Dirk Hellhammer Award

Dirk Hellhammer 1947 - 2018

2021 ISPNE Dirk Hellhammer Award 

The International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE) has awarded the prestigious Curt Richter Award for 40 years to a distinguished line of young investigators in the field of psychoneuroendocrinology.
The Curt Richter Award has now been re-named, to honour our friend and colleague Dirk Hellhammer (1947-2018) who has passed away on the 1st of December 2018. Dirk has been a pioneer of psychoneuroendocrinology, contributing some of most important and enduring progress in our field, from the Trier Social Stress to the characterisation of the cortisol awakening response. Moreover, he headed the society as its president from 2002 to 2005, and received the ISPNE Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Read more about Dirk here.


The Dirk Hellhammer Award will be given by the Society during the 2021 Virtual Meeting, September 7-9, 2021. The award consists of an honorarium, an award certificate, a plaque, a travel grant of up to US $ 1,000 to attend the meeting, and exemption from membership dues to the Society for three years, which includes a subscription to the Journal.
Applicants must be 45 years of age or younger by June 30, 2021. The manuscript must be a report of original, never-published research in basic or clinical psychoneuroendocrinology. It may also be an integrative comprehensive new discussion of the author’s previously published findings. The manuscript should be prepared using the ISPNE Journal (Psychoneuroendocrinology) guidelines for preparation of manuscripts for publication. Following peer review, the manuscript will be automatically submitted for publication in the Journal and the award recipient will present the research at a plenary session during the Annual Meeting.
The Dirk Hellhammer Award is sponsored by Elsevier, which underwrites the honorarium and travel expenses for the awardee, as well as providing a year’s complimentary access to ScienceDirect and Scopus. Through these online services, the awardee is able to access all Elsevier journals. ISPNE wishes to thank Elsevier for its continuing support of our Dirk Hellhammer awards program.
Applicants should submit a copy of: (a) the manuscript; (b) curriculum vitae with list of publications; (c) and statement from the applicants (no more than one page, single-spaced) describing the applicant’s main achievements and future directions.

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2021. Applications should be sent via email with “Dirk Hellhammer Award” as the subject line to Professor Carmine Pariante at the following e-mail address: carmine.pariante@kcl.ac.uk

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