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The iCMLf Prizes


iCMLf Rowley Prizejanetrowley-head-mod-small 

The Rowley Prize is awarded each year by the iCMLf to an individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to our understanding of the biology of CML. The Rowley Prize was awarded for the first time in 2009 to Dr Brian Druker, followed by Dr Moshe Talpaz (2010), Dr John Goldman (2011), Dr George Q Daley (2012), Dr Connie Eaves (2013), Dr. Owen Witte (2014), Dr Rick Van Etten (2015), Professors John Groffen and Nora Heisterkamp (2016), Professor Tessa Holyoake (2017), Professor Nick Cross (2018) and Professor Michael Deininger in 2019. 

Dr Janet Rowley kindly gave the iCMLf permission to name this prestigious award in her honour. Prior to her death in December 2013, Dr Rowley was the Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology and Human 
Genetics at the University of Chicago. In 1973 she made a seminal discovery in CML when she used newly developed chromosome banding techniques to show that the Philadelphia chromosome is formed by a translocation between chromosomes 9 and 22. This discovery led to the eventual identification of the fusion gene BCR-ABL and ultimately to the development of targeted inhibitors of this leukemia-specific oncoprotein. This is one of many major contributions made by Dr Rowley and her team to our understanding of the molecular biology of leukemia and other cancers. She was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour awarded in the USA.


iCMLf Goldman Prizejohn goldman

The iCMLf Goldman Prize complements the Rowley Prize as a clinical equivalent by recognising lifetime contributions to the management of patients with CML. This award has been created in memory of the late iCMLf chair, John Goldman, to honour his commitment to clinical excellence in treating CML. John Goldman was an outstanding scientist with a worldwide recognition and a leading figure in CML research. During his career of over 40 years he made major contribution to the understanding of the biology and the treatment of CML. He made seminal contributions to a variety of breakthroughs in CML research particularly in the field of stem cell transplantation, in the clinical development of new therapies and in the advancements of diagnostics. He was the first to demonstrate the presence of stem cells in the peripheral blood of CML patients and their potential role in autografting patients with CML. He also pioneered allogeneic stem cell transplant for CML in Europe. John Goldman played a distinctive and visionary role for the iCMLf as one of its co-founders and sitting chair at the time of his death. The Goldman Prize was awarded for the first time in 2014 to Professor Rüdiger Hehlmann, he was followed by Michele Bacarrani (2015), Professor Hagop Kantarjian (2016), Professor Tim Hughes (2017), Professor Jorge Cortes (2018) and François-Xavier Mahon in 2019.


iCMLf Prize

In 2015 the iCMLf introduced a new prize. The iCMLf Prize is awarded annually by the iCMLf to recognise outstanding contributions to the improvement of CML treatment in the emerging economic regions. The iCMLf Prize was formerly named the ERSAP (Emerging Regions Support and Partnership Prize) and was first awarded in 2015 to Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, CEO of The Max Foundation. She was followed by Associate Professor Susan Branford in 2016, Professor Jerry Radich (2017), Professor Hemant Malhotra (2018) and Dr Carolina Pavlovsky in 2019. 

Michael DeiningerThe 2019 Rowley Prize is awarded to Professor Michael Deininger

Michael W. Deininger, Professor of Internal Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Oncological Sciences at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, has been awarded the 2019 iCMLf Rowley Prize. The Rowley Prize is awarded to celebrate people who have made outstanding lifetime contributions to the understanding of the biology of CML.

Michael Deininger receives the prize in recognition of his involvement in researching the biology of CML that has contributed to the establishment of tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) based therapies in CML and has significantly transformed the way CML is being diagnosed, treated and monitored today. As a clinician-scientist with a translational research focus, Professor Deininger has been researching the biology and therapy of CML for more than 20 years now constantly aiming to develop new and more effective therapies and strategies to prevent drug resistance.

VEP MahonThe 2019 Goldman Prize is awarded to Professor François-Xavier Mahon

The iCMLf awards the 2019 Goldman Prize to Professor François-Xavier Mahon, Director of the Cancer Center of Bordeaux (Bergonie Institute) in recognition of his breakthrough achievements in the clinical development of CML therapies and his pioneering research on treatment discontinuation in CML. The annual Goldman Prize awarded in honour of Professor John Goldman, acknowledges outstanding lifetime contributions to the management of patients with CML.

Carolina PavlovskyThe 2019 iCMLf Prize is awarded to Dr Carolina Pavlovsky (Argentina)

The 2019 iCMLf Prize winner is Dr Carolina Pavlovsky, Head of the Research Department at Fundaleu (Foundation to fight Leukemia), in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has been awarded the prize for her efforts to continually bring the ‘real-world’ perspectives of the emerging economic regions into the scientific discussion of CML management. This prize is awarded by the iCMLf for outstanding contributions to the improvement of CML treatment under the challenging conditions of emerging economic countries with unequal access to monitoring and treatment.


Nick CrossThe 2018 iCMLf Rowley Prize is awarded to Professor Nick Cross

‘Nick Cross has been the driving force behind the harmonization of molecular response criteria in CML, especially deep molecular response, a critical step towards making TFR possible and practical. He has also led the discovery and description of BCR-ABL-negative CML-like syndromes.’ (Timothy Hughes, Chairman of the iCMLf)

The 2018 Rowley Prize winner is Nick Cross, Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Southampton (UK). Professor Cross receives the prize in recognition of his scientific achievements to better understand the molecular pathogenesis of chronic myeloid leukemia and the development, validation and standardisation of genetic tests.

Jorge Cortes 2013The 2018 iCMLf Goldman Prize is awarded to Professor Jorge Cortes

'Jorge has led many of the most important CML trials over the past decade and is now regarded as the pre-eminent world expert in CML management. He has also tirelessly disseminated his unique expertise to colleagues at his own centre and around the world.' 
(Timothy Hughes, Chairman of the iCMLf)

Jorge Cortes, Professor of Medicine and Deputy Chair at the Department of Leukemia at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, has been awarded the 2018 iCMLf Goldman Prize. The award celebrates his globally recognised expertise and life-long commitment to the management of patients with CML.