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The SSI Young Investigator Award

  1. Every year each national SSI society will nominate one candidate to be awarded the
    SSI Young Investigator Award, to be approved by the SSI council.
  2. Candidates (up to ten years after PhD) should be members of the SSI, and have made
    significant contributions in our field and in promoting immunology in Scandinavia.
  3. The SSI council will make their selection known May 1st each year.
  4. The recipients of the award will be presented in the SJI, and write a brief review
    (NB: this item (#4) has is still to be approved by the SJI).
  5. The recipients of the award will give invited lectures at the SSI Annual Meeting the
    same year, and are awarded a travel grant to cover travel, accommodation,
    registration fee and conference dinner.

Qualification criteria:

I. Open to SSI members only

II. The applicant must have made a significant contribution to the advancement of
Immunology within Scandinavia. This should be evident through the following

A. The candidate should be within 10 years of finishing doctoral study.

B. Fulfil any of the three following criteria:

  1. Be a group leader of a significant scientific project.
  2. Have obtained a significant scientific grant within the last two years as
    a PI.
  3. Been an invited speaker at an international scientific meeting within
    the last two years.
  4. Made a significant contribution in the field of education or promotion
    of immunology.
  5. Be a significant member of an international scientific collaborative
  6. Be the first or a leading author of at least one scientific paper

Award – Best doctoral dissertation in the field of Immunology

Norma Jäppinen and Paula Savola awarded for the best doctoral dissertation in immunology

Dr. Norma Jäppinen, PhD and Dr. Paula Savola, MD, PhD were both individually awarded a €1,000 prize for the best doctoral dissertation (2019-2020) in the field of immunology by The Finnish Society for Immunology on Sept 9th 2021.

“This time the quality of theses submitted for evaluation was exceptionally high and, therefore, the Board of the Finnish Society for Immunology decided to grant two awards”, said Professor Riitta Lahesmaa, President of the Finnish Society for Immunology. “Warm congratulations Norma and Paula for your excellent achievements!”

The winners presented highlights of their work in the Immunotolerance Symposium: Dr. Norma Jäppinen on “PLVAP as the gatekeeper of endothelial cell permeability and leukocyte migration” and Dr. Paula Savola on “Somatic mutations in autoimmunity”.

The next call for the best doctoral dissertation (2021-22) will be announced in 2023.

Earlier winners of the best doctoral dissertation in Immunology award

Years 2017-2018
Dr. Kristiina Santalahti: ”Vascular adhesion protein-1, its ligands and role in cardiovascular disease prediction”.