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Blanche Alter Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at 2023 ASH Annual Meeting

, by Maura Kate Costello, M.A.

President of ASH presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Blanche Alter

In December 2023, at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting, Blanche Alter, M.D., M.P.H., received the Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology, in recognition of her numerous accomplishments in bone marrow failure research. 

Dr. Alter was honored for a lifetime of accomplishments that revolutionized research for inherited bone marrow failure syndromes (IBMFS). She is well known within her field for spearheading the first interdisciplinary clinical research program dedicated to investigating cancer-prone IBMFS such as Fanconi anemia, dyskeratosis congenita (DC), Diamond-Blackfan anemia, and Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome. Her groundbreaking research has been invaluable in developing screening recommendations to detect cancer as early as possible and help patients live longer. 

Read an excerpt of ASH's press release announcing the award.

View a video recognizing Dr. Alter's accomplishments.
View the presentation of the award and Dr. Alter's acceptance speech.


Five colleagues from Clinical Genetics Branch pose for a picture with Blanche Alter at the 2023 ASH Conference

Dr. Alter's colleagues from the Clinical Genetics Branch celebrate her ASH Lifetime Achievement Award