Bethesda, Md. – AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks) is pleased to announce that endowment funding for its Sally Frank Memorial Award and Lectureship has exceeded $100,000, and the award will be presented annually beginning in 2012. This award was established in 1982 in memory of Sally Frank, MT(ASCP)SBB, and her dedication to red cell serology and education. It 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.
"Sally was an extraordinary medical technologist who touched many lives through her teaching, professionalism and kindness," said Nathalie Forte, Ms. Frank's sibling. "My sister would be delighted to know that deserving medical technologists will continue to be recognized for their important contributions for years to come."
Upon Ms. Frank's death in 1982, her family, friends and colleagues created an endowment to support the Sally Frank Memorial Award and Lectureship. Additional donations from the Frank family and AABB members have resulted in the fund becoming self-sustaining. The National Blood Foundation — a program of AABB — handles administration of the award.
Recipients of the Sally Frank Memorial Award and Lectureship receive a $1,000 honorarium, complimentary four-day registration to the AABB Annual Meeting and CTTXPO, and reimbursement for hotel, meal and transportation expenses. Since the award recipient is required to give a lecture presentation at the AABB Annual Meeting and CTTXPO, the individual is selected one year in advance to provide sufficient preparation time. The next "Call for Nominations" will occur in November of this year.
AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The association is committed to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership consists of nearly 2,000 institutions and 8,000 individuals, including physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other health care providers. Members are located in more than 80 countries. For more information, please visit www.aabb.org.
About the National Blood Foundation
The National Blood Foundation (NBF), established in 1983, has a history of supporting research and education that advances transfusion medicine and blood banking to benefit both patients and donors. Funds are raised annually from corporations, blood centers, foundations, and individuals by NBF for the National Blood Foundation Research and Education Trust Fund (NBFRET) and NBF. NBF and NBFRET, which are 501(c)(3) organizations, provide grants for scientific research in the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies and support educational initiatives that benefit the transfusion medicine community.