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The health and safety of the AABB community is our highest priority. The NBF is pleased to include our programming in a safe format as part of AABB’s Virtual Annual Meeting.

The AABB National Blood Foundation fuels innovative research in transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. For more than 30 years, the NBF has provided critical funding to emerging researchers seeking future medical breakthroughs for patients across pediatrics, oncology, cardiology and transplantation.

Participate in an NBF event during the AABB Virtual Annual Meeting to help us support and honor researchers working to make a difference in the lives of patients and donors worldwide. All proceeds benefit the National Blood Foundation.

Registration for NBF's virtual events begins July 14th.

Interested in sponsoring an NBF event? Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

NBF Virtual Run for Research Logo

NBF Virtual Run for Research

5K / 1-Mile Walk
Saturday, October 3 – Monday, October 5
This year’s event is virtual! Join hundreds of AABB members throughout the world and others in the blood community for a brisk jaunt all on your own time. Participants can complete their run or walk on any day of the AABB Annual Meeting on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym, or on the track. A virtual event provides us the ability to exercise safely while also socially interacting with our community (online).Event T-shirt included! AABB and NBF encourage you to show your race pride in stride and post your photos and videos. Share your #teamblood stories using the #AABB20 hashtag on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to win and to be featured on AABB’s social media. Follow AABB on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram for event updates.

Registration Information:

  • Register now through October 5 and join in the fun! Visit the event webpage to learn about this year’s contests and team options.
  • $55 (includes official race t-shirt mailed to your address).
  • Add the Run for Research to your meeting registration or pay separately through RunSignup.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Participants are encouraged to download the RaceJoy app for Free Live Tracking and Progress Alerts on Race Day!

Event Webpage: For more information and to register.

Event Sponsors:
AbbottBlood Centers of AmericaFresenius Kabi

Community Partners:
Armed Services Blood Program

NBF CEO Summit – 2020

National Emergency Preparedness and the Sustainability of the Blood Supply Under Pressure

In 2020 the world changed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing COVID-19. The U.S. blood community mobilized with an unwavering commitment to ensure that every patient had access to lifesaving blood products, stem cell grafts, and novel treatments, like CCP. However, recognized stresses to the nation’s blood supply require substantial changes which are more than sustaining the status quo. Stresses such as a global pandemic and other strains dramatically impact the blood and biotherapies community.

As part of AABB’s virtual Annual Meeting, the National Blood Foundation (NBF) invites leading executives, research scientists and key stakeholders in healthcare emergency response to join a conversation to improve our national emergency preparedness.
Sunday, October 4th 12:30pm – 2:00pm ET
Invitation Only


Lawrence O. Gostin, JDLawrence O. Gostin, JD
University Professor
Founding O'Neill Chair in Global Health Law
Faculty Director, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National & Global Health Law

Georges C. Benjamin, MDGeorges C. Benjamin, MD
Executive Director
American Public Health Association

Event Sponsors:
American Red Cross
Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies

NBF Research Symposium

Innovative research impacting transfusion medicine and biotherapies is highlighted at this premier showcase. The NBF Award for Innovative Research recipient and recently inducted Hall of Fame members will present updates on their research programs. AABB and NBF Board members, NBF committee members and prior grant recipients are invited to this exclusive program.
Monday, October 5th 12:30pm – 2:00pm ET
Invitation Only

Presenters include:

Mortiz Stolla, MD, PhDMortiz Stolla, MD, PhD
Assistant Member
Bloodworks Northwest
Research Institute
Associate Medical Director, Swedish Medical Center, Blood Transfusion Service
“Evaluation of Efficacy and Safety of Cold-Stored Platelets in Healthy Human Subjects”

Saba Ghassemi, PhDSaba Ghassemi, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Center for Cellular Immunotherapies
University of Pennsylvania
“Rapid Manufacturing of Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T Cells without T Cell Activation”

Eldad A. Hod, MDEldad A. Hod, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Pathology and Cell Biology
Columbia University Medical Center
“Transfusion Medicine-Related Perturbations to Systemic Iron Homeostasis”

Sean Stowell, MD, PhDSean Stowell, MD, PhD
Associate Medical Director, Brigham and Women's Hospital Transfusion Service
Medical Director, Brigham and Women's Hospital Apheresis Service
Associate Director, National Center for Functional Glycomics
Harvard Medical School
“Consequences and Potential Treatment Options for Delayed Type Transfusion Reactions”

Angelo D’Alessandro, PhDAngelo D’Alessandro, PhD
Associate Professor (tenured)
University of Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus
Director, Mass Spectrometry Shared Resource of the Colorado Cancer Center, Metabolomics Core of the School of Medicine
“High-throughput Metabolomics Towards Personalized Transfusion Medicine”

Your donation to the NBF or participation in these events supports critical early-stage research and the future leaders of your field. All proceeds benefit the National Blood Foundation.