Young Investigator Award
ISPPD-12 provides abstract submitters with an opportunity to apply for the Young Investigator Award. Application is done via the abstract submission system.
- Application period: 1 October 2021 – 18 January 2022
- Notification date: Finalists are notified a week before the Symposium
ISPPD will grant abstract awards to young investigators presenting their abstracts during the ISPPD-12 Symposium in Toronto, Canada. The goal of this award is to inspire young investigators to continue research on pneumococci and pneumococcal diseases by recognizing outstanding scientific investigations.
- ISPPD-12 Symposium attendee
- Currently in or within 5 years of completing a training programme
- Must be the presenting author on the accepted abstract
- Eligible persons submitting abstracts to ISPPD will note at the time of submission if they would like to be considered for the award.
- Reviewers for each abstract category will list their recommendations for the top 2 (if <10 eligible abstracts in the category) or 3 (if 10 or more) abstracts from among those submitted for award consideration.
- A panel of judges will receive the recommended abstracts before ISPPD-12 Symposium and select 12 finalists. During ISPPD-12, the judges will review the posters and select the winners.
- Abstracts will be considered in two categories:
- Clinical and epidemiological studies
- Basic or translational science and microbiology
For each category, three finalists and one winner will be selected from among ISPPD-12 participants based in high-income countries and the same number selected from among those based in lower or middle-income countries, with country income categories as defined by World Bank
- Novel content and potential contribution to scientific advancement
- Clear description and presentation of methods and findings
- Potential for significant public health impact
The panel of judges will include 5 persons:
- Panel leader from the host country
- Basic/translational scientist or microbiologist from a high-income setting and a second from a low- or middle-income country
- Clinical or epidemiology expert from a high-income country and another from a low- or middle-income country
Finalists will be acknowledged with a ribbon that will be displayed on their ISPPD-12 poster or in their presentation slides during the Symposium. Winners will be announced at the start of the final plenary session or closing ceremony. Winners will receive a certificate and free registration for the next ISPPD (ISPPD 2024).
Young Investigator Award Winners
Category “Clinical and Epidemiological Studies – High Income Setting”
- Winner: Elena Mitsi, United Kingdom
- Abstract: STREPTOCOCCUS PNEUMONIAE COLONISATION ASSOCIATES WITH IMPAIRED ADAPTIVE IMMUNE RESPONSES AGAINST SARS-COV-2
Category “Clinical and Epidemiological Studies – Low- and Middle-Income Setting”
- Winner: Salahuddin Ahmed, Bangladesh
- Abstract: EVALUATION OF MACHINE LEARNING TO DETECT ADVENTITIOUS LUNG SOUNDS USING DIGITAL AUSCULTATION TO AID CHILDHOOD PNEUMONIA DIAGNOSIS
Category “Basic or Translational Science and Microbiology – High Income Setting”
- Winner: Gerry Tonkin-Hill
- Abstract: CHARACTERISATION OF PNEUMOCOCCAL WITHIN-HOST DIVERSITY DURING TREATMENT, TRANSMISSION AND CARRIAGE VIA DEEP POPULATION SEQUENCING
Category “Basic or Translational Science and Microbiology – Low- and Middle-Income Setting”
- Winner: Jonathan Zintgraff
- Abstract: COMBINATION OF PREDICTIVE CLASSIFICATION ALGORITHMS, USING AUTOMATED TRAINING TECHNIQUES AND MALDI TOF MS FOR CAPSULAR SEROTYPING OF STREPTOCOCCUS PNEUMONIAE.