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ISTH, EHA Award Four Fellowships to Support Global Educational Opportunities: Meet the Fellows

Tuesday, November 27, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Luke Blount
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In early November, the ISTH Education Committee awarded two ISTH Training Fellowships, and the ISTH and European Hematology Association (EHA) jointly awarded two joint ISTH-EHA Training Fellowships. Ana Rita Pardal dos Santos (Portugal) and Matthew Wheeler (New Zealand) received ISTH Training Fellowships while Araci Rondon (the Netherlands) and Dianne van der Wal (Australia) received ISTH-EHA Training Fellowships.

The fellowships provide financial support for travel, accommodation and living expenses to train internationally for a period of up to two months.To learn more about the ISTH Training Fellowships and the ISTH-EHA Training Fellowships, click here. The next application period opens May 1 with a deadline of September 15.  


Read more about the Fellows below:


Ana Rita Pardal dos Santos, M.D., is currently a Resident at the Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central in Lisbon, Portugal.

With support from the ISTH Training Fellowships, she will train at King’s College Hospital in the United Kingdom, where she will work on a research project in thrombosis and hemostasis as supervised by Ghulam Mufti.

“I will be able to work with an experienced team that has countless scientific publications,” Pardal dos Santos said. “Some of their previous research studies include MDs on Ethnicity and DVT, hormone replacement therapy and thrombin generation, VTE outcomes, and VTE in stroke. This will be of utmost importance for me to end my residency and to boost my career.”


Matthew Wheeler is currently in his final year of hematology training in clinical and laboratory hematology as well as acute and general medicine at Wellington Hospital in New Zealand.

The ISTH Training Fellowship will support Wheeler as he completes a Research Fellowship focused on aspirin resistance in peripheral vascular disease at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  He will be supervised by ISTH member John Eikelboom, M.D.

“This Training Fellowship will allow me to concentrate on thrombosis, improve my research skills, and allow me to establish lasting connection between New Zealand and a world center of excellence,” Wheeler said. “Working with some of the worlds experts and being able to just work in thrombosis is so exciting. There is nothing like it in New Zealand where there is just not the patient volume to be able to work solely in this area.”


Araci Rondon, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands.

With the support of the ISTH-EHA Fellowship, she will train at the University of Hull in England, U.K. She will be under the supervision of ISTH Member Camille Ettelaie, Ph.D., focusing her research on cellular biology and extracellular vesicles.

“I am most enthusiastic about gaining new insights in the field of tissue factor and extracellular vesicles, working in collaboration with a renowned group and sharing experiences,” Rondon said. “We will work together on the first steps of a project to establish a more representative model to study cancer-associated thrombosis in vitro. More specifically, we are going to evaluate the release and activity of tissue factor on extracellular vesicles derived from three-dimensional tumor cell cultures.” 


Dianne van der Wal, Ph.D., is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service in Alexandria, Australia.

The ISTH-EHA Training Fellowship will support van der Wal as she trains at the University College Dublin Conway Institute in Dublin, Ireland.  ISTH member Patricia Maguire, Ph.D., will supervise van der Wal as she expands her research into extracellular vesicles.

“I am most excited about joining forces and coming up with new ‘out-of-the-box’ research ideas and potentially foster and rekindle other European collaborations with scientists in the field,” van der Wal said. “Moreover, this fellowship will expand my research at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, as well as helping me to grow further as a senior scientist.”

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