The 2018 ACTERIA Prizes awarded by EFIS in Immunology and Allergology to four outstanding early career scientists
August 31, 2018, Zurich, Switzerland
The ACTERIA Prizes awarded by EFIS were established in 2012 to recognize and reward Europe’s young talents in the fields of immunology and allergology. The two ACTERIA Doctoral Thesis Prizes, for the best dissertations defended in the last 3 years, and the two ACTERIA Early Career Research Prizes, going to investigators with up to 10 years postdoctoral experience, carry cash awards plus the potential funding of three-year research projects to be performed in European institutions. These Prizes are awarded to four young scientists who are on the track to play a leading role in immunology and allergology in Europe in years to come.
The winners of the 2018 ACTERIA Prizes awarded by EFIS are:
- Doctoral prize in Immunology: Eduardo BONAVITA, Italy, SIICA. PhD 2015 " The long Pentraxin PTX3 is a novel regulator of complement-dependent tumor-promoting inflammation"
- Doctoral Prize in Allergology: Samuel Philip NOBS, Switzerland, SSAI. PhD 2017 "Tissue-specific factors in lung lmmunity"
- Early career Prize in Immunology: Andrea ABLASSER, Germany, DGfI, PhD 2010 "Recognition of Immunostimulatory nucleic acids by the innate immune system"
- Early career Prize in Allergology: Muzlifah HANIFFA, UK, BIS, PhD 2009."Immune regulation in the human dermis"
The ACTERIA Prizes is awarded for the third time in Amsterdam, Netherlands on September 3rd, 2018 at a special ceremony of the 5th European Congress of Immunology, during which each of the winners presents his or her work, and also meets the former Acteria Prize recipients in the Acteria Alumni Session.
Candidates were carefully evaluated and the winners selected by a prestigious jury of eminent scientists in the field. The Jury was chaired by Prof. Catherine Sautès-Fridman, Head of the Department of Immunology, Cancer and Inflammation, Cordeliers Research Center, Paris (FR), Past President of EFIS, and recipient of the Behring Metchnikoff Prize and the Prix Petit d’Ormoy from the French Academy of Sciences. Prof. Sautès-Fridman’s fellow jury members were the three members of the Scientific Comittee of the Fondation Acteria and the President of the Swiss Society of Allergology and Immunology (SSAI):
- Prof. Alberto Mantovani, President of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS), vice-Rector for research at Humanitas University, President, Fondatione Humanitas per la Ricerca, recipient of the 2016 Robert Koch Award, 2016 Organization of European Cancer Institute Prize;
- Prof. Fiona Powrie, Head of the Experimental Medicine Division at the John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford (UK), recipient of the 2009 EFIS-EJI “Ita Askonas” Prize for outstanding women immunologists and of the 2012 Louis-Jeantet Prize for medicine;
- Prof. Federica Sallusto, Professor at ETH, Zürich and Group leader in Cellular Immunology, Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Bellinzona (CH), former President of the SSAI, recipient of the 1999 Pharmacia Foundation Award, the 2009 Behring Lecture Prize, and the 2010 Award of the Foundation for Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases, and since 2010, member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
About the Fondation ACTERIA and EFIS
The Fondation ACTERIA - Acting on European Research in Immunology and Allergology) promotes noncommercial fundamental research in immunology and allergology in Europe and Switzerland. It participates in the exchange of research and knowhow exchange between Switzerland and Europe by awarding the ACTERIA Prizes and by supporting postdoctoral research by early career researchers in Europe without distinction to country, nationality, race, religion, gender or any other grounds for discrimination.
EFIS - the European Federation of Immunological Societies is an umbrella organization that represents more than 12,000 individual members from 31 European member societies, and reaches beyond European boundaries to include Israel. The main goals of EFIS are to support immunological research and education, as well as to strengthen scientific interaction amongst its members. EFIS focuses particularly on supporting young scientists, e.g., through fellowships, travel grants and awards.