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The International Society for Advancement of Cytometry presented its 2012 awards at CYTO 2012

Dr. Leon Terstappen received the 2012 Mack Fulwyler Award for Innovative Excellence, the Society's highest award. The award was established in memory of Mack J. Fulwyler, the inventor of the electrostatic cell sorter, and recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding innovation. Dr. Terstappen received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Twente in 1987, and carried out pioneering cytometry research at Becton Dickinson. In 1994, he cofounded Immunicon, which pioneered the detection of tumor cells in the blood of cancer patients. The resulting CellSearch assay was subsequently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Upon the sale of Immunicon by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Dr. Terstappen returned to the University of Twente as a Professor in 2007. He has published over 170 papers and is an inventor on 43 patents.

Dr. Robert Leif received the 2012 Membership Award. Dr. Leif was recognized for his significant contributions to cytometry technology, which included a sample preparation device for cytology, a unique flow cell used in a commercial hematology analyzer, and the BrdU method for measuring cell proliferation. He is also an inventor of optical devices, and through that area of interest established cytometry as one of the focus areas of the optical engineering society SPIE. For many years, Dr. Leif has organized and co-chaired a conference at SPIE's Photonics West meeting that has contributed to bridging between optical science and cytometry. As a founding member of ISAC, Dr. Leif has always been active in the Society. He has served on the editorial board of Cytometry, the Society's journal, and has been active in establishing data standards.

Drs. Jan Visser and Peter Lansdorp received Distinguished Service Awards for their contributions to the Society. Dr. Visser has been involved the field of cytometry for several decades. He has been a teacher, researcher, leader, editor and entrepreneur. He has influenced a large number of individuals over these years, and many of them have become leaders in the field. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Society's Journal in 1997 and served until 2002. His research from the 1980s resulted in key discoveries of stem cells, as well as a significant expansion of cell sorting technologies to sort cells. His impact has been significant, with a huge influence on many key individuals in the field of cytometry. His influence on a large number of scientists is evidence of Jan Visser's scientific integrity and his impact on the field of cytometry.

Peter Lansdorp's expertise in measuring telomere lengths on chromosome ends was crucial to the breakthrough scientific reports that formed our present understanding of the role of critically short telomere ends in promoting chromosomal instability, cell cycle arrest and senescence.

Dr. Lansdorp has had a long standing interest in studies of genomic instability, and he has been a pioneer in developing and applying novel cytometric methods to studies of genomic maintenance in aging and cancer. He is perhaps best known for his seminal work on telomere analysis, including development of telomere FISH and FLOW-FISH methods. These methods are used by many people in the field. Dr. Lansdorp's career has been marked by exceptional creativity and sharing. To accomplish novel goals he has frequently developed new cytometric methods that have subsequently been widely cited and adopted. He has added greatly to the portfolio of cytometric technologies for studying telomeres and other novel DNA structures, thereby greatly enriching our field. He has made a great contribution to the field of cytometry and to its practice. He has served the Society as a member of the governing Council of the Society.

The Society also chose winners of the President's Award for Excellence (given to an outstanding early career Ph.D.) and the Exceptional Student Award. The 2012 President's Award for Excellence was presented to Dr. Sean Bendal from Stanford University. The 2012 Exceptional Student Award was presented to Dr. Rikke K. Andersen from the University of Southern Denmark.

The Outstanding Poster Award winners were:

Gergely Toldi, Semmelweis University, "The effects of potassium channel inhibition on calcium influx of peripheral T lymphocytes in rheumatoid arthritis verified using kinetic flow cytometry analysis"

Yiqing Lu, Macquarie University, "Quantitative cell antigen analysis by automated time-gated scanning cytometer and europium nanoparticles"

Garima Chouhan, ICGEB, "Antileishmanial activity of traditional medicinal plants is mediated by apoptosis"

The TOP Poster Award Winner was: Axel Roland Schulz, Charit University Hospital, "Multiparametric high-throughput characterization of the immune response after seasonal influenza vaccination (2011/12) in young and elderly adults"

Contact: Joan R. Goldberg
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

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