Jean Bernard Lifetime Achievement Award

The Jean Bernard Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2008 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 is proud to grant the Jean Bernard Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 to Professor Willem Fibbe (LUMC, Leiden, the Netherlands), for his outstanding contributions in the field of hematopoietic stem cell and mesenchymal stromal cell pre-clinical research and clinical application. By gathering European and non-European hematologists, his translational research work has resulted in major achievements in the understanding of the mechanisms of hematopoietic stem cell mobilization, as well as of the biology and functional characterization of mesenchymal stromal cells. These studies have greatly advanced the field and improved the clinical practice in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, as well as in regenerative medicine.

Willem Fibbe 2019 Jean Bernard Lifetime Achievement Award

The Jean Bernard Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 is handed to Professor Willem Fibbe (left) by Professor Pieter Sonneveld, EHA President (2017-2019).

Previous winners of the EHA Jean Bernard Lifetime Achievement Award