The James Sivartsen Prize in Pediatric Cancer Research

The James Sivartsen Prize in Pediatric Cancer Research is awarded each year to a Hebrew University graduate student who is doing the most innovative work with application to the field of pediatric cancer research.

The Densen Family from Summit, New Jersey, longstanding supporters of the Lautenberg Research Center, established the prize in honor of their friend James Sivartsen who passed away in August 2003 at the age of 20, after a valiant struggle with rabdomyosarcoma.

Congratulations to Batya Isaacson for receiving the 2022 James Sivartsen Prize in Pediatric Cancer Research! The James Sivartsen Prize in Pediatric Cancer Research is awarded each year to a Hebrew University graduate student who is doing the most innovative work with application to the field of pediatric cancer research. During her PhD in the lab of Professor Ofer Mandelboim, Batya published 3 research papers and 2 scientific reviews, studying Urinary Tract Infection biology and treatment modalities.

Dr. Asael Lubotzky (right) and Prof. Eitan Yefenof

The 10th and 2019 Prize was recieved by Dr. Waleed Minzel (formerly Prof. Ben-Neriah lab) and Dr. Asael Lubotzky.

All were invited to the mini-symposium:

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10:00 Celebrating the 10th Sivartsen award winners. 

10:10 CAR expressing T and NK cells for cancer retargeting.
Prof. Ulrike Köhl, Ph.D., M.D., Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology, University of Leipzig, Hannover Medical School, Germany.

11:00 Novel mechanisms leading to immune escape of tumors.
Prof. Barbara Seliger, Ph.D., M.D., Institute of Medical Immunology
Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany.

Dr. Oren Parnas (middle), Muhannad Abu-Remaileh (right) and Yishai Avior

The 9th and 2018 Prize will be awarded to Muhannad Abu-Remaileh (from the Lautenberg Center, PhD student of Prof. Rami Aqeilan) and Yishai Avior (from the life science faculty at Givat Ram, PhD student of Prof. Nissim Benvenisty).

Mr. Michael Kurtz and Prof. Eitan Yefenof presenting The Sivartsen Award to Mr Ibrahim Omar

The 8th and 2017 Prize was awarded to Mr. Ibrahim Omar, a PhD. student who works on acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) which is the most common malignancy diagnosed in children. Ibrahim was recognized for his studies novel therapeutic targets which will specifically inhibit ALL development and progression in children. At the ceremony, Ibrahim gave a short presentation of his research.

Among the attendees were Michael and Carol Kurtz (Chairperson of the Board of the AFHU and long term friends of the Lautenberg Center), Michael and Tina Lobel, Arthur Gutterman and Jean Kohen.

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The 2015 Prize was awarded to Dr. Hamutal Gur

 

The 2014 Prize was awarded to Dr. Moshe Sade

The 4th and 2013 Prize was awarded to Ms. Daphna Nachmani who was recognized for her studies on the role of microRNA in immune evasion of cancer cells. 

The keynote speaker at the prize ceremony was Dr. David Sidransky from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who spoke on “Molecular Markers and Models in Personalized Therapy”.

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