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NBF Events at the 2019 AABB Annual Meeting

NBF Grant Recipients’ Lecture and Luncheon
NBF Run for Research
NEW! Reach Out for Research - Yoga Event
Sleep-In for Research
NBF CORD Summit (Council on Research and Development)
NBF Reception

NBF Grant Recipients’ Lecture and Luncheon

This year’s luncheon took place on Saturday, October 19.

Krystalyn E. Hudson, PhD
Krystalyn E. Hudson, PhD, 2019 NBF Award for Innovative Research recipient

Speakers included:
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

Educational Grant Provided By:
TerumoBCT

NBF Run for Research

AABB Annual Meeting attendees, San Antonio residents, and their friends and family joined the NBF on Sunday, October 20 at the city’s historic Sunset Station for a morning of rigorous exercise. Fun was had by all and supported the NBF’s mission.

NBF Annual Run for Research
NBF Annual Run for Research
NBF Annual Run for Research

Supporters:
Abbott
Fresenius Kabi
Our event Community Partners generously engaged the San Antonio community – Thank you!

Armed Services Blood Program
BioBridge Global    South Texas Blood & Tissue Center

NEW! Reach Out for Research – Yoga Event

AABB Annual Meeting attendees greeted the sun on Sunday morning with an energizing yoga class that was suitable for all ability levels. The class was led by a San Antonio local studio, Blue Cat Yoga.

Reach Out for Research – Yoga Event

Sleep-In for Research

Of course, there were some attendees who supported the NBF from the comfort of their beds! Back by popular demand for a second year, the NBF Sleep-In for Research provided a souvenir t-shirt for a $25 donation.

Sleep-In for Research T-shirt

NBF CORD Summit (Council on Research and Development)

2019 NBF CORD Summit 2019 NBF CORD Summit

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

Christopher D. Hillyer, MD, president and chief executive officer, New York Blood Center; professor, department of medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College moderated the program and opened with a short discussion on blood. Categorized as an “essential medicine” by the World Health Organization, Hillyer said, blood is the most common “drug” administered in the hospital and the most frequently used life-saving procedure. Despite being donated voluntarily and tested mainly by non-profit organizations, he added, the price of blood has continued to decline, even as the cost of testing and the number of transfusion-transmissible pathogens have increased. One challenge, he said, is the rapid advancement of science during a time when the health care industry is shifting to value-based care. The industry is also being disrupted by demand for more precise medicine, which provides the blood community with both challenges and opportunities, Hillyer concluded, before introducing the first speaker, Connie Westhoff, SBB, PhD, executive scientific director of immunohematology and genomics at the New York Blood Center. Other speakers included Celina Montemayor-Garcia, MD, PhD, staff clinician and transfusion medicine researcher, National Institutes of Health Blood Bank; David Stroncek, MD, director, Center for Cellular Engineering, NIH Clinical Center; Wes Little, vice president, Applied Insights, WellSky; and Peter Marks, MD, PhD, Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Food and Drug Administration. The program concluded with a discussion among presenters and attendees.

NBF Reception

The NBF celebrated with many foundation contributors and key constituents as new Hall of Fame members were recognized and the Dale A. Smith Award was presented.

2019 NBF Hall of Fame Members

Neil Blumberg, MD
Neil Blumberg, MD
Brian Custer, PhD, MPH
Brian Custer, PhD, MPH
Beth H. Shaz, MD
Beth H. Shaz, MD

2019 Dale A. Smith Award

Axel Stover, PhD and Larry Dumont, MBA, PhD
(from left to right) Axel Stover, PhD and Larry Dumont, MBA, PhD

Supporters:
Abbott
American Red Cross
Blood Centers of America
Bloodworks Northwest
HemoCue