MILSTEIN AWARDS

Announcing the Latest Winners

The 2019 Seymour & Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research. The ICIS recognizes two world leaders in deciphering the fundamental mechanisms of innate immunity in directing cytokine driven responses

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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, 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

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

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

 
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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,...

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...