10, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Luke Blount
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The ISTH Education Committee awarded two ISTH members with Reach-the-World Fellowships: Ardeshir Bahmanimehr of Iran and Mirjana Mitrovic of Serbia.

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 next application period for Reach-the-World Fellowships opens November 1, with a December 31 deadline. Learn more.

Read more about the new fellows below:

Ardeshir Bahmanimehr, Ph.D., is currently working as research and development manager at the hematology research center of Shiraz University of Medical Science in Shiraz, Iran. With support of the Reach-the-World Fellowship, Bahmanimehr will have the opportunity to work at the Angelo Bianchi Bonomi Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center in Milan, Italy. Bahmanimehr will study genetic testing for hemophilia and thrombophilia. He will be under the advisement of Flora Peyvandi, M.D., Ph.D.

As a research and development manager at the hemophilia research center, clinical unit, I need an update in the new laboratory methodologies and standardization and assess traditional methods to improve our coagulation tests," Bahmanimehr said. "Angelo Bianchi Bonomi Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center is a reference center in the fields of the diagnosis, cure and research into hemorrhagic diseases and thrombotic diseases. They are employing new techniques of exome sequencing, potentially able to identify thromboembolic risk markers, in particular for thrombosis in rare sites ... It is my pleasure and most excited about the opportunity to work with professor Peyvandi and her great scientific team to achieve latest techniques and knowledge of the field.

Mirjana Mitrovic, Ph.D., is an assistant profressor at the Clinic for Hematology, Clinical Center of Serbia. Thanks to support from the Reach-the-World Fellowship, Mitrovic will study at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill with Nigel Key, M.D. She will use this opportunity to further study clinical skills in the diagnosis and management of patients bleeding and clotting disorders.

“My institution, Clinic for Hematology, in Clinical Center of Serbia is tertiary care institution specialized for malignant and non-malignant hematological diseases with specialized center for hemophilia, bleeding disorders and thrombosis," Mitrovic explained. "The primary fellowship goal for my institution will be to use all acquired knowledge and skills in patients care improvement through better department organisation and application of new diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Secondary goals will be to transfer the acquired experience to colleagues and students in my center and country (Serbia is a small country with 7 million inhabitants and only one comprehensive hemophilia center, at the moment). I am extremely excited about the possibility to educate in one of the largest centers for hemostasis and thrombosis in United States. I hope my stay in Chapel Hill will result in long-term collaboration between two institutions.”




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