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 Jose Carreras Award was established to honor leaders in hematological research and is presented each year to an established and active investigator who has made an important 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 Jose Carreras Lecture and Award 2019, Professor Michael Hallek (University Hospital of Cologne, Germany). His research established new standards for treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was the first to show improved overall survival with new treatments. His research group, under his leadership, continues to explore new treatment options and improve the outcomes of patients with this disease.
Professor Michael Hallek (right) received the José Carreras Award from Professor Pieter Sonneveld, EHA President (2017-2019).