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ISTH Releases Statement on Fostering Inclusive and Diverse Practices Within the Society

Tuesday, August 25, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andy Masten
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CHAPEL HILL, NC, USA, (August 20, 2020) — The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) released a new statement on the plan to enhance and improve diversity within the ranks of the society. The statement, developed by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force, lays out a vision to create an inclusive environment, build a positive research culture and cultivate a diverse group of leaders who are representative of the society as a whole.

“The new DEI statement reflects a core focus for the ISTH,” said Jeffrey Weitz, M.D., ISTH President. “We are very proud to commit this statement to practice and work with our members globally to ensure all practices meet the diversity, equity and inclusion standards of the Society. Furthermore, we will apply these key areas to practice with all collaborations with related societies, our corporate partners and beyond.”

“In developing this statement, we have articulated our Society’s vision,” said Alisa Wolberg, Ph.D., co-chair of the DEI Task Force. “Our next steps will involve completing additional data retrieval and analysis to understand where the ISTH currently stands and we will develop a plan for areas that must be strengthened and/or enhanced. We will work closely with ISTH members, stakeholders and the greater global thrombosis and hemostasis community to enact real change for our field.”

In November, 2019, the ISTH Council appointed the task force to create guidance for the society on how to foster inclusive and diverse practices that lead to a better representation of its members across all facets of the society’s programs. Eight ISTH members from around the world serve on this task force.

“Revolutionary breakthroughs in science occur when we look at a problem from new and diverse perspectives. Through bringing together people with a range of specialties, backgrounds, experiences and identities from all around the world, the ISTH provides a platform to drive innovation in thrombosis and hemostasis research,” said Alan Harper, Ph.D., co-chair of the DEI Task Force. “The launch of this diversity, equity and inclusion statement is an important acknowledgment of our current shortcomings as a Society, and sets our commitment to take action to overcome them. We hope by promoting and intentionally implementing this message, we can raise awareness of the issues, and encourage our members to work alongside us to create a fairer, more inclusive Society.”

The ISTH has over 7,000 members from more than 100 countries. The Society represents individuals of many ethnicities, beliefs and personal backgrounds working together for the advancement of knowledge and practice in the field of thrombosis and hemostasis and serves as a catalyst for collaborative partnerships with countless organizations globally. As such, the dedicated approach to DEI practices is critical to the evolution and future success of the Society.

“We cannot do this alone,” Wolberg said. “We need every member of the Society and our partner organizations to take responsibility and recognize that this is a shared goal that we should all have interest in achieving.”

View the full DEI statement here.

In addition to the statement, the Society recently released a statement of unity in solidarity and support of people around the world protesting against systemic racism. For more information about the ISTH and the DEI Task Force Statement, visit

About the ISTH

Founded in 1969, the ISTH is the leading worldwide not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to thrombosis and hemostasis (clotting and bleeding). ISTH is an international professional membership organization with more than 7,000 clinicians, researchers and educators working together to improve the lives of patients in more than 100 countries around the world. Among its highly regarded activities and initiatives are education and standardization programs, clinical guidance and practice guidelines, research activities, meetings and congresses, peer-reviewed publications, expert committees and World Thrombosis Day on October 13. Visit ISTH online at




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