“I feel highly honoured by this recognition from ASH. As an early career investigator trying to cut my teeth to become an independent physician-scientist, this ASH award is a major springboard upon which I will leverage to achieve my overall career objective. I am grateful to ASH and my distinguished mentors: Dr Michael DeBaun of Vanderbilt University, Dr Arthur Burnett of Johns Hopkins University and Dr Shehu Umar, for their untiring support. I am indebted to my employer AKTH.”
These were the words of the first Nigerian Doctor; Ibrahim Musa Idris to be selected for the ASH Global Research Award which has been existing for over 60years.
American Society of Haematology (ASH) is the world’s largest professional society serving both clinicians and scientists around the world who are working to conquer blood diseases. ASH is charged with the mission of Fostering high-quality, equitable care, transformative research, and innovative education to improve the lives of patients with blood and bone marrow disorders. ASH has diverse mediums of achieving her goals and one of which is the Research scholarship awarded to Dr Ibrahim Idris and a selected few from Australia, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Portugal, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK).
Ibrahim Idris who works with the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), received research support from ASH for his project titled, “A Randomized Controlled Double-Blind Trial for Prevention of Recurrent Ischemic Priapism in Men with Sickle Cell Anemia: A Pilot Study.
The Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at AKTH, Prof Auwal Umar Gajida issued a statement concerning the Research award of Dr Ibrahim Idris. The statement contained details of the ASH award. He mentioned, that Award was designed to enhance ease of transition for researchers outside the United States and Canada by providing salary and other forms of support during the crucial period so as to secure the rapt attention of researchers.
ASH President for the year 2021, Martin S. Tallman, said, “Through the ASH Global Research Award, we are able to support the career growth of these future leaders and nurture collaboration across borders, fostering a diverse, global haematology research workforce,”