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Memorial Awards and Lectureships

2019 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.

Larry J. Dumont, MBA, PhDRecipient:

Larry J. Dumont, MBA, PhD
Vice President, Research and Scientific Programs
Vitalant Research Institute
Denver, CO

Citation:

For his contributions to numerous aspects of transfusion safety and quality, and for his numerous significant scientific, regulatory and technical contributions to red blood cell storage conditions, platelet storage conditions, seven-day platelet storage and cryopreservation of platelets. Dr. Dumont is the principal investigator on several grant awards, has published more than 90 scientific papers, book chapters, editorials and letters, and holds 17 patents for his innovative and entrepreneurial efforts.


2019 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.

James T. Perkins, MDRecipient:

James T. Perkins, MD
Associate Director, NorthShore Blood Banks
Director, Indian Immunohematology Initiative (III)
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Chicago Pritsker School of Medicine
Evanston, IL

Citation:

Throughout his career, Dr. Perkins has exhibited tireless dedication and enthusiasm in sharing his practical knowledge and long experience in transfusion medicine with technologists and physicians throughout the world. In addition to his role as the founding director of the Indian Immunohematology Institute, Dr. Perkins is the consummate teacher, positively affecting the lives and careers of hundreds of transfusion medicine specialists.


2019 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.

Joseph Schwartz, MD, MPHRecipient:

Joseph Schwartz, MD, MPH
Director, Transfusion Medicine & Cellular Therapy, CUMC
New York Presbyterian Hospital
New York, NY

Citation:

Dr. Schwartz is a leader in the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies, who has greatly contributed to advance AABB’s mission and vision. His dedication extends to his leadership roles in the AABB Cellular Therapies Section Coordinating Committee, including the regulatory affairs subcommittee. His contributions have enhanced both the AABB Blood Bank/Transfusion Services and Cellular Therapy Standards’ Committees. Dr. Schwartz has also dedicated his time to represent the transfusion medicine community in many other leading roles in several related organizations. He has also frequently served as a valued mentor for junior faculty and has demonstrated his willingness to teach and pass on his expertise to the next generation of leaders in transfusion medicine.


2019 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 will receive a $1,000 honorarium. (The John Elliott Memorial Award is presented in odd years only). Recipient Selected by a Joint Committee Comprised of Leaders from the Cellular Therapies Section Coordinating Committee and Transfusion Medicine Section Coordinating Committee.

Jed Gorlin, MD, MBARecipient:

Jed Gorlin, MD, MBA
Vice President, Medical and Quality, Innovative Blood Services
Transfusion Service Medical Director, HCMC and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Minnesota
Medical Director, Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City
St. Paul, MN

Citation:

Dr. Gorlin has dedicated himself to advancing AABB’s mission through his distinguished service on the AABB Board of Directors from 2006-2010, and his current responsibilities on several AABB committees, including as chair of the Global Standards Committee, the Donor Hemoglobin Eligibilty Task Force and the International Variance to Standards Committee. Dr. Gorlin has been and continues to be a leader in global transfusion medicine.


2019 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.

Recipients:
  • David Anstee, PhD, FRCPath, FMedSci

    David Anstee, PhD, FRCPath, FMedSci
    Professor, NHS Blood and Transplant, Bristol Institute for Transfusion Sciences
    United Kingdom


  • Jean-Pierre Cartron

    Jean-Pierre Cartron
    Docteur-es-Sciences Counsellor
    Institut National de la Transfusion Sanguine
    France

  • Colvin Redman, PhD

    Colvin Redman, PhD
    Senior Investigator (Retired)
    Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute
    New York Blood Center
    United States

  • Fumiichiro Yamamoto, PhD, Dr. HC
    Senior Group Leader
    Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute
    Spain



Citation:

The Karl Landsteiner Award for 2019 recognizes individuals who have led research groups that were instrumental in the isolation and cloning of the major blood group carrier molecules: Dr. David Anstee, Bristol Institute for Transfusion Sciences (United Kingdom); Dr. Jean-Pierre Cartron, Institut National de la Transfusion Sanguine (France); Dr. Colvin Redman, New York Blood Center (United States) and Dr. Fumiichiro Yamamoto, Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute (Spain). Their collective contributions represent the international efforts of many who have brought the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies into the genomics ages for the benefit of patients worldwide.


2019 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.

Krystalyn E. Hudson, PhDRecipient:

Krystalyn E. Hudson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology
Laboratory of Transfusion Biology
Columbia University
New York, NY

Citation:

For her 2014 National Blood Foundation-funded research on the establishment and maintenance of lymphocyte tolerance to red blood cell antigens. Dr. Hudson developed an innovative system to study immune responses to red blood cell autoantigens and completed mechanistic research on the loss of tolerance that may lead to erythrocyte autoreactivity and/or autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Since receiving her NBF grant in 2016, Dr. Hudson has co-authored eight scientific papers.


2019 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.

Sandra Nance, MS, MT(ASCP)SBBRecipient:

Sandra Nance, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB
Senior Director, National Laboratories, Biomedical Services
American Red Cross
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Citation:

For her many contributions to the field of immunohematology, including her willingness to educate and guide others, to share her expertise as a world-renowned specialist on rare blood types, and to solve and highlight serological problems through numerous invited lectures, workshops and publications. For acting as a true leader in the field and a strong supporter of national rare donor programs around the world that constantly strive to find rare blood types. For chairing the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) Working Party on Rare Donors for 10 years and serving as the driving force behind the creation of the ISBT Working Party on Immunohematology.


2019 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.

Donald R. Branch, PhD, MT(ASCP)SBBRecipient:

Donald R. Branch, PhD, MT(ASCP)ABB
Scientist and Professor
Canadian Blood Services
Toronto, Ontario
Canada

Citation:

Spanning several decades, Dr. Branch’s extensive research has resulted in major contributions to advancing the field of transfusion medicine. His work has been fundamental to the advancement of immunohematology and in developing helpful reagents, such as ZZAP; showing DTT effects on red cell antigen and advocating its use in red cell alloantibody evaluations; and pioneering an in vitro phagocytosis assay for the study of antibody/red cell interactions with monocyte/macrophages. His accomplishments further include studies to elucidate small-molecule inhibitors of phagocytosis. Through his active interest in current and global issues, he is helping to determine whether existing medications could be repurposed and effective against HIV/AIDS and the Ebola virus.


2019 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.


2019 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:

“Blood utilization and mortality in victims of gun violence”

Authors:

Vincent M. DeMario, BS; Robert A. Sikorski, MD; David T. Efron, MD, FACS; Mara A. Serbanescu, MD; Rica M. Buchanan, MD, MPH; Eric J. Wang, MD; Mereze Visagie, BS; Eric A. Gehrie, MD, SM; Mariuxi C. Manukyan, MD; Kathy Noll, MSN, TCRN; K.H. Ken Lee, DrPH; Paul M. Ness, MD; and Steven M. Frank, MD.

Citation:

For their original research article titled “Blood utilization and mortality in victims of gun violence,” published in the 2018 volume year of TRANSFUSION.