This year the PhARF (Phadia Allergy Research Forum) Award was split and two winners are sharing the prize.
The PhARF (Phadia Allergy Research Forum) Award Ceremony took place at the EAACI meeting in London June 7. Magnus Lundberg, CEO of Phadia, shortly described the history of PhARF and then the winners were announced by Prof Walter Canonica, Chairman of PhARF Scientific Comittee.
The recipients of the 2010 PhARF (Phadia Allergy Research Forum) Award are Dr Christopher Kepley, Luna Innovations Inc., Danville, VA, USA and Dr Nikolaos Papadopoulos, Unversity of Athens, Greece.
The Scientific Committee of PhARF considered both Dr Kepley’s and Dr Papadopoulos’ research in the forefront of international science in our discipline and the quality and independence of their research is well ascertained.
Dr Kepley has focused on finding new ways of ”turning off” the allergic response by inhibiting the IgE receptor on mast cells and basophils.
Dr Papadopoulos has provided important evidence to explain persistence of asthma through IgE-mediated susceptibility to virus infections.
PhARF (Phadia Allergy Research Forum) is a collaboration between Uppsala University and Phadia AB. The objective of PhARF is to encourage progress in allergy research by recognizing outstanding younger investigators.
The selection has been a two-step process. First a Nomination Comittee with members from Uppsala University sifted out a limited number of candidates of all suggested nominations. Then the Scientific Committee of PhARF selected two finalists to this Award during the AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology) congress in New Orleans at the end February/beginning of March 2010.
The winners are invited to hold a speech at Rudbeckdagen October 15 in Uppsala. Rudbeckdagen is arranged yearly by Uppsala Physician Society and the Area of Medicine and Pharmacy at Uppsala University. The winner of PhARF Award will be acknowledged together with the winner of Olof Rudbeckpriset* and Lilla Fernströmpriset, respectively.
* Olof Rudbeck, a Swedish scientist/genius active in Uppsala during the 17th century, was the one who detected the lymphatic system and its importance.