Dr. Eiko Hayase: Reflections On Winning the New Investigator Award Spotlight

Eiko Hayase, M.D., Ph.D, is one of ASTCT's New Investigator Award recipients. The New Investigator Award encourages clinical or laboratory research of young investigators and is used to fund research costs or salary. The award —  $50,000 per year, typically for two years — is to be used to support the investigator’s salary for his or her research effort. Alternatively, the award may be used for direct support of research costs. 

We asked Dr. Hayase a few questions around what winning this award means to her and her career. 

What does receiving this award mean to you?

Receiving this award means I have achieved my goal, thanks to a lot of support from my mentor, colleagues, and family. This award offered me encouragement, additional purpose, and more drive.

How do you hope to advance the science of transplantation and cellular therapy?

I aspire to enhance transplantation and cellular therapy, making them safer and more effective for everyone. My goal is to ensure that all patients can access these therapies precisely when they require them the most, maximizing their benefits and potential for recovery.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the ASTCT community with regard to supporting the New Investigator Award?

I am truly grateful for the support provided by this award, which not only acknowledges my work but also gives me the chance to participate in the review process for the next year's award. This opportunity has been invaluable for my career development, and I deeply appreciate the trust and recognition it signifies.

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