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Suzanne Cannegieter, MD, PhD

After her training as a medical doctor, Suzanne Cannegieter worked as a physician at the Haemostasis and Thrombosis section of the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands.

At the same time, she completed her PhD thesis on anticoagulant therapy in patients with artificial heart valves.

During this period she became highly interested in the opportunities that epidemiological techniques have to offer for clinical research, so she studied for an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After graduating she continued there as a tutor for the distance learning MSc Epidemiology.

She subsequently started working at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology at the Leiden University Medical Center and trained extensively in epidemiology, with the aim to apply its newest techniques into several aspects of clinical research.

Although Suzanne advises on diverse clinical questions, she focuses her research on the field of venous thrombosis, with a particular interest in its aetiology, as well as in establishing optimal prevention and therapy.

Examples of topics include the relation between air travel and venous thrombosis, the association between endocrine hormones and venous thrombosis, and risk factors for recurrent thrombosis.

She also recently acquired a grant to perform two randomised clinical trials into thrombosis prophylaxis for patients with lower leg immobilisation and knee arthroscopy.

She is a board member of the Netherlands Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis (NVTH), a member of the Education Committee of the Council of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH), as well as a member of the Local Organising Committee (Education) for the 24th Congress of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH), to be held in Amsterdam 2013.