Marilena Ciciarello, PhD, of University Hospital of Bologna, has been awarded the 2019 ASH Giuseppe Bigi Memorial Award in Hematopoiesis and Stem Cells.

This award was established in 2015 to recognize an Italian trainee based at an Italian institution who has the highest-scoring abstract submitted in the field of hematopoiesis and stem cells. The award, named after the late Italian hematologist Giuseppe Bigi, MD, is made possible by a generous grant from the Giuseppe Bigi Association. Dr. Ciciarello is a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Hematology “L. & A. Seràgnoli” at University Hospital, in Bologna, Italy. This is the second time Dr. Ciciarello has received this award and she voiced both gratitude and excitement for this opportunity and the future of her career. “I am deeply honored and proud, and I am grateful to ASH and the Bigi Association for their valuable support. I would like to thank my collaborators and supervisors for their key contributions to this project. This prestigious award holds great meaning for my work as the recognition of constant commitment and devotion, which research activity always requires,” she expressed.

Oluwatoyosi Muse, PhD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, has been presented with the 2019 Mary Rodes Gibson Memorial Award in Hemostasis and Thrombosis. This honor, which is part of the Outstanding Abstract Achievement Award program, is granted to a trainee who is the first author and presenter of the highest-scoring abstract submitted in the field of hemostasis and thrombosis. It is made possible by the Mary Rodes Gibson Hemostasis-Thrombosis Foundation to continue the legacy of Mary Rodes Gibson, who lived with severe, type 3 von Willebrand disease. Dr. Muse is a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Hemostasis and Thrombosis at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. Upon receiving this award, Dr. Muse stressed the importance of her mentors and expressed great happiness in being recognized. “When I received the notice that I was a recipient of the Mary Rodes Gibson Memorial Award, I was overjoyed. It is very encouraging to me that I was selected from a pool of very talented scientists to receive this competitive award,” she said. Dr. Muse then added, “This wouldn’t be possible without the support of my mentors Drs. Robert Flaumenhaft and Jeffrey Zwicker. As I look to the future, I plan to continue to make an impact in the field of thrombosis and hemostasis in order to alleviate the clinical burden of vascular thrombotic disorders.”

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Dr. Ciciarello will present her abstract titled “Interferon-γ-Dependent Inflammatory Signature in Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cells Is Able to Shape Stromal and Immune Bone Marrow Microenvironment” (abstract 1212) Saturday at 5:30 p.m., during oral and poster session 506. Hematopoiesis and Stem Cells: Microenvironment, Cell Adhesion, and Stromal Stem Cells: Poster I, in Hall B, Level 2 (Orange County Convention Center – map it).

Dr. Muse will present her abstract titled “The Unfolded Protein Response Causes Prothrombotic Transformation of Pancreatic Cancer Linking Tumor Progression With Cancer-Associated Thrombosis” (abstract 632) on Monday at 10:45 a.m., during oral session 331. Pathophysiology of Thrombosis: Cancer-Associated and Pediatric Thrombosis, in Room W415BC, Level 4, of the Orange County Convention Center (map it).

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