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Career Achievement Award


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The ISCT Career Achievement Award in Cell & Gene Therapy is the Society's highest honour. Each year, the award commemorates an outstanding contributor to the field and is presented by the Society at each Annual Meeting.

Luc Sensebe

Le Prix Luc Sensebé in Innovation and Leadership

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Le Prix Luc Sensebé in Innovation and Leadership honours an individual who has assembled, built, and developed multidisciplinary teams. These individuals have enabled infrastructure and development programs that have led to human translation of cell technologies and innovations.

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Darwin J. Prockop Mentoring Award


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The Darwin J. Prockop Mentoring Award recognizes an outstanding individual who has excelled as a mentor and has contributed to their mentees' ongoing development in the field of cell and gene therapy.

Annual Meeting Awards

The Best Poster Award is voted on by the Organizing Committee of the Annual Meeting. It recognizes a poster which presents outstanding and novel research that contributes to the development of the cell and gene therapy field. The Award provides a $1500 stipend to attend the annual meeting.

2021 (New Orleans)

  • Winner: Perenlei Enkhbaatar, MD, PhD (USA)

2020 (Paris)

2019 (Melbourne)

2018 (Montreal)

The Early Stage Professionals Awards are presented to three outstanding scholars at the ISCT Annual Meeting. The merit-based award is given to the presenter of the three highest scoring abstracts being presented by early stage professionals. Abstracts are scored through a blinded peer-review process. The award provides a $1,000 stipend to attend the annual meeting.

Eligibility Requirements 

An early stage professional is classified as anyone within 10 years of having completed their terminal degree or within 10 years of having entered the field of cell and gene therapy.

2021 (New Orleans)

  • Tom Wyrobnik, PhD (Singapore)
  • Sabiha Hacibekiroglu, PhD (Canada)
  • Vanessa Fabrizio, MD (USA)

2020 (Paris)

  • Jun Xu, PhD (USA)
  • Khaled Sanber, MD, PhD (USA)
  • Raniero Chimienti, PhD (Italy)

2019 (Melbourne)

2018 (Montreal)

  • Sabiha Hacibekiroglu, PhD (Canada)
  • Miriel Ho, PhD (Canada)
  • Claudia Raggi, MD, PhD (Canada)

2017 (London)

2016 (Singapore)

2015 (Las Vegas)

  • Mona Elmacken, MD (USA)
  • Lisa Holmes, BSc (Hons) (Australia)
  • Sharon Lam, PhD (USA)

2014 (Paris)

  • Karin Krebs, PhD (Germany)
  • Sofia Lourenco, PhD (UK)
  • Chiara Magnani, PhD (Italy)
  • Anastasia Papadopoulou, PhD (Greece)

2013 (Auckland)

2012 (Seattle)

  • Nasser Aghdami, MD (Iran)
  • Jennifer Eileen Adair, PhD (USA)
  • Michelle Kreke, PhD (USA)

2011 (Rotterdam)

  • Anastasia Vasileios Papadopoulou, PhD (Greece)

2010 (Philadelphia)

  •  Shoba Amarnath, PhD (USA)

The Emerging Economy Abstract Award is granted to the top scoring abstract being presented by an author residing in a developing economy (LMIC as defined by the World Bank).

2021 (New Orleans)

  • Martha Arango-Rodriguez, PhD (Colombia)

2020 (Paris)

  • Hossein Baharvand, PhD (Iran)

2019 (Melbourne)

  • Ting Zhang, PhD (China)

The Technologist Abstract Awards are presented to three technologists at the ISCT annual meetings. The merit-based award is given to the presenter of each of the three highest scoring abstracts submitted by technologists. The Award provides a $1000 stipend to attend the annual meeting.

Eligibility Requirements 

Eligibility for the Technologist Abstract Award requires the presenter to hold a technical designation (e.g. MLS(ASCP) or equivalent). Technologist award recipients are employed in technical laboratory settings. The recipient must be an ISCT member.

2021 (New Orleans)

  • Michelle Cox, MSc (USA)
  • Mercy Gohil, BSc (USA)
  • Bin Zhang, PhD (Singapore)

2020 (Paris)

  • Zhuoer Lin, PhD (USA)
  • Hyunjung Park, PhD (Korea)
  • Rui Tostoes, PhD (USA)

2019 (Melbourne)

  • Kaori Okada, PharmD (USA)
  • Sharon Ng Wah Suet, MSc (China)
  • Kap-Hyoun Ko, PhD (Australia)

2018 (Montreal)

  • Holly Anderson, BSc (USA)
  • Alexander Johnston, PhD (Canada)
  • Kyung-Phil Kim, BSc (Canada)

2017 (London)

2016 (Singapore)

  • Savatey Hak (Malaysia)
  • Pappanaicken Kumar, PhD (USA)
  • Phuc Pham, PhD (Vietnam)

2015 (Las Vegas)

2014 (Paris)

2013 (Auckland)

  • Lisa Kaminskis (Australia)
  • Elizabeth Scheid (Canada)

2012 (Seattle)

2011 (Rotterdam)

  • Cornelis A.M. van Bergen, PhD (Netherlands)

2010 (Philadelphia)

  • Amy Putnam, BSc (USA)

The recipient will be selected and awarded a prize of $1,500 USD at each ISCT annual meeting.

2020 (Paris)

  • Anusha Shankar, MSc, MD (Netherlands)

2019 (Melbourne)

  • Yohei Sato, MD, PhD (Japan)

2020 (Paris)

2020 (Paris)

  • Karoliina Pelttari, PhD (Switzerland)

2020 (Paris)

  • Jae Young Lee, PhD (Korea)

2020 (Paris)

ISCT Regional Awards

2018 (Sydney)

GE Best Poster Award, $1000 AUD:
Kap-Hyoun Ko, PhD (AU)

Gilead Oral Abstract Award, $1000 AUD:
David Bishop, MBBS, BMedSc(Hons), FRACP, FRCPA (AU)

Novartis Oral Abstract Award, $1000 AUD:
Kajal Chaudhry, PhD (AU)

2018 (Florence)

Best Oral Abstract Award, $500 USD:
Nathalie Cools, PhD (Belgium)

Best Poster Abstract Award, $500 USD:
Alice Davies, MbChB MRCP (UK)

JACIE 20th Anniversary Recognition Award:
Riccardo Saccardi, MD (Italy)

2019 (Madison)

Technologist Abstract Award, $500 USD:
Todd Maguire, BSc (USA)

Early Stage Professional Abstract Award, $500 USD:
Jayeeta Giri, PhD (USA)

2016 (Memphis)

Technologist Abstract Award, $500 USD:
Guoling Chen, MD (USA)
Deborah Lamontagne (USA)

2013 (Philadelphia)

Technologist Abstract Award, $500 USD:
Steve Konings, MSc (USA)

Young Investigator Abstract Award, $500 USD:
Raghavan Chinnadurai, PhD (USA)

2018 (São Paulo)

ABTCel Abstract Award:

  • Flavia Franco da Cunha, PhD (Brazil), received complimentary 1-year ISCT E-membership
  • Pedro Giglio, MD (Brazil), received complimentary 1-year ISCT E-membership
  • Iasmin Orge, received complimentary ISCT 2019 Annual Meeting registration