Norman P. Salzman Memorial Symposium and Awards in Basic and Clinical Virology

head shotThe Dr. Norman P. Salzman Memorial Fund was established in 1999 to present the annual Norman P. Salzman Memorial Symposium and Awards in Basic and Clinical Virology to outstanding postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and postbaccalaureate trainees working in intramural laboratories at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Fort Detrick Laboratories, LEIDOS, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or Uniformed Services University of the Health Services (USUHS). The Symposium and Awards are hosted by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), the NIH Virology Interest Group and the Salzman Organizing Committee. The symposium highlights current research of eminent extramural and NIH intramural virologists.

The Fund was established by Dr. Salzman’s family, colleagues and friends to remember the legacy of this noted pioneer in molecular biology and respected member of the NIH research community. Dr. Salzman's career spanned 40 years in virology research and he was among the first to characterize viral mRNAs and to visualize replicating viral DNA. Dr. Salzman’s achievements in virology are paralleled by the recognition that his laboratory was a training ground for many young scientists, several of whom have gone on to become important researchers on an international scale.

Norman P. Salzman Memorial Awards in Basic and Clinical Virology for Young Investigators – Call for Applications

The award application is now available.  The application due date is Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Applications must be submitted by email to SalzmanSymposium@mail.nih.gov.

Salzman Award Application – Word (.docx) 
Salzman Award Application - PDF (.pdf)

23rd Annual Norman P. Salzman Memorial Symposium in Basic and Clinical Virology

The 23rd Annual Norman P. Salzman Memorial Symposium in Basic and Clinical Virology will take place virtually on Monday, November 8, 2021 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM ET. 

Symposium Speakers:

This year’s keynote speaker is: 

Kanta Subbarao, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.

Kanta Subbarao, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.
Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza
Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne

Other speakers include:

Cedric Feschotte, Ph.D.

Cedric Feschotte, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular Biology and Genetics
Cornell University

 

 

 

 

Suchetana (Tuli) Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D.

Suchetana (Tuli) Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D.
Professor, Biology
Director of Graduate Studies, Biology
Indiana University

Scott E. Hensley, Ph.D.

Scott E. Hensley, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology
Director, Penn-CEIRR
University of Pennsylvania

 

 

 

Smita Patel, Ph.D.

Smita Patel, Ph.D.
Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Additional speakers may be added as the program is in development. 

2021 Organizing Committee

  • Paolo Lusso, M.D., Ph.D. - Chair (NIAID)
  • Nihal Altan-Bonnet, Ph.D. (NHLBI) 
  • Joseph Marcotrigiano, Ph.D. (NIAID)
  • Gabriel Parra, Ph.D. (FDA)
  • Alan Rein, Ph.D. (NCI)
  • Lenore Salzman - Founder

Goals:

  • Recognize research contributors in virology by presenting the annual Norman P. Salzman Memorial Symposium and Awards in Basic and Clinical Virology to two outstanding Postdoctoral Fellows, Graduate Students and Postbaccalaureate Trainees working in the field of virology within the intramural laboratories at NIH, FDA, Fort Detrick Laboratories, LEIDOS, USDA or USUHS.
  • Share advancements in virology to honor Dr. Salzman's 40-year career in virology research and his accomplishments in mentoring of young scientists.

Results & Accomplishments:

2020 Salzman Award Recipients:

The 2020 Norman P. Salzman Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow Award in Basic and Clinical Virology

Kizzmekia S. Corbett, Ph.D.

Kizzmekia S. Corbett, Ph.D.
Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory
Vaccine Research Center, NIAID, NIH

Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett is a research fellow in the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Vaccine Research Center, where she works under the direction of the VRC’s Deputy Director, Dr. Barney S. Graham. She received a BS in Biological Sciences, with a secondary major in Sociology, in 2008 from the University of Maryland – Baltimore County, where she was a Meyerhoff Scholar and a NIH undergraduate scholar. She then obtained a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 2014. A viral immunologist by training, her current work propels development of novel coronavirus vaccines and antibody therapies, including mRNA-1273, a leading candidate vaccine against the virus that causes COVID-19. In all, she has fifteen years of expertise studying dengue virus, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza virus, and coronaviruses. Along with her research activities, Dr. Corbett is an active member of the NIH Fellows Committee and avid advocator of STEM education and vaccine awareness in underserved communities. Combining her research goals with her knack for mentoring, Dr. Corbett aims to become an independent principal investigator.

The 2020 Norman P. Salzman Memorial Graduate Student Award in Basic and Clinical Virology

Victoria A. Avanzato

Victoria A. Avanzato
Virus Ecology Section, Laboratory of Virology, NIAID, NIH

Vicky received her B.S. degrees in Immunology and Infectious Disease, and Toxicology, from The Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College, in 2015. She is currently pursuing her MD and PhD degrees through the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars program and Emory University School of Medicine. Her dissertation research focuses on characterizing neutralizing epitopes on the Nipah virus surface glycoproteins using a combination of structural biology and animal models under the supervision of Vincent J. Munster (NIH) and Thomas A. Bowden (University of Oxford). She has also optimized serology assays to study the antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination, and studied the long-term shedding of infectious SARS-CoV-2 from an immunocompromised patient. After the completion of her MD/PhD training, Vicky plans to become an infectious disease physician, while continuing to research antibody responses to emerging viral pathogens and global health.

Norman P. Salzman Memorial Awards in Basic and Clinical Virology:

  • 2020:  Kizzmekia S. Corbett, Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory, Vaccine Research Center, NIAID, NIH (Postdoctoral Fellow Awardee) and Victoria A. Avanzato, Virus Ecology Section, Laboratory of Virology, NIAID, NIH (Graduate Student Awardee)
  • 2019:  Matthias Lingemann, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, NIAID
  • 2018:  Marianita Santiana, Laboratory of Host-Pathogen Dynamics, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • 2017:  Davide Angeletti, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, and Tuoqi Wu, National Human Genome Research Institute
  • 2016:  Ashley Moseman, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • 2015:  Christina Guzzo, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Elisavet Serti, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • 2014:  Darryl Falzarano, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Laboratories
  • 2013:  Rachel Schowalter, National Cancer Institute
  • 2012:  Jason McLellan, VRC, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • 2011:  Tobias Paprotka, National Cancer Institute Frederick
  • 2010:  Silvia Kang, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • 2009:  Yu Liang, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
  • 2008:  Alberto Bartesaghi, National Cancer Institute
  • 2007:  Adriano Boasso, National Cancer Institute, with Special Recognition of Audray Harris, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
  • 2006:  Christopher Buck, National Cancer Institute
  • 2005:  Yamina Bennasser, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • 2004:  Jason Brenchley, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • 2003:  Kay Grünewald, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
  • 2002:  Sonja Best, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Laboratories
  • 2001:  Alonzo Garcia, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • 2000:  Herman Edskes, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • 1999:  Joanna Shisler, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Norman P. Salzman Memorial Mentor Awards in Basic and Clinical Virology:

  • 2020:  Barney S. Graham, NIAID (Mentor of Postdoctoral Fellow Awardee), Vincent Munster, NIAID (Mentor of Graduate Student Awardee) and Thomas Bowden, University of Oxford (Mentor of Graduate Student Awardee)
  • 2019:  Peter L. Collins, NIAID
  • 2018:  Nihal Altan-Bonnet, NHLBI
  • 2017:  Jon Yewdell, NIAID; Pamela Schwartzberg, NHGRI
  • 2016:  Dorian McGavern, NINDS
  • 2015:  Paolo Lusso, NIAID; Barbara Rehermann, NIDDK
  • 2014:  Heinz Feldmann, NIAID, Rocky Mountain Laboratories
  • 2013:  Chris Buck, NCI
  • 2012:  Peter Kwong, VRC, NIAID
  • 2011:  Vinay K. Pathak, NCI
  • 2010:  Dorian McGavern, NINDS
  • 2009:  Thomas Kristie, NIAID
  • 2008:  Sriram Subramaniam, NCI 
  • 2007:  Gene M. Shearer, NCI with Special Recognition of Alasdair C. Steven, NIAMS
  • 2006:  Douglas Lowy, NCI and John Schiller, NCI
  • 2005:  Kuan-Teh Jeang, NIAID
  • 2004:  Daniel Douek, NIAID
  • 2003:  Alasdair Steven, NIAMS
  • 2002:  Marshall Bloom, NIAID, Rocky Mountain Laboratories
  • 2001:  Bernard Moss, NIAID
  • 2000:  Reed Wickner, NIDDK
  • 1999:  Bernard Moss, NIAID

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Support

To donate, please contact advancement@fnih.org or visit the FNIH donation page.

Partners

Public-Sector Partners:

  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Private-Sector Partners:

  • Family, colleagues and friends of Dr. Salzman*

*Provided financial or in-kind support for this program.

FNIH Contact

  • Please contact the Advancement Office for more information at advancement@fnih.org or 301-402-4976.