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Dec. 9 scientific program, memorial tribute to honor Dr. Jeanne Lusher

November 21, 2016

A special scientific program and memorial tribute honoring Wayne State University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics Jeanne Lusher, M.D., will take place at Children’s Hospital of Michigan on Dec. 9.

Sponsored by the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, the scientific program will run from 2 to 5 p.m. on the first floor of Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The program will be followed by a memorial tribute and reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Hematology/Oncology Clinic on the third floor of the Carls Building.

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Dr. Lusher died Sept. 13 at the age of 81. She retired from the School of Medicine in June 2013 after 44 years of exemplary service. She was a lifetime member of Wayne State’s Academy of Scholars, the highest honor bestowed on a university faculty member.

She served as co-director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and as medical director of the Special Coagulation Laboratory of Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Her main research interests include idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, splenic structural physiology in a variety of hematologic/oncologic disorders in children, platelet-vessel wall interactions, development of new assay methods in blood coagulation, and the etiology and pathogenesis of inhibitor antibodies developing against FVIII, an essential blood-clotting protein. Dr. Lusher and a colleague were the first to document the antibody nature of these inhibitors in the late 1960s.