Dr. Francesco Maura, of University of Miami, was presented with the 2021 Joanne Levy, MD, Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement. This award is presented to the ASH Scholar Award recipient with the highest-scoring abstract at the ASH annual meeting, as determined by the appointed abstract reviewers. It honors the memory and legacy of Dr. Joanne Levy, who passed away in 2004. Dr. Levy was a past ASH Scholar Award recipient and a respected ASH member. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and went on to receive many esteemed awards and honors, including the ASH Junior Faculty Scholar Award in 2000. The Joanne Levy Memorial Award is made possible by the Levy family to continue her legacy and promote excellence in hematology research.
Dr. Maura is assistant professor in the myeloma program of the division of hematology at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of Miami. Dr. Maura expressed his gratefulness and elation at receiving this award, “I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this award. My gratitude extends to our collaborators, in particular Eileen Boyle from NYU with whom I share the co-first authorship for our study,” he said. The receipt of this award, Dr. Maura believes, constitutes an important step for his career as a junior independent scientist and “reaffirms the strength of our multicenter efforts and the community value of our investigations,” he added.
Dr. Maura and colleagues’ oral abstract 325 titled, “Genomic and Immune Signatures Predict Sustained MRD Negativity in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma Patients Treated With Daratumumab, Carfilzomib, Lenalidomide, and Dexamethasone (D-KRd),” (Session 651. Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias: Basic and Translational: Immunology) will be presented by Dr. Boyle on Saturday, December 11, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time, in Hall A1 of the Georgia World Congress Center (available later on-demand).