Awards & Recognition

AATB recognizes outstanding individuals within the tissue banking community.

Achievement Awards

There are three Achievement Awards given annually by AATB to outstanding individuals in tissue banking. These three awards are the Jeanne C. Mowe Distinguished Service Award, George W. Hyatt Memorial Award, and the Kenneth W. Sell Memorial Award.

These three awards are named after significant people who have made great contributions to the tissue banking community and to AATB.

Jeanne C. Mowe Distinguished Service Award

The Jeanne C. Mowe Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution in tissue banking or transplantation, whether in research, education, or laboratory improvement, or who has served the Association or the field of tissue banking. The individual should have demonstrated leadership qualities and a consistent willingness to lend his or her expertise to the Association and/or to his or her peers. The recipient shall be a member in good standing of the Association.

The Jeanne C. Mowe Award was originally known as the Distinguished Service Award until August 2013. The first Distinguished Service Award was given in 1987 to George W. Hyatt, who is the namesake of the George W. Hyatt Memorial Award. In August 2013, the Distinguished Service Award was renamed the Jeanne C. Mowe Award in remembrance of Ms. Mowe, who was a past Executive Director of AATB.

About Jeanne C. Mowe

Jeanne C. Mowe was the first Executive Director of the American Association of Tissue Banks. She drafted the first Standards for Tissue Banking and created AATB's accreditation program for tissue banks. She also served on the Surgeon General's Task Force on Organ Donation and on the executive committee of the American Council on Transplantation. After her passing in 2003, Mowe's dedication to AATB through her 20 years of service was memorialized in the Jeanne C. Mowe Distinguished Service Award.

Past Jeanne C. Mowe Winners

George W. Hyatt Award

The George W. Hyatt Memorial Award is given annually to an outstanding individual scientist who has demonstrated superior research, teaching, and service abilities in the field(s) of tissue banking, tissue transplantation, or transplantation medicine. The recipient need not be a member of AATB. The first George W. Hyatt Memorial Award was awarded to Harold T. Meryman, M.D in 1995.

About George W. Hyatt

Dr. George W. Hyatt, a Navy surgeon, came up with the idea for the Navy Tissue Bank. Due to his creation of the Navy Tissue Bank, he is considered to be the "Father of American Tissue Banking." During his time at the Navy Tissue Bank, he oversaw experiments on freeze-drying tissues and preservation techniques. He also became a consultant for tissue preservation programs abroad. After leaving the Navy Tissue Bank following his 17 years of service in the Navy, he became a professor of orthopedic surgery at Georgetown University. Dr. Hyatt passed away in 1993 at the age of 63. The George W. Hyatt Memorial Award was established in his remembrance.

Past George W. Hyatt Award Winners

Kenneth W. Sell Award

The Kenneth W. Sell Memorial Award is given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the development of tissue banking standards, the inspection and accreditation of tissue banks, and/or the education and certification of tissue banking personnel to ensure the quality, safety and availability of cells and tissue for transplantation. The recipient need not be a member of AATB. The first Kenneth W. Sell Memorial Award was awarded to D. Ted Eastlund, M.D., Ph.D. in 2004.

About Kenneth W. Sell

Dr. Kenneth W. Sell, the "Father of AATB," became director of the Navy Tissue Bank in 1965. Dr. Sell knew that there was a need for an association of tissue banks. He organized the Tissue Bank Symposium, which was held from August 13-15, 1975 in Washington DC In 1976, a little over a year later, Dr. Sell incorporated AATB. Dr. Sell passed away in 1996. His contributions to tissue banking are memorialized in the Kenneth W. Sell Memorial Award.

Past Kenneth W. Sell Award Winners

Review & Selection Process

The AATB Nominating and Awards Committee is responsible for recommending a list of nominees for the Jeanne C. Mowe Distinguished Service Award, George W. Hyatt Memorial Award, and Kenneth W. Sell Memorial Award. These nominees are submitted to and subsequently selected by the AATB Board of Governors.

Abstract Awards

There are three Abstract Awards given annually by AATB that recognize the outstanding research being done in the tissue banking community. One winning abstract will be selected from each of the three categories listed below. Additional abstracts from each category will also be selected for poster display at the AATB Annual Meeting. 

Abstracts must be based on original work that has not or will not be published or presented in any other copyrighted journal or Abstract Book. Abstracts may have been previously submitted at smaller/regional meetings but cannot be previously published. 

Scientific Abstracts

These abstracts relate to research, clinical outcomes, allograft studies, tissue processing, disinfection, etc. These studies will likely follow classical scientific methodology involving testing a stated hypothesis and generating analyzable outcomes that either support or refute the hypothesis. Scientific abstracts must describe the use of robust and reproducible methods and data analysis techniques.  

Although not an inclusive list, scientific topics related to tissue banking may include: 

  • Microbiology (screening, testing and validation)
  • Tissue processing methods
  • Disinfection/Sterilization
  • Skin
  • Xenografts
  • Tissue graft applications
  • Burn
  • Clinical outcomes
  • Allograft performance (in vitro or in vivo)
  • Tissue handling (shipments, recovery, storage, shelf-life)
  • Osteobiologics
  • Sports Medicine (including osteoarticular)
  • Cardiovascular
  • Spine
  • Wound Healing
  • Cellular therapy/Regenerative medicine (e.g. stem cells)
  • Other – (must describe)  

Scientific Abstracts by a CTBS

All scientific abstracts submitted by a CTBS will be considered for this award. No separate submission is necessary. 

Non-Scientific Abstracts

Non-scientific abstracts may include surveys, literature reviews or testimonials to support the abstract theme. While data may be included, data are not required unless they are needed to support conclusions.  

Although not an inclusive list, non-scientific topics related to tissue banking may include: 

  • Donor eligibility requirements
  • Technician safety practices
  • Recovery methods
  • Service to donor families
  • Funeral home practices
  • Hospital practices
  • Compliance/regulation
  • Other (must describe)

Review & Selection Process

The AATB Abstract Awards are evaluated every year by a select group of independent reviewers. All reviewers are selected by AATB staff, and review abstract submissions based on evaluation criteria set by AATB. Abstracts accepted for poster display and/or presentation will be based on these reviews. 

Authors associated with each of the winning abstracts will receive an award at the AATB Annual Meeting.One author associated with each of the three winning abstracts will be expected to give a podium presentation at the AATB Annual Meeting. The three authors who give podium presentations associated with their exceptional abstracts will have their meeting registration fee waived.

All authors of accepted abstracts are highly encouraged to prepare a poster for display at the meeting.

Communication & Education Awards

There are three Communication & Education Awards given annually by AATB  that recognize outstanding public and professional communication and education initiatives within the tissue banking community. These awards focus on sharing ideas and best communication practices and rewarding innovation and creativity among AATB members.

Outstanding Professional Communication Award

This award serves to recognize outstanding achievement in the area of communication to key professional groups (Funeral Professionals, Medical Examiners, Medical Device Professionals, Surgeons, etc.)  regarding tissue donation and transplantation. Judges will be looking for outstanding scope, results or achievement in the area of communication projects that are tailored to communicate with or educate a specific professional audience about tissue donation and/or transplant. Potential projects could include presentations, outreach programs with hospitals, or education initiatives with surgeons.

Outstanding Public Communication Award

This award serves to recognize outstanding achievement in the area of public communication about tissue donation and transplant. Judges will be looking for outstanding scope, results or achievement in areas such as public education or awareness, community relations, social media campaigns, donor designation, media outreach, celebrity/ambassador programs, or tissue recipient engagement programs.

Groundbreaker Award

This award recognizes unique, creative, and groundbreaking advances in tissue banking communications. Judges will be looking for projects that address a new issue or audience, ideas and angles that have never been seen before or an unexpected, fresh spin on a traditional idea. This award recognizes those who try new things first, lead the way for other tissue banking organizations, and create tools that will be used across the profession as a whole. All entries will automatically be considered for this award.

Review & Selection Process

The AATB Communications & Education Awards are judged every year by a select group of individuals who work in the fields of media and public relations, marketing, communications and journalism. All judges are selected by AATB staff, and evaluate award submissions based on judging criteria set by AATB.