Young Professionals Council

The Young Professionals Council consists of young, bright minds across the globe, working in transfusion medicine and under 40 years of age. The council's purpose is to engage and enrich Young Transfusion Medicine Professionals, with the aim of increasing ISBT membership value and active participation in the Society's activities. The council will seek to increase existing opportunities for this younger audience and stimulate active participation in the educational events offered by ISBT. 

The Council will meet annually and in person, once per year at the ISBT international or Regional congress. Other meetings as required will take place by teleconference. Furthermore they will maintain communication with the ISBT board, the Standing committee of the ISBT Academy and the ISBT Central Office, to ensure that the needs of the young professionals’ community are met. It also aims to influence the strategic direction of ISBT in relation to young professionals and their career development.

Who are the Young Professionals Council members

Chairperson Tyler Hutchinson

Representing the Americas region

Tyler Hutchinson is from the United States and specializes in blood group and hemoglobinopathy genotyping. He graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Genetics and from Johns Hopkins University with an M.S. in Biotechnology. He has made many contributions to the transfusion community in identifying polymorphisms affecting antigen expression and has been integral in bringing several diagnostic tests to market. Tyler is currently a Senior Development Scientist with Immucor’s molecular division and is responsible for product support, data analytics, and new product development. 

Watch Tyler's introduction video here.

Contact Tyler by email

Young Council Member Satyam Arora

Representing the South East Asia region

Satyam Arora is MD in Transfusion Medicine from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India. He is presently working as an Assistant Professor at the Transfusion Medicine Department at the Super Speciality Paediatric Hospital and Post Graduate Teaching Institute (SSPH & PGTI) in Noida, India. He received the prestigious Harold Gunson Fellowship award of the ISBT in 2012 and the Transfusion-Transmitted Infectious Diseases (TTID) Working Party Travel Award in 2014. Satyam is currently an observer member of TTID working party of ISBT and of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Centre, Department of Hematology and Oncology at Taussing Cancer Centre in Cleveland Clinic, USA. He is member of the Early Stage Professional (ESP) Committee of International Society of Cell & Gene Therapy (ISCT) as well as Junior Associate Editor with their bi-monthly newsletter "TELEGRAFT". He is also a member of AABB, AATM and ISTM. His area of interest are TTID, Cellular Therapy and Paediatric Transfusion Practices.

Contact Satyam by email

Young Council Member Arwa Al-Riyami

Representing the Eastern Mediterranean region

Arwa Al-Riyami is a Senior Consultant Hematopathologist working at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH) in Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman. She obtained her Bachelor in Health Sciences (BS.c) and M.D degrees from the Sultan Qaboos University in 2005. She did her residency in Hematopathology at the University of British Columbia in Canada and obtained the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPc) in 2011. Arwa has an interest in transfusion medicine and blood banking, medical education, medical research and quality. She chairs the SQUH Blood Transfusion Committee and Blood Donation Committee and is a member of the National Transfusion Committee at the Ministry of Health. She is the Program Director for the Hematopathology Residency Program at the Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB). She also serves as a member of the Hospital Board of SQUH and the Executive Board of OMSB. She is interested in transfusion research and serves an editorial board member for the Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal. She is actively involved in the Hospital accreditation and strategic planning and in the accreditation of residency and fellowship programs at the OMSB. Arwa is a member of many international organizations including the ISBT, AABB, CSTM and ISLH. She is a member of the ISBT Clinical Transfusion and Transfusion Transmitted Infectious Diseases working parties.

Watch Arwa's introduction video here.

Contact Arwa by email.

Young Council Member Lilian Antwi Boateng

Representing the Africa region

Lilian is a trained Biomedical Scientist based at the Department of Medical Diagnostics, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, where she researches and teaches haematology and immunohaematology. She obtained her Bachelors and masters degree, all in Biomedical sciences from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana and the University of Westminster, United Kingdom, respectively. She also undertook a six months residency programme in blood banking at the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan blood bank reference laboratory where she obtained a fellow of the University of Michigan African Presidential scholars programme (UMAPS). She is currently pursuing a PhD in blood transfusion with the International Public Health Department of the Liverpool school of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom. Her PhD is focused on optimising blood transfusion practices in sickle cell disease patients in Sub Saharan Africa.
Lilian has been the recipient of three scholarships; KNUST-UOW Bespoke scholarship, UMAPS scholarship and Commonwealth scholarship. Since the beginning of her career as a researcher, she has won three research grants, the DANIDA Building stronger university seed grant, Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) seed grant and the STEM supplementary grant. All research grants were channelled into advancing blood transfusion medicine in Ghana in the area of red blood cell antigens and alloantibodies. 
Lilian is passionate about promoting blood transfusion research in Africa and imparting good laboratory transfusion practices to students pursing laboratory training in blood transfusion.

Contact Lilian by email.

Young Council Member Carla Dinardo

Representing the South America region

Carla Dinardo graduated in Medicine at University of São Paulo Medical School in 2006. She is a specialist in Hematology and Hemotherapy since 2010, and became PhD in Sciences in 2015. She initiated her career at Fundação Pró-Sangue São Paulo Hemocenter as head of the Immunohematology Division. Currently, she is director of external relations of Fundação Pró-Sangue, coordinating the transfusion and the immunohematology reference laboratories. She is also head of the scientific department of the Hemotherapy Unit of Hospital Samaritano. Carla is especially interested in studying the genetics of blood group systems and red blood cell alloimmunization. She is an active investigator of the Recipient Epidemiology and Donor Evaluation Study (REDS) IV-P and of the Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) Consortium. 

Contact Carla by email.

Young Council Member Syeldy Langi Sasongko

Representing the Europe region

Syeldy obtained her bachelor’s degree in the United States and worked for a few years in the medical field in multiple roles as a medical scribe for physicians in multiple specialties (e.g. Emergency Medicine, Orthopedics, Neurology, etc) along with being a trainer, traveling instructor, and project manager.  She obtained her Research Master’s in Global Health at Vrije University, Amsterdam in 2017 and began working at Sanquin, the Dutch national blood bank, shortly thereafter. Syeldy is a qualitative and mixed-methods researcher completing her PhD at Sanquin studying how blood banks change during times of uncertainty. Syeldy is a member of the EBA plasma working group, participates in BEST Collaborative projects, and contributes voice-overs for the ISBT’s Clinical Transfusion working party e-learning curriculum. She is passionate about connecting people and cultures.

Contact Syeldy by email.

Young Council Member Eunike (Nysa) McGowan

Representing the West Pacific region

Eunike (Nysa) McGowan has a broad research interest in the RhD blood group antigen. Nysa has investigated its genetic diversity and the immune pathways which can lead to the production of anti-D antibodies. She has recently finished the PhD program at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, University of Queensland. Nysa received the Harold Gunson Fellowship in 2017. This enabled her to present in the “Best Abstracts” session at 28th Regional Congress of the ISBT in Guangzhou. Nysa is now looking forward to be involved in blood group genomics research in her current role as Senior Research Assistant at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.

Contact Nysa by email.

Young Council Member Jian Ou-Yang

Representing the West Pacific region

I have been working as a blood donor recruiter and a researcher at Guangzhou Blood Center, China, since 2008. My research field focuses on the blood donor retention and recruitment, blood donation propagandizes, and policymaking. I directed my endeavors toward the research of blood donor retention and recruitment as a Leader of Blood Donor research team in my department. I turned my research achievements into manuscripts and have published 5 papers in 3 different peer-reviewed journals since 2017. I applied my research achievements to retention and recruitment strategies for promoting blood donation. I have been participating in the modifications of two important regulations in Guangzhou, China (Regulations of Guangzhou on the Administration of Blood Donation, Measures of Guangzhou on the Administration of Using Blood Free) since 2019.

Contact Jian by email. 

 

  • Sophie Uyoga, Kenya
  • Cécile Toly Ndour, France
  • John-Paul Tung, Australia
  • Yanli Ji, China

Where do Young Professionals meet?

Physical and virtual meeting

The next meeting of the Young Professionals will be the 37th International Congress of the ISBT in Kuala Lumpur in 2022.

Please check the congress website for possibilities for Young Professionals: http://www.isbtweb.org/isbt2020/scientific-programme-1/young-professionals

Once a month, the Young Professionals Council organises a Live Journal Club: https://isbtweb.org/isbt-academy/live-journal-club/ and multiple times a month, there are webinars: https://isbtweb.org/isbt-academy/webinars/

1. During the Basel ISBT Congress in 2019, there was a special dedicated area (booth) for the council members to meet and interact with Young Professionals and other members of ISBT. The YPs were provided with special Young Professionals buttons to help identifying them during scientific and networking sessions. The council organized the first “Speed Dating Event” to help Young Professionals meet the representatives of the ISBT board, ISBT working parties, Vox Sanguinis editorial board and the council in order to understand more about the society. A dedicated reception was arranged for YPs to have more interaction in an informal setting.

2. Previous Live Journal Clubs that were organised by the Young Professionals Council: 

Opportunities for Young Professionals

The purpose of mentoring is to tap into the existing knowledge, skills, and experience of senior professionals and transfer these skills to newer or less experienced professionals in order to advance their careers.

Please follow this link to read more about and apply for the mentorship programme.

 

The International Collaboration for Transfusion Medicine Guidelines (ICTMG) is looking for young professionals from developing countries to help in the work of guideline preparation, this may involve checking references, sourcing papers associated with a topic etc. In addition, ICTMG sees young professionals as important to the implementation and dissemination of the guidelines in their country.  

The application for this activity is now closed. 

For more information about ICTMG, please go to ictmg.org.

In February 2021, young professional members of the ISBT were invited to help selected section editors of Vox Sanguinis in their work. The applicants are trained and guided by the editors through the entire peer review procedure. This is a great opportunity for those, who would like to give your scientific career a boost. Understanding the procedure of peer reviewing will be of benefit to young professionals as an author of future scientific publications and of grant applications. 

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The Young Professionals Council on social media

The YPC has its own hashtag: #ISBTYoungBlood. In the past few years, the council members prepared various social media posts with information relevant for young transfusion professionals. See below a few examples.

ISBT YPC on YouTube

Please follow this link to see the introduction video's of the Young Professionals Council on Youtube.
 

Recommended articles by the Young Professional Council

- Review of indications for immunoglobulin (IG) use: Narrowing the gap between supply and demand

- The Kg-antigen, RhAG with a Lys164Gln, mutation, gives rise to haemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn