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Read About Our 2016 Award Recipients

Memorial Awards and Lectureships


2016 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.

Recipient:

Pablo Rubinstein, MD
VP, Director, National Cord Blood Program
New York Blood Center
New York, NY

Citation:

For his outstanding career, visionary leadership, tireless research and technical innovation. His concept of transforming umbilical cord blood, previously considered medical waste, into a clinically useful, non-controversial source of stem cells has saved tens of thousands of lives worldwide. Dr. Rubinstein is the author of 270 peer-reviewed papers.

2016 National Blood Foundation Award for Innovative Research

This award (formerly known as the David B. Pall Prize for Innovative Research and the Jack Latham Memorial Award for Innovative Research) was established in 2016 to recognize a scientist whose original research resulted in an important contribution to the body of scientific knowledge in transfusion medicine or cellular therapies. Recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium supported in 2016 by Blood Systems, Inc. Recipient is selected by the NBF Scientific Grants Review Committee with formal approval by the NBF Board of Trustees.

Recipient:

Anand Padmanabhan, MD, PhD
Medical Director
BloodCenter of Wisconsin - Blood Research Institute
Milwaukee, WI

Citation:

For his 2012 National Blood Foundation-funded research on the “Role of IgA and IgM Immunoglobulins in Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia and Thrombosis (HIT).” This work has led to an enhanced understanding of how antibodies in HIT patients bind to and activate platelets thereby causing this dangerous disorder. A novel assay developed on the basis of these new findings is currently under development for diagnostic use.

2016 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.

Recipient:

Nancy Heddle, MSc., FCSMLS(D)
Professor, Department of Medicine
McMaster University
Ontario, Canada

Citation:

For her numerous contributions to clinical research and her ability to combine her expertise in blood banking, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics. Her work has advanced scientific understanding of febrile non-hemolytic transfusion reactions to help define the risk of transfusing older red blood cells.

2016 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.

Recipient:

Fran Rabe, MS, ASQ CQM
Director of Quality Assurance
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN

Citation:

For her wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of cell and tissue manufacturing, regulatory compliance and quality assurance. She readily assists her colleagues in navigating the quality and regulatory maze in the evolving field of cellular therapies and has been involved with the creation of relevant standards for AABB, ISCT and NMDP. She currently serves on the Donor Health History Task Force and the Standards Program Unit and performs AABB assessments. She held two - 3 years terms on the CT Coordinating Committee and lead the CT regulatory affairs subsection.

2016 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.

Recipient:

Stuart Orkin, MD
David G. Nathan Professor of Pediatrics/Chairman
Harvard Medical School/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA

Citation:

For his discovery of genetic control of specific hematopoietic cell lineages and how they control differentiation and oncogenesis.

2016 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.

Recipient:

Barbara Bryant, MD, MT(ASCP)SBB
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pathology
Medical Director, Transfusion Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX

Citation:

For her significant achievements in education, leadership and antibody identification. Her academic contributions to immunohematology are well demonstrated in numerous publications; she has been a stellar teacher nationally while encouraging her students, both specialists in blood banking and transfusion medicine fellows to cultivate data and provide new research for publication to AABB. She has served on many committees including AABB’s Transfusion Medicine Subsection; she currently serves as the Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Pathology and the Blood Bank Medical Director at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX.

2016 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.

Recipient:

Parviz Lalezari, MD
Director of Neurosurgery Research
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, NY

Citation:

For his pioneering scientific and clinical work in the fields of Transfusion Medicine and immunology. Dr. Lalezari identified neutrophil-specific antigens, one of the causes of blood transfusion reactions. He found that neutrophil antigens are responsible for "neonatal neutropenia," similar to Rh fetal-maternal incompatibility, and that neutrophil antigens are the targets of auto-antibodies in autoimmune neutropenias in children and in adults. Dr. Lalezari also developed several techniques for detection of neutrophil and red cells antibodies.

2016 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.

Recipient:

Dr. Samuel V. Magagula
Director of Health Services, on behalf of the Swaziland National Blood Transfusion Services and the Kingdom of Swaziland

Citation:

For their extraordinary public service in enhancing a national culture of safe blood donation. Identifying frequent blood shortages as a national crisis in 2010, the Kingdom of Swaziland aimed to have safe and efficacious blood products available for all citizens requiring a transfusion. By embracing a quality systems framework and through education that begins at the primary school level, the Kingdom of Swaziland has dramatically reduced the prevalence of transfusion transmitted infections in the donor pool, and drastically reduced mortality due to failure to transfuse blood. Through leadership and collaboration, the Kingdom of Swaziland is succeeding in delivering high quality, public health care services.