The Abbott Diagnostics Award of the European Society for Clinical Virology is awarded annually for original contributions in the area of viral diagnosis. Only ESCV members within less than 10 active years in virology after receiving a PhD or MD degree, are eligible for the Award. A member may receive the Award only once. Candidates for the Award must have been an author of one or more papers on viral diagnosis published in a refereed scientific journal during the two years prior to the nomination. When the nomination is assessed, the candida­te’s previous scientific contribution in this field will also be taken into consideration.

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After having been sponsored by Wellcome and Murex Diagnostics in the past the Award is sponsored from 2003 onwards by Abbott Diagnostics and has therefore been renamed into the Abbott Diagnostics Award.

Winners of the Abbott Diagnostic Award

Year Winner Country
2018 Elena Pariani Italy
2017 Hugo Sousa Portugal
2016 Suzan Pas The Netherlands
2015 Christelle Vauloup-Fellous France
2014 Kalle Kantola Finland
2013 Irene Görzer Autria
2012 Heli Harvala United Kingdom
2011 Oliver Schildgen Germany
2010 Kristal van Laethem Belgium
2009 Rory Gunson United Kingdom
2008 Tobias Allander Sweden
2007 Daniele Lillieri Italy
2006 Kate Templeton United Kingdom
2005 Christoph Steininger Austria
2004 Christian Drosten Germany
2003 Manfred William Weidmann Germany
2002 Rob Schuurman The Netherlands
2001 Florence Morfin France
2000 Giorgio Gallinella Italy
1999 Christian Mandl Austria
1998 Judy Fox United Kingdom
1997 Paola Cinque and Leen-Jan van Doorn Italy and The Netherlands
1996 Åke Lundkvist Sweden
1995 Matti Sällberg Sweden
1994 Lennart Svensson Sweden
1993 Peter Muir United Kingdom
1992 Klaus Hedman Finland
1991 Elizabeth Puchhammer-Stockl Austria
1990 Wim van der Bij The Netherlands
1989 Grazia Revello and Hillar Kangro Italy and United Kingdom
1988 Paul Griffith United Kingdom

Rules Abbott Diagnostic Award

  1. The Abbott Diagnostic Award of the European Society for Clinical Virology shall be awarded annually for original contributions in the area of viral diagnosis.
  2. Only members of the European Society for Clinical Virology within less than 10 active years in virology after receiving a PhD or MD degree, are eligible for the Award. A member may receive the Award only once.
  3. Candidates for the Award must have been an author of one or more papers on viral diagnosis published in a refereed scientific journal during the two years prior to the nomination. When the nomination is assessed, the candidate’s previous scientific contribution in this field will also be taken into consideration.
  4. Nominations for the Award may be made by any member of the European Society for Clinical Virology and should be seconded by another member. The nomination should consist of a written statement, outlining the candidate’s innovation in viral diagnosis (not more than 2 pages of A4), supported by a brief curriculum vitae which should include name, date of birth, brief details of the candidate’s career and a list of publications. Major contributions to viral diagnosis should be indicated by a * and copies of the abstracts of these papers attached. In the case of papers with more than one author the candidate’s contributions should be stated by the nominator.
  5. Three complete copies of the nominations should be received by the Secretary of the European Society for Clinical Virology usually by the 31st of January.
  6. Each year the Executive of the European Society for Clinical Virology will appoint a committee of three members to consider nominations. These should not include the proposers, the seconders or anyone from the candidate’s own laboratories. The Past-President should be one of the members and Convenor of the committee, which will make a recommendation for the Award by the end of March to be ratified by the Executive. If a candidate has been selected, the Award will be presented at the subsequent Society Meeting.
  7. The Award consists of a cheque of  €1800 and a Certificate. In addition, the awardee has the privilege to give an oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the ESCV. At this meeting the registration fee will be waived, and he/she is invited as a guest to the Society Dinner. Finally, the awardee  will be encouraged to write a review to the Journal of Clinical Virology, in consultation with the European Editor-in-Chief.
  8. These Rules shall be published on the website of the European Society for Clinical Virology.
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