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For Immediate Release
October 11, 2013 
Jennifer Garfinkel

 AABB Announces 2013 Award and Scholarship Recipients 

Individuals are honored for their outstanding contributions to the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies

Bethesda, Md. – AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks) is pleased to announce the recipients of its prestigious 2013 annual awards and scholarships. Thirteen individuals will be recognized for their significant contributions to the advancement of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies during the AABB Annual Meeting and CTTXPO, Oct. 12-15, in Denver, Colo.

"These awards honor individuals for their dedication and passion for improving patient and donor care and safety within the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy field," said AABB President Susan L. Stramer, PhD. "It is important to recognize these leaders and celebrate their important accomplishments."

The AABB Annual Meeting and CTTXPO will be held at the Colorado Convention Center. For detailed information about each of this year's award recipients, visit: www.aabb.org > Professional Development > Awards and Scholarships > AABB Awards.

The recipients of the 2013 AABB awards and scholarships are:


Dale A. Smith Memorial Award – David F. Lewis, PhD, senior science fellow, Advanced Materials Group, Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Wayne, N.J.

Jack Latham Memorial Award for Innovative Research – Chance John Luckey, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.

Emily Cooley Memorial Award and Lectureship – Steven L. Spitalnik, MD, professor and vice chairman, Columbia University, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, New York, N.Y.

Hemphill-Jordan Leadership Award – Pat Distler, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB, technical director, ICCBBA, Redlands, Calif.

John Elliott Memorial Award – Arthur W. Bracey, MD, medical director, Transfusion Services; associate chief, Pathology, St. Luke's Hospital, Houston, Texas

Karl Landsteiner Memorial Award and Lectureship – Barry S. Coller, MD, David Rockefeller professor of medicine; head, Allen and Frances Adler Laboratory of Blood and Vascular Biology, Rockefeller University, New York, N.Y.

Sally Frank Memorial Award and Lectureship – Karen M. Byrne, MDE, MT(ASCP)SBB, education coordinator, Department of Transfusion Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center, Bethesda, Md.

Tibor Greenwalt Memorial Award and Lectureship – Diane S. Krause, MD, PhD, professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Yale University, Yale Stem Cell Center, New Haven, Conn.


  • Darrell J. Triulzi, MD, medical director, The Institute for Transfusion Medicine; director, Division of Transfusion Medicine – University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.


Specialist in Blood Banking Scholarship Award

  • Yeon Kim, MT(ASCP)SBBCM
  • Christine Tremblay, [C], MLS(ASCP)CM,SBBCM
  • Michael Bruzas, MLS(ASCP)CM,SBBCM

Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Award

  • Sandhya R. Panch, MD, MPH

Nominations for 2014

AABB will be accepting nominations for AABB Memorial Awards in the coming weeks. All submissions are due by Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. For more information, visit: www.aabb.org > Professional Development > Awards and Scholarships > AABB Awards.

About AABB

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.


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