General information

 Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF) has launched, in the context of its educational programme, in 2013 a new initiative; A fellowship program, the TIF – Renzo Galanello Fellowship, in honour of the late Professor Renzo Galanello, a pioneer in the field of thalassaemia research and management.

This programme has been initially developed in collaboration with the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust in London, UK, with the support of Novartis Pharma. This is part of TIF’s Educational Programme and is offered to physicians, specialists in the field of haematology, paediatrics or internal medicine. In our effort however to widely spread this fellowship and collaborate with other reference centres as well, the training will now be offered through the University College London Hospital (UCLH) under the supervision of Professor John Porter, Professor of Hematology and Dr Perla Eleftheriou, Consultant Hematologist.

TIF is aware that in many countries there is a lack of trained medical staff and as result, healthcare of haemoglobinopathy patients is less than optimum in many countries rudimentary. This need is partially due to a general poorer interest in haematology circles for non-malignant haematological disorders but also because these disorders are regarded as rare and as such are not given priority or integrated into national strategies or programmes. Policies for rare and chronic disorders are suboptimal or inadequate in many countries and health policy interest is diverted to other health ‘priorities’. Improving knowledge towards holistic care in thalassaemia and sickle cell disease has been a TIF priority since its establishment and this need has no geographical boundaries.

Improving policies for the prevention and management of these disorders, constitutes a vast and invaluable contribution towards ameliorating national, regional and international public health and social burden; Since these diseases are polyorganic in nature, have lifelong dependency on blood and being genetic, bear considerable social repercussions in addition to economical ones.

Fellowship Programme

DURATION: The fellowship is a 2 – 4 month support (depending on the level of knowledge and needs) for one or two physicians per year.

VENUE: University College Hospital, 235 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BU, UK.


  • A stipend of $2000 USD/month for each successful candidate, which intends to cover the successful candidate’s accommodation, transportation and other living expenses. Any expenses above this amount will be the responsibility of the successful candidate.
  • A fee of up to $500 USD for each candidate to the training centre for its administrative needs.
  • In addition to the above, the Fellowship will cover each successful candidate’s airfare (economy class) to and from his country.


The candidates and their employers must be committed to work in the field of haemoglobinopathies at their current institution of employment for a period of at least 3 years after the fellowship, so that the candidate also trains other medical specialists in the field during this period.

  • A letter of consent for this must be sent along with each candidate’s application, both by the candidate himself/herself and by his/her employer, who can be the director of the institution where the candidate is employed or an assigned official of the Ministry of Health of the candidate’s country of employment, if the institution where the candidate is employed belongs to the Ministry of Health of the candidate’s country of employment.
  • Priority will be given to candidates who have a specialist training in Haematology or Paediatrics or Internal Medicine and at least 2 years experience in working with patients with Thalassaemia or Sickle Cell Disease.
  • In cases where the selection committee feels that specialized training in one or more specific aspects of the treatment or monitoring of haemoglobin disorders is essential in a specific country, training could be offered for a smaller duration (1-2 months) on the particular specialized topic. Such could be training on endocrine or hepatic or cardiac monitoring of haemoglobinopathy patients.
  • The candidates must provide information on the number and type of patients attending the clinic in which they are working and the services offered.
  • The applicants should speak fluent English and be able to provide proof of their proficiency in this language
  • No more than one application per host institution will be considered at one time.
  • Final approval will be obtained through common consultation and consensus between the training centre and the Thalassaemia International Federation. Hence, the application of each candidate will be reviewed by the selection committee that will be comprised of:
    • 2 members of TIF’s Scientific Advisory Board on behalf of TIF
    • 2 chief medical specialists on behalf of the training centre

How to apply

For the Training Programme click here.

For the application form, please click here to download

The Application Form should be completed and returned to the Thalassaemia International Federation, Cyprus, by email, at or, or by fax at 00357-22-314552, with the subject line “TIF-Renzo Galanello Fellowship”. In the event you cannot use email or fax, a postal address is denoted on the Application Form.

The application should be accompanied by:

  1. a complete, most recent Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. two letters of consent to work in the field of haemoglobinopathies for at least 3 years at the candidate’s current institution of employment, one from the candidate and one from the director of the institution or from an appointed official of the Ministry of Health of the candidate’s country of employment, if the institution where the candidate is employed belongs to the Ministry of Health of that country
  3. A reference letter of support and recommendation from the candidate’s current employers
  4. The candidate’s choice(s) for the Optional Courses of the Training Program. These must be denoted on the Application Form.
  5. Proof of the candidate’s command of the English language.
  6. Proof of official registration of the candidate as a medical specialist in the medical registry of his/her country of employment.