The Power of Recognition

Colleagues and friends, 

First, I'd like to wish everyone a happy Women’s History Month and acknowledge the incredible women in our community who are breaking down barriers and shaping our future. I am proud to be a woman in Transplantation and Cellular Therapy and to recognize the other women in our field!

In this spirit, I want to use my monthly message to talk about recognition and how important it is to our community. Recognition and acknowledgement lift us up and help inspire others.  

I hope you’ve been reading first-hand ASTCT’s eagerness to celebrate those around us, recognize accomplishments and cherish new voices over the past few months, in ASTCT’s Nucleus publication and social media channels. We interviewed and highlighted many unique voices in honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month in February and March. These are wonderful stories of personal reflection, but you’ll see in each story the recognition of those who inspired them. We have also launched our Titans of Transplant podcast series, where we acknowledge the impact of pioneers in our field- and our first titan was Mary Horowitz- a spectacular female leader in our field. 

Sometimes recognition can be a much more formal process in the medical field. ASTCT’s awards process recognizes individuals for their work, significant accomplishments and their character. This year we will be recognizing the winners of the following awards: 

  • ASH-ASTCT-CIBMTR Career Development Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Public Service Award
  • Journal Editorial Awards
  • E.Donnall Thomas Lecture Award
  • New Investigator Awards
  • Fellow of ASTCT
  • Pharmacy SIG Awards
  • Transplant Nursing SIG Awards
  • Advanced Practice Provider SIG Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Survivorship SIG Awards

Most of these awards will be presented at the 2022 Tandem Meetings | Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASTCT and CIBMTR.  We hope you will join us in celebrating our community this April. 

Sometimes the best recognition isn’t that formal or documented through awards or publications.  We should strive to recognize and thank our colleagues every day. We are all working as a team towards an important goal.

As this is my second-to-last president’s message, I want to give some recognition, too. Thank you to my wonderful colleagues, the ASTCT Board of Directors, staff, and most importantly you all. Together we made this last year a successful one, despite enormous uncertainties and shifts. 

Spread some recognition today! 

Stella Davies, MBBS, PhD

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