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Nigel Key, MD, Director of the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, transitioned from the position of Chairman-Elect of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis Council to the role of Chairman at the ISTH Council meeting in Milwaukee June 23-26, 2014. Dr. Key’s term will extend for two years.

The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) is a global not-for-profit organization advancing the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thrombotic and bleeding disorders. It has more than 3,500 members in 90 countries.

The Council is the governing body of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, which is headquartered in Chapel Hill. The Council authorizes all of the Society’s corporate powers and oversees its activities. Every two years, members of the Society elect five of their peers to the Council, replacing one-third of elected members. Council members serve for a team of six years. The Council also includes ex-officio voting members who are members by virtue of holding another office with the ISTH, as mandated by the Society’s Bylaws.

In a statement in the ISTH Chairman’s Report, Dr. Key said, “As your Chairman for the next two years, my overarching focus will be to invest in the mission of the Society’s critical programs, while keeping the ISTH financially sound. I look forward to working alongside the Council to further strengthen the Society’s educational outreach programs, to build capacity via online learning and make progress toward providing new educational offerings aligned with the Society’s new core curriculum — both for early career and senior professionals. I also look forward to building the involvement of our membership by offering enhanced opportunities for participation and by asking you and listening to your professional needs and requests.

“Of equal importance, we will continue to grow closer interactions with thrombosis and hemostasis organizations around the world and to enhance more on-the-ground collaborations through increased educational partnerships. Along the same lines, increased collaborations with organizations in related medical and scientific fields will be of significant importance as we move forward together.”