(WASHINGTON) — The American Society of Hematology (ASH)
will honor John Adamson, MD, and Stanley Schrier, MD, with 2013 Mentor Awards
at the 55th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans for
their sustained, outstanding commitment to the training and career development
of early-career hematologists.
The ASH Mentor Award was established in 2006 to recognize hematologists
who have excelled in mentoring trainees and colleagues. Each year the Society recognizes
two distinguished mentors from the areas of basic science, clinical
investigation, education, or clinical/community care who have had a
significant, positive impact on their mentees’ careers and, through their
mentees, have advanced research and patient care in the field of hematology.
Adamson, the recipient of the 2013 ASH Mentor Award for Basic Science, is a Clinical
Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the Hematology-Oncology
Fellowship Training Program at The University of California, San Diego. Throughout
his nearly 50-year career, Dr. Adamson has become well-known for his steadfast
commitment to launching the careers of several generations of hematologists in
the United States and abroad. He has demonstrated a passion for teaching the
interrelationship between clinical medicine and biomedical science and has
consistently taught and lived by the model that early-career hematologists need
protected time to develop their scientific skills. Dr. Adamson has been
particularly exceptional at forging bonds among early-career investigators with
similar interests and has been an advocate for the advancement of women in
hematology. Several of his mentees have become leading experts in the field,
and many have assumed leadership roles in the greater hematology research
community. Dr. Adamson helped identify erythropoietin and define its
physiological role in red cell development. He also showed that polycythemia
vera results from the clonal expansion of a hematopoietic stem cell. His research career has focused on advancing
the understanding of erythropoiesis to help improve the clinical management of
anemia. Dr. Adamson served as ASH President in 1996 and editor of Blood from 1983 to 1987.
Schrier, the recipient of the 2013 ASH Mentor Award for Clinical Investigation
and Training, is Professor of Medicine Emeritus at Stanford University School
of Medicine. Over his more than 50-year hematology career at Stanford, Dr.
Schrier has dedicated tremendous energy to advancing the clinical and research
skills of his colleagues and mentees not only at Stanford, but around the
world. Dr. Schrier’s leadership in promoting the advancement of women in
hematology and encouraging his trainees to become involved in ASH-related
activities has also inspired others to act as advocates for their mentees. Several
of Dr. Schrier’s mentees have become international experts in hematologic
malignancies, attributing their successes to the quality of mentorship they
received from him. His clinical research career has focused on the study of hemoglobinopathies
and has had a profound impact on patients with these conditions. Dr. Schrier
served as 2004 ASH President.
“The Society views the mentorship of young physicians and
scientists in hematology not only as critical to their personal career successes,
but as an essential component to advance the research breakthroughs and therapies
that improve the care of patients with blood disorders,” said ASH President Janis
L. Abkowitz, MD, of the University of Washington. “The American Society of
Hematology is pleased to honor the leadership and mentorship of Drs. Adamson
and Schrier that lives on through their legions of talented mentees throughout
the United States and the world.”
Drs. Adamson and Schrier will receive their awards at the Announcement
of Awards session at 9:30 a.m. CST on Tuesday, December 10, in Hall F of the
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
To arrange an
interview with Dr. Adamson or Dr. Schrier, please contact Kaitlin Bressler, ASH
Communications Associate, at 202-552-4925 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
the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field, which is available
weekly in print and online.
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