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Sadler receives award from American Society of Hematology

Honor recognizes basic research in bleeding and clotting disorders

August 17, 2016

Evan Sadler, PhD, MD, a professor of medicine and director of the Division of Hematology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, will receive the 2016 Henry M. Stratton Medal for Basic Science.

The award from the American Society of Hematology (ASH) recognizes two  investigators each year whose contributions to hematology research are well-recognized and have taken place over many years.

Sadler has pioneered the study of many blood coagulation factors and has contributed greatly to the knowledge of two proteins associated with bleeding and clotting disorders.

His laboratory also identified the molecular basis for a range of subtypes of von Willebrand disease, a condition that causes excessive bleeding. His work has led to improved diagnosis and therapy for this disease.

The other award recipient is Ayalew Tefferi, MD, of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Tefferi’s career focus has been the study of myeloproliferative neoplasms and other myeloid malignancies.

The two investigators will accept the award Dec. 6 during the 58th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego.

Sadler also is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at the School of Medicine and a research member at Siteman Cancer Center. He is chairman of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Hemostasis and Thrombosis Study Section and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He served as president of ASH in 2011.

The award is named after the late Henry Maurice Stratton, co-founder of Grune and Stratton, the medical publishing house that first published ASH’s journal Blood.

Washington University School of Medicine‘s 2,100 employed and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient-care institutions in the nation, currently ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.

Siteman Cancer Center, ranked among the top cancer treatment centers by U.S. News & World Report, also is one of only a few cancer centers in the U.S. to receive the highest rating of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Comprising the cancer research, prevention and treatment programs of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Siteman is Missouri’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and the state’s only member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.