ASH Announces 2009 Merit Award Winners

Thursday, November 26, 2009 General News
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 The American Society of Hematology (ASH) is pleased to recognize the following abstract presenters with the highest scoring abstracts in the categories of undergraduate student, medical student, graduate student, resident physician, and post-doctoral fellow. Merit Award winners receive a $500 honorarium plus annual meeting travel reimbursement.

The 2009 Merit Award recipients are:

Undergraduate Student

Kimberly Fan

Donor Dendritic Cells Home to Lymphoid Organs in Allogeneic Transplant Recipients, Enhance Donor T-Cell Chimerism, and Polarize Donor T-Cell Activation

Abstract #62

Medical Student

Kyle Eash

­CXCR2 Signals Act in Concert With CXCR4 to Regulate Neutrophil Release From the Bone Marrow

Abstract #235

Graduate Student

Helene Moniz

Distinct Differences in in Vitro Erythroid Proliferation and Differentiation, p53 and Apoptosis Pathways in Diamond-Blackfan Anemia in Conjunction With Depletion of RPS19, RPL5, and RPL11 mRNA

Abstract #176

An De Weer

Downregulation of MiR-449a Is Essential for the Survival of EVI1 Positive Leukemic Cells Through Modulation of NOTCH1 and BCL2

Abstract #361

Resident Physician

Suparna Nanua, M.D., Ph.D.

Loss of PERK Signaling Results in Impaired Granulopoiesis in Transgenic Mice Expressing Mutant Ela2

Abstract #551

Post Doctoral Fellow

Jian Xu, Ph.D.

Control of Hemoglobin Switching by BCL11A

Abstract #5

Mary Rodes Gibson Memorial Award in Hemostasis & Thrombosis

This award was established to recognize the trainee (undergraduate student, medical student, graduate student, resident physician, or post-doctoral fellow) who is the first author and presenter of the highest-scoring abstract submitted in the field of hemostasis and thrombosis. This annual award is made possible by the Mary Rodes Gibson Hemostasis-Thrombosis Foundation to continue the legacy of Mary Rodes Gibson, who suffered from severe, type 3 von Willebrand's disease.

The 2009 recipient is:

Rudy Fuentes

Infusing Mature Megakaryocytes Into Mice Yields Functional Platelets: Biological and Clinical Implications

Abstract #225

To see a schedule of when these abstracts will be presented at this year's annual meeting in New Orleans, please visit

Reporters who wish to arrange an interview may contact Patrick C. Irelan, ASH Communications Assistant, at 202-776-0544 or

The American Society of Hematology ( is the world's largest professional society concerned with the causes and treatment of blood disorders. Its mission is to further the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic, and vascular systems, by promoting research, clinical care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology. ASH provides Blood: The Vital Connection (, a credible online resource addressing bleeding and clotting disorders, anemia, and cancer. The official journal of ASH is Blood (, the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field, which is available weekly in print and online.

SOURCE American Society of Hematology

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