The ISBT Academy Standing Committee
Masja de Haas (MD, PhD) is vice-president of Sanquin Diagnostic Services (Amsterdam) and professor in Immunohaematology (University of Leiden), in the Netherlands. She has now over 20 years of experience in transfusion medicine. Her research interests are auto-and alloimmune-mediated blood cell destruction. This extends to the evaluation and design of optimal diagnostic and treatment strategies, such as transfusion policies. She is a member of the ISBT Working Parties for Red Cell Immunogenetics and Blood Group Terminology and Rare donors, respectively. She aims to contribute to the ISBT community by supporting the dissemination of knowledge to strengthen transfusion medicine worldwide.
Lin Fung is the Associate Professor in Medical Laboratory Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has worked in tertiary hospital pathology laboratories, led research teams at the Australian Blood Service and University of Queensland, and was the Chair of the ISBT Granulocyte Immunobiology Working Party. She serves on two hospital blood management committees and has an active interest in translational transfusion research. This led her to set up the OptiBlood research team, which runs studies directed at optimising the patient’s blood and use of blood products. Lin enjoys public speaking, facilitating collaborations, mentoring young scientists and is an advocate for evidence based transfusion practice.
John W. Semple obtained his PhD in Immunology from Queen’s University at Kingston and was a Diabetes Canada Fellow at the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research in the C.H. Best Institute, University of Toronto. He joined St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto in 1990 and became Head of the Toronto Platelet Immunobiology Group at St. Mike’s and a Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine at the University of Toronto. In 2016, he moved to Lund University where he is currently a Professor of Transfusion Medicine and Group Leader in Platelet Immunology. In addition to being the recipient of many awards, he is a member of several organizations and has delivered over 160 presentations at international meetings. He is currently the Scientific Secretary of the International Society of Blood Transfusion, a member of the Scientific Committee on Megakaryocytes and Platelets of the American Society of Hematology and serves on the editorial boards of the Blood and Transfusion journals. His primary research interests include the pathogenesis of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) where he studies animal models of platelet immunity. His lab also focuses on the pathogenic mechanisms that lead to Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI). His lab also fist described Toll-like receptor expression on platelets in 2004 and since then, he has had an interest in platelet-immune interactions. He has authored more than 175 publications in the area of platelet immunology and TRALI.
Shirley Owusu is a Transfusion Medicine Senior Specialist and Head of Transfusion Medicine Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. She is a member of the African Society of Blood Transfusion, American Association of Blood Banks and the International Society of Blood Transfusion. An active researcher with over 45 peer-reviewed publications and has contributed to several book chapters. A current reviewer for Transfusion (AABB). She received the ISBT Award for Developing Countries - Runner up Award Individual for 2012 and 2014 consecutively. Dr Owusu-Ofori has been coordinating CPD training programs in Transfusion Medicine for the NBSG-Central Area.
Dr. Clarke is a Hematopathologist and Transfusion medicine physician. She is the Associate Medical Director, Clinical Services, for Canadian Blood Services and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Alberta. Dr. Clarke is a Past President of the Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine and serves on the examination board for Hematological Pathology for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). She is a former program director for the residency training program in Hematological Pathology at the University of Alberta and maintains a strong interest in medical education and residency program accreditation with the RCPSC. She is an enthusiastic medical educator and teaches undergraduate medical students and medical technology students as well as post graduate medical trainees. She serves as a Medical Consultant with the College and Physician’s and Surgeons of Alberta proficiency testing program (ALQEP). Dr. Clarke’s particular professional interests also include: perinatal transfusion medicine, immunohematology, the Canadian and International Rare donor programs and quality assurance in laboratory medicine.
Imelda Bates is a Professor in Clinical Tropical Haematology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and an Honorary Consultant Haematologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, UK. She is an active researcher and teacher responsible for several multi-country projects and for teaching transfusion, haematology and research to undergraduates, Masters and PhD students, and also contributing to professional development courses. She has been involved in successful research collaborations with individuals and institutions predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa for over 30 years focusing on public health aspects of anaemia and blood transfusion and on designing and evaluating capacity strengthening initiatives. She is head of the Centre for Capacity Research at LSTM, which conducts research on research systems, and has authored many peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.
Lilian Castilho obtained a Master degree and PhD in Immunohematology, with a specialization at Centre National dés Référence pour les Groupes Sanguines (CNRGS), Paris, France and Post doctoral in molecular biology of blood groups at the New York Blood Center, New York, USA. She was a professor, researcher and director of the Molecular Laboratory for Blood Groups at Hemocentro-UNICAMP-Campinas-SP, Brazil, and a Scientific consultant at Albert Einstein Hospital–São Paulo-Brazil. She has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles as well as 10 book chapters and one book. She has functioned as advisor for Master and PhD students and supervised and concluded 21 theses. She was the leader of the Brazilian Membership-Consortium for Blood Group Genes (CBGG), Assessor in the AABB Accreditation Program for IRL, Member of the AABB Standards for Molecular Testing for Red Cell, Platelet, and Neutrophil Antigens, Vice-chair of the ISBT Working Party on Red Cell Immunogenetics and Blood Group Terminology, Member of the ISBT Working Party on Rare Donors, Member of the ISBT Jean-Julliard Prize Committee, and Member of editorial boards and reviewer for several journals.
Veera Nadarajan is a haematologist and transfusion medicine specialist based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He currently serves as an Associate Professor at the Department of Pathology, University Malaya, consultant haematologist with the Division of Laboratory Medicine, University Malaya Medical Centre as well as the Head of the Department of Transfusion Medicine at the same hospital. Apart from clinical and research activities, he is actively involved in teaching and training of haematologists and transfusion medicine specialists at the national level. He sits on several national committees with regards to curriculum development, specialist accreditation and quality standards. He has diverse research interests, which include serological and molecular characterisation of blood groups, blood donor care and molecular diagnosis of haematological disorders. He also currently holds the position of vice-president of the Malaysian Society of Haematology.
Maha Badawi is a clinical hematologist and transfusion medicine physician who obtained her internal medicine, clinical hematology, and transfusion medicine certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada after a period of training at the University of British Columbia. She is currently an assistant professor at the College of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She is the director of Blood Transfusion Services at King Abdulaziz University Hospital, and is an executive board member for the Saudi Society of Transfusion Medicine and the Saudi Society of Hematology. Maha is involved in teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees in addition to training of laboratory technologists. Maha has an interest in medical education and donor motivation in addition to patient blood management.
Ratti Ram Sharma (MD) is currently Head of the Department of Transfusion Medicine at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research,Chandigarh, India. He has been working in the specialty for last 20 years and has keen interest in Apheresis, Stem Cell biology, blood component quality control and clinical transfusion practice. He has been instrumental in developing the curriculum for M.D. Transfusion Medicine programme in the Institute and established an active therapeutic apheresis and Bone Marrow processing unit in the department and received “Advancing apheresis technology runner-up award” from Terumo Caridian BCT, USA in 2014. Has been recipient of prestigious JR Jolly (2014) & H.D. Shourie (2008) awards of the Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohematology for his scientific research & innovative ideas in the field of Transfusion Medicine. Certificate of distinction from the University of Minnesota as a special research fellow in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, USA for his active participation in academic & research activities. He is the Member of National blood safety and hemovigilance programme implementation working groups. He has more than 100 publications both in National and International Journals.