Jean Bernard Lifetime Achievement Award

The EHA-Jean Bernard Lifetime Achievement Award was established to honor outstanding physicians and scientists for their lifetime contribution to the advancement of hematology.

Jean A Bernard (May 26, 1907 - April 17, 2006), a French physician and hematologist was Professor of Hematology and director of the Institute for Leukemia, University of Paris Diderot, at the Hôpital Saint Louis. After graduating in medicine in Paris in 1926, Bernard started his laboratory training with the bacteriologist Gaston Ramon at the Pasteur Institute in 1929.

In 1932, Jean Bernard gave the first description of the use of high dosage radiotherapy in the treatment of Hodgkin's disease. Jean Bernard's research ranges from the demonstration of neoplastic nature of leukemia (1933-1937) to the formulation of methods of treatment. Jean Bernard gave his name to Bernard's syndrome and Bernard-Soulier syndrome. In all, Jean Bernard published 14 textbooks and monographs on hematology. He was elected at the Académie Française on March 18, 1976. In 1981, he was elected a member of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in the Department of Medical Sciences. In 1983, he was awarded the Artois-Baillet Latour Health Prize.

EHA granted the 2018 Jean Bernard Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Charlotte Niemeyer, pediatrician, oncologist and hematologist, at the University Medical Center of Freiburg, Germany, for her outstanding contribution in the field of pediatric myelodysplasia, bone marrow failure, and most of all, juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia. By gathering European practitioners under the umbrella of the EWOG-MDS, she made major achievements possible on these rare pediatric hemopathies. Her translational research works have greatly improved the understanding of the clinics, biology and genetic origin of JMML, highlighting the central role of RAS pathway and paving the way for improving therapy of this complex and dreadful leukemia of infancy.

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The Jean Bernard Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 is handed to Professor Charlotte Niemeyer (left) by Professor Pieter Sonneveld, EHA President.

Previous winners of the EHA Jean Bernard Lifetime Achievement Award