MARK KESTER AWARD

In view of Mark precious contribution in the Sphingolipid research, the Sphingolipid Club and Neuromed are pleased to announce the call for two 500 € Awards on “Sphingolipid signaling in Cancer”, presented by young researchers (PhD and postdocs) at the next XIV Sphingolipid Club Meeting, held on Sept 7-11, 2022 in Pozzilli.

One of these Awards is possible thanks to the generous contribution of Prof. Myles Cabot, a close friend of Prof. Kester.

Selection will be made by a jury composed by a component of our Youth Board and by two other components, from the Scientific Board Members, attending the Meeting.

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Mark Kester passed away on July 20, 2022. He was a Member of the Scientific Board of the Sphingolipid Club.

Mark was a Professor of Pharmacology and the Director of the NanoSTAR Institute of the University of Virginia. He was previosuly the G. Thomas Passananti Professor of Pharmacology at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine and the inaugural Director of the Penn State Center for NanoMedicine and Materials. His lab is investigating sphingolipids in the etiology of diseases and sphingolipid-based therapeutics with an emphasis on cancer. The lab utilizes clinical specimens, and in vitro and preclinical model systems to investigate the functions of sphingolipids by a variety of approaches. These approaches include mass spectrometry, structural, biophysical, molecular, cellular, and biochemical methodologies.

Applicants should communicate their interest in these Awards just upon arrival at the Meeting venue, at the Registration desk, with the title of their presentation.

The name of the winner will be communicated during the Gala Dinner on Sept. 10.

ANTONIO DELGADO AWARD

In view of Antonio precious contribution in sphingolipid chemistry, the Sphingolipid Club is pleased to offer a 500 € Award to be selected among all oral communications and posters focused on “Chemistry in Sphingolipid Research”, presented by young researchers (PhD and postdocs) at the next XIV Sphingolipid Club Meeting, held on Sept 7-11, 2022 in Pozzilli.

Selection will be made by a jury composed by Gemma Fabrias and by two other components, one from the Youth Board and the other from the Scientific Board, attending the Meeting and nominated successively.

Prof. Antonio Delgado, from the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutic Chemistry of the University of Barcelona, passed away on last Dec. 23, 2021.

After a doctoral thesis in Spain on the field of Medicinal Chemistry, Antonio spent two years as postdoctoral fellow in Jon Clardy’s lab (Cornell University) working in the total synthesis of natural products. Back in Spain, some years later, he became one of the co-founders of the Research Unit on BioActive Molecules (RUBAM), at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) and the Head of the UB-CSIC Associated Unit of Medicinal Chemistry.

His academic activities at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Barcelona have been mainly focused on subjects related to Medicinal Chemistry and Synthetic Organic Chemistry, being the coauthor of some textbooks on these topics. He has also dictated several postgraduate courses, both in the University of Barcelona and in other Universities of Spain and abroad.

His research interests were the design, the synthesis, and the cellular evaluation of modulators of the sphingolipid metabolism with potential therapeutic applications. He was also interested in the development of pharmacological tools and chemical probes for the study of the biophysical properties of sphingolipids and the enzymes implicated in their metabolism. He has co-authored more than one-hundred papers in international journals.

Applicants should simply communicate their interest in this Award just upon arrival at the Meeting venue, at the Registration desk, and the title of their presentation.

The name of the winner will be notified during the Gala Dinner on Sept. 10.

PREVIOUS AWARDS

Participation to the 2021 FASEB Lysophospholipid and Related Mediators Conference, held online, July 13-15, 2021

YULIYA FAKHR (300 €), University of Alberta, Canada
BISERA STEPANOVSKA TANTUROVSKA (300 €), University of Bern, Switzerland

Lina Obeid Awards

JOHANNES MORSTEIN  (1000 €), New York University, USA.
SHAH ALAM (1000 €), University of Bonn, Germany.

Shimon Gatt Awards

(two supported by the Sphingolipid Club, one supported by Myles Cabot Laboratory):

VALENTINA VOZELLA  (1000 €), University of California Irvine, USA
LIUBOV KALINICHENKO (1000 €), Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
MICHAEL PULKOSKI (1000 €), Stanford University, USA

Participation to the 2019 FASEB SRC “The Lysophospholipid and Related Mediators”, Lisbon, Portugal, July 28-August 2, 2019

HIRA NIAZI (best short talk, 500 €), INSERM U970, Paris, France
VALENTINE YOLANDER (best poster, 300 €), Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

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