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2020 AABB Award Recipients

AABB Awards 2020 - December 3, 2020
Join Us for the AABB Awards 2020
Thursday, December 3rd
1:00pm to 3:00pm (Eastern Time)

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The upcoming Awards Celebration will feature the recognition of this year’s AABB Memorial Awards, President's Awards, and RISE Awards recipients, as well as the outgoing AABB Board of Directors.

2020 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.

Don L. Siegel, PhD, MDRecipient:

Don L. Siegel, PhD, MD
Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Director, Division of Transfusion Medicine & Therapeutic Pathology
Director, Fellowship Program in Transfusion Medicine
Director, Clinical Cell & Vaccine Production Facility
Center for Advanced Cellular Therapies
Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Citation:

For his development and pioneering use of antibody phage display and chimeric antigen receptor T cells in transfusion medicine and related disciplines, including autoimmune disease, dermatology, infectious disease and cancer.


2020 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.

Angelo D’Alessandro, PhDRecipient:

Angelo D'Alessandro, PhD
Associate Professor (Tenured)
University of Colorado, Denver – Anschutz Medical Campus
Director of the Mass Spectrometry Shared Resources, Colorado Cancer Center
and the Metabolomics Core of the School of Medicine
Aurora, CO

Citation:

For his 2016 National Blood Foundation-funded research on the role of adenosine signaling in the preservation of energy metabolism in stored erythrocytes. Dr. D’Alessandro used and integrated metabolomics, proteomics and functional approach to investigate the role of adenosine signaling through the ADORA2B/AMPK axis in both mouse red blood cells and human red blood cells during storage. To conduct this research, he developed high throughput omics methodologies and has supported research projects involving more than 50 international colleagues. Since the completion of his NBF grant in 2017, Dr. D’Alessandro, age 36, has authored over 260 papers in peer reviewed journals.


2020 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.

Ellen M. Areman, BS, MS, SBB(ASCP)Recipient:

Ellen M. Areman, BS, MS, SBB(ASCP)
President, Ellen Areman Consulting, LLC
Baltimore, MD

Citation:

For her pioneering work spanning more than 30 years in the field of cellular therapies. From establishing a cellular therapy laboratory at Georgetown University Medical Center to her work as a project manager at the NIH and, subsequently, as an expert biologist and product reviewer at the FDA, and her co-editing of the definitive textbook Cellular Therapy: Principles, Methods, and Regulations, Areman has influenced the rapidly expanding field of cellular therapies in countless ways. She has also been a role model for, and a teacher of, several generations of technologists, clinicians and researchers in the field of cellular therapies. Most recently, Areman has been assisting investigators with development of cellular therapy products as a Consultant.


2020 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.

Suzanne Dworsky, MBA, MT(ASCP)Recipient:

Suzanne Dworsky, MBA, MT(ASCP)
Medicine Department Administrator, Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Citation:

For her extraordinary leadership and guidance of the AABB community. As a long-term AABB Cellular Therapy Management group leader, her expertise in the regulatory aspects of contracts as it relates to cellular therapy products, has provided guidance and education to many AABB members. Suzanne has readily and generously shared her expertise with the cellular therapies community, particularly through the implementation of workflow productivity models, asset management, business planning and clinical research management.


2020 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.

Katherine A. High, MDRecipient:

Katherine A. High, MD
Visiting Professor, Rockefeller University
Co-Founder and Former President and Head of Research and Development, Spark Therapeutics
Philadelphia, PA

Citation:

For her pioneering bench-to-bedside research of gene therapy for patients with hemophilia. High was responsible for the translation of adeno-associated vectors into gene therapies in a variety of target tissues, including the retina and liver. A significant contribution to the field, she led the development of the first gene therapy for a genetic disease approved in both the U.S. and the E.U.


2020 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.

Janis R. Hamilton, MS, MT(ASCP)SBBRecipient:

Janis R. Hamilton, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB
Manager, Immunohematology Reference Laboratory
American Red Cross, Southeastern Michigan Region
Detroit, MI

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 serology and rare blood types and to resolve 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 improving immunohematology practices throughout the world.


2020 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.

Mark E. Brecher, MDRecipient:

Mark E. Brecher, MD
Emeritus Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Retired Chief Medical Officer
Laboratory Corporation of America
Chapel Hill, NC

Citation:

For his history of diverse contributions to the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies, including numerous publications, committee service work and pioneering advocacy for standards changes and research to address the challenges of bacterial contamination in platelets. His early work in this field helped prevent sepsis and reduce mortality risk for thousands of patients. Dr. Brecher has mentored many young transfusion physicians who went on to excel in their own careers in academic transfusion medicine.


2020 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:

“Prevalence and risk factors for RBC alloantibodies in blood donors in the Recipient Epidemiology and Donor Evaluation Study-III (REDS-III)”

Authors:

Mathew S. Karafin, Sylvia Tan, Christopher A. Tormey, Bryan R. Spencer, Ronald G. Hauser, Phillip J. Norris, Nareg H. Roubinian, Yanyun Wu, Darrell J. Triulzi, Steven Kleinman, Jerome L. Gottschall, Jeanne E. Hendrickson

Citation:

For their original research article titled “Prevalence and risk factors for RBC alloantibodies in blood donors in the Recipient Epidemiology and Donor Evaluation Study-III (REDS-III),” published in the 2019 volume year of TRANSFUSION.


2020 President's Awards

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:

Suzanne H. Butch, MA, MLS(ASCP)SBB, DLM, CQA(ASQ)Suzanne H. Butch, MA, MLS(ASCP)SBB, DLM, CQA(ASQ)
Former Manager, Clinical Pathology Quality Assurance
Department of Pathology
University of Michigan Hospitals
Ann Arbor, MI

Citation:

In recognition of your extraordinary work with the ISBT Working Party on Information Technology and your leadership in moving the ISBT 128 labeling program forward.


Mary Jo Drew, MDMary Jo Drew, MD
Independent Consultant
Loveland, CO

Citation:

In recognition of your incredible work and dedication mentoring AABB members new to the fields of transfusion medicine, patient blood management and cellular therapies, through the AABB Professional Engagement Program.



Richard R. Gammon, MDRichard R. Gammon, MD
Medical Director, OneBlood, Inc.
Assistant Professor of Pathology
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Orlando, FL

Citation:

In recognition of your dedicated leadership of AABB’s Blood Banks and Transfusion Service Standards Program Unit, as well as AABB’s Transfusion Safety/Patient Blood Management Subsection and other committee work.


Vasiliki E. Kalodimou, PhD, MScVasiliki E. Kalodimou, PhD, MSc
Laboratory Director
Flow Cytometry-Research and Regenerative Medicine Department
IASO Maternity-Pediatric and Research Hospital
CBB and Processing Facility Director
MedStem Services
Athens, Greece

Citation:

In recognition of your incredible work and dedication mentoring AABB members new to the fields of transfusion medicine, patient blood management and cellular therapies, through the AABB Professional Engagement Program.


Richard M. Kaufman, MDRichard M. Kaufman, MD
Editor-in-Chief, TRANSFUSION Medical Director, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Transfusion Service
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Pathology
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Citation:

In recognition of your outstanding contributions to TRANSFUSION and your innovative approach as Editor-in-Chief.


Jeanne V. Linden, MD, MPH, FCAPJeanne V. Linden, MD, MPH, FCAP
Former Director, Blood and Tissue Resources
New York State Department of Health
Albany, NY

Citation:

In recognition of your years of leadership at the New York State Department of Health and your outstanding contributions to the AABB Babesia Working Group.



Celina Montemayor-Garcia, MD, PhDCelina Montemayor-Garcia, MD, PhD
Medical Officer, Centre for Innovation
Canadian Blood Services
Ontario, Canada

Citation:

In recognition of your outstanding work with the Cellular Therapies Spanish language program and for championing increased visibility for AABB’s Spanish-speaking membership group.


Celina Montemayor-Garcia, MD, PhDTracie L. Nichols, MS MLS(ASCP)SBB
Technical Specialist Blood Bank and Cellular Therapy Laboratory
West Virginia University Hospitals
Morgantown, WV

Citation:

In recognition of your incredible work and dedication mentoring AABB members new to the field of transfusion medicine, patient blood management and cellular therapies, through the AABB Professional Engagement Program.


Mary Ann Reese, BSMary Ann Reese, BS
Former Managing Editor, TRANSFUSION
Baltimore, MD

Citation:

In recognition of your incredible work during your tenure as Managing Editor of TRANSFUSION. Your dedication and commitment to quality with each issue helped to ensure the journal’s success.