ISPNE presents several awards to distinguished researchers and young investigators at its Annual Congress. Among these awards are the prestigious Bruce McEwen Lifetime Achievement Award (formerly Lifetime Achievement Award) and the Dirk Hellhammer Award (formerly Curt Richter Award). Members are welcome to nominate colleagues for awards by contacting the members of the Awards Committee anytime.

2023 Award Recipients


L to R:  Robert Kumsta, PhD, University of Luxemburg, Jonathan Seckl, PhD, University of Edinburgh, Elizabeth A. (Birdie) Shirtcliff, PhD, University of Oregon, Clemens Kirschbaum, PhD, TU Dresden.

Early Career Scholar Award

ISPNE has traditionally awarded around ten Early Career Scholar Awards, of $500 USD each, to Early Career Scholars attending the annual conference.

The awards are given based on the quality and originality of the abstract submitted for poster, oral or symposium presentation at the annual meeting. Two additional Awards have been offered since 2021, thanks to additional funding provided by Elsevier, that are specifically dedicated to researchers from low and middle income countries. 

All Early Career Scholars who submit an abstract for a presentation to the annual conference are eligible, and no additional application is required.

The decision is made by the organizing committee of each conference, and communicated on the first day of the conference.

For more information, contact [email protected] 

2023 Poster Trainee Recognition Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the trainee recognition awards for the highest rated abstracts and recorded presentation submitted by student or postdoc ISPNE members for the 2023 Annual Conference being held in London, United Kingdom.

Rita Amiel Castro, University of Zurich
Andrea Ballesio, Sapienza University of Rome 
Emily Barr, Simon Fraser University Coquitlam
Chiara BottanellIstituto Centro San Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli
Fabiana Corsi-Zuelli, Student University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto Medical School 
Karin de Punder, University of Innsbruck
LillyBelle Deer, University of Denver 
Lotte Gerritsen, Utrecht University
Sanne Houtenbos, University of Potsdam
Jennifer Khoury, Mount Saint Vincent University Halifax
Meital Mashash, University of California
Giulia Petrillo, Università degli studi di Milano
Rebecca Pollard, King's College London 
Kristin von Majewski, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Munich
Juan Yang, Southwest University, China Chongqing