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D'Alessandro receives NBF Scholar Award 2018

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Angelo D’Alessandro, PhD, will receive the title of National Blood Foundation Scholar during the NBF’s annual reception on Monday, Oct. 15, from 6-7:30 pm. The NBF chose to honor D’Alessandro to recognize the completion of the research study* he began with funds from a 2016 NBF early-career Scientific Research Grant.

Between being awarded the grant in 2016 and receiving the title of Scholar this year, D’Alessandro has enjoyed a few successes:

  • High throughput methods he developed from his grant-funded research are being used by more than 50 international colleagues.

  • Those methods and some of the research results have led to discoveries about shared molecular mechanisms that drive systemic responses to a whole host of injuries and illnesses.

  • He finalized a patent on novel blood storage strategies.

  • More than 90 of his manuscripts have been published just between then and now.

  • He has also spoken at nearly 50 conferences nationally and internationally.

  • The University of Colorado at Denver hired him as an assistant professor and director of the Metabolomics Core at Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Col.

  • He is also the director of the Cancer Center Metabolomics Shared Resource, an affiliate investigator for the Blood Systems Research Institute in Denver

D’Alessandro has accumulated so many achievements that this post could go on ad infinitum. And the most amazing part? D’Alessandro is only one of four early-career researchers to be honored this way. The other three are:

Yacine Boulaftali, PhD Sarika Saraswati, PhD Mobin Karimi, MD, PhD

Just for a moment, consider the amount of talent unleashed by NBF early-career Scientific Research Grants. Congratulations to the four newest NBF Scholars; the world thanks everyone who made all of this possible by donating to the NBF.

* For all of you readers who speak “medical-ese,” D’Alessandro’s NBF grant-funded research involved him developing “an integrated metabolomics, proteomics and functional approach to investigate the role of adenosine signaling through the ADORA2B/AMPK axis in mouse and human red blood cells during storage under blood bank conditions.” To conduct this research, D’Alessandro developed those “high-throughput omics methods” being used by more than 50 international colleagues.

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