October 27-30, 2018 in Boston

ORADELL, NJ. — Thanks to a generous gift from the Seymour & Vivian Milstein Family, ICIS members who present their research at 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 of up $1,200 – $1,500 each and an engraved plaque, are granted to individuals who have made notable contributions to either basic or clinical research.

The Sidney & Joan Pestka Graduate and Post-Graduate Awards for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research 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. These awards are sponsored by PBL Assay Science and 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.

To encourage young women investigators, the ICIS offers the Christina Fleischmann Award to Young Women Investigators, thanks to an annual contribution from the Fleischmann Family which is dedicated to the memory of ISICR member and outstanding interferon research scientist Christina Fleischmann. The rules for this ICIS award are the same as for the Milstein Young Investigator Award (see above) except for gender. This award is open to young  women investigators working in the cytokine, chemokine and interferon biology.

ICIS members may either apply themselves or nominate other eligible members for the above young investigator awards. An abbreviated CV (max. one page) and a letter of recommendation (including confirmation of eligibility) should be uploaded with the abstract by 1 June, 2018.

Each year up to 75 ICIS members who present scientific abstracts at the annual meeting are eligible for Milstein Travel Awards. They are provided through a grant from the Seymour & Vivian (Philip and Connie) Milstein Family based on the scientific merit of the abstract. 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. Applications are ranked based on scientific excellence and funds allocated based on Abstract ranking and distance to travel to the annual Meeting, deadline for abstract submission and travel reward request is 1 June, 2018.


The International Cytokine & Interferon Society, ICIS, (formerly ISICR and ICS) is a non-profit organization of over 1,000 scientists devoted to research in the fields of cytokine, interferon and chemokine cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry and the clinical use of these biological response modifiers. Bringing together scientists across many different research disciplines, the International Cytokine & Interferon Society is the premier organization promoting the field of cytokine biology, impacting all aspects of medicine, from cancer to autoimmune disease to neural development and function. A common ground where scientists interested in all aspect of cytokine biology can join and work together to better human health. To submit nominations or award applications, please click here: http://cytokinesociety.org/icis-prestigious-awards/. For more information about ICIS, please visit http://cytokinesociety.org/. Also follow ICIS on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cytokinesociety/ and on Twitter @CytokineSociety.

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