November 14, 2022 — New York, NY — This fall, the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) is thrilled to celebrate the 50th anniversary for its flagship grant program, the Judith Graham Pool (JGP) Research Fellowship. This fellowship, named after a renowned American scientist Dr. Judith Graham Pool, a legendary researcher who discovered cryoprecipitate, began in 1972.
It has awarded more than $16.5 million in research funding and has supported over 100 basic science and pre-clinical career-defining research projects focused on bleeding disorders.
Many JGP Fellows cite the award as key to their professional success. Dr. Hongxia Fu, says this of the award’s impact on her career: “The JGP Fellowship provided the critical support to my postdoctoral training. It encouraged me to continue my journey of exploration in bleeding disorders. Now, I am leading a research group at University of Washington to study bleeding disorders and thrombosis and make a difference in the lives of patients. Without the JGP Fellowship, my career growth would have been much harder.”
“JGP Fellows are defining members of the scientific and hematology community,” said NHF President and CEO, Dr. Leonard A. Valentino. “This anniversary honors not just the significance of 50 years of funding research, but 50 years of supporting the physicians and researchers who, through their work, have changed the lives of countless patients and families for the better by fueling science and furthering hope.”
To celebrate this impressive anniversary, NHF has, over the last few months, shared testimonials and videos from past fellows on social media, and launched a fundraising campaign in honor of all JGP alumni – proceeds will sponsor another 50 years of research. Donations can be made at hemophilia.org/JGP. While anniversary celebrations will conclude in late December 2022, the legacy and impact of the JGP Fellowship and its recipients will live on.
For nearly 75 years, The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) has championed research, education, and advocacy for inheritable blood disorders. NHF is dedicated to finding better treatments, preventative measures, and cures for inheritable blood disorders. Founded by patients in 1948, NHF’s impactful programs and initiatives are made possible through the support of a nationwide network of chapters, as well as individuals, partners, and a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn more at hemophilia.org.