Dr. John Hansen, head of the Human Immunogenetics Program, is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
Hansen and collaborator Dr. Bo Dupont of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center were presented with the award, for which each received $1,000, at the society's annual meeting last month in Orlando, Fla.
For the past 30 years, their collaboration has focused on the genetics of stem-cell transplantation for leukemia and other blood disorders and the development of more powerful and precise methods for matching patients and donors.
Their discoveries have enhanced understanding of requirements for matching major histocompatibility genes, which specify tissue type, thereby improving the safety and success of transplantation.
The ASBMT Lifetime Achieve Award annually recognizes individuals who have made continuing contributions to the field of blood and marrow transplantation, either in basic biology or clinical applications. The award is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Pharmacia Corporation.
ASBMT is a professional association representing cellular therapy and blood and marrow transplantation clinicians and investigators and the patients they serve.
The society publishes the monthly journal Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, promotes rapid dissemination of basic and clinical research related to hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation and supports clinical guidelines and standards of care for blood and marrow transplantation patients.