OU Hudson CoPH doctoral student awarded ASH Minority Hematology Graduate Award

Amanda Llaneza, a student in the Hudson College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, has received an American Society of Hematology Minority Hematology Graduate Award. Llaneza received her master of public health degree in epidemiology from New York University and is currently a doctoral student in epidemiology at the Hudson College of Public Health. Her PhD advisor and mentor is Dr. Dee Terrell.

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) Minority Graduate Award is part of the ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative and encourages graduate students from historically underrepresented minority groups in the United States and Canada to pursue a career in academic hematology. The 2-year award will fund Llaneza’s doctoral education, additional research training and her hematology-focused research project from July 2020 to June 2022.

The project will describe the management of thrombocytopenia during pregnancy and also explore if there is a racial disparity in primary immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). There is a need to investigate the health outcomes in ITP to inform current treatment guidelines and also address health disparities. 

“The ASH MHGA award will allow me to continue on the path of serving the needs of a community that has been largely overlooked in research. It is a starting point to answering research questions that bridge clinical science, epidemiologic research and patient care. My goal is to improve the health and management of diverse populations with ITP,” Ms. Llaneza commented.

Doctoral student Amanda Llaneza (Photo courtesy of Llaneza)