José Carreras Award
José Carreras, who himself underwent a transplant procedure in Seattle, USA, in 1988, was instrumental in setting up the José Carreras Foundation in Barcelona. The Foundation has established a program of scholarships for scientists working in the field. He has also personally supported many other clinical and basic aspects of hematopoietic stem cell transplant activity on both sides of the Atlantic.
The EHA-José Carreras Award was established to honor leading and active investigators in hematological research who have made a large contribution to hematology.
Every year, the EHA Board selects a winner. The award is presented in the Opening Ceremony of the Annual Congress, in which the winner is invited to deliver a lecture.
Candidature for this award alternates annually between basic scientists and clinicians and selection is based on a number of criteria such as the support of European Hematology, area of expertise, eligibility, other awards, gender and country of origin.
EHA congratulates the winner of the 2018 José Carreras Lecture and Award, Professor Francesco Lo Coco (University Tor Vergata Rome, Italy) for his outstanding contributions to the research and treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). He is one of the leaders who successfully initiated the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) patients with arsenic trioxide combined with retinoic acid.
Professor Francesco Lo Coco (left) received the José Carreras Award from Professor Pieter Sonneveld, EHA President