AST Recognizes Excellence in Transplantation

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000418519.91717.b8
American Transplant Congress

BOSTON—The American Society of Transplantation (AST) honored originality, innovation, and commitment to the society and the field of transplantation with the presentation of awards and grants here at the American Transplant Congress (ATC), the joint annual meeting of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the AST.

“This year's award recipients are an exceptional group of transplant professionals, and they have been selected by their peers for the unique and transformative role they have each played in our field,” said AST President Roslyn Mannon, MD, in a news release.

Flavio Vincenti, MD, Medical Director of the Kidney–Pancreas Program at the University of California, San Francisco, received the society's highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“From a scientific perspective, Dr. Vincenti is a consummate clinical investigator,” said AST Past President Robert S. Gaston, MD, in his presentation of the award. “His uncanny ability to foster advances in transplant therapeutics derives from his implicit understanding of basic immunologic mechanisms. … His contributions include major roles in the development of tacrolimus, sirolimus, mycophenolate, daclizumab, and belatacept. His work has contributed to countless therapeutic interventions in renal transplantation, including innovative approaches to hepatitis C and focal glomerulosclerosis.”

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award was dedicated to Charles “Bernie” Carpenter, MD, who died in September. Dr. Carpenter was a founding member of the AST, President of the society from 1983–1984, the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Professor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Gaston said.

“His accomplishments over three decades at the helm of the Laboratory of Immunogenetics and Transplantation here in Boston are legendary.”

The following individuals also were recognized with achievement awards:

* Patricia Adams, MD, of Wake Forest University School of Medicine, received the Senior Achievement Award in Clinical Transplantation for her three decades of contributions to patient care, education, and mentoring in the field of transplantation and nephrology.

* Terry Strom, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was honored with the Mentoring Award. As the principle investigator in a transplant immunology lab for 17 years, he has mentored 44 advisees and trainees.

* David Foster, Founder and Chair of the David Foster Foundation, was honored with the Transplant Advocacy Award for his work providing financial support to Canadian families with children who need organ transplants.

* Linda Ohler, MSN, RN, CCTC, of Georgetown University, was recognized with the Clinician of Distinction Award.

* Ronald Gill, PhD, of the University of Colorado, received the Basic Science Established Investigator Award.

* Steven Webber, MBChB, of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, was honored with the Clinical Science Established Investigator Award.

* Andrew Wells, PhD, of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, received the Basic Science Investigator Award for his work in transplant immunology, including the demonstration of the importance of clonal deletion and Foxp3 in transplant tolerance.

* Vikas Dharnidharka, MD, MPH, of the University of Florida, was recognized with the Clinical Science Investigator Award for his contributions to the study of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder in pediatric kidney transplantation.

* Jonathan Maltzman, MD, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania, received the Basic Science Career Development Award for his research in T-cell signaling and the immunology of kidney disease.

* Lara Danziger-Isakov, MD, MPH, of the Cleveland Clinic, was honored with the Clinical Science Career Development Award for her study of infectious diseases in pediatric transplantation.

The following researchers were awarded grant funding for their work in transplantation:

* Dàlia Raïch-Regué, University of Pittsburgh: AST/ESOT (European Society for Organ Transplantation) Joint Fellowship Grant.

* Patricia Scott, PhD, Indiana University: AST Allied Health Professionals Grant.

* Cynthia Gries, MD, MSc, University of Pittsburgh: AST Clinical Science Faculty Development Grant.

* Pallavi Banerjee, PhD, Boston Children's Hospital: AST/Astellas Basic Science Fellowship Grant.

* Lisa Boyette, MD, University of Pittsburgh: AST/Astellas Clinical Science Fellowship Grant.

* Partha Dutta, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital: AST/Astellas Basic Science Fellowship Grant.

* Tiago Machuca, MD, PhD, University of Toronto: AST/Bristol-Myers Squibb Basic Science Fellowship Grant.

* David Leonard, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital: AST/Genentech Basic Science Fellowship Grant.

* Jin Yuan, MD, PhD, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute: AST/Genentech Basic Science Fellowship Grant.

* Ibrahim Batal, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital: AST/Pfizer Clinical Science Fellowship Grant.

* Heth Turnquist, PhD, University of Pittsburgh: AST/Pfizer Basic Science Faculty Development Grant.

* Hong Zhang, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh: AST/Pfizer Basic Science Fellowship Grant.

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