$150K Prizes for Young investigators

Michelson Prizes – Old 2018

About the Prizes

The Michelson Prizes aim to support young investigators applying innovative research concepts and disruptive technologies to significantly advance the development of future vaccines and immunotherapies for major global diseases.

Two investigators, under the age of 35, who demonstrate significant potential to execute pioneering ideas will each be awarded a $150,000 prize. Applicants need to show how they are going beyond conventional approaches in their field and clearly articulate how their contribution will have a lasting impact on human immunology and vaccine research.

Applicants from disciplines across the biomedical, bioengineering and computer science fields are encouraged.

Proposals are reviewed by a distinguished committee of internationally-recognized scientists.

Prizes were awarded in June 27, 2018 as part of a conference on the Future of Vaccine Development, hosted at The Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience at the University of Southern California.

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About the Donors



(photo by John Livzey)

Dr. Gary K. Michelson is a Board Certified Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon, with more than 900 issued patents worldwide that have revolutionized the practice of spinal surgery, making such procedures less invasive, less traumatic, safer, faster, and more effective. Alya Michelson is an accomplished journalist, who has written in and been published in four different languages.

Together they support a broad array of philanthropic endeavors, and operate three foundations that they founded and fund; including a medical research foundation, an education foundation, and an animal welfare foundation. Further information is available at michelsonmedical.org20MM.org, and foundanimals.org.

You can also read about the Michelson Prizes at the Michelson Medical Research Foundation website.

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