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Nomination based awards

Gábor Than Award

The “Gábor Than Award” in placentology acknowledges outstanding contributions to the field of placentology in all its aspects, including the relationship with fetus and mother, by early career investigators who are normally within 10 years of their terminal degree. This award is presented biennially in even years, alternating with the IFPA Placentology Award (e.g. 2018, 2020 etc.). The IFPA Gábor Than Award consists of US$2000 plus accommodation and registration for the next meeting and a bronze medal. The awardee will be invited to present a lecture during a plenary session of the same IFPA-designated meeting. The lecture will be published in “Trophoblast Research” following normal peer review procedures.

Joan Hunt Senior Award in Placentology

The “Joan Hunt Senior Award in Placentology” is intended to recognize the work of established senior scientists/PIs/clinicians who have lead placental research groups for a substantial period of time (as a guide to nominators/applicants, more than 20 years might be appropriate) and have made a significant contribution to our understanding of placental and reproductive functions in general. Special emphasis is placed on the requirement that nominees be IFPA members who have contributed significantly to the development, leadership and/or mission of IFPA. Awardees may also be able to demonstrate a commitment to teaching of reproduction/placenta, to the development of young placental researchers and/or communication of placental research to the public. Candidates should be proposed by at least three individuals. The “Joan Hunt Senior Award in Placentology” will be presented at the next IFPA-designated meeting. The ““Joan Hunt Senior Award in Placentology”” represents the highest distinction of the international placental research community. There will be no monetary prize associated with the Award. The awardee will receive a certificate and a special gift as a souvenir contributed by the organizer of IFPA meeting in the year of the award. The awardee will be invited to present a lecture during a plenary session of the IFPA meeting at which the Award will be presented. The lecture will be published in “Trophoblast Research” following normal peer review procedures. IFPA will provide up to US$1500 towards the recipient’s economy-class airfare to the meeting at which the award is being given.

Andrée Gruslin Award

The Andrée Gruslin Award is named in honor of Dr. Andrée Gruslin, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and researcher who, while battling breast cancer, continued not only her obstetrical service but also drove a well-known research program until her death in 2014. She spent her life researching placental health as a way of reducing risk from conditions such as preeclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction. This prize will be offered every year to an outstanding female mid-career investigator in the field of placental or placental-related biology. As a guide, candidates should be at the assistant/associate professor level. The candidates can be nominated by others or can self-nominate. The award comprises a prize of US$2500 (donated by Elsevier) and an invitation to contribute an article to the annual issue of “Trophoblast Research” containing the invited reviews commissioned from the IFPA meeting that year. The article will be subject to normal peer review procedures. At the option of the IFPA meeting organizer, the awardee may be asked to present a lecture at the meeting that year.

Presentation based awards

Elsevier Trophoblast Research New Investigator Award

The Elsevier Trophoblast Research New Investigator Award is presented for the best Poster Presentation by a New Investigator at an IFPA meeting. This award is the oldest award made by IFPA and reflects the importance IFPA attaches to the presentation most commonly made by trainees. The award is chosen at the meeting, after the poster is presented to the judges. The award consists of US$1500, an invitation to present their work in a plenary lecture at the following year’s IFPA-designated meeting, and free registration and accommodation at the following year’s meeting. The winner will also receive free access to Elsevier ScienceDirect for one year. There will also be an award of US$500 for the runner-up.

The Elsevier Placenta New Investigator Award

The Elsevier Award acknowledges the best Oral Presentation by a new investigator in the field of placentology in all its aspects, including the relationship with fetus and mother. The Elsevier Award consists of an award of US$1000, and free access to Elsevier ScienceDirect for one year. There will also be an award of US$500 for the runner-up.

Peter Kaufmann Award

The Peter Kaufmann Award acknowledges Peter Kaufmann’s passion for the poster-format of scientific communication. It will be awarded to any first author of a poster presentation, independent of age and position, for the best research that incorporates any morphological method that is critical for data interpretation. The award has been initiated by Dr. John Kingdom, Toronto and Dr. Berthold Huppertz, Graz for Peter’s contributions to the field of Placentology within the European Placenta Group (EPG). The Peter Kaufmann Award will be given at EPG-hosted meetings and consists of a signed plaque and an award of €500, which is generously provided by  Dr. John Kingdom, Toronto, Dr. Berthold Huppertz, Graz, and Dr. Sascha Drewlo, Michigan.

Abstract based awards

YW Loke New Investigator Travel Awards

This results from the generous endowment of Y.W. (Charlie) Loke, Emeritus Professor of Reproductive Immunology at the University of Cambridge and member of the IFPA and EPG. It offsets travel expenses for 40 young investigators per meeting.  Award: US$500.

National Institutes of Health New Investigator Travel Awards

These travel awards are to enable US-based new investigators in any aspect of placental research to attend the annual meetings of IFPA. The awards are based on a review of abstracts submitted for an IFPA-designated meeting. This award is to offset travel expenses for up to 10 US-based new investigators per meeting. Award: US$500 and above, depending on funds.

Elsevier New Investigator Travel Awards

These awards enable approximately 15 new investigators in any aspect of placental research to attend the IFPA meeting. Award: US$500.

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