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American Library Association Honors Barry Coller for Supporting Health Sciences Library

American Library Association Honors Barry Coller for Supporting Health Sciences Library

Dr. Coller cites library as crucial for advancing biomedical science and clinical care

Dr. Barry Coller, left, receives a Major Benefactor Award from Andrew White, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, and Director, Health Sciences Library, for his continuous financial support of the library.

STONY BROOK, N.Y., March 22, 2012 – Dr. Barry Coller, a former Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Pathology at Stony Brook School of Medicine, and Trustee, Stony Brook Foundation, received a Major Benefactor Award sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) in recognition of his continuous financial support of the Health Sciences Library at Stony Brook University. Dr. Coller was presented with the honor on March 13 at a Stony Brook Foundation meeting.

Major Benefactor Awards honor those who support, advocate, and raise funds for all types of libraries nationwide. Dr. Coller’s award was given by the Health Sciences Library in conjunction with the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the ALA. Dr. Coller has supported the Health Sciences Library for many years and helped expand its collection and resources. The library has established The Barry Coller Learning Center, a computing facility with multimedia resources for faculty and student uses. 

“The library played a crucial role in enabling me to do my research when I was a faculty member,” said Dr. Coller. “Not only was the collection outstanding, especially for a new institution, but the personnel were experts in the emerging science of literature searching and eager to help faculty achieve their research goals.

“Today the library is a vibrant knowledge and information hub that is crucial for the advance of biomedical science and clinical care,” he continued. “As a result, in order for the new exciting scientific and medical initiatives to reach their full potential, it is vital that the library have the resources to sustain its excellence and continuously transform itself to adopt the latest technology and to make that technology readily available for students and faculty.”

A renowned physician, researcher, and medical educator, Dr. Coller is an expert on the basic molecular mechanisms involved in blood clotting and thrombosis. His work led to the understanding of events that lead to heart attacks. His research accomplishments include the development of a monoclonal antibody to platelets that was developed into the drug abciximab (ReoPro).

Dr. Coller joined the faculty at Stony Brook in 1976 as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology. In 1982, he became Professor of Medicine and Pathology and rose to the position of Distinguished Service Professor in 1993. Dr. Coller was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1999, the National Academy of Sciences in 2003, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005. 

He is currently the David Rockefeller Professor of Medicine, Head of the Allen and Frances Adler Laboratory of Blood and Vascular Biology, and Vice President of Medical Affairs and Physician-in-Chief at the Rockefeller University Hospital. Dr. Coller is also a member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Advisory Council. 


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