Award Information

The merger of the International Cytokine Society (ICS) and the International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research (ISICR) is underway and scheduled to be complete later this year (2013). Since Cytokines 2013 in San Francisco is the inaugural meeting of the unified society, International Cytokine and Interferon Society (ICIS), the awards have been combined to reflect this exciting development. The ICIS Joint Awards Committee consists of Jennifer Towne (ICS), Marion Kasaian (ICS) and Bob Silverman (ISICR). Guidelines for application and abstract submission for awards can be found in the following sections.

Guidelines for Award applications

You must submit an abstract to the meeting by the abstract deadline of August 1, 2013 for the program committee to review and place in the scientific program. Be sure to check the appropriate award box on the abstract submission page to indicate the award for which you are applying.

In addition, if you are applying for an award, you must send a copy of your abstract along with the supportive data requested to the separate awards submission site. Click the link provided following each award description (Awards 4-12 below) for direct access to the award site. Eligibility for specific awards is described below. Application is solely by electronic submission; hard copies will not be considered. Applicants may apply for more than one award, but only one award per individual is allowed per year. Remember, abstracts and supplemental material for awards must be received no later than May 21, 2013.

To be eligible for an ICIS award, applicants must be a member of ICIS (ICS /ISICR) (with the exception of the Sidney & Joan Pestka Awards, see below). Also, while candidates may apply each year, they are not eligible to receive any given Award more than once. Awards are anticipated dependent upon available funding.

NOTE: As indicated, if you are applying for an award, your abstract must be submitted for review and placement in the program by the abstract deadline of May 7, 2013. Abstracts will be judged on the basis of scientific merit and originality.

DEADLINE FOR AWARD APPLICATIONS: May 21st.


ICIS Awards – 2013

  1. Seymour and Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research
  2. Honorary Life Membership
  3. ICIS Distinguished Service Award
  4. Ed Leonard Prize for Chemotaxis/Chemokine Research
  5. ICIS Young Investigator Award for Cytokine Research
  6. The Milstein Young Investigator Award
  7. ICIS Postdoctoral Investigator Award
  8. ICIS Outstanding Scholar Award
  9. The Milstein Travel Awards
  10. Christina Fleischmann Award to Young Women Investigators
  11. Sidney & Joan Pestka Graduate and Post-Graduate Award in Interferon Research Sponsored by PBL Interferon Source
  12. Journal of Biological Chemistry/Herbert Tabor Young Investigator Award

The Seymour and Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research

The Seymour and Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research, commonly known as The Milstein Award, represents the pinnacle of scientific achievement in interferon and cytokine research. The Milstein 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 for humanity. The Milstein Awards are dependent upon a yearly donation from the Milstein Family and have historically been given to individuals whose research has been focused in interferon biology. Such preference shall be continued for 2013 with a broadening of the award criteria beginning in 2014. Candidates must be members of the society for two years at the time of the nomination.
Nominations should be communicated to the Co-Presidents of the ICIS to ICIS@faseb.org by May 21st.


Honorary Life Membership

Nominations are solicited for Honorary Life Memberships in the ICIS. Each year, an individual will be awarded Life Membership as a tribute to his/her contributions to the field. Nominees should be individuals who have made substantive contributions to the cytokine/interferon field over much of their careers, either in basic, clinical or applied research. Honorary members are esteemed members of the society and provide us with an historical perspective and valued research tradition. Honorary Life Members are accorded all rights and privileges of active members, are exempted from Society dues and annual meeting registration fees, and are listed in the dedicated Honorary Life Members section of the Society web site. The winner is elected by vote of the ICIS Council and will be an invited speaker at the next ICIS meeting.
Nominations should be communicated to the Co-Presidents of the ICIS to ICIS@faseb.org by May 21st.


ICIS Distinguished Service Award

The ICIS will on occasion bestow this honor on an ICIS member who has made an extraordinary contribution to the society. The individual will have devoted significant time and energy over a period of years to elevating the goals of the society in furthering research on interferon, cytokines and chemokines.
Nominations should be communicated to the Co-Presidents of the ICIS to ICIS@faseb.org by May 21st.


Ed Leonard Prize Fund for Chemotaxis/Chemokine Research

This Award was established by Dr. Antal Rot in honor of Dr. Ed Leonard to further excellence in chemotaxis/ chemokine research. This competition is open to any postdoctoral fellow. Candidates cannot be junior faculty at the time of abstract submission. A statement from the candidate's scientific mentor testifying to the accuracy of these criteria must be provided. A CV and letter of recommendation should accompany the application.
Deadline to submit your 2013 application is May 21st.

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The ICIS Young Investigator Award for Cytokine Research

This competition is open to investigators who are less than 15 years removed from gaining the PhD or MD degree (not counting leaves of absence). Applicants must have completed their postdoctoral training and currently hold a junior faculty position or equivalent. Awards will be given based on demonstrated excellence in cytokine or chemokine biology. A CV and letter of recommendation should accompany the application.
Deadline to submit your 2013 application is May 21st.

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The Milstein Young Investigator Award

ICIS members who attend the 2013 ICIS meeting in San Francisco and who have received a Ph.D or M.D. within the previous 8 years are eligible. Every year up to five awards are granted to individuals who have made notable contributions to either basic or clinical research. This award is provided by a generous gift of the Milstein Family. We urge every eligible individual to apply for the awards. ICIS members may apply themselves or nominate other members for Milstein Young Investigator Awards. A CV and letter of recommendation should accompany the application. We also ask more senior laboratory advisers to encourage their associates to apply. The Milstein Young Investigator Awards are dependent upon a yearly donation from the Milstein Family and have historically been given to individuals whose research has been focused in interferon biology. Such preference shall be continued for 2013 with a broadening of the award criteria beginning in 2014.
Deadline to submit your 2013 application is May 21st.

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ICIS Postdoctoral Investigator Award

Applicants must have completed their doctoral training and currently be engaged in fulltime postdoctoral research. Persons who have completed a medical degree and are currently enrolled in a doctoral degree program are not eligible. Awards will be given based on demonstrated excellence in cytokine or chemokine biology. A CV and letter of recommendation should accompany the application. First, second and third prizes will be given.
Deadline to submit your 2013 application is May 21st.

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ICIS Outstanding Scholar Award

This competition is open to any full-time graduate or medical student. Candidates must provide a letter from their Department Chairman certifying their student status. Awards will be given based on demonstrated excellence in cytokine or chemokine biology. A CV should accompany the application First, second and third prizes will be given.
Deadline to submit your 2013 application is May 21st.

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The Milstein Travel Awards

ICIS members who attend the annual meeting are eligible for Travel Awards. They are provided through a grant from the Milstein Family based on the scientific merit of the abstract and financial necessity. However, this award does not exempt payment of the registration fee. A CV should accompany the application for this award. 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.
Deadline to submit your 2013 application is May 21st.

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The Christina Fleischmann Award to Young Women Investigators

The rules for this ICIS award are the same as for the Seymour and Vivian Milstein Young Investigator Award (see above) except for gender and the candidate must have received a Ph.D or M.D. degree within the previous 10 years. This award is made possible through the generosity of the Fleischmann Foundation and is dedicated to the memory of ISICR member and outstanding interferon research scientist Christina Fleischmann.
Deadline to submit your 2013 application is May 21st.

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The Sidney & Joan Pestka Graduate and Post-Graduate Award for Excellence in Interferon Research Sponsored by PBL InterferonSource

The Sidney & Joan Pestka Graduate and Post-Graduate Awards are targeted to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who have begun to make an impact in interferon research. The Awards are designed to fill the gap among the awards currently offered by the ICIS to more senior investigators—The Seymour and Vivian Milstein Young Investigator Award, the Christina Fleishmann Award, Honorary Membership, and The Seymour & Vivian Milstein Award. Candidates must be actively working in interferon research but need not be ICIS members. The award includes a $3500 cash award, $1500 travel grant, a $2500 PBL InterferonSource product credit for each awardee, and a complimentary one-year ICIS membership. This is an annual award and a recipient may receive an award only once. However, an individual who receives the Graduate Award remains eligible for the Post-Graduate Award. One award will be given to a graduate student and one award to a post-doctoral fellow where candidates of suitable caliber are identified. In years where a suitable candidate is not identified, an award will not be bestowed. Awards application package consists of a nomination form completed by an active ICIS member (NOT the nominee). Applicants should submit a statement describing his/her current interferon-related research, as well as a curriculum vitae. No proprietary or confidential information can be included in the application.
Deadline to submit your 2013 application is May 21st.

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The Journal of Biological Chemistry/Herbert Tabor Young Investigator Award

The Journal of Biological Chemistry/Herbert Tabor Young Investigator Award will be presented at the ICIS meeting in San Francisco. The award, that includes a crystal award and cash prize, honors Herb Tabor, who served for 40 years as the distinguished Editor in Chief of The JBC, and recognizes a young investigator who exemplifies Herb Tabor's values of creativity and scientific excellence. The award will be made to a San Francisco meeting participant based on the excellence of their abstract and other application materials. Postdoctoral researchers and junior faculty members who have not yet received tenure are eligible. A CV and letter of recommendation should accompany the application.
Deadline to submit your 2013 application is May 21st.

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