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Memorial Awards and Lectureships

2018 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.

Laurence M. Corash, MDRecipient:

Laurence M. Corash, MD
Senior Vice President, Cerus Corporation
Chief Scientific Officer and Adjunct Professor of Laboratory Medicine,
University of California School of Medicine San Francisco
Concord, CA

Citation:

For his tireless research and scientific contributions toward pathogen inactivation technology. His motivation to improve the safety of the blood supply was spurred by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and his work helped to significantly reduce the risk of transfusion-transmissions and maintain the security of the blood supply. Dr. Corash has co-authored more than 140 scientific articles, many revolving around pathogen inactivation as a strategy to improve blood safety.


2018 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.

Karen E. King, MDRecipient:

Karen E. King, MD (posthumous award)
Baltimore, MD

Citation:

For her strong record as a teacher, specifically her passionate guidance of fellows working under her direction. Dr. King helped advance the field through her many years as a teacher of undergraduate students. Dr. King was a mentor and friend to many; her influence on AABB and the field is vast.


2018 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.

Eva D. QuinleyRecipient:

Eva D. Quinley, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB, CQA(ASQ)
Regional Director
LifeSource/ITxM, a division of Blood Systems, Inc.
Rosemont, IL

Citation:

For her strong and numerous contributions to the field of transfusion medicine and the many roles she has taken on, both professionally and in a volunteer capacity, that have demonstrated the depths and breadth of her leadership. For having led the Transfusion Medicine Section Coordinating Committee (TMSCC) and the Accreditation Program Committee, and for being instrumental in facilitating the growth of the TMSCC, guiding the committee when it was formed from the combination of the Scientific Section Coordinating Committee and the Administrative Section Coordinating Committee. For her work in senior leadership positions within the industry, serving in quality/regulatory and operational roles, as well as her continuing mentorship of others within the field.


2018 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.

David A. Williams, MDRecipient:

David A. Williams, MD
Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Citation:

For his contributions to the understanding of the biology of hematopoietic stem cells and the translation of these findings to revolutionary gene therapies in immunodeficiencies and bone marrow failure syndromes. His elucidation of the normal interactions of hematopoietic stem cells in bone marrow, and the changes associated with leukemia, have allowed the use of hematopoietic stem cells as a target for gene therapy followed by autologous transplantation.


2018 National Blood Foundation Award For Innovative Research

This award 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 is selected by the NBF Scientific Grants Review Committee with formal approval by the NBF Board of Trustees.

Sean R. Stowell, MD, PhDRecipient:

Sean R. Stowell, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

Citation:

For his 2013 National Blood Foundation-funded research on the characterization of immunity and tolerance following RBC transfusion. Dr. Stowell’s research led to an important insight into fundamental features of RBC alloimmunization and suggested the consideration of practical targets that could be used to mitigate the dangers of alloimmunization in at-risk individuals. Since the completion of his NBF grant in 2015, Dr. Stowell has co-authored 36 scientific papers.


2018 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.

Joann M. MouldsRecipient:

Joann M. Moulds, PhD, MT(ASCP)SBB
Dripping Springs, TX

Citation:

For her strong commitment to teaching and research in red blood cell serology, for sponsoring students for both undergraduate and post-graduate degrees, and for her mentorship of myriad SBB students. Moulds has willingly shared her expertise by lecturing at blood bank and other professional meetings worldwide. She has authored more than 90 research articles as well as numerous book chapters. Her research has led to greater knowledge about red blood cell antigens, antibodies and molecular testing of genes encoding red blood cell antigens. Moulds has been a pioneer in introducing molecular testing to blood banks and chaired the first AABB Molecular Testing Standards Committee.


2018 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.

Sherrill J. Slichter, MDRecipient:

Sherrill J. Slichter, MD
Director, Platelet Transfusion Research, Bloodworks Northwest
Professor of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA

Citation:

For her many contributions to the study of platelet transfusion and research into approaches to improve platelet transfusion. Slichter has authored more than 150 research articles; and her work has been instrumental in helping the blood banking community gain a better understanding about when platelet transfusions are necessary, how to store platelets, the appropriate doses of platelets to transfuse, methods to reduce the incidence of alloimmunization and refractoriness to platelet transfusion, and methods to reduce the risk of bacterially contaminated platelet transfusion.


2018 RISE (Research Innovation in Scientific Excellence) Award

This award honors the author(s) of the best original research article published each year in TRANSFUSION. It recognizes impeccable study design, innovation, significance, and effective communication in any area of knowledge covered by the journal. Selection of recipient(s) is a collaborative effort of the journal’s Associate Editors and the NBF Grants Review Committee. (The RISE Award is presented annually.) Recipient Selected by Associate Editors of TRANSFUSION with Formal Approval by the NBF Grants Review Committee.

Recipient:

“Safety of the use of group A plasma in trauma: the STAT study”

Authors:

Mark Yazer, MD, and Nancy M. Dunbar, MD

Citation:

For their original research article titled “Safety of the use of group A plasma in trauma: the STAT study,” published in the 2017 volume year of TRANSFUSION.