International Cytokine & Interferon Society

The Christina Fleischmann Award for Excellence in Cytokine & Interferon Research

2024 ICIS-Christina Fleischmann Award - Carolina Lucas, PhD Assistant Professor, Immunobiology Department and Center for Infection and Immunity School of Medicine, Yale University
2024 ICIS-Christina Fleischmann Award - Carolina Lucas, PhD Assistant Professor, Immunobiology Department and Center for Infection and Immunity School of Medicine, Yale University
Dr. Christina Fleischmann (1945 - 1996)

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, PhD, at the joint ISICR/ICS meeting in Jerusalem. Professor Li went on to win the Seymour & Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon & Cytokine Research in 2013. The Christina Fleischmann Award is open to young women investigators working in cytokine, chemokine and interferon biology. ICIS members who will attend the upcoming annual conference and who have received a Ph.D within the previous 10 years or their MD degree (plus residency training) within the last 14 are eligible, but may be extended by 1 year due to parental leave (per child). Applications should clearly state the start and end of residency training.

This award does not exempt payment of the conference registration fee or include travel expenses. 

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.”

Award: ~$5,000 and an engraved plaque. The winner of the award will be required to register for Cytokines 2024 and submit an abstract by 20 May 2024 (information will be provided in the acceptance letter). The scientific organizing committee will arrange for the awardee’s oral presentation to be included in the appropriate session of the meeting. Travel & registration costs are not included in the award.

Application process:

  • 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. 3-5 pages) 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 ~ 3 April, 2024
  • 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 – Abstract Submission Deadline is 20 May, 2024
The deadline to apply/nominate, for this award for 3 April, 2024

Past Award Winners:

Announcing the 2022 Christina Fleischmann Award to Young Women Investigators

Announcing the 2021 Christina Fleischmann Award to Young Women Investigators

2020 Christina Fleischmann Award to Young Women Investigators

Carrie L Lucas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Immunobiology
Yale University
Department of Immunobiology
New Haven,  United States

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.


Carrie Lucas Lab

Professor Lucas will give a virtual oral presentation at Cytokines 2020 Virtual Meeting in November!

The 2019 Christina Fleischmann Award to Young Women Investigators, Meike Dittmann, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
2018 Dr. Christina Fleischmann Award to Young Women Investigators presented to Sophia Davidson, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, Parkville, Australia, by Bob Fleischmann in Boston at Cytokines 2018.
ICIS Awards Committee Chair, Bryan Williams (Left) presenting the 2017 Christina Fleischmann Award to Susan Carpenter (Center), with Session Chair, Keiko Ozato (Right)
Awards Committee Co-Chairs, Eleanor Fish and Jennifer Towne present the 2016 Christina Fleischmann Award to Michelle Tate.
Dr. Heekyong (Rachel) Bae (left), receiving the 2015 Christina Fleischmann Award from ICIS Awards Committee Chair, Eleanor Fish, at Cytokines 2015 in Bamberg, Germany.
2018 Honorary Lifetime Membership Award Winner, Dr. William Robert Fleischmann, Jr, (C)
Exit mobile version