World Thrombosis Day

World Thrombosis Day Announces Winners for Annual Activity and Ambassador of the Year Awards

CHAPEL HILL, NC, USA, October 11, 2022 — The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) today announced the recipients of two prestigious global thrombosis advocacy awards for its World Thrombosis Day campaign, now in its ninth year, including the World Thrombosis Day Activity of the Year Award and the Ambassador of the Year Award.

For the World Thrombosis Day 2022 Activity of the Year, the campaign recognizes the Mexican Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis (Sociedad Mexicana de Trombosis y Hemostasia, SOMETH) for its multifaceted advocacy activities in Mexico. The organization’s array of activities include a drawing contest for children and teens, educational workshops and sessions for healthcare professionals and the general public, building and monument illuminations and press conferences. The Activity of the Year Award recognizes a World Thrombosis Day partner organization that has shown outstanding effort in developing an engaging and successful activity to raise awareness about thrombosis. Based in Mexico City, SOMETH is a multidisciplinary medical organization created to expand the acknowledgment of the field of thrombosis and hemostasis. 

Since 2020, SOMETH has organized a World Thrombosis Day Drawing Challenge for children and teens wherein participants create drawings about thrombosis. Due to pandemic restrictions, the challenge was initially developed as a creative outlet to involve the community, particularly a younger age demographic. The activity is now a popular annual challenge that receives numerous submissions from participants between the ages of 5 to 16.

Each year, the organization also illuminates prominent monuments and buildings throughout Mexico in red and blue colors of the World Thrombosis Day movement, including Mexico’s Revolution Monument, Angel of Independence, National Palace and the National Cancer Institute. Additionally, SOMETH hosts several well-attended educational sessions on topics such as psychological support for patients and the prevention and management of thrombosis.

The World Thrombosis Day campaign also named Gordon McPherson of Scotland as the World Thrombosis Day 2022 Ambassador of the Year. This award recognizes Gordon’s extraordinary commitment to achieving the mission of the World Thrombosis Day campaign and for raising awareness through patient support and education.

Gordon’s daughter Katie, who was 23-years-old, died from a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in 2003 and since then he has worked tirelessly as an advocate for thrombosis awareness and prevention in Scotland and across the globe. Gordon collaborates closely with Scotland’s National Health Service and the Scottish government to create more accountability for thrombosis-related deaths, and he has been interviewed in numerous global media outlets sharing his daughter Katie’s story.

“The World Thrombosis Day awards program provides an important opportunity to spotlight the incredible work of thrombosis advocates and organizations around the world,” said Prof. Beverley Hunt, O.B.E., chair of the World Thrombosis Day Steering Committee. “We are incredibly proud to recognize Gordon McPherson and SOMETH for their outstanding awareness efforts and achievements as part of World Thrombosis Day’s overall mission.”

In addition to the award winners, World Thrombosis Day also recognizes several runner-up awardees in both award categories. Honorable mention awardees are among the top ranked candidates in their categories.

  • Ann Marie O’Neill (Ireland): 2022 Ambassador of the Year Honorable Mention
  • University College Hospital (Nigeria): 2022 Activity of the Year Honorable Mention
  • Brazilian Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis (Brazil): 2022 Activity of the Year Honorable Mention

All award winners were selected following a rigorous review by an award selection sub-group of the World Thrombosis Day Steering Committee of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis. The final award recipients were selected by committee members with no affiliation to the candidates.

To learn more about World Thrombosis Day, visit www.worldthrombosisday.org.

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About World Thrombosis Day
Launched in 2014 and held annually on October 13, World Thrombosis Day (WTD) aims to increase public, healthcare professional and health care systems’ awareness of thrombosis and, ultimately, to reduce deaths and disabilities from thromboembolic disease through a greater awareness of its causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and evidence-based prevention and treatment. Our mission supports the World Health Assembly's global target of reducing premature deaths by non-communicable disease by 25 percent by 2025, as well as the World Health Organization’s Thirteenth General Programme of Work 2019–2023, the Montevideo Roadmap 2018-2030 on NCDs and the Political Declaration of UNGA' Third High-level Meeting on NCDs. Visit www.worldthrombosisday.org for more information and to get involved.

About the International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis (ISTH)

Founded in 1969, the ISTH is the leading worldwide not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions related to thrombosis and hemostasis. ISTH is an international medical-scientific professional membership organization with more than 7,500 clinicians, researchers, and educators working together to improve the lives of patients in more than 110 countries around the world. Among its highly regarded activities and initiatives are education and standardization programs, research activities, meetings and congresses, peer-reviewed publications, expert committees, and World Thrombosis Day on 13 October. Visit ISTH online at www.isth.org.

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