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At the 16th International Symposium on Carotenoids in Krakow, Poland, July 17 – 22, 2011, the following awards were presented to outstanding carotenoid scientists who have made significant contributions to the carotenoid field.

NORMAN I. KRINSKY AWARD.

Professor John W. Erdman, Jr., Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA, was the recipient of the Norman I. Krinsky award for a lifetime of achievement in research on carotenoid nutrition and dedicated service to the carotenoid field. Professor Erdman is one of the leading carotenoid scientists in the World who has extensively researched and published on biological effects of carotenoids and vitamin A in humans and animals. His research interest is in the area of nutritional and physiological biochemistry of humans and animals; soy protein and lipid metabolism; bioavailability of nutrients in foods; phytochemicals and cancer; he has published in excess of 170 articles in peer-reviewed high impact scientific journals. Professor Erdman has served as chair and vice chair on numerous committees of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and has been selected as lifetime Associate of the NAS.

OTTO ISLER AWARD

Professor Johan Lugtenburg,  Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands, was the recipient of the Otto Isler award for a lifetime of achievement in research on carotenoid chemistry and of dedicated service to the carotenoid field. Professor Lugtenburg is the only carotenoid chemist in the entire World who has developed creative and viable methodologies for the total synthesis of highly enriched and fully labeled 13C-cartenoids and 13C-retinoids. He has published in excess of 450 articles in peer-reviewed high impact scientific journals, many of which have focused on the synthesis and metabolism of carotenoids and retinoids in humans, plants, and various biological systems. Professor Lugtenburg hosted the 11th International Symposium on Carotenoids in Leiden, The Netherlands, August 18-23, 1996. Professor Lugtenburg has been knighted by Queen Bearix of the Netherlands for his scientific accomplishments.

 
TREVOR GOODWIN AWARD

 

Professor Joseph Hirschberg, Department of Genetics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, was the recipient of the Trevor Goodwin Award for achievement in research on carotenoid biochemistry and a lifetime of dedicated service to the carotenoid field. Professor Hirschberg is one of the leading carotenoid scientists in the World who has extensively researched the metabolism and pathway of carotenoid biosynthesis in various plants and organisms. He has published in excess of 84 articles in peer-reviewed high impact scientific journals, many of which have focused on the biosynthesis and metabolism of carotenoids. He has served on the editorial board of Israel Journal of Plant Sciences, session moderator on Biochemistry and Gene Expression, Workshop on the National Plant Genome Initiative: 2003-2008, National Academy of sciences, Washington D.C., and reviewing panel, Grand Challenges in Global Health, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington D.C.
 
The recipients of these awards each delivered a plenary lecture at the 16th International Symposium on Carotenoids in Krakow. 

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PowerPoint presentation of Professor Erdman (ppt)
PowerPoint presentation of Professor Lugtenburg (ppt)
PowerPoint presentation of Professor Hirschberg (pdf)
 
PRESIDENT’S OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD, JULY 2011
 
In appreciation for editing, authoring, and publishing the carotenoid book series and a lifetime of dedicated service to the carotenoid field, the awards were presented to:
 
Professor Synnøve Liaaen-Jensen, Department of Chemistry, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NYNU), Trondheim, Norway.
e-mail: slje@chem.ntnu.no
 
Professor Hanspeter Pfander, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Berne, Berne, Switzerland; presently Chief Operating Officer of CaroteNature GmbH, www.carotenature.com
e-mail: hanspeter.pfander@Carotenature.com
 
Professor George Britton, School of Biological Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
e-mail: george.britton19@gmail.com
 
Dr. Maria S. Sapuntzakis, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA, received the president’s outstanding service award in appreciation for editing, authoring, and publishing the Carotenoid Newsletter and a lifetime of dedicated service to the carotenoid society.
e-mail: msapuntz@uic.edu
 
RECIPIENTS OF POSTER PRIZES, JULY 2011
 
The International Carotenoid Society gave 7 prizes to the following outstanding contributions that were presented as posters at the 16th International Symposium on Carotenoids in Krakow, Poland, July 17 – 22, 2011.
 
Alexander Betke, Bernd Voigt, Ralf Menzel, Heiko Lokstein, University of Potsdam, Germany, Poster entitled: “Two-photon fluorescence excitation (TPF) spectroscopy of pigment-protein complexes and photosynthetic pigments.”
 
Sarah Wagener, Kaya Lutter, Silke De Spirt, Wilhelm Stahl, University of Duesseldorf, Germany, Poster entitled: “Photoprotective effects of aromatic carotenoids in human dermal fibroblasts (hdf).”
 
Susanne Baldermann, Masaya Kato, Peter Fleischmann, Naoharu Watanabe, Shizuoka University, Japan, Poster entitled: “Studies on carotenoids and their volatile apocarotenid products in flowers of Osmanthus fragrans.”
 
Muhammad Zeeshan, Vassilia Partali, Hans-Richard Sliwka, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, Poster entitled: “Carotenois as antireductants.”
 
Binxing Li, Preejith Vachali, Aihua Liu, Zhengqing Shen, Kelly Nelson, Ryan Terry, Jeanne M. Frederick, Paul S. Bernstein, University of Utah, USA, Poster entitled: “Transgenic expression of human macular zeaxanthin-binding protein in mouse retina.”
 
Milan Durchan, Babak Minofar, Tomas Maneal, Lucie Tisnohlidkova, Tomas Polivka, Biology Centre of the Academy of Science, Czech Republic, Poster entitled: “Spectroscopic properties of astaxanthin aggregates in hydrated solvents.”
 
Jayong Chung, Kyeongok Koo, Fuzhi Lian, Hansgerorg Ernst (BASF, Germany), Xiang-Dong Wang, Kyung Hee University, Korea and Tufts University, Boston, USA, Poster entitled: “Apo-10’-lycopenoic acid increases both mRNA and protein levels of Sirt1 as well as decreasing the fat accumulation in the livers of ob/ob mice.”
 
RECIPIENTS OF TRAVEL AWARDS, JULY 2011
 
The International Carotenoid Society gave 7 travel awards, each for the amount of $1,000, to the following young investigators to attend the 16th International Symposium on Carotenoids in Krakow, Poland, July 17 – 22, 2011.  
 
Michael W. Butler (mentor: Kevin J. McGraw), School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Arizona, USA.
 
Jodi Pilbrow (mentor: Alan Carne), Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. 
 
Daniel Garama (mentor: Alan Carne), Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. 
 
Megan Bowman (mentor: Philipp Simon), Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, USA. 
 
Chao Bai (mentor: Teresa Capell) Department de Produccio Vegetal i Ciencia Forestal, Univeristat de Lleida, Lleida, Spain.
 
M. Aguila Ruiz-Sola (mentor: Manuel Rodriguez-Concepcion) Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics, Barcelona, Spain.
 
Michal Gwizdala (mentor: Diana Kirilovsky), Commissariat al'Energie Atomique, Institute de BIolgie et Tecnologie de Saclay and Centre National de la Recherce, France.
 

 

TREVOR GOODWIN AWARD. For achievement in research on carotenoid biochemistry and a lifetime of dedicated service to the carotenoid field:

 

At the 2008 International Carotenoid Symposium in Okinawa, Japan, the award was presented to Professor Johannes von Lintig, Case Western Reserve University,
Pharmacology Department,
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

At the 2005 International Carotenoid Symposium in Edinburgh, Scotland, the award was presented to the Late Professor Emeritus Norman I. Krinsky, Department of Biochemistry & Jean Mayer USDA HNRCA, Tufts University School of Medicine at Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

OTTO ISLER AWARD.
For a lifetime of achievement in research on carotenoid chemistry and of dedicated service to the carotenoid field:

At the 2008 International Carotenoid Symposium in Okinawa, Japan, the award was presented to Professor Emeritus Masayoshi Ito, Kobe Women's College of Pharmacy, Kobe, Japan

At the 2005 International Carotenoid Symposium in Edinburgh, Scotland, the award was presented to Professor Emeritus Synnøve Liaaen-Jensen, Organic Chemistry Laboratory, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway

PRESIDENT’S OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD. In appreciation for exceptional service and dedication to the principles and scholarship of the International Carotenoid Society:

At the 2005 International Carotenoid Symposium in Edinburgh, Scotland, the award was presented to Professor Emeritus George Britton, Department of Biochemistry, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Recipients of poster awards at the 7th Gordon Research Conference on Carotenoids, Ventura, California, USA, Jan 17 – 22, 2010:

Je Min Lee, Ph.D., Postdoctoral associate, Cornell University, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research Tower Road, Ithaca, New York, USA
Project title: “Elucidating transcriptome-carotenoid networks to reveal novel regulatory components in tomato fruit”

Jonathan R. Mein, Tufts University, Mentor: Xiang-Dong Wang USDA JMHNRC, Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
Project title: “b-cryptoxanthin metabolism by ferret carotene-9',10'-oxygenase (CMO2)"

Dr. Matt Johnson, Queen Mary University of London, School of Biological & Chemical Sciences, London, UK
Project title: “Control of photosynthetic efficiency by xanthophyll structure”

Younkyung Kim, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Department of Food Science, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Project title: "the role of b-carotene and CMOI during mouse embryonic development"

Karin Linnewiel Hermoni, Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel
Project title: "Carotenoid derivative prevent cancer and improve bone health by inhibition of NFkB and induction of Nrf2 transcription systems"

Members News
Poster prizes were awarded to the following young scientists at 6th Gordon Research Conference on Carotenoids held at Ventura (7-12 Jan 2007).

* Ms. Erin Marasco, University of Minnesota
* Ms. Gesa Albert, University of Wuerzburg
* Ms. Marina Khanin, Ben-Gurion University
* Ms. Phoi Tran, University of California, Berkeley

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