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STS Excellence Award 2018

The future of transplant medicine is fueled by efforts of outstanding researchers and their teams. Innovative preclinical and clinical research projects will continuously improve our knowledge of transplantation and address emerging challenges.

To advance transplant research in Switzerland, the Swiss Transplantation Society (STS) is conferring for the third time an award named “STS Excellence Award”, formerly known as “Astellas Swiss Transplant Award”. A researcher active in clinics and below 50 years of age, in the midst of his/her career, will be awarded as representative of a research group or project for outstanding scientific achievements translating into clinical practice.

The scope of the STS Excellence Award lies in rewarding potential tangible improvements for patient management and outcomes in solid organ transplantation (SOT).

A non-exhaustive list of examples includes clinical and preclinical research, overcoming current challenges (e.g., organ shortage), donor management, novel immunosuppressive therapies and biomarkers, technological innovations, surgical and non-surgical interventions, and observational or interventional transplantation research.

The award is endowed with CHF 30’000.– and encourages the continuation of research activities. Therefore, this sum shall be used for ongoing and future transplantation research.

Call for Nominations Closed

Please note that the extended call for nominations has been closed on
Wednesday, 31. October 2018.

We thank all of you who have submitted a nomination or contributed to such a submission.

If you consider submitting a nomination for a future STS Excellence Award, please wait for the respective call for nominations to be published – with its applicable award rules. In case of questions, please do not hesitate to contact Silvia Gluderer, +41 (0)44 832 40 35,

Selection Process

An independent jury of national and international experts in SOT will evaluate the submitted nominations based on (i) alignment with the scope of the award, (ii) scientific quality (incl. publication metrics), (iii) innovative potential and novelty, (iv) national and international future scientific and/or clinical impact, (v) contribution to Swiss transplant field to date, and (v) research group leading potential (incl. capacity to acquire research funding).

For more details please view the applicable Award Rules.

Award Announcement

The winner of the STS Excellence Award 2018 will be announced and awarded during the next Annual Meeting of the Swiss Transplantation Society, taking place in Thun on 24.–25. January 2019.

Award Winners

We cordially congratulate the winner of the STS Excellence Award 2018 who has been elected by the independent jury: Prof. Stefan Schaub, Universitätsspital Basel (USB). Prof. Schaub is an expert in kidney transplantation and has been awarded mainly based on three recent scientific publications centered on the characterization of diagnostic and prognostic markers to monitor transplant patients and on the dissection of the pathogenic characteristics of anti-HLA antibodies.

The winner, Prof. Schaub, has been officially announced and awarded during the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Transplantation Society in Thun on 25. January 2019.

Prof. Dr. med. Maurice Matter, Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois and STS President (left), Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Schaub with award trophy, University Hospital Basel and award winner (2nd from left), Prof. Dr. med. Jürg Steiger, University Hospital Basel and jury member (2nd from right), Dr. Silvia Gluderer, Astellas (right).

For more information on the previous winners and the award jury, please visit the Swisstransplant Magazine or directly access the articles in German and French by clicking on the weblinks in the table below.

Hall of Fame:

Year Winner Link to Article in Swisstransplant Magazine
2018 Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Schaub, USB n/a
2017 Prof. MD PhD Christian Toso, HUG German, French
2016 PD Dr. Oriol Manuel, CHUV German, French


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