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The Rose Payne Award was established in 1984 to honor a great scientist and to recognize her long-standing contributions to the field of immunogenetics and her support in the development of the Society. Recipients of the Rose Payne Award include:

2019 Effie Wang Petersdorf, MD
2018 Thalachallour Mohanakumar, PhD, D(ABHI), HCLD/CC (ABB)
2017 Dominique Charron
2016 Rene J. Duquesnoy, PhD
2015 Frans Claas, PhD
2014 John A. Hansen, MD
2013 Andrea A. Zachary, PhD, D(ABHI)
2012 Elaine F. Reed, PhD, D(ABHI)
2011 Kathryn J. Wood, D. Phil, FMedSci
2010 Steven G E Marsh, PhD
2009 Mary N. Carrington, PhD, MS
2008 Judith Thomas, PhD
2007 James McCluskey, MD
2006 Nicole Suciu-Foca, PhD, MS, BS
2005 Lewis L. Lanier, PhD
2004 Pamela Bjorkman, PhD
2003 Takehiko Sasazuki, MD
2002 Mark Davis, PhD
2001 Julia Bodmer, MA, DSc, Hon MRCP
2000 John Trowsdale, PhD
1999 Els A.J.M. Goulmy, PhD
1998 Andrew J. McMichael, PhD
1997 Hans-Georg Rammensee, PhD
1996 Don Wiley, PhD
1995 Peter Cresswell, PhD
1994 Bo Dupont, MD, D.Sc.
1993 Peter R. Parham, PhD
1992 Edmond J. Yunis, MD
1991 Johannes Joseph van Rood, MD
1990 Henry A. Erlich, PhD
1989 Bernard D. Amos, MD
1988 Paul I. Terasaki, PhD
1987 Hugh McDevitt, PhD
1986 Jack Strominger, MD
1985 Sir Walter Bodmer



In recognition of the scientific contributions to the field of immunogenetics and transplantation immunology made by Dr. Bernard Amos, the “Distinguished Scientist Award” is being renamed the “Bernard Amos Distinguished Scientist Award”. This award was established in 2001 to honor a distinguished ASHI scientist, who like Dr. Amos, has made significant contributions to our field. 

Dr. Amos’ research career started in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Gorer in 1952.  His work in the mouse system laid the foundation of understanding of the H-2 antigenic system that was felt to be the major barrier to transplantation.  Subsequently, while at the Roswell Park Memorial Hospital he developed a skin grafting model of tissue rejection which, with his work on leukoagglutination assays, helped lead to the discovery of the major histocompatibility complex in humans. 

Dr. Amos’ approach to science presaged the current emphasis of translational and collaborative science.  His work led to guided selection of kidney donors using serologic testing and contributed to the first kidney transplant at Duke University in 1965.  Recognizing the need for collaboration to move the field forward, Dr. Amos leveraged his skills of persuasion to organize the first International Histocompatibility workshop in 1967.  Laboratories worldwide were brought together to share sera and techniques for studying histocompatibility antigens. Through these collaborations Dr. Amos furthered the definition of public and private epitopes on the MHC antigens as well the concept of shared epitopes by HLA alleles to explain cross-reactivity. This tradition carries on to this day with the 18th International HLA and Immunogenetics Workshop planned for 2021, in Amsterdam.

Locally, Dr. Amos along with Dr. David Hume organized the Southeast Organ Procurement Foundation (SEOPF) in an effort to further standardize HLA typing sera and HLA nomenclature to enable regional deceased donor organ sharing based on HLA matching. Under Dr. Amos’ leadership, SEOPF implemented the first computer program for organ allocation leading to the evolution of our current day UNET. Dr. Amos organized and chaired the first World Health Organization HLA Nomenclature Committee and was instrumental in founding the American Association for Clinical Histocompatibility Testing (AACHT) later renamed ASHI.

Dr. Amos’ initiative is further reflected in his role in beginning the journal Human Immunology.  Dr. Amos is not only recognized for his monumental contributions to the field but also for his excellence as a teacher and mentor to numerous scientists, trainees, and technologists.  With them he shared his love of science, comradery and friendship.  It is for all these reasons that we celebrate Dr. Amos with this award. Recipients include:

2019 William H. Hildebrand, PhD, D(ABHI)
2018 Howard M. Gebel, PhD, D(ABHI)
2017 Dimitri S. Monos, PhD 
2016 Malek Kamoun, MD, PhD
2015 Marcelo Fernandez-Vina, PhD, D(ABHI)
2014 Prof. Dr. Clara Gorodezky
2013 Derek Middleton, PhD, D.Sc, FRCPath
2012 Rene J. Duquesnoy, PhD
2011 Mary S. Leffell, PhD, ABMLI, D(ABHI)
2010 Andrea Zachary, PhD, D(ABHI)
2009 Nancy Reinsmoen, PhD, D(ABHI)
2008 Elaine Reed, PhD, D(ABHI)
2007 Thomas Fuller, PhD
2006 Frans Claas, PhD
2005 Charles G. Orosz, PhD
2004 Adriana Zeevi, PhD
2003 Thalachallour Mohanakumar, PhD, D(ABHI)
2002 Nicole Suciu-Foca, PhD, MS, BS



The Paul I. Terasaki Clinical Science Award was established in 2003 to honor an individual, group, or institution in recognition of significant accomplishments and/or contributions to the fields of clinical transplantation, histocompatibility, and immunogenetics. This award was made possible by a grant from the Paul I. Terasaki Foundation. Recipients of the Paul I. Terasaki Clinical Science Award include:

2019 Adriana Zeevi, PhD, D(ABHI)
2018 Jon A. Kobashigawa, MD
2017 Elaine Reed, PhD, D(ABHI)
2016 Peter Nickerson, MD, FRCPC
2015 Dolly Tyan, PhD, D(ABHI)
2014 Robert A. Bray, PhD
2013 Thalachallour Mohanakumar, PhD, D(ABHI), HCLD/CC (ABB)
2012 Denis Glotz, MD, PhD
2011 Mark D. Stegall, MD
2010 Michael J. Cecka, PhD, D(ABHI)
2009 Gerhard Opelz, MD
2008 Peter Stastny, MD
2007 Robert Hartzman, MD, CAPT MC, USN
2006 Joshua Miller, MD
2005 Robert Barnes Colvin, MD
2004 Philip Halloran, MD


The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1999 to honor colleagues who have contributed significantly ASHI’s heritage. Recipients include:

2019 Deborah Crowe, PhD, D(ABHI)
2018 John A. Gerlach, PhD, D(ABHI)
2017 Sharon Adams, MT(ASCP), CHS(ABHI)
2016 Amy B. Hahn, PhD, D(ABHI)
2015 Marilyn Pollack, PhD, D(ABHI)
2014 Paul Warner, PhD, D(ABHI)
2013 Robert E. Lewis, PhD, FRSM
2012 Sandra W. Helman, PhD, D(ABHI)
2011 Danny A. Youngs, BS, CHS
2010 Beth Colombe, PhD, D(ABHI)
2009 Peter Nickerson, MD, FRCPC
2008 John Hart, MBA, CHS
2007 Harriet Noreen, BS, CHS
2006 Dod Stewart, CHS
2005 Judith A. Wade, BSc
2004 Donna Phelan, BA, CHS, MT(HEW)
2003 Mary Leffell, PhD, ABMLI, D(ABHI)
2002 Louise M. Jacobbi, CHS
2001 Glenn E. Rodey, MD, D(ABHI)
2000 Andrea A. Zachary, PhD, D(ABHI)
1999 Wilma Bias, PhD
1999 William E. Braun, MD


To honor outstanding technologists, past and present, the Outstanding Technologist Award is presented annually to a technologist who has provided outstanding contributions to the field of histocompatibility and immunogenetics. Recipients include:

2019 Linda S. Buckert, MT(ASCP), SBB, CHS
2018 Anne Halpin, MLT, MSc, CHS
2017 David F. Kiger, CHS(ABHI)
2016 Benita K. Book, MS, CHS(ABHI), MT (ASCP), CCRC (ACRP)
2015 Dawn Wagenknecht, MS, CHS
2014 Donna P. Lucas, MS, CHS
2013 Maurine Davidson, BS, CHS(ABHI)
2012 Steven R. DeGoey, BS, CHS(ABHI)
2011 Dean Sylvaria, CHS
2010 Walter Herczyk, MT (ASCP), CHS
2009 Barbara O. Burgess, BS, MT, CHS(ABHI)
2008 Nancy Higgins, MT, CHS
2007 Judith Baker, CHS, I(ASCP)
2006 Dorothy Levis, MT(ASCP), CHS(ABHI)
2005 Anajane Smith, MA
2004 Doreen Jezek, MS, CHS, CLSP(MB)
2003 Kathie Nelson, MS, MT(ASCP)
2002 John Hart, MBA, CHS
2001 Cathi L. Murphey, MT(ASCP), CHS, DLM
2000 Gary Teresi, MT, CHS
1999 Lori Osowski, MS, CHS
1998 Brian F. Duffy, MA, CHS
1997 Joan E. Holcomb, MS, CHS
1996 Terrie W. Shroyer, CHS, MT
1996 Eileen F. Bessent, MT(ASCP), CLS
1995 Patrick W. Adams, MS, CHS (ABHI)
1994 George (Dod) Stewart, CHS
1993 Gilman N. Tardif, MS, CHS
1992 Theona Vyvial, CHS
1991 Donna L. Phelan, BA, CHS, MT(HEW)
1990 Louise M. Jacobbi, CHS
1989 Harriett J. Noreen, BS, CHS
1988 Jay Hunter, BS, CHS
1987 Patricia Weaver, MT(ASCP), ART, AAS
1986 Marilyn Marrari, BA, CHS, CHT
1985 Dolly Ness Tyan, PhD, D(ABHI)
1984 J. Marilyn McQueen, BA, CHT
1983 Eric M. Mickelson, MS
1982 Nancy L. Reinsmoen, PhD, D(ABHI)


The Rising Star Award is being renamed the J Marilyn MacQueen Rising Star Award in honor of Marilyn MacQueen who was a pioneer in the field of histocompatibility.  Teaching was Marilyn’s passion and she loved introducing new technologists to the field of histocompatibility.

In 1961, after graduating from Queens College in Charlotte, NC, Marilyn taught science and biology in Florida.  In 1964, Marilyn took a job as a Research Associate at Duke University in the Department of Immunology where she got her introduction to the emerging area of histocompatibility.  In 1969, Marilyn was appointed supervisor of the Transplant Laboratory at the Durham VA Medical Center, (DVAMC).  The Transplant Laboratory was responsible for tissue typing and antibody screening the transplant patients at DVAMC, Duke University Medical Center and UNC Hospitals.

Marilyn was a participant in the early International Histocompatibility Workshops.  She was a founding member of several organizations including, the Southeastern Organ Procurement Foundation, (SEOPF), an organization that promoted tissue matching and organ sharing. The United Network for Organ Sharing, UNOS), the American Association for Clinical Histocompatibility Testing, (AACHT) that later became the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, (ASHI) and Carolina Organ Procurement Agency, (COPA), that later became Carolina Donor Services, (CDS).  Marilyn also worked on the SEOPF organ matching program which has evolved into the current UNOS matching program.

In March of 1988, Marilyn organized the first North Carolina Tissue Typers’ Workshop as a way for technologists to discuss common typing problems, renew acquaintances, and learn a little about some of the latest technology and theory that may affect their work.  Thirty years later, the workshop is still an annual event.

J Marilyn MacQueen was a pioneer, teacher, consultant, innovator and creative force. The Rising Star Award has been renamed in her honor. Recipients of this award include:

2019 Lynden E. Gault, BS
2018 Danielle Christian, BSc, MLT
2017 Amanda Willis
2016 Tia LaBarge, BS, MT
2015 Deanna Manna, BS, BA
2014 Alyson A. Morris, BS, CHT
2013 Katarzyna Brooks
2012 Sarah N. Schumacher
2011 Christine Yamniuk
2010 William C. Hoettels
2009 Carly Callender
2008 Hayley Robinson
2007 Heather Kent
2006 Paul Sikorski
2005 Moshe Israeli
2004 Christina D. Bishop


The best abstracts selected each year are orally presented at the annual meeting, and the presenters of the Best Abstracts are recognized as ASHI SCHOLARS. Up to ten individuals may be selected to receive recognition for these contributions. Recipients include:

2019 - Aiwen Zhang, PhD, D(ABHI), Qingyong Xu, PhD, D(ABHI), Yacine Berka, BSc Candidate, Graeme Thomas Reid, MBChB, MMedSci, DipFMS, FRCPath, Frederic Toulza, PhD, Gonca Emel Karaham, PhD (International Scholar)
2018 - Fang Li, PhD, Kazutoyo Osoegawa, Aiwen Zhang, PhD, D(ABHI), Rainer Blasczyk, MD, PhD (International Scholar)
2017 - Haibo Sun, PhD, Luis G. Hidalgo, PhD, D(ABHI), Nwe Nwe Soe, MBBS, PhD Alexander Celik, MSc (International Scholar)
2016 - Cynthia Vierra-Green, MS, Nilesh S. Chitnis, PhD, Muthukumar Gunasekaran, PhD, Hidetoshi Inoko, PhD (International Scholar)
2015 - Peter M. Clark, PhD, Yi-Ping Jin, MD, Andrea Patterson, BSc, Chrysanthi Tsamadou, MD (International Scholar)
2014 - Yi-Ping Jin, MD, Curtis McMurtrey, PhD, E. Victoria Turner, PhD, D(ABHI), Neema Mayor, PhD (International Scholar)
2013 - Yi-Ping Jin, MD, Fang Lee, PhD, Tenisha West, MS, Sebastiaan Heidt, PhD (International Scholar)
2012 - Marilyn Marrari, BA, CHS, CHT(ABHI), Curtis McMurtrey, PhD (two awards), David Sayer, PhD (International Scholar)
2011 - Nicole P. Leahy, PhD, Abeer S. Madbouly, PhD, Xiaohai Zhang, PhD, Amador Goncalves-Primo, BSc (International Scholar)
2010 - Deborah Ferriola, Yi-Ping Jin, Xiaohai Zhang, Christina Bade-Doeding (International Scholar)
2009 - Mary Atz, Jill Hollenbach, George Vlad, Susan Heatley (International Scholar)
2008 - Gordon Bentley, Martin Maiers, Esma Ucisik-Akkaya, Jeroen Blokhuis (International Scholar)
2007 - Fang Li, Nancy Herera, Xiohai Zhang, Sylvain Galvani (International Scholar)
2006 - Joel Y. Sun MD, Constanca Figueiredo, Richard A. Derks, PhD, Curtis P. McMurtrey
2005 - Sabarinathan Ramachandran, Dessislava Kopchaliiska, Thomas M. Ellis, Natalia Shulzhenko (International Scholar)
2004 - John Manavalan, Nicole Frahm, Arend Mulder, Stephanie Le Bas-Bernardet (International Scholar)
2003 - Jeremy Goodman, D. S. Rodriguez, Heather Hickman, Holger-Andreas Elsner, Kishore Narayanan (International Scholar)
2002 - Stéphane Bécart, Howard M. Gebel, Leann Hopkins, Anajane Smith, Junbao Yang, Yizhou Zou, Holger-Andreas Eisner (International Scholar)
2001 - Katia Gagne, Toru Hiuchi, Andrew L. Lobashevsky, Shalini Shenoy, Maria Pascual (International Scholar)
2000 - Xinjian Chen, Michael Cullen, Erik Novak, Susann Szmania, Rainer Blascyzyk (International Scholar), Alejandro Madrigal (International Scholar)
1999 - Rodica Ciubotariu, Bian Hong, Andres Jaramillo, Hitomi Sasaki, Jorge Kalil (International Scholar)
1998 - Ronald Kerman, Derek Middleton, Frank Vari, John Smith (International Scholar)
1997 - William Burlington, Pritan Das, Sanlay D. Hare, Siamak Bahram (International Scholar)
1996 - Adriana I. Colovai, Nelson F. DeSouza, Rene J. Duquesnoy, Bian Hong, Zhuoru Li
1995 - Jeanine M. Baisch, Adriana I. Colovai, Pere Santamaria, Eric H. Zanelli
1994 - Avery August, J. Michael Cecka, M. Tevfik Dorak, D.M. Nelson, Effie W. Petersdorf, Marie Marthe Tongio
1993 - Yasha Chickabasaviah, Paul E. Harris, Silviu Itescu, Elaine Reed, Andrea J. Sant, Adriana Zeevi
1992 - Paul E. Harris, Richard R. Olson, Tania L. Weiss, Pere Santamaria, Eric M. Mickelson, Adriana Zeevi
1991 - Gregg Hadley, Ellen Klohe, Zhuoru Liu, Richard R. Olson, Nancy L. Reinsmoen, Kathy S. Spichty
1990 - Linda Christina Anderson, Lee Ann Baxter-Lowe, Stephen A. Brown, Xiaojiang Gao, Hidetoshi Inoko, Mary P. Mitchell, Jennifer Munson, Neal R. Nygard, John D. Reveille, Joel D. Taurog
1989 - Carolyn Keever, Elizabeth Mullins



The ASHI Travel Fund helps ASHI members with funding to attend ASHI's meetings. To be considered for the ASHI Travel Fund Award you must be a current ASHI member. The following increase your likelihood of being chosen:


Please complete this application. Once we receive your application, we will contact your General Supervisor or Director for verification of your application. These items will be sent to the Awards Task Force for their consideration.


*Limited to one travel award per institution each year. Previous travel award winners are ineligible to win another award. 




An award that may be offered annually to young investigators presenting noteworthy papers at the annual meeting. This award ended in 1994. Past recipients include:

1994 Marcelo Fernandez-Vina, PhD, D(ABHI)
1993 Olle Olerup, MD, PhD
1992 Allan D. Kirk, MD, PhD
1992 Effie W. Petersdorf, MD
1991 Lee Ann Baxter-Lowe, PhD, D(ABHI)
1991 Elaine Reed, PhD, D(ABHI)
1990 None Presented
1989 Adriana Zeevi, MD
1989 Neal Flomenberg, MD, FACP
1988 Pamela Bjorkman, PhD
1987 None Presented
1986 Carolyn Hurley, PhD, D(ABHI)
1986 Edgard L. Milford, MD
1986 Michael Krangel, PhD
1985 Harry Orr, PhD
1985 Robert Kremsky, PhD


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