• ISSCR Achievement Award Nominations Open

    Nominations for the 2022 ISSCR Achievement Award are now being accepted through 30 September, 2021. For more information and to submit your nomination, email Glori Rosenson.

ISSCR Achievement Award

The ISSCR Achievement Award recognizes the transformative body of work of an investigator that has had a major impact on the field of stem cell research or regenerative medicine.

Current Winner

  • 2021 ISSCR Achievement Award

    Janet Rossant

    Janet Rossant, PhD, FRS, FRSC, President and Scientific Director of Gairdner Foundation, Chief of Research and Senior Scientist, Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada is the 2021 ISSCR Achievement Award honoree.

    The prize recognizes the transformative body of work of an investigator that has had a major impact on the field of stem cell research or regenerative medicine.

    Janet Rossant is a leader in mammalian developmental and stem cell biology who has made seminal contributions to our understanding of early development and pioneered innovative technologies to manipulate the mouse genome. Dr. Rossant has been a leader in the ISSCR, including serving as president (2013-2014), and is a global influencer in stem cell research and its ethical implications for society.

    Dr. Rossant presented her science on 24 June during ISSCR 2021 Virtual, the world’s leading meeting of global innovators in stem cell science and regenerative medicine. Register to view her presentation on demand through 31 July, 2021. More.


  • Nominees must be independent investigators conducting original research in basic science or clinical development and translation in the field of stem cell research.
  • Nominations that reflect the full diversity of the membership of ISSCR are strongly encouraged.
  • Nominees must be ISSCR members in good standing.
  • Nominees must be nominated by two (or more) ISSCR members in good standing.
  • Nominees must be available to attend the ISSCR Annual Meeting if selected as the award recipient.


The winner will receive a cash award in the amount of $5,000 USD and a complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting. The award recipient will be honored and give a featured presentation during a plenary session at the ISSCR Annual Meeting.

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 body of work for which the nominee is being nominated
  • an overview of the contributions of the nominee to the field of stem cell research.

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. 

Past Winners

  • 2020 Winner

    Fred H. Gage

    The society awarded the inaugural 2020 ISSCR Achievement Award to Fred H. Gage, Ph.D., president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the Vi and John Adler Chair for Research on Age-Related Neurodegenerative Disease in Salk’s Laboratory of Genetics, La Jolla, CA, USA. Dr. Gage’s influential work in the fields of stem cell biology, neuroscience, and human evolution have resulted in groundbreaking discoveries that have broad implications for human health and encompassing advances that may lead to treatments for devastating diseases including Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and mental health disorders. The Award will be presented on 27 June during the Reprogramming and Regeneration Plenary at ISSCR 2020 Virtual.