MILSTEIN AWARDS

Announcing the Latest Winners

The 2018 Seymour & Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research. The ICIS recognizes two world leaders in deciphering the role of innate immunity in the host immune response.

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MILSTEIN AWARDS

Announcing the Latest Winners

The 2018 Seymour & Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research. The ICIS recognizes two world leaders in deciphering the role of innate immunity in the host immune response.

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The Milstein Awards – 30 Years of Support Leading to New Treatments in Immunology, Rheumatology, Cancer, Infectious Disease and Inflammation

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The Seymour & Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research, represents the pinnacle of scientific achievement in interferon and cytokine research since 1988. This award is bestowed upon a leading biomedical research scientist who has made outstanding contributions to interferon and cytokine research, either in a basic or applied field. Many laureates have made seminal advancements that have enabled the successful treatment of disease or have the potential to lead to significant health benefits.

The Milstein family–Vivian, her late husband Seymour, their son Philip and their daughter Constance–are well-known philanthropists in the United States and abroad. For more than 50 years they have provided essential support for institutions and organizations at a time when funds from government agencies have been drying up. Seymour Milstein’s early insights into the critical importance of interferons led him to Sidney Pestka, M.D., one of the scientists at the forefront of interferon research and an active member of the former ISICR, and the Milstein family’s tradition of support for organizations dedicated to patient care and scientific research, motivated him and his wife Vivian to establish The Milstein Awards in 1988, two years after interferon was first approved for the treatment of hairy cell leukemia. Read More

2018 Milstein Young Investigator Awards

Ricardo Rajsbaum, PhD

Ricardo Rajsbaum, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Microbiology and Immunology University of Texas Medical Branch Ricardo Rajsbaum, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston,...

Greg Sonnenberg, PhD

Greg Sonnenberg, PhD Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in Medicine Weil Cornell, New York City, USA Dr. Sonnenberg completed his doctoral research training at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, focusing on mucosal immunology....

Munir Akkaya, MD, PhD

Munir Akkaya, MD, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, NIAID, NIH Dr. Munir Akkaya received his MD degree from Hacettepe University, Turkey in 2007 and D.Phil (PhD) degree from the University of Oxford in 2012. During his undergraduate education, he was awarded with a Scholarship...

2018 Milstein Travel Award Winners

 

Milstein Award Laureates

Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti

The ICIS Awards Committee have chosen Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti, PhD, as one of the recipients of the 2018 Seymour & Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research in recognition of her numerous contributions and impact on our understanding...

Luke O’Neill

Luke A.J. O’Neill FRS is Professor & Chair of Biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Professor O'Neill is awarded the 2018 Seymour & Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in...

Richard A Flavell, PhD

Sterling Professor of Immunobiology, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Dr. Flavell is founding chair of the Department of Immunobiology at Yale and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. After obtaining a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from...

Carl Nathan

Carl Nathan, R.A. Rees Pritchett Professor and chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Weill Cornell Medical College and co-chair of the Program in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis at Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell...

Jan Vilcek

Research Professor, Department of Microbiology & Professor Emeritus of Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, New York University School of Medicine Dr. Jan Vilcek originally demonstrated that interferons (IFNs) protect cells from infection with isolated viral RNA,...

John O’Shea

Scientific Director, National Institute of Arthritis Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health Dr. John O’Shea has performed outstanding research on how cytokines transmit signals to the cell interior of T cells and innate lymphocytes so as to...

Alberto Mantovani

Scientific Director, Istituto Clinico Humanitas, President,  Fondazione Humanitas per la Ricerca and Full Professor of General Pathology, School of Medicine, Humanitas University. Main contributions Tumor biology. Demonstration in the late ‘70s of the protumor...

Dr. Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester, MA Dr. Fitzgerald received her B.Sc. in Biochemistry in 1995 from University College Cork, Ireland, and her Ph.D. in 1999 from the laboratory of Professor Luke O’Neill in Trinity College...

Dr. Stefanie N. Vogel, Ph.D.

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology Professor of Medicine University of Maryland School of Medicine Baltimore, MD Dr. Stefanie Vogel received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1977 and then did postdoctoral research at the National...

Xiaoxia Li, Ph.D.

Department of Immunology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Dr. Xiaoxia Li received her Bachelor degree from Wuhan University in China and came to the United States for her doctoral training in 1983. She received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology from M.D....

Leonidas Platanias, M.D.

Deputy Director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Professor of Medicine Lurie Family Professor of Oncology Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University. Dr. Platanias is originally from Athens, Greece and moved to the United States in 1984,...

Paul Hertzog, Ph.D.

Australia Centre Director Centre for Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow Monash Institute of Medical Research Professor Paul Hertzog is an Australian who was educated at the University of Melbourne where he obtained his PhD...

Jean-Laurent Casanova, Ph.D.

USA Rockefeller University The ISICR is proud to announce the winner of the 2012 Milstein Award. Dr. Jean-Laurent Casanova is Senior Attending Physician and Professor, St. Giles Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases, at The Rockefeller University. Dr....

Doug Hilton, Ph.D.

AUSTRALIA Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Douglas Hilton was born in the United Kingdom in 1964 and migrated to Australia with his family in 1970 where he grew up in the idyllic outer suburb of Warrandyte, in the lower Yarra Valley, just north east...

Sergei Kotenko, Ph.D.

USA New Jersey Medical School Dr. Sergei Kotenko is Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at New Jersey Medical School, the Newark, NJ campus of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Kotenko is being honored for his...

Eleanor Fish, Ph.D.

CANADA University of Toronto, Department of Immunology Dr. Eleanor Fish is Senior Scientist and Head of the Division of Cellular & Molecular Biology at Toronto General Research Institute.Dr. Fish is being h onored for her distinguished career characterized by...

Glen Barber, Ph.D.

USA University of Miami Health System As a co-leader of the Viral Oncology Program at University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Barber is focused on developing virus-based therapies to treat cancer. His research focuses on understanding the...

Peter Staheli, Ph.D.

Germany Universitatsklinikum Freiburg Dr. Staheli le ads a team of researchers in the molecular virology and immune defense research laboratory at the University of Freiburg in Germany, where he is also on the faculty as a full professor. He received his diploma and...

Giorgio Trinchieri, M.D.

USA National Cancer Institute Dr. Trinchieri was most recently the Director of the Schering Plough Laboratory for Immunological Research in Dardilly, France, and an NIH Fogarty Scholar at the Laboratory for Parasitic Diseases, NIAID.  Since August 2006, he has been...

Shizuo Akira, M.D.

JAPAN Osaka University Shizuo Akira, M.D., Ph.D., a 2007 laureate, has made an undeniable impact on our understanding of the immune system and how our bodies defend us from disease. Through his laboratory’s prolific creation of genetically modified models, Dr.Akira...

Takashi Fujita, Ph.D.

JAPAN Kyoto University Dr. Fujita is Professor of Molecular Genetics at Kyoto University’s Institute for Virus Research.  He received his B.A. in Biology in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Biology in 1982; both at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Fujita’s lab discovered...

Michael Gale, Ph.D.

USA University of Washington Dr. Michael Gale, Jr.is Professor in the Department of Immunology at the University of Washington in Seattle.  He also serves as Adjunct Professor in Microbiology and Global Health as well as Affiliate Investigator in the Clinical...

Daniela Novick, Ph.D.

ISRAEL Weizmann Institute of Science Dr. Novick was born in Poland in 1948, a daughter to two Auschwitz and death march survivors. In 1957 her family immigrated to Israel, where in 1967, she served in the Israeli air force. Dr. Novick received an M.S. in Microbiology...

Menachem Rubinstein, Ph.D.

ISRAEL Weizmann Institute of Science Dr. Rubinstein was educated as a biochemist, earning his Ph.D. degree from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel in 1975. As a postdoctoral fellow and later as a visiting scientist at the Roche Institute of Molecular...

Nancy Reich, Ph.D.

USA University of New York – Stony Brook Dr. Reich received her B.A. from Hofstra University and her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.She performed postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. James Darnell at Rockefeller University where...

Keiko Ozato, Ph.D.

USA National Institutes of Health Dr. Ozato received her Ph.D. at Kyoto University and trained in the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Johns Hopkins University and National Cancer Institute. Her laboratory was created in 1981 at the National Institute of Child...

Ernest C. Borden, M.D.

USA The Cleveland Clinic Dr. Borden was Director of the Center for Cancer Drug Discovery and Development at The Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center and Lerner Research Institute, with a joint appointment in the Department of Cancer Biology at the Cleveland Clinic...

John Hiscott, Ph.D.

CANADA McGill University Dr. Hiscott is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology and Oncology at McGill University and is the Director of the Molecular Oncology Group at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research.Dr. Hiscott received...

Thomas Maniatis, Ph.D.

USA Harvard University Dr. Maniatis is currently The Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University.  He not only determined the nucleotide sequence of one of lambda’s regulatory...

Ganes Sen, Ph.D.

USA The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Dr. Sen is Chairman of the Department of Molecular Biology at the Lerner Research Institute, at the Cleveland Clinic.  He is also professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Case...

Richard A Flavell, PhD

Sterling Professor of Immunobiology, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Dr. Flavell is founding chair of the Department of Immunobiology at Yale and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. After obtaining a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from...

Carl Nathan

Carl Nathan, R.A. Rees Pritchett Professor and chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Weill Cornell Medical College and co-chair of the Program in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis at Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell...

Jan Vilcek

Research Professor, Department of Microbiology & Professor Emeritus of Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, New York University School of Medicine Dr. Jan Vilcek originally demonstrated that interferons (IFNs) protect cells from infection with isolated viral RNA,...

John O’Shea

Scientific Director, National Institute of Arthritis Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health Dr. John O’Shea has performed outstanding research on how cytokines transmit signals to the cell interior of T cells and innate lymphocytes so as to...

Alberto Mantovani

Scientific Director, Istituto Clinico Humanitas, President,  Fondazione Humanitas per la Ricerca and Full Professor of General Pathology, School of Medicine, Humanitas University. Main contributions Tumor biology. Demonstration in the late ‘70s of the protumor...

Dr. Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester, MA Dr. Fitzgerald received her B.Sc. in Biochemistry in 1995 from University College Cork, Ireland, and her Ph.D. in 1999 from the laboratory of Professor Luke O’Neill in Trinity College...

Dr. Stefanie N. Vogel, Ph.D.

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology Professor of Medicine University of Maryland School of Medicine Baltimore, MD Dr. Stefanie Vogel received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1977 and then did postdoctoral research at the National...

Xiaoxia Li, Ph.D.

Department of Immunology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Dr. Xiaoxia Li received her Bachelor degree from Wuhan University in China and came to the United States for her doctoral training in 1983. She received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology from M.D....

Leonidas Platanias, M.D.

Deputy Director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Professor of Medicine Lurie Family Professor of Oncology Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University. Dr. Platanias is originally from Athens, Greece and moved to the United States in 1984,...

Paul Hertzog, Ph.D.

Australia Centre Director Centre for Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow Monash Institute of Medical Research Professor Paul Hertzog is an Australian who was educated at the University of Melbourne where he obtained his PhD...

Jean-Laurent Casanova, Ph.D.

USA Rockefeller University The ISICR is proud to announce the winner of the 2012 Milstein Award. Dr. Jean-Laurent Casanova is Senior Attending Physician and Professor, St. Giles Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases, at The Rockefeller University. Dr....

Doug Hilton, Ph.D.

AUSTRALIA Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Douglas Hilton was born in the United Kingdom in 1964 and migrated to Australia with his family in 1970 where he grew up in the idyllic outer suburb of Warrandyte, in the lower Yarra Valley, just north east...

Sergei Kotenko, Ph.D.

USA New Jersey Medical School Dr. Sergei Kotenko is Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at New Jersey Medical School, the Newark, NJ campus of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Kotenko is being honored for his...

Eleanor Fish, Ph.D.

CANADA University of Toronto, Department of Immunology Dr. Eleanor Fish is Senior Scientist and Head of the Division of Cellular & Molecular Biology at Toronto General Research Institute.Dr. Fish is being h onored for her distinguished career characterized by...

Glen Barber, Ph.D.

USA University of Miami Health System As a co-leader of the Viral Oncology Program at University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Barber is focused on developing virus-based therapies to treat cancer. His research focuses on understanding the...

Peter Staheli, Ph.D.

Germany Universitatsklinikum Freiburg Dr. Staheli le ads a team of researchers in the molecular virology and immune defense research laboratory at the University of Freiburg in Germany, where he is also on the faculty as a full professor. He received his diploma and...

Giorgio Trinchieri, M.D.

USA National Cancer Institute Dr. Trinchieri was most recently the Director of the Schering Plough Laboratory for Immunological Research in Dardilly, France, and an NIH Fogarty Scholar at the Laboratory for Parasitic Diseases, NIAID.  Since August 2006, he has been...

Shizuo Akira, M.D.

JAPAN Osaka University Shizuo Akira, M.D., Ph.D., a 2007 laureate, has made an undeniable impact on our understanding of the immune system and how our bodies defend us from disease. Through his laboratory’s prolific creation of genetically modified models, Dr.Akira...

Takashi Fujita, Ph.D.

JAPAN Kyoto University Dr. Fujita is Professor of Molecular Genetics at Kyoto University’s Institute for Virus Research.  He received his B.A. in Biology in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Biology in 1982; both at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Fujita’s lab discovered...

Michael Gale, Ph.D.

USA University of Washington Dr. Michael Gale, Jr.is Professor in the Department of Immunology at the University of Washington in Seattle.  He also serves as Adjunct Professor in Microbiology and Global Health as well as Affiliate Investigator in the Clinical...

Daniela Novick, Ph.D.

ISRAEL Weizmann Institute of Science Dr. Novick was born in Poland in 1948, a daughter to two Auschwitz and death march survivors. In 1957 her family immigrated to Israel, where in 1967, she served in the Israeli air force. Dr. Novick received an M.S. in Microbiology...

Menachem Rubinstein, Ph.D.

ISRAEL Weizmann Institute of Science Dr. Rubinstein was educated as a biochemist, earning his Ph.D. degree from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel in 1975. As a postdoctoral fellow and later as a visiting scientist at the Roche Institute of Molecular...

Nancy Reich, Ph.D.

USA University of New York – Stony Brook Dr. Reich received her B.A. from Hofstra University and her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.She performed postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. James Darnell at Rockefeller University where...

Keiko Ozato, Ph.D.

USA National Institutes of Health Dr. Ozato received her Ph.D. at Kyoto University and trained in the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Johns Hopkins University and National Cancer Institute. Her laboratory was created in 1981 at the National Institute of Child...

Ernest C. Borden, M.D.

USA The Cleveland Clinic Dr. Borden was Director of the Center for Cancer Drug Discovery and Development at The Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center and Lerner Research Institute, with a joint appointment in the Department of Cancer Biology at the Cleveland Clinic...

John Hiscott, Ph.D.

CANADA McGill University Dr. Hiscott is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology and Oncology at McGill University and is the Director of the Molecular Oncology Group at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research.Dr. Hiscott received...

Thomas Maniatis, Ph.D.

USA Harvard University Dr. Maniatis is currently The Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University.  He not only determined the nucleotide sequence of one of lambda’s regulatory...

Ganes Sen, Ph.D.

USA The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Dr. Sen is Chairman of the Department of Molecular Biology at the Lerner Research Institute, at the Cleveland Clinic.  He is also professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Case...

David Levy, Ph.D.

USA New York University Dr. Levy is a faculty member at the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at New York University School of Medicine where he is a Professor of Pathology and holds the Dr. Louis A. Schneider Endowed Chair in Molecular Pathology. He...

Sidney Pestka, M.D.

USA PBL Assay Science Dr. Pestka is known as the Father of Interferon for his seminal work on interferon that gave birth to what is, today, a $6 billion dollar market directed at the therapy of hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and other diseases that affect...