This award is made possible through the generosity of the Fleischmann Family and is dedicated to the memory of ISICR member and outstanding interferon research scientist Christina Fleischmann. The award was established in early 1998, with the first award presented to Xiaoxia Li, Ph.D., who’s now the Paul L. Fox, PhD, Endowed Chair in Molecular Medicine at the Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland, USA, at the joint ISICR/ICS meeting in Jerusalem. She went on to win the Milstein Award in 2013.
In the words of then President of ISICR, Bryan Williams, “Our Society benefits from the active participation from many fine women scientists. Therefore it is with pleasure that I announce the establishment of a new award to recognize and promote young women scientists. The Christina Fleischmann Young Investigator Award has been established by Bob Fleischman in memory of Christina, an active participant in our society for many years until her recent untimely death. It is Bob’s hope that the establishment of this award will lead others to consider donating awards to the Society.”
This award is open to young women investigators working in cytokine, chemokine and interferon biology. ICIS members who have received a Ph.D or M.D. within the previous 10 years are eligible for this Award, but may be extended by 1 year due to parental leave (per child). This award does not exempt payment of the conference registration fee or include travel expenses. This award is made possible through the generosity of the Fleischmann Family Foundation and is dedicated to the memory of ISICR member and outstanding interferon research scientist Christina Fleischmann.
Award: ~$2,000 and an engraved plaque. The winner of the award. The scientific organizing committee will arrange for the awardee’s oral presentation to be included in the appropriate session of the meeting.
- The application and/or letters of nomination are submitted via the ICIS website online nomination form.
- ICIS members may either apply themselves or nominate other eligible members for the Christina Fleischmann Award to Young Women Investigators. An abbreviated CV (max. one page) and a recommendation letter from mentor, including confirmation of eligibility as well as a statement of research and accomplishments should be included in the submission. Additional supporting materials, such as posters and publications, are welcome. It should be noted that the awardees will be judged based on the following criteria which should be included in the nomination letter:
- outstanding publications in the field
- contributions to the cytokine/chemokine/ interferon field either in basic, clinical or applied research
- prospects for a future career in cytokine biology, either in academics, government or industry
- Deadline for submissions ~ Extended to 1 June, 2021
- Applicants must also submit an Abstract for consideration at the meeting, which will determine which session their oral presentation will be scheduled into by the scientific organizing committee.
2020 Christina Fleischmann Award to Young Women Investigators
Dr. Carrie Lucas leads a laboratory devoted to discovering new and translationally relevant principles of immunology by defining and studying novel monogenic human immune disorders. Combining human genomics, in vitro studies using primary patient cells, and in vivo mouse modeling approaches, her team seeks to gain incisive basic and translational insights starting with patients. Dr. Lucas is an Assistant Professor of Immunobiology at Yale University School of Medicine. She received her PhD from Harvard University, where she investigated T cell tolerance in mouse models, and her postdoctoral training at NIAID/NIH, where she focused on human immunology in monogenic diseases caused by PI3K gene variants.
Professor Lucas will give a virtual oral presentation at Cytokines 2020 Virtual Meeting in November!