The oral history videos in this series are from a single interview in which Dr. Gerald Marti interviewed Dr. Emili Montserrat in September 2010 at his home in Barcelona. Topics include the early history of the International Workshop on Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (iwCLL), the development of CLL research in Spain, and a reflection on how CLL research and treatment, from scientific techniques to understanding of the disease, have evolved over the course of his career.
Dr. Emili Montserrat begins to discuss the history of CLL scholarship in Spain, beginning with the development of hematology as a specialization distinct from internal medicine at the University of Barcelona during the 1970s, and Dr. Ciril Rozman’s influence on his decision to pursue hematology. He describes how he became interested in CLL, which led to his participation in the International Workshop on CLL (iwCLL), beginning with the first meeting in 1979.
Dr. Emili Montserrat discusses the fifth meeting of the International Workshop on CLL (iwCLL) and continues his recollection of the early years of developing the Department of Hematology at the University of Barcelona and his research collaboration with Dr. Estella Matutes and Dr. Junia Melo.
Dr. Emili Montserrat concludes his recollections on the history of CLL research in Spain, and discusses how CLL research and collaboration has evolved over the course of his career, from understanding of the disease to scientific techniques and treatment to funding for research.