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GoldmanPrize medal RGB reducRecognising outstanding contributions to CML.
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Great progress has been made in CML over the past decades, but scientists and clinicians around the world continue to work hard to develop new therapies and treatment strategies for patients globally with the ultimate aim to find a cure for CML.

We continue with our tradition to recognise individuals who have played a major role in advancing our understanding of the biology of CML and to improving the management of CML. Ultimately, it’s personal commitment, passion and tireless work that drives research and makes a difference for people with CML.

Since the first iCMLf Rowley Prize was awarded to Professor Brian Druker in 2009, we have honoured 29 scientists and clinicians with the three specific iCMLf Prizes.

Who would you like to see awarded the iCMLf prizes this year?

The iCMLf Prizes


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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), Professor Michael Deininger (2019), Professor Ravi Bhatia (2020) and Professor Susan Branford (2021). 

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.


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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), Professor François-Xavier Mahon (2019), Professor Jane Apperley (2020) and Professor Giuseppe Saglio (2021).


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), Dr Carolina Pavlovsky (2019), Dr Sabira Kurtovic (2020) and Dr Damira Bayzakova (2021). 


susan branfordThe 2021 Rowley Prize is awarded to Professor Susan Branford

The iCMLf is pleased to announce Professor Susan Branford, SA Pathology and Centre for Cancer Biology in Adelaide as the 2021 Rowley Prize winner. This annual prize awarded by the International CML Foundation recognises outstanding contributions to the understanding of the biology of CML. Sue is a leading international authority on molecular monitoring for CML and a major contributor to international collaborative initiatives to establish guidelines and recommendations for producing reliable molecular data.

Giuseppe SaglioThe 2021 Goldman Prize is awarded to Professor Giuseppe Saglio

We are delighted to announce that Professor Giuseppe Saglio, Professor of Haematology and Internal Medicine at the University of Turin (Italy) has been awarded the 2021 Goldman Prize. The annual Goldman Prize, awarded in honour of Professor John Goldman, acknowledges outstanding contributions to the management of patients with CML and Professor Saglio is universally regarded as one of the greatest experts in CML treatment.

Damira BayzakovaThe 2021 iCMLf Prize is awarded to Dr Damira Bayzakova from Kyrgyzstan

The iCMLf Directors and Advisors have selected Dr Damira Bayzakova, a pediatric oncologist from the National Center of Oncology in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) as the 2021 iCMLf Prize winner. Dr Bayzakova has been awarded the prize posthumously for her efforts that greatly improved the monitoring and treatment of CML in Kyrgyzstan and to recognize her work and legacy. The iCMLf Prize recognizes outstanding contributions to the improvement of CML under the challenging conditions of low- and middle-income countries with unequal access to monitoring and access.

“Dr. Bayzakova was a CML specialist from Kyrgyzstan who tragically passed away in November 2020, due to complications of COVID-19. She dedicated her life to her patients and through her efforts greatly improved the treatment of CML in her country.” Pat Garcia-Gonzales, CEO, The Max Foundation

RS18632 Ravi Bhatia 2 KopieThe 2020 iCMLf Rowley Prize is awarded to Professor Ravi Bhatia

We are delighted to announce that this year Professor Ravi Bhatia, Director of the University of Alabama Division of Hematology-Oncology and Deputy Director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, USA, joins the long line of internationally renowned scientists awarded the iCMLf Rowley Prize. This annual prize awarded by the International CML Foundation recognises outstanding contributions to the understanding of the biology of CML.

‘Ravi Bhatia is a global leader in leukemia research who has made fundamental discoveries about the nature of the leukemic stem cell in CML. These discoveries are leading to promising therapeutic developments. He is also a generous and inspirational mentor and educator. Ravi is a very worthy winner of the Rowley Prize for 2020.’
(Timothy Hughes, Chairman of the iCMLf)