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NHLBI's Leonard Wins Award

Dr. Warren J. Leonard, chief of NHLBI's Laboratory of Molecular Immunology, recently received the 2003 American Association of Immunologists (AAI)-Huang Meritorious Career Award. Created in 1999, the award honors mid-career scientists who have made outstanding research contributions in immunology. The award cites Leonard for his "groundbreaking and continuing work on the interleukin (IL)-2 receptor and other common gamma chain cytokine receptors." The award, which includes a plaque and $10,000 cash award, was presented by the presidents of the AAI and the Huang Foundation at the AAI's recent annual meeting in Denver. The ceremony included a special lecture by Leonard — "XSCID and Beyond: The Biology of Interleukins 2, 4, 7, 9, 15, and 21." Leonard spoke about his discovery that X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (XSCID, often known as the "Bubble Boy" disease) results from mutations in the common cytokine receptor gamma chain and discussed his work on the interleukins that share this critical receptor component..

Clinical Center's Gladden Honored

NIEHS's DeCarlo Gladden, a nurse in the blood services section of the Clinical Center's department of transfusion medicine, has been awarded the 2003 Society of Hemapheresis Specialists award by the American Society for Apheresis (ASFA). The award is given to individuals who have shown a dedication to the field of hemapheresis and who have emerged as leaders among their peers. "This award really says something about the people I work with," said Gladden. "The staff should share in this award, because I could be the best in the entire world, but if the staff doesn't work well together, then it means nothing." Gladden received the award during the recent ASFA annual meeting held in Lake Tahoe, Calif., where she facilitated a workshop. ASFA provides educational programs in apheresis designed for physicians serving as medical directors of blood donation centers, therapeutic and stem cell collection facilities and practitioners of transfusion medicine.

Alumni Association Honors Two

Shown at the NIH Alumni Association's recent annual meeting are (from l) Dr. Thomas Gallagher, head of NIH's Office of Community Liaison, who spoke to the group; Dr. Donald A. Henderson, distinguished service professor at Johns Hopkins University and director of research and development for the Office of Public Health Preparedness, who received the 2003 NIHAA Public Service Award; and Randy Schools, president of the R&W Association, who received the NIHAA 2003 Award for Service to NIH. The NIHAA is now in its 15th year and has enrolled more than 2,500 members. For more information about the group, call (301) 530-0567 or visit

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