Top 12 Pioneer Awards for seminal work in gene and cell therapy selected by blue ribbon panel

November 25th, 2013
The peer-reviewed journal Human Gene Therapy will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014. The Journal will commemorate its silver anniversary in several ways, including publishing a series of Perspectives by top Pioneers in the field of cell and gene therapy who will be featured in the 2014 issues of the Journal.

The leadership of Human Gene Therapy commissioned a blue ribbon panel of colleagues to identify the Pioneers. Human Gene Therapy, Human Gene Therapy Methods, and Human Gene Therapy Clinical Development are published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

The charge to the Committee was to identify 12 scientists who have made seminal contributions to the field in the context of a career that has consistently contributed to cell and gene therapy research for an extended period of time. The committee defines a seminal contribution as a ground breaking clinical study or a basic/technical advance that has substantially influenced the direction and/or trajectory of translational research. In some instances the Pioneer award was shared amongst several scientists whose seminal work within a programmatic area could not be fairly singled out.

"Identifying the pioneers who have made current successes in gene therapy possible was a really interesting process. The committee agreed that a mixture of virologists, technologists and clinicians had made essential contributions," says Mary Collins, PhD, Chair of the Award Selection Committee.

The Pioneer Series Award Selection Committee was chaired by Dr. Mary Collins, MRC Centre for Medical Molecular Virology, University College London, with members Alessandro Aiuti, MD, PhD, Scientific Institute HS Raffaele, HSR-TIGET; Andrew H. Baker, PhD, Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences BHF Glasgow, Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Glasgow; Manuel Grez, PhD, Georg-Speyer-Haus, Molecular Virology Lab; Philippe Moullier, MD, PhD, Institut de Recherche Thérapeutique, Université de Nantes; Paul D. Robbins, PhD, The Scripps Research Institute; Robert M. Kotin, PhD, National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health; Luk H. Vandenberghe, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary; and Xiao Xiao, PhD, School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Winners of the 12 Pioneer Series Awards are:

  • Robin R. Ali, PhD, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology;

    Jean Bennett, MD, PhD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; and

    William W. Hauswirth, PhD, University of Florida College of Medicine

    Nominated for: Gene therapy for eye disorders
  • Malcolm K. Brenner, MD, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine

    Nominated for: Cancer gene therapy using gene modified T cells
  • Frederic D. Bushman, PhD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; and

    Christof von Kalle, MD, PhD, National Center for Tumor Diseases, Heidelberg

    Nominated for: Vector integration and tumorigenesis
  • Marina Cavazzana, MD, PhD, Paris Descartes University; and

    Adrian J. Thrasher, MD, PhD, UCL Institute of Child Health

    Nominated for: Basic and clinical gene therapy for immunodeficiency disorders
  • Ronald G. Crystal, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

    Nominated for: Adenoviral vectors/role in translation of gene therapy to clinic
  • Zelig Eshhar, PhD, Department of Immunology, The Weizmann Institute of Science; and

    Carl H. June, MD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

    Nominated for: CARs for cancer gene therapy/lentiviral gene therapy clinical trials

    Joseph C. Glorioso III, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

    Nominated for: Development of HSV as a vector for gene therapy

    Provided by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc

    This Phys.org Science News Wire page contains a press release issued by an organization mentioned above and is provided to you “as is” with little or no review from Phys.Org staff.

More news stories

Japan space robots start asteroid survey

A pair of robot rovers have landed on an asteroid and begun a survey, Japan's space agency said Saturday, as it conducts a mission aiming to shed light on the origins of the solar system.

First to red planet will become Martians: Canada astronaut

Astronauts traveling through space on the long trip to Mars will not have the usual backup from mission control on Earth and will need to think of themselves as Martians to survive, Canada's most famous spaceman half-jokingly ...

Ocean acidification may reduce sea scallop fisheries

Each year, fishermen harvest more than $500 million worth of Atlantic sea scallops from the waters off the east coast of the United States. A new model created by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), ...

New battery gobbles up carbon dioxide

A new type of battery developed by researchers at MIT could be made partly from carbon dioxide captured from power plants. Rather than attempting to convert carbon dioxide to specialized chemicals using metal catalysts, which ...