September 16, 2015                                                            For Immediate Release
Congratulations to the 2015 AATB Award Winners 
Today, the AATB will recognize the following award winners at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. Please join us in congratulating them on their accomplishments.
Annual Association Awards

Kenneth W. Sell Memorial Award
Ralph Powers, DDS, CTBS

George W. Hyatt Memorial Award
Alyce Linthurst Jones, PhD
Jeanne C. Mowe Distinguished Service Award
George McCann, MD, CTBS

Communication and Education Awards
Outstanding Professional Education
Outstanding Professional Education for Death Investigation Professionals 
LifeNet Health, Dr. Samantha Wetzler

Outstanding Public Education
Empowering Individuals to Make a Difference 
United Tissue Network, Amanda Cruz

The Groundbreaker Award
Donor Alliance Utilizes Transplantation Science Program
 to Educate Youth on Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation 
Donor Alliance, Andrea Smith

Outstanding Abstract Awards
Outstanding Scientific Abstract
Ultrastructure Determination and Extensive Characterization of Cytokines in Fresh-Frozen, Freeze-Dried and y-Irradiated Human Amniotic Membrane

Adolfo Paolin, Treviso Tissue Bank
Diletta Trojan, Treviso Tissue Bank
Raffaele Niero, Treviso Tissue Bank
Elisa Cogliati, Treviso Tissue Bank

Outstanding Non-Scientific Abstract
Skin Prep: How we lowered our positive skin culture rate

 Patrick Countryman, CTBS, New England Organ Bank
Kristina Andrzejewski, CTBS, New England Organ Bank

Outstanding Scientific Abstract by a CTBS
The Donor Recovery Prep: From what was to what works

Ryan Nelson, CTBS, Donor Network of Arizona
 Sam Ritter, CTBS, Donor Network of Arizona
 Rhiannon Knueven, CTBS, Donor Network of Arizona
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The American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) -- a professional, non-profit, scientific and educational organization -- is the only national tissue banking organization in the United States. Founded in 1976, the AATB is dedicated to improving and saving lives by promoting and advancing the safety, quality and availability of donated human tissue. To fulfill that mission, 
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