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NBF Hall of Fame

NBF introduced its Hall of Fame in 2007 recognizing a prestigious and select group of NBF grant recipients who leveraged their early-career grant funding into successful careers in transfusion medicine, cellular therapies, or patient blood management and who demonstrated exemplary leadership within the field.

This important recognition was reinstated annually in 2015 inducting one to three new members each year that meet the following criteria:

Eligibility Criteria
  • Must be an NBF Scholar: completed NBF funded research.
  • Must have served on three or more AABB committees or workgroups. (AABB Board of Directors, NBF/NBFRET Board of Trustees and TRANSFUSION Editorial Board included.)
  • Demonstrates a successful career and exemplary leadership through commitment, forward thinking, and various contributions to the field.
  • Must be a current AABB Individual Member.

2017 Members

Jose Cancelas, MD, PhD Jose Cancelas, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Deputy Director, Hoxworth Blood Center
Leader, Stem Cell group of the Cancer & Blood Diseases Institute of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

“The National Blood Foundation was a crucial step in my career since it provided me with the first source of extramural funding to support my research project in 2005. As a result, I was able to generate data that cemented the fundamentals of my research endeavors.”


Laura Cooling, MD, MS Laura Cooling, MD, MS

Professor, Department of Pathology
University of Michigan
Associate Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine
Medical Director for the Cellular Therapy and Immunohematology Reference Laboratories

“The NBF was an important step in my early career as a young faculty member transitioning into academic medicine. It provided a foundation for subsequent clinical and translation studies during my career in the areas of immunohematology and bone marrow transplantation support.”


James D. Gorham, MD, PhDJames D. Gorham, MD, PhD

Medical Director, Transfusion Medicine Services
Chief, Division of Laboratory Medicine, and Professor, Department of Pathology
University of Virginia

“NBF was the very first grant for my nascent research lab as an independent Principal Investigator, and was instrumental in launching our early research efforts focusing on cytokines in transfusion biology, tolerance, and autoimmunity. The NBF holds a special place in my heart.”


2016 Members

Jeanne E. Hendrickson, MD Jeanne E. Hendrickson, MD

Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pediatrics
Associate Medical Director of the Transfusion Medicine Service
Yale University

“Early career funding by the National Blood Foundation was instrumental in allowing Dr. Hendrickson the time and resources to develop her red blood alloimmunization research ideas. The NBF grant that Dr. Hendrickson was awarded also provided her with confidence that her research ideas were worthy of exploration.”


Steven L. Spitalnik, MD Steven L. Spitalnik, MD

Vice-Chair of Laboratory Medicine and Professor
Department of Pathology & Cell Biology
Columbia University

“I received an NBF grant soon after arriving at Columbia University. I had decided to take the risky step of radically changing my research focus to use mouse models to study poorly understood issues in transfusion medicine, such as the mechanisms underlying hemolytic transfusion reactions. This funding was critically important in allowing us to change our focus and succeed in a new area.”


Karina Yazdanbakhsh, PhD Karina Yazdanbakhsh, PhD

Executive Director of Research
Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute (LFKRI)
New York Blood Center

“The NBF grant support allowed me to pursue a new exciting research direction in transfusion medicine and to secure my first R01 and American Heart Association grants. I am forever grateful to the NBF for providing me with the crucial support to jumpstart my career in transfusion medicine.”


2015 Members

Larry J. Dumont, MBA, PhD Larry J. Dumont, MBA, PhD

Associate Director and Senior Investigator
Blood Systems Research Institute
Denver, Colorado

The NBF funding was central to completion of my PhD, and has been a key in transitioning to an academic focus that provides a strong bridge between product development, academic research, education and delivery of clinical care. This has strengthened my contributions to the safe and efficacious care of patients.”


Jill R. Storry, PhD Jill R. Storry, PhD

Associate Professor
Division Hematology & Transfusion Medicine
Department of Laboratory Medicine
Lund University

Technical Director
Immunohematology
Clinical Immunology and Transfusion Medicine
Office of Medical Services

My NBF grant permitted me to establish myself in a new country and gave stability to my post-doctoral employment. Those early results led to further funding from other local sources, and to the discovery of a novel erythrocyte protein. NBF grants are an enormously important source of research funding in Transfusion Medicine and Cellular Therapy.”


James C. Zimring, MD, PhD James C. Zimring, MD, PhD

Director of Transfusion Medicine Research
Bloodworks Northwest

Professor
Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Hematology
University of Washington

My NBF award came at a crucial time, early in my career, when it was unclear in what direction my lab would develop. The support was indispensable in allowing me to develop a mature research program, focused on transfusion biology, which has been the basis of my research career.”


2007 Inaugural Members

James P. AuBuchon, MD, FCAP, FRCP(Edin) James P. AuBuchon, MD, FCAP, FRCP(Edin)

President and Chief Executive Officer
Bloodworks Northwest

Professor of Medicine (Hematology) and of Laboratory Medicine
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

AABB Past President

The support I received from NBF was critical in allowing me to start my career in radiolabeling and component improvement.


Michael P. Busch, MD, PhDMichael P. Busch, MD, PhD

Director
Blood Systems Research Institute

Senior Vice President
Blood Systems
Professor of Laboratory Medicine
UCSF

Although an investigator on grants prior to my NBF-grant in 1992, this was my first PI-status grant. The NBF grant led to a publication in Blood and development of the Viral Activation in Transfusion Study. Over the subsequent decades I have led dozens of similar studies with BSRI as the Central Laboratory.


Sunny Dzik, MD Sunny Dzik, MD

Co-Director
Blood Transfusion Service
Massachusetts General Hospital

Participation in the NBF-- as an applicant, an awardee, a reviewer of grant applications, and as a financial contributor—has built strong and positive relationships during my career in academic Transfusion Medicine. I look at recent and current NBF awardees and I am extremely proud of their scientific achievements and their investigative enthusiasm. NBF is one of the best parts of our Profession. Congratulations and many thanks to those who make the NBF stronger each year.


Christopher D. Hillyer, MD Christopher D. Hillyer, MD

President and CEO
New York Blood Center

Professor, Department of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, New York

AABB Past President

The value of the NBF grant to me was substantial. It was seed funding at a point in my career when I would not have been able to get major, investigator initiated grants. It was peer reviewed at a very good and high level, allowing me to learn the process. These set the stage for me to get R01 and even P01- level funding. Through the NBF grant process, I was also able to meet other investigators and network in a way that supported my career development.


Paul D. Mintz, MD Paul D. Mintz, MD

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Verax Biomedical Inc.

AABB Past President

The National Blood Foundation Grant I received played a key role in the transfusion medicine research program at the University of Virginia and in my career development. This award allowed us to study the relationship of platelet morphology to platelet recovery and survival and to learn the techniques required to radiolabel platelets and to perform these studies. We subsequently applied this knowledge to other research.”


Joann Moulds, PhD, MT (ASCP)SBB Joann Moulds, PhD, MT (ASCP)SBB

Scientific Director
Immunohematology Center
Grifols Diagnostic Solutions Inc.

My NBF grant allowed me to obtain the experience with molecular techniques as applied to blood groups that I needed to become a leader in the field of molecular immunohematology and become an advocate for the use of blood group genotyping in patient care.”


Sandra J. Nance, MS, MT (ASCP) SBB Sandra J. Nance, MS, MT (ASCP) SBB

Senior Director
Immunohematology Reference Laboratories
American Red Cross

AABB’s National Blood Foundation grant was the first grant I received which led to a subsequent publication which was my 8th first author publication, and the 2nd reporting use of the Monocyte Monolayer Assay. These early research years were formative and laid the foundation for continuing research, presentations and publications and the importance of teaching others. The grant I received from the NBF is a continuing source of pride and the MMA continues to be used to predict transfused RBC survival nearly 30 years later.”


Marion Elizabeth Reid, FIMBS, PhD, DSc(Hon.) Marion Elizabeth Reid, FIMBS, PhD, DSc(Hon.)

Retired
Former Director of Immunohematology and Head Immunochemistry
New York Blood Center

The NBF is a very valuable stepping-stone for researchers. It follows the NIH format and gave me experience in grant writing.”

 


John D. Roback, MD, PhD John D. Roback, MD, PhD

Professor
Emory University School of Medicine

Although I received an NBF grant in 1998, when NIH funding was relatively abundant, the NBF award was absolutely critical for jump-starting my transfusion medicine research career and laying the groundwork for my later investigations. In today’s more challenging NIH funding climate, NBF awards are more important than ever for developing the next generation of transfusion medicine investigators.”


Christopher C. Silliman, MD, PhD Christopher C. Silliman, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Denver
Aurora, CO

Senior Independent Investigator
Research Department
Bonfils Blood Center

The NBF was the first organization to take my data seriously and gave me working capital when no one else would. This has led to consistent extramural funding and a rewarding clinical and research career. I will be forever indebted.”


Edward Snyder, MD, FACP Edward Snyder, MD, FACP

Professor Laboratory Medicine
Yale University Medical School
Director, Transfusion/Apheresis/ Tissue/Cell Processing Services
Yale-New Haven Hospital

AABB Past President

The NBF provided me with funding to start my research in the field of blood filtration. That seed grant grew into a major research effort that afforded me the opportunity to publish papers, participate in local and national research symposia and be recognized as a useful committee member and advisor to National Organizations and Federal Agencies. That small grant of $5,200 paid large dividends and formed the foundation of my career in Transfusion Medicine.”


Connie M. Westhoff, SBB, PhD Connie M. Westhoff, SBB, PhD

Executive Scientific Director of Immunohematology and Genomics
New York Blood Center

The NBF grant brought my research career back to my first love – the field of transfusion medicine -- and the chance to contribute to improve transfusion therapy through genomics.”