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Read About Our 2013 Award Recipients 

Memorial Awards and Lectureships

2013 Dale A. Smith Memorial Award

This award, created in 2002, honors Dale A. Smith, a long-time Baxter Healthcare executive who was responsible for establishing the Fenwal Division of Baxter. This award recognizes groundbreaking work performed in the application of technology to the practice of transfusion medicine or cellular therapies. Recipient is selected by the National Blood Foundation (NBF) Scientific Grants Review Committee with formal approval by the NBF Board of Trustees.


David F. Lewis, PhD
Senior Science Fellow
Advanced Materials Group, Ashland Specialty Ingredients
Wayne, N.J.



Citation:
For leading a team of researchers that developed a visual indication of the irradiation of blood, often the only effective way to prevent transfusion associated graft versus host disease (TA-GVHD). This visual indicator has been available for twenty years, becoming a valuable tool for ensuring the safety of blood transfusion.

2013 Jack Latham Memorial Award for Innovative Research

This award – formerly known as the David B. Pall Prize for Innovative Research – was established in 2013 to honor Haemonetics Corporation's founder, whose lifetime research transformed the practice of blood processing. This award recognizes a scientist whose original research resulted in an important contribution to the body of scientific knowledge in transfusion medicine or cellular therapies. Recipient is selected by the National Blood Foundation (NBF) Scientific Grants Review Committee with formal approval by the NBF Board of Trustees.


Chance John Luckey, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Boston, Mass.



Citation:
For his 2009 National Blood Foundation-funded research on the "Directed differentiation of embryonic stem cells by regulated caspase-9 cleavage of zona-occludens," which has led to substantial new knowledge in understanding differentiation of stem cells into lymphoid and myeloid populations that can regulate immunity.

2013 Emily Cooley Memorial Award and Lectureship

This award began as a lectureship in 1963 and was designated as a Memorial Award in 1983. The Emily Cooley Memorial Award and Lectureship recognizes an individual who has demonstrated teaching ability and has made a major contribution to the field of transfusion medicine or cellular therapies. Recipient is selected by a joint committee composed of leaders from the Cellular Therapies Section Coordinating Committee and the Transfusion Medicine Section Coordinating Committee with formal approval by AABB's Board of Directors.


Steven L. Spitalnik, MD
Professor and Vice Chairman
Columbia University, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology
New York, N.Y.



Citation:
For his dedication to teaching the next generation of transfusion medicine physicians and scientists – impacting various levels of training from high school students to undergraduate students, graduate students, medical students, residents, fellows and faculty.

2013 Hemphill-Jordan Leadership Award

This award, renamed in 2005 after Bernice Hemphill, W. Quinn Jordan, and Joel Solomon, honors leaders from the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions in the areas of administration, quality programs, law and/or government affairs. The individual has demonstrated leadership qualities and a consistent willingness to lend his/her expertise to his/her peers. The award may recognize one particular act or an accumulation of contributions throughout many years. Recipient is selected by a joint committee composed of leaders from the Cellular Therapies Section Coordinating Committee and the Transfusion Medicine Section Coordinating Committee with formal approval by AABB's Board of Directors.


Pat Distler, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB
Technical Director
ICCBBA
Redlands, Calif.



Citation:
For her invaluable resource to AABB members as well as to industry and AABB staff, and for her instrumental role in coordinating efforts during the implementation of ISBT 128. She has been actively involved in Codabar and assigning Codabar from 1990-2010, and served on several critical AABB committees during that time.

2013 John Elliott Memorial Award

The John Elliott Memorial Award, established in 1956, recognizes an individual who has given outstanding service to AABB by demonstrating a willingness to lend his/her expertise to the association through work on committees, the AABB Board of Directors and other areas. Recipient is selected by a joint committee composed of leaders from the Cellular Therapies Section Coordinating Committee and the Transfusion Medicine Section Coordinating Committee with formal approval by AABB's Board of Directors.


Arthur W. Bracey, MD
Medical Director, Transfusion Services; Associate Chief, Pathology
St. Luke's Hospital
Houston, Texas



Citation:
For his continuous dedication and contributions to AABB, including serving as a past member of the AABB Board of Directors and on various AABB committees, such as the AABB Scientific Section Coordinating Committee, and as the chair of the AABB Bacterial Contamination Task Force.

2013 Karl Landsteiner Memorial Award and Lectureship

Initiated in 1954 to honor Karl Landsteiner, MD, whose lifetime research laid the foundation for modern blood transfusion therapy, this award recognizes a scientist whose original research has resulted in an important contribution to the body of scientific knowledge. The scientist who receives the award should have an international reputation in transfusion medicine or cellular therapies. Recipient is selected by AABB's Board of Directors.


Barry S. Coller, MD
David Rockefeller Professor of Medicine
Head, Allen and Frances Adler Laboratory of Blood and Vascular Biology
Rockefeller University
New York, N.Y.



Citation:
For his basic science discoveries and translational applications involving platelet physiology, thrombosis, vascular biology and cell adhesion. These discoveries have led to therapies that reduce the risk of thrombotic events in patients with myocardial infarction and stroke.

2013 Sally Frank Memorial Award and Lectureship

The Sally Frank Memorial Award and Lectureship was established in 1982 in memory of Sally Frank and her dedication to red cell serology and education. This award recognizes an individual who is, or has been, a medical technologist involved with these fields and has demonstrated quality research, teaching and/or service abilities in the technical aspects of immunohematology. Recipient is selected by AABB's Transfusion Medicine Section Coordinating Committee with formal approval by AABB's Board of Directors.


Karen M. Byrne, MDE, MT(ASCP)SBB
Education Coordinator, Department of Transfusion Medicine
National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center
Bethesda, Md.



Citation:
For her excellence and dedication in the teaching and mentoring of immunohematologists and transfusion medicine specialists.

2013 Tibor Greenwalt Memorial Award and Lectureship

This award honors Tibor Greenwalt, MD, who was the first registrant at the first AABB Annual Meeting and founding editor of "Transfusion." The award recognizes an individual who has made major scientific or clinical contributions to hematology, transfusion medicine or cellular therapies, and succinctly communicated these advances. Recipient is selected by a joint committee composed of leaders from the Cellular Therapies Section Coordinating Committee and the Transfusion Medicine Section Coordinating Committee with formal approval by AABB's Board of Directors.


Diane S. Krause, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine
Yale University, Yale Stem Cell Center
New Haven, Conn.



Citation:
For her stem cell research that expands the knowledge of hematopoiesis and stem cell biology. Among her accomplishments are the discovery of the murine CD34 glycoprotein, the identification of novel mechanisms in hematopoietic differentiation toward the erythroid and megakaryocytic lineages, and the description of additional non-hematopoietic roles for marrow-derived stem cells in tissue repair and regenerative medicine.

2013 President's Award

This honor recognizes the extraordinary public service and contributions of an individual or an organization in the health care arena. The recipient's work furthers AABB's goals and missions.


Darrell J. Triulzi, MD
Medical Director, Institute for Transfusion Medicine
Director, Division of Transfusion Medicine – University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa.



Citation:
In recognition of his leadership, guidance and continuing commitment to AABB, its board of directors, and the AABB CEO Search Committee, and for his vision in enabling AABB to advance in patient blood management.

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