Longtime ISCT member and Cytotherapy Senior Editor John Barrett to receive national ACP Award
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
John Barrett, MD, has been awarded the American College of Physicians (ACP) Award for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine. ACP is a national organization of internists. The award will be presented at ACP’s annual Convocation ceremony on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington D.C., where ACP is hosting its annual scientific conference, Internal Medicine 2016, through May 7.
The American College of Physicians Award for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine was established by ACP’s Board of Regents in 1958.
Trained in medicine in the United Kingdom and long-time resident of Washington D.C., Dr. Barrett has used biological insights gained from laboratory studies of patients with blood diseases to advance their treatment. His early research into the autoimmune basis of marrow failure syndromes led to immunosuppressive therapies of myelodysplastic disorders and large granular lymphocyte disease. He has pioneered allogeneic stem cell transplants for malignant and non-malignant diseases since 1970 and was one of the first to transplant patients with metabolic disorders and to perform unrelated donor transplants.
In 1993, he established a clinical and laboratory stem cell transplant program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. His research has reduced transplant mortality by graft manipulation to prevent graft-versus-host disease and preserve graft-versus-leukemia effects. Through the discovery of leukemia-specific antigens and studies of immune cell control of leukemia, he has improved immune treatments for malignant diseases through innovative stem cell transplantation protocols.
For a complete list of awardees at ACP's 2016 convocation, click here.