2019 Milstein Travel Awards

Seymour Milstein (July 21, 1920 – October 2, 2001)

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. Since that time, it has been widely recognized that interferons and the larger class of cytokines play critical roles in the development and progression of many major diseases including cancer, viral diseases such as hepatitis and influenza, and autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis and lupus.

The Milstein family also supports the Seymour & Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research, which represents the pinnacle of scientific achievement in interferon and cytokine research since 1988, and the Milstein Young Investigator Awards to recognize the work of individuals who have made an impact on interferon and cytokine research early in their careers.

Philip, Vivian and Connie Milstein (L-R)

ICIS Awards Committee & others, distributing the Travel Awards at the ICIS Member’s Business Meeting at Cytokines 2019 in Vienna, Austria.

2019 ICIS Awards Committee

Bryan Williams, Chair (2017-2019)

Kate Fitzgerald, Co-Chair (2017-2019)

Thomas B. Lavoie (2017 – 2019)

Nicola Ivan Lore (2015-2020)

Seth Masters (2015-2020)

Fabienne MacKay (2018-2020)

Masaaki Murakami (2018-2020)

Dane Parker (2015-2020)


The Milstein Travel Awards give those who may not otherwise be able to attend the Annual Meeting of the International Cytokine & Interferon Society (ICIS) an opportunity to come share and experience the most current interferon and cytokine knowledge with peers around from the world. Out of 171 applicants for 2019 Travel Awards, the ICIS Awards Committee chose the top ranking 63 presenters to receive 2019 Milstein Travel Awards, please browse the list below.

ICIS members who attend the Annual Meeting of the ICIS and submit a meeting abstract are eligible for Milstein Travel Awards, which are provided by a generous gift from the Milstein Family–Milstein’s son Philip continues to support this award. Milstein Travel Awards are granted based on the scientific merit of the abstract and financial necessity. Receipt of a Milstein Travel Award does not exempt payment of the registration fee. Please note that there are no age restrictions to this award. However, if both senior and junior members from the same laboratory apply for an award, preference is given to the junior member.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Milstein Family for the generous support. The Milstein Travel Award provided me the opportunity to attend the 7th Annual Meeting of the International Cytokine & Interferon Society in Vienna. It was a valuable experience for me to present my research and to discuss with many excellent researchers, in the wonderful venue of the Hofburg Palace. I wish your continuous support will have many more successful years. Thank you.

Tatsuma Ban, PhD

Assistant professor, Department of Immunology, Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan

I am immensely grateful to the Milstein family for bestowing this award and the subsistence which helped me to travel and attend ICIS 2019. Attending ICIS 2019 was indeed a fantastic experience. It helped me learn a lot about the newest advances in the field of cytokine biology and present global research is addressing the development of therapy for inflammatory diseases. The knowledge I have gained will actually help me in better understanding of high altitude immune response.   Without the award, I just wouldn’t have been able to gain this enriching experience. I must congratulate the Milstein family for being one of those hand few people across the globe whose selfless and philanthropic action is helping the cause of science worldwide. The contribution of Milstein family to science is actually ineffable. Thank you so much once more.
Sulagna Bhattacharya

Regional Centre for Biotechnology, India

I’d like to deeply thank the Milstein Family for their continuous effort in helping investigators from all over the world to attend the Annual Meeting of the International Cytokine & Interferon Society (ICIS). The Milstein Travel Award gave me the opportunity to attend one of the most interesting meetings I have so far attended, such as the Cytokines 2019, in the beautiful city of Vienna. It was great for me to be part of it, I enjoyed the program, the networking and the venue. I’m really happy to have had the opportunity to share my work with such a broad and diverse scientific community, and the Milstein Travel Award made that possible and more affordable for me, since I was travelling from the US. I was honored for being considered one of the presenters worthy of this great award. I’m in that moment of my career where I’m transitioning into a more independent position, and meetings like ICIS are really important, to have visibility and know more people in the field and their work. So, again, I’m really grateful to the Milstein Family to have helped me, and keep on helping investigators from all over the world to attend such great meeting.

Carlo De Salvo, PhD

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Pizarro lab Pathology Dept., Case Western Reserve University

I am honored and grateful to receive a Milstein Travel Award to present my research at Cytokines 2019. This award provided me the opportunity to travel to Vienna to present and network with other cytokine and interferon researchers. As an early career researcher in a transitional phase of my career, the ability to attend this meeting and share my work with leaders in the global scientific community has been invaluable. Thank you to the Milstein family and ICIS for this generous award.
Emily Hemann, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Gale Laboratory, University of Washington, USA

I gratefully acknowledge Seymour and Vivian Milstein family for giving Milstein travel award which facilitated me in attending Cytokines, 2019 held at Vienna, Austria. Participation in the conference provided great platform to me for presenting my work in front of lead researchers. Apart from this, conference also gave great opportunity to learn from renowned scientists working in the field of cytokines. Their valuable suggestions and feedback helped to propel my project in rightful direction. Once again, I would like to sincerely thank Milstein family for their kind gesture that helps many researchers to attend this prestigious conference.

Kirti Hira

PhD Student, Birla Institute of technology, India

I would like to thank the Milstein family for their support in building the Seymour & Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research. I am very grateful for having received the Milstein Travel Award to attend the 2019 ICIS meeting in Vienna. With their help, I have the opportunity to present our latest research to the scientific community and to communicate with the leading scientists in interferon and cytokine research.

Rongtuan Lin, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill University

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Seymour and Vivian Milstein Family for their support of Milstein Travel Awards. Receiving this award has made it possible for me to attend Cytokine 2019 in Austria. Travelling from Australia, the distance and costs associated with overseas conferences mean it is difficult to attend many of these meetings. Participating in a highly regarded international scientific meeting like Cytokines is extremely important for my career, it gives me an opportunity to enhance my scientific visibility and obtain feedback on my research through discussions with international experts in the field. I am extremely grateful to the Milstein family for their generosity and the support of such a wonderful meeting.

Katherine Martin, PhD

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Inflammation Division, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the generosity of the Milstein Family. Your generous travel award has helped me to attend the Cytokines 2019 and present my research data. This opportunity allowed me to meet pioneers in the cytokine biology field, discuss my recent finding and getting helpful feedback to drive my research forward. Thank you for your generous gift, which helped in advancing my scientific career.

Hozaifa Metwally, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Kishimoto Laboratory, IFReC, Osaka University

The ICIS meetings bring together the best and brightest international scientists. It is a forum for building new collaborations, challenging new ideas, and sharing our advances. As a cytokine biologist based in Australia, we are quite far away from our scientific colleagues, which is particularly problematic when the need for conference travel arises. The Milstein Travel Award has provided me with an opportunity to attend the 2019 Cytokine meeting, and alleviate the financial burden that international travel necessitates, an opportunity that I am incredibly grateful for.
Tracy Putoczki, PhD

Laboratory Head, Victorian Cancer Agency Fellow, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia

Sincere thanks to the Milstein family for their financial support which made it possible for me to participate in ICIS 2019. Your generosity and support is an encouraging reminder of what the Buddha meant “A kind heart, a life of generosity and compassion are the things which renew humanity”. Thanks for your support. May your generosity be rewarded manifold for the heart that gives, gathers.



Ellora Sen, PhD

National Brain Research Centre, Manesar, India

I would like to solemnly thank the Milstein family and the meeting organizers for providing generous travel award, which will allow me to attend the 2019 Cytokines meeting in Vienna. As a young researcher, attending this international meeting will undoubtedly broaden my academic innovation ideas and build a global network with knowledgeable researchers who are involving in the different research fields, including type I and type III interferons, antiviral immunity, mucosal immunity. I also look forward to receiving more valuable feedback after my oral presentation, which can effectively push my project forward. I have confidence that the 2019 Cytokines meeting will be a complete success and everyone will get an unexpected harvest.

Liang Ye, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Virology, Medical Center University of Freiburg, Germany

I sincerely thank the Milstein Family for their generosity in supporting the 2019 Milstein Travel Awards.  Our research has led us to study cytokine-induced fibrosis in the lung and heart during virus infections, and the International Cytokine and Interferon Society meeting was the ideal venue to share our latest results and to learn about the latest developments from the world’s experts in this area of research. I truly appreciate the opportunity to attend and present at this meeting.  It was an amazing learning experience and I again thank the Milstein Family for helping to make this possible.


Jacob Yount, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity, The Ohio State University, College of Medicine

Milstein Travel Award Winners – Cytokines 2019 in Vienna, Austria

  • Adrian Achuthan, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Sabrin Albeituni, St. Jude Children´s Research Hospital, United States
  • Rachel Ancar, University of Colorado at Denver, United States
  • Tatsuma Ban, Graduate School of Medicine, Yokohama City University, Japan
  • Betsy Barnes, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, United States
  • Cristina Bergamaschi, NIH/NCI, United States
  • sulagna bhattacharya, Regional Centre for Biotechnology, India
  • Wei Cao, Baylor College of Medicine, United States
  • Anna Cardus Figueras, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • Anje Cauwels, Cytokine Receptor Lab, VIB, Belgium
  • Carlo De Salvo, Case Western Reserve, United States
  • Victor Defilippis, OHSU, United States
  • Elizabeth Fay, University of Minnesota, United States
  • Achilleas Floudas, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Ireland
  • Liraz Shmuel-Galia, University of Massachusetts, United States
  • Vladimir Goncalves Magalhaes, German Cancer  Research Center (DKFZ), Germany
  • Nathalie Grandvaux, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Emily A Hemann, University of Washington, United States
  • Kirti Hira, Hyderabad Campus, India
  • Boli Hu, Nanjing Agricultural University, China
  • U-Shane Huang, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Australia
  • Fiachra Humphries, UMASS Medical School, United States
  • Harry James Hurley, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, United States
  • Harshad Ingle, Washington University School of Medicine, United States
  • Sandra Jukic, Research Center Borstel, Germany
  • Keehoon Jung, Seoul National University, Republic Of Korea,
  • Raymond Kaempfer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Rajani Kandhi, University de Sherbrooke, Canada
  • Hyun Jik Kim, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Republic Of Korea
  • Won-Ju Kim, Hanyang University, Republic Of Korea
  • Ekaterina Koltsova, Fox Chase Cancer Center, United States
  • Ming-Chin Lee, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Hye Kyung Lee, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases / NIH, United States
  • Rongtuan Lin, McGill University, Canada
  • Helene Minyi Liu, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • Cynthia Louis, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia
  • Samira Mansouri, University of Florida, United States
  • Aslan Mansurov, University of Chicago, United States
  • Katherine R Martin, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia
  • Hozaifa Metwally, Immunology Fronteir Research Center (IFReC), Japan
  • David Millrine, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • Ebony Monson, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Charlotte Odendall, King’s College London, United Kingdom
  • Anna Piaszyk-Borychowska, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
  • Tracy Putoczki, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Australia
  • Constanza Rodriguez, Centro de investigaciones en Bioquímica Clínica – CIBICI, Argentina
  • Mohamed Saad, Hudson Institute of Medical Research – Monash University, Australia
  • Kimberly S Schluns, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, United States
  • Ellora Sen, National Brain Research Centre, India
  • Katharine A Shanahan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Pattama Songkhunawej, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Fernando Souza-Fonseca-Guimaraes, University of Queensland – Diamantina Institute, Australia
  • Annemarie Steiner, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Australia
  • Sarah Straub, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Australia
  • Ilia D. Vainchtein, UCSF, United States
  • Anette H. H. Van Boxel-Dezaire, Cleveland Clinic, United States
  • Barney Viengkhou, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Stephanie Watowich, MD Anderson Cancer Center, United States
  • Catera L. Wilder, University of California, Los Angeles, United States
  • Liang Ye, University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany
  • Howard Young, NCI at Frederick, United States
  • Jacob Yount, The Ohio State University, United States
  • Pengcheng Zhou, The Australian National University, Australia


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