Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize: Breakthrough Discoveries in Human Immunology

Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize 2023 Keystone Symposia ePanel

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This program is dedicated to honoring the exceptional achievements of the 2023 awardees of the Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology. This prestigious global award recognizes groundbreaking research in the field of human immunology that has the potential to revolutionize vaccine and immunotherapy development across various diseases. The awardees’ work represents a significant contribution to the advancement of science and promises to have a lasting impact on the lives of individuals worldwide. The annual prize is a catalyst for young investigators from diverse fields, providing vital support and recognition for outstanding work accomplished in the past three years.

The 2023 Michelson Laureates are:

Grand prize winner Aleksandar Obradovic, Ph.D.

  • Precision Immunotherapy: A Mechanistic Approach to Overcoming Treatment Resistance

Finalist Roser Vento-Tormo, Ph.D.

  • Decoding foreign antigen tolerance: Cell atlases of human tolerogenic milieus guide transformative immunotherapies

Finalist Joshua Tan, Ph.D.

  • Searching for common ground: The conserved coronavirus fusion peptide is a target of broadly neutralizing antibodies

The award ceremony will begin with opening remarks from Dr. Gary Michelson, the founder and co-chair of Michelson Philanthropies, followed by Holden Thorp, the Editor in Chief of Science/AAAS, Bill Moran, the Publisher of Science/AAAS, Seth Scanlon, Editor of Science/AAAS, and U.S. Representative Mike Levin. The highlight of the event will be presentations by the award recipients, showcasing their groundbreaking research and engaging in a lively Q&A session with the audience.

Applications for the prize open May 1. For more information, visit https://www.michelsonmedicalresearch.org/michelson-philanthropies-science-prize and https://www.science.org/content/page/michelson-philanthropies-and-science-prize-immunology.

Find out more about the awardee panelists on the Keypoint Blog: https://keypoint.keystonesymposia.org/home/michelson-philanthropies-science-prize-for-immunology-epanel. #MichelsonPrizes

View the 2022 ePanel “Charting the Future of Immunology and Immunotherapy” featuring Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize laureates Dr. Lisa Wagar, Dr. Scott B. Biering, and Dr. Paul Bastard.