Congratulations to Dr. Connie Westhoff, Executive Scientific Director of Immunohematology and Genomics and the National Center of Blood Group Genomics, who recently received the Ledin Memorial Lectureship and Award presented at the California Association of Blood Banks meeting and shown here with the foundation president, Katya Ledin.

The Suzanne Ledin Memorial Lectureship recognizes an individual who is actively involved in education, training, research and/or practice of a scientific nature pertaining to transfusion medicine. The award memorializes the career of Suzanne Ledin, SBB, who was the first Director of the Chiron Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT) Training Laboratory and died of cancer in 2002 at the age of 55. Just as “Suzanne was a leader in training and the application of NAT testing for transfusion products, Dr. Westhoff is recognized for her leadership in bringing DNA-based genomic testing to transfusion therapy.”​