Nancy Heddle will be the third McMaster University professor to receive the Emily Cooley Award and Lectureship from the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) when she accepts the award later this weekend.
The professor of medicine and director of research at the McMaster Centre for Transfusion Research follows professors John Kelton and Morris Blajchman to receive the memorial award given to an individual who has demonstrated teaching ability and made a major contribution to the field of transfusion medicine or cellular therapies.
Heddle was chosen for her many contributions to clinical research and her ability to combine her expertise in transfusion medicine, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics to create evidence based transfusion practices.
Her work has advanced scientific understanding of febrile non-hemolytic transfusion reactions and risks associated with blood storage. Heddle joined the faculty in 1987, and retired as a professor emeritus this year.
She will receive the award and deliver a lecture on Oct. 23 at the AABB annual meeting in Orlando.