About ISBT

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

Secretary John-Paul Tung

Representing the Western Pacific region

John-Paul Tung is a senior research fellow at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, where he leads a team of three research assistants, two research nurses, six PhD students and a masters student. He also holds affiliations with the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and the Critical Care Research Group at the Prince Charles Hospital. His research is focused on better understanding the effects and possible negative outcomes associated with transfusion, especially of stored blood products. A particular focus is on transfusion-related acute lung injury, or TRALI, with his doctoral thesis describing the development of the first large animal model of TRALI, using sheep.

Watch John-Paul's introduction video here.

Contact John-Paul 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 Yanli Ji

Representing the West Pacific region

Yanli Ji got her PhD degree in 2008 from Sun Yat-Sen University in China. She then worked in the Institute of Clinical Blood Transfusion in Guangzhou Blood Center, focusing on the research of RBC blood group genotyping and its application in the Chinese population. From 2010 to 2011 she was a visiting scholar at Sanquin Research in Amsterdam. In 2018 she became a new member of the Red Cell Immunogenetics and Blood Group Terminology (RCIBGT) working party of ISBT. The routine "Asia type" DEL testing using the established HRM genotyping method is carried out in her lab to avoid unnecessary anti-D prophylaxis for "Asia type" DEL pregnant women. 

Watch Yanli's introduction video here.

Contact Yanli 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.

Where do Young Professionals meet?

Physical meeting

The next face-to-face meeting of the Young Professionals will be in December 2020 in Barcelona during the 36th International Congress of the ISBT. Please check the congress website for possibilities for Young Professionals: 

Virtual meetings and activities

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, 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.

Young professional members of the ISBT are invited to help selected section editors of Vox Sanguinis in their work. You will be trained and guided by the editors through the entire peer review procedure. This is a great opportunity for you if you would like to give your scientific career a boost. Understanding the procedure of peer reviewing will be of benefit to you as an author of future scientific publications and of grant applications. 

Submit your application to Satyam Arora, it should include:
-    A letter of interest
-    A motivational statement (100 words)
-    A brief CV (1 A4 page) with selected publications

 
The deadline for application was February 29, 2020.

Documents

 

 

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.