Announcing the 2018 Honorific and Mentor Award Recipients, and more

Announcing the 2018 Honorific and Mentor Award Recipients! 

ASH will recognize these distinguished leaders in hematology through awards and special lectures at the 60th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego.

Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology
Victor Hoffbrand, DM, FRCP, FMed Sci, of University College London, for his significant contributions to hematology in research, patient care, and education throughout his 55-year career.

Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize
Alan D. D’Andrea, MD, of Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Neal S. Young, MD, of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, for their significant research contributions to the study of inherited and acquired bone marrow failure syndromes.

William Dameshek Prize
Ross L. Levine, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College, for his discoveries in the field of leukemia and myeloproliferative neoplasms.

E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize
Connie J. Eaves, PhD, FRS (Canada), Corresponding FRS (Edinburgh), of BC Cancer and the University of British Columbia, for her outstanding contributions to the field of hematopoiesis and stem cell research.

Henry M. Stratton Medal
Brunangelo Falini, MD, of the University of Perugia and the Institute of Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation, and Freda K. Stevenson, DPhil, of the University of Southampton and Southampton University Hospitals, for their respective contributions to clinical/translational and basic hematology research.

Mentor Awards
John E. Dick, PhD, of the University of Toronto, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, and Reed E. Drews, MD, of the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, for their sustained, outstanding commitment to the training and career development of early-career hematologists.

Leadership in Promoting Diversity
Cage S. Johnson, MD, of the University of Southern California, and José A. López, MD, of the University of Washington, for their extraordinary commitment to diversity and inclusion in hematology.

Please visit to learn more about ASH’s awards program.

First Annual ASH Global Research Award Winners 

ASH has selected eight researchers representing seven countries to receive the new ASH Global Research Award. The winners were honored for their work spanning the full spectrum of hematology, including studies on reducing incidence of stroke in children with sickle cell disease in Africa and developing a chimeric antigen receptor T-cell platform for low- and middle-income countries.

“The ASH Global Research Award identifies talented hematologists … and gives them the tools to succeed right where they are,” said ASH President Alexis Thompson, MD, MPH. “In doing so, we want to support future leaders, increase capacity in low- and middle-resource countries, and continue to nurture hematology collaboration across borders.”

The 2018-2019 ASH Global Research Award recipients are:

  • Emmanuela Ambrose, MD, of the Bugando Medical Centre in Tanzania
  • Siana Nkya, PhD, of Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania
  • Cyntia Fabiola Valvert Gamboa, MD, of the Instituto Nacional Contra El Cáncer in Guatemala
  • Renato Luiz Guerino Cunha, MD, PhD, of the Ribeirão Preto School of Medicine of São Paulo University in Brazil
  • Can Küçük, PhD, of Dokuz Eylül University in Turkey
  • Alice Cheung, PhD, of Singapore General Hospital in Singapore
  • Paolo Gallipoli, MD, PhD, of the University of Cambridge in the U.K.
  • Antonella Nai, PhD, of Ospedale San Raffaele in Italy

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ASH Clinical News Wins Apex and Communicator Awards 

ASH Clinical News is the proud recipient of its second and third publication awards for 2018.

The Apex Grand Award for Writing was conferred to the magazine for a June 2017 Editor’s Corner column by Editor-in-Chief Mikkael Sekeres, MD, MS, in which he decried the bureaucratic complications, endless paperwork, and time commitment that contract research organizations often require. Sponsored by Communications Concepts, the Apex Awards honor excellence in graphic design and editorial content.

The Communicator Award was also given to ASH Clinical News for its May 2017 cover story, “Agent Orange and Hematologic Malignancies: The Fog of War Still Hovers.” In the feature article, freelance writer Debra L. Beck examined the scientifically established links between Agent Orange and hematologic malignancies, as well as the U.S. government’s evolving response to these connections since the end of the Vietnam War, to reveal the true extent of the damage wrought by the chemical. Granted by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts, the Communicator Awards recognize creative excellence in the communication field.

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Join ASH at CRTI in Latin America 

ASH is now accepting applications for the ASH Clinical Research Training Institute (CRTI) in Latin America. The highly interactive workshop, created for fellows and early- to mid-career hematology faculty working in Latin America, will provide specialized training sessions on clinical trial design and execution. Participants will:

  • build a foundation for and explore the methodologies of patient-oriented clinical research
  • strengthen fundamental skills needed to become a successful patient-oriented clinical leader
  • gain extensive networking opportunities with others who share the same passion
  • develop a potential capstone project that builds upon skills learned during the curriculum and small group peer-reviews
  • receive individualized mentorship from program faculty to advance the proposed project

CRTI in Latin America will be held April 3 to 4, 2019, ahead of the Highlights of ASH® in Latin America meeting in Lima, Peru. There is no fee to apply, and ASH will cover participants’ housing and travel expenses. Applications are due October 30.

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