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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, 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: