Anna Falanga (right) receives the award from Sabine Eichinger.

Anna Falanga Receives the 2015 Roberts Medal 

Anna Falanga was awarded the Harold R. Roberts Medal at Monday’s President’s Dinner.  The medal honors individuals who have used their time and talents to support the mission of the Society’s Scientific and Standardization Committee (SSC).

Falanga, a current member of the ISTH Council, previously served as chair of the SSC from 2010-2012 and as chair of the SSC Subcommittee on Hemostasis and Malignancy from 2002-2006. She is chief of the Department of Immunohematology and Transfusion Medicine and the director of the Thrombosis and Hemostasis Center at the Hospital Papa Giovanni XXIII  in Bergamo, Italy.

After having received her medical degree and board certification in internal medicine at the University of Naples, Falanga obtained board certification in hematology at the University of Verona, Italy. Subsequently, she spent three years working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Mario Negri Institute in Milan, Italy and a further two years at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, USA. She has long been involved in the field of research on cancer and thrombosis. For her experience in the field, she is a member of the panel of experts and a co-chair for the preparation of the guidelines of prophylaxis and treatment of venous thromboembolism in patients with cancer for the Italian Society of Medical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the European Society of Medical Oncology.

Falanga has authored more than 200 publications. She has been guest editor of 15 books or journal supplements. She is appointed as professor of “coagulation disorder” at the School of Hematology, Faculty of Medicine, University Bicocca, Milan. She has an active role in several professional societies, including her current role as president of the Italian Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis. She was previously awarded the BACH Investigator Recognition Award from the ISTH in 2009.

The Harold R. Roberts medal is presented to individuals who have used their time and talents to support the mission of the Society’s SSC. It honors meritorious service that goes beyond what is expected and that takes place over a significant period of time.

Harold R. Roberts was an ISTH charter member who served as secretary general of the SSC from 1978 to 1988. He was a leader, mentor, counselor and scientific diplomat recognized internationally for his fairness, wisdom and devotion to the SSC and the Society.