ASH Foundation to Support Research, Career Development, and Quality Care & Education Programming Critical to Moving Hematology Forward
(WASHINGTON) – The American Society of Hematology (ASH), the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to the causes and treatment of blood disorders, today announced the creation of the ASH Foundation dedicated to curing blood diseases. The new foundation will complement and build on the work of the Society by harnessing the generosity of donors to expand the reach of successful ASH programs and develop new initiatives to address critical issues facing hematology researchers and clinicians.
Through contributions from ASH members and supporters, the ASH Foundation will support a spectrum of new or enhanced ASH programming in three broad categories, including research, career development, and quality care and education, such as ASH’s new Bridge Grants, as well as ASH’s Scholar Awards, Global Programs, Clinical Research Training Institute, and Minority Recruitment Initiative. Because ASH covers all management and administrative costs for programs supported by the Foundation, 100 percent of donations will be allocated toward direct program expenses. Sustaining donor support for such programs is imperative for ASH to continue to move hematology forward, particularly during the current period of steadily declining federal support for hematology research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
“The progressive decline in research funding over the last several years negatively affects both researchers and clinicians – and ultimately patients – as the development of new and improved therapies is dependent on scientific discoveries that advance our understanding of blood diseases,” said ASH President Armand Keating, MD, of Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. “The ASH Foundation was created to ensure that there will be a new generation of hematology physicians and scientists to continue to build on the enormous progress that has been made in understanding the etiology of some of the most deadly blood diseases, and to develop new strategies for their prevention and treatment.”
Donors have the option of designating their gifts to support a specific programmatic area or contributing to the “Where Our Need is Greatest” fund, which will be directed toward ASH-identified programs that address the most pressing priorities and key issues facing the hematology community at any given time. The first initiative to be supported by this fund is the ASH Bridge Grant Program, launched in July 2012 by the Society to provide early-career hematologists who applied for an NIH R01 grant but were denied funding due to budget cutbacks with much-needed support needed to continue their research.
The ASH leadership has pledged $9 million in Society dollars to support the establishment of the ASH Bridge Grant Program through the ASH Foundation. Additional founding sponsors of the ASH Bridge Grant Program include Amgen, Inc.; the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau; Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company; and Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
“ASH is extremely grateful for the generosity of our founding donors, including practicing hematologists, who will enable the Foundation to provide even more bridge grants than originally anticipated to ensure that essential research can continue,” said Dr. Keating. “To accomplish our objectives, now more than ever before, the Society leadership is calling on individual members and others who share the goal of conquering blood diseases to help support programs that are crucial to the future of hematology, representing an exciting new era in the Society’s development efforts.”
For more information about the ASH Foundation, visit www.hematology.org/foundation.
Reporters who wish to arrange an interview with ASH President Armand Keating, MD, may contact Andrea Slesinski at 202-552-4927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Society of Hematology (ASH) (www.hematology.org) is the world’s largest professional society of hematologists dedicated to furthering the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood. For more than 50 years, the Society has led the development of hematology as a discipline by promoting research, patient care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology. The official journal of ASH is Blood (www.bloodjournal.org), the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field, which is available weekly in print and online.
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