MAI AWARD

MAI AWARD

The Mosaic of Autoimmunity, MAI Award, is a bi-annual award established to encourage progress in autoimmunity research. 

Three young scientists will be awarded in recognition of their contribution to the field of autoimmunity through outstanding, creative and independent research. The award ceremony for the MAI Award 2018 will be held during Autoimmunity 2018. Selection is made by an International Scientific Committee comprised of well established authorities within the autoimmunity disease fields.


MAI AWARD 2018 WINNERS


1ST PLACE: GERHARD KRÖNKE

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After finishing medical school in Vienna, Austria (1996-2002), I conducted my Postdoc in Vienna (2002-2004) and Charlottesville, Virginia (2004-2006; Cardiovascular Research Center). In 2006 I started my clinical residency in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology (2006-2012) as well as my own laboratory. Here I focused my research on mechanisms involved in the maintenance of tolerance and autoimmunity, respectively, as well as on pathways contributing to the onset and resolution of inflammation. In 2016 I became appointed as Professor of Translational Immunology.  


2ND PLACE: JOSHUA OOI

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Dr. Joshua Ooi is an Al and Val Rosentrauss Fellow based at Monash University, Australia. His lab focuses on identifying the immunodominant epitopes in autoimmune vasculitic diseases. Most recently, in a publication in Nature, Dr. Ooi showed that HLA increases disease risk by generating epitope specific inflammatory T cells, and conversely, that HLA confer protection by generating epitope specific regulatory T cells. Dr. Ooi completed his PhD in 2009 under the supervison of Prof. Richard Kitching at Monash University and did his post-doctoral training with Prof. Christian Kurts at the University of Bonn, Germany.


3RD PLACE: GABRIEL J. TOBÓN

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Specialist in Internal Medicine/Rheumatology. 
Master in Genetic, Genomic and Biotechnology.  Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France, 2009. PhD in Immuno-rheumatology.  Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France, 2012. Currently: Head of the Research Group in Rheumatology and Autoimmunity (GIRAT), Universidad Icesi, Fundación Valle del Lili, Cali-Colombia. Research interests in Autoimmunity, Systemic Lupus, Sjögren's syndrome and role of B lymphocyte in autoimmunity.  Over 80 international publications in indexed journals. 




Application for the MAI Award 2018 was open September 1 - September 30, 2017

Prize: $30,000 and an invitation to hold a plenary lecture at Autoimmunity 2018

Additional prizes: $10,000 and an invitation to present a lecture at Autoimmunity 2018

View the plenary lecture from the Autoimmunity 2016 award winner, Carlo Perricone speaking on The Genetic Interplay of Autoimmunity

This award is supported by the industry, please click here for further information. 

Award considerations


The Scientific Committee will take into consideration the following:

  • Quality and impact of scientific publications (= H index)
  • Is the research in the forefront of international efforts
  • The quality and level of independence of the research
  • Professional implications the prize may have on the candidate’s career

Candidates must be up to the age of 40 as of October 1, 2017

GUIDELINES FOR APPLICATION / NOMINATION


You can either apply yourself or nominate somebody. The candidate should not
yet be an established scientist (not a head of department or professor).

Your application / nomination must include the following personal details: 

  • ​Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Institute/Hospital
  • Department
  • Full address
  • Phone
  • Fax
  • Mobile
  • e-mail
  • Present official title/profession/position
  • Degree

A motivational cover letter (half a page) why you / nominee should be a candidate for the Award.

Enclose a list of all the candidates publications, divided into originals and reviews.

Highlight and enclose 3–5 of his/her most important articles.


MAI AWARD 2016

Recorded at Autoimmunity 2016, Carlo Perricone, was awarded first prize for the Mosaic of Au
toimmunity, MAI Award 2016.

Listen to his plenary lecture, The Genetic Interplay of Autoimmunity (MAI Award 2016)

 


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