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Memorial Awards and Lectureships


2017 Bernard Fantus Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes an individual who made numerous, outstanding contributions to the scientific basis and/or clinical practice of blood banking and transfusion medicine during the preceding 50 years. Recipient is selected by AABB’s Board of Directors, and this distinguished recognition is bestowed at intervals of no less than five years and no more than 10 years.

Recipient:

Harvey G. Klein, MD
Chief, Department of Transfusion Medicine
Clinical Center
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

Citation:

For his lifelong devotion to, and leadership of, the field of Blood Banking as it matured into the discipline of Transfusion Medicine. For representing the field of Transfusion Medicine throughout his career, promoting scientific excellence, academic integrity, administrative and regulatory rationality, and common sense. For his guidance and vision, which helped steer our discipline through ongoing threats to the blood supply posed by infectious and transmissible agents. For his outstanding leadership representing Transfusion Medicine in countless domestic and international venues, both governmental and academic. For his training program, which continues to produce many leaders in the field. For his Body of Work that guided the field of Transfusion Medicine in decades past, continues to do so today, and will influence our discipline for decades to come.

2017 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:

Connie M. Westhoff, SBB, PhD
Executive Scientific Director of Immunohematology and Genomics
New York Blood Center
New York, NY

Citation:

For her innovative research and vision to bring personalized medicine to transfusion therapy through the use of blood group genomics. Dr. Westhoff is one of the pioneers in developing molecular technologies to predict blood group antigen expression. She is an expert on RH genetic diversity and has provided tremendous insight on how this impacts alloimmunization and transfusion safety, particularly for patients with sickle cell disease.

2017 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:

Dennis Goldfinger, MD
Clinical Professor (retired)
UCLA Dept. of Pathology and Lab Medicine Division of Transfusion Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

Citation:

For his leadership in transfusion medicine and his prominence as clinician and educator. His contributions include leukocyte reduction, diagnosis and management of immune hemolytic anemia and therapeutic apheresis as a recognized tool in the treatment of a host of human diseases. Additionally, for his significant impact on the next generation of transfusion medicine leaders. He has trained and mentored more than 40 transfusion medicine fellows and hematologists.

2017 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:

Brian Custer, MPH, PhD
Associate Director
Blood Systems Research Institute
San Francisco, CA

Citation:

For his significant, long-term contributions to blood-safety research since 2003, and for his influence in helping U.S. policy-makers set and revise regulations related to blood donation. Additionally, for embodying the spirit of this award through his consistent willingness to lend expertise to peers and colleagues around the world.

2017 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.

Recipient:

J. Daniel Connor, MBA, CPA
President and CEO (retired)
Blood Systems Inc.
Scottsdale, AZ

Citation:

For his many years of dedicated service as a member of the AABB Board of Directors and various AABB committees. Connor served as AABB’s President in the Association Year 2008 and now serves on the National Blood Foundation Board of Trustees. He has generously contributed a vast amount of time and expertise to AABB and has been a leading pillar in the blood banking community.

2017 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:

Irving Weissman, MD
Director
Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Ludwig Center for Cancer Stem Cell Research at Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Citation:

For his pioneering role in identifying and isolating the first hematopoietic stem cells in mice and humans in the 1980s and early 1990s. His continued efforts to characterize adult stem cells from human tissues and cancers have broad clinical implications due to his work in translating basic science discoveries into clinical applications. His public advocacy for stem-cell research in Congress and other venues has also been of great importance.

2017 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.

Recipient:

Stephanie Eisenbarth, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Laboratory Medicine, Immunobiology, Section of Allergy and Immunology
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Citation:

For her 2012 National Blood Foundation funded research on "Identifying Innate Immune System Pathways Critical for RBC Alloimmunization." Dr. Eisenbarth’s research has been instrumental in helping to determine why some patients become alloimmunized after transfusion. She has published 24 articles in scientific journals based in part on her NBF-funded research.

2017 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:

Greg Denomme, PhD, FCSMLS(D)
Director of Immunohematology and Transfusion Services
Senior Investigator
BloodCenter of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Citation:

For his lifelong achievements in the field of platelet- and red blood cell-immunohematology, pathobiology and molecular diagnostics.

2017 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:

Martin L. Olsson, MD, PhD
Professor of Transfusion Medicine
Medical Director of the Nordic Blood Group Reference Laboratory
Lund University
Lund, Sweden

Citation:

For his outstanding achievements in the study of the molecular genetics of red-cell surface antigens, particularly carbohydrate histo-blood group systems (e.g., ABO and P1PK), DNA-based blood group typing, and blood-group related host-pathogen interactions. His work has led to the recognition of three blood group systems (GLOB, FORS and VEL). He is also well known for his ability to make complex biological processes understandable to people outside of the field.

2017 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.

Recipients:

Walter H. "Sunny" Dzik, MD; Jeanne E. Hendrickson, MD; Christopher D. Hillyer, MD; Peter D. Issitt, PhD, FIBMS, FIBiol; Harvey G. Klein, MD; Thomas A. Lane, MD; Lawrence D. Petz, MD; John D. Roback, MD, PhD; Les Silberstein, MD; Connie M. Westhoff, SBB, PhD; James C. Zimring, MD, PhD

Citation:

In recognition of their leadership as chairs of the National Blood Foundation Scientific Research Grants Review Committee, which, through its deliberative and thoughtful process, touched the lives of so many investigators in transfusion medicine. Furthermore, for their personal example and mentorship that influenced the careers of many in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies.

Recipients:

Janice M. Davis-Sproul, MAS, MT(ASCP)SBB; David McKenna, Jr. MD; John McMannis, PhD; Douglas Padley, MT(ASCP); Donna Regan, MT(ASCP)SBB; Edward L. Snyder, MD

Citation:

In recognition of their leadership and perseverance in developing cellular therapy expertise in AABB. Their tremendous devotion to the association and visionary approach has brought cellular therapies to AABB members and has brought cellular therapy members to AABB.

Recipient:

Jacquelyn Fredrick

Citation:

In recognition of her leadership, devotion, vision and strategic thinking so ably applied in her multiple roles within AABB, including the AABB presidency. For serving as an excellent example of successful executive and mentor in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies.

Recipient:

J. Daniel Connor, MBA, CPA

Citation:

In recognition of his leadership and devotion to the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies; his service to AABB and NBF in multiple roles, including the AABB presidency.

Recipient:

Graham D. Sher, MB BCh, PhD

Citation:

In recognition of his vision, leadership and guidance to AABB presidents and members of the Board of Directors; his personal example as a mentor and successful executive in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies.

Recipient:

Karen E. King, MD

Citation:

In recognition of her tremendous service to AABB through education, mentorship and numerous appointments to AABB committees, including associate editor of TRANSFUSION. For her leadership in apheresis and organ transplant immunohematology and her devotion to training junior members in the field of transfusion medicine.

2017 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:

"ADAMTS13 autoantibodies cloned from patients with acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura: 2. Pathogenicity in an animal model"

Authors:

Khalil Bdeir, PhD; Douglas Cines, MD; Michelle Cushing, MES; Gayathri Gulendran; Vincent Hayes; Stephen Kacir; David Motto, MD, PhD; Eric Ostertag, MD, PhD; Mortimer Poncz, MD; Don Siegel, MD, PhD; Lenka Yunk, PhD; X. Long Zheng, MD, PhD

Citation:

For their original research article titled ""ADAMTS13 autoantibodies cloned from patients with acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura: 2. Pathogenicity in an animal model" published in the 2016 volume year of TRANSFUSION.