The Seymour and Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research, represents the pinnacle of scientific achievement in interferon and cytokine research. This Award is bestowed upon a leading biomedical research scientist, who may not be an ICIS member, 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 award consists of $10,000 and an invitation to make an oral presentation during the Opening Ceremony at the Annual Meeting immediately following presentation of the Award (including the usual invited speaker travel reimbursement) and a crystal block. This award is provided by a generous gift of the Milstein Family.
ICIS-BioLegend William E. Paul Award: This award is given to an investigator that has made significant contributions to cytokine and interferon research throughout their career. Through the generosity of BioLegend the award consists of $2500 and up to $2500 travel reimbursement to present an awards presentation at the Annual Meeting, and a crystal block with the 3 D structure of IL-4, the cytokine most associated with Dr. Paul’s research.
ICIS Honorary Lifetime Membership Award: Each year an ICIS member 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/chemokine/ 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 a historical perspective and valued research tradition.
The Honorary Life Member is exempted from Society dues for his/her lifetime and is accorded all rights and privileges of an active member. Travel costs (flights and hotel) are reimbursed up to $1500 and meeting registration is waived for the year of the award. Awardee to have the option to give a brief (~5min) acceptance speech at the Awards Ceremony.
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. Travel costs (flights and hotel) are reimbursed up to $1500 and meeting registration is waived for the year of the award. Awardee to have the option to give a brief (~5min) acceptance speech at the Awards Ceremony.
Sidney & Joan Pestka Graduate AND Post-Graduate Awards in Interferon & Cytokine Research 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 and cytokine research. The Awards were originally designed to fill the gap among the awards offered by the ICIS to more senior investigators—the Milstein Young Investigator Award, the Christina Fleishmann Award, Honorary Membership, and The Seymour and Vivian Milstein Award. Candidates must be actively working in interferon/cytokine research but need not be ICIS members. Each award amounts to a $3500 cash award, $1500 travel grant, a $2500 PBL Assay Science product credit for each awardee, and a complementary one-year ICIS membership. These awards are sponsored by PBL Assay Science.
Milstein Young Investigator Awards: ICIS members who have received a Ph.D or M.D. within the previous 10 years are eligible for this Award. Every year up to five awards are granted to individuals (must be ICIS Members) who have made notable contributions to either basic or clinical research. These awards are a total of $6,000 split between four to five winners, the funds provided by a generous gift of the Milstein Family as well as commemorative plaques.
The Christina Fleischmann Award to Young Women Investigators: The rules for this ICIS award are the same as for the Milstein Young Investigator Award (see above) except for gender and the candidate must have received a PhD or MD 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. This award is open to young women investigators working in the cytokine, chemokine and interferon biology. The award is $2,000 provided through a generous grant from the Fleischmann family, and a commemorative plaque.
15 March 2018: The Seymour and Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research and the ICIS-BioLegend William E. Paul Award
17 April 2018: Honorary and Distinguished Membership awards
1 June 2018: Sidney & Joan Pestka Graduate and Post-Graduate Awards, Milstein Young Investigator Awards and Christina Fleischmann Award