ISSCR Dr. Susan Lim Award for Outstanding Young Investigator

The ISSCR Dr. Susan Lim Award for Outstanding Young Investigator, supported by the Dr. Susan Lim Endowment for Education and Research Ltd., recognizes the exceptional achievements of an investigator in the early part of his or her independent career in stem cell research.

Nominations for the 2018 awards are now open. For questions, please contact Glori Rosenson at grosenson@isscr.org.

Christina Tan, daughter of Susan Lim, presents the 2017 Outstanding Young Investigator Award to Jayaraj Rajagopal. 

2017 Winner

Jayaraj Rajagopal, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Howard Hughes Faculty Scholar, U.S., has established himself as a young leader in the field of lung stem cells and lung repair, working with both mouse and human models. As a physician-scientitst, Dr. Rajagopal has done genetic studies and lineage tracing in the mouse lung, and established a strong research program focused on the repair and regeneration of human lung tissue. His research has provided new insights into the progression of diseases such as asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, COPD, and lung cancers. 

The 2017 ISSCR Dr. Susan Lim Outstanding Young Investigator Award was presented at the ISSCR Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, U.S. during the Presidential Symposium on Wednesday, 14 June.

Criteria

  • Nominees must be seven or fewer years out from their first full-time assistant professorship or equivalent position in an academic, industrial or clinical research setting.**
  • Nominees must be an ISSCR member in good standing.
  • Nominees must be independent investigators conducting original research in basic science or clinical development and translation in the field of stem cell research.
  • Nominees must be nominated by two (or more) ISSCR members in good standing.
  • Nominees must be available to attend the ISSCR Annual Meeting if they are selected as the award recipient.

Award

  • $15,000 USD personal award plus a complimentary registration to the ISSCR Annual Meeting where they will be honored.
  • The award recipient will be honored during a plenary session at the ISSCR Annual Meeting. An ISSCR leader or the recipient’s mentor will have the opportunity to make a formal presentation and reflect on the accomplishments of the recipient. The award recipient will have the opportunity to give a featured presentation.

Nomination Process

Nominations must be sponsored by two or more people. Nomination letters may be submitted individually or as a single, co-signed letter. Nomination letter(s) (up to two pages) should provide the following:

  • a statement of up to 100 words highlighting the most important accomplishment(s) of the nominee
  • an overview of the nominee’s contributions to the field of stem cell research
  • a statement of the nominee’s status as an independent investigator

A copy of the nominee’s CV and listing of up to five of their most relevant publications must also accompany the nomination letter. Include an electronic version of these publications where possible.

**Assessment of ‘equivalent position’ is at the discretion of the award selection committee. Comparable titles in the international academic community might include but are not limited to Lecturer, Senior Scientist or Team Leader. Position titles in other research settings such as industry are recognized to be diverse.

Past Winners

 

2016

Fernando Camargo, PhD
Boston Children's Hospital, USA

Supported by the Dr. Susan Lim Endowment for Education and Research, Ltd.
 

2015

Paul Tesar, PhD
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, USA

Supported by BD Biosciences

 

2014

Valentina Greco, PhD
Yale University, USA

Supported by BD Biosciences

2013

Marius Wernig, MD, PhD
Stanford University, USA

Supported by the University of Pittsburgh-McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
 

2012

Cédric Blanpain, MD, PhD
Université Libre De Bruxelles, Belgium 

Supported by the University of Pittsburgh-McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

2011

Robert Blelloch, MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco, USA

Supported by the University of Pittsburgh-McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

2010

Joanna Wysocka, PhD
Stanford University School of Medicine, CA

Supported by the University of Pittsburgh-McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

2009

Konrad Hochedlinger, PhD
Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

Supported by the University of Pittsburgh-McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

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