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ISTH Awards Three Reach-the-World Fellowships: Get to Know the Fellows

Tuesday, March 26, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Luke Blount
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The ISTH Education Committee awarded three ISTH members with Reach-the-World Fellowships: Sidra Asad Ali of Pakistan, Maria-Teresa Garcia Lee of Mexico and Dorathy Okpokam of Nigeria.

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:

Sidra Asad Ali, M.D., is currently a junior consultant in hematology at Patel Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. With the support from the Reach-the-World Fellowship, Ali will study at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Her training will focus on platelet disorders under the tutelage of Elizabeth Gardiner, Ph.D., the ISTH SSC Co-Chair for the Subcommittee on Biorheology.

“The training is targeted to learn new molecular and cellular approaches to diagnose immune platelet disorders,” Ali said. “I am looking forward to and really excited to work with highly experienced professionals. This training will be an important milestone in my career.”

Maria-Teresa Garcia Lee, M.D., is an associate professor and attending physician at Hospital General Regional No. 1 in Mexico City, Mexico. Through the Reach-the-World Fellowship, Garcia Lee will study for four months at Angelo Bianchi Bonomi Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center in Milan, Italy. She will train under the supervision of Flora Peyvandi, M.D., Ph.D., ISTH Council member and Co-Chair of the ISTH 2020 Congress. Her training focus will be on platelet disorders.

“It is of my interest to increase my clinical experience in hemorrhagic diseases to improve diagnostic and treatment of patients,” Garcia Lee explained. “Since I have von Willebrand disease, I experienced the difficulty of getting to the diagnosis due to the lack of clinical suspicion and to the unavailability of the tests in Mexico. As a result of my fellowship I will be working in order to increase awareness so that nobody has to go through the difficulties that I went through.”

Dorathy Okpokam, Ph.D., is a lecturer at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital in Calabar, Nigeria. With support from the Reach-the-World Fellowship, she will study for four months at the Thrombosis & Ahterosclerosis Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Okpokam will train with Jeff Weitz, M.D., the current ISTH President-Elect. She will focus her training on learning how to monitor direct anticoagulants with a goal of publishing a paper in an ISTH journal. “I am excited about applying for the ISTH Fellowship, which will help me to be a better educator because I will have an opportunity to hone my teaching skills by observing research mentorship and supervision in a state-of-the-art laboratory,” Okpokam said.


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