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The AABB National Blood Foundation fuels innovative research in transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. For more than 30 years, the NBF has provided critical funding to emerging researchers seeking future medical breakthroughs for patients across pediatrics, oncology, cardiology and transplantation.

Attend an NBF event at Annual Meeting to help us support and honor researchers working to make a difference in the lives of patients and donors worldwide. All proceeds benefit the National Blood Foundation.

Registration for NBF events begins June 5th.

Interested in sponsoring an NBF event? Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

NBF Events at the 2019 AABB Annual Meeting:

NBF Grant Recipients’ Lecture and Luncheon

Saturday, October 19 | 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center
advance registration required

Krystalyn E. Hudson, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology and Cell Biology Columbia University Medical Center
2019 NBF Award for Innovative Research Recipient

Neil Blumberg, MD
Director Transfusion Medicine
University of Rochester
2019 NBF Hall of Fame

Francesca Vinchi, PhD
Assistant Professor
Iron Research Laboratory
New York Blood Center
2019 NBF Early-Career Scientific Research Grant Recipient


NBF Run for Research

5K / 1-Mile Walk
Sunday, October 20 | 7:00 am
Sunset Station
1174 E Commerce St. San Antonio, TX 78205
Meet at Grand Hyatt San Antonio prior to the race start.

Fresenius Kabi

NEW! Reach Out for Research – Yoga Event

Greet the sun on Sunday morning with an energizing yoga class! Suitable for all ability levels and mats provided.
Sunday, October 20 | 7:00 am
Grand Hyatt San Antonio

  • Registration Rates:
    • $55 (includes promotional item and complimentary breakfast at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio from 8:00am – 9:30am)

Sleep-In for Research

Support the NBF from the comfort of your bed!

  • Registration Rates:
    • $25 Sleep-In donation includes official “Choose to Snooze” t-shirt and complimentary breakfast at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio from 8:00am – 9:30am.

NBF CORD Summit (Council on Research and Development)

Monday, October 21 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center
The NBF convenes transfusion medicine executive leadership for an industry-specific discussion designed to shape the future of the field.

2019 Program:
Learning from the Past to Shape the Future – Adapting the Industry to Advancements in Science and Technology

Transfusion medicine advanced significantly during the 20th century, with its roots going back to the 1940s. The 21st century - and specifically the last decade - has been characterized by innovations focused on precision medicine driven by advances in genomics, data analytics, and targeted immunotherapies. This session will focus on these three innovations, and how the FDA approaches emerging technologies. More specifically, we’ll cover current and future genomic approaches to cancer therapies that have the potential to disrupt established transfusion therapy, the growth of targeted monoclonal antibody therapies (MATs), and new cellular therapies including CAR-T. We’ll then explore how Big Data can play a role in this innovation, with a focus on data interoperability and mining with an eye toward improved patient outcomes. Thirdly, we’ll hear the FDA’s current thinking on regulatory strategies that will guide and inform both providers and industry seeking the optimal approach for safe and effective adoption of new technologies. Join executive leaders to learn about these innovations and discuss strategies to leverage new knowledge and skills to advance the industry and patient care.

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  • Registration Rates:
    • $100
    • FREE for current members of the NBF and NBFRET Boards, NBF Council on Research and Development and Strategic Programming Committee.

NBF Reception

Monday, October 21 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Celebrate with the NBF as we recognize our Hall of Fame members and present the Dale A. Smith Award. Incoming NBF Scholars and recent grant recipients are acknowledged as we celebrate the foundation's major contributors and donors.

Invitation only

American Red Cross
Blood Centers of America
Bloodworks Northwest

Your donation to the NBF or participation in these events supports critical early-stage research and the future leaders of your field. All proceeds benefit the National Blood Foundation.