The future of transplant medicine is fueled by efforts of outstanding researchers and their teams. Innovative preclinical and clinical research projects will continuously improve our knowledge of transplantation and address emerging challenges.

To advance transplant research in Switzerland, the Swiss Transplantation Society (STS) conferred 2 awards, one STS Excellence Award, endowed with CHF 20’000.- and one STS Innovation Award with CHF 10’000.-. Both awards are financially supported by Astellas Pharma AG and were distributed at the STS Annual Meeting in Thun, January 2022.

An independent jury of experts elects 2 award winners among eligible candidates who may be surgeons, physicians or other persons active in translational transplantation research as well as clinical practice within Switzerland. The STS Excellence Award shall be conferred to a person in the middle of his/her career, below 55 years of age, whereas the STS Innovation Award shall be conferred to a younger candidate, ≤ 40 years of age, with outstanding future potential. Based on age limits, candidates will automatically qualify for the STS Excellence Award only or for both, the STS Innovation and the STS Excellence Award. The same rules otherwise apply for all candidates (see enclosed rules) except that criteria 10.b), 10.c) and 10.d) of these rules will be double-weighted for the evaluation of the STS Innovation Award. The winners are awarded as the representatives of a research group or project for outstanding scientific and/or clinical achievements.

Call for Nominations

For further details, please consult the STS webpages for the STS Excellence Award and the STS Innovation Award as well as the award rules published there.

Applications must be sent before the deadline (to be defined for 2022) to the STS Secretariat office: [email protected] – Mrs Nicole Giacomini – T 021 312 92 62.

Award Winners

We cordially congratulate the winner of the 2nd STS Innovation Award 2020/21: Dr. med. Dilmurodjon Eshmuminov. He is a Chief Resident at the Clinic for Visceral and Transplant Surgery, Swiss Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) Center, University Hospital of Zurich (USZ). He and his team are exploring the development of a perfusion technology able to preserve injured human livers ex vivo for an extended time period of 1 week. This new technology may pave the way for addressing the shortage of transplantable liver organs by the rescue of donated livers currently declined for transplantation, by long distance transportation of ex vivo livers, and by regeneration and regrowth of split donor livers.

We would also like to offer our sincere congratulations to the winner of the 5th STS Excellence Award 2020/21: Dr. med. Graziano Oldani from the Division of Abdominal Surgery, University of Geneva and the HPB Center, Geneva University Hospitals (HUG). He and his team are currently exploring the long-term survival of rats transplanted with autologous livers generated in chimeric mice. This research is an important step towards growing humanized organs – compatible with a specific patient in need for transplantation – in animals. Moreover, Dr. Oldani is committed to establish a structured training program for young physicians to enhance clinical and translational research in the field of transplantation as well as to promote living liver donation in Switzerland.

Both winners have been officially announced and awarded during the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Transplantation Society in Thun on January 28, 2022.

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Prof. Dr. med. John-David Aubert, CHUV, award jury member (left)
PhD Silvia Gluderer, Astellas Pharma AG (middle)
Dr. med. Dilmurodjon Eshmuminov, USZ, STS Innovation Award winner (right)

 

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Prof. Dr. med. John-David Aubert, CHUV, award jury member (left)
Dr. med. Graziano Oldani, HUG, STS Excellence Award winner (middle)
PhD Silvia Gluderer, Astellas Pharma AG (right)

 

For more information on the previous winners and the award jury, please visit the Swisstransplant Magazine or directly access the articles in German and French by clicking on the weblinks in the table below.

 

Hall of Fame:

Year

Award

Winner

Link to Article in Swisstransplant Magazine

2020/21

Innovation
Excellence

Dr. med. Dilmurodjon Eshmuminov, USZ
Dr. med. Graziano Oldani, HUG

n/a

2020

Innovation
Excellence

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the annual congress of the Swiss Transplantation Society 2021 had to be cancelled. Thus, the Excellence and Innovation Awards 2020 could not take place as planned, but the candidates who applied in 2020 were informed that they are automatically candidates for 2021.

n/a

2019

Innovation
Excellence

MD PhD Alban Longchamp, CHUV
Prof. MD PhD Déla Golshayan, CHUV

n/a

2018

Excellence

Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Schaub, USB

n/a

2017

Excellence

Prof. MD PhD Christian Toso, HUG

German, French

2016

Excellence

PD Dr. Oriol Manuel, CHUV

German, French

 

 

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