STS/CCS Honorary Medal
The STS/CCS Honorary Medal was established in 2010 by the Signal Transduction Society in association with the BMC Journal “Cell Communication and Signaling” (CCS) to acknowledge outstanding individuals for their ground-breaking contributions in deciphering signaling pathways in normal and diseased cells. Areas of awarded research reflect the STS motto “Signal Transduction - Receptors, Mediators and Genes”. Excellent candidates have been nominated by STS members, and the award committee, composed of STS council and advisory board as well as CCS members, has unanimously selected the laureates.
Each year the Medal is presented at a Medal Ceremony, which takes place in the course of the annual meetings of the Signal Transduction Society. As a special highlight of the ceremony the honorable awardees deliver their Medal Lectures, in which they share personal views of the history of their outstanding discoveries in signal transduction research as well as their visions for the future.
Recipients of the STS/CCS Honorary Medal are so far:
Anthony J. Pawson
(† August 7, 2013)
Professor Anthony (Tony) Pawson, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada, was awarded the Medal in 2010 for his discovery of modular protein interaction domains and their importance for signal transduction.
Anthony R. Hunter
Professor Anthony (Tony) R. Hunter, The Salk Institute, La Jolla, California, was honored in 2011 for the identification of reversible tyrosine phosphorylation of proteins as a basic principle of signal transmission.
Professor Carl-Henrik Heldin, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Uppsala, Sweden, received the STS/CCS Medal in 2012 for his seminal work on growth factors and their receptors.
Professor Klaus Rajewsky, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch, Germany, was honored in 2013 for the development of conditional gene targeting in mice and its application to identify the functions of signaling pathways in normal and malignant cells of the immune system.
Jules A. Hoffmann
Professor Jules A. Hoffmann, University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France, and Nobel Prize winner in 2011, received the Medal in 2014 for his seminal work on the molecular basis of innate immunity and the discovery of Toll-like receptors.
Mina J. Bissell
Professor Mina J. Bissell, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, USA, was honored for her lifetime contributions to discover the role of the tumor microenvironment in the development of breast cancer.
Tak W. Mak
Professor Tak W, Mak, Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research, Toronto, Canada, received the STS/CCS Honorary Medal in 2016 for his contributions and discoveries in the fields of immunology, signal transduction and cancer biology.
This prize is meant to honor an outstanding contribution at the STS Meeting submitted by a senior post doc or a junior principal investigator. It was first introduced at the annual STS Meeting in 2005, ever since it became a regular element of all following STS Meetings. Nowadays the STS Science Award is donated with a sum of 1000,- Euro, which was first sponsored by Acris Antibodies GmbH (2005-2007 and 2009) and thereafter, starting on the occasion of the 40th company anniversary the STS Science Award has been donated by Biomol GmbH.
Documents to be submitted for application are, besides the abstract of the work to be presented, the candidates CV and a description of her/his scientific achievements. Based on these documents, eligible candidates will be identified by a jury consisting of the STS council and STS advisory board members.
On the meeting, the identified candidates will have to present their work both as oral presentation and as a poster. Jury board members will discuss especially these contributions in detail with the respective author, in order to finally take their decision on the awardee.
Please send applications (including CV, list of publication, brief description of the scientific achievements, STS Meeting abstract) as one single PDF-file to the chairman of the award jury:
Prof. Dr. Frank Entschladen
Fakultät für Gesundheit - Department Humanmedizin
For submission details, please also refer to the effective STS Meeting home page.
List of current awardees (PDF)
GBM-Innovation-Award for Young Scientists
Each year on the occasion of the STS Joint Meeting “Signal Transduction - Receptors, Mediators and Genes”, the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie e.V. (GBM) announces the GBM-Innovation-Award for Young Scientists, donated with EUR 500,–.
With this scientific award, the GBM would like to acknowledge young scientists especially working on a new and interesting method in the field of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology as well as signal transduction. The prize will be granted to a young scientist (diploma, master, MD or PhD student or post doc within their first years) who is developing or has developed a novel and innovative method, which might be attractive for all of us. The work has to be submitted as an abstract to the STS-Meeting and must be presented as poster, even if the abstract is selected for oral presentation. The awardee will be announced at the Award ceremony. Awards can only be received personally.
The award jury consisting of the speakers of the GBM-Study Groups “Biochemical Pharmacology and Toxicology” and “Receptors and Signal Transduction” will select appropriate candidates.
If you feel your method is exciting and innovative, we would greatly encourage you to submit your abstract, a very brief description of your project together with a brief comment from your supervisor as a single PDF-file to:
Prof. Dr. Klaudia Giehl
Signaltransduction of Cellular Motility (Medical Clinic V)
Science Unit for Basic and Clinical Medicine
Aulweg 128 - ForMed
35392 Gießen, Germany
F: +49 641 99-30669
For submission details, please also refer to the effective STS Meeting home page.
List of current awardees (PDF, updated for 2016)
Poster presentations at the conference are particularly attractive. The conference venue at the Leonardo Hotel Weimar provides ample space for all posters to remain mounted throughout the conference. All posters are introduced to the plenum in the famous “one minute - one transparency (no slides)” session and there is ample time for poster presentations and lively discussions. Since it is the policy of the STS to particularly encourage and support young scientists, five poster prizes will be awarded with prize money up to EUR 250.–
Candidates will be selected during the STS Meeting by the chair people of the different sessions. In order to particularly support young scientists, chair people and heads of departments or institutes are not eligible for a poster award.
The poster prizes will be announced at the Award ceremony. Awards can only be received personally and will be made payable by cheque. Cheques must be cashed at latest on December 31st of the same year.
STS travel grants
The STS financially supports up to ten young society members (bachelor, master or doctoral students) to attend the meeting. Eligible STS members are strongly encouraged to apply for a travel grant of EUR 250.–
For a STS travel grant the eligible candidate needs to provide the following documents (as a single PDF-file):
- STS membership (which has to be maintained for at least three more years)
- Curriculum vitae
- Description of the current project (no more than two pages)
- Abstract to be presented at the STS Meeting
- Current status as a master or doctoral student (confirmed by the supervisor)
- Enrollment (confirmed by an immatriculation certificate)
The application deadline is September 15th 2017. Successful applicants will be notified in October and personally awarded during the STS Meeting in Weimar. The award ceremony will be part of the General Assembly of the Society. Awards will be made payable by cheque and must be cashed at latest on December 31st of the same year. For details, please also refer to the effective STS Meeting home page.
Please send your application to the STS Travel Grant Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).