ISTH Member Barry Coller Awarded the Highest Honor of the Society

ISTH Member Barry Coller Awarded the Highest Honor of the Society

ISTH Member Barry Coller Awarded the Highest Honor of the Society

The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) has awarded the Robert P. Grant Medal, the highest honor of the Society, to Barry Coller, M.D., in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in the field of thrombosis and hemostasis. The award honors research achievements, organizational activities, support of research activities, facilitation of institutional cooperation and communication, unusual teaching or educational initiatives and/or the development of concepts that result in a clearer understanding of research data.

Coller serves as the David Rockefeller Professor of Medicine, Physician-in-Chief of the Rockefeller University Hospital, Head of the Allen and Frances Alder Laboratory of Blood and Vascular biology, Vice President of medical Affairs at Rockefeller University, and Founding Director of the Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

Throughout his career Coller has shown great passion for thrombosis and hemostasis, and more specifically, platelet physiology. He developed a monoclonal antibody that inhibits platelet function. In 1994, the FDA approved a derivative of that antibody for humans to prevent ischemic complications of percutaneous coronary interventions. Today, more than five million patients have been treated with his antibody. Coller also developed an assay to assess platelet function, and automated derivatives that monitor therapies were approved for human use by the FDA.

Beyond his own personal scientific successes, Coller has dedicated his time to leadership within the field of thrombosis and hemostasis. Coller served as the president of the American Society of Hematology from 1997-1998, Founding President of the Society for Clinical and Translational Science from 2008-2012, Chair of the Steering Committee of the National Collaboratory and Chair of the Program Steering Committee for the NIH National Centers for Accelerated Innovations. He also previously served on the Advisory Council of the National heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Board of External Experts and Advisory Council, as well as the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director’s Intramural Research Program Working Group. Coller currently serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Human Genome Research Institute, and as a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Forum on Drug Discovery Development and Translation.

Coller has been the recipient of dozens of awards, including the ISTH Distinguished Career Award in 1997, and the ISTH Investigator Recognition Award in 1987.

About the Grant Medal
This medal is named after Robert P. Grant, a renowned cardiologist who spent many years as a representative of the National Institutes of Health in Europe, traveling extensively and facilitating American-European collaboration in medical research and education.

Previous awardees include:

2019 J. Evan Sadler
2017 Jack Hirsh
2015 Denisa D. Wagner
2013 Charles T. Esmon
2011 Désiré Collen
2009 Hidehiko Saito
2007 Uri Seligsohn
2005 Dominique Meyer
2003 Yale Nemerson
2001 Pier M. Mannucci
1999 Jan J. Sixma
1997 Kenneth G. Mann
1995 Harold R. Roberts
1993 Marc Verstraete
1991 Samuel I. Rapaport
1989 Earl W. Davie
1987 J. Fraser Mustard
1985 Kenneth M. Brinkhous
1983 Ernst Luscher
1980 Oscar Ratnoff
1979 Jacques Caen
1977 Sol Sherry
1975 R.G. Macfarlane



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