American Society of Hematology

The American Society of Hematology Announces Awards for Top Trainee Abstracts at 2013 Annual Meeting

Published on: November 27, 2013

(WASHINGTON)– The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will recognize abstract presenters with the highest scoring abstracts in the categories of undergraduate student, medical student, graduate student, resident physician, and postdoctoral fellow at its 55th Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans December 7-10, 2013. Outstanding Abstract Achievement Award winners receive an honorarium and annual meeting travel benefits.

“The 2013 abstract awards celebrate achievements from the next generation of talented researchers through recognition of the highest caliber trainee abstracts,” said ASH President Janis L. Abkowitz, MD, of the University of Washington. “It is a major accomplishment to be selected to present one’s work in this forum, and we anticipate hearing more about the discoveries made by this impressive group in the years to come.”

The 2013 Outstanding Abstract Achievement Award recipients are:

Undergraduate Students

Meredith Fay
Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Atlanta, GA
White Blood Cell Mechanics Mediate Glucocorticoid- and Catecholamine-Induced Demargination
Publication #3495

Ruben Land
Columbia University, New York, NY
The Orphan Nuclear Receptor Nr4a1 Specifies Long-Term, Myeloid-Biased HSCs and Responds To PGE2
Publication #3675

Medical Student

Anna Mertelsmann
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
IL-22 Administration Decreases Intestinal GVHD Pathology, Increases Intestinal Stem Cell Recovery, and Enhances Immune Reconstitution Following Allogeneic Hematopoietic Transplantation
Publication #290

Graduate Student

Jonathan Reichel
Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
Exome Sequencing of Purified Hodgkin Reed-Sternberg Cells Reveals Recurrent Somatic Mutations In Genes Responsible for Antigen Presentation, Chromosome Integrity, Transcriptional Regulation and Protein Ubiquitination
Publication #625

Resident Physician

Kaan Boztug, MD
CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Deficiency of JAGN1 Causes Severe Congenital Neutropenia Associated With Defective Secretory Pathway and Aberrant Myeloid Cell Homeostasis
Publication #439

Post Doctoral Fellow

Léon Kautz, PhD
University of California – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
The Erythroid Factor Erythroferrone and Its Role In Iron Homeostasis
Publication #4

Mary Rodes Gibson Memorial Award in Hemostasis and 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 disease by rewarding excellence in this area of research.

This award will be presented during the invited speaker session of the Special Symposium on the Basic Science of Hemostasis and Thrombosis being held from 7:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, in rooms 265-268 of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The 2013 recipient is:

Bing Zhang, MD, MS
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Identification of the Disease-Causing Mutation in Autosomal Dominant Familial Immune Thrombocytopenia by Genome-Wide Linkage Analysis and Whole Genome Sequencing 
Publication #565

Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Award

Each year, the American Society of Hematology offers merit-based Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Awards to select graduate students to acknowledge the accomplishments of and retain minority graduate students in the field of hematology through exposure to the ASH annual meeting.

The 2013 Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Award recipients are:

Adam Bush
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Cerebral Blood Flow and Oxygen Delivery In Response To Hyperoxia In Sickle Cell Anemia
Publication #2210

Jason Conage-Pough
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Phosphorylation Influences the Binding of Bim To Anti-Apoptotic Proteins In Multiple Myeloma
Publication #4446

Norma Iris Rodriguez-Malave
University of California – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Characterization of lincRNA BALIR-6 in MLL Rearranged B-Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Publication #3730

Colles Price
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
MLL-Rearranged Acute Myeloid Leukemias Drive Expression of Mir-9, a Critical Oncogene In Leukemogenesis
Publication #3740

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 with an Abstract Achievement Award winner may contact Kaitlin Bressler, at or 202-552-4925.

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) ( 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 (, the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field, which is available weekly in print and online.



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