Awards and Lectures

 

 

Norman Cousins Award


The Norman Cousins Award is the highest honor given by the PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society to an individual for outstanding contributions to research in psychoneuroimmunology.

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Robert Ader New Investigator Award


In honor of Dr. Robert Ader, a pioneer in the field of psychoneuroimmunology, the PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society presents the Robert Ader New Investigator Award.

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BBI Impact
Award

Professor Keith W. Kelley, spouse Sara and daughter Megan established the Brain, Behavior and Immunity Impact Award. The goal is to promote submission and publication of high-quality, cutting-edge research in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity and to increase visibility and participation in the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society. 

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Michael Irwin Equity &
 Diversity Travel Awards

PNIRS is committed to increasing the number of academics/researchers from underrepresented groups, and supporting research excellence dedicated to issues relevant to equity and diversity. In support of this commitment, PNIRS is pleased to offer the Michael Irwin Equity and Diversity Travel Awards. 

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PNIRS Trainee Scholar Travel Awards

 

The intent of the PNIRS Trainee Scholar Travel Awards is to facilitate attendance by trainee members at the PNIRS annual meeting. 

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The George Solomon Memorial
Lecture


The George Solomon Memorial Lecture was newly established in 2014 and is named for a most prominent figure in the history of PNI.

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The Ronald Glaser Frontiers in
PNI Lecture


The Ronald Glaser Fund provides the opportunity to honor Ron for all his contributions to the field of psychoneuroimmunology.

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Norman Cousins Award

The Norman Cousins Award is the highest honor given by the PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society to an individual for outstanding contributions to research in psychoneuroimmunology. Norman Cousins was an articulate spokesman and advocate for psychoneuroimmunology, whose support and generosity has facilitated the career development of many investigators in this interdisciplinary field of endeavor.

To contribute to the advancement of knowledge in psychoneuroimmunology, Ellen Cousins, Norman’s wife, created the Norman Cousins Memorial Fund, and the California Wellness Foundation provided the endowment for the Norman Cousins Memorial Award and Lecture to be delivered as a highlight of the annual meeting of the PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society. 

The award recipient, to be announced at PNIRS 2021 Virtual, will present the Norman Cousins Memorial Lecture at the PNIRS 2022 meeting and receive a $1000 award. A one-page biography will be published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, the official journal of the PNIRS. Eligibility: Regular and Emeritus members of PNIRS are eligible. Current PNIRS officers are not eligible for nomination.

Previous Cousins Award Lecturers:

1991 – Robert Ader, n/a
1993 – George F. Solomon, n/a
1994 – Jean E. Merrill, n/a
1996 – Hugo O. Besedovsky, n/a
1997 – John F. Sheridan, Volume 12, Issue 1, March 1998, Pages 1–6
1998 – Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser, Volume 13, Issue 1, March 1999, Pages 61–72
1999 – Cobi Heijnen, Volume 13, Issue 1, March 1999, Pages 61–72
2000 – Robert Dantzer, Volume 15, Issue 1, March , 2001, Pages 7–24
2001 – Christopher Coe, Volume 17, Issue 1, 1 February 2003, Pages 3–12
2002 – Steven Maier, Volume 17, Issue 2, April 2003, Pages 69–85
2003 – Keith Kelley, Volume 18, Issue 2, March 2004, Pages 95–113
2004 – Ronald Glaser, Volume 19, Issue 2, March 2005, Pages 91–103
2005 – Nicholas Cohen, Volume 20, Issue 2, March 2006, Pages 99–112
2006 – Linda Watkins, Volume 21, Issue 2, February 2007, Pages 131–146
2007 – Michael Irwin, Volume 22, Issue 2, February 2008, Pages 129–139
2008 – Andrew Miller, Volume 23, Issue 2, February 2009, Pages 149–158
2009 – Manfred Schedlowski, Volume 24, Issue 2, February 2010, Pages 176–185
2010 – Raz Yirmiya, Volume 25, Issue 2, February 2011, Pages 181–213
2011 – Virginia Sanders, Volume 26, Issue 2, February 2012, Pages 195–200
2012 – Annemieke Kavelaars, n/a
2013 – Mark Laudenslager, Volume 36, February 2014, Pages 1–8
2014 – William 'Bill' Banks, Volume 44, February 2015, Pages 1–8
2015 – Rainer Straub, Volume 43, January 2015, Page 9
2016 – Steve Cole, Volume 51, January 2016, Pages vi
2017 – Carmine Pariante, Volume 59, January 2017, Pages vii
2018 – Rodney Johnson, Volume 67, January 2018, Pages vii
2019 – Monika Fleshner, Volume 75, January 2019, Pages iii-v
2020 – Shamgar Ben-Eliyahu
2021 -- 
Staci Bilbo 

*All citations listed above are in the official journal of the PNIRS: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
 

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Robert Ader New Investigator Award

In honor of Dr. Robert Ader, a pioneer in the field of psychoneuroimmunology, the PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society presents the Robert Ader New Investigator Award.

This prestigious award is presented to an outstanding new research scientist who has made exciting basic science or clinical contributions to the field of PNI. The award honors Dr. Ader’s innovation and creativity as a scientist and recognizes his contributions to the instantiation of PNI as a meaningful endeavor dedicated to the betterment of health and the prevention of disease.  

The award entails a dedicated lecture and provides an honorarium from a generous gift by the Fund of Psychoneuroimmunology.

The award recipient, to be announced at PNIRS 2021 Virtual, will present an invited lecture at the PNIRS 2022 meeting and receive a $500 award. A one-page biography will be published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, the official journal of the PNIRS. Eligibility: Regular members within 10 years of completing their terminal degree (e.g. Ph.D., M.D.) are eligible. Current PNIRS officers are not eligible for nomination. 

Previous recipients of the New Investigator's Award:

1997 – Robert H. Bonneau, n/a
1998 – Monika Fleshner, n/a
1999 – Jeffery Woods, n/a
2000 – Firdaus Dhabhar, n/a

 
Previous recipients of the Ader New Investigator Award:

2001 – Annemieke Kavelaars, n/a
2003 – Kurt Ackerman,Volume 17, Issue 3, June 2003, Pages 141–151
2004 – Lucille Capuron, Volume 18, Issue 3, May 2004, Pages 205–213
2005 – Susan Lutgendorf, Volume 19, Issue 3, May 2005, Pages 185–194         
2006 – Marian Kohut, Volume 20, Issue 3, May 2006, Pages 201–209
2007 – Julienne Bower, Volume 21, Issue 3, March 2007, Pages 251–258
2008 – Suzanne Segerstrom, Volume 22, Issue 3, March 2008, Pages 279–284
2009 – Jonathan Godbout, Volume 23, Issue 3, March 2009, Pages 309–317
2010 – Staci Bilbo, Volume 24, Issue 3, March 2010, Pages 329–338
2011 – Jonathan Kipnis, Volume 25, Issue 3, March 2011, Pages 379–385
2012 – Michael Bailey, Volume 26, Issue 3, March 2012, Pages 371–382
2013 – Mark Hutchinson, Volume 30, May 2013, Pages 3–11
2014 – Rohan Walker, Volume 37, March 2014, Pages 1–14
2015 – Aric Prather, Volume 43, January 2015, Page 10
2016 – Lisa Christian, Volume 51, January 2016, Pages v
2017 – Chris Fagundes, Volume 59, January 2017, Pages vi
2018 – Peter Grace, Volume 67, January 2018, Pages viii
2019 – Judith Carroll, Volume 75, January 2019, Pages iii-v
2020 – Eric Wohleb
2021 -- Julie Lasselin

*All citations listed above are in the official journal of the PNIRS: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.  

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BBI Impact Award

Professor Keith W. Kelley, spouse Sara and daughter Megan established the Brain, Behavior, and Immunity Impact Award. The goal is to promote submission and publication of high-quality, cutting-edge research in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity and to increase visibility and participation in the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society. The winner is the corresponding author of the paper with the most citations from those articles published three and four years prior to the award. For example, the 2019 award winner, announced in 2018, is the corresponding author of the paper that achieved the highest level of citations in 2017 to papers published in 2016 and 2015. The Kelley Family provides an annual gift of $5,000 per year and a commemorative plaque for the PNIRS to present to the winner of the Brain, Behavior, and Immunity Impact Award at the annual PNIRS meeting. 

 
Recipients of the BBI Impact Award:

2021 -- Ursula Felderhoff-Muser
2020 -- Peter Holzer, Esther E. Fröhlich, article Linkphoto 
2019 – Bing Ruan, Lanjuan Li, and Hai-yin Jiang,  article link

2017 – Caroline de Theije, article link

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Michael Irwin Equity and Diversity Travel Awards

Michael Irwin Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Awards

PNIRS is committed to increasing the number of academics/researchers from underrepresented groups and supporting research excellence dedicated to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Michael Irwin EDI Awards are a key initiative in these efforts. These awards are made possible by a generous donation from Professor Michael Irwin, Cousins Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen, School of Medicine at UCLA and the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. The goal of these awards is to facilitate greater awareness about public health issues related to diverse communities, encourage PNI research that is impactful for diverse and underrepresented communities, and to promote diversity within the membership of PNIRS.

In the inaugural year, 2019, the Michael Irwin EDI Awards facilitated attendance at the annual PNIRS conference of academics/researchers who are a) from underrepresented groups and/or b) conduct research dedicated equity and diversity. Due to the unusual circumstances of 2020/2021, the awards for 2021 have been modified to accommodate the Virtual Conference being held in May, 2021. Instead of offering support for travel, the awards for 2021 will be twofold:

  1. PNIRS will offer an award for the best peer-reviewed paper published in 2020-2021 that is dedicated to EDI research and/or that showcases a strong EDI team. This award will consist of a $500 cash award, plus complimentary membership for one author ( at the discretion of the lead author) for two years (award year plus one year) and complimentary registration for two years (award year plus one year) at the annual PNIRS meeting. Should all authors be current members, a 2-year extension of membership in addition to the complimentary registration at the PNIRS meeting for 2 years will be offered.

  2. PNIRS will offer support for meeting attendance by Trainees who identify as academics/researchers who are a) from underrepresented groups and/or b) conduct research dedicated to equity, diversity and inclusion and c) face financial barriers that impact attendance at the meeting. These awards will consist of complimentary membership (for 2 successive years, award year plus one year) and complimentary registration (for 2 successive years award year plus one year) at the annual PNIRS meeting. Should all authors be current members, a 2-year extension of membership in addition to the complimentary registration at the PNIRS meeting for 2 years will be offered. (face to face in 2022 the cost will be higher for registrations)

Eligibility criteria:
Open to PNIRS member and non-member academics, students, and graduates conducting research in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion. Trainees are defined as being Pre- and post-doctoral (up to three years post-degree) students, medical students, and resident physicians who are conducting active research in an aspect of psychoneuroimmunology.

Application process:
EDI publication award: A call is open requesting submissions for the best peer-reviewed paper published in 2020-2021 that is dedicated to EDI research and/or that showcases a strong EDI team. Nominees should provide citation details on the paper as well as one paragraph (≤ 300 words) discussing its quality and relevance to EDI principals. Only one nomination is permitted per person and per lead author. Send submissions to the PNIRS Central Office at [email protected].

Trainee EDI Scholarships:  A call is open requesting submission of application for registration awards for the PNIRS Annual Meeting by trainees who identify as academics/researchers who are a) from underrepresented groups and/or b) conduct research dedicated to equity, diversity and inclusion and c) face financial barriers that impact attendance at the meeting. Applicants should provide a one paragraph (≤ 300 words) statement outlining  their  rationale  for being awarded an EDI  scholarship. Trainees = pre- and post-doctoral (up to three years post-degree) students, medical students, and resident physicians who are conducting active research in an aspect of psychoneuroimmunologySend submissions to the PNIRS Central Office at [email protected].

EDI principals

  • Equity is defined as the removal of systemic barriers and biases enabling all individuals to have equal opportunity to access and benefit from the program.
    • To achieve this, all individuals who participate in the research ecosystem must develop a strong understanding of the systemic barriers faced by individuals from underrepresented groups (e.g. women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, racialized minorities, individuals from the LGBTQ2+ community) and put in place impactful measures to address these barriers.
  • Diversity is defined as differences in race, colour, place of origin, religion, immigrant and newcomer status, ethnic origin, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and age.
    • A diversity of perspectives and lived experiences is fundamental to achieving research excellence.
  • Inclusion is defined as the practice of ensuring that all individuals are valued and respected for their contributions and are equally supported.
    • Ensuring that all team members are integrated and supported is fundamental to achieving research and training excellence.

Commitment to EDI principals
With these goals in mind, PNIRS is committed to:

  • Promoting the integration of EDI-related considerations in research design and practices;
  • Increasing equitable and inclusive participation in the research system, including on research teams; and
  • Collecting the data and conducting the analyses needed to include EDI considerations in decision-making.

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PNIRS Trainee Scholar Travel Awards

The intent of the PNIRS Trainee Scholar Travel Awards is to facilitate attendance by trainee members at the PNIRS annual meeting. To be eligible for an award, awardees must be a PNIRS trainee member, register for the annual meeting, submit an abstract and attend the PNIRS annual meeting for the current year. Awardees will be selected by the scientific affairs committee using the abstract scoring process as a guide. Awards will vary annually and are to be used to contribute to the trainees' cost of attendance at the PNIRS annual meeting.

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