Established in 1997, the Public Service Award is presented each year by ASH to an elected public official who has demonstrated unparalleled leadership on issues of importance to hematology research and/or practice. This year, the Society will honor Senator Sherrod Brown, a long-time champion of health-care issues, with the ASH Award for Public Service. Prior to taking office in 2007, Sen. Brown was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Ohio’s 13th congressional district, from 1993 through the end of 2006.
Sen. Brown’s commitment to health-care issues includes funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and providing insurance coverage for clinical trials. He led the effort to include the provision requiring coverage of routine patient costs associated with clinical trial participation in the final health reform bill. Additionally, Sen. Brown has a long history, during both his service in the House and his service in the Senate, of continued support for increased funding for NIH. Sen. Brown was also appointed earlier this year by the Senate Democratic leadership to serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where he will play a role in establishing annual funding levels for federal programs including NIH.
The Society applauds Sen. Brown’s dedication to championing health-care and research issues in Congress and his support of issues of priority to ASH. The 2010 Public Service Award will be formally announced prior to the Plenary Scientific Session today at 1:30 p.m.
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