Dear Members of the FM and AUBMC Community:
It gives me great pleasure to announce that the 2022 King Hussein Award for Cancer Research - Lifetime Achievement Regional Category - has been awarded to Dr. Ali Bazarbachi, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) Program. The King Hussein Award recognizes the pillars and pioneers who have played critical roles in both advancing regional research and the fight against cancer at the international level through its Lifetime Achievement Award.
During his tenure, Dr. Bazarbachi has demonstrated impactful basic, translational, and clinical research work and has made significant contributions to science. Dr. Bazarbachi's research focuses on developing oncogene-targeted therapies for human leukemia and lymphoma, and post-transplant pharmacological interventions. His discovery of targeted therapy of Adult T-Cell Leukemia (ATL), using the combination of zidovudine and interferon-alpha, has dramatically changed the natural history of this devastating disease and significantly prolonged five-year survival of patients from 10% to nearly 50%. Dr. Bazarbachi also made seminal contributions to the understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of ATL leukemogenesis, including the role of the Human T-Lymphotropic Virus 1(HTLV-1) oncoprotein activation, epigenetic deregulation, immune suppression, and long-term maintenance of leukemia stem cells.
Dr. Bazarbachi established and continue to direct the BMT program at AUBMC, which is accredited by the Joint Accreditation Committee ISCT-Europe & EBMT (JACIE). The Program is currently the largest transplant program in Lebanon, and largely attracts patients from Lebanon and most regional countries. Over the years, it expanded to exceed 1000 transplants with impeccable record in survival exceeding worldwide statistics.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Bazarbachi for this deserved honor.
Raymond Sawaya, MD
Vice President for Medical Affairs
Raja N. Khuri Dean, Faculty of Medicine
American University of Beirut