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Michael DeBaun, M.D., M.P.H., and Robert P. Hebbel, M.D., to present 2014 ASH Beutler Lecture
Date:7/22/2014

ine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he is the former Director of UM's Vascular Biology Center. He earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1973 and completed his internship and residency at the University of Washington. Dr. Hebbel returned to the University of Minnesota in 1976 to complete a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology and has remained there ever since.

Through his formative research accomplishments, Dr. Hebbel is credited with redefining the study of sickle cell disease, broadening our understanding from a narrow look at the biophysics of hemoglobin to include an appreciation of vascular endothelial pathobiology. His observation that sickled red blood cells are abnormally adherent to endothelial cells, first reported at the Plenary Scientific Session at the 1978 ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition and later published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation in 1980, led to numerous discoveries that eventually led to an understanding of sickle cell disease as a unique vascular disorder. This evolution of thought has not been limited to a single research approach but has been enabled by the use of molecular, cellular, animal, and clinical tools. Through his abundant basic scientific contributions, Dr. Hebbel has engendered multiple distinct areas of sickle cell research and numerous opportunities for new research careers.

The importance of Dr. Hebbel's work is evidenced through the publication of his research in more than 200 book chapters, reviews, editorials, and peer-reviewed research articles. He is a member of ASH as well as the Central Society for Clinical Research, American Federation for Medical Research, American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the American Association of Physicians.

"The work of Drs. DeBaun and Hebbel has allowed for a vastly improved understanding of sickle cell disease and exemplifies translational research at its very best," said ASH President Linda J. Burn
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Contact: Amanda Szabo
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American Society of Hematology
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