Candidates may apply for MORE THAN ONE YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD below as well as for a Milstein Travel Award, but will not be awarded more than one award in a given year. Deadline for submitting the abstract and award application is June 1, 2019. Visit:

Nominations by mentors and/or colleagues for the Young Investigator Awards may be made using this online form, using one form for each candidate for 2019 nominations. Candidates may be nominated for more than one award using the same form, but please use a separate form for each candidate. Applicants may also apply through the Online Abstract Submission for any of the following Young Investigator Awards and/or Milstein Travel Awards.

Eligibility & Submission Guidelines for all of the  ICIS Young Investigator Awards

Nominations and Applications for Young Investigator Awards must include the following:

  • An abbreviated CV (max. 1-3 pages) together with a letter of recommendation detailing the accomplishments of the nominee (including confirmation of eligibility) should be uploaded as a combined PDF document.
  • The Young Investigator award applicant/nominee must be 1st Author on the Cytokines 2019 abstract. Nomination form must include the Cytokines 2019 Submitted Abstract with submission ID as downloaded from the online abstract submission site. For YI Award Applicants, please apply through the online Abstract Submission Form.
  • No proprietary or confidential information can be included in the application.
  • Submission Deadline, 1 June, 2019: All the Young Investigator Awards (Milstein Young Investigator Awards, Christina Fleischmann Award, and the Sidney & Joan Pestka Graduate and Post-Graduate Awards), to be accompanied by a copy of the Abstract Submission from Cytokines 2019, can also be applied for through the Cytokines 2019 Online Abstract Form.

The Milstein Young Investigator Awards
Description: ICIS members who will attend the upcoming annual conference and who have received a Ph.D or M.D. within the previous 10 years are eligible. Every year up to five awards are granted to individuals who have made notable contributions to either basic or clinical research. ICIS members may apply themselves or nominate other eligible members for Milstein Young Investigator Awards. The 1st ranked Awardee will be invited for an Oral presentation during the Meeting.
Award: 1,000 – $1,500 provided by a generous gift of the Milstein Family

Previous Milstein Young Investigator Award Winners

The Christina Fleischmann Award to Young Women Investigators
Description: This award is dedicated to the memory of ISICR member and outstanding interferon research scientist Christina Fleischmann. It is open to young women investigators working in the cytokine, chemokine and interferon biology.  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 Ph.D or M.D. degree within the previous 10 years.
Award: $2,000 and a plaque made possible through the generosity of the Fleischmann Family

2018 Dr. Christina Fleischmann Award Winner
2017 Dr. Christina Fleischmann Award Winner
2016 Dr. Christina Fleischmann Award Winner

The Sidney & Joan Pestka Graduate & Post Graduate Awards
Description: The Sidney & Joan Pestka Graduate and Post-Graduate Awards, generously sponsored by PBL Assay Science, are targeted to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who have begun to make an impact in interferon and cytokine research. The Awards are designed to fill the gap among the awards currently offered by the ICIS to more senior investigators. Candidates must be actively working in interferon/cytokine research but need not be ICIS members. 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. In years where a suitable candidate is not identified, an award will not be bestowed.
Award: $3,500 cash award, $1,500 travel grant, a $2,500 PBL Assay Science product credit for each awardee, and a complementary one-year ICIS membership. These awards are sponsored by PBL Assay Science.

2018 Sidney & Joan Pestka Graduate and Post-Graduate Award Winners
2017 Sidney & Joan Pestka Graduate and Post-Graduate Award Winners
2016 Graduate Awardee
2016 Postgraduate Awardee

Milstein Travel Awards

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. Each year the the ICIS Awards Committee has chosen the top ranking 65 – 85 abstract presenters to receive Milstein Travel Awards.

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. Please renew or join the ICIS prior to applying for a Milstein Travel Award.

Application is through the online abstract submission form, deadline to apply is the same as the Abstract Deadline, 1 June, 2019. Click here to view 2018 Milstein Travel Award Winners.

Nomination/Submission Deadlines:

1 June, 2019

  • Milstein Young Investigator Awards
  • The Christina Fleischmann Award to Young Women Investigators
  • The Sidney & Joan Pestka Graduate & Post Graduate Awards for Excellence in Interferon & Cytokine Research
  • Milstein Travel Awards

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 Read More

Akiko Iwasaki, PhD. Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology; Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; and Dermatology; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Yale University, New Haven, USA
Hao Wu, PhD, Asa and Patricia Springer Professor of Structural Biology, Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, and Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, USA

Dr. Trinchieri (middle) receives the BioLegend William E. Paul Award Crystal from ICIS Awards Committee Co-chairs Bryan Williams and Kate Fitzgerald.

BioLegend President and CEO, Dr. Gene Lay


ICIS BioLegend William E. Paul Award for Excellence in Cytokine Research

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.

2019 BioLegend William E. Paul Award for Excellence in Cytokine Research:

Chen Dong, PhD, Professor and Director of the Institute for Immunology and Dean of the School of Medicine, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China Read More

2018 ICIS-BioLegend William E. Paul Awardee: Giorgio Trinchieri, MD, NIH, National Cancer Institute, Program Director, Cancer and Inflammation Program. NIH Distinguished Investigator, Head, Cancer Immunobiology Section

2017 ICIS BioLegend William E. Paul Awardee                    2016 ICIS BioLegend William E. Paul Awardee

Honorary Life Membership Award

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/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 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 are listed in the dedicated Honorary Life Members section of the Society web site. The winner(s) is elected by vote of the ICIS Council and will be an invited speaker(s) at the next ICIS meeting. 2019 Awardee to be announced soon.

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 Awards Committee of the ICIS. 2019 Awardee to be announced soon.

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