ISSCR Tobias Award Lecture

The ISSCR Tobias Award Lecture was established in 2015 and is supported by the Tobias Foundation. The award recognizes original and promising basic hematology research as well as direct translational or clinical research related to cell therapy in hematological disorders. 


2017 Winner

Award winner John Dick, PhD, FRS, Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Biology and Senior Scientist, University Health Network of Canada, Professor, University of Toronto, Canada, and Director, Program in Cancer Stem Cells, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, has been a leader in the areas of normal stem cell and cancer stem cell biology over the last 30 years, and his discoveries have led to significant advances in cancer biology that have opened new areas of inquiry. By isolating human hematopoietic stem cells, Dr. Dick was able to study cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate their function, and his method is now widely used by researchers around the world. Notably Dr. Dick achieved a breakthrough finding that there are instrinsic differences in tumorigenic potential among cancer cells from the same tumor, and he expanded his work to include common solid cancers.

The 2017 Tobias Award was presented at the ISSCR Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, U.S. during Plenary IV on Friday, 16 June.

Criteria

  • Nominees must be independent investigators conducting original research in basic science or clinical development and translation in the field of stem cell therapy for hematological disorders.

  • Nominations must be sponsored by two or more ISSCR Members. Nomination letters may be submitted individually or as a single, co-signed letter. 
  • Nomination letter (up to 2 pages) should provide a statement of up to 100 words highlighting the most important research accomplishment(s) of the nominee in the field of stem cell therapy for hematological disorders. 
  • A copy of the nominee’s CV and listing of five of the most relevant publications must accompany the nomination letter. Include electronic version of these publications where possible.

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 and give a featured presentation during a plenary session at the ISSCR Annual Meeting.

Nomination Process:

  • Nominees must be independent investigators conducting original research in basic science or clinical development and translation in the field of stem cell therapy for hematological disorders.
  • Nominations must be sponsored by two or more ISSCR Members. Nomination letters may be submitted individually or as a single, co-signed letter. 
  • Nomination letter (up to 2 pages) should provide a statement of up to 100 words highlighting the most important research accomplishment(s) of the nominee in the field of stem cell therapy for hematological disorders. 
  • A copy of the nominee’s CV and listing of five of the most relevant publications must accompany the nomination letter. Include electronic version of these publications where possible.
Nominations for the 2018 awards are now open. For questions or additional information, please contact Glori Rosenson at grosenson@isscr.org.



Past Winners

2016 Winner

Leonard I. Zon, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital, USA is the inaugural recipient of the ISSCR Tobias Award Lecture. Dr. Zon has demonstrated long-standing scientific leadership in the fields of hematology, stem cell biology, and zebrafish biology. His research using zebrafish as a model organism has contributed greatly to fundamental understanding of hematopoiesis and cancer biology and to the discovery and development of two novel therapeutics now being evaluated in clinical trials for patients with leukemia and melanoma. 

The 2016 ISSCR Tobias Award presentation and lecture was held at the ISSCR Annual Meeting during Plenary Session II on Wednesday, 22 June.

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