Dirk Hellhammer Award

ISPNE Dirk Hellhammer Award 

The International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE) has awarded the prestigious Curt Richter Award for over 20 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.

The 2023 Dirk Hellhammer Award will be given by the Society during its Annual Meeting that will take place in London, at the Royal Society of Medicine, on August 30th and 31st and September 1st, 2023. 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.

Applicants must be 45 years of age or younger by June 30, 2023. 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 has been extended from March 31, 2023 to April 15, 2023– please note that this is sooner than previous years. 

Applications should be sent via email with “Dirk Hellhammer Award” as the subject line to Professor Carmine Pariante at the following e-mail address: [email protected]



ISPNE 2022 Dirk Hellhammer Award

Dr. Daniel Quintana
University of Oslo

Dr. Daniel Quintana is a Senior Researcher at the University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital investigating biological systems that link psychosocial factors to health, with a focus on neuroendocrine systems. His laboratory uses various research approaches, including randomised controlled trials, large-scale genetics studies, neuroimaging, and the collection of autonomic nervous system data. His other research interest is meta-science, which is the evaluation and improvement of research methods. 

Dr. Quintana’s primary research focus is improving our understanding of the oxytocin signalling system and its role in health and wellbeing by investigating neurobiological mechanisms, improving methodology used in oxytocin research, and developing theory. He is the principal investigator for several oxytocin projects, which are funded by the Research Council of Norway, Kavli Trust, and the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority. He has received several awards in recognition of his research, including the 2021 Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters Award for Young Researchers, the 2022 University of Oslo Prize for Young Researchers, and the Rafaelsen Young Investigator’s Award. He is also on the Editorial Board of Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science and BMC Psychology

Dr. Quintana actively uses Twitter for research communication (@dsquintana) and is the producer and co-host of 'Everything Hertz', which is a podcast on research methodology and scientific life in the biobehavioral sciences. He is also a co-founder of the Norwegian Reproducibility Network, which promotes and enables transparent research practices in Norway.  




Curt Richter Award Winners (Now called the Dirk Hellhammer Award)

2021: Annamaria Cattaneo

2020: Rachel Hill 2009: Christian Otte                                1997: Delia Vazquez                     
2019: Shannon Gourley 2008: Jens Pruessner 1996: Andrew Miller
2018: Eli Puterman 2007: Christine Heim 1995: Rachel Yehuda
2017: Jason Radley 2006: Courtney deVries 1994: Errol de Souza
2016: Stefan Reber 2005: Elissa Epel 1993: Zoltan Sarnyai
2015: Claudia Buss & Sonja Entringer 2004: Sonia Lupien 1992: Owen Wolkowitz
2014: Katja Wingenfeld 2003: Carmine Pariante 1991: Thomas Insel
2013: Emma Adam 2002: Rainer Rupprecht 1989: Elizabeth Hampson
2012: Rebecca Reynolds 2001: Serge Rivest 1987: Fred Turek
2011: Nicolas Rohleder 1999: Benno Roozendaal 1985: Charles Nemeroff
2010: Firdaus Dhabar 1998: E Hogervorst 1984: Philip Gold
    1980: John Carman