Milstein Award Laureates from 1988 to Present

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

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Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti

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...

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Luke O’Neill

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...

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Richard A Flavell, PhD

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...

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Carl Nathan

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...

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Jan Vilcek

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...

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John O’Shea

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...

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Alberto Mantovani

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...

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Dr. Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

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...

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Dr. Stefanie N. Vogel, Ph.D.

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...

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Xiaoxia Li, Ph.D.

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....

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Leonidas Platanias, 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,...

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Paul Hertzog, Ph.D.

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...

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Jean-Laurent Casanova, Ph.D.

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....

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Doug Hilton, Ph.D.

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...

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Sergei Kotenko, Ph.D.

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...

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Eleanor Fish, Ph.D.

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...

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Glen Barber, Ph.D.

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...

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Peter Staheli, Ph.D.

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...

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Giorgio Trinchieri, M.D.

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...

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Shizuo Akira, M.D.

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...

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Takashi Fujita, Ph.D.

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...

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Michael Gale, Ph.D.

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...

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Daniela Novick, Ph.D.

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...

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Menachem Rubinstein, Ph.D.

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...

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Nancy Reich, Ph.D.

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...

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Keiko Ozato, Ph.D.

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...

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Ernest C. Borden, M.D.

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...

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John Hiscott, Ph.D.

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...

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Thomas Maniatis, Ph.D.

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...

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Ganes Sen, Ph.D.

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...

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David Levy, Ph.D.

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...

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Sidney Pestka, M.D.

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...

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Moshe Talpaz, M.D.

Moshe Talpaz, M.D.

USA University of Michigan Health System Dr. Talpaz is Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at University of Michigan Health System.  He previously served as professor in the department of experimental therapeutics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson...

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John Kirkwood, M.D.

John Kirkwood, M.D.

USA University of Pittsburgh Dr. Kirkwood is Associate Director of the Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, where he has been the Director of the Melanoma Center since 1985. Following his relocation from Yale to the University...

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Adi Kimchi, Ph.D.

Adi Kimchi, Ph.D.

ISRAEL Weizmann Institute of Science Dr. Kimchi holds the Helena Rubinstein Professorial Chair in Cancer Research at the Weizmann Institute in Israel and has headed the Department of Molecular Genetics there since January 2001.Among the prizes and honors she has...

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Michael Katze, Ph.D.

Michael Katze, Ph.D.

USA University of Washington Dr. Katze is Professor of Microbiology at the University of Washington and Associate Director and Core Staff Scientist at the Washington National Primate Research Center. He is the Program Director for a National Institute study on Drug...

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Otto Haller, Ph.D.

Otto Haller, Ph.D.

GERMANY Universitatsklinikum Freiburg Dr. Haller is a full pr ofessor and director of the Department of Virology at the University of Freiburg in Frieburg Germany.  His research team focuses on Mx Proteins as large GTPases involved in host defense against RNA viruses,...

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George Stark, Ph.D.

George Stark, Ph.D.

USA The Cleveland Clinic Dr. George Stark graduated in Chemistry from Columbia University and became a postdoctoral fellow at the Rockefeller University. He then went to Stanford University and eventually became a Professor of Biochemistry. In 1983 he moved to the...

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James E. Darnell, Jr., M.D.

James E. Darnell, Jr., M.D.

USA The Rockefeller University Dr. Darnell received his M.D. in 1955 from the Washington University School of Medicine. His career has included poliovirus research with Harry Eagle at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, research with François...

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Robert D. Schreiber, Ph.D.

Robert D. Schreiber, Ph.D.

USA Washington University Dr. Schreiber is the Alumni Endowed Professor of Pathology & Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine and Leader of the Tumor Immunology Program of the Washington University Siteman Cancer Center.  He received his...

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Ian Kerr, Ph.D.

Ian Kerr, Ph.D.

UK London Research Institute Dr. I an Kerr has had a long and very distinguished career studying the mechanism of action of the interferons.  Obtaining his Ph.D. in 1963, he did postdoctoral work at Stanford and MIT, and was a group leader at the MRC National...

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Paula Pitha-Rowe, Ph.D.

Paula Pitha-Rowe, Ph.D.

USA Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Dr. Pitha-Rowe has been interested in the effects viral infection on the expression of cellular genes and in the novel approaches to modulation of the antiviral and anti-inflammatory responses. She received her Ph.D. from the...

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R. Michael Roberts, Ph.D.

R. Michael Roberts, Ph.D.

USA University of Missouri Dr. Roberts is the Curators’ Professor of Animal Science and Biochemistry at the University of Missouri and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He received his B.A. in botany and his Ph.D. in plant physiology and biochemistry at...

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Susan Krown, M.D.

Susan Krown, M.D.

USA Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Dr. Krown is a medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of malignant melanoma and the malignancies associated with AIDS and HIV infection. Her major clinical interests are in developing better therapies for both...

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Tattanahalli L. Nagabhushan, Ph.D.

Tattanahalli L. Nagabhushan, Ph.D.

USA Schering-Plough Corporation Dr. Tattanahalli Nagabhushan was born and raised in the state of Karnataka, India.  After completing his undergraduate studies in Science at St. Philomena’s College in Mysore (B.Sc., 1953-1955), he pursued advanced studies in Chemistry...

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Yukio Mitsui, Ph.D.

Yukio Mitsui, Ph.D.

JAPAN Professor, Nagaoka University of Technology. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Prof. Mitsui graduated from the Department of Pharmaceutical Science of the University of Tokyo and obtained his Ph.D. in 1966. After graduation, he moved to Yale University, New Haven,...

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Charles E. Bugg, Ph.D.

Charles E. Bugg, Ph.D.

USA University of Alabama at Birmingham Dr. Bugg received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Rice University in 1965, and joined the faculty at University of Alabama at Birmingham after completing two years of postdoctoral study at the California Institute of...

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Robert Silverman, Ph.D.

Robert Silverman, Ph.D.

USA The Cleveland Clinic Professor Silverman is the currently the Mal and Lea Bank Chair in the Department of Cancer Biology, Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. He has a distinguished, nearly 40-year career studying the antiviral and anticancer...

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Ian Kerr, Ph.D.

Ian Kerr, Ph.D.

UK London Research Institute Dr. Ian Kerr has had a long and very distinguished career studying the mechanism of action of the interferons. Obtaining his Ph.D. in 1963, he did postdoctoral work at Stanford and MIT, and was a group leader at the MRC National Institute...

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Hans Strander, M.D.

Hans Strander, M.D.

SWEDEN Karolinska Institutet Dr. Hans Strander, at the Department of Oncology, Radiumhemmet, Karolinska Hospital, discovered that he could give interferon to terminal bone cancer patients and double the number of long-term disease free survivors in some cases.White...

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Jordan Gutterman, M.D.

Jordan Gutterman, M.D.

USA MD Anderson Cancer Center Dr. Gutterman serves as the section head of Cellular and Molecular Growth Regulation at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, located at the University of Texas in Houston, TX.The primary focus of his laboratory is novel plant compounds that...

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Bryan R.G. Williams, Ph.D.

Bryan R.G. Williams, Ph.D.

USA Monash Institute of Medical Research Professor Williams is currently Institute Director of the Monash Institute of Medical Research. He has a distinguished research career spanning over 30 years in the areas of innate immunity and cancer biology, and has published...

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Ara G. Hovanessian, Ph.D.

Ara G. Hovanessian, Ph.D.

FRANCE Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Dr. Ara Giragos Hovanessian is an internationally recognized scientist who, with world authority Dr.Montagnier, identified the HIV virus at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. In his research, Dr. Ara Hovanessian...

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Michel Aguet, M.D.

Michel Aguet, M.D.

SWITZERLAND Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) Dr. Aguet received his M.D. in Zurich in 1974.He trained as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Ion Gresser in Villejuif, France, and moved back to the University of Zurich, where he became group leader at the...

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Tadatsugu Taniguchi, Ph.D.

Tadatsugu Taniguchi, Ph.D.

JAPAN University of Tokyo Dr. Taniguchi, Professor and Chair of the Immunology Laboratory, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, has performed groundbreaking research in molecular immunology.  He was the first to isolate and characterize an interferon...

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