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NBF Highlights 

Some of the highlights from the past year are:

  • Received forty Scientific Research Grants Program applications and provided grant funding to six exceptional early-career researchers with projects in transfusion medicine and cellular therapies totaling almost $450,000.

  • NBF Board of Trustees approved of the inclusion of Patient Blood Management as a research area beginning in the 2014 grant cycle:

  • “PATIENT BLOOD MANAGEMENT: Treatment of pre-admission anemia and bleeding tendencies; Intraoperative/postoperative blood recovery; Surgical hemostasis; Appropriate indications for transfusion; Changing physician behaviors; Blood utilization review. “

  • Added three new Partners Program members to help keep the funding for grants healthy and growing – Blood Bank of Delmarva, Canadian Blood Services, and LIFELINE Blood Services.

  • Awarded the David B. Pall Prize for Innovative Research to Taku Kambayashi, MD, PhD (2009 NBF Grant Recipient), Assistant Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania for his completed National Blood Foundation-funded research on the “role of granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) in regulatory T cell proliferation and homeostasis”.

  • Awarded the Dale A. Smith Memorial Award to Dr. John Judd and Ms. Suzanne Butch for their significant contributions to the development of the Electronic Crossmatch, the computer-assisted analysis of the data entered from testing done on one donor unit and blood samples drawn from the intended recipient.

  • Three outstanding lectures were given at the NBF Grants Lecture & Luncheon at the AABB annual meeting by Anand Padmanabhan, MD, PhD (2012 NBF Grant Recipient), Medical Director, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Associate Investigator, Blood Research Institute; Taku Kambayashi, MD, PhD (2009 NBF Grant Recipient), Assistant Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; and Beth H. Shaz, MD (2008 NBF Grant Recipient), Chief Medical Officer, New York Blood Center.

  • Fielded a highly successful golf tournament and Run for Research that raised $50,000 for the NBF mission of advancing transfusion medicine and cellular therapies by funding scientific research that benefits patients and donors.

  • Along with AABB, hosted the annual CEO Summit at the AABB annual meeting in Boston. Over 125 “C-suite” attendees participated to network and interact with Jason Hwang, MD, MBA, co-founder and Executive Director of Healthcare at Innosight Institute, a non-profit social innovation think tank based in Watertown, Massachusetts.  He is co-author of “The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Healthcare,” a book on disruptive innovation in healthcare, with Clayton Christensen, professor at the Harvard Business School, and Jerome Grossman, former director of the Harvard/Kennedy School Health Care Delivery Policy Program. This event was generously supported by Terumo BCT.

  • Hosted a highly successful Leadership Forum in Washington, DC where almost seventy industry leaders debated the most pressing issues facing transfusion medicine, with an emphasis on patient blood management, and cellular therapies. Senator Tom Daschle spoke on what is next for healthcare reform.

  • In honor of World Blood Donor Day, the NBF raised $25,000 by raffling tickets to win a 2-year lease of a fully-equipped bloodmobile generously donated by Terumo BCT.

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