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Message from Simona Calza, Member of the Nurses Group Research Committee

Nurses Group
Nursing Research Committee

The Research Committee (RC) is a subgroup of the EBMT Nurses group, comprising six clinical and research nurses from various European countries, including A. Kisch (SE), I. Salcedo (ES), L. Leppla (DE), and S. Valenta (CH). Since September 2022, we have two new members Simona Calza (IT) and Otilia Niculita (RO).

Our main objective is to develop research projects, to raise awareness and education in research, to facilitate and to support active participation in nursing and interdisciplinary studies related to stem cell transplantation and cellular therapy in Europe.

We hold regular meetings throughout the year, and in September, we had the opportunity to finally meet in person in London for the first time.

In October, we organized the Nurses Group Research Study Day in Brussels with the attendance of nearly sixty nurses coming from most of the European countries. We are very excited with the sessions we have prepared for the 49th Annual Meeting of the EBMT in Paris, including a selection of high standard research oral communications and a hands-on session on “How to become a successful researcher”. 

We will be delighted to introduce you to our new-old team and to share our challenging future agenda, including the revised procedures we have been working on to encourage nurses to engage on research, making the most of all the resources that EBMT generously offers. The RC is also collaborating with the Spanish local organisers for the 15th Educational meeting of the Nurses Group, which will take place in Madrid on the 28th-29th of September, so save the date!

Personally, I, Simona, was a member of the group from 2008 to 2014 when I stepped down after I became a mother. When my son turned 9 years old, I decided that I wanted to dedicate time again to this stimulating research experience, so I sent my re-application for a position in the RC last May and I joined the group again last July. In my mind, EBMT is sort of a “Big Family”  and this feeling is made out of knowledge sharing and friendship.

If you are interested in research and have a Master or PhD degree, we encourage you to join our young and growing team, keeping an eye on the EBMT Nurses Group vacancies.